A Comprehensive Strategy Driven by Evidence-Based Guidelines
The health and safety of the PTC Community has always been a top priority at Pittsburgh Technical College. In this era of the COVID-19 pandemic, it must be our paramount focus. Like so many other educational institutions, PTC is eager to return to campus so that students, faculty, and staff can all benefit from our state-of-the-art facilities and the atmosphere of collaboration that permeates the campus. But that desire would be short-lived without a solid Return to Campus Plan rooted in evidence-based practices.
In these unprecedented times, it is vital for the entire college community to work together to fulfill our educational mission in the safest possible way—namely, through a gradual return to campus.
A number of committees and subcommittees comprised of individuals representing every area of the college have joined forces to create a PTC Return to Campus (RTC) Plan. This plan outlines a comprehensive list of policies and procedures that are based on guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Pennsylvania Department of Health, Allegheny County Health Department, the American College Health Association (ACHA), the U.S. Department of Education, and the PA Department of Education.
Pittsburgh Technical College’s Return to Campus Plan consists of four components:
If everyone does their part to follow the policies and procedures relative to Repopulation, Monitoring and Surveillance, and Containment, it is our hope that the college can avoid a widespread viral outbreak on campus. In this way, we can continue with our plan for a gradual migration back to campus and would only close the facilities if local, state, and/or federal regulations necessitate this action.