COVID-19 Dashboard

LVC tracks the status of COVID-19 within our campus community. Data will be updated here daily by 5 p.m. Cumulative data for testing began Aug. 24, 2020. Isolation and quarantine data reflects the current day’s number.

Students  Employees  
Number of COVID-19 tests
administered on-campus
(total since Aug. 24)
4n/a
  Positive  0
  Negative4
  Awaiting Results0  
Number of COVID-19 tests
administered off-campus 
(total since Aug. 24)
125
  Positive00
  Negative  115
   Awaiting Results10
Number currently self-isolating on-campus  1n/a
      
Number currently self-isolating off-campus  31
      
Number currently self-quarantining on-campus  2n/a
      
Number currently self-quarantining off-campus  11

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, get medicine, or get fresh air alone. 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.
     

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

  • Stay at 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 CDC and state public health guidelines, a negative COVID-19 test or the resolution of symptoms does not automatically end self-isolation.
  • 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.

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

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

Campus Office Hours: Fall 2020 Semester

Accessibility Resources—appointments preferred, but walk-ins available. Please drop by, call 717-867-6028 or ext. 6028, or email hannafor@lvc.edu or shutter@lvc.edu for assistance or to schedule an appointment. For students not registered: Visit here for the online registration form.

Admissions—Admissions is open for walk-in appointments Monday-Friday, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Please call 717-867-6181 or email admission@lvc.edu to schedule an appointment.

Audiovisual Technology—closed for walk-ins; by appointment only. Please call 717-867-6200 or ext. 6200, or email avtech@lvc.edu for assistance or to schedule an appointment.

Bishop Library—please visit here for a list of hours, reserve a study room, and information about all library services. Questions? Email library@lvc.edu.

Breen Center—please visit Handshake, call 717-867-6560, or stop by the office to schedule a virtual or in-person appointment. Questions? Email breencenter@lvc.edu or call 717-867-6560 or ext. 6560.

Business Office, Humanities 110: Student Accounts—closed for walk-ins; by appointment only. Please call 717-867-6300 or ext. 6300, or email cashier@lvc.edu for assistance or to schedule an appointment. Payments and deposits can be placed in the Business Office drop box, located to the left of the Humanities 110 entrance, as indicated by the signage.

Business Office, Humanities 004: Accounts Payable and Accounting—closed for walk-ins; by appointment only. Accounts Payable, please call 717-867-6327 or ext. 6327, or email accountspayable@lvc.edu for assistance or to schedule an appointment. Payment requests can be placed in the Business Office drop box, located to the right of the Humanities 004 entrance, as indicated by the signage.

Business Office, Humanities 002: Payroll—closed for walk-ins; by appointment only. Please call 717-867-6317 or ext. 6317, or email struzins@lvc.edu for assistance or to schedule an appointment. New student employee setup, and payroll processing for students, faculty, and staff.

Center for Academic Success—appointments preferred, but walk-ins available. Please drop by, email findyoursuccess@lvc.edu, or email a staff member for additional information. Visit our website to request an appointment for academic coaching, to meet with a peer, writing, or organizational, tutor, and to view the Study Pod schedule.

Center for Student Engagement—The CSE is open Monday-Friday, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Students can check-in at the College Center Information Desk or call 717-867-6233 (ext. 6233) with questions or to schedule appointments. Staff who conduct in-person appointments will greet you at the suite entrance at the time of your appointment. Administrative offices in the CSE: Intercultural Affairs & Inclusive Programs, Residential Life, Student Affairs, and Student Engagement.

Copy Center—The Copy Center is open for department access only with a limit of two people in the center at a time. Hours are Monday-Friday, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Please call 717-867-6331 or ext. 6331, or email ristenba@lvc.edu if you have any questions.

Counseling Services—Monday-Friday drop-in hours are 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. Monday-Friday virtual hours are 12–1 p.m. (no appointments needed for the drop-in or virtual hours). Visit our pages for links to our professional counselors and 5050 Peer Helpers’ office hours. Students can schedule free and confidential appointments at 717-867-6232 or ext. 6232, or counselingservices@lvc.edu. Call 911 in an emergency.

