Archive for January 2021

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.

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

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.

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.

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.