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Vaccine information

For the latest information on the COVID-19 vaccine, visit the Oregon Health Authority (OHA) vaccine page.

If you’re interested in what to expect at your vaccine appointment, visit the CDC’s vaccination page.

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Higher Education Emergency Relief Funds (HEERF)

The federal government has established  emergency funds to aid college students with economic relief from the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. Learn more about how PCC is granting these relief funds to students. 

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Updated May 06, 2021

How does COVID-19 impact you? And what can you do to stay informed?

First and importantly – regularly check your MyPCC email for updates and critical information. This is the way that the college will be connecting with you. MyPCC Announcements also will be used to communicate critical information.

Below is information that addresses the operations changes and available support that you can expect.

COVID-19 FAQ

Do you have materials in my native language?

Yes! We’ve created a page that hosts documents that cover all the COVID-19 essentials that PCC has implemented. This includes the policies we expect students to follow and the daily self check.

Will PCC notify students in the event of an infection or case of COVID?

Yes. PCC partners with local public health authorities to communicate with students, faculty, and staff who have come into close or sustained contact with a person who has COVID-19 including a description of how the college is responding. PCC utilizes multiple platforms to provide public health messaging to students and staff. These may include, as appropriate: PCC’s public website, MyPCC, email, and text alerts.

What happens if PCC closes?

If PCC is forced to close due to COVID-related issues, we will contact you with options available to continue your coursework.

If you are taking any in-person courses during a PCC’s limited reopening, modified reopening, or sustained reopening stages, there is a possibility that your course may be suspended, or necessitate changing the day, time, or location of the course if COVID-related issues arise.

What happens with my work or classes if I get COVID?

Whenever you are instructed to quarantine or isolate, whether as a result of medical advice or because you choose to take additional precautions, you are entitled to return to your course if it is still available and without any adverse action as a result of participation in COVID-19 quarantining or isolation activities.

What if I have an underlying medical issue?

Contact disability.services@pcc.edu to discuss the options available to you.

My family member is ill – what should I do?

Do not come to campus. If you have symptoms of or test positive for COVID-19, or you choose to self-quarantine because of recent close contact with a symptomatic person:

What educational privacy rights do I have during this situation?

The U.S. Department of Education has a list of frequently asked questions regarding the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act and COVID-19.

Will PCC provide PPE such as masks for students who visit campus?

Students are encouraged to bring their own face coverings, however, disposable face masks will be available for those who do not have one or forget to bring one. Please see your instructor or contact Public Safety at 971-722-4902 or publsafe@pcc.edu for assistance.

Will I be required to check in with someone before going to my designated room or location?

No. PCC will not require students to check in before going to their courses. You will be asked to complete a daily self-check online prior to arriving at the campus each day. This self-check can be found on MyPCC in the COVID-19 Information section.

Can students remain on campus after their designated class time?

Please keep your time on campus to a minimum. Arrive only a few minutes before class begins and leave immediately when class ends.

Is there a plan in place if students or employees return to campuses but another outbreak of COVID-19 occurs?

Yes. PCC has developed an Exposure Response plan in case this situation occurs. What steps we take will be determined by the extent of the outbreak.

Do I need to wear my face covering if I am working alone in an area?

No. If you are alone in an enclosed workspace you do not need to wear a face covering. If someone comes into your area, you will need to put your face covering on.

Will I need to produce a doctor’s note?

No. PCC will not require a doctor’s note if you have COVID-19 or begin developing symptoms.

If you have symptoms of or test positive for COVID-19:

What are my responsibilities as a student and what can I do to help prevent the spread?

There’s a lot you can do! Wear a face covering, wash your hands, social distance to the greatest extent possible, and do a self-check each day. All of these small things help to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

General FAQ

Is the campus open to all students?

No. Our campuses and centers are closed. Critical functional employees are maintaining the buildings and grounds and providing security. A number of in-person courses are approved, but the campus is still limited to those that need to be on campus.

What are the next key dates for Spring Term?
  • Term starts: Monday, March 29
  • Last day to request an audit: Tuesday, April 6 at 5pm
  • Last day to drop 8-12 week classes: Tuesday, April 6 at 10pm
  • Last day to add a course late: Tuesday, April 6 at 10pm
  • Last day to withdraw from 11-12 week classes: Saturday, June 5 at 10pm
  • Last day to change grade option for 11-12 week classes: Saturday, June 5 at 10pm
  • Term ends: Sunday, June 13
  • Grades available in MyPCC: Tuesday, June 15

Visit the academic calendar for important dates.

What are the next key deadline dates for Spring Term?

Deadlines for Spring Term haven’t changed, and the most important dates can be found on the academic calendar. Coming up:

What is the plan for Summer 2021?

View our Reopening Planning page for updated information regarding the Summer 2021 term.

What are the next key dates for Summer Term?
  • Term starts: Monday, June 21
  • Last day to request an audit: Tuesday, June 29 at 5pm
  • Last day to drop 8-12 week classes: Tuesday, June 29 at 10pm
  • Last day to add a course late: Tuesday, June 29 at 10pm
  • Last day to withdraw from 11-12 week classes: Saturday, August 28 at 10pm
  • Last day to change grade option for 11-12 week classes: Saturday, August 28 at 10pm
  • Term ends: Sunday, September 5
  • Grades available in MyPCC: Tuesday, September 7

Visit the academic calendar for important dates.

What are the next key deadline dates for Summer Term?

Deadlines for Spring Term haven’t changed, and the most important dates can be found on the academic calendar. Coming up:

What is the plan for Fall 2021?

View our Reopening Planning page for updated information regarding the Fall 2021 term.

What are the next key dates for Fall 2021 Term?
  • Term starts: Monday, September 27
  • Last day to request an audit: Tuesday, October 5 at 5pm
  • Last day to drop 8-12 week classes: Tuesday, October 5 at 10pm
  • Last day to add a course late: Tuesday, October 5 at 10pm
  • Last day to withdraw from 11-12 week classes: Saturday, December 4 at 10pm
  • Last day to change grade option for 11-12 week classes: Saturday, December 4 at 10pm
  • Term ends: Sunday, December 19
  • Grades available in MyPCC: Tuesday, December 21

Visit the academic calendar for important dates.

What are the next key deadline dates for Fall 2021 Term?

Deadlines for Spring Term haven’t changed, and the most important dates can be found on the academic calendar. Coming up:

How are classes being offered?

PCC offers classes in several ways to better support the many ways our students learn. View our Types of Classes at PCC page for a full list of class types.

What programs are offering in-person classes?

PCC will be in Modified Reopening status through Summer Term 2021. View our Academic Program Reopening page for updated information regarding in-person classes during Modified Reopening.

What kind of student and accessibility services will be available?

Student services, such as Advising and Counseling, will continue to be offered remotely. Other services normally available to students – like Dining Services, the Bookstore for walk-in shopping, etc. – will remain closed, so please plan accordingly before your arrival on campus.

How do I access services I would normally visit on-campus?

Visit the Virtual Help tab in MyPCC to see the remote support options for our key business services. You can also visit service area websites for more information, which is being updated continually.

What other resources are available to me?

We’ve collected a lengthy list of community resources to help you with a variety of needs.

How do I access my online/remote class?

Visit online.pcc.edu or click the “D2L Brightspace login” link in the quick links section in MyPCC.

How can I get help with this new class format?

For many of you, this may be your first time in an online classroom environment. We recommend:

How do I take a placement test for Reading/Writing?

Because our Testing Centers are not open, an advisor can help you assess your placement for Reading and Writing. See our Placement tests page for more information.

What do I do if I would normally talk to my instructor in person at the first class for things like a waitlist exception or audit option?

These can be requested via email to the instructor of the course. Instructors can facilitate these approvals through email. Please use your PCC email to contact your instructor.

What if I don’t have a computer or internet access – should I drop my class?

We have some resources to help you, including free wi-fi connectivity options. Additionally, if you need a computer, wi-fi, or other support to access remote/online coursework or college services, please see our emergency funds page for more information.

How will my federal work study be affected?

Read the work study FAQs to learn about how your aid will be impacted and if you can keep working.

As always, don’t forget to check your MyPCC email often! We will continue to regularly send critical updates.

We will continue to update the college’s coronavirus website, so please remember to regularly check it for new information.

We thank you in advance for your support and partnership as we work together to ensure that PCC is taking preventative and responsive measures during this time. Please know that our faculty and staff are working very hard to prepare to deliver excellent instruction and support during Spring term.

How do I get and/or return my books?

All purchases through the Bookstore will need to be done online, as our Bookstore locations are closed to the public. Online book buyback is available, as are online rental returns. Please check the Bookstore website frequently for updates.

Will I need a parking pass if I have a class that will meet on campus this semester?

Parking passes are not required for Spring 2021 terms. Learn more about parking and transportation.

Is PCC changing any fees for credit courses?
Effective for Winter 2021, PCC has removed the fees for Online Learning and Transportation. Take a look at our Tuition and fees for credit courses page for more information.
If you believe you may have been charged incorrectly, view our Refunds page for more information.

If you suspect you may have COVID-19

If you have been to a PCC campus or center and believe you may have COVID-19, please notify the COVID-19 Reporting Team at 971-722-1919 or covidreporting@pcc.edu.

Have a question?

Need help getting started at PCC? Contact our admissions staff for support. Current students can visit the Virtual Help tab in MyPCC to find remote support options for PCC services.