Facilities Services—appointments preferred. Please call 717-867-6340 or ext. 6340, or email fac-mgmt@lvc.edu for assistance or to schedule an appointment.

Financial Aid—closed for walk-ins; by appointment only. Please call 717-867-6126 or ext. 6126, or email finaid@lvc.edu for assistance or to schedule an appointment. 

Global Education—closed for walk-ins; by appointment only. Please email Jill Russell at russell@lvc.edu to schedule a virtual or in-person appointment.  

Health Services (Shroyer)—students who are symptom-free can see a registered nurse Monday-Friday 8.a.m. to 8 p.m. for evaluation and triage. Please call 717-867-6232 or ext. 6232, or email healthservices@lvc.edu if you have questions or have symptoms. Contact your resident assistant (RA), area coordinator (AC), our public safety (ext. 6111) after hours. Call 911 for medical emergencies.

Human Resources—appointments are preferred. Please contact Rachel Brunner for Benefits and HRIS questions (717-867-6414 or brunner@lvc.edu), Melissa Sherwood for COVID Contact Tracing and general HR issues (717-867-6415 or sherwood@lvc.edu), or Ann Hayes for HR-related issues (717-867-6416 or hayes@lvc.edu). 

Information Technology—closed for walk-ins; by appointment only. Please call 717-867-6072 or ext. 6072, text 717-685-5820, or email solutions@lvc.edu for assistance or to schedule an appointment.

 LVC Sports Center—closed for walks-in; by SignUp Genius only. Visit here to sign up for fitness classes, main pool slots, and fitness center (main and secondary) access. All students must reserve a spot using the SignUp Genius links. Spaces are filled on a first-come, first-serve basis, and you can reserve up to two days in advance.

Mailroom/Student Package Delivery—The mailroom in Humanities is open Monday-Friday, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., for outgoing mail only. Student mail will be delivered to each residence hall if addressed properly to the student. Please see your RA for mail delivery. Student mail not appropriately addressed and student package pick-up will occur in the Mund College Center, Tweedie Room. Hours of pick-up are Monday-Friday, 9–11 a.m., and 2–4 p.m. Please call 717-867-6331 or ext. 6331, or email ristenba@lvc.edu if you have questions.

Public Safety—an officer is available 24 hours per day, seven days per week. Visit the Public Safety Office or call 717-867-6111 or ext. 6111, or email public-safety@lvc.edu for assistance. Call 911 in an emergency. 

The Registrar’s Office is open for in-person support, Monday-Friday, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. To minimize traffic and contact among individuals, we encourage community members to contact us phone (717-867-6215 or ext. 6215) or email (registrar@lvc.edu). All our forms can be found online and can be submitted either online or by email. 

Solutions Center (IT)—closed for walk-ins; by appointment only. Please call 717-867-6272 or ext. 6072, text 717-685-5820, or email solutions@lvc.edu for assistance or to schedule an appointment. 

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.

Healthcare Partners

LVC is working with Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center and WellSpan to manage COVID-19 care and advise the College to adapt plans as needed. 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 (student and employee policies and protocol flowchart for employee exposure to COVID-19);
  • 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; and
  • Offering urgent and follow-up care for those diagnosed with COVID-19.

These services will supplement the existing on-campus health center nursing support that LVC students have access to during regular hours. The hours for health services have been extended to meet the needs of students during the pandemic.

Employees experiencing symptoms or seeking testing should work with their own healthcare provider.

What is self-quarantining? What is self-isolation?

Self-quarantining

LVC defines those who are self-quarantining as individuals who have been in states determined by Pennsylvania as COVID-19 hotspots, asymptomatic individuals who have been exposed to COVID-19, and individuals with symptoms of other contagious illnesses. Self-quarantine includes not going to your place of work and not socializing with friends or family outside of your immediate household or roommate. The other members of your household or your roommate may go to work and class but they should self-monitor closely for COVID-19 symptoms. They should be diligent about wearing a mask, hand washing, and physical distancing. If you are given additional or different instructions from a contact tracer, follow those instructions. 

