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Important Update on the Fall Semester and Move-out Timing

Dear Students,

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 information@lvc.edu 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 healthservices@lvc.edu 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.

Residential Students:

  • 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.

Dr. MacLaren

Fall 2020 Move-out FAQs

HOUSING, ROOM, AND BOARD 

When should I move out of campus housing? 

You can move out of your campus housing anytime between now and Nov. 7 at 4 p.m. 

Follow the instructions on the sign-out sheet on your door. Notify your RA and sign the sheet when you leave campus. No more than two family members can come to campus to help you. They must wear masks and practice physical distancing. Residence life will inspect your room upon your departure. Take all your belongings with you. 

Will I receive a refund for moving out early? 

The College will credit your student account at the end of the semester with pro-rated room and board charges for Nov. 8 through Nov. 25. If you are approved to remain on campus after Nov. 8, your room and board credits will be pro-rated accordingly. We will carry these credits over to your spring semester bill. December graduates will receive a refund check via mail. 

If you remain on campus after Nov. 25, you will be billed for those days in weekly increments as you have not been charged room and board for any period after Nov. 25. 

How do I request to remain in campus housing? 

If you feel you need to remain living on-campus, please complete this request form by Monday, Nov. 2., at noon. You should complete this form even if you have already requested to remain in campus housing after Nov. 25. 

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. A select group of RA’s, Valley Ambassadors, and student employees with critical job functions may be permitted to continue living on-campus. If you stay in campus housing, you must complete the daily symptom tracker. You will be subject to quarantine and isolation protocols if contact tracers identify you as a close contact of an individual who has tested positive for COVID-19. 

Can I have guests help me move out? 

Yes, but everyone must be extremely vigilant. You can have no more than two family members help you move your belongings out of campus housing. Move-out helpers must be masked, maintain physical distancing of at least six feet, and minimize their time inside facilities. The following individuals are not permitted on campus as move-out assistants.  

Anyone with: 

  • Symptoms of COVID-19 
  • A pending COVID-19 test 
  • Positive COVID-19 test results within the past 10 days 

And:

If I’m supposed to be quarantined or isolated on-campus after Nov. 7, will I be charged room and board? 

No. If you must remain on campus to complete quarantine or isolation, you will not be charged room and board starting Nov. 8. 

If I’m supposed to be quarantined or isolated on-campus after Nov. 7, am I permitted to remain in on-campus housing? Am I allowed to go home? 

You will be allowed to complete your isolation or quarantine on-campus. You will not be charged room and board starting Nov. 8. 

If you are quarantining or isolating on-campus and would like to finish out your quarantine or isolation at home, contact Shroyer at healthservices@lvc.edu or 717-867-6232 to discuss the risks and feasibility of doing so. You should make sure no one at home is at high-risk (has underlying conditions or is sick or elderly) and plan to have your own bedroom and bathroom to prevent exposure to family and household members and pets. 

Do I need to move out all my belongings? 

Yes. Take all your belongings. Given the uncertainties of how the pandemic might affect spring move-in plans, you should take everything home. 

What should I do with my room key? 

Take your room key home with you, and keep it in a safe place over the break. The replacement fee is $150. 

What if I’m living off-campus but still need to use my dining plan? 

Students living off-campus who need to use their dining plan can do so. Boxed lunches will be available to student teachers and students with clinicals. 

Will card access remain in operation for on-campus housing since there will still be some students on campus? 

Only students authorized to remain living on campus will have card-access authorization. 

How can I get my mail or packages that I’ve had sent to campus? 

The LVC mailroom will notify students living off-campus when mail or packages arrive. At the student’s request, we will forward items to the student’s home address. All items will be sent free of charge through Friday, Nov. 20. After Nov. 20, the cost of forwarding mail and packages will be applied to the student’s account. The mailroom will notify students remaining on-campus of any items that have arrived for pickup. 

HEALTHCARE, TESTING, AND SYMPTOM TRACKING 

Should I still complete the daily symptom tracker, even when I’m living off-campus? 

Yes. 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 healthservices@lvc.edu or 717-867-6232. The College will continue monitoring Red X’s and will conduct contact tracing if necessary. 

Will I still be able to get health services and COVID-19 testing on-campus? 

If you are residing on campus Nov. 7–25, you may still receive healthcare at the Shroyer Health Center. If you are living off-campus, you may contact Shroyer at healthservices@lvc.edu or 717-867-6232 for guidance. Shroyer will continue to evaluate on-campus students with possible COVID-19 symptoms and conduct testing if needed. Symptomatic students living at home should pursue testing with their healthcare provider. 

What should I do if I’m concerned about exposing my family? 

We recommend you self-quarantine at home for two weeks after moving home to protect family members and pets. 

Can I get tested for COVID-19 before going home? 

LVC’s student health services tests only symptomatic students. If you have symptoms of COVID-19, do not go home. Contact Shroyer at healthservices@lvc.edu or 717-867-6232. If you are not experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 but would like to be tested before going home, contact your healthcare provider. 

Will LVC do entry and/or surveillance testing in the spring semester? 

The College is seriously considering entry testing before the semester begins. We are also consulting with our healthcare partners about conducting census testing throughout the spring semester. 

How can I access LVC counseling services? 

LVC’s counseling services will offer online services for the remainder of the Fall 2020 semester. To schedule an appointment, email counselingservices@lvc.edu, call 717-867-6232. 

Students currently working with counseling services should connect with their counselor to discuss continued support. 

ACADEMICS 

When do classes pivot to being fully online? 

Classes will be delivered entirely online starting Monday, Nov. 9, through the rest of the fall semester. Classes will still end Friday, Dec. 4., with final exams Dec. 7–11. 

Can I take classes online before Nov. 9? 

Yes. From Monday, Nov. 2 through Friday, Nov. 6, you can 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. 

Can I come to campus Nov. 2–9 for academic needs? 

Yes—if your academic program necessitates your presence on-campus. Academic affairs is working with faculty to accommodate students who need to fill graduation requirements. If you must come to campus, continue to fill out the daily symptom tracker and check facilities and office hours (this page will be updated soon). 

Will Bishop Library remain open? 

Yes. Library hours will remain the same through Sat., Nov. 7. 

  • Sun., noon–10 p.m. 
  • Mon.–Wed., 7:30 a.m.–10 p.m. 
  • Thurs. 7:30 a.m.–9 p.m 
  • Fri., 7:30 a.m.–7 p.m. 
  • Sat., 10 a.m.–5 p.m. 

Starting Sun., Nov. 8, library hours will be modified as follows:  

  • Sun., noon–8 p.m. 
  • Mon.–Thurs., 8 a.m.–8 p.m. 
  • Fri., 8 a.m.–4:30 p.m. 
  • Sat., noon –5 p.m. 

If you currently have Bishop Library materials checked out (books, DVDs, CDs, technology) and do NOT need them for academic reasons, please return them prior to leaving campus. All items, except technology, can be returned in the book drop at the library’s main entrance.  

If you do need the materials you currently have checked out for academic reasons or if you have other questions email library@lvc.edu

Questions about interlibrary loan materials? Email sallison@lvc.edu

Research appointments https://studyrooms.lvc.edu/appointmentscan are available via Zoom.  

Quick questions can be answered using Ask A Librarian https://libanswers.lvc.edu/index.php

Will academic support services still be available? 

Yes. Campus resources such as the Breen Center for Graduate Success, the Center for Academic Success, tutoring, and accessibility services will be available remotely. 

Is the spring semester calendar changing? 

No—at least not at the moment. The spring semester academic calendar remains as published in August, with classes set to begin Jan. 26. But as we know, anything could change depending on the course of the pandemic. The College will continue to monitor COVID-19 trends and communicate any changes, such as a delayed move-in or new start and end dates, if the situation requires us to do so. 

FINANCIAL AID 

What should I do if I’m experiencing financial hardship? 

Students experiencing financial hardship should contact the LVC Office of Financial Aid at finaid@lvc.edu or 717-867-6126. 

Phase 2 of CARES Act Emergency Relief Grants is open for students who were not enrolled or otherwise eligible in spring 2020 but who are enrolled in fall 2020. Students who experienced additional expenses in housing, food, technology, coursework, healthcare, or other areas due to the disruption of campus operations may apply. All eligible and potentially eligible students were notified via email regarding the opportunity and how to receive the funds, if eligible. The deadline to apply is Nov. 16, 2020. 

Students must visit here and log in to certify they have expenses to receive a grant. Grant amounts are determined using the same methodology as phase 1—degree level, enrollment status, and financial need. Pell-eligible full-time undergraduates may be awarded the largest individual grants. 

Questions: Contact Kendra M. Feigert, Director of Financial Aid 
(717) 867-6126 

Can I still work at my on-campus job? 

Students who can complete their on-campus work assignments remotely may do so. Those who can commute to campus for employment should discuss their options with their supervisor.  

Can I remain in campus housing to maintain my off-campus job? 

No. Students will not be permitted to stay on campus to maintain off-campus employment. 

ATHLETICS 

Will Arnold Sports Center be open? 

Yes. Current hours will be in place until Friday, Nov. 6, at 4 p.m. The Sports Center will be closed Nov. 7 and 8. Starting Nov. 9, Arnold Sports Center hours will be: 

  • Mon.–Sat.: 10 a.m.–1 p.m. 
  • Sun.–Thurs.: 4 p.m.–7 p.m.  

Sign-ups and the first-come, first-served policy still apply. 

Are athletic activities still happening after Nov. 7? 

Varsity athletics activities will not occur after Nov. 7, except for Esports, which will continue COVID-19 prevention protocols in place. LVC intercollegiate team coaches will be in touch with their athletes about equipment returns, strength and conditioning programs, and prescribed sport-specific skill work for the time in which student-athletes are away from campus. 

What do I do about my injury rehabilitation and treatment related to my intercollegiate sport? 

Please email your team’s assigned athletic trainer to inquire about continued care while away from campus. Home exercise programs and telehealth visits are some of the options available to student-athletes. 

What if I have a new or reoccurring intercollegiate sport-related injury while I am away from campus? 

Please email your team’s assigned athletic trainer for advice and guidance about how to proceed. 

Updated Return to Campus Plan [Aug. 26, 2020]

LVC’s plan for returning to campus was most recently updated Aug. 26, 2020.

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What if my 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 Result from the Symptom Tracker

If the LVC symptom tracker shows a red X or you are experiencing possible COVID-19 symptoms:

STEP 1: Stay calm and self-quarantine.

A red X does not necessarily mean you have COVID-19, but it does mean you should:

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. 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.

If you are self-quarantining or self-isolating on campus and need meals delivered, order by emailing selections to MA4013dining@metzcorp.com. See more.

STEP 2: Contact a healthcare provider for further guidance.

8 a.m.–8 p.m., Monday–Friday: Contact Shroyer Health Center at 717-867-6232. If you do not reach a nurse by phone you can also email healthservices@lvc.edu.

After 8 p.m. and over the weekend:

First, contact LVC Public Safety to report your symptoms at 717-867-6111. Public Safety will record your contact information and assess whether you need emergency care.

Then, use Penn State Health OnDemand. Create an 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). This is a fee-for-service resource and you and/or your health insurance may be billed.

It is important for you to communicate with the staff at Shroyer Health Center if you use Penn State Health OnDemand or seek care at any other medical facility.

STEP 3a—CLEARED: You are cleared from having COVID-19, but we still ask you to complete 24-hours of self-quarantine. You can redo the symptom tracker tomorrow after 5 a.m. Call a healthcare provider if you experience symptoms as the day progresses. Always notify Shroyer Health Center staff if you see a healthcare provider off-campus.

