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April 01, 2021

Dear P.I.T. Community –

 

I want to share an update on the College’s reopening plans for the Summer (July) and Fall (October).

While there is still a good level of uncertainty ahead in the coming months, I cannot help but feel a sense of rejuvenation at the sight of tulips beginning to peak out of my flower bed.  I’ve been heartened lately watching the news of vaccine deployment and have developed a reasonable level of anticipation for a “new normal” taking root by the Fall.  This week’s news of wider spread vaccine availability before the end of the month shows that things are beginning to move more rapidly.

To that end, the leadership of the College realizes the necessity for our community to have a plan in place so that you can accommodate your own needs.  The Summer (July) term start will remain primarily remote, except for select clinical coursework.

The table below outlines our current plan for a return to our campus in the Fall.  These plans are, of course, subject to change as more guidance from scientists and doctors is provided or updated.

It is starting to feel to me like we are coming to the end of a very long tunnel, and I can’t wait to see you all at the end of it!

 

All the best,

Matt Meyers

Executive Vice President

 

Return to Campus
Staff & Full-time Faculty Planned return:

September 7, 2021

See our COVID-19 department plans by visiting the link at the bottom of this message.
Students Summer Term

July 12, 2021

The vast majority of courses will remain remotely during the Summer Term (July – September).

Select clinical courses will have on-campus requirements during the Summer term.

Physical Therapist Assistant Program:

  • Students will be on-campus for lab coursework
  • Safety Measures: Masks, Frequent Hand-Washing, Social Distance, Temperature Monitoring
  • All other requirements will be taught remotely

Practical Nursing Program:

  • Students will be on-campus for lab coursework
  • Safety Measures: Masks, Frequent Hand-Washing, Social Distance, Temperature Monitoring
  • Students may also be at clinical facilities for clinical coursework
  • All other requirements will be taught remotely

Clinical Medical Assistant Program:

  • Students will be on-campus for lab coursework
  • Safety Measures: Masks, Frequent Hand-Washing, Social Distance, Temperature Monitoring
  • All other requirements will be taught remotely

All Other Courses/Majors

  • Skill enhancement courses in Math and English will be available on-campus if there is sufficient student interest.
  • All other courses will be taught remotely.
Fall Term

October 11, 2021

A significant amount of course sections will be available for on-campus learning, additional opportunities will available remotely using FlexPIT scheduling, (as recommended by the Pennsylvania Department of Health and Centers for Disease Control).

 

Physical Therapist Assistant Program:

  • Students will be on-campus for all coursework, including lab and lecture.
  • Safety Measures: Masks, Frequent Hand-Washing, Social Distance, Temperature Monitoring

Practical Nursing Program:

  • Students will be on-campus for lab coursework
  • Students will be at clinical facilities for clinical coursework
  • Safety Measures: Masks, Frequent Hand-Washing, Social Distance, Temperature Monitoring
  • All other requirements will be taught remotely

Clinical Medical Assistant Program:

  • Students will be on-campus for lab coursework
  • Safety Measures: Masks, Frequent Hand-Washing, Social Distance, Temperature Monitoring
  • All other requirements will be taught remotely

All Other Courses/Majors

  • Safety Measures: Masks, Frequent Hand-Washing, Social Distance, Temperature Monitoring
  • All classes will be offered remotely.
Please note: This plan is made using available data – should determining factors change, we will notify you.

Tuesday, January 19, 2021

Dear PIT Community,

As the Winter term begins, I reflect on the last 10 months and all of the success that our community has shared, and the personal worry, stress, and grief we have endured.  It has been a ride that I don’t think many of us would want to take again, but what is also emerging is a tale of resiliency.

During the Fall we were able to develop a “safe” way for graduates to have their degrees conferred by hosting two Drive-Thru Graduations.  While it was certainly not the same as the excitement of a theater filled with cheering friends and family, the recognition of student achievement was maybe even more rewarding for all involved due to the challenges of 2020.

The last few months have also been a difficult time for our community and nation, between grappling with social and political issues at home and nationally, to the lives lost to this terrible disease now being felt by all of us.

While the pain and challenges will continue for some time, Spring is emerging, and with it hope.  A vaccine is being distributed with more doses becoming available each week.  The college has submitted requests to the Department of Health to be included in the “1B” round of distribution.  While we don’t have a timeframe for distribution – we will keep you informed as more details become available.

