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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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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. 

Student Travel and Social Expectations

LVC highly encourages residential students to remain on campus during the academic year. The spread of COVID-19 can take place anywhere groups congregate, including within families and households. We strongly advise students against visiting families and friends, leaving campus to attend social events, or visiting other colleges and universities. 

Counseling Services

For the 2020–21 academic year, counseling services has been relocated to the second floor, east end of the Vernon and Doris Bishop Library. Students can find clinicians and the 50/50 Peer Helpers in the space directly above Bishop Brews coffee shop. To schedule an appointment, email counselingservices@lvc.edu, call 717-867-6232, or visit during open hours weekdays (in-person and online), 11 a.m.–noon.

Student Health Services

Shroyer Health Center will extend service hours and increase clinical staff to respond to health issues and concerns in Fall 2020. Students will be asked to call health services at 717-867-6232 before reporting to Shroyer Hall for instructions regarding appropriate care and response. Our health services care will be informed by CDC, PDH, and American College Health Association guidelines. 

Dining Services Protocols

  • The College will reconfigure dining spaces to allow for physical distancing in seating configurations. Additional takeout options are being considered.
  • All diners must wear face masks or coverings while in a dining space. Wear a mask while moving around the dining facility and remove it only when sitting and eating.
  • Self-serve food options are not available in the primary dining hall; dining services staff will prepare and serve meals. Beverage dispensers are cleaned regularly.
  • The meal exchange option has been expanded to other venues on campus, and takeout options are available. The main dining hall will serve kosher, vegetarian, and vegan options. 
  • Takeout service is encouraged, as is alternative or outdoor seating during peak dining service hours.
  • All dining staff must always wear face masks and gloves while working and interacting with the public. 
  • Dining services staff must follow infection prevention guidelines, including staying home when ill; practicing physical distancing whenever possible at work; practicing proper hand hygiene; avoiding touching the eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands; cleaning and disinfecting frequently touched surfaces throughout the workday; and undergoing temperature checks before shifts.

Clinicals and Student Teaching

Students with clinical education or student teaching experiences must follow LVC, academic department, and clinical/educational site guidelines. You can only participate after receiving proper permission, training, and initial guidance (either by written or video instruction) before starting your experience. Training includes general considerations for using appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE) at the site. If you change locations mid-term or participate at multiple sites, you must meet each site’s guidelines and protocols. If your clinical education or student teaching site does not follow appropriate protocols to mitigate the spread of COVID-19, you must leave your site and contact your faculty advisor.

Laboratories and Research

These guidelines apply to Neidig-Garber facilities. Please consult with professors for Arnold Health Professions Pavilion lab guidelines.

  • Physical distancing of six feet or more is required.
  • The maximum capacity for each space is marked at the lab entrance.
  • Teaching labs, research labs, stockrooms, and instrument labs are locked when not in use.

Students:

  • You will receive initial guidance (either by written or video instruction) before entering a lab. Training includes general considerations for the use of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) before entering the area and best practices for working there. 
  • You may enter a lab if you have been trained and approved to do so. You must notify your research mentor or department chair each time before you enter a lab.
  • Do not use a lab outside of your scheduled time.
  • If you need to use multiple spaces during one lab session (research lab and instrument room or stockroom), notify your research mentor and department chair to avoid conflicts with other users. 
  • Restrict your work to your assigned primary space.
  • Always wear appropriate PPE. 
  • Wipe down lab instruments, supplies, reagent bottles, or any other lab equipment with a sanitizing cleaner before and after use. 
  • Avoid cross-contamination and wipe down all common surfaces such as door handles, bench surfaces, and hood sashes. 
  • In the event of a chemical spill or other emergency, leave the lab immediately and notify a research mentor or department chair.

Food Resources

Please contact Jen Liedtka (liedtka@lvc.edu) or Renata Willilams (rwilliam@lvc.edu) if you are having difficulty accessing food. Connect with us, and we’ll help you find local resources.