Coronavirus Updates

As the situation with the Coronavirus continues to evolve, we want you to know that Pellissippi State is monitoring the developments and is making contingency plans with the best interest of our faculty, staff and students in mind. The health and safety of the Pellissippi State community remain a top priority. All student services remain open through e-mail, phone, and chat.

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August 3-7, 2020

Welcome to August! The fall semester starts three weeks from today – Monday, Aug. 24 – but for those on the fence about whether to return to college right now, we have some news for you. 

Pellissippi State has shifted its deadlines to confirm schedules, pay fees and even apply for fall 2020. The new schedule confirmation and fee payment deadline for those who already have applied is now Wednesday, Aug. 12. 

All students must officially confirm they are going to attend classes through myPellissippi and pay any outstanding fees in order to be enrolled for classes. Students who fail to confirm and pay by Wednesday, Aug. 12, will be dropped from classes. Learn how to confirm your schedule here. 

Those of you have not yet applied have some wiggle room as well. The new admissions deadline is Friday, Aug. 14. You can apply to Pellissippi State online right here. 

We’d love to have you back with us this fall, but we know you may have concerns that keep you from committing to classes. We don’t want food insecurity to be one of those. Food insecurity should not be a detriment to anyone’s academic success! 

Drema Bowers, our director of Student Care and Advocacy, has been working hard to make sure our Pellissippi Pantry remains in place to serve our students and employees this fall. We encourage those in need to apply for assistance in mid-August. You can apply through your myPellissippi account, and there is no income verification. All who apply receive a five-day emergency supply of pre-packaged food and fresh produce. Distribution will be held once a month in September, October and November. 

The Pellissippi Pantry relies on donations to continue serving our community. Right now, the safest way to contribute to the pantry is through financial contributions via the Pellissippi State Foundation. Those funds will be used to purchase food from local grocery stores and items needed for the Hardin Valley Campus Garden that grows fresh produce for the Pellissippi Pantry 

Another way to support the Pellissippi Pantry during these uncertain times is through the purchase of gift cards in $25 denominations from regional grocery stores. We can send these gift cards directly to Pellissippi Pantry participants who may be unable to come to campus for a designated pick-up.  

If you have questions about participating in or donating to the Pellissippi Pantry, email Student Care and Advocacy at or sca@pstcc.eduTogether we can make sure that our entire campus community is Pellissippi Strong. 


Read past updates on our coronavirus news archive.

What you can do to avoid illness

There is currently no vaccine to prevent coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). The best way to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed to this virus. You should also take everyday preventive actions to help prevent the spread of this and other diseases.

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth.
  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
  • The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends that people wear a facemask to protect themselves from COVID-19 and reduce the spread of infection. 
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom, before eating and after blowing your nose, coughing or sneezing. If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol. Always wash hands with soap and water if hands are visibly dirty.


What you should do if you become ill or are at high risk

If you are a Pellissippi State student or an employee at the College and you are sick with COVID-19 or suspect you are infected with the virus that causes COVID-19, please complete this form to self-report your illness.

Anyone who has traveled out of state since March 6 should contact the Knox County Health Department’s coronavirus hotline at 865.215.5555 to determine whether you should self-quarantine for 14 days. If you are instructed to do so, please fill out the form above.

In addition, Pellissippi State employees and students should complete the form if:

  • You have recently traveled to a high-risk country (CDC Level 2 or 3);
  • You are experiencing or have experienced an illness, no matter how mild; or
  • You have been on a cruise in the past 14 days.

If you still plan to travel overseas during this period, please use the U.S. Department of State travel advisories as your guide.

If you are a student or employee and feel you are at high risk due to a compromised health situation, please contact your physician about the best course of action. Afterward, if necessary, students should contact the Dean of Students Office at and employees should email Human Resources at

*To see which states are designated as having Sustained Community Transmission, click on the bar with the word “States,” located under the map of the U.S. on the CDC webpage.



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