June 26, 2020 - Summer and Fall FAQ

June 26, 2020

COVID-19 FAQs
Updated June 26, 2020

Summer Access to PNCA

Access to PNCA facilities is very limited over the summer as we prepare for a safe, thoughtful and well-organized opening this fall.

BFA students will not have access to the Glass building over the summer. There may be limited opportunities for students to access the 511 Building for small group activities with clear parameters and faculty support -- such as a proposed sign-making project in Printmaking. Other than that, we do not anticipate allowing BFA students into the 511 Building unless they are there to retrieve something. Please contact Campus Safety if you need to enter the building. campussafety@pnca.edu

The Low Res Visual Studies and Creative Writing MFA students do have access to 511 as part of their scheduled summer residencies. The LRVS will be able access Glass as per the Director of the Graduate School. (MK Guth will work out specific details with students and staff.) MFA thesis students will also be able to access Glass in mid-July to prepare for the MFA Thesis Exhibition in August.

General COVID-19 FAQs

How will PNCA implement physical distancing during the school year? We are implementing physical distancing policies in accordance with the Higher Education Coordinating Commission (HECC), the Oregon Health Authority (OHA) and Governor Brown’s office. All community members are expected to keep six feet of distance between themselves and others. We will place marks on the floors in spaces where people are likely to queue. We are limiting the elevators to two people and at a time, and the stairways will be designated as “one way” up or down. There will be other changes to common spaces to ensure physical distancing to the greatest extent possible.

Will students have to wear masks?

Yes, everyone on the building will need to wear masks in all public spaces as per the Governor’s order. We are determining if exceptions can be made for private studios and socially distanced offices.

Will the facilities be cleaned more frequently?

Yes, the common areas in the 511 Building and Glass will be cleaned several times a day. Sanitation protocols are being developed for shops, printmaking, and other areas with workstations.

Will students need to wear their IDs?

Yes, all members of the PNCA community will be expected to wear their IDs to enter and remain in the building.

What changes will be made to classrooms?

Our Facilities team and Academic Affairs are currently assessing classrooms to assure there is at least six feet of physical distance between students and students and the instructor. Class sizes will be limited to accommodate physical distancing. We are also establishing cleaning protocols before and after each room is occupied.

What changes will be made for social gatherings?

We will follow the guidelines issued by the state of Oregon and the Oregon Health Authority in regards to the size of social gatherings. For now, gatherings are limited to less than 25 people with appropriate distancing.

In the meantime PNCA faculty and staff are rethinking how we engage students in and out of the classroom to continue to provide a rich educational experience. How are rules for community areas of Art House adjusted? Only residents of Art House are allowed in the building. Gathering in the common areas will require physical distancing, masks and permission from the Director or Resident Hall staff. All common areas and high touch objects such as door handles and elevator panels will be disinfected several times per day.

The CDC has specified that there be 64 square feet per person in the living areas, or 128 square feet for two people. The apartments in Art House have been measured to ensure that each unit meets this requirement. Also, we are recommending that students in shared rooms with bunk beds sleep head-to-toe to provide seven feet of social distancing when sleeping.

If a student needs to self-isolate for a positive COVID-19 test or positive contact tracing, is there a policy in place? Is an isolation area being created?

A student who tests positive for COVID-19 will self-isolate in accordance with the guidelines established by the OHA. The majority of our students live off campus and they will be responsible for self-isolation, though the college may assist with food delivery, if necessary. Contact tracing is conducted by the Oregon Health Authority.

If the impacted student lives in Art House, we may move them to a separate unit, or allow them to stay in place if that is deemed safe by the OHA. We have adjusted attendance policies for students who are sick.

Can students attend class if they don’t feel well but don’t think it’s COVID-19?

No! All members of the PNCA community will be asked to do a health self-assessment check each day. If they are experiencing any symptoms of illness, they are expected to stay home. Students should notify their faculty and make arrangements to make up missed work.

Is there a plan in place if and when PNCA has a confirmed COVID-19 case?

The Oregon Health Authority (OHA) will initiate contact tracing if someone tests positive for COVID-19. Neither the OHA nor the college cannot legally publicize the name of a community member with a positive test. However, we will assist the OHA in identifying people who may have been exposed. For example, we will provide class rosters of students who attended class with the impacted person. We will follow the guidelines established by the OHA regarding further action.

Please note that FERPA does not shield students from state or local authorities or medical officials in a state of emergency.

How many Art House students will you accept? Will it be lower to maintain social distance?

We will accept the usual number of students in Art House. We have determined that the Art House configuration is in compliance with CDC and OHA guidelines for congregate housing.