Self-isolation

LVC defines those who are self-isolating as individuals who have symptoms of COVID-19 and have either tested positive or awaiting test results. Self-isolation is staying at home except to receive medical care, staying separate from family members and pets, using a separate bathroom if possible, not sharing personal items, and wearing a mask around other people.

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

How will students get their College-issued masks?

All residential first-year students will receive welcome kits including cloth masks and hand sanitizer at check-in. First-year commuting students will receive their welcome kits Thurs., Aug. 20.

All other students may pick up their welcome bags at the Mund Information Desk.

PLEASE NOTE: Fabric masks are acceptable. Students are not permitted to wear face shields as an alternative to masks. Face shields used WITH masks are allowed.

What is contact tracing and how does it work?

Contact tracing is contacting an individual over the phone who has been infected or is possibly infected with a disease, in this case, COVID-19.

We have been working with Penn State Health to help guide us through trainings and implementation of our contact tracing process.

The process allows us to complete the following:

  • Provide support and ensure the individual has access to medical care and other needs.
  • Provide education and direction about isolation and quarantine as well as identifying other individuals they may have infected.
  • Limit or stop the spread: if we can limit contact between people who are infected and others, we can limit the opportunities for the virus to be transmitted.

How It Will Work

Once we have identified an individual who has become infected or is possibly infected we will contact that individual via phone. The contact team member will call the individual and introduce themselves.  After a short series of questions, the team member will then ask about individuals that they may have had contact with two days prior to their onset of symptoms. Please know that this information is extremely important to provide to our team members in order for the contact tracing process to work effectively and protect our campus.

This process is highly confidential and the privacy of those contacted will be protected. It is important to know that any medical history or information will not be shared with their contacts.

Who will be tested for COVID-19 and how will they be tested?

The College’s healthcare partners currently recommend testing only those who are symptomatic. LVC will perform on-campus testing of symptomatic students by providing self-swab tests that will be picked up daily and tested by a healthcare partner

Students can perform the self-test in their residence halls or at home with remote guidance from a Shroyer Health Center clinician. Protocols and practices will be established based on guidance from healthcare partners, the CDC, PDH, Lebanon County health officials, and the American College Health Association.

Employees seeking testing should work with their own healthcare providers.

Communications Plan

LVC’s Division of Marketing & Communications, led by the chief communications officer, will coordinate return-to-campus 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 e-newsletter and Updates from the Valley student e-newsletter, monthly virtual town halls, social media posts, and the LVC Forward blog (www.lvc.edu/lvcforward).

The LVC Forward blog catalogs all major communications and FAQs 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.

Educational messaging encouraging hygiene, cloth 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. These communication channels are monitored by multiple staff members in student affairs, marketing and communications, and information technology.

Campus Closing

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

Room and board charges will be calculated before the end of the fall semester based on each student’s number of days in residence. Any credits will be applied by the end of the semester and carried over to offset charges in the spring.

If the semester is partially or fully online, tuition will not be refunded. The semester will be different than a typical semester, but 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 spent the summer refining online learning methods and ensuring students will 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. The creativity and agility of the Spring 2020 semester required of faculty and staff resulted in several benefits to students that will continue to be part of the LVC experience. Department chairs report that the amount of time and attention faculty provided to students on an individual or small group basis increased quite a bit and led them to develop new resources. Academic support services and Bishop Library staff will incorporate insights into fall services. The virtual services offered by the Breen Center for Graduate Success have positioned the office to expand its services on-campus and for our commuting, online, and graduate students. And student affairs will provide online counseling and health services, as well as online engagement activities for those unable to participate in part or all of the semester in-person.

What if my 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, get medicine, or get fresh air alone. 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 Result from the Symptom Tracker

If the LVC symptom tracker shows a red X or you are experiencing possible COVID-19 symptoms:

STEP 1: Stay calm and self-quarantine.

