Coronavirus | Faculty/Staff FAQ

The health and well-being of Pensacola State College students, faculty, staff, and the community are always the most important priority of the PSC administration. PSC is in constant communication with local county health officials as well as state agencies regarding the COVID-19 virus, and we are continually monitoring the situation.

Please check these our Corona Virus Resources page and these FAQs regularly as the College will be updating them often.   

Employees

How do I protect myself if I work in an open office environment or in close quarters with others?

The College recommends social distancing for employees who are working on campus. If this is not possible at all times, the College asks that employees take certain precautions: 

  • Disinfect workspaces daily. 
  • Avoid any physical touch with co-workers. 
  • Avoid food sharing. 
  • Keep hand sanitizer at their desk and use it frequently. 
  • Increase the use of technology for routine work. 
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.   
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands. 
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze or use the inside of your elbow. Throw used tissues away.  Immediately wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.    
  • Avoid grasping shared surfaces, such as tables, light switches, countertops, handles, keyboards, faucets, and sinks.    
  • Additional information can be found at the CDC website at cdc.gov or at http://floridahealthcovid19.gov.    

I am an employee and I need to work remotely. Who should I contact?

Most College employees are transitioning back to the College campus. All employees on campus must maintain social distancing at all times (6 feet apart) and wear protective face masks where practical and necessary.  

If an employee has been asked to report to work on campusbut haissues which are keeping them from reporting, the employee should contact their immediate supervisor to discuss. Employees who do not return to work and are not approved to work remotely must take annual or sick leave. If an employee has utilized all sick leave, they must request unpaid leave. 

How can employees successfully transition to working remotely?

The College is honoring the governor’s “safer at home” directive which began on April 4, 2020. Personnel will continue to work remotely for an additional 30 days unless contacted by their supervisor to report to campus. If an employee does not have access to a laptop, they should contact their supervisor to see if this can be made available to them. If an employee needs access to a printer, the College may have resources available to be checked out through their supervisor.   

Employees are able to gain a VPN connection in order to access work computers at home. Contact Erin Hernandez at ehernandez@pensacolastate.edu or 850-484-1138 for instructions on how to gain VPN access.  

Employees are also able to forward work phones to a personal phone and may also forward voicemails via email. Contact Jeff Ward at jward@pensacolastate.edu or 850-484-1873 for assistance. 

What will happen with packages that I’ve ordered to be delivered to campus?

The Receiving department is being staffedIf an employee is working on campus, they should contact Receiving at extension #1910 or #1954 and the package will be delivered. If an employee is not on campus, Receiving will hold the package for delivery at a later time.  

Will we still be having meetings at work?

Most meetings will continue to occur virtually via Zoom, conference call, or other technology. Any meetings that must occur in person will be limited to 10 persons and recommendations for social distancing will be followed. 

May I use accrued leave during this time?

Yes. Standard procedures for approval of sick leave and annual leave are being followed.

I have a trip to a conference planned; will I still be able to go?

All travel is suspended until further notice. If an employee has a need to travel, they should reach out to their immediate supervisor.  

What if I have travel plans. Does that affect my ability to return to work?

Employees are encouraged to reference the CDC travel guide. Keep in mind that travel restrictions are constantly changing and may impact return to work restrictions. 

Are there restrictions from returning from travel?

Employees who have traveled from one of the one of the CDC identified countries (please reference the CDC Guide for Travelers Returning from International Travelor who may have been in close contact with someone diagnosed with COVID-19 should not return to work for 14 days since last exposure. 

After a 14-day self-quarantine period, employees who have not experienced symptoms such as fever, coughingor shortness of breath may return to work after approval from your supervisor.  Employees who have experienced any of these symptoms should consult with their healthcare provider before returning to work. 

Is the Cashier’s office open?

The Cashier’s office is now open Monday through Thursday from 7:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. Social distancing is being practiced and all who enter should wear protective face masks. The Cashier’s office may be contacted at 850-484-1782. 

Additional Resources

For Escambia County specific COVID-19 questions, you may contact the Citizen Information Center at 850-471-6600 or via email covid19@myescambia.com.

The Florida Department of Health has launched a dedicated call center for questions related to COVID-19. If you or someone you know is experiencing symptoms, please contact the Florida Department of Health using the information below. The COVID-19 Call Center is now available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.