EMPLOYEE UPDATES.

Here is some information about what to expect.


March 23, 2020

The Spring 2020 graduation ceremony is being reconfigured.  For the safety of our community both near and far, there will be no face to face gathering in Prescott in May.  Students from all programs will have the option of engaging in the virtual ceremony on the previously scheduled date in May or waiting until it is again safe to travel and gather when we will celebrate graduates in person.  In both cases, we will stay true to centering the ceremony on student voices and the values of Prescott College.  We will be updating you via the Prescott College Graduation page as plans emerge. 


April 28, 2020

Hello Prescott College Community,

I want to update you on our plans for On Campus Undergraduate courses for this fall semester 2020. As you know, our understanding of COVID-19 and the risks that might still exist this fall continue changing, and our plans may change accordingly.

We intend to resume face-to-face instruction this fall semester as much as circumstances allow. We’re a resilient college able to be nimble and respond to new developments. We will continue monitoring the COVID-19 landscape for the information we’ll need to design the best ways to advance our programs while keeping our community safe. We will review the latest recommendations and guidance from public health organizations, and from local, state and federal agencies. Our Risk Management Team will then work with faculty and staff to plan various scenarios that enable us to re-open our campus and offer modified field and community-based programming. Within the next few weeks, we will update our protocols and policies supporting a modified On Campus experience for fall semester.

We understand how all of this uncertainty is troubling and can feel overwhelming at times. That’s normal. It’s hard to know what to expect when so many things are changing. Remember, students are our first priority. We want you to be safe and to receive the high-quality education you came here for. We’re here to support you as we navigate the remainder of this semester together, and prepare for a modified return to campus this fall. We will keep you updated if circumstances change.

Please stay safe.

Sincerely,
John Flicker


March 17, 2020

As the novel 2019 coronavirus (COVID-19) continues to spread, Prescott College is working to keep you as informed as possible. Senior leadership has met with faculty, department directors and managers to discuss how we will best organize our work together both on-campus and at home to assure educational/business continuity while minimizing the spread of coronavirus.  Central to our decision is to plan around remote work to ensure the essential functions we need to serve the on-campus and online students are operational while supporting the work of our employees and their health.

Work from Home Option

Supervisors of each department will work with their teams to identify the essential functions and needs of their department to assure business/educational continuity and minimize the risk of coronavirus (COVID-19). Departments will establish key/essential functions and employees.  Supervisors of each department will create plans for cross-training and rotation schedules using a work from home option for essential functions that do not require on-campus presence. All department level continuity and staffing/scheduling plans must be approved by the member of the Senior Leadership Team who supervises this area of the College. This will allow for a coordinated College-wide approach for continued performance of essential functions and continuity of business with the goal of protecting our community from coronavirus.

Key/Essential Employees – If your role is essential to the operation of the college and requires your physical presence, we ask that you report to work during your regular business hours.  We are asking you to not take personal leave during this time. 

Staff and Faculty – You are encouraged to telework if it is feasible for you to do so, given your job duties. If your job requires your physical presence but you don’t wish to be on campus during the health crisis due to special circumstances (compromised immune system for example) or you are sick or feeling sick, you can use sick leave or personal leave. We will allow for negative leave accrual during this challenging time. Speak to your supervisor in all cases.  They will define expectations for telework and communicate with Human Resources.

Supervisors – You are expected to communicate with Human Resources regarding employees who are teleworking (for example, send a list of teleworking employees to the Human Resources office). You should also clearly define performance expectations, in writing, with all of your teleworking direct reports. 

Do not hesitate to contact your department supervisor or the Human Resource office if you have questions or need further clarification.


March 12, 2020

Dear Students and Employees,

Prescott College’s top priority is the health and safety of our students, our employees and our community. At this time, the risk of contracting COVID-19 in Prescott is low, and there are no confirmed cases in Yavapai County.

We know that many members of the PC community have been traveling this week during spring break to parts of the country and world where there may be community spread of COVID-19. Like many colleges and universities in the U.S. Prescott College is elevating efforts to minimize the transmission in our community. 

Employees and students who are unable to travel back to campus due to illness or travel complications are urged to stay home.  

Accordingly, we are delaying the start of On-Campus Undergraduate classes to Wednesday, March 18, and moving from in-person instruction to online instruction wherever possible for a minimum of 2 weeks (March 16-March 30). 

  • All in-person classes wherever possible will transition to online instruction. Classes will continue in this mode for two weeks, at which time the college will assess where things stand with COVID-19. Additional information will follow shortly with specific instruction for faculty and students on how to transition to online instruction.
  • The college remains open. Residence Housing, Student Services, Café services, counseling services, and business offices at the college remain open. 

On-Campus Students, please submit this form to report whether you will be traveling back to campus or remaining away at this time.

We are taking these steps out of an abundance of caution. Public health officials have not yet made this a requirement for public or private institutions. Nevertheless, given all that we know and what we can anticipate based on information from the Centers for Disease Control, we believe this is the most prudent course of action at the current time.


March 11, 2020

As of now, the Arizona Department of Education is not recommending closures to schools. We currently have no cases of Covid-19 on our campus or in Yavapai County.  The Risk Management Team is continuing to monitor communications from the CDCArizona Department of Health, peer institutions, and government agencies as we take steps in responding to the emergent concerns regarding Covid-19.  

In response to potential illnesses and travel delays, we will be allowing those OCU students who are unable to travel back to campus, continuity in access to their academics.  As of March 16, all classes will be offered in hybrid delivery. Michelle Whitman and An Pfister will be available for e-learning support.  The college will remain open and face to face instruction and all functions of the college will continue.  

Staff and Faculty who are ill or experiencing travel constraints should contact their supervisors and contact hr@prescott.edu for any questions or concerns regarding sick leave.  

Revisions have been made to the student attendance policy in response to CDC guidance and concern over the spread of Covid-19.