Confirmed COVID-19 Cases*
1/9/21 - 1/15/22
|Cumulative Since 11/1/2020|
*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
- Jaime Miller ( 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 )
- 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.
Welcome to the spring 2022 semester! Out of an abundance of caution, the first two weeks of this semester will be delivered virtually. The exception to this are those classes for which a virtual format is not possible. These include certain career and technical education (CTE) courses and certain allied health courses (e.g., nursing, dental hygiene). For these courses, the course instructor will communicate directly with you as to whether you need to report to class, clinical, or lab. The College will continue to follow all safety mitigations consistent with our Building Access Guidelines, and includes masking, social distancing, and enhanced cleaning.
While I know everyone does not agree, several factors went into making this decision. This includes:
- Local, regional, and national data related to COVID-19 infection and hospitalization rates;
- Low rates of student compliance with the Governor's mandate;
- Input from the faculty;
- Input from student leadership;
- Input from the college's COVID-19 Task Force;
The most compelling data gathered was a survey of all students enrolled for the spring 2022 semester. The survey was sent to 953 students, and 246 (25%) replied. Of those of you who replied, 51% stated that you felt safe coming to campus. 53% stated you would prefer to start classes virtually for the first two weeks. 85% stated that you had the necessary technology (computer and internet) to transition to virtual learning at any time in the semester. The Technology Lending Program is available to those of you who have technology needs. Your course syllabus discusses what will happen should a transition to virtual learning be necessary beyond the first two week of class (e.g., local/state mandate, faculty or student quarantine). You all have access to campus should you need to use technology, find a place to study, or meet with college personnel, as long as you are following the Building Access Guidelines. Our suite of virtual options for meeting with staff and faculty remain in place.
The additional two weeks of virtual learning gives those of you who have not gotten vaccinated or who are not regularly testing time to do so. You must be testing weekly or be vaccinated to remain enrolled in your courses. If you are not, you will be withdrawn from your courses. If you are unable to comply with this, then you may also register for online courses.
I know the pandemic continues to create challenges for us all. I commend you for continuing to pursue your academic goals despite these challenges. It is a true mark of commitment and resilience on your behalf. If there is anything we can do to help you stay the course, please do not hesitate to ask your advisor, your instructor, or any of the many people at PSC here to support you.
Thank you and best of luck this semester!
A: Prairie State College administration has announced that the college will offer in-person and online classes in fall 2021.
A: Courses for the fall 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|
|HYB:||Blended courses that require in-person and online expectations.|
|Face-to-Face:||Days and times available on WebAdvisor|
A: Yes. In-person services are available. Those who want to meet with an advisor or speak with someone in enrollment services, financial aid, or the business office, are invited to schedule an appointment online at prairiestate.edu/start.
A: You can add or drop a class by completing the Add/Drop/Withdrawal online form.
A: Yes, students may meet with the PSC counselor through Google Meet. Additional services and resources are available. 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. 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: For students that need to purchase books, you may come to campus during business hours or place an order at prairie.bncollege.com, and your books will be shipped to your home. You also can pick them up from the on-campus location. For Barnes & Noble-PSC Bookstore hours, visit the General Information page.
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 or dropped off on campus. Visit the bookstore's page for easy step-by-step rental return instructions and to create a free shipping label.
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: 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. One on one tutoring also is available through the Adult Literacy Center located in the ATOC. Email Kisha Brown at email@example.com.
A: Students with a Business Office hold should send an email with their name and student ID number to firstname.lastname@example.org 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 email@example.com. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
A: Yes. Prairie State College will loan technology equipment to students in need of technology due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and virtual learning. To be eligible for this loan, you must be enrolled for the current semester. Visit the Technology Lending Loaner Program page to sign up.
A: Prairie State College has assigned academic advising, based on number of credit hours earned, identity, program of study and special programs. Please see the flyer here with PSC advisors and the population they serve.
A: Contact Helen Manley at email@example.com
PSC Students! You may qualify for financial support through the CARES Act Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF). The funds will be disbursed on a first-come, first-served basis.
To be eligible, students must meet the following qualifications:
- Currently enrolled for the fall 2021 in credit classes.
- Pursuing a degree/certificate from PSC.
The application for CARES Funds for fall is now closed.
Please contact the PSC Foundation for Emergency Options.
A: The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act was passed by Congress and signed into law to provide economic relief from COVID-19. One section of the CARES Act established the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF) and sent money to schools to use for emergency financial aid grants to students for expenses related to the disruption of campus operations due to the pandemic.
A: Funds are available now. The application period opens June 23 and closes July 14 for summer 2021.
A: Applications will be evaluated on a first-come, first-served basis. Students with a completed 2020-21 FAFSA on file will be given priority. All students are encouraged to apply including international and undocumented students.
A: Yes, you are eligible if you are currently enrolled in summer 2021.
A: Recipients will be notified through their student email.
A: Updates regarding eligibility and disbursement will be communicated by email. Students who are eligible will begin receiving funds on or after July 27, 2021.
CARES Act Report
HEERF annual report period March 13, 2020 through December 31, 2020
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
|Credit Hours||Tier 2 System|
Spring 2021 - Application / Distribution Process
The Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act, 2021, (CRRSAA) allocated $1,261,894 to Prairie State College. The Higher Education Emergency Relief Funds II (HEERF) funds were provided to higher education institutions to provide financial support to students impacted by the Coronavirus pandemic. The CRRSAA required that institutions prioritize students with exceptional need, such as students who receive Pell grants, in awarding emergency relief funds to students, students did not need to be only Pell recipients or students who were eligible for Pell grants.
Prairie State students were awarded based on a 2-tier system. Students with exceptional needs were prioritized based on their Pell grant eligibility and submitted electronic applications. The tier 1 criteria required students that were U.S. citizens or eligible non-citizens with a completed Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and estimated family contribution between $0-5711 and awarded the Pell grant as of the date of their Cares application in addition to being enrolled for 1 or more credit hours.
The tier 2 criteria required all other students who had not completed the FAFSA to complete the Cares application in addition to being enrolled for 1 or more credit hours.
The application opened for all students enrolled for spring 2021 in credit classes on March 1, 2021 and closed March 15, 2021. All students were emailed the communication to apply for emergency funding and the email included the link to apply.
|Tier 1 (Pell Eligible)||# of Students||Award Amount||Total|
|Full-time (12+ hours)||216||$1000||$216,000|
|Full-time (12+ hours)||321||$800||$256,800|
|Half-time (1 – 8 hours)||60||$500||$30,000|
|Tier 2 (No FAFSA)||# of Students||Awarded Amount||Total|
|Full-time (12+ hours)||81||$800||$64,800|
|Quarter Time (9-11 hours)||125||$600||$75,000|
|Quarter Time (9-11 hours)||125||$600||$75,000|
|Half-time (1-8 hours)||36||$300||$10,800|
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.