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Coronavirus (COVID-19) Updates

 

All PBSC campuses and services will be closed on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays through Friday, August 14. The College will return to a 5-day workweek the week of Monday, August 17.

The general hours for campuses and remote worksites during this period over the summer will be Monday – Thursday from 7:00 am to 10:00 pm. Operating hours may vary by department or service.

The College will continue to provide excellent service to students, the public and fellow employees during the compressed workweeks.


Palm Beach State College (PBSC) Coronavirus (COVID-19) - Updated 6/3/2020

Summer 2020 Term Begins

Palm Beach State College is extremely excited to welcome back students to the Summer 2020 Term which began Monday, June 1. This summer will feature another full slate of remote and online courses while the College also conducts suspended Spring programs and other courses that could not make the transition to a virtual platform.

The lessons learned in spring will continue to develop as Palm Beach State builds an institution that embraces technology, innovation and inclusiveness.

Registration for summer and fall courses is currently open.  |  Enroll now

CARES Act Emergency Financial Assistance Distribution                        

Palm Beach State has utilized the grant from the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund authorized by the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act for students to use for COVID-19 related expenses such as course materials and technology, food, housing, health care and childcare. As of June 1, 2020:

  • PBSC has distributed $7,776,500 to students.
  • PBSC has an estimated 30,000 students eligible to receive CARES Act funding.
  • PBSC has awarded funding to 9,162 students.

PBSC to Celebrate the Class of Spring 2020 Virtually

Starting June 8, a virtual celebration will begin with an online platform that will deliver many aspects of the College’s regular commencement exercise while also providing the opportunity to celebrate the spring 2020 graduates in a whole new way. The platform will feature special video remarks, allow graduates to commemorate their achievement and give friends, family and faculty the ability to praise the persistence and resiliency of these special students.

Please share their excitement on receiving this distinction by using #PBSCgrad or #PBSCgrad2020 on your social media posts. Friends, family and other members of the PBSC community are also encouraged to use #PBSCgrad and #PBSCgrad2020 to share their excitement and admiration for this very special graduating class.

 


PBSC CARES Act Grant


What is the CARES Act?

The Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF) provided $6 billion to colleges nationwide for emergency financial aid grants to be distributed to enrolled students who are “Title IV Eligible” and have expenses related to the COVID–19 pandemic. PBSC decided to immediately distribute their $9,466,718 CARES Emergency Grant by providing a one-time $500 grant to approximately 18,933 students on a “first come, first served” basis.

 


Summer Term Information


Summer courses will commence on June 1, 2020.

Summer A: Classes June 1 – July 9 (faculty will report May 28)

Summer B: Classes July 13 – August 21

Summer C: Classes June 1 – August 21 (faculty will report May 28)

Panther Community,

The College will be re-opening campus bookstores to help students prepare for the summer terms for limited dates and hours beginning May 11.

The stores will only allow 50% capacity inside at one time, and staff will continually disinfect regular touchpoints. They will also wear facial coverings. Customers at the store are also encouraged to wear facial coverings and practice social distancing as marked in the stores.

Opening dates and times:

May 11 - 14

  • 9 am to 3 pm (Belle Glade and Lox Groves stores will not be open this week)

May 18 - 21 & May 26 – 28

  • Mondays & Wednesdays from 9 am to 3 pm
  • Tuesdays & Thursdays from 10 am to 6 pm (Belle Glade and Lox Groves stores close at 5 pm)
  • All stores closed on Memorial Day (May 25)

June 1 - 4 

  • 9 am to 6 pm (Belle Glade and Lox Groves stores close at 5 pm)

June 8 – 11

  • 9 am to 6 pm (Belle Glade and Lox Groves stores close at 5 pm)
  • All stores closed Friday – Sunday

While the stores will be open, students are encouraged to order books online and have them shipped (FREE SHIPPING) to their homes. Even students using financial aid can take advantage of free shipping and do not have to come to the stores to purchase or pick up course materials. Financial aid will be available at the stores and online from May 18 to June 12. Students should verify their financial aid balance prior to visiting any of the stores.

Students must have their PantherCard in order to use their financial aid at the bookstore. Students can add a photo online and have their PantherCard mailed to their home address. PantherCard stations will not be staffed when the bookstores are open during the dates and times above. 

Although the bookstores will re-open, the rest of the campuses continue to operate virtually, and visitors should not expect to be able to go to other campus offices when on site. We ask that customers please leave the campus as soon as they have completed their shopping.

Please visit the PBSC bookstore website for possible updates or changes to these hours.

In the College’s continuing efforts to maintain remote academic instruction and provide PBSC students with the necessary tools for success, Palm Beach State College is excited to announce that a limited number of laptops and other peripheral devices will be available to students enrolled for summer classes.

Currently enrolled students can request a loaner laptop by completing this form https://webapps.palmbeachstate.edu/LibraryLaptopLoan/Default.aspx 

Upon receipt of application, you will be contacted directly with pickup instructions. Completion of this form does not guarantee that a laptop will be available. Laptops will be due back August 20, 2020.

Campus contact emails for questions:

Belle Glade & Loxahatchee Groves – westlibrarylrc@palmbeachstate.edu
Boca Raton & Lake Worth – licentral@palmbeachstate.edu
Palm Beach Gardens - penad@palmbeachstate.edu

Have a question, or need guidance about classes and grades? Your academic advisors are here to assist you. Use the link below to search for an advisor by Career Pathway.

Not sure about your Career Pathway, choose an Undecided Academic Advisor

The College understands that due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, commuting to PBSC campuses will not be as regular as previous terms. Therefore, the parking fee will be waived or refunded for summer.

Palm Beach State College requires all students attending college for the first time this Summer to register for New Student Orientation(NSO).

Follow the directions at https://www.palmbeachstate.edu/orientation to log into Pantherweb and complete your registration for our New Student Orientation.

  1. Register for summer classes. Classes will be held online, giving you added flexibility as you juggle your other priorities. Ensure you get the classes you need and register now.
     
  2. Contact your advisor, the financial aid office and/or campus registrar with any concerns or issues.
Students who need to take a science course this summer are highly encouraged to register for the lecture along with its respective lab. Because students benefit most when they can take both the practical and theoretical together, we do not recommend students to enroll in the lecture without its lab, especially when the lab is available remotely.

Recognizing the circumstances we are facing due to Covid-19, and the need to cancel a few of our science lab courses this summer, the corequisite lab requirement for Summer 2020 has been suspended to provide students with the necessary flexibility, affordability, and accessibility. Students who register for only the lecture in Summer 2020, will need to take its appropriate lab in Fall 2020, along with the course’s subsequent lecture and lab, if needed. Some of the factors that may cause a student to take the lecture without the lab this summer include:

1. Lab section not being available.
2. Lab section incurring additional fees that the student was not anticipating (such as a kit cost or a Distance Learning fee).
3. Student’s transfer institution may not accept remote lab credits.

Please note, all science lab courses will be offered this summer, except for the following:
• CHM2010L
• CHM2011L
• BSC1010L (LW is the only campus who will be offering it as a pilot)

This corequisite lab suspension impacts the Summer 2020 term only. We anticipate going back to our normal practice of lab-lecture corequisite for the Fall 2020 term. We will continue to provide the necessary override accommodations in the fall to best support our impacted students.

 


Fall Term Information


After serious consideration and consultation with local and state health officials, and surveying the College community, PBSC will move forward with planning for online, remote, and if possible, face-to-face instruction for courses and programs in the fall. As of now, as the restrictions on social gatherings and other guidelines are in place, Palm Beach State College wants to be prepared to offer its full slate of academic offerings by any means necessary.

The College’s goal for fall includes the ability to offer all academic opportunities from lectures to labs so that our students can continue their degree progress without interruption. With remote instruction the College is confident that labs can be offered on campus in order to provide that pathway to completion. The College is also planning for workforce programming to be available in accordance with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidelines.

Registration for fall courses is currently open and students can enroll here.

The fall semester will start August 31, 2020.

Classes August 31 – December 18

(Faculty will report August 20)

 


Students:  Services Available to you


Contact Us at Palm Beach State College. Remember we are still here for you virtually!

Admissions/Registration Offices: Email contacts are listed below. Documents may be emailed, but keep in mind some documents still may need to be sent via “Secure Electronic” methods or sealed and mailed to the address in the transcript request form listed below in order to be considered official, but specific inquiries may be emailed to the contacts below:

Campus

Email

Belle Glade

westadmissions@palmbeachstate.edu

Boca Raton

southadmissions@palmbeachstate.edu

Lake Worth

centraladmissions@palmbeachstate.edu

Loxahatchee Groves

loxgrovesadmissions@palmbeachstate.edu

Palm Beach Gardens

northadmissions@palmbeachstate.edu

International Admissions

international@palmbeachstate.edu

Dual Enrollment

DualEnrollment@palmbeachstate.edu

Enrollment Call Center - 5 Campus Locationss

If you have questions surrounding these issues, we are here to answer them for you.

  • Pell Grant Eligibility 
  • Summer & Fall Enrollment Questions
  • Testing
  • Admissions 
  • Financial Aid 

Ph: 561-967-7222 or 561-868-3350

Toll Free: 866-576-7222

Email: enrollmt@palmbeachstate.edu

 

Career Center: Career Center staff are available remotely. Please make appointments to meet virtually with a career advisor through the MyPBSC app, and select 'Career Center' inside the app. Please continue to use Handshake for your job search needs, resume reviews, networking and registering for career workshops. For other questions please email careercenter@palmbeachstate.edu and continue to use the resources available on the career center webpage. 

The Center for Student Accessibility (CSA) will provide information and advising appointments to students via email, Skype conference call, or Skype online video meetings.

Skype communication will be coordinated between students and advisors or managers.

When students are contacting CSA, they should have their student id number available and be prepared to verify their identity to continue to protect their privacy. Students are to make accommodation requests by email to their assigned advisors. New students may make accommodation requests by contacting the manager of the campus of their choice.

