Coronavirus Information

A Healthy Campus & Community Environment

Pensacola Christian College’s highest priority is the health and safety of the PCC community. Below you will find how PCC plans to protect our community and provide the best student experience possible.

Proactive measures are based on guidance from federal, state, and local agencies and are subject to change as conditions progress.

Graf Clinic Information

Prevention and Personal Responsibility Measures

In an effort to keep the PCC campus community safe and healthy, any student who is unable or unwilling to abide by the outlined health precautions will be asked to transition home.

  • Masks are required where social distancing is not possible and are available upon arrival. Additional masks may be purchased.
  • Individuals with a medical condition that would prevent them from wearing a face mask and young children may receive an exemption.
  • Hand sanitizing stations are widely distributed across campus facilities and encouraged for use.
  • Proper social distancing guidelines should be followed in all settings and will be implemented in all campus facilities and buildings.
  • Online classes will be offered to assist with smaller class sizes and provide remote learning options.
  • Those who are not feeling well must not attend class or go to work.
  • The Graf Clinic, operated by Baptist Medical Group of Pensacola as a primary care clinic on PCC’s campus, will continue to serve students as the first point of contact for those with health-related issues.
  • Mitigation efforts will mirror the Florida Department of Health COVID-19 General Prevention Guidelines.
  • High-risk and vulnerable faculty and students will be given the option to teach or study remotely.
  • Special accommodations will be offered to high risk individuals, identified by CDC at www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/need-extra-precautions/people-at-higher-risk.html.

  • All faculty, staff, and students will receive a thorough orientation on PCC's COVID-19 policies and procedures at the beginning of the fall 2020 semester.
    • Faculty and staff: During Pre-term
    • Students: During opening semester orientations
  • An awareness campaign will be implemented to help educate faculty, staff, and students on COVID-19 expectations and guidelines.
    • COVID-19 communication will be distributed campus-wide to reinforce a safe and healthy environment.
    • Signage will promote daily awareness and encourage employees and students to monitor common symptoms.

  • Residence hall students must contact Student Life to secure a pass to travel.
  • Non-essential (personal) travel should be minimized.
  • Employees and students must adhere to federal, state, and local guidelines regarding quarantine following travel.

Building and Facilities

  • All buildings and facilities will operate between 50–75% capacity.
  • Concurrent capacity and density will be decreased in elevators, hallways, and stairwells between classes by designating specific academic course offerings to start on the hour or the half-hour.
  • Distance in waiting lines will be increased using ground markings to identify 6-foot intervals between patrons.
  • Face masks will be required for customer-service employee and patron interactions less than six feet apart.
  • Plexiglas dividers will be installed for physical separation in customer service areas where social distancing cannot be maintained.
  • One-directional stairways will be identified with proper signage.
  • Elevator capacities will be limited to ensure proper social distancing.
  • CDC-approved protocols have been implemented for the cleaning and maintaining of all common PCC facilities.
  • Frequent-touch points (i.e., doorknobs, phones, keyboards, and elevator buttons) will receive additional attention from CDC-approved disinfectants.
  • A commercial cleaning company has been retained to provide professional deep disinfecting services as needed.

  • Residential room occupancy will be limited to 50–75%, with two or three students per room.
  • Room occupants will be determined by eRez student submissions.
  • During Welcome Week beginning Wednesday, August 26, students will have a two-day window to check in before their arrival deadline without additional cost.
  • Training in personal health practices will be provided to residence hall students.
  • A modified guest policy will restrict guests from visiting the residence halls.
  • Continued emphasis on cleaning protocols of high-touch surfaces will include common areas, elevators, etc., within each residence hall.
  • Enhanced training for residence hall staff will include safe and healthy practices within each building.
  • For information regarding a positive COVID-19 case within residence halls, see COVID-19 Virus Testing, Contact Tracing, and Surveillance.

  • Students, staff, and guests must wear masks when entering and exiting the dining facilities and while standing in the serving lines.
  • Redesigned seating arrangements will allow sufficient space between tables.
  • Party size at tables will be limited.
  • Hand sanitizer stations will be available and encouraged for use at each food-service line.
  • Masks will be required for all food-service workers.
  • Buffet-style self-service will be replaced with cafeteria service for meals to eliminate patron use of serving utensils.
  • Disposable straws, plastic ware, and condiments will be available.
  • Serving hours will be increased to limit concurrent capacity between 50–75%.
  • Grab N Go will continue regular semester operations.
  • Takeout options will be available for Sunday meals.
  • Food-service employees will receive daily health screenings before admittance to work.
  • In addition to the increased post-serving-hours cleaning, disinfectant crews will sanitize surfaces continually during serving hours.

  • Non-essential furniture and equipment will be removed from classrooms to allow room for appropriate social distancing.
  • Student desks will be adjusted to have the maximum amount of space possible between them.
  • The shared use of textbooks, equipment, and supplies will be avoided.

Events, Activities, and Athletics

A hybrid strategy for fall events and activities will offer virtual participation options for some events to students. Other events may see a limit to frequency, and the size of face-to-face interactions, venue and seating capacity will be considered for each event. Some events will be canceled. When possible, alternatives will be employed (e.g., outdoor spaces) to promote social distancing.

Student-athlete participation in organized activities, as well as the return of spectators, will depend on state and local guidance, as well as plans from the National Christian College Athletic Association.

  • Large auditoriums will seat occupants at 50–75% capacity with alternating seating. Video overflow may be used as well.
  • Signage will indicate alternative seating as necessary.
  • Field and open-air access will be limited as needed to accommodate social distancing guidelines and group size limits.

Local and state guidance will be consulted to direct which events and activities should be canceled or adjusted when appropriate health protection cannot be provided.

  • Chapel—Morning and afternoon attendance options
  • Greek Rush—Virtual
  • Christian Service Expo—Virtual
  • Fine Arts—Multiple performances
  • Student Body—Virtual
  • Prayer Group—Voluntary gatherings
  • Textbook Sale—Limited concurrent occupancy
  • Class Meetings—Virtual
  • Collegian Games—Required health screening for athletes and modified spectator attendance
  • Eagles Athletics—Required health screening and testing for athletes and modified spectator attendance

The spiritual life of the college community is an integral part of a Christian college education. It contributes significantly to PCC’s mission to graduate men and women distinguished by intellectual maturity and Christian character, committed to lives of service and prepared for leadership worldwide. Because college chapel and church attendance is an essential component of a PCC education, regular attendance is required. The college has made the following provisions to fulfill this scriptural mandate and institutional mission while addressing the current health concerns.

Chapel
  • Multiple services in two venues will ensure assigned seating will be socially distanced six feet for the student body and faculty. Cleaning crews will perform extensive sanitizing procedures between each chapel service.
College Sunday School
  • Campus Church has temporarily suspended Sunday school for the fall semester.
Campus Church Services
  • Multiple Campus Church worship services will allow for moderate socially-distanced seating among the church family and college community. Cleaning crews will perform extensive sanitizing procedures between each church service.
  • While socially distanced seating will be assigned in chapel services, Sunday and Wednesday church services will have moderate socially distanced seats. For students concerned about church service seating, upon advanced request, PCC will provide alternative locations for worship via video with full social distancing.

  • Students choosing to participate in extracurricular (e.g., intramural athletics, collegian outings) activities may at the discretion of the College be required to complete a health screening before participating, with mandatory COVID-19 testing possibly required for some events.
  • In-person Christian Services to elderly or young children will not be permitted while there is risk of community spread.
  • Masks and other preventive protocols may be required for all other Christian Services.

  • Eagles athletics will also implement the following protocols:
    • All athletic facilities will remain locked.
    • A single point of entry will be designated to manage building access and administer the on-campus wellness screening process for student athletes and staff.
    • Student athletes will be grouped into small cohorts for activities to minimize the potential for cross-contamination.
    • Workout schedules (including cardio and weightlifting sessions) will be staggered to promote social distancing.
    • PCC will require periodic health screening and may make testing mandatory for athletes.
    • Meeting locations will be reviewed to make sure venues allow for proper social distancing.
    • Face masks will be provided for each athlete.
  • The Eagles Athletics program continues to monitor and awaits continued guidance from state and local officials and the National Christian College Athletic Association (NCCAA) regarding the resumption of student participation in organized athletic activity and return of spectators to athletic competition.
  • The following will be adjusted as needed to provide safety at each athletic event:
    • Spectator seating
    • Methods for entering/exiting, etc.
    • Total capacity for sporting venues

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