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://www.pts.edu/pts-covid19-visitor-questionnaire.

Nov. 25, 2020 - Additional Case on Campus

Members of the community,

Consistent with our ongoing efforts to provide up-to-date information and resources, I’m writing today to make you aware that we just learned of an additional person on campus testing positive for COVID-19. The Fulton resident received the positive result Nov. 20. The person has not attended any in-person courses in recent weeks and has only be outside their unit for essential activities. As has been our regular routine, our maintenance crew will disinfect the common areas of the Fulton Apartments.

One of the clearest guidelines from public health authorities, in the U.S. and around the world, is how a community responds to an outbreak can have direct impact on its duration and severity. By working together—and heeding the wealth of public health expertise that is available to us—we can take material steps to slow the spread of the virus. If you are feeling unwell or experiencing symptoms of the coronavirus, please self quarantine in your home or unit and avoid contact with others who live with you.

MINIMIZING DISEASE SPREAD

Preventing the spread of disease is everyone’s job. You can help by doing the following:

  • Wash your hands frequently – especially after touching doorknobs – and follow proper hand-washing procedures:
    • Use warm water and soap, wash hands for 20 seconds.
    • Use hand sanitizer with at least 60-95 percent alcohol.
  • If you feel ill, stay in your home. If you’re experiencing symptoms or have tested positive for COVID-19, students should inform the Associate Dean for Students and Formation; faculty should inform the Dean of Faculty; staff should inform the HR Manager; and vice presidents should inform the President.
    • Separate yourself from other residents and pets.
    • If you need to leave your home to go to a doctor, please wear a mask over your nose and mouth. Discard your mask upon return and/or wash immediately.
    • Any co-residents should use a facemask and gloves when in the same room as you.
    • Do not use public transportation, ride sharing, or taxis.
    • If living on campus, do not enter any public areas in the building.
    • Before leaving to go to the doctor, call ahead to let them know if you may have been exposed to a virus.
  • Cover your coughs and sneezes with a tissue and discard immediately in a lined trashcan and wash your hands immediately afterwards following the steps noted above.
  • Do not share personal items (dishes, utensil, cups, bedding, towels, etc.).
  • Clean all high-touch surfaces every day.

KEEPING THE LINES OF COMMUNICATION OPEN

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: https://www.pts.edu/pts-covid19-visitor-questionnaire

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

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. 

Quarterly Budget and Expenditure Reporting under CARES Act