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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.

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.

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.

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.

Meal Policies for Students in Quarantine or Isolation

 Meal Policy for Students in Quarantine 

PURPOSE: To prevent community spread of illness 

For asymptomatic individuals with potential exposure to COVID-19 or those who have traveled to states defined as hotspots by the Pennsylvania government. Students in quarantine are instructed to stay in their rooms. Leave your room only to use the bathroom or to go outside for fresh air following safety protocols. Students in quarantine should practice vigilant physical distancing, wear a cloth mask, wash their hands often, and take their classes virtually.

• Students in quarantine must find another student to pick up their meal and deliver it to them. If a resident student in quarantine is unable to find another student to pick up their meal, they can call student affairs at 717-867-6233. Student affairs can assist with meal delivery for resident students in quarantine Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. until 4 p.m., pending staff availability. 

• Breakfast is available for pick-up from 7–9 a.m.. Lunch is available for pick-up from 11:30 a.m.–1 p.m. Dinner is available for pick-up from 5–6:30 p.m.. Daily dining hall menus are available here

• For students with more severe illness, Metz will provide banana, rice, applesauce, toast, chicken broth, crackers, bottle of water, and a can of ginger ale on request. 

Process 

• Quarantined students can email their selections to ma4013dining@metzcorp.com. Students should include their name; student ID number; food allergies (if applicable); name of the student picking up their meal; and the time of the meal pick-up in their email. 

• Quarantined students must provide a two-hour notice for all meal orders. 

• Disposables will be used for all meal orders.

• The pick-up person must tell the Mund dining hall greeter whose meal they are getting.

 Meal Policy for Students in Isolation 

PURPOSE: To prevent community spread of illness 

For those who have symptoms of COVID-19 or have either tested positive or are awaiting test results. Students in isolation are instructed to remain in their assigned isolation space, except to receive medical care. Students in isolation should practice vigilant physical distancing, wear a cloth mask, wash their hands often, and take their classes virtually. 

• Metz will deliver meals to students in isolation. 

• Breakfast is available for pick-up from 7:30–9 a.m.. Lunch is available for pick-up from 11:30 a.m.–1 p.m. Dinner is available for pick-up from 5–6:30 p.m.. Daily dining hall menus are available here.

• For students with more severe illness, Metz will provide banana, rice, applesauce, toast, chicken broth, crackers, bottle of water, and a can of ginger ale on request. 

Process

• Isolated students can email their selections to ma4013dining@metzcorp.com. Students should include their name; student ID number; food allergies (if applicable); name of the student picking up their meal; and the time of the meal pick-up in their email. Metz will call you when the food is delivered.

• Breakfast will be delivered between 8-10 a.m. Lunch will be delivered between 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Dinner will be delivered between 5-7 p.m. 

• Disposables will be used for all meal orders.

LVC Emergency Phone Numbers 

• Public Safety: 717-867-6111 

• Health Services: 717-867-6232 

• Student Affairs: 717-867-6233 

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).

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.

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. 

Arnold Sports Center

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

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. 

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.

Residence Halls & Houses

College housing policies require residential students to adhere to personal hygiene, physical distancing, and mitigation practices. These practices may change depending on the circumstances. Most rooms will be double occupancy. Furniture configurations in residence hall rooms/spaces may have changed to optimize physical distancing. All furniture is expected to remain as placed before you arrive. In addition, you may not bring any personal furniture, add additional furniture into your residence hall room/space, or remove furniture from your residence hall room/space.

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.