A red X does not necessarily mean you have COVID-19, but it does mean you should:

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, get medicine, or get fresh air alone. 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.

If you are self-quarantining or self-isolating on campus and need meals delivered, order by emailing selections to MA4013dining@metzcorp.com. See more.

STEP 2: Contact a healthcare provider for further guidance.

8 a.m.–8 p.m., Monday–Friday: Contact Shroyer Health Center at 717-867-6232. If you do not reach a nurse by phone you can also email healthservices@lvc.edu.

After 8 p.m. and over the weekend:

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

Then, use Penn State Health OnDemand. Create an 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). This is a fee-for-service resource and you and/or your health insurance may be billed.

It is important for you to communicate with the staff at Shroyer Health Center if you use Penn State Health OnDemand or seek care at any other medical facility.

STEP 3a—CLEARED: You are cleared from having COVID-19, but we still ask you to complete 24-hours of self-quarantine. You can redo the symptom tracker tomorrow after 5 a.m. Call a healthcare provider if you experience symptoms as the day progresses. Always notify Shroyer Health Center staff if you see a healthcare provider off-campus.

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Step 3b —NOT CLEARED: Follow the instructions given by your healthcare providerThese instructions may include self-quarantining for up to 14 days or self-isolation until otherwise instructed. Your healthcare provider will determine if you need a COVID-19 test. Even if you’re not required to get a test, you still need to follow quarantine or isolation instructions.

Residential students may be temporarily moved to on-campus isolation spaces and then required to return to their homes for the remainder of their isolation time. If you are unable to go home for isolation, contact student affairs to discuss alternative living arrangements at 717-867-6233 or stu-affairs@lvc.edu. Please also refer to your Student Emergency Plan.

STEP 4: Take a COVID-19 test if recommended.

If your healthcare provider recommends you be tested for COVID-19, contact Shroyer Health Center at 717-867-6232. If you do not reach a nurse by phone you can also email healthservices@lvc.edu. If after hours, abide by strict isolation until you’re able to have the test completed. 

While you are awaiting test results, you must enter self-isolation for the amount of time your healthcare provider recommends. If you have a COVID-19 test anywhere other than LVC’s health center, it is important that you communicate this with Shroyer Health Center staff. If you receive isolation instructions from a healthcare provider off-campus, notify Shroyer Health Center.

Contact tracers may call you. It is important you answer calls and disclose all information. The tracer will ask you to recall the places you have been and the people you have been around over the past several days. Communication with them will be kept confidential and will not be shared with others.   

STEP 5:  Notify your professors, coaches, etc.

Report your inability to report for all academic, social, athletic, and other responsibilities (coaches, choir directors, clinical sites, student teaching sites). Let your professors know you will be taking classes virtually until further notice. You are not required to tell them why you are making this change if you don’t feel comfortable doing so. You may simply say “for medical reasons.”

STEP 6:  Take care of yourself and those around you.

  • Get rest and stay hydrated. Take over-the-counter medicines to help you feel better. If you do not have access to these medicines, notify the Shroyer Health Center.
  • Monitor your symptoms and check your temperature twice a day. The health center can provide you with a 14-day symptom and temperature tracker. Having this documentation will make it easier to notice changes in your health and be a good tool if healthcare providers and contact tracers call you.
  • Stay in touch with your healthcare providers. Respond promptly to nurses or contact tracers.
  • Clean high-touch surfaces in your room including your cell phone, desk, computer, doorknobs, and light switches. If you do not have access to cleaning supplies, notify public safety.
  • Wash your hands often and discard or wash your mask if it becomes soiled from coughing, sneezing, or sweating. Wash your cloth masks more regularly when you have symptoms.

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.

