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COVID-19 Updates

This page is the official Pillar College source for COVID-19 information

Updated 2/7/2023

Continued Guidelines:

We will continue to adhere to most COVID-19 relief measures in place as we continue to comply with CDC, state and local guidance.

From the President’s Cabinet:

As with all things COVID, our in-person status is subject to change. We have resumed in-person and hybrid instruction and in-office work on Tuesday, January 18, 2022.

Isolation and Quarantine Calculator

The New Jersey COVID-19 Information Hub recommends using this calculator if you or someone you have come in contact with has tested positive for COVID-19. Select the link below to find guidance on when self-isolation or quarantine may end.


Dr. Mark J. Wade Vaccination PSA

Where, how, and when can I get vaccinated?

Dear Colleagues:

Everyone 12 or older who lives, works, or studies in New Jersey is now eligible for a COVID-19 vaccine.
To learn more and find where to get vaccinated click HERE.

Office of the Secretary of Higher Education (OSHE)

According to CDC.gov: COVID-19 affects different people in different ways. Infected people have had a wide range of symptoms reported – from mild symptoms to severe illness.

Symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure to the virus. People with these symptoms may have COVID-19: Fever or chills, Cough, Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, Fatigue, Muscle or body aches, Headache, New loss of taste or smell, Sore throat, Congestion or runny nose, Nausea or vomiting, Diarrhea.

Anyone with COVID-19 symptoms should remain home, except to get medical care.

Remote Learning Resources for Students

Note to students – Pillar College supports Blackboard as the application to support your online courses. 

Pillar College Directory of Student Assistance

1-800-234-9305 | 973-803-5000 Option 0 for Receptionist

DepartmentEmailPhone extension

Academic Resource Center

(English and Spanish support)

[email protected]1138
Admissions[email protected]Option 1
Career Services[email protected]1029
Student Support  
Library/Online Research[email protected]1140
Online Class Support[email protected] 
Prayer Requests[email protected] 

Academic Resource Center

Director Michael Wattkis

The Academic Resource Center (ARC) staff is available to assist you with tutoring, online research, and reference citations using MLA/APA. Also if you have problems accessing Pillar resources through your email login, we can help you.

Contact us:

Academic Tutoring
[email protected]
973-803-5000 Ext. 1016

Email Password & Portal Reset   
[email protected]
973-803-5000 Ext. 1138

Online Research 
[email protected]
973-803-5000 Ext. 1140

Library and Online Research

Associate Dean Vinell Spied

Spiritual Care

Director of Spiritual Development Nishanth Thomas

We understand that we are all living in unprecedented times. One of our goals is to encourage and strengthen each other. To that end, if you have a prayer request for healing, provision, relationships, family, or any other need, the Pillar Community would like to pray for you. We pray God’s peace, joy, hope, love, mercy, and presence be with you and your families in this chaotic season.

Community Resources

In the wake of Covid-19, since children and families are home, Audible has created stories.audible.com – a place where anyone, anywhere can stream hundreds of titles for kids and families, no strings attached. Audible’s talented editors have handpicked a mix of education, entertainment, classics, and general-interest titles in English, German, French, Spanish, Japanese, and Italian. The experience is completely free – no logins, credit cards, or passwords required. Just click, stream and listen. Click here to get started.

Newark Board of Education Closure Resources: Learning at Home Plans

The Newark Board of Education has developed Instructional Packets containing lessons for all students from PreK through high school to ensure continued instruction during extended school closure.

Project Ready Coronavirus Resources for Parents, Families & Students

Project Ready is committed to providing various resources and information for families and community members during this time. Project Ready has pooled information and resources from several government, education, and community organizations and will update the document on an ongoing basis.

Breakfast and Lunch Locations

The Newark Board of Education’s Breakfast and Lunch Program is available for all students at designated schools from Monday to Friday between the hours of 9:30 am – 11:30 am. Students can pick up food at any NPS site nearest to their homes.

Education Companies Offering FREE Subscription

With schools closing across the nation, parents and educators are in a bit of a panic as they try to figure out how kids can learn and obtain their education from home. If this sounds like you, stop stressing. This is going to be super helpful! We have the Entire List of Education Companies Offering Free Subscriptions Due to School Closings.

Coping with Covid 19

Maxine A. Bradshaw, Ph.D., Professor and Chair*
Psychology and Counseling
Traditional Undergraduate Program

We are living in perilous times and many yearn for the return to normalcy. Can you remember when your concerns could be summed up in the cares for what you will eat, or what you will drink, what you will wear (Matthew 6:25); and other non-life threatening concerns? But “normal” stress as we know it is replaced by a new Reality. Jane Wagner once wrote; “Reality is the leading cause of stress amongst those in touch with it.”

When the news of the ravages of COVID 19 in Wuhan, China hit the airwaves, it seemed so far removed from our reality. This was half-way across the globe. The impact of the spread of this pandemic within other countries seemed a safe distance away from us. While we empathized with their plights, we could not conceive how their lives must have been torn apart. The news that the COVID 19 virus reached the shores of the United States seemed to send shockwaves in the tapestry of the psyche of America. This pandemic levelled the playing field, having no respect for age, gender, religion, socio-economic status or race, and political affiliations. Now, survival mode dictates that we practice social distancing and stay indoors. Indeed, the social structures that once brought solace, such as family gatherings, social hangouts, Church services, contacts with peers at school, and our Colleagues at work have been replaced by a virtual reality.

So how do we manage during these perilous times? In addition to the recommendations to wash your hands regularly, restrain from touching your face, remain at home and practice social distancing, here are some other helpful tips:

Free Resources on the Web:

Online Research contact: Email: [email protected] or call 973-803-5000 Ext. 1140

Career Services – Coordinator Ingrid Ortiz

Your success is important to us! Our main goal is to provide you with the resources to help you enhance your professional skills and develop a strategy to search for a job or internship.

Email [email protected] or call Ingrid I. Ortiz at 973 803-5000 ext. 1029.

Accommodations for Students With Disabilities

Students with documented disabilities are entitled to receive approved modifications, accommodations, or utilize auxiliary aids which will enable them to participate in and benefit from all educational programs and activities at Pillar College. Reasonable accommodation includes the utilization of adaptive technology aids in the online classroom, modification to testing, extended time on assignments, and alternate course delivery options that allows access by individuals with disabilities.

Prior to receiving this assistance, the student must submit documentation to the Registrar’s Office verifying his/her disability from a qualified professional source, outlining the nature of accommodations in instruction and testing required by the student and the length of time the accommodations will need to be provided.

Free student aid-related COVID-19 guidance for students, families and student loan borrowers

Mapping Your Future is a very reliable source as they work with NJ State Higher Education Student Assistance Authority (HESAA) – this is offering information about Covid19 and student loans:

About This Website
StudentAidPandemic.org provides up-to-the-minute student guidance on student loans and financial aid during the 2020 COVID-19 pandemic. Your learning path is customized to your needs. All services are free to everyone and no registration is required.

We will update the content as additional guidance is received from the Department of Education and publish the date of the most recent update on this landing page so you are sure you are getting the most up to date information.

Need personalized help?

For questions about financial aid, contact Mapping Your Future.

For questions about your current student loans, contact The Institute of Student Loan Advisors Corporation (TISLA).

COVID-19 Updates

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Student Services

Amy Huber

Amy Huber
Vice President of Academic Affairs & Student Engagement

Phone: 973-803-5000 ext. 1104
[email protected]