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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. 

Winter Term—January 2021

A reminder that registration is open now for our new Winter Term, which will meet between the fall and spring semesters from January 4-24, 2021.  This is an optional term and all courses are offered 100% online.

As you plan for the spring semester, please be sure to consider winter offerings and discuss this option with your advisor. The Winter Term provides a great opportunity to catch up with or get ahead of degree requirements. Courses cover several General Education/Constellation and major requirements.  

Registration is open now on a first-come, first-served basis via AccessLVC! Students may only take one course during the Winter Term. Undergraduate tuition is $485/credit and some financial aid can be combined with the spring semester.

Please visit the Winter 2021 website for additional details.

Winter 2021 Undergraduate Course Offerings
JANUARY 4-24, 2021
COURSETITLEGECRMTG INFOINSTRUCTOR
BUS 130Modern Business Organizations3ONLINEK. Josephson
ECN 102Principles of MacroeconomicsQR3ONLINEK. Hoy
ENG 120Introduction to LiteratureCTW3ONLINEL. Eldred
HIS 251African Politics and HistoryIC3ONLINEJ. Ogene
LAW 150Introduction to Law and JusticeIC3ONLINEP. Benesch &N. Hubler
POL 290African Politics and HistoryIC3ONLINEJ. Ogene
PSY 110General Psychology 3ONLINER. Albert
SOC 110Introduction to SociologyIC3ONLINET. Sakellarides
SPA 101Elementary Spanish Level ILAC3ONLINEG. McEvoy

Students may also take internships and independent studies during the winter term.  If you are interested in pursuing one of these options, please discuss it with your advisor and the appropriate faculty instructor/supervisor to determine whether it can be accomplished during this period.  Registration for these courses can be completed by filling out the corresponding PDF formand submitting it to registrar@lvc.edu.

See the full 2020–21 Academic Calendar.

CARES Act Emergency Relief Grants

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 November 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

Campus Office Hours: Fall 2020 Semester

Please note some office hours will change/adjust beginning Nov. 6 due to students returning to virtual learning. Please call ahead to verify hours before visiting an office or facility.

Accessibility Resources—appointments preferred, but walk-ins available. Please drop by, call 717-867-6028 or ext. 6028, or email hannafor@lvc.edu or shutter@lvc.edu for assistance or to schedule an appointment. For students not registered: Visit here for the online registration form.

Admissions—Admissions is open for walk-in appointments Monday-Friday, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Please call 717-867-6181 or email admission@lvc.edu to schedule an appointment.

Audiovisual Technology—closed for walk-ins; by appointment only. Please call 717-867-6200 or ext. 6200, or email avtech@lvc.edu for assistance or to schedule an appointment.

Bishop Library—please visit here for a list of hours, reserve a study room, and information about all library services. Questions? Email library@lvc.edu. If you currently have Bishop Library materials checked out (books, DVDs, CDs, technology) and do NOT need them for academic reasons, please return them before leaving campus. All items, except technology, can be returned in the book drop at the library’s main entrance.

Breen Center—please visit Handshake, call 717-867-6560, or stop by the office to schedule a virtual or in-person appointment. Questions? Email breencenter@lvc.edu or call 717-867-6560 or ext. 6560.

Business Office, Humanities 110: Student Accounts—closed for walk-ins; by appointment only. Please call 717-867-6300 or ext. 6300, or email cashier@lvc.edu for assistance or to schedule an appointment. Payments and deposits can be placed in the Business Office drop box, located to the left of the Humanities 110 entrance, as indicated by the signage.

Business Office, Humanities 004: Accounts Payable and Accounting—closed for walk-ins; by appointment only. Accounts Payable, please call 717-867-6327 or ext. 6327, or email accountspayable@lvc.edu for assistance or to schedule an appointment. Payment requests can be placed in the Business Office drop box, located to the right of the Humanities 004 entrance, as indicated by the signage.

Business Office, Humanities 002: Payroll—closed for walk-ins; by appointment only. Please call 717-867-6317 or ext. 6317, or email struzins@lvc.edu for assistance or to schedule an appointment. New student employee setup, and payroll processing for students, faculty, and staff.

Center for Academic Success—appointments preferred, but walk-ins available. Please drop by, email findyoursuccess@lvc.edu, or email a staff member for additional information. Visit our website to request an appointment for academic coaching, to meet with a peer, writing, or organizational, tutor, and to view the Study Pod schedule.

Center for Student Engagement—The CSE is open Monday-Friday, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Students can check-in at the College Center Information Desk or call 717-867-6233 (ext. 6233) with questions or to schedule appointments. Staff who conduct in-person appointments will greet you at the suite entrance at the time of your appointment. Administrative offices in the CSE: Intercultural Affairs & Inclusive Programs, Residential Life, Student Affairs, and Student Engagement.

Copy Center—The Copy Center is open for department access only with a limit of two people in the center at a time. Hours are Monday-Friday, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Please call 717-867-6331 or ext. 6331, or email ristenba@lvc.edu if you have any questions.

Counseling Services—Monday-Friday drop-in hours are 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. Monday-Friday virtual hours are 12–1 p.m. (no appointments needed for the drop-in or virtual hours). Visit our pages for links to our professional counselors and 5050 Peer Helpers’ office hours. Students can schedule free and confidential appointments at 717-867-6232 or ext. 6232, or counselingservices@lvc.edu. Call 911 in an emergency.

Facilities Services—appointments preferred. Please call 717-867-6340 or ext. 6340, or email fac-mgmt@lvc.edu for assistance or to schedule an appointment.

Financial Aid—closed for walk-ins; by appointment only. Please call 717-867-6126 or ext. 6126, or email finaid@lvc.edu for assistance or to schedule an appointment. 

Global Education—closed for walk-ins; by appointment only. Please email Jill Russell at russell@lvc.edu to schedule a virtual or in-person appointment.  

Health Services (Shroyer)—students who are symptom-free can see a registered nurse Monday-Friday 8.a.m. to 8 p.m. for evaluation and triage. Please call 717-867-6232 or ext. 6232, or email healthservices@lvc.edu if you have questions or have symptoms. Contact your resident assistant (RA), area coordinator (AC), our public safety (ext. 6111) after hours. Call 911 for medical emergencies.

Human Resources—appointments are preferred. Please contact Rachel Brunner for Benefits and HRIS questions (717-867-6414 or brunner@lvc.edu), Melissa Sherwood for COVID Contact Tracing and general HR issues (717-867-6415 or sherwood@lvc.edu), or Ann Hayes for HR-related issues (717-867-6416 or hayes@lvc.edu). 

Information Technology—closed for walk-ins; by appointment only. Please call 717-867-6072 or ext. 6072, text 717-685-5820, or email solutions@lvc.edu for assistance or to schedule an appointment.

 LVC Sports Center—closed for walks-in; by SignUp Genius only. Visit here to sign up for fitness classes, main pool slots, and fitness center (main and secondary) access. All students must reserve a spot using the SignUp Genius links. Spaces are filled on a first-come, first-serve basis, and you can reserve up to two days in advance.

Mailroom/Student Package Delivery—The mailroom in Humanities is open Monday-Friday, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., for outgoing mail only. Student mail will be delivered to each residence hall if addressed properly to the student. Please see your RA for mail delivery. Student mail not appropriately addressed and student package pick-up will occur in the Mund College Center, Tweedie Room. Hours of pick-up are Monday-Friday, 9–11 a.m., and 2–4 p.m. Please call 717-867-6331 or ext. 6331, or email ristenba@lvc.edu if you have questions.

Public Safety—an officer is available 24 hours per day, seven days per week. Visit the Public Safety Office or call 717-867-6111 or ext. 6111, or email public-safety@lvc.edu for assistance. Call 911 in an emergency. 

The Registrar’s Office is open for in-person support, Monday-Friday, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. To minimize traffic and contact among individuals, we encourage community members to contact us phone (717-867-6215 or ext. 6215) or email (registrar@lvc.edu). All our forms can be found online and can be submitted either online or by email. 

Solutions Center (IT)—closed for walk-ins; by appointment only. Please call 717-867-6272 or ext. 6072, text 717-685-5820, or email solutions@lvc.edu for assistance or to schedule an appointment. 

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

What is self-quarantining? What is self-isolation?

Self-quarantining

LVC defines those who are self-quarantining as individuals who have been in states determined by Pennsylvania as COVID-19 hotspots, asymptomatic individuals who have been exposed to COVID-19, and individuals with symptoms of other contagious illnesses. Self-quarantine includes not going to your place of work and not socializing with friends or family outside of your immediate household or roommate. The other members of your household or your roommate may go to work and class but they should self-monitor closely for COVID-19 symptoms. They should be diligent about wearing a mask, hand washing, and physical distancing. If you are given additional or different instructions from a contact tracer, follow those instructions. 

Self-isolation

LVC defines those who are self-isolating as individuals who have symptoms of COVID-19 and have either tested positive or awaiting test results. Self-isolation is staying at home except to receive medical care, staying separate from family members and pets, using a separate bathroom if possible, not sharing personal items, and wearing a mask around other people.

If you have any questions about LVC’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic, please email information@lvc.edu or call 717-867-6555.

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

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

COVIDCampusSafetyPlan-2_20

Partnership with Penn State Health

Dear Campus Community,

I am happy to report that Lebanon Valley College has established a partnership with Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center as part of our fall return-to-campus preparations. Through its Department of Family and Community Medicine, the medical center will provide LVC with a medical director with direct experience treating college-aged students, additional clinical health center staffing, guidance on responding to suspected or confirmed COVID-19 cases, referrals for testing, and contact tracing support.

On- and off-campus clinical care for students will be significantly expanded. The Milton S. Hershey Medical Center has hired Dr. Levelle Drose-Bigatel, a family practice physician who will serve as medical director of LVC’s Shroyer Health Center. In addition to her general directorship duties, she will advise College staff regarding the care of students with suspected or confirmed COVID-19, refer students for COVID-19 testing, and provide guidance to the College on public health and infectious disease plans and protocols, drawing on expertise from Penn State Health and Penn State College of Medicine.

An advanced care practitioner (nurse practitioner or physician assistant) from Penn State Health will provide on-campus care alongside Shroyer Health Center staff and allow us to expand health center hours. Students will also have 24/7 access to Penn State Health’s on-demand virtual services, as well as in-person and on-call care at Penn State Health Medical Group—Palmyra.

Crucial to our reopening is the College’s ability to conduct thorough contact tracing, which requires substantial training and staff resources. Through this partnership, the Milton S. Hershey Medical Center will provide a licensed practical nurse to guide us in the process and to conduct tracing as needed. Eighteen LVC staff members have completed contact tracing training through an online course provided by Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. I am extremely grateful that they have signed up for such an important role.

Please continue to practice physical distancing, limit your interactions with others, wash your hands often, complete the daily symptom tracker, and wear a mask.

Sincerely,
President James MacLaren

Who will be tested for COVID-19 and how will they be tested?

The College’s healthcare partners currently recommend testing only those who are symptomatic. LVC will perform on-campus testing of symptomatic students by providing self-swab tests that will be picked up daily and tested by a healthcare partner

Students can perform the self-test in their residence halls or at home with remote guidance from a Shroyer Health Center clinician. Protocols and practices will be established based on guidance from healthcare partners, the CDC, PDH, Lebanon County health officials, and the American College Health Association.

Employees seeking testing should work with their own healthcare providers.

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.

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).

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.

Meals During Self-quarantine or Self-isolation

Residential students who are self-quarantining or self-isolating on campus and need meals delivered:

  1. Review Metz’s daily menus.
  2. Order by emailing selections to MA4013dining@metzcorp.com. Please provide name and student ID# for tracking meal swipe.
  3. Note any allergies.
  4. Please provide a two-hour notice for all meal deliveries.
  5. Meals are available for pick up 7:30 a.m.–9 a.m. for breakfast, 11:30 a.m.–1 p.m. for lunch, and 5 p.m.–6:30 p.m. for dinner.
  6. Ask a friend to pick up your meal. Your friend should the greeter know for whom they are picking up the meal and should leave the meal outside your door.
  7. If you can’t find a friend to do the pick-up, please call student affairs at ext. 6233.
  8. Disposables will be used for all meal deliveries.
  9. For students who have more severe sickness, Metz will provide banana, rice, applesauce, toast, chicken broth, crackers, bottled water, or ginger ale upon request.

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.

Will there be updates on LVC’s plans if they change?

Yes. The College continues to monitor the situation and will communicate updates regularly. If the current plans change, LVC will communicate updates on or before Sept. 7.

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.

Will any tuition for the semester be refunded?

No. The semester will be different than a typical semester, but students will continue to receive the intensive academic, career, and personal support that is the hallmark of the LVC experience. LVC’s faculty and staff spent the summer refining online learning methods and ensuring students will receive the educational outcomes outlined in every course syllabus. Therefore, while room and board fees will be pro-rated, the tuition and comprehensive fee for the semester will remain the same as published. The creativity and agility of the Spring 2020 semester required of faculty and staff resulted in several benefits to students that will continue to be part of the LVC experience. Department chairs report that the amount of time and attention faculty provided to students on an individual or small group basis increased quite a bit and led them to develop new resources. Academic support services and Bishop Library staff went above and beyond to support students and will incorporate insights into fall services. The virtual services offered by the Breen Center for Graduate Success have positioned the office to expand its services on-campus and for our commuting, online, and graduate students. And student affairs will provide online counseling and health services, as well as online engagement activities for those unable to participate in part or all of the semester in-person.

How will student-athletes connect with coaches and teammates? Stay fit? Practice?

Coaches are developing fall practice plans for athletics activity. These plans will meet student-athlete and team needs while following NCAA, MAC, campus, and public health guidelines. Students on the delayed move-in plan can attend in-person athletics activities if they are able to come to campus.

What should students living off-campus do if they need computers, printers, or wi-fi access?

Sophomores and juniors who can commute to campus before Sept. 14 may use the College’s computers, printers, and wi-fi. Students who cannot commute to campus and need technology resources at home should contact the LVC Office of Information Technology at solutions@lvc.edu, 717-867-6072 (phone), or 717-685-5820 (text).

Can students keep their on-campus jobs or internships?

Yes. Students may work on-campus jobs with their supervisor’s permission and should conduct as much work remotely as possible. They may be asked to adjust their hours if they need to work in an office.

There is a red X on my myLVC student information checklist, but I have completed all items. What should I do?

Please review the Medical History and Immunizations portions of the checklist and be sure you did not miss or skip an entry. Health center staff are working hard to collect all new student health forms and may not be able to confirm receipt of health center records. The health center nurse will reach out in the coming weeks to any students with incomplete paperwork.  Please respond to all correspondence from the nurse in a timely manner.    

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.

Will students be able to get career support online?

Yes. The Breen Center for Graduate Success will offer online options include virtual appointment platforms, information sessions, workshops, job fairs, and networking events. For students on campus, the Breen Center has been reconfigured to support physical distancing.

Please visit Handshake, call 717-867-6560, or stop by the office to schedule a virtual or in-person appointment. Questions? Email breencenter@lvc.edu or call 717-867-6560 or ext. 6560.

Do students still need to have 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.   

How should someone report 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.

What should students and families do if they are experiencing financial hardship?

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

Student Emergency Plan—Complete by Aug. 15

As noted in the Plan for a Safe Return to Campus, all students are required to complete a personal Student Emergency Plan to identify issues that must be considered should it be necessary to close the College and vacate campus. 

The form is now available on myLVC. To access the form, click on the “MyInfo for Students” link and sign in if you aren’t already signed in. Once on the students page, in the MANAGE MYINFO section, click the “Student Emergency Plan” link. Please complete your plan by Aug. 15 to be eligible to return to campus. Students will not be permitted to return to the College without having completed this emergency plan.

Community Covenant

It is a privilege to be a member of the Lebanon Valley College community of learners. The foundation of our community rests upon the principle that we are only as good as the sum of our parts. For this reason, we embrace our responsibilities to support, assist, challenge, and hold each other to account. As we prepare for a new academic year during this pandemic, let us reaffirm our beliefs and values, both personal and communal, to foster a safe, healthy, and high-quality educational environment. By engaging as a member of the College community, each of us commits to uphold the policies, procedures, and mitigation strategies set forth by Lebanon Valley College:

  • Self-monitor for symptoms.
  • Refrain from behaviors that will compromise my health and the health of others within our community to include adhering to traffic flow guidelines, guest and visitation policies, any directives to self-isolate as appropriate, and limit my exposure to others who choose to do otherwise.
  • Adhere to safe practices such as wearing face coverings, practice physical distancing, employ good hygiene practices such as frequent handwashing and use of hand sanitizer, and greet others without shaking hands.
  • 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 personal physician (employees), and to report all health-related issues as instructed by College policy.
  • Hold others accountable to uphold these standards as members of the LVC community.
  • 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 county color-status guidelines.

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, the PDH, and PDE, LVC cannot guarantee safety or immunity from infection, and that students, employees, and visitors accept those risks.

Self-monitoring and Symptom Tracking

All students and employees are required to self-monitor for symptoms and fever of 100.4°F or above and report symptoms using the colleges Digital Symptom Tracker. Students should complete the tracker daily starting August 1. The tracker refreshes daily at 5 a.m.

Report only new symptoms. You do not need to report chronic symptoms you have experience pre-COVID-19.

STUDENTS: If your results are a green checkmark, you are clear to attend class or come to campus.

If your results are a red X, follow the Protocol for Symptomatic Students.

EMPLOYEES: Complete the tracker every time before coming to campus. Employees with a red X 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. Employees seeking testing should contact their healthcare provider. Shroyer Health Center orders tests only for students.

FACULTY who have a red X or who have to self-quarantine should stay home and deliver classes online until they are cleared to return to face to face instruction. Report your red X to Melissa Sherwood or Ann Hayes so the College can follow up and begin contact tracing if necessary. Faculty members are responsible for notifying students and their department chair of this change. If a faculty member needs to cancel a class due to illness, then they should follow the standard protocols, which include notifying the registrar and department chair and posting on Canvas. Do not contact Shroyer Health Center for a test.

Anyone experiencing a health emergency should call 911.

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.
     

Self-isolationFor those who have symptoms of COVID-19 or have either tested positive or are awaiting test results.

  • Stay at 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 CDC and state public health guidelines, a negative COVID-19 test or the resolution of symptoms does not automatically end self-isolation.
  • 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 have any questions about LVC’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic, please email information@lvc.edu or call 717-867-6555.

Physical Distancing

All classes, athletics, social activities, events, meetings, performances, and co-curricular activities must follow physical distancing guidelines issued by the CDC and PDH.

Available seating in communal areas will be properly designated via signage or reconfiguration to ensure recommended physical distancing.

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 Employment

Student on-campus employees should follow the same protocols and policies required for LVC’s faculty and staff. Students working off-campus should wear masks and follow all hygiene guidance from CDC, PDH, and their employers.

Student Travel and Social Expectations

LVC highly encourages students to remain on campus during the academic year. The spread of COVID-19 can take place anywhere groups congregate. We strongly advise students against home and weekend visits or leaving campus to attend social events or visit other colleges and universities.

Counseling Services for 2020–21

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.

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

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.

Commuting Students

Commuting students can take advantage of a variety of spaces for studying between classes and activities. All gathering spaces will have signage directing physical distancing, and students will be required to follow those directives. Additionally, commuters are encouraged to use outdoor spaces for study or relaxing between classes including the Mund College Center patio, Peace Garden, Yuhas Commons plaza, and green spaces such as the Academic and Social quads. Commuting students must register their vehicles with public safety and can park in the Green Lots (Summit Street along the railroad tracks) and Mund College Center parking lot. Overflow parking is available in the North parking lots.

Clinicals and Student Teaching

Students participating in clinical education or student teaching experiences must follow LVC, academic department, and clinical/educational site guidelines. Students will only be allowed to participate after they receive proper permission, training, and initial guidance (either by written or video instruction) before starting their experience. Training will include general considerations for using appropriate PPE at the site. If students change locations mid-term or participate at multiple sites, they will be required to meet the guidelines and protocols of each site.

Laboratories and Research

Teaching labs, research labs, stockrooms, and instrument labs will be adjusted to promote physical distancing when labs are in use. The maximum capacity for each space will be marked at the lab entrance. The College will adopt the following strategies regarding these spaces:

  • Students will receive initial guidance (either by written or video instruction), before entering these spaces. Training will include general considerations for the use of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) before entering the space and best practices for working there.
  • Only approved students who receive proper training and permission will be permitted in these spaces.
  • In a research laboratory, students will be assigned a primary workspace where they should conduct as much of their work as possible.
  • After receiving guidance and permission to work in these spaces, students who wish to enter a research lab space will first notify their research mentor or department chair.
  • Lab equipment, moveable benches, and chairs will be configured to support physical distancing.
  • If labs support multiple students, schedules will be established to minimize the number of people present in the lab at one time. Students are prohibited from using the labs outside their scheduled times and from exceeding the posted room occupancy.
  • Students must always wear appropriate PPE in labs.
  • Each person using lab instruments, supplies, reagent bottles, or any other lab equipment is required to wipe down those items with a sanitizing cleaner before and after use.
  • Students will be educated to avoid cross-contamination and will wipe down all common surfaces such as door handles, bench surfaces, and hood sashes.
  • If students are using multiple spaces during one lab session (i.e. research lab and instrument room or stockroom), they must notify their research mentor and department chair to avoid conflicts with other users.
  • Teaching labs, research labs, stockrooms, and instrument labs will remain locked when not in use.

In the event of a chemical spill or other emergency, students must leave the lab immediately and notify their research mentor or department chair.

Music Instruction

Ensembles, which include choir and marching band, will be adjusted to meet COVID-19 related modifications in accordance with guidance from the CDC, PDE, PDH, and healthcare partners. Musical performances will be made public online. Private music lessons will be held in-person and online when appropriate. Masking, physical distancing, sanitizing, and cleaning protocols will be in place.

The College is seeking further guidance on performance and music-related protocols.

Spring 2021 Academic Calendar

The Spring 2021 calendar has also been modified and will start one week later, on Jan. 26, with a single break March 31–April 6. The last day of classes is May 11, and Commencement will be Sunday, May 23, 2021.

See the full 2020–21 Academic Calendar.

Fall 2020 Academic Calendar

The fall academic calendar has been adjusted to limit the times large numbers of students travel to and from campus to decrease the risk of exposure and infection. 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. With approval, some students may remain on campus after Thanksgiving for clinicals, student teaching, or athletics.

See the full 2020–21 Academic Calendar.