Confirmed COVID-19 Cases*
1/10/21 - 1/16/21
|Cumulative Since 11/01/2020|
*Numbers reflect reported cases of individuals who have been on the college campus.
COVID-19 Task Force
COVID-19 Task Force Charge
In response to COVID-19 pandemic, PSC has convened a COVID-19 Task Force that includes representatives from key areas of the college.
COVID-19 Task Force Charge:
- Update and manage Building Access Guidelines
- Manage the implementation of contract tracing protocols and procedures
- Update and manage information for the website, physical building entrances, and other communications
- Ensure reporting, documentation, and assessment of COVID-19 actions and activities, including but not limited to:
- ICCB web reporting
- Michael Anthony ( Convener )
- Charmaine Sevier ( Human Resources and Employee Contact Tracing )
- Anthony Martin ( Public Safety, PPE Management )
- Felix Simpkins ( Student Affairs and Student Contact Tracing )
- Cheron Ricks ( Support Staff liaison )
- Crystal Alston-Nobles ( Internal and External Public Relations and Communication )
- Cristina Lazard ( Institutional Support and Marketing )
- Megan Hughes ( Academic Affairs and Health Care Professional )
- Marcia Bulthuis ( Faculty and Health Care Professional )
- Denise Edwards ( Budget and Finance )
- Jan Bonavia ( Reporting and Assessment of COVID-19 Efforts )
- Jennifer McCorkle ( Task Force Logistics and Records )
Scope and Operations
This working task force will have ultimate authority, granted by the President, on matters related to the charge. They will meet for 30 minutes weekly or as needed from the week of November 9 - June 30, 2021. Weekly updates will be provided to the Cabinet, and updates will be provided to other shared governance groups needed.
Building Access Guidelines
Please note: These guidelines are subject to change at any time based on institutional, local, state, or federal guidance.
COVID-19 Self Reporting Forms
Any PSC employee who has been on campus or an off-site college-related activity (clinicals, etc.) and has since tested positive for COVID-19 or any infectious disease MUST report it immediately. Please complete the form below. This form is confidential and will be sent directly to the Executive Director of Human Resources.
Any student who has been on campus or an off-site college-related activity (clinicals, etc.) and has since tested positive for COVID-19 or any infectious disease MUST report it immediately. Please complete the form below. This form is confidential and will be sent directly to the Dean of Student Development.
A: Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, PSC will continue to operate virtually for the spring 2021 semester, and all classes will be held online except for certain labs.
A: Prairie State College has yet to announce plans for the commencement in the spring. Updates will be communicated once plans are finalized.
A: Yes, PSC Counselors are using Google Hangouts to meet with students. To learn more about counseling services, please contact Personal Counselor, Shannon Word at email@example.com or at (708) 709-3511.
A: The Writing Center is available for online appointments. Students can make appointments at https://prairiestate.mywconline.com/, and from there they will be given instructions on how to access their online appointment.
A: Yes. Career Services staff are available virtually to provide assistance with your career planning needs, including resume writing and review, job or internship search information, career and major planning, researching different types of jobs and occupations, interview practice and more. PSC students and alumni also can register to use Pioneers Get Hired, PSC’s online job and internship posting site and career resource center. Please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org to schedule an online appointment, or to ask additional questions about accessing our services. A Career Services staff member will reach out to you to schedule the best time and virtual format that works for you!.
A: Yes, we are receiving mail regularly. We will process all incoming items — such as payments to vendors and donations to the PSC Foundation as quickly as possible. Deliveries directly to PSC will also be accepted at the loading dock.
A: Yes. Prairie State College is offering students the ability to complete placement assessments even though the college has moved to a virtual campus. Your first step is to work with an advisor to help determine which placement assessments you need, if any.
A: There are multiple ways in which a student can meet their placement requirements. An academic advisor will help you determine the status of your placement. You can speak with an advisor by emailing email@example.com
A: If you have rented textbooks, they can be returned free by mail. Visit the bookstore's page for easy step-by-step rental return instructions and to create a free shipping label.
A: Prairie State College has retained Credentials Inc. to accept transcript orders over the Internet. Unofficial transcripts can be obtained by students with active WebAdvisor accounts. Visit the Transcripts page to place your order.
A: Any PSC employee who contacts you will provide you with their name and department. During times such as these, scammers may attempt to take advantage of people through phishing scams or the sales of phony products. Do not reveal personal or financial information in email, and do not respond to email solicitations for this information. Most departments have a general mailbox. If in doubt, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
A: Courses for the spring semester are listed on WebAdvisor and marked to identify how
the class will be delivered:
IN: online courses with no meeting pattern
MP: online with a meeting pattern
BL: Blended courses courses that require labs or practicum. Instructors will notify students of their lab schedule More information here.
