May 19, 2020 - PNCA Community Update

May 19, 2020

While recognizing that we are in an ever-changing environment, PNCA intends to return to in-person instruction this fall, including access to classrooms, studios and facilities. We are also monitoring the potential to resume instruction this summer if Governor Brown lifts her order for the closure of all colleges and universities, currently in effect until mid-June. Engaging various departments and expertise from within the college, PNCA will form an Expanded COVID-19 Planning Group to identify best practices specific to COVID-19 protocols to remain in compliance with the health and safety guidelines required by the State of Oregon and the Oregon Health Authority.

Even though we intend to return to in-person instruction in the fall, PNCA, like many of our AICAD colleagues and our neighboring colleges and universities, is developing contingency plans for the fall semester. Many options are being considered, such as delaying the start of the fall semester, blending remote and in-person classes, and adjusting class schedules to allow for greater physical distancing once students are back on campus.

This week, PNCA received a planning matrix tool issued by the Oregon Alliance of Independent Colleges & Universities which is currently under review by the Oregon Health Authority. This matrix has been issued as a reference tool to colleges and universities with proposed guidelines to inform the development of their contingency plans. These guidelines for the Phase One reopening of Oregon’s Colleges and Universities are still under review by the Oregon Health Authority and have not yet been approved. Phase Two guidelines are still under discussion within the Oregon Health Authority and the review process has not yet begun.

On March 23rd, Governor Brown ordered all colleges and universities to move to online instruction through at least June 13th. While PNCA has begun developing contingency scenarios, our plans will comply with Governor Brown’s emerging strategy to reopen Oregon and will be informed by guidance from the Oregon Health Authority. Currently, no date has been set by Governor Brown or the Oregon Health Authority for the Phase One reopening of Oregon’s Colleges and Universities.

Our priority is to assure the safety of our students, faculty and staff. PNCA hopes to announce the plans for the college’s fall semester by the end of June.