Contact information per campus is listed below. We look forward to serving you!

Belle Glade & Loxahatchee Groves

Boca Raton

Lake Worth

Palm Beach Gardens

District

Please find the contact information for the Counseling Center below. Information is listed by student concern topic.

Suicidal

Monday - Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

  • Student Counseling Center: 561-868-3980
  • Security Department: 561-868-3600

Afterhours (Monday - Friday from 5 p.m. to 9 a.m.; Saturday and Sunday available 24 hours)

  • Local Law Enforcement - Call 911

Emotional Distress - Nonsuicidal (i.e. sobbing, relationship issues, worrying, negative thoughts or feelings)

Monday - Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Student Counseling Center

Afterhours (Monday - Friday from 5 p.m. to 9 a.m.; Saturday and Sunday available 24 hours)

  • Call 211

Food and Housing and Insecurities and Employment Issues

Monday - Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

PERC Center

Afterhours (Monday - Friday from 5 p.m. to 9 a.m.; Saturday and Sunday available 24 hours)

  • Call 211

 Mobile Medical Clinic

The Mobile Medical Clinic will not be on campus until further notice. Please see local healthcare providers or visit the emergency room.

Visit our vast library of financial aid How to videos to find all the answers to your questions.

Our libraries play an important role in support of teaching, learning, research and other activities. Libraries are operating virtually and will continue to provide services to our students remotely until further notice.

http://palmbeachstate.libguides.com/DL

The Panther’s Pantry, located on the Lake Worth campus, is temporarily closed until further notice.  Please continue to check the Panther’s Pantry webpage for updated information.  For a list of related resources, please check the student development webpage for a list of food pantries and additional resources available throughout Palm Beach County. 

PERC services are only available to registered Palm Beach State College students.

Please find the contact information for the Panther Empowerment Resource Center (PERC) below. Information is listed by student issue topic.

Facing Eviction

Monday - Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

After Hours


Have a 36-hour eviction notice

Monday - Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

After Hours

  • Call 211

Wish to be screened for SNAP or Medicaid eligibility


Assistance applying for SURF (emergency mini grant)


 Locate childcare, medical, dental clinics, food pantries

PBSC continues to offer ways in which students can stay engaged with nutritional  personal health and fitness resources, such as home workouts, wellness tips, nutritional information, and physical activity resources, which can be found at www.palmbeachstate.edu/wellnesscenter

Students can also stay connected with virtual student activities by clicking on https://palmbeachstate.campuslabs.com/engage and by visiting PBSC social media pages.

 

Kickboxing with Prince & Pranayama with Deborah

 

 Workout at home with Prince 

Phone: 561-862-4485

PBSC Student Learning Centers are offering online tutoring for students.

Appointment times are:

  • Monday - Thursday from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.
  • Friday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
  • Saturday and Sunday from Noon to 9 p.m.

You can begin setting up your appointment with these easy steps:

  1. Go to the SLC webpage: palmbeachstate.edu/slc
  2. Click the "How to Make an Appointment" button.
  3. Click the "WCONLINE - 5 Campuses Online Tutoring".
  4. Sign in with your Panther Email and Password.
  5. If this is your first time, follow the steps to register your account.
  6. Once done, click on the tutoring schedule you need.
  7. Click on the time you would like.

You are all set! Log back into WCONLINE at the time and day of your appointment to begin receiving help. We do same day appointments as well.

If you need additional help or have questions, please call 561-862-4485.

In order to meet student demand, campus testing centers began on-campus operations while implementing social distancing and sterilization guidelines. An appointment is necessary, and several exams are still being offered remotely. Additional student service offices will open throughout the summer as the county begins to lessen restrictions on social gatherings and business operations.

TRiO Student Support Services will continue to provide TRIO students with accessible services via email currently. The TRiO SSS student must contact their assigned advisor via the option below to schedule a virtual appointment.

Contact Information:

Phone: 561-868-3380

Veterans Services Summer 2020 Guidance

We encourage you to continue your education and register for summer courses.
To retain the on-campus (in resident) rate for VA educational benefits, students must be enrolled in at least one face-to-face course that has been converted to remote or online instruction or has established meeting days and times during that period of enrollment. When searching courses, look for classes with a notation stating, “converted from face-to-face to remote instruction” or “converted from face-to-face to online instruction.” Classes with either one of these notations are certified as on-campus. PSAV/Certification courses that have meeting days and times also will be certified as on-campus.


Summer Terms

Summer C (12 Weeks): June 1 - Aug. 21, 2020

Summer A (1st 6 weeks): June 1 - July 9, 2020

Summer B (2nd 6 weeks): July 13 - Aug. 21, 2020

Enrollment for Established Sessions

The table helps illustrate how credits enrolled during condensed/shortened time frames are calculated by VA education for your housing/stipend payments. You may call VA education at 1-888-442-4551 to verify number of weeks to credits enrolled equivalence.
Rate of Pursuit (RoP) equivalence for ch33 (also eligible ch31) or Training Time for chapter 35, 31, 30 and 1606.

6-week term

Enrollment for Established Sessions: 6-week term
Credits Enrolled to Credits Housing Training Time Percentage of Housing Payment
1 credit enrolled = 3 credits RoP 1/4 These enrollments have RoP that is 50% or less. Housing is payable only when cumulative RoP greater than 50%.
2 credits enrolled = 6 credits RoP 1/2 These enrollments have RoP that is 50% or less. Housing is payable only when cumulative RoP greater than 50%.
3 credits enrolled = 9 credits RoP 3/4 90%
4+ credits enrolled = 12 credits RoP Full Time 100%

12-week term

Enrollment for Established Sessions: 12-week term
Credits Enrolled to Credits Housing Training Time Percentage of Housing Payment
1 credit enrolled = 1.5 credits RoP 1/4 These enrollments have RoP that is 50% or less. Housing is payable only when cumulative RoP greater than 50%.
2 credits enrolled = 3 credits RoP 1/4 These enrollments have RoP that is 50% or less. Housing is payable only when cumulative RoP greater than 50%.
3 credits enrolled = 4.5 credits RoP

Less 1/2

Greater 1/4

These enrollments have RoP that is 50% or less. Housing is payable only when cumulative RoP greater than 50%.
4 credits enrolled = 6 credits RoP 1/2 These enrollments have RoP that is 50% or less. Housing is payable only when cumulative RoP greater than 50%.
5 credits enrolled = 7.5 credits RoP 1/2 70%
6 credits enrolled = 9 credits RoP 3/4 80%
7 credits enrolled = 10.5 credits RoP 3/4 90%
8+ credits enrolled = 12 credits RoP Full Time 100%

 


U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs: VA Education’s Message to Beneficiaries and Schools

On April 28, 2020, the President signed the Student Veteran Coronavirus Response Act of 2020. This new law gives the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) additional authorities to continue GI Bill and VR&E payments for the period beginning on March 1, 2020 and ending on December 21, 2020.

  • It allows for the continuation of payments to students participating in the Work Study Program who are furloughed or have to stop working.
  • Also allows VA to continue to pay benefits for up to 4 weeks to GI Bill and VR&E students whose classes are suspended, even if school is still open.
  • There is a provision for restoration of entitlement for GI Bill and VR&E students who lose credit due to school closure or schools’ suspension of training.
  • Finally, the new law will allow VA to extend the delimiting date for Montgomery GI Bill, Post-9/11 G Bill, and VR&E students if they are unable to attend training due to COVID-19.

There is no action required from a GI Bill or VR&E student. VA will provide new guidance and schedule training sessions with all VA approved schools and training facilities soon. We will work closely with work site managers and schools to ensure enrollments are accurately certified and processed timely.

If you have questions about your GI Bill benefits, please contact the Education Call Center at 1-888-442-4551 between 8 AM and 7 PM Eastern Time, Monday-Friday. GI Bill students may also learn more from the Student COVID-19 Frequently Asked Questions webpage at: https://bddy.me/2VQteFA

VR&E students may contact their assigned Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor directly via phone or email with any questions or concerns they may have during this period.

VA website: www.benefits.va.gov/gibill  and visit their Facebook page  www.facebook.com/gibillEducation


PBSC Veterans Academic Advisors: 

Lake Worth Campus| Christopher Shanks| shanksc@palmbeachstate.edu  

Boca Raton Campus| Erica Weissman| weissmae@palmbeachstate.edu 

Palm Beach Gardens Campus | Ashton Davis | davisa@palmbeachstate.edu  

Loxahatchee Groves/Belle Glade Campuses | John Maloney | maloneyj@palmbeachstate.edu 

 


FAQs: You have questions, we have answers


For Blackboard issues contact E-learning at:

For other issues, contact the service desk

The Center for Student Accessibility ( CSA) will provide information and advising appointments to students via email, Skype conference call, or Skype online video meetings. Skype communication will be coordinated between students and advisors or managers.

When students are contacting CSA, they should have their student id number available and be prepared to verify their identity to continue to protect their privacy. Students are to make accommodation requests by email to their assigned advisors. New students may make accommodation requests by contacting the manager of the campus of their choice.

The remote/online hours for CSA will be Monday to Thursday from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Here is the contact information for each campus:

Contact information per campus is listed below.

Belle Glade & Loxahatchee Groves

Boca Raton

Lake Worth

Palm Beach Gardens

If you withdrew from your spring course(s) on or after March 9, 2020 for issues related to the COVID-19 outbreak, you will be eligible for a scholarship to cover the cost of your course(s) for a future semester within the next year ( Summer 2020, Fall 2020, Spring 2021).

To find the COVID-19 Scholarship Request Form and the guidelines for requesting the scholarship, visit the Forms on the Admissions webpage.

The College has extended the time allowed to complete an “incomplete” course taken during spring semester to 60 days after the start of Fall 2020 semester.

It’s possible, depending on whether you withdraw from the entire semester or stay enrolled in one course or more. If you withdraw from ALL of your courses, you could have part, or all, of your federal funding returned creating a balance owed that you have to pay back. For additional questions, please feel free to email return2title4@palmbeachstate.edu.

