Archive for August 2020
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.
President James MacLaren
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.
- Students with a red X are not permitted in classrooms and should follow the College’s Protocol for Symptomatic Students.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
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.