I hope that everyone had a restful holiday break and followed the important guidelines for staying safe during these COVID times.
Our focus continues to be providing a campus environment that is healthy and safe for our students, faculty, staff and visitors. Using all of the tools, knowledge and partnerships that assisted us in a safe Fall, we are ready for the Spring semester.
Thanks to a partnership between Point Park University, the Allegheny County Health Department, our medical partners at UPMC and the COVID test company Curative, free COVID tests will be available to Point Park University students, faculty and staff the week of January 19, 2021, at an on-campus location.
In the next few days, you will receive an email in your Point Park account inbox from Keith Paylo, Vice President of Student Affairs and Dean of Students, with more details on the testing process and steps you must follow to pre-register.
Testing is required for all students living in on-campus housing. We strongly advise students living off campus, commuter students, faculty and staff to take advantage of this free testing.
The goal of the testing is to help detect potentially infected University community members, even those not experiencing symptoms, and to prevent them from infecting others.
Thanks to the extensive mitigation efforts the University put in place for the Fall, we experienced a low number of cases. That is a trend we are working to replicate for the Spring semester.
As you continue to make preparations to return to campus, please keep in mind the following guidelines:
Before returning to campus for Spring 2021, all students, faculty and staff should self-quarantine for 14 days. Please check the Pennsylvania Department of Health website here for the most current information.
All students, faculty and staff returning to campus for the Spring semester must pay particular attention to their daily activities for at least two weeks (14 days) and adhere to public health guidance.
Limit travel, wear a face mask, practice social distancing, use good hygiene and take a temperature reading at least daily.
We are all in this together. I want to thank each of you in advance for doing your part to keep yourself, others and your campus safe.