In-person classes are in full swing!
We did it! And we did it right.
As promised, PBC was able to provide in-person instruction at our Portland campus during the pandemic throughout the Fall 2020 – Spring 2021 school year. Our student body, faculty and staff did an amazing job at managing the balance of faith and wisdom and we can now say that we successfully delivered on our commitment to our student body. We will be continuing in person for our Fall semester this August!
Our commitment to transformational in-person impartation and training will go on as it has for 54 years.
Due to the relative small size of our college population, the ample size of our campus, the maturity level of our student body and the commitment of our administration and staff, we continue to be well-positioned to fulfill our commitment to offer in-person instruction this Fall while prioritizing the health and safety of our school community. We also have the advantage of being located in Oregon which has had one of the lowest infection rates in the nation. Although we moved all our instruction to virtual delivery at the beginning of the pandemic, we did not close our campus and have successfully been able to test and implement safety protocols.
Our research of medically advised measures has guided our evolving plan to prioritize safety while still providing the highest quality classroom impartation that we are known for.
With the late summer spike in Oregon’s COVID-19 cases and the return of the governor’s mask mandate, we will cooperate by wearing masks in indoor public spaces. We will respect each person’s choice to vaccinate or not vaccinate, but we ask those who are vaccinated to upload a photo of their vaccination card to their Populi profile. As a Bible college community, we are choosing not to allow COVID-19 to divide us. This is just another opportunity for us to practice the kind of love and care that Jesus taught us.
Following are some of the measures we have implemented and will continue to follow:
- Industry standard cleaning procedures
- Health screenings
- Appropriate food service protocols
- Personal hygiene protocols
- Special consideration for those with higher health risks
In addition, we will have contingencies in place in the event of exposure or infection which may include:
- COVID testing
- Contact tracing
- Self-isolation protocols and assistance (As per CDC guidelines, those who are fully vaccinated will not need to quarantine if exposed to the virus.)
- Academic and personal support through isolation and/or illness
Our historically evident “student first” philosophy and practices have set the stage for us to confidently move into this next unprecedented season with a cautious optimism and thoughtful practical preparation. Even given these unusual times we are anticipating an unusually effective year.
Please refer to this page for updates and additional information as we navigate through this “new normal”.
Due to the fast-changing nature of the pandemic, we are adjusting and updating our policies and procedures as necessary. Visit this page for more detailed information for our Portland Campus.
Download our COVID-19 Testing Guidelines for Students
Optional Proof of Vaccination
We are asking vaccinated students to inform the college that you’ve been vaccinated. You can upload proof of vaccination in your Info tab in Populi. Check out the instructional video clip below: