In-person Learning Delayed Until Feb. 15, 2021

Dear Students and Families,

Given the continuing spread of COVID-19 and the presence of the new, more infectious strain in our region, we have decided to delay LVC’s in-person return to campus until Monday, Feb. 15. I’m sorry we can’t proceed as planned, but the good news is that our partners at Penn State Health, who advised us on this decision, have told us there is light at the end of the tunnel as caseloads are projected to decline and vaccinations become more available. I know we all miss being together on our beautiful campus, but we need to wait just a little while longer to protect our community and increase our chances of having the rest of the semester in-person.

You can hear updates and ask questions at a virtual information session for students and their families on Wednesday, Jan.20, at 7 p.m. (Password: GoValley)

 A few key points:

  • Classes will still begin Feb. 1, but they will be delivered online only until Feb. 15. The academic calendar remains unchanged.
  • Residential students will move back to campus Feb. 12–14 unless they have otherwise been authorized to return earlier. On Feb. 1, Caitlin Lenker will send a Sign-up Genius link for students to select a move-in slot.
  • We have adjusted the entry testing timeline to account for the delayed return. If you have not already taken an entry test, you will receive an email on Monday, Feb. 1, with instructions for requesting a test kit and setting up an account with Quest Diagnostics. Students who have already taken an entry test and received negative results may return to campus early according to your approved arrival date.
  • If you need to return to campus before Feb. 12, please complete this request form by Sunday, Jan. 17, at midnight. If you are approved to return to campus early and haven’t already completed your entry test, you will receive an email on Tuesday, Jan. 19, with instructions on requesting an entry test and creating a Quest account.
  • Student-athletes will be notified by their coaches when to report to campus.
  • Student accounts will be credited room and board for the time students are not authorized to live in campus residential facilities or use dining services. We will distribute refunds of any remaining credit balances after the close of the semester.
  • The College continues to monitor the vaccine distribution process. We hope to learn soon about resources available to students. If you have the opportunity to get vaccinated now, please do so. Keep your vaccination records on-hand. We’re setting up a secure reporting database.
  • As we have in the past, we ask that you quarantine at home 14 days before returning to campus, if possible.

You can find more information on the LVC Forward blog. Please email information@lvc.edu if you have any questions.

As always, wear a mask, stay distanced, avoid gatherings, and wash your hands often. The eventual end of this pandemic lies not only with vaccine distribution but with our continuing vigilance.

For ourselves. For each other.

All my best,

President MacLaren

COVID-19 Dashboard: Spring 2021

LVC tracks the status of COVID-19 in our campus community during each academic semester. Data is updated here daily by 5 p.m. during the academic term. Data reflects the numbers for employees as of January 11, 2021, including reports received during break. Student numbers will resume once they return to on-campus learning.

Use this form to report COVID testing performed off-campus.

Number of COVID-19 tests
administered on-campus
(total since Jan. 4)
StudentsEmployees
Positive0
Negative0
Awaiting Results0
Recovered On-Campus0
Number of COVID-19 tests
administered off-campus (as reported to the College; total since Jan. 4)
8
Positive5
Negative2
Awaiting Results1
Recovered Off-Campus0
Number currently self-isolating on-campus  0
Number currently self-isolating off-campus (as reported to the College)6
Number currently self-quarantining on-campus  0
Number currently self-quarantining off-campus  (as reported to the College)3

Definitions

Please note:

  • If you are given additional or different instructions from a contact tracer or healthcare provider, follow those instructions. Students should contact Shroyer Health Center immediately to share those instructions.
  • LVC protocols will ultimately guide decisions regarding quarantine, isolation, and return to in-person classes. 

Self-quarantine: For asymptomatic individuals with potential exposure to COVID-19 or those who have traveled:

  • Stay in your room if you are a residential student, and stay home if you are a commuter or employee. Leave your room only to use the bathroom or go outside for fresh air, following safety protocols. Practice vigilant physical distancing, wear a cloth mask, and wash your hands often. Take your classes virtually.  
  • Do not go to work or socialize with friends or family outside your immediate household or roommate(s). The other members of your household or your roommate may go to work and class but should self-monitor closely for COVID-19 symptoms. They should be diligent about wearing a mask, hand washing, and physical distancing. 
  • If you have been exposed to COVID-19, your healthcare provider will give you an end-date for self-quarantine. Per the U.S. Centers for Disease Control & Prevention and Pennsylvania Department of Health, a negative COVID-19 test does not automatically end your self-quarantine.
  • If you have traveled, you must self-quarantine for 14 days upon return to Pennsylvania or provide a negative COVID-19 test within a 72-hour timeframe of your return.

Self-isolationFor those who have symptoms of COVID-19 or have either tested positive or are awaiting test results:

  • Stay home except to receive medical care. 
  • Stay separate from family members and pets, use a different bathroom if possible, do not share personal items, and wear a mask around other people. 
  • Your healthcare provider will advise you when to stop self-isolating. Per the CDC and PDH, a negative COVID-19 test or the resolution of symptoms does not automatically end self-isolation.

What counts as close contact?

  • You were within six feet of someone who has COVID-19 for a total of 15 minutes or more within 24 hours.
  • You provided care at home to someone who is sick with COVID-19.
  • You had direct physical contact with the person (hugged or kissed them).
  • You shared eating or drinking utensils.
  • They sneezed, coughed, or somehow got respiratory droplets on you.

Contact Tracing: Contact tracing is the process of identifying close contacts of laboratory-confirmed or probably COVID-19 patients. Contact tracers are trained and keep your information confidential. Please respond promptly and honestly if a contact tracer calls you.

If you have any questions about LVC’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic, please email information@lvc.edu or call 717-867-6555.

Entry Test Timing & Process

Note: All students and employees who plan to be on-campus for the Spring 2021 semester must be entry tested. This includes commuting students.

Employees will receive an email to request a test and set up an account with Quest on Tuesday, Jan. 19.

Students who have been approved to return to campus before Feb. 12 will receive their entry testing request email Tuesday, Jan. 19.

Students who have not already taken an entry test will receive an email to request a test and set up an account with Quest on Monday, Feb. 1.

Instructions

  • Click the URL in the email to request your test.
  • Register using the personal information you use for your LVC student or employee account (no nicknames, etc.). Use the last seven digits of your student ID number, which you can find on your LVC ID card.
  • Request a test immediately upon reviewing the email.

After you register, Quest will FedEx your kit to the mailing address on file with LVC. Please take your test as soon as you receive it. Return it in the provided FedEx packaging to the nearest FedEx location/FedEx dropbox. Do this the same day you take the test, and deposit it in a FedEx box before 3 p.m. Do not deposit your test in a FedEx box on a Saturday or Sunday. | Find your nearest FedEx dropbox.

The test is an Active Infection Swab Test that determines whether you have an active COVID-19 infection. This self-administered PCR test uses an Anterior Nares Nasal Swab and is the least invasive swab test available. You must send your test via FedEx back to Quest Diagnostics immediately. Quest will provide additional collection instructions in the kit. After you return your test to Quest, Quest will notify you of your results. You will receive an email prompting you to sign in to MyQuest to view your results. Check your junk or spam folder in case the email appears there.

If your entry test is negative, you may return to campus. Residential students should still self-quarantine for two weeks before their arrival.

If your entry test is positive, do not return to campus or attend any LVC-related activities. You will be able to return to campus 10 days after your test date if you have had no new or worsening symptoms. LVC will contact you regarding isolation and requirements for returning. Students who cannot return to campus until after classes start should let their professors know you will begin classes remotely.

Will any tuition for the semester be refunded?

No. Students will continue to receive the intensive academic, career, and personal support that is the hallmark of the LVC experience. LVC’s faculty and staff have refined online learning methods to ensure students receive the educational outcomes outlined in every course syllabus. Therefore, while room and board fees will be pro-rated, the tuition and comprehensive fee for the semester will remain the same as published.

Room & Board Credits

Student accounts will be credited room and board for the time students are not authorized to live in campus residential facilities or use dining services. We will distribute refunds of any remaining credit balances after the close of the semester.

Request Form: Return Before Feb. 12

Complete this form by Sunday, Jan. 17, at midnight to request permission to return to campus before Feb. 12.

If you are approved to return to campus early and haven’t already completed your entry test, you will receive an email on Tuesday, Jan. 19, with instructions on requesting an entry test and creating a Quest account.

Students who have already taken an entry test and received negative results may return to campus early according to their approved early arrival date.

Classes Begin Feb. 1 Online Only

Classes will still begin on Feb. 1, but they will be delivered online only until Feb. 15. The academic calendar remains unchanged.

Return to Campus Residences Feb. 12–14

Residential students will move back to campus Feb. 12–14 unless they have otherwise been authorized to return to campus before then. Caitlin Lenker will send a Sign-up Genius link Feb. 1.

Request to return to campus before Feb. 12. Complete by Sunday, Jan. 17, at midnight.

Spring 2021 Return-to-campus Plan [Updated Jan. 15, 2021]

Entry Testing Required Even if Vaccinated

If you have been vaccinated, you are still required to participate in entry and census testing, per the guidance of our healthcare partners.

The vaccine will not produce a positive result on testing done with nose, mouth, or saliva samples, but if you receive a blood test to check for antibodies, that may potentially be positive.

Vaccines for Employees—Lebanon County

Colleagues,

Lebanon County has announced its Covid-19 phased vaccination plan. Education employees have been assigned to the 1B essential employee category. If you are interested in registering as an educator, please follow the instructions on the following link https://www.lcdes.org/vaccinate/

A human resources representative will serve as your supervisor to confirm employment. Please list Rachel Brunner or me as your employer representative.

  • Ann Hayes, sr. director of human resources, 717-867-6416
  • Rachel Brunner, associate director of human resources, 717-867-6414

Please also feel free to reach out to us with questions.

All the best, 

Ann 

Ann C. Hayes, MPA, SPHR, SHRM-SCP
Senior Director of Human Resources and Title IX Coordinator

Request to Take Classes Online

Students who want to take their classes online should submit a request to the registrar’s office via MyLVC (MyLVC > MyInfo > Registrar Forms).

Email registrar@lvc.edu with questions.

Negative Entry Test: Next Steps

If your entry test is negative, you may return to campus. Residential students should still self-quarantine for two weeks before their arrival.

Positive Entry Test: Next Steps

If your entry test is positive, do not return to campus or attend any LVC-related activities.

You will be able to return to campus 10 days after your test date if you have had no new or worsening symptoms. LVC will contact you regarding isolation and requirements for returning. Students who cannot return to campus until after classes start should let their professors know they will begin classes remotely.

Residential Students: Self-Quarantine Before Returning to Campus

Note: Residential students must self-quarantine in addition to taking a re-entry test Receiving a negative re-entry test still requires self-quarantining to prevent an early outbreak on campus.  

Due to the widespread and sustained rates of COVID-19, all residential students should self-quarantine for 14 days before returning to campus for the Spring 2021 semester. The College defines self-quarantining as staying at home and not interacting with anyone except the members of your household. Quarantining includes not going to your place of work and not socializing with friends or family outside of your immediate household. The other members of your household may go to work but should be diligent about wearing a mask, hand washing, and physical distancing to help maximize your quarantine efforts. 

Students who have work or other, non-social obligations that prevent them from completing a full 14-day quarantine prior to arriving on campus should email information@lvc.edu. Students unable to quarantine due to social or family events should plan to delay their arrival in order to meet the 14-day requirement and also email information@lvc.edu with additional details on their expected arrival date.

On the day you are assigned to move in, if you are experiencing any COVID-19 symptoms or have had a known, close exposure to a COVID-19-positive person in the past 14 days, do not come to campus. Instead, contact a healthcare provider for further guidance and alert information@lvc.edu that you will not be arriving as scheduled for move-in.

Complete the symptom tracker with the appropriate symptoms or exposure details and contact health services with further questions (717-867-6232). If you are unable to move in on your assigned date due to COVID-19 symptoms or are under self-isolation or self-quarantine, start your classes online. Notify your professors  and registrar@lvc.edu.

COVID-19 Dashboard: Fall 2020

LVC tracks the status of COVID-19 in our campus community during each academic semester. Data is updated here daily by 5 p.m. during the academic term. Data reflects the numbers as of Dec. 18, 2020. We will again provide daily updates on January 11, 2021.

Use this form to report COVID testing performed off-campus.

Students  Employees  
Number of COVID-19 tests
administered on-campus
(total since Aug. 24)
90n/a
  Positive  3
  Negative87
  Awaiting Results0  
Number of COVID-19 tests
administered off-campus (as reported to the College)
(total since Aug. 24)
8132
  Positive1610
  Negative  6521
   Awaiting Results01
Number currently self-isolating on-campus  00
      
Number currently self-isolating off-campus (as reported to the College)36
      
Number currently self-quarantining on-campus  10
      
Number currently self-quarantining off-campus  (as reported to the College)30

Definitions

Please note:

  • If you are given additional or different instructions from a contact tracer or healthcare provider, follow those instructions. Students should contact Shroyer Health Center immediately to share those instructions.
  • LVC protocols will ultimately guide decisions regarding quarantine, isolation, and return to in-person classes. 
      

Self-quarantine: For asymptomatic individuals with potential exposure to COVID-19 or those who have traveled:

  • Stay in your room if you are a residential student, and stay home if you are a commuter or employee. Leave your room only to use the bathroom or go outside for fresh air, following safety protocols. Practice vigilant physical distancing, wear a cloth mask, and wash your hands often. Take your classes virtually.  
  • Do not go to work or socialize with friends or family outside your immediate household or roommate(s). The other members of your household or your roommate may go to work and class but should self-monitor closely for COVID-19 symptoms. They should be diligent about wearing a mask, hand washing, and physical distancing. 
  • If you have been exposed to COVID-19, your healthcare provider will give you an end-date for self-quarantine. Per the U.S. Centers for Disease Control & Prevention and Pennsylvania Department of Health, a negative COVID-19 test does not automatically end your self-quarantine.
  • If you have traveled, you must self-quarantine for 14 days upon return to Pennsylvania or provide a negative COVID-19 test within a 72-hour timeframe of your return.

Self-isolationFor those who have symptoms of COVID-19 or have either tested positive or are awaiting test results:

  • Stay home except to receive medical care. 
  • Stay separate from family members and pets, use a different bathroom if possible, do not share personal items, and wear a mask around other people. 
  • Your healthcare provider will advise you when to stop self-isolating. Per the CDC and PDH, a negative COVID-19 test or the resolution of symptoms does not automatically end self-isolation. 

What counts as close contact?

  • You were within six feet of someone who has COVID-19 for a total of 15 minutes or more within 24 hours.
  • You provided care at home to someone who is sick with COVID-19.
  • You had direct physical contact with the person (hugged or kissed them).
  • You shared eating or drinking utensils.
  • They sneezed, coughed, or somehow got respiratory droplets on you.

Contact Tracing: Contact tracing is the process of identifying close contacts of laboratory-confirmed or probably COVID-19 patients. Contact tracers are trained and keep your information confidential. Please respond promptly and honestly if a contact tracer calls you.

If you have any questions about LVC’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic, please email information@lvc.edu or call 717-867-6555.

Textbook Rental Returns


Textbook Rentals were due December 11, 2020. The rental charge date was December 21 for books not returned. 

You can still return your books and receive a refund for the replacement fee.  The Textbook rental information can be found at https://lvc.bncollege.com/shop/lvc/page/rental-faqs.

Please contact the College Store at 717-867-6313 or email us at sm8057@bncollege.com if you have additional questions. 

Census Testing for Spring 2021

LVC will conduct weekly COVID-19 test sampling of students and employees during in-person learning and continue doing so until data indicates that testing is no longer warranted. Additionally, LVC will test student-athletes regularly according to Middle Atlantic Conference and NCAA guidelines, which vary by sport. Testing rates will be scientifically based and informed by our healthcare partners and public health guidance.

Students who do not participate in testing will not be permitted on campus and must take classes remotely.

Entry Testing for Spring 2021

LVC students and employees who will be on-campus for the spring semester must complete a self-administered COVID-19 test before returning. Please check your LVC email regularly during winter break for information about when your test is mailed to your home and instructions for completing it. You will not be able to return to campus until you have been cleared.

Return your test at no cost to you in the provided FedEx packaging the same day you take the test. Deposit your test in a FedEx box before 3 p.m. on your assigned day.

Do not deposit your test in a FedEx box on a Saturday or Sunday. To find your nearest FedEx dropbox, go to www.fedex.com/labreturns.

VIDEO: How to complete your self-administered COVID-19 specimen collection

Important! 

  • Write the collection date and time right before you collect the sample. Not doing so could make your sample invalid. 
  • Be sure to affix your name label to the tube.
  • Insert the swab into your nostrils 1 inch—this NOT a deep nasal swab test. 
  • Tighten the cap before placing the test in the bag.
  • If you receive positive test results, a nurse from the health center will call you to discuss next steps, including seeking medical guidance and self-isolating.
  • Students who refuse to participate in testing will not be permitted on campus and must take classes remotely.
  • The College will cover the costs associated with re-entry testing.
  • Students: If you require assistance with the self-test, call Shroyer Health Center at ext. 6232 or 717-867-6232. 
  • Employees: For assistance in self-testing, call Human Resources at 717-867-6416.

References & Resources

Pennsylvania Orders & Guidance

CDC Guidance

LVC Policies & Protocols (in ADP)

  • Employee Exposure to COVID-19 Response
  • Guidance and Expectations for Working on Campus During COVID-19
  • Pandemic and Communicable Disease Policy

Athletics Guidelines & Updates

Student Emergency Plan & COVID-19 Addendum

All students must have completed a personal Student Emergency Plan to identify considerations if the College needs close residence halls, along with a COVID-19 Addendum. You must complete these documents before returning to your campus residence. If you completed both documents before the fall 2020 semester, nothing else is required unless you have updates to your emergency plan. To access the form, click on the “MyInfo for Students” link in MyLVC and sign in. Once on the student’s page, in the MANAGE MYINFO section, click the “Student Emergency Plan” link.

Notify Us if You Get Tested, Even Over Winter Break

Students: If you get tested for COVID-19 during winter break, please report your test date and results to the College.

FORM: Student Self-reporting of COVID Test 

Employees: Continue to inform the Office of Human Resources if you have been tested for COVID-19.

This confidential testing information will help LVC continue to track the virus within our community. We may use this data in contact tracing and determining whether testing or quarantining an individual is necessary.

Spring 2021 Calendar

Dear Campus Community,

We continue to work through the details of our return to in-person learning and residence for the spring semester. Our healthcare partners advise us that COVID-19 cases will likely continue to rise, peaking in mid-January just before we planned to re-open campus. Therefore, we have adjusted the Spring 2021 academic calendar and pushed back the opening by one week.

Classes will now begin Monday, Feb. 1. An outline of the calendar is below. Commencement and summer session dates have not changed. Over the break, we’ll send details about move-in to residential students and other information as we prepare for the start of the semester.

My best wishes to you and yours this holiday season. 

President MacLaren

Revised Spring 2021 Calendar

Monday, Feb. 1: Classes Begin 

Thursday, April 1: Classes End 5 p.m. for Easter Break

Tuesday, April 6: Classes Resume 

Friday, May 14: Semester Classes End 

Monday, May 17–Friday, May 21: Final Exams 

Sunday, May 23: Commencement 

7-Week Term Session/Graduate & Professional Studies Calendar

Spring I: Feb. 1–March 21

Spring II: March 29–May 16

Summer I: May 24–July 11

Summer II: July 12–Aug 29

Winter Term—January 2021

A reminder that registration is open now for our new Winter Term, which will meet between the fall and spring semesters from January 4-24, 2021.  This is an optional term and all courses are offered 100% online.

As you plan for the spring semester, please be sure to consider winter offerings and discuss this option with your advisor. The Winter Term provides a great opportunity to catch up with or get ahead of degree requirements. Courses cover several General Education/Constellation and major requirements.  

Registration is open now on a first-come, first-served basis via AccessLVC! Students may only take one course during the Winter Term. Undergraduate tuition is $485/credit and some financial aid can be combined with the spring semester.

Please visit the Winter 2021 website for additional details.

Winter 2021 Undergraduate Course Offerings
JANUARY 4-24, 2021
COURSETITLEGECRMTG INFOINSTRUCTOR
BUS 130Modern Business Organizations3ONLINEK. Josephson
ECN 102Principles of MacroeconomicsQR3ONLINEK. Hoy
ENG 120Introduction to LiteratureCTW3ONLINEL. Eldred
HIS 251African Politics and HistoryIC3ONLINEJ. Ogene
LAW 150Introduction to Law and JusticeIC3ONLINEP. Benesch &N. Hubler
POL 290African Politics and HistoryIC3ONLINEJ. Ogene
PSY 110General Psychology 3ONLINER. Albert
SOC 110Introduction to SociologyIC3ONLINET. Sakellarides
SPA 101Elementary Spanish Level ILAC3ONLINEG. McEvoy

Students may also take internships and independent studies during the winter term.  If you are interested in pursuing one of these options, please discuss it with your advisor and the appropriate faculty instructor/supervisor to determine whether it can be accomplished during this period.  Registration for these courses can be completed by filling out the corresponding PDF formand submitting it to registrar@lvc.edu.

See the full 2020–21 Academic Calendar.

Meal Policies for Students in Quarantine or Isolation

 Meal Policy for Students in Quarantine 

PURPOSE: To prevent community spread of illness 

For asymptomatic individuals with potential exposure to COVID-19 or those who have traveled to states defined as hotspots by the Pennsylvania government. Students in quarantine are instructed to stay in their rooms. Leave your room only to use the bathroom or to go outside for fresh air following safety protocols. Students in quarantine should practice vigilant physical distancing, wear a cloth mask, wash their hands often, and take their classes virtually.

• Students in quarantine must find another student to pick up their meal and deliver it to them. If a resident student in quarantine is unable to find another student to pick up their meal, they can call student affairs at 717-867-6233. Student affairs can assist with meal delivery for resident students in quarantine Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. until 4 p.m., pending staff availability. 

• Breakfast is available for pick-up from 7–9 a.m.. Lunch is available for pick-up from 11:30 a.m.–1 p.m. Dinner is available for pick-up from 5–6:30 p.m.. Daily dining hall menus are available here

• For students with more severe illness, Metz will provide banana, rice, applesauce, toast, chicken broth, crackers, bottle of water, and a can of ginger ale on request. 

Process 

• Quarantined students can email their selections to ma4013dining@metzcorp.com. Students should include their name; student ID number; food allergies (if applicable); name of the student picking up their meal; and the time of the meal pick-up in their email. 

• Quarantined students must provide a two-hour notice for all meal orders. 

• Disposables will be used for all meal orders.

• The pick-up person must tell the Mund dining hall greeter whose meal they are getting.

 Meal Policy for Students in Isolation 

PURPOSE: To prevent community spread of illness 

For those who have symptoms of COVID-19 or have either tested positive or are awaiting test results. Students in isolation are instructed to remain in their assigned isolation space, except to receive medical care. Students in isolation should practice vigilant physical distancing, wear a cloth mask, wash their hands often, and take their classes virtually. 

• Metz will deliver meals to students in isolation. 

• Breakfast is available for pick-up from 7:30–9 a.m.. Lunch is available for pick-up from 11:30 a.m.–1 p.m. Dinner is available for pick-up from 5–6:30 p.m.. Daily dining hall menus are available here.

• For students with more severe illness, Metz will provide banana, rice, applesauce, toast, chicken broth, crackers, bottle of water, and a can of ginger ale on request. 

Process

• Isolated students can email their selections to ma4013dining@metzcorp.com. Students should include their name; student ID number; food allergies (if applicable); name of the student picking up their meal; and the time of the meal pick-up in their email. Metz will call you when the food is delivered.

• Breakfast will be delivered between 8-10 a.m. Lunch will be delivered between 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Dinner will be delivered between 5-7 p.m. 

• Disposables will be used for all meal orders.

LVC Emergency Phone Numbers 

• Public Safety: 717-867-6111 

• Health Services: 717-867-6232 

• Student Affairs: 717-867-6233 

It’s Time for Your Flu Shot

Dear Campus Community,

The signs of fall are all around us. The days are cooling off, pumpkin spice latte is back, and Halloween is just around the corner—all indicators that it’s time for your flu shot!

This year it’s more important than ever to roll up your sleeve and get your annual flu vaccination. I know that only about 50 percent of adults get a flu shot in Pennsylvania each year, and I am confident that our LVC community can improve that percentage.

There are many good reasons to get a flu shot. It protects you and the people around you, and during the coronavirus pandemic, fewer people with the flu will reduce the strain on our already overburdened healthcare system. Make no mistake, seasonal flu is a dangerous illness. 

Every year medical experts develop a vaccine specific to the expected flu strains that will get people sick in the current year. Flu vaccines cause antibodies to develop in the body about two weeks after vaccination. These antibodies protect against infection through the viruses used to make the vaccine.

It’s best to get inoculated before the flu gets a foothold in our community.

LVC is holding flu shot clinics for students and employees. Check your email for details.

If, like me, you’ve ever had a nasty case of the flu, you’ll do almost anything to avoid an encore of that experience. I’m going to schedule my flu shot. I hope you will do the same.

James

Updated Return to Campus Plan [Aug. 26, 2020]

LVC’s plan for returning to campus was most recently updated Aug. 26, 2020.

COVIDCampusSafetyPlan-2_20

Partnership with Penn State Health

Dear Campus Community,

I am happy to report that Lebanon Valley College has established a partnership with Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center as part of our fall return-to-campus preparations. Through its Department of Family and Community Medicine, the medical center will provide LVC with a medical director with direct experience treating college-aged students, additional clinical health center staffing, guidance on responding to suspected or confirmed COVID-19 cases, referrals for testing, and contact tracing support.

On- and off-campus clinical care for students will be significantly expanded. The Milton S. Hershey Medical Center has hired Dr. Levelle Drose-Bigatel, a family practice physician who will serve as medical director of LVC’s Shroyer Health Center. In addition to her general directorship duties, she will advise College staff regarding the care of students with suspected or confirmed COVID-19, refer students for COVID-19 testing, and provide guidance to the College on public health and infectious disease plans and protocols, drawing on expertise from Penn State Health and Penn State College of Medicine.

An advanced care practitioner (nurse practitioner or physician assistant) from Penn State Health will provide on-campus care alongside Shroyer Health Center staff and allow us to expand health center hours. Students will also have 24/7 access to Penn State Health’s on-demand virtual services, as well as in-person and on-call care at Penn State Health Medical Group—Palmyra.

Crucial to our reopening is the College’s ability to conduct thorough contact tracing, which requires substantial training and staff resources. Through this partnership, the Milton S. Hershey Medical Center will provide a licensed practical nurse to guide us in the process and to conduct tracing as needed. Eighteen LVC staff members have completed contact tracing training through an online course provided by Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. I am extremely grateful that they have signed up for such an important role.

Please continue to practice physical distancing, limit your interactions with others, wash your hands often, complete the daily symptom tracker, and wear a mask.

Sincerely,
President James MacLaren

Symptom Tracker Protocol for In-person Classes

LVC’s digital symptom tracker (myLVC) informs student health services about possible COVID-19 cases on campus. Students with symptoms should call Shroyer Health Center; the digital tracker adds another layer of data for monitoring. Health center staff will review the results for red X’s and contact students of concern.

Faculty members must confirm that every student in the classroom has a green checkmark for the day for two very important reasons: 1) so that students can less easily skip reporting for a day and b) so that a potentially symptomatic student is not in the classroom.

  • Students should complete the symptom tracker once a day. The tracker refreshes every day at 5 a.m.
  • Students must show that day’s green checkmark on their device to the faculty member before class begins. This may be done during attendance taking, before students enter a room if physical distancing is possible outside of the room, or in a way that suits the classroom setup and class size and format.

The expectation is for all students to complete the symptom tracker before arriving in class. If a student has not completed the symptom tracker that day, they may complete it before the start of class.

Communications

LVC’s Division of Marketing & Communications, led by the chief communications officer, coordinates COVID-19-related communications to students and their families, faculty, staff, and the College’s board of trustees. The plan includes email updates from campus leadership as needed, updates in The Valley Weekly employee and Updates from the Valley student e-newsletters, virtual town halls, social media posts, and the LVC Forward blog. The LVC Forward blog catalogs communications related to COVID-19 and return-to-campus information and allows users to search by topic area or keyword. The home page of www.lvc.edu includes an alert linking and a callout linking to the blog. The alert features important return-to-campus calls to action or other emergency communications as needed. 

If there is an emergency, an alert will be issued to employees and students via email and text through the College’s emergency alert system (Omnilert) and posted to the LVC website and social media. 

Educational messaging encouraging hygiene, mask-wearing, and physical distancing will be posted on social media and featured on digital and print signage across campus.

Community members with questions can email information@lvc.edu or call the COVID-19 hotline at 717-867-6555. Multiple staff members in student affairs, marketing and communications, and information technology monitor these channels.

Campus Closing

The College will consult with healthcare partners and public health agencies to evaluate criteria for closing campus and moving courses entirely online. 

If campus housing opens late or close early, room and board charges are calculated at the end of the semester based on each student’s number of days in residence. Any credits will be applied by the end of the semester. For the fall semester, credits will be carried over to offset charges in the spring. For the spring semester, credits will be refunded to students after the semester ends. If the semester is partially or fully online, LVC will not refund tuition. The semester will be different from a typical semester, but students will continue to receive the intensive academic, career, and personal support that is the LVC experience’s hallmark. Therefore, while room and board fees will be pro-rated, the tuition and comprehensive fee for the semester will remain the same as published.

If Your Roommate Has COVID-19 Symptoms

If your roommate has COVID-19 symptoms, they should contact a healthcare provider and follow the Protocol for Symptomatic Students. If you are not experiencing symptoms, you should self-quarantine in your own room.

Self-quarantine: For asymptomatic individuals with potential exposure to COVID-19 or those who have traveled to states defined as hotspots by the Pennsylvania government.

  • Stay in your room if you are a residential student, or stay home if you are a commuter. Leave your room only to use the bathroom or to go outside for fresh air following safety protocols. Practice vigilant physical distancing, wear a cloth mask, and wash your hands often. Take your classes virtually. 
  • Do not go to work or socialize with friends or family outside your immediate household or roommate(s). The other members of your household or your roommate may go to work and class but should self-monitor closely for COVID-19 symptoms. They should be diligent about wearing a mask, hand washing, and physical distancing.
  • If you have potentially been exposed to COVID-19, your healthcare provider will provide you with an end-date for self-quarantine. If you have traveled to a hotspot, you must self-quarantine for 14 days upon return. Per CDC and state public health guidelines, a negative COVID-19 test does not automatically end your self-quarantine. 
  • If you are given additional or different instructions from a contact tracer or healthcare provider, follow those instructions and contact Shroyer Health Center immediately to share these instructions. While considering instructions from any off-campus health care providers, students should know that established LVC protocols will ultimately guide appropriate response regarding quarantine, isolation, and return to in-person classes.

Protocol for Symptomatic Students or Students with a Red X

STEP 1: Self-quarantine

Stay in your room if you are a residential student or at home if you are a commuter, practice physical distancing, wear a mask, and wash your hands often. Do not attend in-person classes. Take your classes online if you are well enough to do so. Notify your professors. Drink plenty of fluids and rest. Residential students may order meals online from Metz and have a friend deliver meals to their door. 

STEP 2: Contact a healthcare provider for further guidance. 

8 a.m.–6 p.m., Monday–Friday: 

Contact Shroyer Health Center at ext. 6232 or 717-867-6232. 

Outside of these hours: 

First, contact LVC Public Safety to report your symptoms at ext. 6111 or 717-867-6111. Public Safety will record your contact information and assess whether you need emergency care. 

Then, use Penn State Health On Demand. Students should create a Penn State Health On Demand account and download the app before arriving on campus so they can access the tool quickly if needed. This is a fee-for-service resource, and you or your health insurance may be billed.

If at any time you or someone you know is experiencing severe or life-threatening symptoms, call 911 immediately. Symptoms include bluish lips or face, extreme difficulty breathing, gasping for air, inability to talk without catching your breath, severe and constant dizziness or lightheadedness, being too weak or dizzy to stand, and disorientation. 

STEP 3a: Return to class and end your self-quarantine only when your healthcare provider clears you to do so. 

If a healthcare provider advises you to return to class, provide documentation to the Shroyer Health Center and complete the symptom tracker. If your results show a green checkmark, you may stop self-quarantining and return to in-person classes. 

OR 

Step 3b: If your healthcare provider does not clear you to return to class or end your self-quarantine, continue seeking further treatment and guidance. Notify your faculty that you will be learning online or absent from class until cleared to return.

STEP 4: If you test positive or are suspected of having COVID-19: 

If you test positive for COVID-19 or your healthcare provider believes your symptoms warrant self-isolation, you must self-isolate for the period determined by your healthcare provider. If you are living on-campus, student affairs staff will assist you in moving to an isolation space. 

If Your Roommate Has COVID-19 Symptoms

If your roommate shows COVID-19 symptoms, they should contact a healthcare provider (see STEP 2 above). Whether or not you are experiencing symptoms, you should self-quarantine in your room. You may use the bathroom in your residence hall, be vigilant about wearing a mask, practice physical distancing, and wash your hands often. LVC staff will follow up with you. If you begin to experience symptoms, follow the College’s Protocol for Symptomatic Students (above).

If at any time you or someone you know is experiencing severe or life-threatening symptoms, call 911 immediately (bluish lips, extreme difficulty breathing or gasping for air, or being unable to talk without catching your breath, severe and constant dizziness or lightheadedness, too weak or dizzy to stand, or serious disorientation).

Penn State Health OnDemand [Student Resource]

Students who need medical care outside of Shroyer Health Center hours will be able to use Penn State Health OnDemand. You should create a Penn State Health OnDemand account using your lvc.edu email address. Download the app prior to arriving on campus so you can access the tool quickly if needed (iOS or Android). It is important for you to communicate with the staff at Shroyer Health Center if you use Penn State Health OnDemand or seek care any other medical facility.      

This is a fee-for-service resource and you and/or your health insurance may be billed. If you choose not to enter your insurance information, there will be a $59 charge.

This tool is different from the LVC daily Symptom Tracker. It is only for after-hours medical needs. It is available as a web-based tool and as an app.

Questions? Contact Us.

Email information@lvc.edu or call 717-867-6555 if you have questions about LVC’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Student Health Services

Shroyer Health Center has extending in-person service hours and increased clinical staff.  Students should call health services at 717-867-6232 before reporting to Shroyer for instructions regarding appropriate response and care. Depending on need and safety concerns, health center visits may be handled by one or more of the following methods: in-person, telephone, or virtually.

Student Health Insurance

Yes. All students are required to have health insurance coverage. Students should always have their insurance card with them and be aware of any applicable copays. If your insurance coverage changes please notify health center staff.   

Reporting Possible Symptoms of COVID-19

All students and employees are required to self-monitor for symptoms and fever of 100.4°F or above and report symptoms using the college’s Digital Symptom Tracker.

Students should complete the tracker daily starting August 1.

Report only new symptoms. You do not need to report chronic symptoms you have experience pre-COVID-19.

Employees should complete the tracker every time before coming to campus.

This data will be monitored by the College’s clinical health providers.

If your results are a green checkmark, you are clear to attend class or come to campus.

If your results are a red X, you should contact a healthcare provider immediately.

Students should report symptoms or fever to Shroyer Health Center immediately and self-quarantine until receiving further instruction.

If a student reports symptoms to a faculty or staff member, that employee should contact the Shroyer Health Center and advise the student to contact the center immediately.

Employees should not report to campus and should refer to LVC’s Returning to Campus After COVID-19 policy and Employee Exposure to COVID-19 response found in ADP. Shroyer Health Center does not conduct testing for employees.

Anyone experiencing a health emergency should call 911.

Families with Financial Needs

Students experiencing financial hardship should contact the LVC Office of Financial Aid at finaid@lvc.edu or 717-867-6126.

Community Covenant

All students and employees should follow the LVC Community Covenant to protect themselves and their peers, colleagues, professors, and loved ones.

It is a privilege to be a member of the Lebanon Valley College community of learners. I recognize that we are only as good as the sum of our parts. For this reason, I embrace my responsibility to support, assist, and hold my fellow community members accountable. I am committed to participating in a safe, healthy, and high-quality educational environment and will uphold the policies, procedures, and mitigation strategies the College sets forth.

I promise to:

  • Self-monitor for symptoms. 
  • Refrain from behaviors that will compromise my health and the health of others within our community, including adhering to traffic flow guidelines, guest and visitation policies, any directives to self-isolate or quarantine as determined by College medical personnel
  • Limit my exposure to others who choose to do otherwise. 
  • Adhere to safe practices such as wearing face coverings, practicing physical distancing, employing good hygiene practices such as frequent handwashing and hand sanitizing, and greeting others without shaking hands. 
  • Respond promptly and honestly to contact tracers. 
  • Regularly clean and disinfect my personal space and items. 
  • Prioritize virtual or outdoor meetings with physical distancing. 
  • Communicate potential health concerns, including COVID-19 symptoms, to appropriate personnel in Shroyer Health Center (students) or my physician (employees), and report all health-related issues as instructed by College policy. 
  • Hold others accountable to these standards.
  • Demonstrate care and concern for others. 

Those who do not follow the College’s employee and COVID-19 policies or the Student Conduct Code will be prohibited from campus property. LVC policies and protocols may be stricter than public health guidelines. 

External Visitors/Campus Guests

The College will minimize the number of campus visitors. A visitor is an individual who is not a current employee or student of the College. 

Student guests are limited.

Students may not host off-campus guests in their residence hall or house, including their rooms or communal areas. Guests include but are not limited to non-LVC persons such as parents, guardians, siblings, extended family, partners, and friends. This prohibition includes short visits, study gatherings, socialization, and overnight stays. 

Exemptions 

  • Students who require medical assistance may request visitation by a parent or guardian. You or your parent or guardian must obtain prior permission for visitation from student affairs. Call 717-867-6233. 
  • Personal care attendants for students with disabilities are permitted on campus and in facilities as needed. 
  • Up to two visitors may assist students during move-in and move-out as established by College policy but are not permitted to remain on campus after completing move-in or move-out. 

All students are subject to College policy and the Student Conduct Code. This code includes additional expectations to mitigate the spread of COVID-19.

All College Guests

  • Visitors must comply with College policies, including physical distancing and required face coverings. 
  • Visits must take place outdoors or in areas that permit physical distancing. Visitors to indoor spaces, including the library and Arnold Sports Center are not allowed unless approved by LVC Human Resources. 
  • Prospective students and their families may visit under the guidance of the admission or athletics staff. 
  • Vendors and package and meal services can deliver goods and services. 
  • Guest lecturers may visit under the aegis of a faculty member. The host must ensure visitors abide by all LVC policies. 
  • Volunteers pre-approved to assist with college academic or operational functions may visit under the direction of a supervisor. 
  • Any potential visitor with COVID-19 symptoms or a fever of 100.4°F or higher may not be on campus. 
  • Any visitor from out of state or a resident of PA that has traveled out of state must follow the Governor’s recommendations before coming to campus.

Assumption of Risk

Students, employees, and visitors to campus acknowledge that COVID-19 is a public health risk, and even with LVC following recommendations and guidelines from the CDC, Pennsylvania Department of Health, and Pennsylvania Department of Education, Lebanon Valley College cannot guarantee safety or immunity from infection, and that students, employees, and visitors accept those risks. 

Hygiene, Cleaning, & Facilities

Face Coverings 

Coverings of the nose and mouth are required. Wear them in all classrooms, communal areas, public shared spaces on campus, and places where physical distancing is impossible. This requirement includes wearing a mask in your residence hall room unless the only other occupant is your roommate. The College will provide additional face masks (as needed) to employees when frequent face mask use is required.

