Coronavirus Update for Faculty/Staff

Dear faculty and staff,

Today we made some decisions that will alter how we deliver instruction and services while we continue to monitor the coronavirus pandemic.

Students will have an extended spring break, with no classes meeting between March 16 and March 29. As of now, faculty and staff will report to work as regularly scheduled during this time period so that we can prepare for a period of online instruction that will last from March 30 until at least April 12. Training and resources will be available to help with this transition.

Faculty are encouraged to maintain rigorous coursework, while delivering their classes online as much as possible. Faculty who teach dual enrollment classes at a high school will continue to do so as long as the high school remains open.

While most of our classes will be offered online during this two-week period, we may keep academic labs and computer labs open for staggered instruction. We are in the process of developing a protocol for people to use these group spaces such as asking questions regarding health and recent travel, unplugging every other computer for social distancing, and cleaning daily.

We also will continue to offer student services such as advising and tutoring, although the delivery may be modified. Registration will start April 6, as planned. Advisors are available now to assist students.

Students who are participating in internships and other outside work, other than clinicals at a health care facility, can continue to do so as long as they are healthy and the affiliated organization where they are serving is open and operating. Student workers and part-time workers with on-campus jobs may be reassigned to tasks they can do remotely during this time.

Please be accommodating to students and kind to each other. There is a great deal of stress and anxiety; extend a little grace whenever you can.

All out-of-state business travel is cancelled effective immediately. There will be no student travel authorized by the College until at least April 12.

All College events involving more than 15 people planned through April 12 will be cancelled or rescheduled.

If you are sick with COVID-19 or suspect you are infected with the virus that causes COVID-19, you should complete this form to self-report your illness. If you have recently traveled to a high-risk country (CDC Level 2 or 3), have traveled to a state with Sustained Community Transmission or have been on a cruise in the past 14 days, you should fill out this form, whether you are ill or not, and self-quarantine for 14 days upon your return.

If you have a compromised immune system or other concerns and feel that you cannot come to work, please talk to your supervisor about alternate work arrangements.

Because this situation is changing rapidly, I encourage you to check your Pellissippi State email daily and to keep up with the College on social media. For more information on our response to coronavirus, see, which will be updated regularly.

I care about you and your well-being and the well-being of our students. As a faculty member said to me: I am confident we will get our students through this.

President L. Anthony Wise Jr.

Pellissippi State Community College


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