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 and employees, here:

july 29, 2020

PTS Community,

Campus Reopening

For faculty and staff: As the Seminary begins our phased reopening, likely mid-August, the Coronavirus Response Team wants to learn more about the factors faculty and staff weigh as you think about returning to work on campus. Please complete this brief, four-question survey by Friday to help CRT be as prepared as possible for your return to campus: Most employees will continue to telecommute even during the phased reopening.

For faculty, staff, and students: As noted above, the Seminary anticipates the campus to begin reopening mid-August. In Phase 1, the campus will reopen to faculty, staff, and summer students (those enrolled in summer courses, plus DMin and Church Planting and Revitalization students). Phase 2 of the reopening plan will begin in time for the fall semester, which begins Aug. 31.

  • During Phase 1, online learning will continue and telework is required.
  • Meetings should continue via online tools.
  • When on campus, employees are encouraged to work in their offices (as opposed to public lounges, the library, Kadel Dining Room, classrooms, etc.) and refrain from gathering in groups.
  • All persons on campus must wear a mask while present in community spaces and socially distance from others.
  • Anyone who is feeling unwell should not come onto campus.
  • Seminary-sponsored public events will occur online.
  • The Museum and food service will remain closed.
  • Barbour Library resources will be available to faculty and summer students (those enrolled in summer course, DMin, and CP&R) through pickup.
  • The Seminary’s previously communicated access policy is no longer valid.
  • When returning to campus for the first time, all students, faculty, and staff must complete an online health-screening form and watch a short video detailing updated health and safety protocols. The video will be available shortly. Meantime, the health-screening forming can be found here:

David Esterline, 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:

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. 


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.