Students, welcome back from your extended spring break. All in-person instruction on campus will be delayed until at least April 13th. Classes will resume online as detailed by your instructors. Please check your emails regularly. While you are adjusting to the new model of distance learning and online courses, the staff and faculty at PTCC want you to know that we are here for you. Please reach out if you have any questions or view the links below for resources and FAQ's:
As the virus continues to spread, Minnesota State Chancellor Malhota stated, "We are continuously reviewing a range of strategies to limit the spread of COVID-19 and its impact on our campuses and the communities in which we live and serve. “I am committed to taking all steps necessary to protect the health and safety of our students, our faculty, and our staff. I am also tremendously grateful to all of the faculty and staff for the sacrifices they have had to make, as well as for their hard work addressing this challenging and dynamic situation. Our goal is to accommodate students and help them continue their education despite interruptions caused by COVID-19.”
Minnesota State suspended all school and business-related international travel, effective February 28, 2020.
The suspension of international travel includes study aboard programs and other activities involving Minnesota State faculty, staff, and students. The policy does not apply to personal travel outside of the U.S., but only to trips organized or sanctioned by the 37 colleges and universities of Minnesota State.
New guidelines issued March 1, 2020 by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) encourage higher education institutions to consider these measures given the speed of spread and number of countries experiencing human-to-human transmission.
“It is paramount that we ensure the safety and security of our students, faculty, and staff. Given the risks associated with the coronavirus, the CDC’s guidelines, and out of an abundance of caution, Minnesota State is taking all necessary precautionary steps,” stated Minnesota State Chancellor Devinder Malhotra. “We are working closely with our colleges and universities and the Minnesota Department of Health to continue monitoring the situation.”
Technology support for students is available - including help with StarID, D2L, Kaltura, Zoom, and Office 365 - by calling 800-456-3876 or visiting https://asanewsletter.org/academic-continuity-students/ for instructional guides, how-to videos, and more.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have provided this Fact Sheet on COVID-19:
The CDC has provided this Fact Sheet outlining steps to help prevent the disease from spreading to people:
We encourage students, faculty and staff to practice respiratory (coughing and sneezing) etiquette and hand hygiene. Those who feel sick are recommended to stay home until they are free of fever, signs of a fever, and any other symptoms for at least 24 hours, without the use of fever-reducing or other symptom-altering medicines (e.g. cough suppressants). Employees should notify their supervisor and stay home if they are sick and seek medical attention depending on the severity of their symptoms.
Information that MDH is making available for schools, colleges and universities is available at https://www.health.state.mn.us/diseases/coronavirus/schools.html.
The latest information on the Minnesota State response to the COVID-19 outbreak is available at https://minnstate.edu/coronavirus/.
For specific questions or concerns, contact your campus: