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PHC and COVID-19

Coronavirus (COVID-19)

At Patrick Henry College, we are committed to the health and safety of our community, and we continue to monitor this evolving situation.  The College is operating under a normal schedule.

We will provide updates as they become available. If you have questions, you may reach us at communication@phc.edu. For more information regarding Coronavirus, visit the Virginia Department of Health

Please continue to pray for our leaders, our healthcare providers, and for those impacted by this virus. 

COVID-19 Risk Mitigation Plan

 

Updated September 23, 2020 at 10:58 a.m.


 

Memos from the Executive Office

Update, September 23, 2020

Thank you staff, faculty, students, and guests for recognizing the physical distancing and face covering requirements. Thank you for following our mitigation plan and being diligent to clean and sanitizing your areas of responsibility, and ensuring adequate sanitizing supplies. As noted on August 29, 2020, the face-covering announcement on August 7 continues to be in effect. 

Update, August 29, 2020 Regarding Face Coverings

We are continuing the policy stated below on August 7, 2020.

Update, August 7, 2020 Regarding Fall Semester

Starting with new student check in on Saturday, August 15 and through August 29, we are asking everyone to wear face coverings upon entering, exiting and traveling through the common areas inside of buildings. Face coverings are not required outdoors. 

Update, June 30, 2020: Fall 2020 On-Campus Instruction

In preparation for the Fall 2020, the College has posted the COVID-19 Risk Mitigation Plan (above), containing the operational modifications necessary to support student academic success while maintaining a safe and healthy on-campus community in Fall 2020.  

In order to limit the possibility of introducing COVID-19 to the campus community, the College previously released a revised Academic Calendar.  As announced, the College will begin the term early and reduce the number of breaks in the Fall 2020 semester (there will be no Labor Day break, October Break, or Fall Break), which ensures that final exams are completed prior to Thanksgiving.

These plans take into consideration the guidance to institutions of higher education published by the Center for Disease Control, the Virginia Department of Health, as well as the recent Executive Orders from the Governor of Virginia.  Patrick Henry College will continue working closely with the Loudoun County Health Department to promote a safe and healthy return to on-campus instruction in August.

 

Update, May 6, 2020: Update Regarding Teen Leadership Camps

The PHC Administration is excited to announce a Virtual Interactive Camp Experience this summer! Teen Leadership Camps are an important ministry of Patrick Henry College and the Lord has been using this program to shape the hearts and minds of Christian youth from around the globe for many years.

We would like to ensure that students can benefit from the camps being offered this summer while protecting their health and well-being. Additionally, government restrictions make travel challenging and limit the size of social gatherings.

The PHC Teen Leadership Camp team will be sending additional information about this exciting opportunity and answer any questions you may have.

 

Update, April 23, 2020: Update Regarding Commencement

In the State of Virginia, there is a public health stay-at-home executive order by Governor Northam in place until June 10, 2020, unless amended or rescinded. After prayerful consideration and considering a wide range of possible scenarios, the Administration of the College has made the decision to officially postpone Commencement. It is our hope that we will be able to gather for a Commencement celebration later in the summer. More details will be forthcoming.

We are so proud of the Class of 2020. We pray God’s blessing on your lives and the journey ahead. We look forward to a wonderful celebration with you later in the months ahead!

 

Update, March 27, 2020

As a result of the most recent CDC guidelines and the latest executive orders issued by the Governor of the Commonwealth of Virginia, PHC has determined it will not be feasible to resume on-campus instruction on April 14 as originally planned. These guidelines which limit gatherings to nine or fewer and restrict dining facilities would make it very difficult to resume full on-campus services at any time in the coming weeks.

In light of this change, the College will continue with remote instruction of all classes for the duration of the Spring semester.

Students Currently Away from Campus

Students who are currently away from campus will be allowed to return to campus to collect their remaining effects during specified times in May. Details regarding those dates will be announced in the next two weeks and will take into account then current governmental guidelines.

The College will remain flexible to assist those who may not be able to return during May to collect their remaining effects. 

Students Currently Residing on Campus
On-campus housing will remain flexible and available for students with special circumstances. Students who remain on campus will contact Student Life and complete a special housing status form. In light of the decision to not reconvene on-campus classes on April 14, all other on-campus students should discuss their departure plans and the timing of those plans with their families. Dorm check-out will follow the standard end-of-semester protocol.


Dining Commons Food Service

Beginning March 28, limited-menu dining services will be provided on a take-out basis only.

Thank you for your continued prayers for our campus and our community as we look forward to the time when we can all be back together.


Update, March 25, 2020

As things develop regarding the virus and its spread, the College continues to look at additional ways to be good stewards of the responsibilities that God has given to us here in Virginia with our students, families, employees, and community.