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Step 3b —NOT CLEARED: Follow the instructions given by your healthcare providerThese instructions may include self-quarantining for up to 14 days or self-isolation until otherwise instructed. Your healthcare provider will determine if you need a COVID-19 test. Even if you’re not required to get a test, you still need to follow quarantine or isolation instructions.

Residential students may be temporarily moved to on-campus isolation spaces and then required to return to their homes for the remainder of their isolation time. If you are unable to go home for isolation, contact student affairs to discuss alternative living arrangements at 717-867-6233 or stu-affairs@lvc.edu. Please also refer to your Student Emergency Plan.

STEP 4: Take a COVID-19 test if recommended.

If your healthcare provider recommends you be tested for COVID-19, contact Shroyer Health Center at 717-867-6232. If you do not reach a nurse by phone you can also email healthservices@lvc.edu. If after hours, abide by strict isolation until you’re able to have the test completed. 

While you are awaiting test results, you must enter self-isolation for the amount of time your healthcare provider recommends. If you have a COVID-19 test anywhere other than LVC’s health center, it is important that you communicate this with Shroyer Health Center staff. If you receive isolation instructions from a healthcare provider off-campus, notify Shroyer Health Center.

Contact tracers may call you. It is important you answer calls and disclose all information. The tracer will ask you to recall the places you have been and the people you have been around over the past several days. Communication with them will be kept confidential and will not be shared with others.   

STEP 5:  Notify your professors, coaches, etc.

Report your inability to report for all academic, social, athletic, and other responsibilities (coaches, choir directors, clinical sites, student teaching sites). Let your professors know you will be taking classes virtually until further notice. You are not required to tell them why you are making this change if you don’t feel comfortable doing so. You may simply say “for medical reasons.”

STEP 6:  Take care of yourself and those around you.

  • Get rest and stay hydrated. Take over-the-counter medicines to help you feel better. If you do not have access to these medicines, notify the Shroyer Health Center.
  • Monitor your symptoms and check your temperature twice a day. The health center can provide you with a 14-day symptom and temperature tracker. Having this documentation will make it easier to notice changes in your health and be a good tool if healthcare providers and contact tracers call you.
  • Stay in touch with your healthcare providers. Respond promptly to nurses or contact tracers.
  • Clean high-touch surfaces in your room including your cell phone, desk, computer, doorknobs, and light switches. If you do not have access to cleaning supplies, notify public safety.
  • Wash your hands often and discard or wash your mask if it becomes soiled from coughing, sneezing, or sweating. Wash your cloth masks more regularly when you have symptoms.

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).

Will need-based or merit aid be reduced for students who start the semester online?

No. Financial aid will not be repackaged. A room and board credit will be provided to residential sophomores and juniors who start the semester off-campus on the phased move-in schedule.

Will room and board be refunded for the portion of the semester not spent in a residence hall?

Yes. Room and board charges will be calculated before the end of the fall semester based on each student’s number of days in residence. Any credits will be applied by the end of the semester and carried over to offset charges in the spring.

What will student life be like for students learning remotely?

LVC’s student affairs team is planning engaging activities for students who are learning remotely and those students who are on a delayed move-in schedule.

Clubs are being advised to hold meetings and events that include students, whether they are on-campus or studying remotely. Suggested meeting guidelines will be shared with club leadership at the Nuts & Bolts meetings at the start of the semester. If you have additional questions, please email stu-affairs@lvc.edu.

Will Counseling Services be available to students who are learning remotely?

Yes. LVC’s counseling services will offer in-person and online services for the Fall 2020 semester. The office has temporarily relocated to the second floor east end of the Vernon and Doris Bishop Library. Students can find clinicians and the 5050 Peer Helpers in the space directly above Bishop Brews. To schedule an in-person or online appointment, students can email counselingservices@lvc.edu, call 717-867-6232, or visit during open hours weekdays (in-person), 11 a.m.–noon in the Bishop Library location or online noon–1p.m.