Students are achieving!  This week a new nursing cohort started, by far the largest in college history, the same can be said for many other programs.

On the occasions that I have been on the campus, I can share that when we do return, members of our community will find many refreshments to the facility and technology.

While I wish I could give a definitive date as to when a more robust return will happen, I think we all understand the reality.  To that end, below is the Term Plan for the Spring term running from April-June.

As has been stated in previous messages, all of our decisions (to date, and) moving forward are made by prioritizing the health of our community members and the academic success of our students, because without these two items working in concert, we cannot fulfill the College’s Mission.

 

Stay safe and healthy,

Matt

Spring 2021 Term Plan (April-June)
Staff & Full-time Faculty Planned return:

July 6, 2021

See our COVID-19 department plans by visiting the link at the bottom of this message.
Students Planned return:

July 12, 2021

The vast majority of courses will remain online during the Winter Term (April – June).

A limited number of clinical courses will have on-campus requirements during the Winter term.

 

Physical Therapist Assistant Program: Students will (continue) to be on-campus for lab coursework and maintain safety measures outlined in the Plan. All other requirements will be taught remotely.

Practical Nursing and Clinical Medical Assistant Programs: Students will continue on-campus for required lab coursework and maintain safety measures outlined in the Plan. All other course and program requirements will be taught remotely.

All Other Courses/Majors:  Remedial courses in Math and English will be limitedly available on-campus providing sufficient student interest, on a first-come-first-serve basis.  The remaining courses will be taught online.  Students struggling with any aspect of their education (for any reason) are continued to be encouraged to reach out to Student Affairs.

Please note: This plan is made using available data – should determining factors change, we will notify you.

*** UPDATE: Confirmed Case of COVID-19 On-Campus***

11/22/2020

Good Evening,

Friday evening you received a message announcing that a confirmed case of COVID-19 made it onto campus. 

Over the weekend, our Facilities staff has been hard at work cleaning and disinfecting affected areas within the facility.  The college has been following CDC-recommended cleaning protocols in conjunction with the utilization of specialized disinfecting equipment.  The cleaning process will be completed this evening.

Essential Faculty and Staff:  May return to campus tomorrow, Monday, November 23, 2020.

  • As a reminder, the Pennsylvania Department of Health continues to advise telework whenever possible.

On-Campus Clinical Students:  Any changes made to the clinical course schedule, will be communicated by your Program Director.

Please continue to be vigilant. 

Best,

Matt

 

As a reminder to anyone entering the campus:

Not only does this help protect our community, but the contact information within is an invaluable tool for tracing.

  • Face masks continue to be required on campus.

***CONFIRMED Case of COVID-19***

Good Evening,

Unfortunately, we have learned that a member of our College community has tested positive for COVID-19. I am writing to update you with some important information and to reassure you that the College continues to take every step possible to ensure the health and safety of our community.

The individual who has tested positive was last on campus on November 19th. The individual is at home, and reportedly recovering well from the virus. The College is working with the Chester County Department of Health, and anyone who was in close contact with this person will be contacted. I want to remind our community: if you have symptoms of COVID-19, you should contact your physician immediately or seek emergency intervention.

The college campus is closed.

Mitigation efforts are currently underway following all CDC guidelines for cleaning and disinfecting.  A follow-up message will be sent once the disinfecting process has been completed. 

On-Campus Clinical Students: If on-campus clinical courses need to be rescheduled for health and safety reasons, you will be notified by your Program Director.

We encourage everyone to continue following the CDC’s recommendations to remain healthy and well.

Dear PIT Community,

Another (mostly) remote term is in the books.

As 2020 drones on, I am particularly heartened by two things:

First, the successful transition to mostly remote-learning by our entire community.  Our staff and faculty have not missed a beat transitioning into full FlexPIT-mode!  But it’s our students who have made the biggest impression on me.  Over the last six months, students have shared their struggles with us, including technology needs, childcare issues, food and housing insecurities, and the emotional toll that the pandemic has had on many (if not most) of us.

These challenges are real, run-deep, and won’t be solved easily – BUT, success can still be found!

