Coronavirus Preparedness

Pittsburgh Theological Seminary is taking preventative measures to protect the well-being of our community as the coronavirus outbreak continues to be a rapidly changing situation. 

Here you'll see several campus communications regarding the coronavirus and related resources.

You'll find the COVID-19 campus visit questionnaire, required for all visitors, employees, and students here: https://livesafe.jotform.com/211685051786158.

July 21, 2021

Dear PTS Community,

At its meeting this week, the Coronavirus Response Team evaluated Phase 2 of reopening, which began on July 6. Thank you all for doing everything you have been doing to make this process go as smoothly as it has gone so far. As we get closer to the anticipated Phase 3 reopening date (Aug. 23), the CRT will release more information, including the various metrics it is using to guide its decisions. The CRT is reviewing data points like test positivity rates, vaccination rates, and community transmissibility, among others, as it prepares for an anticipated Phase 3 reopening.

The CRT also discussed reopening the Kadel Dining Room for Phase 3. We are in conversation with Metz, our catering vendor, about this possibility. While we cannot say much with certainty at this stage, it is unlikely that catering will be available through Metz. We will hopefully have more to say about regular food service soon!

Thank you again for your continued patience and prayers as we endeavor to open our campus safely for all,

Dr. Lee, President

Previous Messages

Pittsburgh Seminary Health and Safety Plan

The is committed to the health and wellbeing of our community—students, staff, faculty, and neighbors. To that end and in accordance with the Pennsylvania Department of Education, the Seminary has written as set of protocols which constitute our COVID-19 health and safety plan. This document provides guidance regarding the Seminary’s Phased Reopening Plan, Campus Safety—Physical and Operations; Human Resources and Work Policies; Health Monitoring and Support; Academic Programs; Tenants; Groups, Meetings, Gatherings and Events; Food Service; and Communications. Additional information is included in the appendices. Read the Plan

Health-Screening Questionnaire and Return to Campus Video

Before returning to campus for the first time, faculty, staff, students, and visitors are asked to watch the video below and complete the health screening questionnaire, found here: https://livesafe.jotform.com/211685051786158. Please note, this video will be updated soon.

Health Care Tips

  • Wash your hands often with soap and hot water for 20 seconds, and make sure you wash your thumbs, wrists, and in-between your fingers. This is the best defense against the spread of all viruses.
  • Stay home when you are ill. A day or two of rest will assure quicker recovery and decrease the spread of infectious illness on campus.
  • Cover your cough/sneeze with a tissue or the crook of your arm, and then promptly wash your hands or use hand sanitizer if soap and water is not available.
  • Get plenty of rest/sleep.
  • Get the seasonal flu vaccine. Though not protective against coronavirus, the seasonal vaccine may prevent against flu, which is known to cause possible severe respiratory illness.

Symptoms for Coronavirus May Include

  • Runny nose
  • Headache
  • Cough
  • Sore throat
  • Fever
  • A general feeling of being ill

Preventing COVID-19 Spread in Communities

Protect yourself and your community from getting and spreading respiratory illnesses like coronavirus. Everyone has a role to play in getting ready and staying healthy. Check resources from the CDC about best ways to prevent the spread of diseases like COVID-19 in your community. 

CARES Act HEERF Report

HEERF I

PTS signed and returned certification with the U.S. government allowing access to funding to help students fund COVID-19 related expenses. PTS received a total of $40,736 of which regulation requires at least 50 percent be given directly to students. PTS decided the entire $40,736 will go to students in the form of emergency grants. 

PTS has approximately 175 students eligible to participate in programs under Section 484 in Title IV of the Higher Education Act of 1965. However, only 37 students applied for COVID-19 emergency funding. To solicit applications PTS directly e-mailed all current students and invited application.To determine award amounts students self-reported their need and were awarded accordingly. Thirty-three students were awarded grants from the $40,736. We will continue to update this information every 45 days per federal regulation. 

HEERF II

PTS received an additional disbursement of $64,694 through the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act. While PTS was only required to utilize $20,368 in emergency grants to students, the Seminary decided to use the entire $64,694 in the form of emergency grants to students.

PTS received 78 applications from students for emergency grants through the CRRSA Act. However, only 68 students were eligible for the emergency grants per guidance from the Department of Education. To determine the award, students self-reported their need and awards were disbursed accordingly. Sixty-eight students were awarded grants from the $64,694.

Quarterly Budget and Expenditure Reporting under CARES Act