The PCC Faculty Association and the PCC District will soon sign an agreement that will bring most faculty back to face-to-face teaching. The online classes listed on the Schedule of Classes will remain online.
By Melissa Michelson
Here are some of the highlights of the agreement, which would last through the end of the Spring 2022 semester:
- The District promises to update the PCC COVID Dashboard weekly and provide mask fittings.
- All Faculty need to be tested weekly.
- Faculty will need to prove they have been boosted.
- Faculty will be notified if a student tests positive.
- Faculty may choose to teach remotely if they test positive or someone in their household has COVID.
- Faculty who participated in the two-week collective job-action of continuing remote learning will not have their pay docked or be punished for insubordination.
There is still confusion over the ever-changing masking rules and whether professors can check students’ testing or vaccination results. The school does not allow unvaccinated students to enroll, unless they have a religious or medical exemptions. If students test positive, notice is shared with their professors. But there is no checking on campus of whether students have actually been tested, and professors have not been mandated to do so, nor do they feel it’s in their purview as educators. The District emailed students earlier this week saying that they may attend class even while they are waiting to get their testing results.
Although it is being discussed, it is still unknown whether the Faculty Senate or another campus group will conduct a Vote of No Confidence on the President of the College or the Board of Trustees.
> PCC’s COVID dashboard Since Fall 2021.
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