Coronavirus Updates

    UPDATE       as of Wednesday, May 27, 8 a.m.   

Florida remains in Phase 1 of the “Safe. Smart. Step-by-Step. Plan.” Recent changes announced by the governor have permitted the reopening of gyms and summer camps. PCC’s Sports Center and Field House have reopened with additional disinfecting protocol and guidelines for equipment use. Camps using PCC facilities in the summer will operate with reduced capacity, routine health screenings, increased cleaning, and appropriate social distancing.

Undergraduate summer classes are online as usual. Graduate school classes will be on campus (providing sufficient distancing) and online.

PCC remains vigilant in promoting a healthy campus. We have not yet had any confirmed COVID-19 cases in our campus community. Health screenings are being conducted for new student/staff workers and campus guests.

With an optimistic look toward the fall semester, student concerns are being compassionately addressed with the new PCC Cares plan. Financial assistance, academic support, and confidence in campus health provide support and assurance. We look forward to the future when students can be together on campus once again.

Frequently Asked Questions

Is the PCC campus open?
Pensacola Christian College is open and operational, assuring needed support for essential services that provide for education and child care. Summer events scheduled on campus will meet with appropriately adjusted capacities, social distancing, and health screenings.

Guests are permitted on a limited basis. Upon arrival to campus, guests are screened at the gate for illness, potential exposure, and travel in areas restricted by the State of Florida. Only those staying on campus are permitted in residence halls, and will undergo health screening prior to move-in.

Those in the following categories should not come to campus:

  • Experiencing symptoms of fever or respiratory illness
  • Recent exposure to someone with COVID-19
  • Travel from high risk areas identified by Florida guidelines (NY, NJ, CT, LA, and international countries)

What is PCC doing to promote a healthy campus?
Proactive measures promote health on campus and are responsive to current conditions and state/local health department advisement. These include:

  • Appropriate social distancing
  • Residence hall capacity adjusted appropriately based on current conditions
  • Health screening as needed
  • Increased cleaning frequency
  • Disinfecting high touch surfaces
  • Personal protective equipment encouraged
  • Availability of isolation and quarantine facilities

How can individuals prevent the spread of illness?
Preventing the spread of any communicable illness includes practicing simple but important personal health routines.

  • Wash hands frequently for 20 seconds with soapy water
  • Use alcohol-based sanitizer if soap and water are not available
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash
  • Clean and disinfect frequently-touched objects and surfaces
  • Wear a face mask (i.e. cloth face coverings) in public settings to avoid virus transmission, while continuing to maintain 6 feet distance from others.
  • Get adequate sleep and eat well-balanced meals to ensure a healthy immune system

What should I do if I suspect I may have COVID-19?
The symptoms of COVID-19 are respiratory illness with fever, cough and difficulty breathing. Symptoms are similar to seasonal influenza, and may be mild to severe. More information is available at the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) page on the CDC website.

If you develop symptoms of COVID-19, notify your health care provider immediately by phone. You should avoid arriving at your health care provider location without calling ahead since there may be strict protocol for those experiencing possible COVID-19 symptoms. PCC students may call the Graf Clinic (850-969-1636) or contact off-campus medical facilities associated with area hospitals.

What about travel to or from Pensacola?
Until the Florida Governor’s order stating “all persons in Florida should avoid non-essential travel” is relaxed, residence hall students are not permitted to travel outside the Pensacola area. Exceptions are made when traveling home for the standard scheduled vacation. Florida has imposed travel advisories, border screening, and quarantine guidelines. Current travel advisories are posted on the Florida COVID-19 Response website.

PCC’s Response Taskforce meets frequently and has planned for a range of operational scenarios based on changing conditions. We are prepared to adapt and respond as needed.

Are there any changes for official college trips overseas?
PCC and its affiliates have canceled international travel through Summer 2020.