A: Please contact the help desk at email@example.com.
A: Yes! Email Lisa Hansen at firstname.lastname@example.org to be matched with a tutor. Help is available for all credit courses. The tutors are prepared to work with you in many online formats, so you should be able to find one you’re most comfortable using.
A: Students with a Business Office hold should send an email with their name and student ID number to email@example.com for information on the hold and how to have it removed.
A: Financial Aid documents can be scanned and sent directly to that office at firstname.lastname@example.org. Documents also can be submitted by fax to (708) 709-3716.
A:Enrollment verification letters can be prepared a week after your last class begins. If you need to verify your enrollment please send an email with the necessary information (i.e. name, date of birth, semester being verified) to email@example.com.
A:The College is available by phone, email or virtual appointment only. Those who want to meet with an advisor or speak with someone in enrollment services, financial aid, or the business office, we invite you to schedule an appointment online. Learn more at prairiestate.edu/start.
A: You can add or drop a class by completing the Add/Drop/Withdrawal online form.
PSC President’s Updates
Weekly updates from the President’s Office are published to the PSC website. More at https://prairiestate.edu/about-us/administration/office-of-the-president/presidents-update.aspx.
Your health and safety are paramount and continue to be what influences our decisions, especially during this global pandemic. That said, I feel it is important that I share with you our plans for the spring 2021 semester.
After careful consideration, the College Administration has made the difficult but necessary decision to remain online next semester. This means that all classes will be delivered remotely, and specified labs will meet in person following PSC Building Guidelines, state mandates, and CDC recommendations.
With the surge of cases, we are faced with a potential mandated shelter in place order in the coming weeks. A task force is in place at the college to oversee COVID-19 related concerns—more about that below. Our primary focus is keeping everyone safe and supporting our students through this last stretch of the fall semester.
This decision, similar to fall, was made as a precautionary measure to minimize the spread of COVID-19. As you know, many colleges and universities held in-person classes, and due to increased cases of the virus, they had to pivot online, just weeks into the fall semester. Coronavirus has infected millions of people nationwide and caused thousands of deaths. Reports from various sources indicate that the pandemic will persist. I hope these predictions are grossly inaccurate; however, we will do whatever it takes to keep our college community safe.
Academic Affairs is already working on the course offerings for the spring semester, and the College is planning additional initiatives to provide you with the technology and resources necessary for an excellent online experience. Our faculty has been doing a tremendous job at creating an enriched remote learning environment, and we will continue to build on what we have established.
Priority registration for the spring semester opens Oct. 19, and open registration begins on Oct. 26. Just as we did this fall, the College is planning virtual and in-person registration opportunities. It is our mission to be accessible and provide maximum support for you the students.
While I wish I could wave a magic wand to make all of this go away, I cannot, and we must proceed in a safe and well-informed manner. The College is prepared to shift to in-person classes upon notification from Governor Pritzker, but for now, we will extend our remote learning model as part of our firm commitment to providing the safest environment for the college community.
As always, I will provide you with updates as they become available.
You’re doing a great job, Pioneers! Keep going, and never give up.
Thomas D. Saban, Ph.D.
Prairie State College firstname.lastname@example.org
Emergency grants are available to Prairie State College (PSC) students who are experiencing financial hardship as a result of COVID-19. The funds will be disbursed on a first-come, first-served basis.To be eligible, students must meet the following qualifications:
- Enrolled at PSC for the fall 2020 session.
- Have a 2020-21 FAFSA on file with PSC
- Eligible for federal financial aid
- Have incurred an expense related to COVID-19
Unfortunately, international and undocumented students are not eligible for the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF) funds. If you are a student from one of these groups, there are other types of emergency aid available at PSC. Please email Deborah Smith Havighorst, Executive Director of Institutional Advancement and the Prairie State College Foundation, at email@example.com.
Please contact the PSC Foundation for Emergency Options.
CARES Act Report
Prairie State College (PSC) acknowledges that it signed and filed with the U.S. Department of Education (ED) the Recipient’s Funding Certification and Agreement Emergency Financial Aid Grants to Students under the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act on April 28, 2020 via grants.gov. PSC assures that the institution intends to use, no less than 50 percent of the funds received under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act to provide Emergency Financial Aid Grants to students, under the name of CARES Act Student Emergency Fund at PSC.