Space Adaptations

LVC has adapted spaces where faculty, staff, or students interact closely or exchange materials such as payments or documents and sites with high volumes of interactions. 

Gloves 

The College will provide gloves to employees who need them for their job function. Gloves are generally recommended only for housekeeping tasks.

Hand Sanitizing

Hand sanitizing stations are placed throughout campus to support good personal hygiene. 

Cleaning

The CDC and PDH have removed surface transfer from the list of primary modes of infection and indicated that standard disinfectants and routine use of a washing machine kill the COVID-19 virus. All cleaning solutions LVC currently uses have gone through testing and been approved for emerging pathogen use. 

Housekeeping procedures follow guidelines and recommendations from the CDC and PDH, focusing on frequent cleaning of high-touch and communal areas, including bathrooms, elevators, classrooms, and doorknobs in student-facing spaces. Housekeeping staff have appropriate PPE for cleaning and disinfecting non-clinical spaces per CDC guidelines. 

Supplies are available for employees to clean surfaces in their offices.

Residence Halls & Academic Buildings 

  • Restrooms, showers, communal spaces, and high-touch surfaces will be cleaned and disinfected daily. 
  • Disinfectant will be available for students and employees to clean communal areas, with supplies refilled as needed. 

Office Spaces 

  • Offices will be cleaned and disinfected weekly. 
  • Disinfectant and paper towels will be available for employees to do additional cleaning, with supplies refilled as needed. 

Public Bathrooms 

Restrooms will be cleaned and disinfected daily; high-touch areas will receive additional cleaning daily. 

Ventilation HVAC systems receive regular maintenance, and the College has increased airflow rates to promote indoor air quality. 

Daily Symptom Tracker

LVC’s digital symptom tracker informs student health services about possible COVID-19 cases on campus. Daily results are either a green checkmark or a red X. The symptom tracker refreshes every day at 5 a.m. 

Student Symptom Tracker Usage 

Students who are on campus for any reason on a particular day must complete the symptom tracker daily by 6 p.m. College staff will monitor the data and contact students of concern. If you have symptoms, follow the Protocol for Symptomatic Students. 

Faculty and Staff Symptom Tracker Usage 

Employees should complete the symptom tracker any day before they come to campus. If your results show a red X, do not come to campus and follow Human Resources policies and protocols posted in ADP.  

Faculty who receive a red X or who need to self-quarantine should stay home and deliver classes online if possible. To cancel a class, follow standard protocols for notifying the registrar and your department chair.  

Employees experiencing symptoms or who receive a red X should contact their healthcare provider. Shroyer Health Center provides care and testing to students only. 

Symptom Tracker Protocol for In-person Classes 

Faculty members must confirm that every student in the classroom has a green checkmark for the day for two important reasons: 1) so that students can less easily skip reporting for a day and 2) so that a potentially symptomatic student is not in the classroom. 

Students must complete the symptom tracker BEFORE coming to class and show that day’s green checkmark on their device to the faculty member before class begins. This may be done during attendance, before students enter a room if physical distancing is possible outside of the room, or in a way that suits the classroom setup and class size and format. Students with a red X are not permitted in classrooms and should follow the College’s Protocol for Symptomatic Students.

If you have any questions about LVC’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic, please email information@lvc.edu or call 717-867-6555.

Healthcare Partners

LVC is working with Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center, WellSpan, and Quest Diagnostics to manage COVID-19 care and testing and advise the College on its pandemic response. These partners are: 

  • Assisting with COVID-19 screening, testing, and contact tracing
  • Reviewing and providing input on LVC’s policies and protocols for a safe return to campus
  • Confirming guidance and recommendations are consistent with CDC guidance
  • Providing support for return-to-campus activities to enhance the safety of LVC students and employees
  • Offering urgent and follow-up care for those diagnosed with COVID-19.

Guiding Principles

LVC is committed to: 

  • Delivering a high-quality education and student experience across modalities
  • Taking steps to decrease health and safety risks presented by in-person instruction and residential living
  • Following public health guidelines
  • Preserving as many jobs as possible while protecting the financial health of the institution
  • Providing options for members of its community that require accommodations
  • Adapting our response and planning as the pandemic situation evolves and more information becomes available.

Protocols for Positive COVID-19 Cases

The College will immediately begin contact tracing. Anyone designated by contact tracing as having had potential COVID-19 exposure will be required to self-isolate at home or in their residence hall for the amount of time determined by their healthcare provider. 

Students with COVID-19 or potential symptoms of COVID-19 will temporarily relocate to an isolation room on or near campus. You may consult with Shroyer Health healthcare providers about the viability of returning home to self-isolate. Self-isolation means you should stay in your assigned isolation room or at home until otherwise notified. You must stay away from others, use a separate bathroom, continue to wear a mask, and practice good hygiene. 

Students in self-isolation should continue classes online if able. Order meals through Metz to be delivered to your door.

COVID-19 positive students can only return to their residence halls and in-person classes after receiving clearance from a physician and providing documentation to Shroyer Health Center. Faculty and staff should follow LVC Human Resource policies. 

Administrative Gatherings and Meetings

Employees should use online meeting platforms whenever possible for administrative meetings, even when they are on campus. Restrict the size of in-person gatherings per state orders.

Student Employment

Student on-campus employees should follow the same protocols and policies required for LVC’s faculty and staff. Students working off-campus should wear masks and follow all hygiene guidance from the CDC, Pennsylvania, and their employers.

Arnold Sports Center

The fitness center and pool will be open on a first-come, first-served basis with limited capacity for LVC students, faculty, and staff. You must reserve spaces in the arena. Community members who are not students, faculty, or staff may not enter the Arnold Sports Center.