We have been fortunate to have continued in-person learning so far this semester, but the worsening county, state, and campus data trends are concerning. There has been an increase in the number of tests administered to campus community members and some recent positive results. There has also been an uptick in the number of students in isolation and quarantine, with growing numbers of individuals identified as close contacts. While there is no crystal ball to project the future, there is significant evidence that we should manage the situation before an outbreak occurs on campus.
Therefore, with unanimous support from the Executive Committee of the Board of Trustees, the College has made the difficult decision to end in-person classes and on-campus residency next Saturday, Nov. 7, by 4 p.m. All classes will be delivered entirely online starting Monday, Nov. 9. Only pre-approved students can remain on campus after Nov. 7.
Please review these FAQs, which will be updated as questions arise. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org or call 717-867-6555 if you have a question that has not been addressed. We will hold a virtual town hall for students and families Thursday, Nov. 5, at 7 p.m. | Join at this link. (password: GoValley)
A few key points:
- This coming week, you can choose to take your classes either online or in-person. You do not need to make a formal request to the registrar but should make your professors aware of your plans.
- Continue to complete the daily symptom tracker for 14 days after you leave campus. If you receive a Red X at any point in these 14 days, contact student health services at email@example.com or 717-867-6232.
- Keep following the Community Covenant. Vigilantly wash your hands and practice physical distancing. Do not attend parties, participate in gatherings, or travel with others in cars.
- If your academic program necessitates you to be on-campus, even if you are commuting, continue to fill out the daily symptom tracker. Please check this blog for open hours.
- Academic affairs is working with faculty to ensure students fulfill their graduation requirements.
- This evening, residence life will place sign-out sheets with instructions on your door. Notify your RA and sign the sheet when you leave campus. Up to two family members can come to campus to assist you with moving out. They must be masked. Residence life will inspect your room upon your departure.
- If you feel you need to remain living in campus housing, please complete this request form by Monday, Nov. 2., at noon. Those who have clinicals or student teaching requirements and those who need access to technology, housing, food, or other in-person services will be considered. Students who remain on campus must continue to use the daily symptom tracker.
- Take all your belongings with you. Contact Res-Life@lvc.edu with questions.
- Self-quarantine at home for two weeks to protect family members.
- The College will credit your student account at the end of the semester with pro-rated room and board fees for Nov. 8 through Nov. 25, unless you are approved to remain on campus. We will carry these credits over to your spring semester bill. December graduates will receive a refund check via mail.
Though I wish we could have made it to the Thanksgiving break, winding down now—just two weeks ahead of schedule—is the most prudent thing to do. LVC’s faculty and staff have prepared well for this pivot. Campus resources such as the Breen Center for Graduate Success, the Center for Academic Success, tutoring, accessibility services, and counseling services will remain available remotely.
We are grateful for your patience and resilience in weathering this turn of events and appreciate how careful you have been in continuing to practice physical distancing, frequent handwashing, symptom tracking, and mask-wearing to keep yourself and each other safe. Please continue to follow these vital guidelines even after you return home. We are working hard to plan for the spring semester and will communicate updates soon about the 2021 return to campus plans.
Be safe and be well.