Meals During Self-quarantine or Self-isolation

Residential students who are self-quarantining or self-isolating on campus and need meals delivered:

  1. Review Metz’s daily menus.
  2. Order by emailing selections to MA4013dining@metzcorp.com. Please provide name and student ID# for tracking meal swipe.
  3. Note any allergies.
  4. Please provide a two-hour notice for all meal deliveries.
  5. Meals are available for pick up 7:30 a.m.–9 a.m. for breakfast, 11:30 a.m.–1 p.m. for lunch, and 5 p.m.–6:30 p.m. for dinner.
  6. Ask a friend to pick up your meal. Your friend should the greeter know for whom they are picking up the meal and should leave the meal outside your door.
  7. If you can’t find a friend to do the pick-up, please call student affairs at ext. 6233.
  8. Disposables will be used for all meal deliveries.
  9. For students who have more severe sickness, Metz will provide banana, rice, applesauce, toast, chicken broth, crackers, bottled water, or ginger ale upon request.

8/13 Town Hall for Students and Families and Reminder of Required Self-quarantine

UPDATE: You may view the Aug. 13 virtual town hall for students and families on YouTube.

Dear Students and Families,

With the start of the semester less than two weeks away, LVC invites you to a virtual town hall discussing return-to-campus planning scheduled for this Thursday, Aug. 13, at 7 p.mJoin the town hall via WebEx. Password: GoValley

A Reminder About Self-Quarantining
As President MacLaren outlined in his July 28 email, students must self-quarantine for 14 days before coming to campus if they live in a hot spot or have visited one in the 14 days prior to campus arrivalPennsylvania considers these states to be hot spots.

  • Residential students who have been in hot spots will need to verify that they have self-quarantined when they return to campus.
  • If you have not self-quarantined and live in or have traveled to a hot spot, you will not be permitted to move into campus and will need to take classes online at an off-campus location until you have completed the self-quarantine. 

We define self-quarantine as staying at home and not interacting with anyone except the members of your household. Self-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 cloth mask, hand washing, and physical distancing.

If you have work or other obligations that have prevented you from completing the full 14-day self-quarantine prior to arriving on campus, please email information@lvc.eduor call 717-867-6555, and we will work with you to find a solution.

Thank you for doing your part to protect our community. You are helping to protect your peers, your professors, the LVC staff, and everyone’s families.

Sincerely,
Dr. Bob Mikus
Interim Vice President of Student Affairs and Dean of Students

Will LVC celebrate Homecoming and Family Weekend on Oct. 16, 17, and 18?

Yes—virtually. The Office of Alumni & Parent Engagement is planning a number of fun virtual events and activities for parents, family, alumni, and students. The schedule will be posted online beginning September 1 and we will share information via social media.

What qualifies a student as a senior?

LVC is defining seniors as those with anticipated graduate dates of Dec. 2020, May 2021, or Aug. 2021.

Phased Fall 2020 Move-in Schedule

Dear LVC Community,

Our community has shown such great endurance, flexibility, and understanding in the last five months. The faculty and staff have poured all their efforts into planning for a return to campus in the fall. As we get closer to the start of classes on Aug. 24, we have decided to make an important change: First-semester first-year students and new transfer students, seniors*, resident assistants, first-year mentors, and other approved students will move into residence halls as planned ahead of the Aug. 24 start of classes, and sophomores and juniors will move back to campus Sept. 12–13. Commuting students may attend in-person classes and use campus facilities as of Aug. 24.

See the move-in map for new first-year and transfer students.

COVID-19 testing capacity and turnaround time for results remain unpredictable, and the nation is experiencing surges in positive cases where there have been large group gatherings, particularly among college-age populations. Therefore, we have decided to take this phased-in approach to residency to reduce the number of students living on campus as we resume on-campus instruction. The good news is that infection rates in Lebanon County and the Annville ZIP code appear to be trending downward. If we all remain dedicated to physical distancing, wearing face coverings, practicing good hand hygiene, and self-quarantining if needed, we have the best chance of continuing on-campus learning throughout the fall semester. The phased move-in is part of this strategy to improve our chances of getting through the full semester with in-person learning.

I understand you may have a lot of questions. A few key points for those with delayed move-ins:

  • You will be credited room and board for the time you are not living in the residence halls/are not authorized to move into campus housing. This credit will be applied to the Fall 2020 semester and carried over to offset Spring 2021 semester charges.
  • You may choose to attend classes in-person if you would like to commute until move-in.
  • Or, you may choose to start your classes online.
  • Or, you may choose the combination of in-person and online learning.

We recognize that some sophomore and junior students may need to live on campus at the start of the semester. These include international students, students with academic requirements that require their presence on campus, and students with circumstances that would interfere with their ability to take classes at home (family circumstances, internet access, food security, etc.).

The College continues to monitor the situation and will communicate updates regularly. If the current plans change, LVC will communicate updates on or before Sept. 7. A lot can happen between now and then, and we will keep you informed along the way. Fortunately, LVC’s faculty and staff have been planning for this contingency. They are well-prepared to deliver robust courses, support services, and engagement activities whether you are living and taking classes in person or living off-campus and taking classes and accessing services online. Email information@lvc.edu or call our hotline at 717-867-6555 if you have any questions.

The campus leadership and I will keep you updated regularly. Starting next week, I will write to you weekly with updates on the College, and I hope you won’t be shy about letting me know what questions you have.

I appreciate your patience and resilience as we navigate these extraordinary challenges.

Sincerely, Dr. James M. MacLaren, president

*Students with an anticipated graduation date of Dec. 2020, May 2021, or Aug. 2021

Who can come back to campus and when?

The following students should move into their residence halls in August, for the start of the semester, per communications from student affairs:

  • New first-year students (Aug. 17, 18, or 19)
  • New transfer students
  • Seniors (students with an anticipated graduation date of Dec. 2020, May 2021, or Aug. 2021)
  • Fifth- and sixth-year health professions students residing on campus
  • Resident Assistants of all class years
  • First-year Mentors of all class years
  • International students
  • Students not in the above categories who have been granted special permission to return to campus at the start of the semester

The following students are on a delayed move-in schedule and will move into residence halls Sept. 12–13 as assigned:

  • Sophomores
  • Juniors
  • Transfer students who have previously resided on campus

Commuting students may attend in-person classes and use campus facilities as of Aug. 24.

Why is LVC phasing in the number of residential students?

Testing capacity and turnaround time for results remain unpredictable, and the nation is experiencing surges in positive cases where there have been large group gatherings, particularly among college-age populations. Therefore, LVC has decided to take a phased-in approach to residency to reduce the number of students living on campus. The good news is that infection rates in Lebanon County and the Annville ZIP code appear to be trending downward. If we all remain dedicated to physical distancing, wearing face coverings, practicing good hand hygiene, and self-quarantining if needed, we increase the likelihood of continued on-campus learning for the fall semester. The phased move-in is part of this strategy to improve our chances of getting through the full semester with in-person learning.

Is the academic calendar changing because of the delayed move-in schedule?

No. LVC’s academic calendar remains as posted. Classes will begin on Aug. 24.

Why are first-year students and seniors able to come back before sophomores and juniors?

LVC is bringing new first-year students to campus on schedule to acclimate to campus and participate in the highly important Orientation events before classes begin. These first-year students have already been through so much at the end of high school that we want to give them a rewarding in-person experience right away.

Seniors* live in a separate part of campus, so there will be less interaction among these two groups of students as the College fully implements health and safety protocols. Additionally, many seniors have special projects requiring them to spend significant amounts of time in campus facilities. Sophomores and juniors are already familiar with LVC and can still come to campus as needed until their Sept. 12–13 move-in.

*Students with an anticipated graduation date of Dec. 2020, May 2021, or Aug. 2021

When is move-in for students on the delayed move-in schedule?

Staggered move-in for sophomores and juniors will take place Sat., Sept. 12–Sun., Sept. 13. These students will sign up for a move-in time using Sign-Up Genius at a later date.

Can students on a delayed move-in schedule come to campus before Sept. 14?

Yes. From Aug. 24 to Sept. 12, sophomores and juniors can choose to commute to campus to attend classes in person, conduct lab and other hands-on work, and access available facilities and technology—following all masking (cloth), physical distancing, and hygiene protocols. Alternatively, sophomores and juniors can choose to take classes fully online until they have moved into residence halls or to participate in coursework online and in-person.

Will need-based or merit aid be reduced for students who start the semester online?

No. Financial aid will not be repackaged. A room and board credit will be provided to residential sophomores and juniors who start the semester off-campus on the phased move-in schedule.

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.

Can sophomores and juniors on delayed move-in still use dining services?

Yes. Sophomores and juniors who are commuting to campus before their delayed move-in may dine on campus using their flex dollars or cash. Meal swipes for sophomores and juniors will not be available until they move back to campus. Student accounts will be credited at the end of the semester for the three weeks of unused meal swipes.

Will room and board be refunded for the portion of the semester not spent in a residence hall?

Yes. Room and board charges will be calculated before the end of the fall semester based on each student’s number of days in residence. Any credits will be applied by the end of the semester and carried over to offset charges in the spring.

Will there be updates on LVC’s plans if they change?

Yes. The College continues to monitor the situation and will communicate updates regularly. If the current plans change, LVC will communicate updates on or before Sept. 7.

What will student life be like for students learning remotely?

LVC’s student affairs team is planning engaging activities for students who are learning remotely and those students who are on a delayed move-in schedule.

Clubs are being advised to hold meetings and events that include students, whether they are on-campus or studying remotely. Suggested meeting guidelines will be shared with club leadership at the Nuts & Bolts meetings at the start of the semester. If you have additional questions, please email stu-affairs@lvc.edu.

Will Counseling Services be available to students who are learning remotely?

Yes. LVC’s counseling services will offer in-person and online services for the Fall 2020 semester. The office has temporarily relocated to the second floor east end of the Vernon and Doris Bishop Library. Students can find clinicians and the 5050 Peer Helpers in the space directly above Bishop Brews. To schedule an in-person or online appointment, students can email counselingservices@lvc.edu, call 717-867-6232, or visit during open hours weekdays (in-person), 11 a.m.–noon in the Bishop Library location or online noon–1p.m.

Will students who move to campus and then choose to move home receive room and board refunds?

No. If a student moves to campus and later decides to move back home, room and board charges will be calculated by the end of the fall semester based on each student’s number of days in residence. Credits will be applied to student accounts by the end of the Fall semester and carried over to offset spring charges.

What will happen with federal work-study aid for students not residing on campus or not able to work in-person?

Students who do not live on campus (either temporarily or for the whole semester) and can conduct their job duties remotely, will continue to receive payment for hours worked. If they are living on campus, they should coordinate their work with their supervisor and work remotely as much as possible.

Will student health services be available to students who aren’t on campus?

Shroyer Health Center will be extending in-person service hours and increase clinical staff to respond to health issues and concerns in Fall 2020.  Students are asked to 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.

Will the Arnold Sports Center be open?

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

Will any tuition for the semester be refunded?

No. The semester will be different than a typical semester, but 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 spent the summer refining online learning methods and ensuring students will 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. The creativity and agility of the Spring 2020 semester required of faculty and staff resulted in several benefits to students that will continue to be part of the LVC experience. Department chairs report that the amount of time and attention faculty provided to students on an individual or small group basis increased quite a bit and led them to develop new resources. Academic support services and Bishop Library staff went above and beyond to support students and will incorporate insights into fall services. The virtual services offered by the Breen Center for Graduate Success have positioned the office to expand its services on-campus and for our commuting, online, and graduate students. And student affairs will provide online counseling and health services, as well as online engagement activities for those unable to participate in part or all of the semester in-person.

Will any fees be refunded?

No. LVC continues to offer residential life and student services engagement both in-person and online to address student needs.

How will student-athletes connect with coaches and teammates? Stay fit? Practice?

Coaches are developing fall practice plans for athletics activity. These plans will meet student-athlete and team needs while following NCAA, MAC, campus, and public health guidelines. Students on the delayed move-in plan can attend in-person athletics activities if they are able to come to campus.

What should students living off-campus do if they need computers, printers, or wi-fi access?

