Four States Forward with Pittsburg State University

PITTSBURG, Kan. – Dr. Steve Scott, President of PSU, speaks to KOAM about changes this semester due to COVID-19.

As part of the Facebook live event, viewers were able to submit questions for the interview. While families prepare for the coming school year during this time of uncertainty, KOAM will be speaking with several area educators this week. You can participate by asking questions during the Facebook Live events, through our online form or by emailing backtoschool@koamtv.com.

Outline of Pittsburg State University Q&A (Time stamp):

  • Classroom Experience
    • Masks (1:25)
      • Enforcement (3:13)
      • Kinds of masks (4:10)
    • Temperature checks (4:56)
    • Making campus safe for at-risk employees (5:43)
      • teaching decisions
    • Physical barriers (7:20)
    • Social distancing (8:13)
    • Hands-on training classes (9:00)
    • Sanitation (10:29)
  • Remote/Virtual Learning
    • Options
    • Will students know if class will be online or in-class ahead of enrollment (12:53)
    • How many students are choosing to be on campus? (14:33)
    • Interactions with professors for virtual students (15:25)
    • Help for virtual students (20:03)
      • Gorilla Geeks
      • Wi-fi
    • Access to laptops (21:13)
  • Interactions Outside the Classroom
    • Student life activities (22:35)
      • theatre
    • Athletics (23:30)
      • Community relationship (25:18)
      • Attendance at games/tailgating (27:00)
    • Dorms (27:40)
      • contracts
      • safety precautions (29:55)
      • testing
    • Problems with testing (30:55)
    • If a student in dorms get sick, what will happen? (31:24)
      • quarantine
      • travelers
  • Dealing with Illness (36:02)
    • Testing for faculty and staff
    • Contact with patient who is positive (38:40)
    • Quarantine for students who test positive or refuses to be tested (41:00)
    • Contact tracing (41:35)
    • Custodial/maintenance worker safety (42:30)
    • Health Center (45:50)
    • Will the college close if students or staff get sick? (46:40)
    • Threshold (49:05)
    • Accessibility to internships (50:15)
  • Final Notes (51:45)
    • decisions
    • criticism
  • How can the community support local students? (53:40)
  • Online resources for PSU (54:49)