COVID-19 RESPONSE STATUS

 

Senior Show & Celebration and Commencement Postponed

3/31/20 @ 5:30pm

As we continue to monitor guidance from local, state, and national sources, it has become evident that we will not be able to physically rejoin as a campus community before the end of the academic year. We have, therefore, made the decision to continue our virtual classrooms for the remainder of the semester and to reimagine our signature events of Commencement and Senior Show & Celebration. 

We are heartbroken that PCA&D, along with schools across the nation, cannot hold these events as planned in May in light of the CDC’s ban on public gatherings for the next two months. The events of Commencement and Senior Show are some of our community’s favorite occasions of the year, a chance to celebrate all that our students have created and accomplished as they launch their professional lives. Few moments in our academic year are as purely joyous as these.  

We want to reiterate that our first priority is to support the successful completion of the semester for all students and ensure the Class of 2020 is able to fulfill the degree requirements as scheduled for a May 1 graduation date. As part of this, we will develop a virtual catalogue of senior work. Additionally, we want to state that our Commencement and Senior Show will be postponed and reimagined. 

We will develop a plan, as quickly as possible, to schedule a fall weekend to host both an in-person Senior Show & Celebration as well as an in-person Commencement ceremony. We will be crafting and working on all of the details surrounding these events in the next few weeks. Faculty and staff will work with graduating students in conjunction with class leaders to plan and implement this enduring celebration.

We will continue to communicate plans as they take shape for all of these initiatives. We are excited for when we can be together in person again to celebrate and honor the Class of 2020.

 

Governor Tom Wolf added Lancaster County to Stay At Home Order

3/27/20 @ 3:00pm

As Covid-19 is highly transmittable, people must have little to no contact with others to slow or stop the transmission of the virus. Lancaster County has now been added to the list of Counties with a Stay At Home Order. This means all people must STAY AT HOME except for certain essential activities and work to provide life-sustaining business and government services. The Stay at Home Order will go into effect at 8pm on 3/27. Please note:

  • You can continue to purchase groceries, obtain medicine and medical assistance, and be outside while practicing social distancing. 

  • Local travel is permitted currently. 


    The City of Lancaster already had declared a State of Emergency and the County of Lancaster already was operating under a Declaration of Disaster Emergency. Lancaster County residents already had been strongly encouraged to remain home, other than to get essential needs, to work at life-sustaining businesses, to purchase groceries, to obtain medicine or other medical assistance, to take care of others, etc. The difference between what we’ve already been asked to practice and the new Stay At Home Order is enforcement around these activities. Law enforcement has the ability to give warning or fines to those in violation of the order.

     

    For the most up-to-date, reliable information, please continue to refer to the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania’s website for Responding to COVID-19 in Pennsylvania: https://www.pa.gov/guides/responding-to-covid-19/

 

Message from the President

3/22/20 @ 2:00pm

 

Letter from the President

3/18/20 @ 12:00pm

Dear Campus Community,

After this whirlwind of ever-changing directives, planning, and preparing, I’ve had a chance to stop and reflect upon all of you and our College. As I stood in the Core Gallery, our newly dedicated student space, and heard the quietness of the campus this morning, I couldn't help but consider the prophetic show and title of this soulful participatory installation imagined by Fine Art senior Nikki Hagginbothom. Coming to Terms, felt like it was more than fitting for this moment of time.

You are remarkable. I am amazed at how each and every one of you stepped up to help each other through these challenging past few days.

It is only natural to feel an array of emotions including being angry, worried, and sad. Although we don’t know what will happen in the future, what we do know is that we can control our reaction to what is unfolding and meet any uncertainty with creativity.

As you know, it is the artists and designers who best make sense of chaos, best can live in ambiguity, and point the way to understanding and compassion. The world needs creative energy and ingenuity now more than ever.

And we need you -- to care for one another (virtually) and to hold this community together by sharing your thoughts, your work, and your inspirations. I am quite confident that we will weather this experience in innovative ways that will be tremendous sources of growth for us all.

My gratitude is overflowing for the generosity of spirit and cooperation our students, alumni, parents/families, staff, faculty, and Trustees have offered over the past few weeks. I am proud of you and I am so grateful to be part of this wondrous community.

Please take care of yourselves and each other. I leave you with a bit of the links that we share.


Mike

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Reminders:

The College moves to virtual instruction on March 23. We will continue to monitor and evaluate the return to on-campus classes and housing to complete the Spring semester.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is the leading authority in the United States on understanding and providing guidance around COVID-19. The situation is rapidly evolving and recommendations from the CDC and the U.S. Department of State change daily. PCA&D community members are encouraged to monitor the CDC and U.S. Department of State websites. The CDC has issued information regarding symptoms, prevention, and treatment, as well as a number of other frequently asked questions and answers.