Will students who move to campus and then choose to move home receive room and board refunds?

No. If a student moves to campus and later decides to move back home, room and board charges will be calculated by the end of the fall semester based on each student’s number of days in residence. Credits will be applied to student accounts by the end of the Fall semester and carried over to offset spring charges.

What will happen with federal work-study aid for students not residing on campus or not able to work in-person?

Students who do not live on campus (either temporarily or for the whole semester) and can conduct their job duties remotely, will continue to receive payment for hours worked. If they are living on campus, they should coordinate their work with their supervisor and work remotely as much as possible.

Will student health services be available to students who aren’t on campus?

Shroyer Health Center will be extending in-person service hours and increase clinical staff to respond to health issues and concerns in Fall 2020.  Students are asked to 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.

What should students do if they want to socialize with friends?

Unfortunately, students may not visit residence halls other than the one in which they live. We advise students to gather outside, in the tents the College will set up in the north and south parts of campus, or in common areas while practicing physical distancing and wearing cloth masks.

Positive Cases: Notification, Testing, and Tracing

The College will report presumed and confirmed cases to public health authorities.

The College’s healthcare partner will assist trained LVC staff with 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 an amount of time determined by their healthcare provider.

Students exhibiting COVID-19 symptoms will be housed temporarily in one of the College’s dedicated isolation beds, and most will be asked to return 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 and use a separate bathroom and continue to wear a mask and practice good hygiene.

Students in self-isolation should continue classes online if able. Those in self-isolation on-campus can order meals through Metz and have a friend or student affairs staff member deliver the meals to their door (see Protocol for Symptomatic Students). Appropriate cleaning procedures will be followed.

COVID-19 positive students can only return to their residence halls and in-person classes after receiving clearance from a physician and providing documentation of this clearance to the Shroyer Health Center. Faculty and staff should follow LVC Human Resources policies.

Employees seeking testing should work with their own healthcare provider. Shroyer Health Center is providing tests to students only.

Student Guests

Students may not host off-campus guests in their residence hall or house, including in 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, periods of time to study, socialization, and overnight stays.

Additionally, LVC students may only enter their assigned residence hall (e.g. they may NOT enter a residence hall in which they are not living).

Students may socialize only in outdoor public spaces and must maintain physical distancing.

Exemptions

  • Students who require medical assistance may request visitation by a parent or guardian responding to assure the wellness of the student. Affected students or their parent/guardian must obtain prior permission for visitation by an administrator from the Student Affairs Division. Call 717-867-6233 for permission.
  • Personal care attendants for students with disabilities are permitted on campus and in facilities as needed.
  • 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/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.

Dining Services

The Metz dining services team is preparing venues to serve members of the campus community in accordance with health and safety protocols.

  • 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.
  • All diners must wear face masks or coverings while in a dining space. Masks should be worn during movement within the dining facility and can only be removed when sitting and dining.
  • The capacity of the primary dining hall, Lehr and Phillips Dining Hall, will be decreased to allow for physical distancing in seating configurations. Once at capacity new diners will only be allowed to enter after others have left.
  • Self-serve food options will no longer be available in the primary dining hall; dining services staff will prepare and serve all meals to students. Beverage dispensers will be cleaned regularly, and adaptations are being designed.
  • The meal exchange option will be extended to other venues on campus and a newly created take-out location will be established.  The main dining hall will serve kosher, vegetarian, and vegan options.

Take-out service is encouraged, as is the use of outdoor seating during peak dining service hours.

Important Update—Fall 2020 Return to Campus

Dear Campus Community,

I hope this update finds you and your family safe and well. I write to share some key updates on Lebanon Valley College’s planning for an in-person, on-time start to the Fall 2020 semester. I am closely coordinating with President-elect James MacLaren, the president’s staff, the Critical Incident and Emergency Management Team, and several Provost-led faculty task forces to develop a playbook to guide our efforts.

I’ve noted in the past that the successful and rapid pivot this spring demonstrated LVC at its best. The same is true of the planning underway. Administrators and faculty are working very hard researching, developing, and crystalizing complex plans that have many intertwined consequences that must be thought through.

We are basing our plans on a defined set of guiding principles and gating conditions placing the well-being of our campus community as the highest priority and emphasizing academic quality, equity, financial sustainability, and compliance with federal and state guidelines. We are closely following guidance from the PA Department of Education to build the playbook.

Fall Calendar and Academic Experience
The academic calendar will be adjusted to limit the number of times large numbers of students travel to and from campus. The semester will start one week early, with undergraduate and graduate classes beginning Monday, Aug. 24. There will be no Fall Break. On-campus learning will end by Thanksgiving break and instruction will continue online through Dec. 4. Finals are Dec. 7–11. Class times, locations, and schedules will be adjusted to allow for physical distancing. These changes will be communicated when finalized. We plan to accommodate students who may need to remain on campus after Thanksgiving for clinicals or athletics.

All classes will be delivered in-person and online at the same time to accommodate students with underlying conditions or those who become ill. Faculty are developing online learning components so they can give students support and attention. Clear course outcomes will be articulated, and support services will be emphasized perhaps now more than ever. Additionally, faculty will use Canvas and other LVC-supported technology whenever possible to streamline electronic course delivery.

Residential Life
We will decrease the density in our residential facilities for the fall. Currently, we plan on double occupancy with strict hygiene and physical distancing practices in place. The College has temporarily extended the Housing Exemption process to allow current residential students the opportunity to live off-campus in the local community and expanded the commuting radius to allow current residential students who live beyond 30 miles of campus the opportunity to commute for the 2020–21 academic year. A staggered move-in and modified orientation schedule will be developed. Plans for these will be communicated soon.

Health Protocols
The College is identifying a healthcare partner or partners who can advise and assist us with temperature-taking, testing, tracing, and managing suspected or confirmed cases should they occur on campus. More information will be shared when the partnership has been finalized. Protocols for dining, masking, physical distancing, and pedestrian flow are being developed, and there will be an educational campaign to promote these habits and hygiene practices. Learning spaces will be reconfigured so that desks and podiums can be organized to support physical distancing. Facility services already uses the proper cleaning products to disinfect spaces and is acquiring hand sanitizer stations to place throughout campus. We are bringing employees back to campus to prepare for the return of students through a phased process guided by new pandemic and employee policies that employees can find in ADP.

If there are any positive COVID-19 cases in the campus community, 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. Even in instances when the risk is low, we want to ensure all members of our community have the information they need to make decisions about their well-being.

Future Communications
Virtual town halls will be held throughout the summer for returning and new students, faculty, staff, trustees, leadership council members, and prospective students to hear directly from campus leadership and have their questions answered.

Additionally, faculty, staff, students, families, and trustees will regularly receive an LVC Forward e-newsletter with information about the latest decisions and developments. All updates and alerts will be posted to a new LVC Forward blog on the LVC website as well. This searchable space will serve as a hub for all information related to our return to campus and strategic initiatives that unfold as part of the process.

The College will continue to adapt and add detail to the plans as we receive additional guidance from the federal government, the PA Department of Health and Department of Education, the NCAA and MAC Conference, and any healthcare partners. The remaining unknowns and uncertainties require us all to remain flexible and agile so that we can quickly adjust to new circumstances as needed.

My tenure at the College concludes at the end of this month. Dorry and I are so grateful to have been a part of this community, which delivers one of the finest educational experiences in the nation. You can be confident that LVC is welcoming a leader who has proven experience in managing a crisis. Dr. MacLaren was instrumental in Tulane University’s recovery after Hurricane Katrina. He and his wife, Gina, will arrive in Annville very soon. With his leadership and the enduring dedication and resilience of all, LVC will emerge from this global crisis stronger than ever.

Warmly, 
President Thayne 

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