Information for Students, Staff and Faculty on the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)
Message from David Pistner, VP Continuing Education, Workforce & Community Development - March 31, 2020
Like many of you, Continuing Education is navigating uncharted territory right now. These are difficult times for all of us as we strive to provide excellent service in a rapidly changing environment. But with determination and perseverance, we will pull through.
For the safety of our students, instructors and staff, in-person Continuing Education classes are postponed until further notice. This includes Nurse Aide, Police Academy, American Heart Association, and Public Safety Training Center courses. When these classes resume, they will pick-up where they left off.
Several classes have been identified for remote instruction. We are working with the instructors to get these courses up and running. Students enrolled in these courses will be contacted and informed of this option. Instructions on how to remote into the class will be given at that time. For students unable or not interested in remote courses, alternative options can be discussed. Please check this website often for updates.
Student Concern Form
As a college, we want to support you and guide you through these changes. If you have concerns, please complete the form and we will get back to you as soon as possible.
Thank you for your understanding. We look forward to continuing to serve your professional development and personal enrichment needs.
Please, take care.
VP, Continuing Education, Workforce & Community Development
AMENDED: March 31 Update from Dr. Sydney Beeler, vice president for Enrollment Management
You remain the top priority during this pandemic. As such, and in accordance with Governor Tom Wolf’s guidance yesterday, the college has made the difficult decision to:
- Teach remotely through the end of the Spring semester. If you are unsure about how to complete your class remotely, please reach out to your faculty for details. Your advisor can also serve as a resource.
- Provide Student Services (Registration, Advising, Counseling, Student Life, etc) remotely through April 30.
- Modify the Continuing Education schedule
- Cancel all on-site events through the Spring semester
- Reschedule commencement
- Change Summer classes to 8-week term starting June 1. You will be hearing from Westmoreland with details on summer classes including a revised schedule.
I encourage you to keep reaching out to your faculty, talking with your classmates, connecting with others during this time of physical distancing. We are all in this together, and we will continue to help you navigate and move forward on your path. Please feel free to reach out with any questions or concerns.
Be well and safe,
Sydney Beeler, Ed.D.
Vice President, Enrollment Management
Message from Dr. Kristy Bishop, VP Academic Affairs - March 31, 2020
Thank you all for your patience and flexibility during this unprecedented time. Based on Governor Wolf’s guidance today, Westmoreland has made the difficult decision to teach remotely through the end of the spring semester and work remotely through April 30. Commencement will be rescheduled.
We will be canceling the following in person events and will find alternative ways to recognize our students.
- Scholarly Evening
- Phi Theta Kappa Induction ceremony
- Student Achievement Ceremony
- Nursing Pinning
Additionally, we will move our summer term to begin on June 1. The last weeks of May will be used to make up any competencies needed to complete the spring semester.
Here are some important things to help students learn during this time:
- Send a message to your students explaining the situation and your plans for your class.
- Have the students’ phone numbers available to contact them if they are not participating.
- Please talk with your dean if you have any issues or need support.
- If you have a student who needs services, please reach out to Julie Greathouse firstname.lastname@example.org and she will connect the student with the correct resource.
- The IT team has online resources to help students, staff and faculty. Go to the portal and click on Staff Resources. Then click on the Emergency Services section.
Please be flexible with your students’ needs and individual concerns. They are nervous about this change as much as you are. Please keep track of the date if a student does stop participating and you cannot reach them. Let Student Services know about these students as soon as possible.
I trust your expertise and I know you will do what is best for your class and your students. You are the most important part of your class. If I can help or answer any questions, please let me know.
With warm thoughts,
Mental Health Resources
We have added a Mental Health Resources page with some resources to help you cope with the challenges you may be experiencing due to COVID-19.
- Be wary of communicating exclusively via chat-only platforms
- Confirm the employer’s contact information
- Don’t share personal or sensitive information via chat or email
- Contact the Career Connections Center to get connected with their employer contacts
- For more information, click here
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Will the PHEAA deadline be extended? Yes. The PHEAAA deadline is being extended until Friday, May 15, 2020.
Will my aid be affected now that my classes are being taught remotely? No. You will not be penalized because of the change to remote teaching of your Spring 2020 classes.
How will I get the most up to date information? Check your Westmoreland email. This will be the official communication for the College. Additionally, your faculty may communicate through D2L. You can access both of these through your MyWestmoreland portal. You can also access D2L by going to www.D2L.westmoreland.edu.
Will counseling, advising, and tutoring be available? Yes, the way you interact may be different. We have tools like Zoom (video-chat/conferencing) to meet virtually, and we can use phone and email too! Please contact the Information Center at 724 925-4000 option 1 to set up an appointment.
Will we still have Commencement? To date, we have cancelled all student activities through April 12th. Any event after that date will be decided at a later time. Please make sure to apply for graduation and RSVP for Commencement by April 2nd.
What about my Continuing Education class? Continuing Education classes are postponed beginning March 17, until further notice. This includes Nurse Aide, Police Academy, and Public Safety Training Center courses, both on-site and off-site. When classes resume, they will begin where they left off. If you would like to register for classes that begin after April 12, we are accepting registrations by calling 724-925-4000.
Are advisors and others from the college calling me? Yes. Advisors and faculty are touching base with students. You may see our calls show up as NO CALLER ID. Please answer if you can. If you can not, please know that we will leave a message or call back. If your voicemail is full, please try to delete messages so that we can leave a message for you. Now is also a good time to set up your voicemail if you haven't already.
Can I check my major and personal contact information?Yes. Click here for a video on how to check your major and personal contact information.
Are there any updates for the Nursing Students? Yes. The Nursing Progam Orientation previously scheduled for March 18, 2020 will be rescheduled. The Orientation packets for LPN-RN students were mailed on March 17, 2020 to the address listed in the College data base. Please check your US Postal Service mail. All faculty are available via email and D2L.
Dear Westmoreland Employees,
Our first priority remains the health and welfare of our students, faculty and staff during this pandemic. We continue to update our website with news and information regarding Westmoreland, so please check it often.
Based upon Governor Wolf’s guidance today, Westmoreland has made the difficult decision to:
Work remotely through April 30
Teach remotely through the end of the Spring semester
Modify the Continuing Education schedule
Cancel all on-site events through the Spring semester
Change Summer classes to 8-week term starting June 1
Our dedicated faculty and staff will be reaching out to students to ensure continuity of learning.
We will communicate necessary changes and continue helping students, staff and faculty with resources to manage this challenging time. If you feel you are struggling, please contact Lauren Farrell in the Human Resources department with questions or concerns. You can also utilize the services provided by the Employee Assistance Program (EAP), Back On Track, 24/7. You can reach the service at 1-800-566-5933. For technical issues, please contact the IT Department Help Desk.
We ask that you remain diligent in protecting yourself and minimizing the risk to others, wash your hands frequently for at least 20 seconds, stay away from those who are sick, stay home if sick yourself, avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands, do not share any food, drinks, cups, utensils, etc., cover your cough or sneeze and practice social/physical distancing.
These are unprecedented times but we remain determined to keep our students on track. Unfortunately, we have had to make some hard decisions but we will push forward to complete the semester and help our students succeed. We appreciate your patience and flexibility.
Dr. Tuesday Stanley
Dear Westmoreland Employees,
We continue to monitor the news surrounding the coronavirus COVID-19 and our first priority remains the health and welfare of our students, faculty and staff. We will update our website with news and information regarding Westmoreland so please check it often.
Based upon Governor Tom Wolf’s recent guidance, Westmoreland has made the decision to continue working remotely and extend the time period through April 12. Our remote teaching program is also planned to continue through April 12. Employees will have holiday break April 9 - 12. There are no classes for students and faculty beginning April 8 and classes resume on Monday, April 13.
As the leadership team follows the situation, we will continue to communicate necessary changes. Our primary focus is helping students, staff and faculty with resources to manage this difficult time. Please contact Lauren Farrell in the Human Resources department with questions or concerns and for IT assistance, please contact the Help Desk.
We ask that you remain diligent in protecting yourself and minimizing the risk to others, wash your hands frequently for at least 20 seconds, stay away from those who are sick, stay home if sick yourself, avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands, do not share any food, drinks cups, utensils, etc., and cover your cough or sneeze.
At this time, it is normal to feel anxious and stressed. Please utilize the services provided by the Employee Assistance Program (EAP), Back On Track, 24/7. You can reach the service at 1-800-566-5933. We appreciate your flexibility and hard work during these challenging times.
Dr. Tuesday Stanley,
We understand these are difficult times and we are all in uncharted territory right now. Many of you are probably feeling overwhelmed and anxious. The Westmoreland counseling department is providing you an opportunity to discuss your concerns and ways to manage your feelings during this time.
Tuesday, March 31 - 1 p.m.
- Counselor: Kelly
- Meeting ID: 822 779 060
Thursday, April 2 - 10 a.m.
- Counselor: Maria
- Meeting ID: 425 675 950
Friday, April 3 - 10 a.m.
