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.

Information for Visitors

  • All visitors are required to complete the LiveSafe app health check to be on campus. Complete the form online or consider downloading the app. 
  • Please note: to visit campus you must be vaccinated or have received a negative COVID-19 test in the past seven days.
  • Visitors should park in the visitor parking available in front of Long Hall and enter through the main doors. Proceed to the Reception Desk to complete the health check if needed and to meet your host.
  • Masks are required and available at the Reception Desk should you need one.
  • The Barbour Library is open to patrons. You must show your LiveSafe app green check mark upon arrival. Learn more about visiting the library.
  • The Kelso Museum of Near Eastern Archaeology is open by appointment only and group size is limited. Learn more about scheduling a visit.

Dec. 2, 2021

PTS Community,

As you know, the pandemic continues to shift with new variants, the recommendation of booster shots, and CDC guidance. We are mindful of these new developments and are monitoring the situation. If something necessitates a change in our safety protocols, we will let you know.

In-Person Events on Campus

As a reminder, Seminary groups and departments may offer in-person events for more than 20 people with permission from the Cabinet. The Seminary’s Health and Safety Plan outlines the following procedure:

“Permission will be granted on a case-by-case basis for meetings exceeding 20 people. Requests must be made at least two weeks in advance. Worship and classes are not subject to the same size limits. In accordance with current CDC and government guidelines, there are no maximum capacity limits for outdoor gatherings. Unvaccinated persons must wear a mask at both indoor and outdoor gatherings.”

To ensure the safety of campus visitors and our community, host organizations must have a plan in place to inform guests of the LiveSafe app, be prepared to review the results (green check/red X) upon arrival, enforce the use of masks, allow for social distancing, and have COVID-safe ways of serving food and beverages if applicable. In-person events will only be considered if these safety plans are sufficient and presented in advance.

What to Do if Exposed to the Virus

If you’ve been in close content with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19, please remember the following.

Close contact is defined by the CDC as “someone who was less than 6 feet away from an infected person (laboratory-confirmed or a clinical diagnosis) for a cumulative total of 15 minutes or more over a 24-hour period. For example, three individual 5-minute exposures for a total of 15 minutes.” Learn more about close contact.

Anyone who has had close contact with someone with COVID-19 should quarantine for 14 days after their last exposure to that person, except if they have been fully vaccinated and show no symptoms of COVID-19. However, fully vaccinated close contacts should:

  • Wear a mask indoors in public for 14 days following exposure or until a negative test result.
  • Get tested 5-7 days after close contact with someone with suspected or confirmed COVID-19.
  • Get tested and isolate immediately if experiencing COVID-19 symptoms.

Learn more:

Reported Case Count

The Seminary had 1 reported case of COVID-19 for the week of Nov. 24-30.

Thank you for your good work to keep one another safe.

Asa 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 

Before returning to campus for the first time, faculty, staff, students, and visitors are asked to 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. 


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 - HEERF II


The Seminary received an additional $119,805 from the American Rescue Plan. Of those funds,$59,902.50 was required to be given in grants to students. The Seminary chose to use the majority of the funds for students financial support. Of the eligible 272 students,74 people received$44,002.50 total in summer emergency grants. Students self-reported their need, the awards were disbursed accordingly, and students were able to receive a check or have the funds applied directly to their Seminary account. Additionally, PTS allocated $13,327.60 in work-study funds for summer employment. The Seminary also spent $1,188 on the LiveSafe app for COVID-19 mitigation.

Quarterly Budget and Expenditure Reporting under CARES Act - HEERF III