Yesterday Governor Jay Inslee shared that more than 2,000 people in Washington state have been diagnosed with COVID-19 (novel coronavirus). Many more are likely to be infected.
As a result, Gov. Inslee has issued a stay home, stay healthy order for at least the next two weeks to save lives. Starting tomorrow, most businesses will be closed statewide and will remain closed at least through midnight, April 6th.
Like the governor, I believe we are in a race against time to flatten the curve of this pandemic. Social distancing is the key weapon in fighting this virus. All of us can do our part to prevent the spread of COVID-19 by staying at home, avoiding large gatherings, and practicing universal precautions.
What does this mean for PC employees?
Earlier this month, I announced PC’s teleworking policy for employees, encouraging as many employees as possible to work from home.
It is now time for almost all employees to work remotely and serve students virtually. I appreciate your flexibility and creativity in finding ways to meet our students’ needs. Although we are working off campus, PC is open.
PC buildings are closed to the public, and employees have very limited access to campus during this time. I will approve any exceptions.
On behalf of College Cabinet, our deepest appreciation
• To those who are teleworking: Thank you for adapting how you work!
• To those who are not able to telework yet, but soon will: Thank you for your patience while we get you set up!
• To those who remain working in our facilities: Thank you for still heading to campus and upholding the social distancing standards!
And to everyone: We’re all making rapid and enormous changes in how we work and serve students. Some of the changes will work smoothly and some will need tweaking. Some changes will feel efficient and others will feel awkward. Thank you so much for your grace, compassion and feedback.
Your ability to feel safe and supported is critical to our success and these changes will enable that safety and support.
Please exercise kindness and patience, modeling our Guiding Principles, as we work through these significant changes.
What does this mean for PC students?
The only students allowed on campus at this time are those picking up or dropping off children at our childcare center. Spring break runs through April 10, with spring quarter beginning April 13. Please call (360) 452-9277 or check our website for information on how to access “virtual” student services.
We will continue to provide you with updates as we learn more from the state and our local public health authority. Spring quarter classes will be online, and decisions about how to handle labs and clinicals are still being discussed.
This is a challenging situation, but we have a shared responsibility to follow state and federal guidance to the utmost of our abilities. Together we can contribute to the best possible health and economic outcomes for our college, our families and our community. Please do your part to limit the spread of this dangerous virus!
We will get through this unprecedented time stronger than before. Take care of yourself and each other.
Dr. Luke Robins
President, Peninsula College