Information on Novel Coronavirus COVID-19
This page will be updated as information changes.
Latest update posted: 3/31/2020 6:00PM
South Hills School of Business & Technology is committed to keeping our students, faculty, staff, and communities safe, healthy, and informed. The outbreak of this virus continues to be a fluid and rapidly evolving situation that we are monitoring closely, so please check this page often for updated information on 2019-nCoV novel coronavirus disease COVID-19 as it relates to our school.
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- Both State College and Altoona Campuses are following the Governor’s Yellow Phase Guidelines, Recommendations and Restrictions.
- All Spring Term Classes will continue to be delivered via the Zoom platform for the remainder of the term (June 15).
- Summer Term classes will also be delivered via the Zoom platform as long as our counties remain in the Yellow Phase. This will be subject to change based on any modifications to the Governor’s restrictions within the Yellow and/or Green Phases, as designated in each county.
- South Hills is prepared to react quickly, safely and appropriately when the guidelines, recommendations and restrictions are modified by the Governor’s office.
On Monday, March 30th, Governor Wolf extended his Stay-At-Home order to April 30th. Thus, South Hills will continue to deliver all Spring term classes via Remote Learning for the month of April. We plan to be back "in building" beginning Friday, May 1st. Note, also, that remote classes will be held on Friday, April 10th (normally a holiday).
With the recent statewide mitigation efforts now in place, for the next two weeks (at a minimum) beginning Monday, March 23rd, South Hills will deliver all Spring term classes fully online via Zoom, a video conferencing app. Classes will follow your regular meeting days and times, as per your student schedule. Please check your South Hills email for important additional information, including a request for you to complete an online survey regarding your ability to receive instruction in this manner.
SHSBT has made the decision to postpone the start of Spring Term until Monday March 23, 2020. SHSBT will be utilizing this extra week to formulate a plan with faculty in the event all or portions of your education should be disrupted in the future. The SHSBT team is committed to your health and safety and to having a well thought out plan to continue to deliver students a high quality education. Given that this situation can change quickly, please check this page regularly.
South Hills School of Business & Technology’s (SHSBT) leadership continues to closely monitor the situation surrounding the coronavirus (COVID-19). At this time there are still no known cases of COVID-19 in our community, but this could quickly change. SHSBT has made the decision to postpone the start of Spring Term until Tuesday, March 17, 2020. SHSBT will be utilizing this extra day to formulate a plan with faculty in the event all or portions of your education should be disrupted in the future.
Any student or employee who has traveled outside of the United States or to an area in the United States with confirmed COVID-19 cases within the past two weeks will be required to self-quarantine for a period of 14 days. We will be deploying numerous technology platforms and communication tools to ensure quarantined students are kept up to date with course material. In addition, arrangements will be made with students that are experiencing other challenges associated with COVID-19. If you fall into either of these categories, please contact us at email@example.com to inform SHSBT of your planned absence.
We will continue to deploy the protective measures that were outlined in yesterday’s update. The SHSBT team is committed to your health and safety and to having a well thought out plan to continue to deliver students a high quality education. This situation is constantly changing, and we will continue to follow any guidance from the CDC and other State and Federal entities. Please continue to check the website as it will be updated as new information becomes available.
SHSBT is on track to begin classes on Monday, March 16, 2020 as scheduled. No positive cases of COVID-19 are currently known at SHSBT. Each of us plays a role in preventing the spread of COVID-19, and we are taking measures to better protect our students, our staff, and our faculty. Please see below for recommendations for helping prevent the spread of COVID-19.
Letter from the President of South Hills School of Business & Technology
South Hills Family,
Given the recent news and general concern surrounding the coronavirus (COVID-19) disease, I wanted you to have access to up-to-date information pertaining to the virus and to establish a means by which we can share any school changes in a timely fashion as we seek to manage the risks to our school and community. Hopefully, this webpage will be able to serve this purpose for each of you. Please make a point to check this page at least once a day as we prepare for the start of our Spring term.
Much about this virus remains unknown. Therefore, The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), along with the PA Dept of Health, is urging all of us to practice "social distancing" to slow its spread. We are keeping the health and safety of our entire community at the forefront of our decision-making and, therefore, have decided to switch all of our classes, beginning March 23rd, to an online, synchronous delivery model. Should your circumstances preclude you from fully participating in your online classes, note that our faculty will do their best to provide you with access to course materials such that you can keep up with your schoolwork as time permits.
Please enjoy the remainder of your break and rest up for the start of Spring term!
Paul Mazza III
Official Government Resources
Use these links find information and guidance from authorities regarding the current outbreak of 2019-nCoV novel coronavirus disease COVID-19. This virus was identified during an investigation into an outbreak in Wuhan, China first reported on December 31, 2019.
The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) provides data for the United States. The Pennsylvania Department of Health has information specific to the state. The Centre Region Council of Governments (CRCOG) has information specific to Centre County.