  • Over the Summer and though next week the college has or will be graduating 108+ students, including 26 Physical Therapist Assistants; 34 new Licensed Practical Nurses, and nearly 50 more students entering into fields such as Business, Criminal Justice, Medical Assisting, Computer Science, and more.
  • OUR STUDENTS HAVE PERSEVERED!

The second positive I am drawing from the past (few) terms may sound negative – but it’s not.

I am heartened that the feeling of a long distance between us that I felt in the early days of the pandemic still persists (and is probably stronger today).  It is these human interactions that I continue to miss the most and it’s these connections that I believe will see us all through.

Below is our plan for the Winter 2021 Term.

Winter 2021 Term Plan (January-March)
Staff & Full-Time Faculty Planned return:

 

March 29, 2021

·         See our COVID-19 department plans at the link below for specifics.

PIT COVID-19 Return Plan

 

Students Planned return:

 

April 12, 2021 (Spring Term)

 

The vast majority of courses will remain online during the Winter Term (January-March).

 

A limited number of clinical courses will have on-campus requirements during the Winter term.

 

 

·         Physical Therapist Assistant Program: Students will (continue) to be on-campus for lab work and maintain safety measures outlined in the Plan. All other requirements will be taught remotely.

·         Practical Nursing and Clinical Medical Assistant Programs: Students will continue on-campus for lab work and maintain safety measures outlined in the Plan. All other course and program requirements will be taught remotely.

·         All Other Courses/Majors:  Will remain online for the Winter Term.  Students who are struggling with any aspect of their education (for any reason) are continued to be encouraged to reach out to Student Affairs.

 

I had hoped to be typing a message today about our TRIUMPHANT return to campus for Winter Term in January 2021; but, safety and science are in charge, and, sadly, that is not a reality.  We will turn our hopes to the Spring, (and I remain optimistic).

As I have stated in my previous messages, all of our decisions (to date, and) moving forward are made by prioritizing the health of our community members and the academic success of our students, because without these two items working in concert, we cannot fulfill the College’s Mission.

Stay safe and healthy,

William B. Robinson, Jr.

President

Dear PIT Community,

As we head toward the next term, I want to share with you an update as to the College’s scheduling plan for October 5.

While it remains our goal to return to campus as soon as we can do so safely, we continue to navigate the strategy of an effective plan with both the health and success of our community as the driving forces.

While reviewing the below timeline and plan, I ask that you keep in mind that if I have learned nothing more during the pandemic it is that information changes quickly and successful organizations have to adapt just as swiftly.

PLAN FOR FALL 2020

Staff & Full-Time Faculty Planned return:

September 8, 2020

  • See our COVID-19 department plans at the link below for specifics.

PIT COVID-19 Return Plan

  • Keep in mind: On July 15, Gov. Wolf issued an order doubling-down on his telework when possible mandate.
Students Planned return:

October 5, 2020

(Fall 2020 Term)

  • Physical Therapist Assistant Program: Students will (continue) to be on-campus for clinical coursework and maintain safety measures outlined in the Plan. All other requirements will be taught remotely.
  • Practical Nursing and Clinical Medical Assistant Programs: Students will return to campus for clinical coursework and maintain safety measures outlined in the Plan. All other requirements will be taught remotely.
  • All Other Courses/Majors:  A limited number of courses will be offered with on-campus options.  These select courses will alternatively offer sections that can be taken remotely.  Due to significant space limitations, students wishing to attend any of these on-campus courses are encouraged to register early.

As I indicated earlier, all of our decisions (to date, and) moving forward will be made by putting the health of our community members and student success as our top priorities, because without these two items working in concert, we cannot fulfill the College’s Mission.

Stay safe and healthy,

William B. Robinson, Jr.

President

Dear PIT Community,

While these are certainly trying times for all of us, with great challenges and uncertainty to come, it is also an exciting time for our students and College. I want to take a few moments of your time to both update you on our response to COVID-19 as well as share how the technological improvements and enhanced course delivery methods are changing our future to better support your SUCCESS.

As I’m sure you know, Gov. Wolf has extended the stay-at-home order until at least April 30. P.I.T. will continue to comply with the state and federal orders and guidance, and we will re-open our campus just as soon as health officials believe we can do so while preserving the safety of our college community.

