From the start, PHCC’s primary directive in response to the COVID-19 situation has been twofold. First, we will do all that we can to aid the nation’s containment efforts. Second, we aim to continue providing the quality instruction that our students rely on us to provide.

During this ever-changing situation we have had to make some very challenging decisions and seek new ways of doing our normal operations. In every decision and every change that we make, we are motivated by our two priorities: keeping our community safe and providing quality instruction and service to our students

Some of these decisions have been made for us by our governing body, the Virginia Community College System, or by state and national authorities. PHCC will always respect and comply with all mandates that come from our authorities.

In every change and every inconvenience that this situation brings, we are immensely grateful for your patience and your flexibility. Over the last few weeks, you have proven yourselves to be resilient, resourceful, and tenacious in the face of abrupt changes and significant challenges.

While we adapt to these changes, if the college can do anything to assist you, please do not hesitate to reach out and ask for help. We are here for you. Students, reach out to your faculty or to Student Services. Faculty, reach out to your supervisors or department heads. We are distant, but we are not alone. We are a team

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You are still going to class!

All online courses require time – time that you would normally be in class and time that you would normally be completing homework. In order to be successful, we recommend keeping “class time” on your calendars. You may not be on campus, but you will need to provide yourself the time and space for your studies. Finding a restaurant with Wi-Fi and working from your car is a possibility. This may actually be an ideal study spot because it will limit distractions! If you can work from home, you will want to be vigilant about limiting distractions and guarding your time. Let your family and friends know how important this time is going to be for you. You will need your time and space to do what’s best for your education. Protect it!

2.) Check your student e-mail account DAILY! (IMPORTANT)

The college and your instructors will communicate with you through your student email. In order to receive important updates, you must be checking in regularly. Additionally, a large portion of our faculty and staff will be working remotely. If you need to reach financial aid, your advisor, your student success coach, or any other PHCC official, the best way to do so will be through your student e-mail.

When you contact your instructor, advisor, or any PHCC official, we recommend sharing your full name and the full name of your course in the email. This will really help whoever you are communicating with. They are there to help you – but they will need to know who you are in order to so!

4.) Keeping healthy, taking breaks

After an hour of staring into a screen, it can become not only mentally exhausting but physically exhausting as well. We suggest taking ten minutes each hour to take a quick walk and stretch before heading back to your studies. It’s not only physically energizing, but an emotional and inspirational thing for your remote study session, too. Plus, eye strain is an all-too-real issue for remote students. So, take the time each hour to take care of you!

5.) Set a schedule, stay ahead of it

When you don’t have a set schedule of being at a certain place at a certain time each day, it can become easy to fall behind in your studies. Many people thrive most when they have a schedule to follow, as when they go to campus each day. Keep a calendar handy where you can post when each upcoming assignment you have is due. Then, set a date BEFORE that due date to have each one complete. Staying ahead of schedule is key in making sure you graduate on schedule.

6.) Keeping social, making progress

Students who have done remote studies before know that discussion boards are key in staying connected to a class, your classmates, and the discussions being shared about each project and assignment.

From helping each other look over drafts of projects to group study project work and ideas, time on your discussion board can be the lifeblood remote students need to really keep their heads in the game.

7.) Stay informed

We prioritize keeping you informed and will do everything we can to get you the latest information regarding PHCC’s response to the COVID-19 situation and how it impacts you. You can find this information posted on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter and on www.patrickhenry.edu/COVID-19. Most importantly though, your faculty will communicate with you via your student email address.

8.) PHCC Is Here For YOU!

Remember, the faculty and staff of PHCC are here for you no matter where you are in your educational journey. If you need to reach anyone, feel free to look up the contact information of any PHCC employee on the college’s directory page at https://apps.patrickhenry.edu/academics/profiles/.

9.) Remember why this is necessary!

The most important thing to remember is why we are working and studying from home. This is a powerful and educated effort to slow the spread of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) in our region. Doing our part while we live our everyday lives is what it will take to return to campus sooner, as opposed to later. We want you to keep you and your family safe, while doing everything you can to keep your education headed in the right direction.

 

(Note: this format and wording were adapted from Cleveland State Community College. Thank you for letting us borrow your excellent communication, CSCC!) {/slider1text}

 

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According to the Virginia Department of Health, ‘Common coronaviruses can cause mild to moderate upper-respiratory tract illness, like the common cold. Public health officials are still learning about 2019-CoV and how it affects people. Some people who have become ill with 2019-CoV have had mild symptoms. Others have had more severe illnesses, including the potential of death. Symptoms include fever, cough, and trouble breathing, and can appear anywhere from two to 14 days after exposure. Anyone experiencing symptoms should visit a doctor immediately.

For more information from the Virginia Department of Health and the CDC on the Novel Coronavirus, please see links below:

VDH - Fact Sheet for Coronaviruses

CDC - 2019 Novel Coronavirus FAQ

CDS - 2019 Novel Coronavirus

 

World Health Organization - Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV)

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