 

What to do if you are sick?

Those who believe they may have been exposed to or infected with the novel coronavirus should seek medical care right away. Before you go to a clinic, doctor’s office or emergency room, call ahead and tell them about your recent travel and your symptoms. PCA&D students, faculty, and staff should consult their primary care doctor, or contact the Lancaster General Health Urgent Care Center and/or the Lancaster Health Center.

If you or a person you are living with do not need medical attention or are sent home after being hospitalized from COVID-19, the CDC also recommends action steps for Home Care.

PCA&D Community Reporting Guidance

To support the health and wellbeing of the PCA&D community, PCA&D asks students, faculty, and staff who have been exposed and/or who are showing symptoms of COVID-19, to report their situation to Dean of Students Jessica Edonick or their supervisor respectively. Students or family members of students in the Continuing Education and young artist programs should report exposure or COVID-19 infection to Director of Continuing Education Natalie Lascek. 

Reporting Guidelines for Students

  • Seek medical care at Lancaster General Health Urgent Care Center and/or the Lancaster Health Center, or your primary health care provider for a medical assessment. 
  • If the medical assessment indicates the potential acquisition of the virus, it is important for you to isolate yourself to keep the virus from spreading; this includes isolation from other PCA&D students, faculty, and staff. 
    • For BFA students, contact the Student Life (717-396-7833, x1012) to arrange travel to your family’s home OR to discuss space that can be provided on campus while you are contagious.
    • For Continuing Education, please contact Natalie Lascek, Director of Continuing Education (717-396-7833, ext 1005).

Reporting Guidelines for Faculty and Staff

Faculty and staff should notify their supervisor if they or a family member they live with experiences symptoms as described by the CDC for COVID-19. These symptoms include fever, cough, sore throat, body aches, headaches, chills, respiratory distress, and fatigue. 

  • You should not come to campus if you or a member of your family who lives with you experience symptoms of COVID-19. Call your healthcare provider and limit contact with others at home until your physician has cleared you to return to work.
  • Report COVID-19 symptoms to your supervisor immediately.
  • If you are out of work for more than three consecutive days, you are required to provide a statement from your doctor supporting your absence and releasing you to return to work. 
  • Supervisors should notify the Human Resources staff (Director of Finance & Administration or Disbursements & HR Coordinator)  immediately following the report of a flu-like illness and/or a diagnosis of COVID-19.
  • Questions can be directed to the Director of Finance & Administration, 717-396-7833 x1015 or hr@pcad.edu.

PCAD follows Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) regulations. PCAD is not able to disclose names and certain information regarding employee medical records.

 

What are ways to avoid illness?

There is currently no vaccine to prevent COVID-19 infection. The best way to prevent infection is to avoid being exposed to this virus. However, as a reminder, the CDC always recommends everyday preventive actions to help prevent the spread of respiratory viruses, including:

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. 
  • Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol if soap and water are not available.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Stay home when you are sick. If you are infected with the COVID-19 virus, coming to the PCA&D campus could infect other students, faculty, and staff members, who could then spread the virus to other Lancaster community members including young children and older adults who are more susceptible to the effects of the virus.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.

These are everyday habits that can help prevent the spread of several viruses. Here is a video on preventing the spread of COVID-19 from the CDC: https://youtu.be/7-lW0s2yJA0

In addition to typical efforts to maintain clean and healthy schools, additional precautionary measures are being implemented as follows:

  • Regular disinfection of high-volume contact and public areas (door handles, desks, phones, counters, water fountains, elevator buttons, etc.).
  • Increase in the availability of hand sanitizer. However, this is not a replacement for effectively washing your hands with soap and water.

The health, safety, and welfare of our students, faculty, and staff are of utmost importance to us. We will track and follow all virus updates and comply with any additional recommendations provided to higher education institutions in the state of Pennsylvania from local, state and/or federal health officials. For more information on the Coronavirus, please visit the PA Department of Health and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

What about Continuing Education classes?

Continuing Education Young Artist Programs: We are exploring online and alternative delivery models for some classes. If you are currently enrolled in any of these programs, we will contact you directly. Please reach out to ce@pcad.edu with questions.

Continuing Education, Adult evening classes or Pre-College weekend classes: Please check the email you used to register for the class. We need your input regarding resources to complete class online. If you do not see our message in your inbox or junk folder, reach out to us at ce@pcad.edu or visit PCAD.edu/classes

Spring and Summer 2020 course registration for CE classes will continue online at pcad.edu/classes.