After continued prayer and monitoring of events, effective this week we are moving forward with implementing the following changes:

      1. Use of PHC's athletic facilities by our endeared alumni is suspended for the next few weeks

      2. A peer-tutoring "Zoom Room" is being implemented to assist students in this new remote instruction delivery mode

      3. All students are being asked to refrain from planned or spontaneous gatherings of no more than 10 individuals indoors or out

      4. To-go boxes are made available and encouraged at no cost to all students who are planning to eat in the cafeteria

      5. All students and employees are asked to seat no more than two individuals per table throughout all of our facilities

      6. Student Senior Testimonies will proceed as planned through the Office of Communication by video

Update, March 17, 2020

Patrick Henry College leadership continues to monitor the Coronavirus outbreak. At this time there are no cases of COVID-19 on campus. The College has a range of acceptable options. In considering these options, we are eager to demonstrate care for one another by prioritizing the health and safety of each member of the community. So, it is out of an abundance of care that we have taken the additional following precautions, effective immediately:

      1. All school-related travel has been modified or curtailed

      2. Use of PHC facilities by outside groups is temporarily suspended

      3. Upcoming events have been, or will be, rescheduled

      4. Group gatherings will be limited per CDC guidelines

      5. A Campus Recovery Center is being set up as a contingency for any student who tests positive for COVID-19

We remain committed to the health and safety of both our campus community and the larger Purcellville community. Our team will continue to monitor this situation and will provide regular updates here.


 

Update, March 13, 2020

Many of you are aware that one of our students who participated on the Israel trip was diagnosed with pneumonia earlier in the week. Out of an abundance of caution, her doctor ran the COVID-19 test. We received notice today that the test was negative! She continues at home with her family where her recovery is progressing well. Thirty eight students who were also on the trip voluntarily self-isolated awaiting the results. They have now returned to campus or to their homes.

 

Update on the Israel Team from President Haye, March 13, 2020

As you are aware, the Passages organization notified us last Tuesday that two students from another College (not a part of PHC’s bus) had reported flu-like symptoms upon returning to the U.S.

There was no known contact with Coronavirus by these two students, however, out of an abundance of caution, and out of care for our community, the entire Israel Team entered into a period of self-isolation while awaiting the outcome of the test on those non-PHC students. The PHC students remained in self-isolation until news was received that tests for both of these non-PHC students were negative for COVID-19. That final report came last evening.

The students who volunteered for self-isolation out of an abundance of caution have been monitored for six days and will now return to campus.

We will continue to monitor the health of all of our students and encourage social distancing as a primary means of minimizing any exposure. Consistent with our existing policies, any students who become ill will be encouraged to seek immediate medical attention. If their illness is determined to be potentially contagious, we will work with their families to determine the best course of action for their recovery.

 

Update: March 11, 2020

At this time, as there are no cases of Coronavirus on campus, the College has a range of acceptable options. In considering these options, we are eager to exemplify lives of faith during uncertain times but also to demonstrate love for one another by prioritizing the health and safety of each member of the PHC community. So, it is out of an abundance of care that we have decided to take the following precautions:

    1. Beginning Monday, March 16, all classes will begin remote instruction. Students will receive instructions by email about connecting to their classes in the coming days.

    2. Students may choose to return home during the time of remote instruction. Residence halls and dining services will continue operations; however, all campus services may be modified or limited.

    3. At this time, we plan to resume on-campus instruction on Tuesday, April 14, after our Easter celebrations.

We are confident that none of this has taken the Lord by surprise. He is watching over us and walking with us through these uncertain times. Our team will continue to monitor this situation and will provide regular updates on this web page.

 

Update regarding the Israel Passages Trip: March 8, 2020

The Israel team landed this morning at 5:30 a.m. in Newark. Passages brought them back three days early in an abundance of caution. Everyone is healthy and in great spirits (except for having to take mid-terms tomorrow).

We praise God for helping them return safely. 

 

Update: March 5, 2020

    1. Out of an abundance of caution and due to the possibility that the Israeli government might impose travel restrictions, Passages has decided to end the trip several days ahead of schedule. The PHC group, which includes President Haye and his wife Carol, will be departing Israel on Saturday evening and arriving in Newark, NJ on Sunday morning. Please keep them in your prayers.

    2. If you are overseas and in need of emergency assistance, contact the nearest U.S. embassy or consulate. If you are concerned about a loved one overseas, please call: From the U.S. & Canada (1-888-407-4747), and from overseas  (+1 202-501-4444).

Update: February 29, 2020

Regarding the update on February 28, 2020: Widespread sustained community spread has been reported in Italy. The CDC has upgraded the Travel Health Notice for Italy from Level 2 to Level 3 . At this time, CDC recommends that travelers avoid all nonessential travel to Italy.

 

Update: February 28, 2020

Spring break at Patrick Henry College is March 1-8. If you are traveling internationally, please check current recommendations and travel advisories regarding coronavirus(novel coronavirus, known as COVID-19).

Currently, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends avoiding all nonessential travel to and from China and South Korea (Level-3 advisory). The CDC has also issued a Level-2 travel advisory to Italy, Iran and Japan (“practice enhanced precautions”) and a Level-1 travel advisory to Hong Kong (“practice usual precautions”).


Update: February 26, 2020

PHC will not send individuals or groups to countries designated as Level 3 by either the U.S. Department of State or the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The PHC administration has prayerfully considered the health and safety of our faculty and students with plans to travel abroad during Spring Break. In light of growing concerns over the Coronavirus (CAVIC-19) in Italy, President Haye sent this message to students, faculty, and staff today:

ROME

Patrick Henry College has decided to reschedule the Rome Spring Break trip to a later date. This decision comes in light of the growing number of cases of Coronavirus (COVID-19) reported in northern Italy. While our students would be primarily in Rome, we believe that the potential for exposure and / or quarantine could rise during their time in Italy. As a result, we believe that rescheduling the trip for a later date would be prudent given the facts as we know them today.

ISRAEL

As of today, the Israel trip will proceed as planned. There has been only two cases of Coronavirus (COVID-19) reported in Israel. We will continue to monitor the situation closely, however, over the next few days.