If you withdraw from one or more of your courses, but stay enrolled in at least one course and you pass that course, your financial aid will not be affected. If you have additional questions, please email faocent@palmbeachstate.edu.

Please keep in mind that withdrawing from any or all of your classes could potentially impact your Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP). If you have SAP questions, please contact faocent@palmbeachstate.edu .

PSAV/Clock Hour: Please reach out to the PSAV Financial Aid Team at clockhour@palmbeachstate.edu.

If you lost your employment and cannot cover your living expenses, please contact Michelle Wilks at 561-868-4003 to request assistance.
Currently, remote instruction is scheduled to continue through the Fall semester.

All students are encouraged to contact any Bachelor’s Advisors, they are available via email until further notice. You can contact them at the following:

The United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) relaxed, two weeks ago, online education regulations for you as international (F-1) students amid the coronavirus threat. You can online enroll in classes full time either from within the U.S. or outside of the country and maintain your F-1 status.
If you maintain your status by remaining in classes until the end of the Spring ’20 term, you will be eligible for the summer break and the five-month rule will not apply for you to come back in August.
You may stay in the U.S. on an expired F-1 visa as long as you maintain your immigration status by being in possession of a valid I-20 and by meeting normal enrollment requirements. (Canadian citizens do not need a visa to enter the U.S.
If you leave the U.S. and your visa will have expired by the date you wish to re-enter the U.S., then you will need to obtain a new visa at a U.S. Embassy or Consulate before you can re-enter the U.S. (Canadian citizens do not need a visa to enter the U.S.) The U.S. State Department announced on March 18th that routine U.S. visa issuance has been suspended indefinitely worldwide.
You must be physically in the U.S. at the time you submit your Optional Practical Training (OPT) application. Our office will continue to process OPT applications as soon as we receive your submitted request.
Yes, you will need to update your records immediately through Pantherweb

 


Contact Us with Questions: Livechat Available


Department | email | web | phone | times of operation
Dept Email Phone #1 Phone #2 Toll Free Hours
Enrollment enrollmt@palmbeachstate.edu 561-967-7222  561-868-3350 866-576-7222 M - TH: 
8AM - 7PM
Admissions enrollmt@palmbeachstate.edu 561-967-7222  561-868-3350 866-576-7222 M - TH: 
8AM - 7PM
Registration enrollmt@palmbeachstate.edu 561-967-7222  561-868-3350 866-576-7222 M - TH: 
8AM - 7PM
IT Help Desk help.palmbeachstate.edu (to open a ticket) 561-868-3100    

M - TH: 8AM - 8PM

IT Help Desk help.palmbeachstate.edu (to open a ticket) 561-868-3100     F: 8AM - 6:30PM
IT Help Desk help.palmbeachstate.edu (to open a ticket) 561-868-3100     SA: 8AM - 3:30PM

 


A message from President Ava Parker 


 


Important Updates & Information


The Health Care District of Palm Beach County has clinics in West Palm Beach, Lantana and Delray Beach open for those who experiencing Coronavirus symptoms and need to see a doctor.

Appointments: 561 642-1000 - option 1.

They is currently no online presence, as this is an impromptu response to the crisis. There are Spanish or Creole languages options available. They are accepting patient with or without insurance.

If you find that you are having a hard time finding child care, we are here to help. If you have questions about child care options, please call our Family Resource Line: 561.514.3300.

Early Learning Coalition of Palm Beach County https://www.elcpalmbeach.org/parent-coronavirus

Step by Step Protocol for Possible Exposure/Exposure to Coronavirus (COVID-19)

If you are a member of the PBSC community and feel that you or someone you know have been exposed to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) please adhere to the following protocol:

Faculty/Staff:

  1. Contact immediate supervisor and Office of Vice President of Business and Administration Services
  2. Immediate supervisor to contact security personnel who will make a detailed report of the situation to include locations, classes, instructors and students possibly exposed
  3. Buildings and areas known to be occupied by possibly exposed individual will be immediately vacated and locked down by security
  4. Sign reading “Restricted Area Do Not Enter Authorized Personnel Only will be posted at entries.”

  1. Security personnel will notify facilities to arrange to necessary cleaning:
  2. Building will be closed, and access denied until tests of individuals are confirmed
    1. If test results are negative, the building will be cleaned and disinfected by the regular in-house staff before entry is allowed
  3. If individual is not tested, building will be closed for two weeks, which is the suggested incubation period for the Coronavirus (COVID-19)
  4. Affected Individuals will be advised to self-quarantine

Students:

Contact your specific campus student dean:

  1. The dean will contact the Office of the Vice President of Business and Administration Services
  2. The Vice President’s office or Deans Office will contact security personnel who will make a detailed report of the situation to include locations, classes, instructors and students possibly exposed
  3. Procedures for lockdown and cleaning will be followed
  4. Individuals will be advised to self-quarantine

 

If a member of the PBSC community and test positive for Coronavirus (COVID-19):

  1. In addition to the previous protocols, we will follow CDC Guidance for Institutions for Higher Education (IHE) along with local health officials.  See link attached and scroll down to GUIDANCE FOR IHE WITH IDENTIFIED CASES OF COVID-19 IN THEIR COMMUNITY.  First step noted is to talk with local health officials and follow their guidance. The Safety and Risk Management Team will be the liaison.  Bob Priolo, John Garofalo and Claude Edwards have formed the Operations Emergency Response Team or Task Force for this pandemic and developed the majority of this protocol.
  2. Affected Buildings will be immediately locked down, remediation cleaning procedures will commence by outside vendor

 https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/community/guidance-ihe-response.html

 

This Emergency Protocol is in compliance with FS 287.057(3)(a) and Administration Code 6A-14.0734(3).  District Facilities will assist the Campus with procuring the required remediation, cleaning and disinfection

COMMUNICATION here is obviously very important, especially for people who may come in contact with the affected student or faculty member.

This interim guidance is based on what is currently known about the transmission and severity of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).

 


 

 


Virtual Class Resources


The PBSC, IT Service Desk is currently available by phone or chat M-F 8:00AM - 5:00PM.

To chat with us, click here and click the Live Chat button on the right.

To call, please dial 561-868-4000 and press 1 to be directed to student technical support.

If you need to contact us outside of our operating hours, submit a ticket here and we will return your message during operating hours."

 

Download and Install Office (Skype for Business, Word, Powerpoint, Excel, Access)

Once there, select Apps & devices

 

 

Student Password Reset

Use your PBSC email address (username@my.palmbeachstate.edu)

 

 

Two-Factor Authentication Information

 

 

Temporary Access to Adobe Creative Cloud

Visit https://creativecloud.adobe.com and use your school credentials to sign in (ex. clarkm@my.palmbeachstate.edu).

If prompted, select Company or School Account and then enter your password. Or provide your credentials in your school’s login screen.

From the Creative Cloud website, browse for and download your desired app. Click Apps on the top of the page to view all apps.

 

Students can get access to some free (Win 10) and highly discounted software applications at this site:

https://palmbeachstate.onthehub.com/

 


Students: FREE resources for you


1.  FREE Online Shipping Offer: Visit the campus store website https://www.bkstr.com/palmbeachstcentralstore/home for Free Shipping on all items with no minimum purchase. This includes various formats of course materials, supplies, apparel, technology and more. 

 

2. Access to eBooks AT NO ADDITIONAL CHARGE: Visit the campus store website https://www.bkstr.com/palmbeachstcentralstore/home to gain access to eBooks at no additional charge with your .edu email address. You can access up to 7 eBooks for the designated period free of charge.

 

3.  FREE Access to Lumen Learning OER Courseware: Lumen Learning, our OER partner, is offering FREE access to courseware to help supplement content, and offer additional resources to faculty, click here for the Lumen offer.

 

4. Free Shipping on Rental Returns & Deadline Extensions: The campus store is offering free shipping return labels and is also extending the non-return period without penalty to assist with increased returns by mail. Click the COVID-19 message on the home page of the campus store website https://www.bkstr.com/palmbeachstcentralstore/home.

 

Partners help each other out in times of need, and Follett is very fortunate to have your Institution as our partner.

 


A message from IT security 


The COVID-19 pandemic and the mass transition to a remote workforce has created the perfect platform for cyber criminals to take advantage of the resulting fear and confusion. The cybersecurity community has found evidence that hackers have created numerous fake websites and mobile apps related to the Coronavirus. The Information Security Office would like to remind everyone to remain vigilant.

The following 5 tips can reduce your chances of becoming a victim:

  • Beware of fake websites and links. If you are not familiar with a site, please do not visit it.
  • Do not forward links or e-mails if you’re not sure they are safe.
  • Be hypervigilant of phishing e-mails, especially Coronavirus related ones.
  • Do not download unnecessary mobile apps and/or computer applications.
  • Never click “Remember Password” in your browser.
As we practice the CDC recommendation to continuously wash our hands to remain healthy, let us also be mindful to practice cyber hygiene.

 


Faculty & Staff: Important Web Links | HR | Remote Instructions


The Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA or Act) requires certain employers to provide their employees with paid sick leave and expanded family and medical leave for specified reasons related to COVID-19.

These provisions will apply from April 1, 2020 through December 31, 2020. 

  • Two weeks (up to 80 hours) of paid sick leave at the employee’s regular rate of pay where the employee is unable to work because the employee is quarantined (pursuant to Federal, State, or local government order or advice of a health care provider), and/or experiencing COVID-19 symptoms and seeking a medical diagnosis; or
  • Two weeks (up to 80 hours) of paid sick leave at two-thirds the employee’s regular rate of pay because the employee is unable to work because of a bona fide need to care for an individual subject to quarantine (pursuant to Federal, State, or local government order or advice of a health care provider), or to care for a child (under 18 years of age) whose school or child care provider is closed or unavailable for reasons related to COVID-19, and/or the employee is experiencing a substantially similar condition as specified by the Secretary of Health and Human Services, in consultation with the Secretaries of the Treasury and Labor; and
  • Up to an additional 10 weeks of paid expanded family and medical leave at two-thirds the employee’s regular rate of pay where an employee, who has been employed for at least 30 calendar days, is unable to work due to a bona fide need for leave to care for a child whose school or child care provider is closed or unavailable for reasons related to COVID-19.

 

Working Remotely

The transition for faculty and staff to remote working environments has been challenging, but also rewarding. The eLearning and IT teams have been working around the clock to ensure that faculty and staff are prepared, functioning and ready to assist students in their new academic environments.

For additional resources in working remotely, please visit the Faculty/Staff section of the dedicated PBSC coronavirus (COVID-19) update page.

Protective Measures for Vulnerable Populations

As the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic continues, it is important to discuss Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis’s Executive Order 20-83, which was issued Tuesday, March 24. The College strongly encourages all applicable students and employees to take note of this order.

The order, in part, urges persons over age 65 and those of any age with serious underlying medical conditions that place them at high risk of severe illness from the coronavirus (COVID-19) to stay home. Should you fall into one or both of these categories and are not already working remotely, please inform your supervisor immediately so alternative working arrangements can be made.

Supervisors should work with any such employees in their areas to immediately complete and implement an alternative work arrangement. If the employee’s duties cannot be performed remotely, supervisors should coordinate with their leaders and Human Resources to discuss all possible alternatives. 

You can review the governor’s executive orders as they are posted online by clicking here

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eLearning continues to support student and faculty, contact us via email/phone for remote assistance.   


Sidney Beitler, Ed.S.

Director, eLearning

Phone: 561.862.4782

Email: beitlers@palmbeachstate.edu
Web: Palm Beach State eLearning

Purpose:

  • Develop implementation plans to move courses from a traditional format to provide remote accessibility to courses during an
  • All LMS functionality are available for all course as faculty bring their content online during campus closure. Support resources will be available for both faculty and students.
  • This plan allows for flexibility as conditions

 

Steps:

  • Faculty gain familiarity with the LMS’ most basic
    • How to setup the course
    • Determine how to deliver course
    • Find creative ways of converting on site classroom activities into online
    • Utilize Blackboard Collaborate Ultra for synchronous virtual class

 

  1. Online Course Content
    1. Fully online courses continue to deliver
    2. Hybrid courses – conversion of course content to a digital format by:
      1. Convert entire course to an online
      2. Convert half of the course with the use of synchronous and asynchronous tools.
        1. Synchronous learning refers to a learning event in which a group of students are engaging in learning at the same time. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Synchronous_learning
        2. Asynchronous learning is a student-centered teaching method that uses online learning resources to facilitate information sharing outside the constraints of time and place among a network of people. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Asynchronous_learning
      3. Component courses and Gradebook courses are face-to-face classes will require the following steps – tutorials are available for both faculty and students in all GB and Component courses:
        1. Communicate with students to advise of changes and expectations and all plans during the times of transition, including when returning to original schedule.
        2. Review course syllabus and determine what will need to change during the transition (course policies, due dates, assignment and tests).
  • How Faculty deliver content to students remotely will need to be addressed. Many tools are available such as Blackboard Collaborate (online lectures), video lectures, various multimedia tools, discussion boards, Blackboard assessments, and other various

 

  1. Blackboard Collaborate to deliver lectures during scheduled class dates/times (Tutorial available through Support Tab inside all courses).
  2. Assignments and Assessments (Tutorial available through Support Tab inside all courses).
  3. Gradebook – recording of all grades in Grade Center (Tutorial available through Support Tab inside all courses).
  1. Student Engagement – creating alternatives for off-line activities to online
    1. Asynchronous Activities and
      1. Discussions (Tutorial available through Support Tab inside all courses).
      2. Assignments (Tutorial available through Support Tab inside all courses).
  • Tests and Quizzes (Tutorial available through Support Tab inside all courses).
  1. Having students watch or create videos and other multimedia items (Tutorial available through Support Tab inside all courses).
  2. Research
  1. Synchronous Activities and
    1. Collaborate – web conferencing tool in
      1. Delivery of lectures during scheduled class time - be sure to record sessions.

 

Getting Started:

  • Check with Associate Deans for information about required guidelines and
  • Select tools that can accomplish the tasks in the easiest method for you and your students.
  • Faculty can use both synchronous and asynchronous

 

Strategies

  • Communication is key for success – describe to students how to communicate, frequency of communication for expectations – questions and
  • Course Materials availability – be organized/ timely, concise, text and multimedia, accessible by computer, tablet and mobile
  • Lectures – keep accessibility in mind, record lectures, allow students to ask

  • Lab sessions – in the interim, consider activities that do not require physical presence in the lab such as procedures, data analysis, virtual labs with simulations (i.e. Merlot, publishers). Associate Deans are working on the best way to deliver these
  • Foster communication and collaboration among students. Utilize asynchronous tools and synchronous tools to best deliver your course content. Please provide clear expectations and ensure students participate by applying points in
  • Collect Assignments utilizing your Blackboard courses. Please instruct students to use common software such as Word documents when submitting

 

Assess student learning

  • Monitor student participation and record attendance in synchronous collaborate sessions.
  • Tests/ Quizzes to measure understanding of
  • Publisher Test Banks can be a good resource that can be loaded to the
  • Secure exams – may need to adjust expectations when facilities become

Palm Beach State College continues to monitor the evolving COVID-19 outbreak. The following are resources available to Palm Beach State College employees during this time of concern.

Florida Blue – Waiving copays and deductibles related to medical testing for the virus for members. Members should consult their health care provider if they are experiencing symptoms linked to the coronavirus, such as mild to severe respiratory symptoms, such as a cough and difficulty breathing, and a fever. If testing is needed, Florida Blue supports the work of providers, the Florida Department of Health and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to ensure COVID-19 testing is available. The tests are provided at no cost by state and federal health authorities and may soon be available at other laboratories.

Florida Blue will increase access to prescription medications by waiving early medication refill limits on 30-day prescription maintenance medications (consistent with member’s benefit plan) and/or encouraging members to use 90-day mail order benefit. Florida Blue will also ensure formulary flexibility if there are shortages or access issues. In the event of shortages or access issues, members will not be liable for the additional charges that stem from obtaining a non-preferred medication. Additional information can be found at www.Floridablue.com or by calling 1-800-352-2583.

New Directions EAP - members can talk to specially trained behavioral health counselors at no cost via a 24/7 toll-free help line at 833-848-1762. Additional information on the virus and precautions to take are available on their website at www.ndbh.com.

Teledoc – Members are strongly encouraged to take advantage of virtual care options in their plans for less serious medical issues. Seeking in-person care may lead to further spreading of the coronavirus. Please visit www.Teledoc.com or call 1-800-Teledoc.

Florida Department of Health – Resources on what you need to know and FAQs as well as locations for all Community Health Centers . Please visit www.floridahealth.gov. FDOH has opened a COVID-19 Call Center at 1-866-779-6121. Agents will answer questions Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

 

You and your family’s health are always our priority. We’re here to help you stay safe and help you get the care and information you need. If you have questions or need clarification regarding benefits, please feel free to contact the benefits team at benefits@palmbeachstate.edu.

 


PBSC Coronavirus (COVID-19) Past Updates


Summer 2020 Term Begins

Palm Beach State College is extremely excited to welcome back students to the Summer 2020 Term which began Monday, June 1. This summer will feature another full slate of remote and online courses while the College also conducts suspended Spring programs and other courses that could not make the transition to a virtual platform.

The lessons learned in spring will continue to develop as Palm Beach State builds an institution that embraces technology, innovation and inclusiveness.

Registration for summer and fall courses is currently open and students can enroll here.

CARES Act Emergency Financial Assistance Distribution                         

Palm Beach State has utilized the grant from the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund authorized by the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act for students to use for COVID-19 related expenses such as course materials and technology, food, housing, health care and childcare. As of June 1, 2020:

  • PBSC has distributed $7,776,500 to students.
  • PBSC has an estimated 30,000 students eligible to receive CARES Act funding.
  • PBSC has awarded funding to 9,162 students.

Spring 2020 Graduates Virtual Celebration

Starting June 8, a virtual celebration will begin with an online platform that will deliver many aspects of the College’s regular commencement exercise while also providing the opportunity to celebrate the spring 2020 graduates in a whole new way. The platform will feature special video remarks, allow graduates to commemorate their achievement and give friends, family and faculty the ability to praise the persistence and resiliency of these special students.

Please share their excitement on receiving this distinction by using #PBSCgrad or #PBSCgrad2020 on your social media posts. Friends, family and other members of the PBSC community are also encouraged to use #PBSCgrad and #PBSCgrad2020 to share their excitement and admiration for this very special graduating class.

Testing Centers

In order to meet student demand, campus testing centers began on-campus operations while implementing social distancing and sterilization guidelines. An appointment is necessary, and several exams are still being offered remotely. Additional student service offices will open throughout the summer as the county begins to lessen restrictions on social gatherings and business operations.

Student Laptop Loans and Distribution

 In the College’s continuing efforts to maintain remote academic instruction and provide PBSC students with the necessary tools for success, Palm Beach State College is excited to announce that a limited number of laptops and other peripheral devices will be available to students enrolled for summer classes.

Currently enrolled students can request a loaner laptop by completing this form https://webapps.palmbeachstate.edu/LibraryLaptopLoan/Default.aspx 

Upon receipt of application, you will be contacted directly with pickup instructions. Completion of this form does not guarantee that a laptop will be available. Laptops will be due back August 20, 2020.

Campus contact emails for questions:

Belle Glade & Loxahatchee Groves – westlibrarylrc@palmbeachstate.edu
Boca Raton & Lake Worth – licentral@palmbeachstate.edu
Palm Beach Gardens - penad@palmbeachstate.edu

Dear Panthers,

In keeping with the College’s promise to continuously update the PBSC community on all Palm Beach State College decisions as they relate to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, here are a few very important announcements that will ensure the safety, security and commitment of all PBSC Panthers.

 

Fall 2020 Modes of Instruction

 After serious consideration and consultation with local and state health officials, the College will move forward with planning for online, remote, virtual and if possible, face-to-face instruction for courses and programs in the fall. As of now, as the restrictions on social gatherings and other guidelines are in place, Palm Beach State College wants to be prepared to offer its full slate of academic offerings by any means necessary.

Over the summer term, PBSC will conduct in-person, face-to-face sessions, in small groups sizes, for a small group of programs. These courses and programs include, but are not limited to, academic pathways in health sciences, public safety, industry, manufacturing, trade and transportation. These sections will assist the College in ensuring that Palm Beach State can safely administer classes and labs on-campus and keep all students, faculty and staff safe at the same time.

 

The college’s goal for fall includes the ability to offer all academic opportunities from lectures to labs so that our students can continue their degree progress without interruption. If classes continue to be offered remotely, the College is confident that labs can be offered on campus in order to provide that pathway to completion.

As the future remains unpredictable, Palm Beach State leaders are hopeful that classes can resume in-person when the fall term begins on Monday, August 31, and will be prepared to convert classes back from remote instruction on a moment’s notice to meet the demands of the PBSC community.

Registration for fall courses is currently open and students can enroll here.

 

PBSC to Celebrate the Class of Spring 2020 Virtually

There are very few words that can describe this historic moment for Palm Beach State College and the efforts put forth by the College’s spring 2020 graduating class. Their resiliency, dedication and passion for seeing through their academic pursuits has made the entire PBSC community take notice of their special Panther Pride. Their success needs to be recognized and the College has a very special program planned.

Without the ability to celebrate their achievements in person, starting June 8, a virtual celebration will begin with an online platform that will deliver many aspects of the College’s regular commencement exercise while also providing the opportunity to celebrate the spring 2020 graduates in a whole new way. The platform will feature special video remarks, allow graduates to commemorate their achievement and give friends, family and faculty the ability to praise the persistence and resiliency of these special students.

Spring 2020 graduates will receive their diplomas 3-4 weeks after the spring term finishes and are encouraged to share their excitement on receiving this distinction by using #PBSCgrad or #PBSCgrad2020 on their social media posts. Friends, family and other members of the PBSC community are also encouraged to use #PBSCgrad and #PBSCgrad2020 to share their excitement and admiration for this very special graduating class.

Previously the College was hopeful to hold an in-person ceremony for spring and summer 2020 graduates in August but due to social distancing guidelines and protocols for large gatherings, those graduates will be offered the option to participate in the next in-person commencement ceremony, which is currently scheduled to be held in December, if conditions permit such an event.

 

Campus Phased Reopening

The College is making plans to slowly open the campuses in a phased approach. This week, campus testing centers began on-campus operations while implementing social distancing and sterilization guidelines. Additional student service offices will open throughout the summer as the county begins to lessen restrictions on social gatherings and business operations.

Campus bookstores are also operating with limited hours to assist students with books, rentals, returns and other supplies. Financial aid services, which can also be accessed remotely, will also be available in the bookstores. Students must have their PantherCard in order to use their financial aid at the bookstore. Students can add a photo online and have their PantherCard mailed to their home address.

 The College will remain steadfast in keeping everyone in the Panther Community safe and healthy by strictly enforcing all state, county and CDC guidelines.

Dear Panthers,

While we are unable to gather in person today to celebrate the amazing achievements of PBSC students, faculty and staff for their dedication and passion in completing the spring 2020 semester, it is important that the College recognizes those efforts and relays the message that Palm Beach State is continually committed to inspiring hope, advancing skills and transforming lives.

CLICK HERE TO VIEW A MESSAGE FROM PBSC PRESIDENT AVA L. PARKER

Spring 2020 by the Numbers

The spring term of 2020 will definitely be one to remember. As the semester ends, here is a brief recap of what was accomplished by our outstanding panther students, faculty and staff:

  • 2,478 total class sections were converted to remote instruction
  • Over 350 laptops and peripheral devices were loaned to students to complete their studies
  • More than 800 pounds of food was donated by the Panther’s Pantry
  • Hundreds of surgical masks, gloves, gowns, hand sanitizers and other personalized protective equipment were donated to local hospitals as well as several ventilators

As this week would have marked the College’s annual spring commencement ceremony, here are just a few points to share about how remarkable our PBSC students can be:

  •  2,854 students will graduate, of which 1,283 are first-generation students
  • 43 students will receive their AA at the same time or before receiving their high school diploma
  • 60 veterans and active military are receiving a total of 66 degrees and certificates
  • 607 students are receiving at least their second award with PBSC
  • One student is receiving his 7th award
  • PBSC spring graduates range in age from 16 to 74

All panther graduates, along with their friends, families and faculty, are encouraged to post graduation photos and favorite PBSC memories by using #PBSCgrad on social media so we can celebrate as a community.

Palm Beach State Summer Hours

Starting Monday, May 9, and running through Friday, August 14, all PBSC campuses and services will be closed on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays. The first Friday closing will be on May 15. The College will return to a 5-day workweek the week of Monday, August 17.

The general hours for campuses and remote worksites during this period over the summer will be Monday – Thursday from 7:00 am to 10:00 pm. Operating hours may vary by department or service.

The College and its services will also be closed on Monday, May 25, in observance of Memorial Day.

The College will continue to provide excellent service to students, the public and fellow employees during the compressed workweeks.

 

Dear Panthers,

As our commitment to inspiring hope, advancing skills and transforming lives guide our PBSC community toward academic success, it is this time of year that the Palm Beach State community usually celebrates the accomplishments of recent and upcoming graduates.

With the onset of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, the College has taken all measures to ensure your safety and health, while at the same time remaining steadfast in providing dedicated tools and resources to continue your path towards success.

As the semester winds down, Palm Beach State College would like to thank, congratulate and applaud all PBSC Panthers for their resiliency, dedication and pride in working through these very difficult times.

Spring Semester Conclusion

The Spring 2020 commencement exercise has been currently postponed until the end of the summer term. Therefore, those students who are completing their academic programs this semester will still receive their diplomas in the mail approximately 3 weeks after the term ends.

And as one term ends, another one begins. Summer courses will resume Monday, June 1, and there is no better time than now to enroll for summer courses and get even closer to completion at Palm Beach State College. Classes will be held online, giving you added flexibility as you juggle your other priorities. It is important to enroll soon to ensure you get the classes you need, so register now.

Registration for fall courses begin Monday, May 18, and you can stay current with all the updates that have been made to PBSC’s academic calendar here.

Current PBSC students can request official PBSC transcripts to transfer to a university or send to other academic institutions electronically. Any additional forms can be uploaded during the transcript request process. Access to request an official PBSC transcript can be found in PantherWeb.

CARES Act Emergency Financial Assistance for Students

Palm Beach State College will soon begin distributing more than $9.4 million in emergency cash grants directly to students whose lives and education have been impacted by the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

The grants are from the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund authorized by the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act for students to use for COVID-19 related expenses such as course materials and technology, food, housing, health care and childcare. 

Currently enrolled students who qualify for this emergency relief will receive a notification on how to apply and receive these funds.

Updated Campus Bookstore Hours

The College will be re-opening campus bookstores to help students prepare for the summer terms for limited dates and hours beginning Monday, May 11.

The stores will only allow 50% capacity inside at one time, and staff will continually disinfect regular touchpoints. They will also wear facial coverings. Customers at the store are also encouraged to wear facial coverings and practice social distancing as marked in the stores.

While the stores will be open, students are encouraged to order books online and have them shipped for free to their homes.

Student Laptop Loans and Distribution

Laptops and other peripheral devices that were borrowed for the spring semester are due on or before Friday, May 8.  Students who borrowed a device for spring classes, and who have enrolled in summer classes, will have their due dates automatically extended though the end of the summer term in which they are enrolled.

For those students who are not enrolled in summer classes, devices can be returned at the following college locations at the dates and times below:

Lake Worth Campus Library: Monday, May 4, to Friday, May 8, from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Palm Beach Gardens Campus Library: Friday, May 8, from 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. and Saturday, May 9, from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

The campus libraries will only be open to accept returns of loaned devices. All other library services remain available online.

Palm Beach State College Cares

For additional updates please visit our Coronavirus (COVID-19) update website. This website contains all updates from the College as it pertains to the campus operations, remote instruction and virtual services. You will also find the latest information from local, state and federal health officials on how to protect yourself and those around you.

Thank you, be well and remember to remain Panther Proud and Panther Strong!

Dear Panthers,

These are indeed unprecedented times. To that end, the College is constantly reminded to the pride, strength and devotion of its students, faculty and staff. From converting classes to remote instruction to adapting and excelling by working and learning at home, Palm Beach State College is proving to be the heart of Palm Beach County in so many ways.

And to continue this Panther Pledge, Palm Beach State College remains steadfast in providing the most up-to-date information regarding the disease and implementing measures to keep the PBSC community safe and healthy.

Emergency Financial Assistance for Students

Approximately $9.4 million in CARES Act funding will be distributed as emergency cash grants to students whose lives and education have been affected by the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. The purpose of the CARES Act funding is to provide aid for students to use towards COVID-19 related expenses such as food, housing, technology, health care, childcare, course materials and other educational costs.

Palm Beach State submitted a certification form to receive the federal funds and is awaiting guidance and disbursement of the emergency cash grants from the federal Department of Education. More details will follow in the coming weeks.

Summer & Fall Registration

With all the uncertainty that lies ahead, Palm Beach State College is proud to continue providing its academic offerings and inspiring hope to thousands of dedicated students. The College is committed to doing all it can to help you on your path towards graduation and recommends the following two steps:

  1. Register for summer classes. Classes will be held online, giving you added flexibility as you juggle your other priorities. Ensure you get the classes you need and register now.
     
  2. Contact your advisor, the financial aid office and/or campus registrar with any concerns or issues. Visit this webpage for their contact information.

PBSC is currently working on additional funding support from a variety of public and private sources to address the financial needs and obstacles to enrollment that you may be facing during this time.

Registration for fall courses begin Monday, May 18, and you can stay current with all the updates that have been made to PBSC’s academic calendar here.

Summer Parking Fees

The College understands that due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, commuting to PBSC campuses will not be as regular as previous terms. Therefore, the parking fee will be waived or refunded for summer.

Summer Youth College Goes Virtual

Parents seeking educational and fun programs for their children this summer have options with PBSC’s popular Summer Youth College (SYC) which will offer its full variety of programing for children ages 8-16 with online and virtual sessions starting Monday, June 8. With classes in science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics, the SYC is a wonderful place for young panthers to experience Palm Beach State College.

Palm Beach State College Cares

For additional updates please visit our Coronavirus (COVID-19) update website. This website contains all updates from the College as it pertains to the campus operations, remote instruction and virtual services. You will also find the latest information from local, state and federal health officials on how to protect yourself and those around you.

Thank you, be well and remember to remain Panther Proud and Panther Strong!

Dear Panther Family,

Palm Beach State College is so extremely proud of its community, sticking together, staying safe and continuing to pursue academic excellence. It is at times like these that persistence becomes character and the power of PBSC shines through all of you. The College can see you all showing your Panther Pride as you tag your social media posts with #PBSCstaysHome and share with the world our new normal.

Commencement

PBSC is excited to announce that it plans to hold a special commencement ceremony celebrating the 2020 graduates for the spring and summer terms. The commencement ceremony will be held Friday, August 21, at the Palm Beach County Convention Center. Further details are being considered and will be provided at a later date. The College is hopeful that by this time, we can gather and commemorate this glorious occasion.

Additional Financial Aid Available

With registration for summer courses now open, and fall course registration opening later this month, now is the best time to stay on the path to graduation. The College is committed to doing all it can to help you and recommend the following two steps:

  1. Register for summer classes. Classes will be held online, giving you added flexibility as you juggle your other priorities. Ensure you get the classes you need and register now.
     
  2. Contact your advisor, the financial aid office and/or campus registrar with any concerns or issues. Visit this webpage for their contact information.

PBSC is currently working on additional funding support from a variety of public and private sources to address the financial needs and obstacles to enrollment that you may be facing during this time.

Academic Calendar Update

Due to the College’s transition to remote instruction for a majority of its courses, changes to the academic calendar had to be made. To provide faculty and staff time to continue to develop the resources and tools for students to be successful in remote learning environments, summer courses will commence on June 1. The fall semester in turn will start August 31.

Summer A: Classes June 1 – July 9 (faculty will report May  28)

Summer B: Classes July 13 – August 21

Summer C: Classes June 1 – August 21 (faculty will report May  28)

Fall 2020: Classes August 31 – December 18 (faculty will report August  21)

Palm Beach State College Cares

For additional updates please visit our Coronavirus (COVID-19) update website. This website contains all updates from the College as it pertains to the campus operations, remote instruction and virtual services. You will also find the latest information from local, state and federal health officials on how to protect yourself and those around you.

Thank you, be well and remember to remain Panther Proud and Panther Strong!

 

Dear Panther Family,

As the College begins its final stretch towards the end of the Spring 2020 semester, PBSC is proud that the entire Panther Community has done its part to keep each other safe, healthy and motivated to continue learning.

Spring 2020 Commencement

As Palm Beach State College has continued to inspire hope, advance skills and transform lives throughout this historic time, it remains imperative that the College celebrate the achievements made by its students and faculty.

However, due to social and physical distancing guidelines prescribed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the state and national stay at home directives, the College has decided to postpone the May graduation ceremonies and celebrate our Spring and Summer 2020 graduates in August. More details will follow with specific information on how the college will commemorate this outstanding graduating class.

The College is extremely proud of all PBSC graduates and will ensure that this milestone academic achievement is recognized.

Summer 2020 Registration

With the announcement last week that all classes held during Summer session will be delivered via remote instruction, now is the time to register for your courses and continue on your path towards academic success. Schedule an appointment with your advisor, speak with your professors and plan your next PBSC step today! For more information, please visit our Summer Session Registration page.

The College may revisit the plan for complete remote instruction during summer sessions if restrictions change and CDC guidelines are updated.

For students beginning their Palm Beach State College journey in the Summer of 2020, please register for New Student Orientation here: https://www.palmbeachstate.edu/orientation

Student Laptop Loan Distribution

While the initial supply of laptops and peripheral devices were all distributed to students in need, the College is proud to announce that through the efforts of our PBSC Libraries, IT and the PBSC Foundation more devices are now available to students.

Should students need assistance, they can contact PBSC Lake Worth Library Learning Resources Director Rob Krull at krullr@palmbeachstate.edu, (561) 868-3706. Appointments to pick up devices can also be made online here: https://www.palmbeachstate.edu/library

Distribution of laptops and peripheral devices will continue only at the Lake Worth campus until Monday, April 13, at 5 p.m.

#PBSCstaysHome

As we all attempt to navigate this new normal, Palm Beach State College has launched the #PBSCstaysHome social media campaign. By adding this hashtag to your posts and tweets, the College will be able to compile a visual compendium of how the entire PBSC community is adapting to life during this pandemic. So, start sharing your at-home study spaces, self-care tips, pets, hobbies, quarantine recipes, dance challenges and other social distancing techniques so the whole world can see how Panther Proud you are!

Spring Holiday

As a reminder, this Friday, April 10, is the College’s spring holiday. No classes will be held, and all offices will be closed. Take this opportunity to spend more time with your friends, family and loved ones. Please take this time to refresh, regroup and prepare to finish the Spring semester of 2020 with purpose.

Thank you, be well and remember to remain Panther Proud and Panther Strong!

Dear Panther Family,

As our world changes and the impact of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic continues to develop, Palm Beach State College remains steadfast in providing the most up-to-date information regarding the disease and implementing measures to keep the PBSC community safe and healthy.

“Safer at Home” State Order

In response to Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis’s Executive Order 20-91 issued today, April 1, which imposes a set of “safer at home” guidelines for the entire state; Palm Beach State College, in an abundance of safety and precautionary measures, will further restrict access to each campus to essential personnel.

Libraries and Student Laptop Loan Distribution

As the supply of laptops and peripheral devices are nearing depletion and the complete suite of library-related resources are now available remotely, all Palm Beach State College libraries will be closed as of Wednesday, April 1, at 5 p.m. until further notice. The College is continuing to secure additional devices to meet student demand. Students should continue to contact the individuals listed below should they need assistance.

    Boca Raton – Dr. Roy M. Vargas, vargasr@palmbeachstate.edu, (561) 862-4410
    Belle Glade – Dr. LaTanya McNeal, mcneall@palmbeachstate.edu, (561) 993-1128
    Lake Worth – Rob Krull, krullr@palmbeachstate.edu, (561) 868-3706
    Loxahatchee Groves – Edward Willey, willeye@palmbeachstate.edu, (561) 790-9006
    Palm Beach Gardens – Dr. David S. Pena, penad@palmbeachstate.edu, (561) 207-5810

Campus Access

As previously mentioned, the College will continue to transition faculty and staff to remote working conditions. Until further notice, all PBSC campuses are closed to visitors and can only be accessed by employees, as necessary, in coordination with their campus provost (or executive dean) and security.

Remote Instruction to Continue for Summer Terms

As another added precaution, the College has decided to extend its period of remote instruction to include all 2020 summer sessions. These include Summer A, Summer B and Summer C sessions.

The College may revisit the plan for complete remote instruction during summer sessions if restrictions change and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidelines are updated.

Palm Beach State College Cares

For additional updates please visit our Coronavirus (COVID-19) update website. This website contains all updates from the College as it pertains to the campus operations, remote instruction and virtual services. You will also find the latest information from local, state and federal health officials on how to protect yourself and those around you.

Thank you, be well and remember to remain Panther Proud and Panther Strong!

Dear Panther Family,

As the College comes to the close of its first week of remote instruction, the new normal of Palm Beach State College has begun to take shape. As the situation surrounding the coronavirus (COVID-19) continues to develop, it remains imperative that the entire PBSC community stay connected and updated on all aspects of this unprecedented event.

Non-Essential Business Classification

As many counties and municipalities are beginning to institute “Stay-at-Home” orders, it is important to clarify what businesses are considered “non-essential” or “non-critical” and how these orders affect Palm Beach State College.

Please be advised that public colleges and universities are not included in these orders, as these entities do not have jurisdiction over Florida College System (FCS) and State University System (SUS) institutions.

In any case, the College has remained steadfast in preserving the safety and health of all students, faculty and staff by maintaining open communication with local and state health officials and following all Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidelines as they are related to the coronavirus (COVID-19). The College encourages the entire PBSC community to stay home and safe, but please understand that it is necessary for limited personnel to be on our campuses in order to provide the services necessary to continue academic instruction.

Student Laptop Loans and Distribution

In the College’s continuing efforts to maintain remote academic instruction and provide PBSC students with the necessary tools for success, Palm Beach State College is excited to announce that a limited number of laptops and other peripheral devices will be available to students on loan through Friday, May 8.

For students to request a device, they must contact their campus library director or administrator:


The campus library director or administrator will work with each request and discuss the loan procedure, arrange the distribution point on campus, verify the student’s identity and ensure the student signs the laptop agreement.

Distribution of laptops and other peripheral devices will occur Friday, March 27 – Friday, April 3 between 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. at separate times and locations designated by each campus representative. Devices must be returned no later than close of business day on Friday, May 8.

Please be advised that students will be required to log on to their loaned devices while on campus for it to function properly off campus. The College will enforce all CDC guidelines related to the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak in order to maintain a safe space for distribution to occur.

