Dear PC Parents, Families, Alumni, and Friends:
During my first few days on campus (February 3), I released a statement in which I acknowledged feedback on PC’s previously stated plans for attendance at home athletic competitions. Health and safety considerations rightly drove PC’s initial planning for the spring semester and season. However, I understand that the careers of student athletes are precious and fleeting, and I sympathize with families who want to support their students through their attendance.
As promised, our leadership team and I have worked with urgency during my first few weeks to determine where there might be flexibility in our plans. Specifically, we have sought the counsel of our public health authorities, carefully monitored our dynamic campus and county circumstances, and engaged a national panel of epidemiologists drawn from the ranks of our PC alumni.
I am delighted to report that after extensive discussions and planning, we believe it is reasonably safe and responsible to accommodate a limited number of spectators for outdoor competitions provided that we, as a community, adhere faithfully to CDC and DHEC health and safety guidelines. Please read here for venue-specific guidelines.
Based on the current facts and circumstances, our local authorities and experts have urged PC in the strongest possible terms to avoid hosting spectators for indoor athletic events. Some individuals have told us that they do not feel comfortable traveling during the pandemic and requested that we look into livestreaming possibilities. I am pleased to report that we are redoubling our efforts to ensure that livestreaming is available for as many athletic competitions as possible.
As we have learned during this unprecedented period, all athletic competitions are subject to last-minute cancellations and delays due to the unpredictability of COVID-19 cases among competing institutions. Numerous competitions on the PC calendar have already been affected. We anticipate seeing more surprise disruptions before spring competitions end. Please understand that such cancellations and delays are entirely out of the control of PC, and please remember the risk you assume when you decide to travel to campus.
I am excited that PC teams are competing and pleased that we can safely and responsibly host a limited number of spectators. In the meantime, I know our entire community is hopeful for a return to relative normalcy in the near future. On behalf of all of our faculty and staff at PC, I wish you and your families great health and happiness.
I look forward to meeting you in the coming weeks and months.
Go Blue Hose!
Matt vandenBerg, EdD, CFRE