CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19):  Information and Resources

Information and Resources for the Peirce College Community 

Updated on 3/24/20

Peirce College continues to closely monitor the outbreak of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) on a local, regional and national level.

In alignment with the latest guidelines to prevent the spread of COVID-19, Peirce College’s physical campus is scheduled to remain closed until April 30. We will continue to serve students via online courses and remotely provided student services during this time. As the COVID-19 situation changes rapidly, the timeline to reopen our campus may change based on local and state guidelines.

We are working with Sen. Bob Casey and Sen. Pat Toomey to help ensure the "phase three" coronavirus stimulus package to aid the economy helps to relax financial aid requirements and provides support for students and colleges and universities, especially minority-serving institutions like Peirce College. We have also reached out to Rep. Dwight Evans and are collaborating with the Association of Independent Colleges and Universities of Pennsylvania, the National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities and National Association of College and University Business Officers on advocacy efforts. 

In addition, Peirce College has implemented a COVID-19 communications plan that includes informational updates and content designed to keep the College engaged with students, faculty and staff, alumni, partners, prospective students and the general public.   

For Faculty and Staff

  • Faculty and staff are directed to work remotely from home using the College's VPN until at least April 30. 
  • All College-related travel, including conference and event attendance, has been restricted until further notice.

Executive Leadership Breakfast

The Executive Leadership Breakfast has been rescheduled for Wednesday, June 17. Learn more

Resources:

Tips to Stay Productive When Working from Home

  • Know yourself - Consider when you are most productive. Then, if possible, plan your most demanding or high attention tasks during that time. Realistically evaluate the length of time it takes for you to complete certain tasks. Chunk your tasks and schedule your day accordingly. Pause and think about what type of help you may need and allow time to let others know.
  • Start off well - Use the first 10-15 minutes of your workday to get centered and to set the tone for the rest of your day. Make sure that you have the necessary tools to help you focus and to work with minimal distractions.
  • Create a "Done!" List - Instead of a traditional to-do list, which for many of us defaults into a wish list of tasks that we often try to complete, focus on the top 2-4 priorities for your day. Write down the associated goals and turn your intention into action.
  • Make decisions - Even the best advice or tips will be ineffective if you are not willing to apply them, or more importantly, committed to the goals that you set in the first place. Make decisions about what needs to be done. Deciding will help you to free up your time to focus on your key tasks and allow you to decide proactively what should be delegated or removed from your list.
  • Communicate effectively - How we communicate through our day can make a difference. For example, could that 1-hour phone exchange have been handled better as an email? Or could that phone call that turned into an hour conversation have been better managed as a chat message? Use time and technology to your advantage.
  • Break it up - Take brief planned breaks throughout the day. Breaks can help to counteract the monotony of the day, refresh the mind, boost creativity, and reduce stress. Add a brief walk or some intentional movement such as stretches, if possible, to combat tension in your body.

Tips for Working Remotely

  • Identify a place to access email and (if possible) print documents you may need with minimal disruptions.
  • Treat your day similar to your day in the office; resist the urge to complete household chores during working hours.
  • If you are concerned about privacy when using your cell phone, press *67 before entering a number – this will automatically block your cell phone number. 
  • Schedule regular check-ins with your colleagues if needed, especially if you are concerned about feeling isolated. 
  • Consider resources like Google Hangouts and Zoom to communicate with others.
  • Take breaks: when we are working from home, taking time for breaks can be a little more difficult to navigate; giving yourself room to take a breather, grab a snack, or go for a walk are ways to help stay focused and calm when you get back to your desk.
  • Know when to end your day: set a time to call it quits and stick to it rather than burning yourself out.  

For more tips, consider reading this article from the Glassdoor blog.

Precautionary Tips for Disease Prevention:

Free Online Course - COVID-19: How to be Safe and Resilient

This free course offered by Northeastern University’s Global Resilience Institute provides life-saving skills for dealing with the COVID-19 outbreak. 

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has provided the following preventative tips:

  • Stay home when you are sick
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects with a household cleaning spray or wipe
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water - Download WHO hand washing flyer 

For additional information, please access the following:

Please check this page regularly latest updates and resources.  

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Updated on March 16, 2020

Peirce College is continuing to closely monitor the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) situation on a local, regional and national level and remain committed to ensuring the safety and well-being of the College community and providing the highest quality of service to our students. 

In alignment with Philadelphia and Pennsylvania guidelines to prevent the spread of COVID-19, Peirce College’s physical campus will close at 5 p.m. on March 16 and remain closed through Tuesday, March 31. We will continue to serve students during this time via online courses and remotely provided student services. We are scheduled to reopen the physical campus for students, faculty and staff on Wednesday, April 1, 2020. 

For Faculty and Staff

  • Faculty and staff are directed to work remotely from home using the College's VPN until at least March 31. 
  • All College-related travel, including conference and event attendance, has been restricted until further notice.