Working Remotely

The transition for faculty and staff to remote working environments has been challenging, but also rewarding. The eLearning and IT teams have been working around the clock to ensure that faculty and staff are prepared, functioning and ready to assist students in their new academic environments. For additional resources in working remotely, please visit the Faculty/Staff section of the dedicated PBSC coronavirus (COVID-19) update page.

Protective Measures for Vulnerable Populations As the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic continues, it is important to discuss Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis’s Executive Order 20-83, which was issued Tuesday, March 24. The College strongly encourages all applicable students and employees to take note of this order.

The order, in part, urges persons over age 65 and those of any age with serious underlying medical conditions that place them at high risk of severe illness from the coronavirus (COVID-19) to stay home. Should you fall into one or both of these categories and are not already working remotely, please inform your supervisor immediately so alternative working arrangements can be made.

Supervisors should work with any such employees in their areas to immediately complete and implement an alternative work arrangement. If the employee’s duties cannot be performed remotely, supervisors should coordinate with their leaders and Human Resources to discuss all possible alternatives.

You can review the governor’s executive orders as they are posted online by clicking here.

Palm Beach State College Cares

For additional updates please visit our Coronavirus (COVID-19) update website. This website contains all updates from the College as it pertains to the campus operations, remote instruction and virtual services. You will also find the latest information from local, state and federal health officials on how to protect yourself and those around you.

The College understands the challenges you are experiencing during these extremely difficult times, so please know that Palm Beach State College will stick with you and support you.

Thank you, be well and remember to remain Panther Proud and Panther Strong!

Update #1

Dear Panther Family,

This has been a historic transition for Palm Beach State College. Throughout our storied past we have encountered several obstacles but none that compares to what we are currently facing. Amid this unprecedented situation, you have all persevered and are prepared to tackle the challenges we face today.

To the students of Palm Beach State College, there has been no greater effort seen to adjust to our new normal and take on the challenge of remote instruction in such a positive way. These panther students are truly the engine that keep this college going and their dedication has everyone at the College impressed and impassioned.

Please be assured that Palm Beach State College and the entire leadership team are working on the issues that you are thinking about and experiencing in order to anticipate matters that will be front and center in the future. The College is taking into account every message, social media comment and concern received and is working with colleagues around the state to make decisions that are thoughtful, legally sound and in concert with mandates from local, state and federal authorities, including the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Class is Back in Session

This week, the spring semester resumed with a transition to remote instruction. While we understand this may be a difficult shift, we understand your issues and are ready and willing to provide the assistance necessary to complete your coursework for this semester. Our faculty and staff have been preparing for the past week in order to provide our full array of services to our students in a virtual manner. All the updated hours of operation and contact information for such services can be found on our dedicated PBSC Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update Website.

Although most of the College’s classes and courses were able to make the transition to remote learning, leadership had to make the difficult decision to suspend a few courses. The College weighed every alternative before making that decision.

Blackboard Support

As we all transition into the virtual life of Palm Beach State College, it remains imperative that the College offer resources, support and assistance in learning within the Blackboard platform. PBSC has dedicated assistance provided for faculty and staff, for more information please use the following forms of contact:


Student Services FAQs

With this change in teaching method and the stresses that come along with it, we recognize that our students will have a variety of questions, concerns and issues. With that in mind, PBSC has developed a single source FAQ section dedicated to the changes the College has made as it relates to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic and the changes that have occurred in our academic instruction. To view these frequently asked questions, please visit our Student Services FAQs page. This page will be updated daily as the coronavirus (COVID-19) situation develops.

PBSC Call Center

As an added method of contact, the Palm Beach State College Enrollment Processing Call Center is available to answer all your questions as they relate to admissions, registration, academic advising, financial aid, testing and a host of other academic and student service topics. To reach the call center, call 561-967-7222, 561-868-3350 or toll free at 866-576-7222, Monday – Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. You can also interact with our call center via our Live Chat feature on the PBSC website.

PBSC Libraries

Keeping spaces open on our campuses to faculty, staff and students is important in order to maintain the level of service required to properly provide an education to our students. Our libraries play an important role in support of teaching, learning, research and other activities and therefore the College has made the decision to keep the campus libraries open. The libraries allow students to utilize technology that they may not have available at home. They offer materials that students need in order to complete their coursework. Also, the libraries house several areas for faculty, staff and students to safely work and provide remote services.

The libraries will continue to strictly enforce CDC guidelines pertaining to social distancing, gathering and health precaution. Additional hand sanitizing stations have been added, maintenance staff have increased their cleaning and sanitation services to these areas and every precaution will be made in order to maintain these areas as safe as possible.

The College encourages everyone to use the library’s remote services as much as possible and here is a link to those services and resources for distance learning students: http://palmbeachstate.libguides.com/DL

The libraries at the Lake Worth, Palm Beach Gardens and Belle Glade campuses will remain open and operational for PBSC students, faculty and staff (Panther Card identification must be provided) Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. until further notice (with the exception of the Belle Glade campus which closes at noon on Fridays).

Palm Beach State College continues to actively monitor information and updates about the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic from the CDC, the Florida Department of Health (FDOH) and other entities with the health and safety of our students, faculty and staff as our top priority.

Thank you, be well and remember to remain Panther Proud and Panther Strong!

 

Update #2

Dear Panther Family,

In our continued effort to keep our PBSC community updated on all aspects of the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, the College would like to provide an important update and let you know the steps that have been taken to address the matter.

The College has learned that a PBSC employee at the Lake Worth campus tested positive for the coronavirus (COVID-19). The College has confirmed this report through the Florida Department of Health (FDOH). This individual was last on the Lake Worth campus on Monday, March 16.

The College immediately contacted all PBSC faculty, staff and students who are known to have been in close contact with the employee. Those individuals have been advised to consult with their medical professionals and follow the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and FDOH guidelines as they pertain to self-quarantine.

The College has already secured all areas visited by this individual and will continue to follow CDC and FDOH protocols for remedial sanitization of these areas.

We will continue to do everything we can to keep our PBSC community safe.

For additional information regarding the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, continue to check our dedicated website, monitor our social media accounts and check your college email.

 

Dear Panther Family,

Please click here to view a short message from President Ava L. Parker, J.D.

We thank everyone for their efforts in preparing the College’s transition to remote instruction which will start on Monday, March 23, and continue until the end of the spring semester May 7. Your faculty, professors and instructors are available for you to assist with the transition, so we encourage you to continue to keep in contact with them in order to assess your needs and to prepare to resume coursework next week.

Throughout this difficult time, the College’s primary focus will remain the health and safety of the PBSC community.

As we prepare for classes to resume this Monday, March 23 - here are a few updates on services for our fellow panthers:

Library Access

Our libraries play an important role in support of teaching, learning, research and other activities. In anticipation of the need to supply access to our PBSC family, beginning March 23, the libraries at the Lake Worth, Palm Beach Gardens and Belle Glade campuses will remain open and operational for PBSC students, faculty and staff (Panther Card identification must be provided) Monday through Friday from 8

a.m. to 5 p.m. until further notice (with the exception of the Belle Glade campus which closes at noon on Fridays).

The libraries will enforce social distancing protocols as dictated by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and have hand sanitizing wipes available for library users. Library staff and facilities personnel have increased cleaning protocols of library equipment and spaces.

Online Tutoring Services

Beginning Monday, March 23rd, Palm Beach State College Student Learning Centers (SLC) will be offering fully online tutoring for students.

Appointment times are available Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday from 9:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.; Friday from 9:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday from 12:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. You can begin setting up your appointment by visiting https://palmbeachstate.mywconline.com/

If you need additional help or have questions, please visit the SLC Website or call 561-862-4485.

Panther’s Pantry

Due to depleted resources, beginning Monday, March 23rd, the Panther’s Pantry will be closed until further notice. Please continue to check the Panther’s Pantry webpage for updated information. For a list of food pantries and related resource available throughout Palm Beach County, please check the student development webpage.

Continued Coronavirus (COVID-19) Updates

For additional updates please visit our Coronavirus (COVID-19) update website. This website contains all updates from the College as it pertains to the campus operations, remote instruction and virtual services. You will also find the latest information from local, state and federal health officials on how to protect yourself and those around you.

Thank you, be well and remember to remain Panther Proud and Panther Strong!

 

Dear Panther Community,

Clarification on Remote Learning and Campus Availability

The Florida Department of Education has directed all Florida College System institutions to deploy all available resources to operate virtually or through other remote means for the remainder of the 2020 spring semester. Campuses are recommended to be closed to most regular activities, and institutions should adhere to the CDC’s guidelines for mass gatherings and community events when continuing operations that, to the greatest extent possible, support remote student learning, including delivery of educational and student services and resources.

Palm Beach State College remains open virtually and will continue to provide its services to students remotely through the end of the semester. Remote instruction will commence Monday, March 23, and continue until the end of the spring semester.

Transitioning to Remote Work

The College continues to transition its faculty and staff to remote working locations. By Monday, March 23, as many members of the PBSC family will be fully functional to provide their services virtually or remotely. For those individuals who cannot perform their duties remotely, the College is developing plans to reassign their duties, provide safe working conditions on campus (based on CDC social distancing guidelines) and ensure that all faculty and staff have job duties that can be performed throughout this period. If an individual cannot perform job duties as assigned they will work with their supervisor and Human Resources to develop an alternative plan of work, if possible.

If you are a member of the PBSC community and test positive for the coronavirus (COVID-19):

1. Students, please contact your specific campus student deans:


2. Faculty/Staff, please contact your supervisor.

If you have questions about your potential exposure to the virus, follow the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s COVID-19 Risk Assessment and Public Health Management Decision Making guide.

Anyone who tests positive must also follow the requirements of self-quarantine.

PBSC continues to closely monitor the evolving coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. The health and safety of students, faculty and staff is the highest priority and PBSC officials are working closely with local, state and federal agencies to share the most updated information. For additional updates please visit our Coronavirus (COVID-19) update website.

College Remains Virtually Open

The College remains open virtually and will continue to provide its services to students remotely through the end of the semester.

Campuses are available with restricted access and the College will adhere to the latest guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The College is also following social distancing protocols and will continue to do so as they are updated.

Faculty and Staff are Transitioning to Remote Work Conditions

Faculty and staff have been advised to prepare to work remotely by providing plans to their supervisors and working with IT for technology needs in order to provide the College’s full slate of services without having to visit campus. Once remote work plans have been approved by their supervisor, faculty and staff can begin working remotely. The College is preparing to have as many faculty and staff working remotely by Monday, March 23. Exceptions are anticipated and will be addressed on an individual basis. For those individuals who still need access to College facilities, the campuses will remain open, with limited access, but will adhere stringently to the CDC’s guidelines for social distancing and health protocols.

Student Preparation for Remote Instruction

Since the decision was made to transition to remote instruction (with special considerations for certain programs yet to be determined), faculty and staff have been in contact with their students to assess their needs and prepare them to resume their course work. The College remains diligent in continuing the academic progress of its students.

No Confirmed Cases of Coronavirus at PBSC

At this time, the College does not have any confirmed reports of students, faculty or staff who have been diagnosed with the coronavirus (COVID-19). The College continues to work closely with the Florida Department of Health to ensure the safety and health of all individuals in the PBSC community.

Spring Development Day Converted to a Day of Instruction

Due to the week of suspended class instruction, Spring Development Day has been converted to a day of instruction. 

Dear Panther Family,

As the College continues its preparation for remote instruction and remote work conditions, here is an update on certain services and hours of operation for the remainder of this week.

The safety and health of the Palm Beach County community is a foremost concern for Palm Beach State College.

REMINDERS

  • Saturday, March 14 to Sunday, March 22: Classes suspended
  • All events on campus including Athletics and Theater shows have been canceled until further notice.
  • All Music Department performances throughout March and April have been canceled. 

 

PANTHER’S PANTRY

The Panther’s Pantry will remain open and continue its services to assist our entire community with their needs. The Panther’s Pantry will have pre-bagged packages of goods available for pickup. Please contact the Panther‘s Pantry at 561-868-3980 or visit their website for more information.

STUDENT SUPPORT SERVICES

Effective Wednesday March 18, all academic and student service locations will be closed to students as we prepare to assist students during remote instruction. Advisors for admissions, registration, financial aid and all other services are still available via the Palm Beach State College Call Center at 561-868-3350 , 561-967-7222 or toll free at 866-576-7222.


DINING SERVICES

Please be advised that effective Wednesday, March 18, all dining facilities on all campuses, including Dunkin’ locations, will be closed until further notice.

After Tuesday, if you are coming to campus for work, use of services or other appointments, please plan accordingly.

BOOKSTORES

Please be advised that effective Wednesday, March 18, all bookstore locations on all campuses, will be closed until further notice.

LIBRARIES, STUDENT LEARNING CENTERS & COMPUTER LABS

Libraries, Student Learning Centers (SLC) and Computer Labs will be closed during this class suspension period in order to prepare these areas for virtual tutoring and computer access for the beginning of remote instruction which starts Monday, March 23.

Saturday, March 14 to Sunday, March 22: Classes suspended

The College is monitoring student centers and services daily to provide updated hours of operation based on need.

Faculty and Staff

Effective Monday, March 16, staff and faculty will transition to remote work with some exceptions.

The transition to remote work, remote instruction, and limiting the number of people on campuses is part of the College's continuing effort to actively monitor information and updates from our federal, state and local health officials and provide the safest work environment while allowing for course instruction to continue.

Employees who are required to be physically present at work will coordinate with their immediate supervisors on plans that ensure a safe working environment during this time.

Staff and faculty will work directly with their supervisors to develop remote work plans and to work with IT services in order to have the most effective remote work environment developed.

The College’s eLearning team has begun to work with faculty members to provide assistance in this transition. The College will remain open to provide certain academic and students services available to students who require them.

Students

Saturday, March 14 to Sunday, March 22: Classes suspended

All course instruction, including courses currently being offered online, will be suspended for students effective Saturday, March 14 through Sunday, March 22, for the College to make the necessary preparations to provide remote instruction beginning on Monday, March 23.

Based on the latest developments of the COVID-19 outbreak in Florida and in particular Palm Beach County, Palm Beach State College will transition its spring courses to remote instruction. Staff and faculty will continue to report to their regular work location to ensure the continuation of services to students throughout the entirety of the spring semester. The College is not closing.

Faculty and Staff

All staff and faculty will continue to report to campus so we can ready for the transition. The College will remain operational and all staff and faculty will report to work as scheduled.

As this situation continues to develop, we want to thank you for your continued support and diligence through this very difficult time.

For additional information, continue to check our dedicated website, monitor our social media accounts and check your college email.

Dear Panther family,

Palm Beach State College continues to actively monitor information and updates about the Coronavirus (COVID-19) from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Florida Department of Health and other entities with the health and safety of our students, faculty and staff as our top priority.


Academic continuity

We are aware that FAU is closing its campuses to students for two weeks effective Monday, March 16. PBSC, in consultation and alignment with the other 27 colleges in the Florida College System, will remain open and in operation. We are currently preparing plans and operations to convert classes to remote or online instruction if necessary. The administration will work with faculty and students to ensure that they have the needed resources to make the move online.


Self-quarantine

As noted in a previous communication, PBSC requires all employees and students to proactively self-quarantine and avoid contact with others for 14 days if they have traveled to impacted Level 2 and Level 3 countries (China, Iran, Italy, South Korea and Japan) and are showing signs of illness. In addition, the Florida Department of Health is now recommending that anyone who has returned from any international travel or cruise within the last 14 days and has a fever or shortness of breath should call their health care provider or county health department.

If you choose to self-quarantine, please notify your supervisor or student dean immediately.


Hand sanitizing stations

We are adding signage to help students and employees better identify hand-sanitizing stations on campus, as well as encouraging students, faculty and staff to continue to practice recommended safety tips from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Florida Department of Health, which include often washing hands with soap and water for 20 seconds.


Student and employee travel

The College has suspended all College-related international and out-of-state travel indefinitely.

In addition to email, updates are being posted on the College website banner.  We will continue to keep you updated.

Other important links include the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Florida Department of Health.

Palm Beach State College continues to closely monitor the evolving coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. The safety and health of the PBSC community is a foremost concern for the College. The College will continue to monitor the situation and communicate with health agencies in order to determine if any further action is necessary.

CAMPUS PREPAREDNESS

During Spring Break, the Palm Beach State College Facilities Department has implemented heightened measures to ensure the cleanliness of the campus upon our return. The facilities team and custodial services department are following best practices in cleaning procedures, deep cleaning high traffic areas, adequately stocking and maintaining sanitizing dispensers and installing additional guidance posters with safety information. The College will also increase the amount of sanitizing dispensers on campus. Facilities will continue this action plan upon return from Spring Break as well.

PROACTIVE SELF-QUARANTINE

Following guidance from Governor Ron DeSantis and State Surgeon General Dr. Scott Rivkees, PBSC requires all students, faculty, staff who have traveled to impacted Level 2 & 3 countries (China, Iran, Italy, South Korea and Japan) within the past two weeks, to self-quarantine at home and avoid contact with others for 14 days. 

Any students who have traveled to these impacted countries can direct questions or academic concerns to their specific campus student deans who will work with faculty to assist you in the case that you experience any difficulty in completing coursework or attending classes. Your success is extremely important to us.

For any faculty and staff that have travelled to these impacted countries, please contact your immediate supervisor for any questions and concerns.

TRAVEL PRECAUTION

PBSC has suspended all College-related travel to countries issued a Level 2 or 3 warning and will continue to follow travel guidelines as provided by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). For those concerned with international travel precautions, please visit the CDC’s website for complete information: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/travelers/index.html

HEALTH PRECAUTION

If you are experiencing flu-like symptoms (fever, cough, shortness of breath), see your health care provider immediately.

Call ahead to a healthcare professional if you develop a fever and symptoms of respiratory illness, such as cough or difficulty breathing, and have been in close contact with a person known to have COVID-19 or if you live in or have recently traveled to an area with ongoing spread. Tell your healthcare professional about your recent travel or contact. Your healthcare professional will work with the public health department and CDC to determine if you need to be tested for COVID-19.

Anyone with a confirmed or suspected diagnosis of coronavirus will be guided by the treating physician and the Florida Department of Health on steps for treatment.

Once again, for students experiencing symptoms, please contact your campus student dean for any questions or academic concerns. Faculty and staff, please contact your immediate supervisor with any concerns as well.

PREVENTION

Aside from the additional activities the facilities team will be undertaking to protect our campuses, the College suggests following these steps to protect yourself and those around you:

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
  • If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol. Always wash hands with soap and water if hands are visibly dirty.

HELPFUL LINKS

Palm Beach State College is collaborating closely with the Florida Department of Health in Palm Beach County (FDOH) to monitor the current outbreak of the coronavirus COVID-19 worldwide. The Florida Department of Health, in coordination with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), is actively working to ensure that accurate and up-to-date information is provided to local partners, including Palm Beach State College.

Thus far, no cases have been reported in Florida. However, the College is prepared to proceed with emergency operations protocol to assist and support students, faculty and staff should the virus impact our community in any way.

The safety and health of the PBSC community is a foremost concern for the College.

The College will continue to monitor the situation and communicate with health agencies in order to determine if any further action is necessary. For more information, including links to FDOH resources, please visit: http://www.floridahealth.gov/diseases-and-conditions/COVID-19/index.html

WHAT YOU CAN DO

Below are actions that help prevent the spread of respiratory viruses:

• Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
• Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
• Stay home when you are sick.
• Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
• Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
• Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
• If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol. Always wash hands with soap and water if hands are visibly dirty.

TRAVEL PRECAUTIONS

For those concerned with international travel precautions, please visit the CDC’s website for complete information: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/travelers/index.html

For any updates, please continue to visit our website, monitor our social media accounts and check your college email.

 


Non PBSC Resources


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