Pine Technical and Community College has extended Spring Break through March 29. All classes including online and clinical experiences are cancelled through this date. Please check your college email and monitor the PTCC website for future updates. Classes will resume on March 30.
As the virus continues to spread, Minnesota State Chancellor Malhota stated, "We are continuously reviewing a range of strategies to limit the spread of COVID-19 and its impact on our campuses and the communities in which we live and serve. “I am committed to taking all steps necessary to protect the health and safety of our students, our faculty, and our staff. I am also tremendously grateful to all of the faculty and staff for the sacrifices they have had to make, as well as for their hard work addressing this challenging and dynamic situation. Our goal is to accommodate students and help them continue their education despite interruptions caused by COVID-19.”
Minnesota State has canceled all gatherings and events totaling more than 100 attendees until May 1, and has suspended all out-of-state Minnesota State-related travel for faculty and staff, effective Monday, March 16. International travel related to Minnesota State, including study abroad programs and any other activities involving faculty, staff, and students, had previously been suspended.
Minnesota State suspended all school and business-related international travel, effective February 28, 2020.
The suspension of international travel includes study aboard programs and other activities involving Minnesota State faculty, staff, and students. The policy does not apply to personal travel outside of the U.S., but only to trips organized or sanctioned by the 37 colleges and universities of Minnesota State.
New guidelines issued March 1, 2020 by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) encourage higher education institutions to consider these measures given the speed of spread and number of countries experiencing human-to-human transmission.
“It is paramount that we ensure the safety and security of our students, faculty, and staff. Given the risks associated with the coronavirus, the CDC’s guidelines, and out of an abundance of caution, Minnesota State is taking all necessary precautionary steps,” stated Minnesota State Chancellor Devinder Malhotra. “We are working closely with our colleges and universities and the Minnesota Department of Health to continue monitoring the situation.”
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have provided this Fact Sheet on COVID-19:
The CDC has provided this Fact Sheet outlining steps to help prevent the disease from spreading to people:
We encourage students, faculty and staff to practice respiratory (coughing and sneezing) etiquette and hand hygiene. Those who feel sick are recommended to stay home until they are free of fever, signs of a fever, and any other symptoms for at least 24 hours, without the use of fever-reducing or other symptom-altering medicines (e.g. cough suppressants). Employees should notify their supervisor and stay home if they are sick and seek medical attention depending on the severity of their symptoms.
Information that MDH is making available for schools, colleges and universities is available at https://www.health.state.mn.us/diseases/coronavirus/schools.html.
The latest information on the Minnesota State response to the COVID-19 outbreak is available at https://minnstate.edu/coronavirus/. Information specific to each of the 30 colleges and seven universities of Minnesota State is also being published on their websites.
For specific questions or concerns, contact your campus: