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Coronavirus Response and Previous Updates

CARES Act Emergency Grant Fund Report

In response to the global COVID-19 Pandemic, the federal government has enacted the CARES Act to provide, among other things, financial support for students for expenses related to the disruption of campus operations due to COVID-19 (including eligible expenses for cost of attendance such as food, housing, course materials, technology, health care, and child care). Please see below for compliance statements.

October 27, 2020: HEERF Quarterly Report – Final

 

May 26, 2020

In response to the global COVID-19 Pandemic, the federal government has enacted the CARES Act to provide, among other things, financial support for students for expenses related to the disruption of campus operations due to COVID-19 (including eligible expenses for cost of attendance such as food, housing, course materials, technology, health care, and child care).

As of May 26, 2020, Keystone has disbursed $708,350 to 914 eligible students.

Click here to read President Brundage’s letter to students and families.

Keystone College releases plans for fall semester

As we prepare to welcome students back to campus, the health and well-being of the campus community is Keystone’s top priority. Please see keystone.edu/reopen for our comprehensive reopening plan and FAQs.

Previous Updates

April 2, 2020

April 2, 2020

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and resulting safety and social distancing requirements, Keystone College will not conduct its in-person Commencement previously scheduled for May 9, 2020 at the Pavilion at Montage. The College is exploring other Commencement options including an online ceremony. However, no final decision has been made or details announced. It is also possible that an in-person ceremony may be held during the fall semester, depending on circumstances surrounding the COVID-19 situation. A final Commencement plan will be announced soon. Click here for the full announcement.

March 30, 2020

March 30, 2020

Effective immediately, all traditional, undergraduate students will be permitted to convert any spring 2020 courses to pass/fail. Students may decide how they would like to be graded for each course in which they are enrolled, as long as they have a discussion with the course instructor and their advisor. Students can make the decision to switch to the pass/fail grading system NOW or can choose to wait until TWO DAYS AFTER final grades are posted. Deadline May 7, 2020. Click here for FAQs.

March 20, 2020

March 20, 2020

In compliance with Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf’s order, Keystone College’s physical campus is now closed due to the COVID-19 public health pandemic. The College had previously extended Spring Break and the campus had been closed to all but essential personnel, but the Governor’s order on Thursday, March 19, 2020 mandated that we physically close the campus immediately.

Online classes will continue beginning March 23, 2020 as previously announced. Please see FAQs for complete information and see FAQ updates below. Resident students should check their e-mails for additional messages. Thanks to all for their continued cooperation and support during this unprecedented time period. We will continue to work together and support each other in the Keystone tradition and emerge more united than ever.

Can students access the art studios to retrieve work and supplies?
Per Governor Wolf’s mandate, the physical campus is closed. Please contact your instructor for further guidance.

How can students who live on campus retrieve their belongings?
Resident students should check their Keystone College email for information from Residence Life. Please contact Residence Life at residencelife@keystone.edu with additional questions.

Are faculty and staff allowed access to their offices?
The physical campus is currently closed. There are only a small number of essential personnel allowed to be on campus for security and safety. If you are unsure of your category, please contact your supervisor.

March 18, 2020 Letter from the President

Dear Members of the Keystone Community:

Last week we announced that, due to the ongoing public health issues surrounding the Coronavirus (COVID-19), we were extending Spring Break until Monday, March 23, 2020. We also said that we were closely monitoring developments related to COVID-19 and were working with the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and the Pennsylvania Department of Health concerning the best ongoing decisions to make regarding the health and well-being of the Keystone community.

Today, we are announcing that we will continue to follow the CDC and Commonwealth of Pennsylvania recommendations regarding safety and social distancing and therefore will suspend all face-to-face classes as of Monday, March 23, 2020.  On that date we will continue instruction on an online-basis only for the duration of the Spring Semester. Faculty members are currently working, and will continue to work, to determine how this can best be accomplished in their respective areas.

As a result of this decision, the following events are being cancelled in keeping with the federal guidelines regarding the assembling of groups of not more than 10 people at any one gathering: Accepted Students Days, April Open House, April Career Fair, Grad Finale, All-College Honors Convocation, and the Spring Undergraduate Research and Creativity Celebration. No decision has yet been made regarding Commencement.

We reach this difficult decision with one purpose in mind: to keep as many members of the Keystone community as safe and healthy as possible during this historic and critical time. While we originally considered resuming face-to-face classes and reopening residence halls sometime in April, ongoing developments with COVID-19 and continued requirements from local, state, and federal governments have made that decision no longer possible. From a practical standpoint, shifting back to in-person classes, even if that were possible, with only two weeks left in the semester would neither be practical nor feasible.

We will continue to monitor this situation and act in accordance with federal and state guidelines and requirements. We also realize there will be additional questions by our students, faculty, and staff. We have attempted to address as many of those concerns as possible in the attached FAQ’s. If you have additional questions, please feel free to contact individual members of our faculty and staff as warranted.

Of course, these are highly unsettling times for everyone, not only at Keystone but throughout the nation and around the world. Keystone College will continue to act with the health, safety, and well-being of our entire college community as our top priority. Our mission and tradition has always been to care about everyone and now is the time for all of us to continue to carry on that tradition each and every day. We also know that Keystone will emerge from this crisis more united than ever. Because of this confidence, we can say, “Believe, Belong, Become” at Keystone College.

We will continually update the Keystone community as new information becomes available.

Sincerely,

Tracy L. Brundage, Ph.D.
President

 

March 13-16, 2020

March 16, 2020

  • In light of Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf’s order to close nonessential businesses, The College Green Eatery and Market will be closed until further notice.
  • Steak ‘n Shake will remain open for drive-thru orders during regular hours, 11 a.m.–11 p.m.
  • Keystone Fitness Center will be closed beginning 9 p.m. on March 16. At this time, the Center plans to re-open when the state-wide shut down is lifted on April 1.

March 13, 2020

  • The Keystone College Children’s Center has announced that it will be closed from Monday, March 16 through Friday, March 27.
  • The Colonial States Athletic Conference Board of Directors has announced that all athletic activity shall be suspended for three weeks, starting on Friday, March 13, through Friday, April 3. Click here for more information.
  • Miller Library will continue its Spring Break hours next week. Please check the library homepage for details and future updates.

March 11, 2020 Letter from The President

Dear Members of the Keystone Community:

As you all know, the entire nation has been impacted by ongoing public health issues surrounding the Coronavirus (COVID-19). At Keystone College, we have been closely monitoring developments related to COVID-19 and have been working closely with the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and the Pennsylvania Department of Health to make the best decisions concerning the health and well-being of the Keystone community. As a result, I want to update you regarding important decisions we have made in our ongoing efforts to keep our college community as safe as possible. It is important to note that, as of today, there are no suspected or confirmed cases of COVID-19 at Keystone College.

Currently, Keystone College is on Spring Break and classes had been scheduled to resume on Monday, March 16, 2020. However, out of an abundance of caution, we have made the decision to extend Spring Break for one extra week, with classes now scheduled to resume on Monday, March 23, 2020.

  • Residence halls will remain closed until Sunday, March 22, at 10:00 a.m. Resident students with questions or extenuating individual circumstances should contact the Office of Residence Life, (570) 945-8271, or e-mail Carlyle Hicks, Director of Residence Life, at Carlyle.Hicks@keystone.edu.
  • Students who may need the support of the Counseling and Well-Being Center may call (570) 945-8309 or e-mail counseling@keystone.edu
  • All non-athletic college-sponsored travel is suspended during this one-week time period.
  • Academic advising is now tentatively scheduled to begin on March 23 and registration for summer or fall classes will begin the week of April 6.    

Also, during the week of extended Spring Break, all non-athletic college events attended by 50 or more people will be cancelled. The continuation of athletic events will be determined in cooperation with the Colonial States Athletic Conference. While in-person classes will not be in session, the College will remain open for business and employees will report to work as usual. The Keystone College Virtual Campus will continue to hold online classes and the Keystone Commons retail complex will remain open.

By delaying the start of classes and major events for one week, we will be better able to monitor this continually evolving situation. Should the situation change in any way, thereby necessitating further action, we will notify students, faculty, and staff by the close of business on Thursday, March 19, 2020.

Again, I want to emphasize that we are taking these steps out of an abundance of caution and out of concern for the health and safety of our students and the entire Keystone community. We will provide updates as they are needed at www.keystone.edu/covid19. I thank everyone for their understanding and cooperation as we continue to work together through this critical public health issue.

Sincerely,

Tracy L. Brundage, Ph.D.
President

Important Contacts

Campus Safety
570-945-8989

Counseling and Well-Being Center
570-945-8400
studentlife@keystone.edu

Office of Residence Life
570-945-8271
carlyle.hicks@keystone.edu

Student Central
570-945-8300
studentcentral@keystone.edu

About Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19):

What is novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV)?

2019-nCoV is a newly identified coronavirus that is causing an outbreak of pneumonia illness. It was first identified in December 2019 in the city of Wuhan, Hubei Province, China.

Since then, the virus has been identified in multiple other countries, including cases in the U.S.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), human coronaviruses are common throughout the world and usually cause mild to moderate illness in people. This new virus is a public health concern because:

  • It is newly identified, so much is still unknown about it.
  • Two other human coronaviruses, MERS-CoV and SARS-CoV, have caused severe illness.
What is the risk?

The CDC considers this new virus a public health concern based on current information. However, the immediate health risk to the general United States public is considered low at this time. The CDC and the World Health Organization are closely monitoring the situation and providing ongoing guidance.

What are symptoms and how does it spread?

Symptoms may be flu-like, ranging from mild to serious, and include:

  • Fever
  • Cough
  • Difficulty breathing.

Person-to-person spread is occurring, although it’s unclear exactly how it is transmitted and how easily the virus spreads between people.

What can travelers do to protect themselves and others?

CDC recommends avoiding nonessential travel. If you must travel:

  • Avoid contact with sick people.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.
    • It is especially important to clean hands after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after coughing, sneezing or blowing your nose.
  • Avoid traveling if you are sick.

For more, see the Pennsylvania Department of Health’s Coronavirus Information for Travelers page.

 

The best steps the campus community can take are to follow CDC recommendations to help prevent the spread of respiratory viruses:

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Stay home when you are sick. Contact the Provost’s office at 570-945-8252 or email shirley.michaels@keystone.edu  to complete coursework remotely via Moodle.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
  • Get a flu vaccine.