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Coronavirus (COVID-19) Response Updates

March 10, 2020

April 2, 2020

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


***UPDATE*** 03/20/2020

In light of the order issued last night by Governor Wolf, remaining open for classes is no longer at the discretion of our college.

As an update and to provide our community with some clarity, P.I.T. will remain closed for in-class courses through Friday, April 11, 2020.

All classes currently in session will continue to be taught in a virtual format.  In addition, all departments are available remotely.  Our Student Services department continues to offer coaching, tutoring, registration, and all of the other services our students have come to expect.  For more information visit: https://www.pit.edu/virtual-pit/

The Spring term (April 13) will start on time as our faculty are working hard to ensure a robust online experience is available if we are unable to offer in-class courses in the first days of the term.

We will continue to adapt as needed and keep you up to date.


***UPDATE*** 03/16/2020

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/


03/10/2020

Dear Members of the P.I.T. Community:

The College is continuing to monitor the latest information related to Coronavirus (COVID-19), as it is quickly spreading through our region.  Our first priority is the health and safety of our students, faculty, and staff.

The college continues to take a proactive role in preventing the spread of the virus should it reach our campus.  Classrooms, offices, and touch-points are being disinfected nightly, in addition, airborne disinfectant is being circulated throughout the campus.

Below is some important information:

Things you should know:

  • Pennsylvania Institute of Technology (P.I.T.) is open and fully operational.
  • There have been no reported cases of Coronavirus (COVID-19) on campus.
  • There are no reports of P.I.T. students, faculty, or staff coming in contact with any Coronavirus (COVID-19) patients.

Steps you can take to avoid contracting the virus (CDC recommendations):

  • Wash hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
  • Frequently clean touch surfaces, including cell phones, laptops, and keyboards.
  • Avoid sharing food utensils, containers, and other personal items.

What should you do if you think you may have contracted the virus or have come in contact with someone who did, (after contacting your healthcare professional)?

  • If you are sick – stay home and make an appointment to see a doctor. If you are severely ill, you should call urgent care, emergency department at a local hospital, or call 911 before going in person.  They will direct you on the steps to take to get help without infecting others.
  • Students who develop flu-like symptoms should contact Student Affairs Director, Kamira Evans at Kamira.Evans@pit.edu.
  • ALL students and employees who believe they may have contracted or come in contact with a confirmed or unconfirmed case of Coronavirus (COVID-19) are NOT permitted on campus.
  • ALLstudents and employees returning from China, Italy, South Korea, Iran or Japan – and/or – who have had close contact with a lab-confirmed Coronavirus (COVID-19) patient – are directed to self-quarantine for 14 days.  During this time, you are NOT to come to any part of the campus, even for a brief period of time to pick up something.

If the Coronavirus (COVID-19) is adversely affecting your ability to achieve academic success, contact Kamira Evans, Director of Student Affairs, 610-892-1504 or Kamira.Evans@pit.edu.

Stay healthy,

Will Robinson

10th President

Pennsylvania Institute of Technology


2/28/2020

Dear Members of the P.I.T. Community:

The College is closely monitoring the latest information related to the Coronavirus. While confirmed cases of the virus in the U.S. continues to grow, so far there have been no such cases in Greater Philadelphia. Nevertheless, vigilance is crucial.

In light of the coronavirus outbreak and in conjunction with being in the midst of the traditional flu virus season, many campus practices to safeguard the health of students, faculty, and staff are already in place. The College’s contracted cleaning help routinely disinfect touch-points – such as desks, chairs, switch panels, faucets, doorknobs, and handrails – throughout campus each evening. Also, we have asked the cleaning staff to increase cleaning and disinfecting services to high traffic areas within the college. It is important to note that the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) have advised that the Coronavirus is effectively treated with standard cleaning products.

We encourage students and all members of the P.I.T. community to continue to take the standard, recommended precautions to prevent the spread of flu-like illness:

  • Wash hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
  • Frequently clean touch surfaces, including cell phones, laptops, and keyboards.
  • Avoid sharing food utensils, containers, and other personal items.
  • Students, Faculty and Staff displaying flu-like symptoms are advised to stay home rather than risk possible infection to others.

For the latest updates on the Coronavirus or the flu, please visit the Centers for Disease Control website and/or the Pennsylvania Department of Health website.

Thank you for your assistance in helping to maintain a healthy campus.

Sincerely,

Will Robinson

10th President

Pennsylvania Institute of Technology