Sophomores and juniors who can commute to campus before Sept. 14 may use the College’s computers, printers, and wi-fi. Students who cannot commute to campus and need technology resources at home should contact the LVC Office of Information Technology at solutions@lvc.edu, 717-867-6072 (phone), or 717-685-5820 (text).

Can students keep their on-campus jobs or internships?

Yes. Students may work on-campus jobs with their supervisor’s permission and should conduct as much work remotely as possible. They may be asked to adjust their hours if they need to work in an office.

Is LVC going to test everyone before they return to campus? What about after they return to campus?

Symptomatic students will be tested according to the College’s medical director’s orders, and symptomatic faculty and staff will seek testing from their physicians. LVC’s healthcare partners, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control & Prevention, and the Pennsylvania Department of Health are not recommending testing asymptomatic members of the campus community, as these tests reflect just one point in time, testing is not widely available, and asymptomatic tests are a low priority for testing labs, leading to significant delays (around nine days at present) in receiving results.

Employees seeking testing should work with their own healthcare provider. Shroyer Health Center is providing tests to students only.

There is a red X on my myLVC student information checklist, but I have completed all items. What should I do?

Please review the Medical History and Immunizations portions of the checklist and be sure you did not miss or skip an entry. Health center staff are working hard to collect all new student health forms and may not be able to confirm receipt of health center records. The health center nurse will reach out in the coming weeks to any students with incomplete paperwork.  Please respond to all correspondence from the nurse in a timely manner.    

I submitted my health paperwork. Will I receive a confirmation?

Health center staff is working hard to collect and process all new student health forms and may not be able to confirm receipt of health center records. The health center nurse will reach out in the coming weeks to any students with incomplete paperwork. Please respond to all correspondence from the nurse in a timely manner.

How should students turn in their health forms?

Health forms can be mailed to 101 College Avenue, Attn:  Shroyer Health Center, Annville PA 17003, faxed to 717-867-6895, or scanned and emailed to healthservices@lvc.edu. Specific questions about health forms can be sent directly to the nurse at savini@lvc.edu.  

If a student completes the immunizations section of the myLVC portal, do they still need to mail a copy to campus?

No.  Completing the online immunization section is the preferred method to send shot records.

What if a student could not get a doctor’s appointment before the health form deadline of August 1?

Because of the constraints around COVID19 and difficulty with scheduling appointments, LVC understands that all forms may not have been completed by the August 1 deadline. Please continue to send new student health forms in as soon as they are completed. It is better to send all forms together at the same time if able, rather than sending different portions at different times.    

While it is very important to get your health forms in as soon as possible, your move-in nor your first day of classes will be delayed if forms aren’t complete.  The health center nurse will reach out to any students with incomplete paperwork.  Please respond to correspondence from the nurse in a timely manner.

What should students do if they want to socialize with friends?

Unfortunately, students may not visit residence halls other than the one in which they live. We advise students to gather outside, in the tents the College will set up in the north and south parts of campus, or in common areas while practicing physical distancing and wearing cloth masks.

Will students be able to get career support online?

Yes. The Breen Center for Graduate Success will offer online options include virtual appointment platforms, information sessions, workshops, job fairs, and networking events. For students on campus, the Breen Center has been reconfigured to support physical distancing.

Please visit Handshake, call 717-867-6560, or stop by the office to schedule a virtual or in-person appointment. Questions? Email breencenter@lvc.edu or call 717-867-6560 or ext. 6560.

How will students be supported academically in online learning?

The Center for Academic Success provides academic coaching, writing guidance, and tutoring services for all LVC students taking classes in person or online. Students can schedule an appointment with an academic coach to work on time management or organization skills, request a tutor, or sign up for a study pod for help in a specific class or request a writing tutor to get help with a paper. All tutors can meet students in a Zoom room for study pods or tutoring and can make virtual appointments with their academic coach. The Center for Academic Success and the Breen Center for Graduate Success will also hold a workshop series to help students connect the dots between skills that lead to success in the classroom and the workplace. These workshops will be recorded so that students can reference them whenever needed. | Learn more about LVC’s academic services.