- Counselor: Lauren Eicher
- Meeting ID: 439 567 641
Two one-hour sessions during Spring Break
Monday, April 6 - 2 p.m.
- Counselor: Lynna Thomas
- Meeting ID: 858 494 933
Wednesday, April 8 - 10 a.m.
- Counselor: Mark Harrison
Continuing Education classes are postponed beginning today, March 17, until further notice. This includes Nurse Aide, Police Academy, and Public Safety Training Center courses, both on-site and off-site. When classes resume, they will begin where they left off.
In light of the Governor’s recommendation that social distancing for non-essential businesses be enforced, we will be moving to a remote working business plan beginning Wednesday, March 18. We ask that all employees report to work on Tuesday, March 17 and make arrangements with their supervisor to work remotely. When working remotely, you are required to be available during your normal working hours. This will continue through March 29.
As a reminder, our faculty will begin remote teaching on Wednesday, March 18. The leadership team will send out additional communications outlining how we will provide support to our students.
We will continue to use our website for updates so please check it regularly. Thank you again for your flexibility during these unprecedented times.
Dr. Tuesday Stanley, President
Dear Westmoreland Employees,
As we continue to monitor the coronavirus (COVID-19), our first priority remains the health, safety and security of our students, faculty, and staff. We appreciate your patience and understanding during this rapidly evolving, unprecedented situation. We are regularly updating our website to share news and information, so please check it often.
We have been in discussions with both of the associations on how we move forward during these times. We greatly appreciate the speed at which everyone is responding to the needs of our students and the changes those needs require us to make so that we can continue to serve them well. Many of our students are nervous and worried about their ability to continue. We need to all serve as a team of resources for them.
Employees are expected to report to work, however, if you are unable to report, you need to take Paid Time Off (PTO), upon approval of your supervisor. In working with the associations, we are using a PTO model during this time. You will be able to use your Vacation, Personal and Sick time as PTO through April 12, unless circumstances change. As always, you will need to complete the appropriate paperwork. The procedure has not changed. The only change is that it is PTO.
Your supervisor will begin to work with you now, in the event that we need to move to a remote work environment. They will identify the scope of work that you will be able to complete from a remote location.
Our IT team is building online resources to help students, staff and faculty. They have developed a page on the portal, where they will place links to resources. You need to log in, click on Staff Resources and then click the Emergency Services section. There you will find resources, including how to establish VPN access, if needed.
Please remain diligent in protecting yourself and minimizing the risk to others, wash your hands frequently for at least 20 seconds, stay away from those who are sick, stay home if sick yourself, avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands, do not share any food, drinks cups, utensils, etc., and cover your cough or sneeze.
Leaders across the college are continuing to plan for the short-and long-term actions. It is normal to feel anxious and stressed during these times. Please utilize the services provided by the Employee Assistance Program (EAP), Back On Track, 24/7. You can reach the service at 1-800-566-5933. We appreciate the flexibility and hard work during these challenging times.
Dr. Tuesday Stanley, President
I know that many of you have been following the news updates on the Coronavirus. The leadership team at Westmoreland County Community College has also been reviewing the news and monitoring organizations like the CDC, the Pennsylvania Department of Health and the World Health Organization.
At this time, there are no confirmed cases in Westmoreland, Indiana or Fayette counties. However, we have opted to cancel classes on Monday, March 16 and Tuesday, March 17. The college will use these days to implement our emergency business continuity plan. We will resume classes with remote teaching on Wednesday, March 18 through April 12. Our faculty and staff will work with students through the transition.
Continuing Education classes will go on as scheduled, including Monday and Tuesday, March 16 and 17. This includes the Police Academy, Nurse Aide and programs at the Public Safety Training Center.
At this time, all athletic seasons are suspended effective Monday, March 16.
Please note, the college is not closing. Employees will report to work as scheduled, unless ill. If ill, employees should notify their supervisor and Human Resources.
Our Youngwood campus and all centers will be open should you need assistance. For anyone that does not have internet access, the computer labs will be open.
We will continue to provide updates on our website and via our emergency alert system, RAVE. If you would like to add any additional phone numbers to the alert system, you can do so via the portal.
Earlier this week the college enacted the following:
Meetings/events of more than 25 people or more are cancelled, postponed or being held virtually.
Non-athletic travel was cancelled.
As mentioned in all of the updates we have posted on the website, if you feel ill, please follow recommended best health practices. We also ask that you reach out to your faculty instructor or advisor for guidance on how to stay up-to-date in your classes.
The college recognizes that there is no perfect solution that fits everyone’s situation. We are doing our best to focus on the health and safety of our students, staff and faculty.