Executive Leadership Breakfast

The Executive Leadership Breakfast has been rescheduled for Wednesday, June 17. Learn more

Resources:

Tips for Working Remotely

  • Identify a place to access email and (if possible) print documents you may need with minimal disruptions.
  • Treat your day similar to your day in the office; resist the urge to complete household chores during working hours.
  • If you are concerned about privacy when using your cell phone, press *67 before entering a number – this will automatically block your cell phone number. 
  • Schedule regular check-ins with your colleagues if needed, especially if you are concerned about feeling isolated. 
  • Consider resources like Google Hangouts and Zoom to communicate with others.
  • Take breaks: when we are working from home, taking time for breaks can be a little more difficult to navigate; giving yourself room to take a breather, grab a snack, or go for a walk are ways to help stay focused and calm when you get back to your desk.
  • Know when to end your day: set a time to call it quits and stick to it rather than burning yourself out.  

For more tips, consider reading this article from the Glassdoor blog.

Precautionary Tips for Disease Prevention:

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has provided the following preventative tips:

  • Stay home when you are sick
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects with a household cleaning spray or wipe
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water - Download WHO hand washing flyer 

For additional information, please access the following:

Please check this page regularly latest updates and resources.  

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Updated on March 13, 2020 

Supporting students with the highest quality of service and ensuring the safety and well-being of the Peirce College community is our top priority. As such, Peirce College has enacted the following measures out of an abundance of caution and to help reduce potential pathways for the spread of COVID-19 within our community. 

As of Monday, March 16:

For Faculty and Staff

  • Faculty and staff are directed to work remotely from home using the College's VPN until at least March 30. During that time, the College will be open for essential business operations only and accessible to staff who need to be on campus.
  • All College-related travel, including conference and event attendance, has been restricted until further notice.

Executive Leadership Breakfast

The Executive Leadership Breakfast has been rescheduled for Wednesday, June 17. Learn more.

We understand this may cause some disruption, but we believe it is the best way to minimize the risk of spreading the virus within our campus community.  Our actions are also consistent with recommendations made by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Philadelphia Department of Public Health

The College will evaluate current and potentially new measures on an ongoing basis and continue to monitor the COVID-19 situation closely with local, state and federal health officials to determine the best course of action for Peirce. 

Resources:

Precautionary Tips for Disease Prevention:

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has provided the following preventative tips:

  • Stay home when you are sick
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects with a household cleaning spray or wipe
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water - Download WHO hand washing flyer 

For additional information, please access the following:

Please check this page regularly latest updates and resources.  

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Updated on March 10, 2020

Peirce College continues to closely monitor reports about the outbreak of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) and remains dedicated to sharing information about the disease with the Peirce College community.  

According to the Pennsylvania Department of Health, there are presumptive cases in Pennsylvania, including Philadelphia.

On campus, the Auxiliary Services team is continuing its expanded sanitizing efforts, which includes common areas and individual work spaces. While the College is currently maintaining normal operations, we are closely monitoring developments daily and are prepared for business continuity if the virus impacts our campus. 

  • Classes will proceed as planned. All courses are accessible online, and all student support services, including advising, financial aid, academic counseling and tutoring, and career services, are accessible remotely.
  • Student Advisory:  Session 4 course drops or non-attendance can have an impact on financial aid eligibility, but online options allow for continued participation. Students should contact their professors or academic advisor with any concerns they have about attending class on campus. Students who are sick should complete their coursework online.  
  • Faculty and staff have the ability to work remotely via the College's VPN network and should speak with their supervisors as needed about this option and if other closings, such as school closings, are causing an impact.
  • Peirce College will address College events on a case-by-case basis.

As this is a rapidly-changing, complex situation, Peirce College is working closely with local, state and federal health officials to determine the best course of action for our institution. 

Precautionary Tips for Disease Prevention:

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has provided the following preventative tips:

  • Stay home when you are sick
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects with a household cleaning spray or wipe
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water - Download WHO hand washing flyer

For additional information, please access the following:

If you traveled to China, especially Wuhan City, on or after Dec. 1, 2019, and feel sick with fever, cough or have trouble breathing, you should:

  • Seek medical care immediately. Before you arrive at your doctor’s office or an emergency room, call ahead to report your symptoms and your recent travel.
  • Avoid contact with others; do not travel while sick.
  • If you have to cough or sneeze, cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve. Do not use your hands.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer if soap and water are not available.

Please check this page for the latest updates regarding the situation as it is updated regularly.

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Updated Feb. 26, 2020

To the Peirce College community,

Peirce College is monitoring reports about the outbreak of coronavirus disease (COVID-19), which was first identified in Wuhan City, China, and is dedicated to sharing information about the disease with the Peirce College community.  

At present, there are no confirmed cases of the coronavirus in Philadelphia. On our campus, the Auxiliary Services team has expanded its sanitizing efforts as a precaution.

For additional information, please access the following:

If you traveled to China, especially Wuhan City, on or after Dec. 1, 2019, and feel sick with fever, cough or have trouble breathing, you should:

  • Seek medical care immediately. Before you arrive at your doctor’s office or an emergency room, call ahead to report your symptoms and your recent travel.
  • Avoid contact with others; do not travel while sick.
  • If you have to cough or sneeze, cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve. Do not use your hands.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer if soap and water are not available.

Peirce College will keep you updated on any significant changes in the situation, especially as it pertains to our campus. 

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