Without knowing when that will be, our team is continuing to ensure that the education of our current and incoming students remains as uninterrupted as possible.

The entirety of our Spring term (starting 4/13) will be fully online. Practical Nursing students will also continue their classes in a remote format. Physical Therapist Assistant students will receive further guidance from program administrators in the coming days. While already ranked as a Top 10 Online College in Pennsylvania*, during the last several weeks we have taken steps to strengthen our cyber presence. So far we have expanded our online hosting capabilities, invested in innovative online teaching tools, as well as enhanced our abilities in video recording and conferencing.

Spring of 2020 is going to be a time we will remember for the rest of our lives. It’s a time that we will learn the real meaning of being adaptable. With that in mind, course delivery and support service access and FLEXIBILITY are at the forefront of our online expansion.

In order to not only meet our students’ needs of today but also as we move into the future, I am excited to announce the introduction of FLEXPIT. P.I.T. will provide students an online platform that combines all of the benefits of in-class live instruction with the scheduling flexibility of typical online coursework.

How does FLEXPIT work?

Available for students registered in a course that has days and times associated with it, (not a strictly online “O” section), instruction will take place live online on those days and times by way of video “chat”. Students will have the ability to learn in real-time and interact with instructors and classmates as if they were in a traditional classroom.

Alternatively, attending class sessions in live will be optional, as each live class lesson will be recorded and uploaded to our online platform later that day and can be viewed at a student’s convenience. Also, instructors will be maintaining regular “virtual office hours” to answer the questions of students who were not able to attend the live class session.

Our Student Service department, Library, tutoring, and other support services will remain available to help our students through their journey whether that means meeting in-person (eventually), through phone, email, and/or video chat correspondence.

All of our lives are in a great state of flux right now, we hope that this flexibility will help to reassure you that the resources you need to achieve academic success are stronger than ever!

Stay healthy!

Will Robinson

*OnlineCollegePlan.com

Over the weekend, Gov. Wolf ordered the shutdown of most businesses in Delaware County.

While it remains unclear how this measure is intended to impact colleges, our students, staff, and faculty’s health is our top priority.  To that end, in addition to moving all classes into an online environment, staff and faculty are being asked to work remotely through 3/27.

We will continue to adapt and make every effort to ensure your education is a “normal” as possible.

For more information visit: https://www.pit.edu/virtual-pit/

Students of Pennsylvania Institute of Technology,

 

This morning I held a meeting with my leadership team to establish the next phase of P.I.T.’s response to the Coronavirus pandemic.  From that meeting, our team has established a two-week plan of action from beginning today and to be revisited on March 27th.

Before we get into how the specifics of the plan will affect your education, it is worth mentioning that as the situation continues to evolve P.I.T. will adapt and keep you informed if the plan should change in any significant way.

Classes scheduled for Monday, March 16th, 2020 are cancelled. It will be an in-service day for Faculty and Staff to finalize an online strategy for the next two weeks. 

Please see the specifics below as it relates to your major:

Physical Therapist Assistant Students:

Clinical coursework will continue the week of March 16 followed by the scheduled 3-week break.

Practical Nursing Students:

Nursing classes for all cohorts will be moved to a fully online format.

Your course Instructors will reach out to you before close of business on Monday, March 16th to explain how their curriculum will be delivered for the remainder of the week as well as how your finals will be adapted.

All other Degree and Certificate Students:

Effective at 4:00pm today, all in-class courses and blended courses will be moved to an online format through the end of the winter term.

Your course Instructors will reach out to you before close of business on Monday, March 16th to explain how their curriculum will be delivered for the remainder of the week as well as how your finals will be adapted.

 

Postponed Upcoming Events:

The following upcoming events have been cancelled and will be rescheduled for a later date:

  • March 25th, PTK Induction
  • March 26th, Nursing Honors Induction
  • March 28th, Cannabis 101 Community Event
  • April 2nd, Graduation

At this time, college offices will remain opened during these two weeks on a truncated basis; however, students will not have building access.  If you fail to reach someone via phone it is important to leave a message with a contact number.

 

I realize these are difficult decisions that must be made to protect our students, faculty, and staff during this challenging period.

Best Wishes for Continuing Good Health – I am.

Will Robinson

10th President