In moving forward, we will continue to track the status of the COVID-19. Please continue to monitor our website for the latest information and protect yourself with best health practices.
Dr. Tuesday Stanley, President
Continuing Education classes will be held as scheduled. This includes American Heart Association classes.
Thank you for your concern about the coronavirus. We want to make sure that everyone is safe while still providing an education for our students.
To continue teaching during this disruption, here are some things to consider:
Distance Learning created Zoom accounts for all full-time and part-time faculty. Zoom is a web-conferencing tool that creates Skype-like group calls between you and your students. This may be a solution to replace on-ground lectures and class meetings.
If you haven’t completed registering your Westmoreland Zoom account, you’ll receive
an email today with instructions to complete your registration. Once you’re registered,
use the Zoom Guide to get started. (Note: Students do not need Zoom accounts to participate
in the meetings.)
Stay in touch with your students. We’ll tell them as much as we can about the institution, but we need you to keep them informed of your intentions and expectations. In this situation, they need comfort just as much as structure.
Use your Westmoreland email account, D2L course announcements, or create a group chat
in Google Hangouts for more direct and instant communication with your students.
Be mindful of the students who may struggle with technology. They will need extra reassurance that help is available. If you’re unable to address their concerns, direct them to Distance Learning or IT helpdesk.
Consult with your peers about best practices. Brainstorm ideas for delivering materials. Help each other use technology. Distance Learning is also available for support.
Prepare to be flexible and patient with your materials and students.
These are a few suggestions to get started, and we’ll continue sending more information as needed.
We appreciate your effort in helping our institution and students through this process. We also recognize not every activity or course will transition easily to an online format, so thank you for your patience and understanding.
Let us know if there’s anything we can do to further support you and your students.
Annette Boyer, email@example.com
Adam Woodrow, firstname.lastname@example.org
Grace Sandy, email@example.com
Distance Learning, firstname.lastname@example.org
IT Helpdesk, email@example.com
Continuing Education classes for Westmoreland County Community College will go on as scheduled, including Monday and Tuesday, March 16 and 17, 2020. This includes Continuing Education, the Police Academy, Nurse Aide and Public Safety Training Center programs.
Please contact David Pistner, Vice President of Continuing Education and Workforce Development at firstname.lastname@example.org or 724-925-4219 with questions or for further information.
Please reference the Westmoreland County Community College website for up-to-date information and announcements.
Westmoreland continues to monitor the associated news posed by the coronavirus (COVID-19). At this time, Westmoreland is not making any changes to our class schedule or sports activities. We have cancelled several trips based upon the travel destination on a case by case basis.
In a recent email to everyone, we introduced a page on our website where we offer best practices for our students, staff, faculty and the community during this time of year. We recently added a letter on our website from Carol J. Fox, MD Senior Vice-President and Chief Medical Officer, Excela Health. Please take a minute to check out the page and review the sources that we have provided regarding COVID-19.
Please note that the college leadership team has been meeting to review plans and prepare for possible changes.
Dr. Tuesday Stanley, President
What we are experiencing is unprecedented and we know that the amount of change can cause uncertainty. As a college, we want to support you and guide you through these changes. If you have concerns, please complete this form and we will get back to you as soon as possible.
The Centers for Disease Control is responding to an outbreak of respiratory disease caused by a novel (new) coronavirus that was first detected in China and has now been detected in more than 100 locations internationally, including in the United States. The virus has been named SARS-CoV-2 and the disease it causes has been named “coronavirus disease 2019” (COVID-19).
On January 30, 2020, the International Health Regulations Emergency Committee of the World Health Organization declared the outbreak a “public health emergency of international concern” (PHEIC). On January 31, 2020, Health and Human Services Secretary Alex M. Azar II declared a public health emergency (PHE) for the United States to aid the nation’s healthcare community in responding to COVID-19. On March 11, 2020 WHO publicly characterized COVID-19 as a pandemic.
According to the Pennsylvania Department of Health, symptoms of the COVID-19 can include:
- Shortness of breath
The symptoms may appear in as few as two days or as long as 14 days after exposure. Reported illnesses have ranged from people with little to no symptoms to people being severely ill and dying.
How It Spreads
- Through the air by coughing or sneezing
- Close personal contact, such as touching or shaking hands
- Touching an object or surface with the virus on it
- Occasionally, fecal contamination
- Cover coughs or sneezes with your elbow. Do not use your hands!
- Wash hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer if soap and water are not available.
- Clean surfaces frequently, including countertops, light switches, cell phones, remotes and other frequently touched items.
- If you are sick, stay home until you are feeling better.