On April 28, 2020, PSC received from ED the total amount of funds of $2,523,787.00 pursuant to the Certification and Agreement for Emergency Financial Aid Grants to Students.
Awards to Students
Number Of Students:
- 1725: Students enrolled on March 20, 2020.
- 1211: U.S. Residents beyond High School.
- 1,208 spring students who initially could be eligible
- 517: File the FAFSA and qualified for CARES payment on June 14, 2020*
To identify eligible students, Prairie State searched the enrolled students, removed dual credit, foreign students, and students who had not filed a FAFSA, students who were not meeting SAP requirements, and students who had not satisfied items listed under 484 of the higher education act listed above. Students taking online only courses were excluded. We recognize all students experienced costs due to the closures, so Prairie State included all students who had filed a FAFSA regardless of income and financial need.
Awards were based on credit hours enrolled as of May 18, 2020. Courses dropped before that date were not counted when determining eligibility. Average credit hours enrolled was 9.92 credits.
- Awards of $500 were given to any student enrolled in three or fewer credits.
- Awards of $1,000 were given to students enrolled in four-six credits.
- Awards of $1,600 were given to students enrolled in seven or more credits.
Prairie State College Distributions
- $709,200: Distributed between June 11, 2020, and July 1, 2020.
- $552,694: Remaining funds will be allocated to students who file a FAFSA, meet the 484 of the higher education ACT requirements, and who are actively enrolled for Summer or Fall of calendar year 2020 and who submit a request through the CARES Application for Emergency Financial Assistance form located on the Prairie State College website.
- Awards were processed as a financial aid disbursement called Federal CARES Awards
- Students are able to view their awarded amount and disbursements using the WebAdvisor portal. Initial awards are recorded in the spring 2020 term. Summer 2020 awards are possible starting July 14.
- Students are paid through the third party vendor Bankmobile via check or electronic funds disbursement if selected on their student account.
- These funds are paid to the student DIRECTLY, as required by the Department of Education.
- Students with outstanding balances to the college received the entire disbursement. Any balance due to the college should be paid using the normal billing procedures.
Use of Funds
The purpose of these funds, as outlined under the HEERF Student Share, is for expenses related to the disruption of campus operations due to coronavirus, such as food, housing, course material, technology, health care, and child-care expenses.
Cares Expenses and Award Limitations
Prairie State College allowed anticipated costs for Shelter at Home and remote learning as follows: (While all students will not experience all of these costs, this represents costs that a student could experience due to the pandemic.)
- Increase in utilities and home necessities $200 per month.
- Increase in food, cleaning supplies, and general household expenses of $200 per month.
- Allowance of $60 per month for improved internet capacity and phone access understanding multi-family members need access to services.
- Technology and course materials, printing supplies and required for online learning $600 per term. This would include the upgrade of phones, routers, computers, printers, and supplies necessary to operate while learning remotely.
- Health care costs $50 per month for medications, facemasks, office visits, etc.
- Child-care expenses $600 per month for students with qualifying children.
The cost outlined here establishes the budget within which CARES Funds can be allocated. Remote learning for Prairie State College for spring is based on two months, and total costs range from $1620 to $2820 for each period. Students will not be asked to report individual costs, however, the total amount of CARES funds to an individual student cannot exceed these thresholds without further documentation from the student.
By cashing the check or utilizing the direct deposit, students acknowledge they experienced cost related to the disruption of campus operations.
Fall 2020 Distributions
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Health and Wellness Resources
Counselors are connecting students to community resources via email or Google Hangouts to obtain various basic needs, supplies, and other assorted, individual needs. For assistance, please contact Personal Counselor, Shannon Word, NCC, LCPC at firstname.lastname@example.org or at 708-709-3511.
- U.S. Department of Education COVID-19 ("Coronavirus") Information and Resources for Schools and School Personnel
- Illinois Department of Human Services Division of Mental Health - Infectious Disease Outbreak Resources
- The Prairie State College Library staff have put together a list of resources for parents of school-age children to use during the time that K-12 schools are closed. Resources will be added regularly.
- Comcast is offering new customers 60 days of complimentary Internet Essentials service. Learn more.
Our EAP provider, Perspectives, is available 24/7 to offer support to you and your household members. They are monitoring developments regarding COVID-19 in real time, answering FAQs and sharing relevant information on their website. Refer to the email from Susie Perez, HR, for more information. EAP services are confidential, no cost to you and available when you need them!
On Demand Fitness Classes: Stay active with free online classes and youth programs through the YMCA. No membership is needed to access the growing list of classes. Visit ymca360.org to get started.