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PDE COVID-19 Health & Wellness Safety Plan

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For a dashboard specific to pre-return testing click here. If you have a question specific to pre-return testing that is not addressed in the FAQs below, please complete the Pre-return Testing Question Form.

Penn College’s Strategy to Provide In-person Instruction

Penn College’s hallmark is hands-on learning supported by in-person instruction; this is our enduring educational model, imbuing our graduates with the skills necessary to become leaders and innovators in their fields. Guided by our mission, and following the Commonwealth’s health and safety guidelines, Penn College has committed to in-person instruction in the safest and most responsible way possible.

This plan serves as a road map for students, employees, parents, and guests, outlining our strategy to continue providing world-class instruction while adhering to current health-and-safety guidelines.

The Penn College community joins the world in adjusting to circumstances that demands a high degree of personal responsibility in support of the collective health of society.

Prevention

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  • The campus community is expected to strictly observe social-distancing requirements.
  • Daily self-screenings are requested of all community members:
    • Do I have a temperature of 100.4 degrees or higher?
    • Am I experiencing any symptoms of COVID-19?
    • Have I been exposed to someone who has tested positive for COVID-19 in the past 14 days? 
  • Wearing face masks at all times is required.
  • Posted guidelines and signage must be followed.
  • Personal and shared spaces are to be cleaned regularly.
  • Visitors to campus will be limited.
  • The College strongly encourages qualified individuals to get a COVID-19 vaccine when it is available to them. At this time, the College is not requiring the vaccine. 
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FAQs

The Pennsylvania Department of Health has accelerated the state’s COVID-19 vaccination timetable, allowing all residents over the age of 16 to begin scheduling vaccine appointments by April 19.

The DOH vaccine website includes information describing the entire process, the phases for vaccination, and a Pennsylvania Provider Map. A regularly updated list of Lycoming County vaccination sites, also courtesy of the Department of Health, can be found on the Lycoming County Health Improvement Coalition website.

Many individuals are reporting flu like symptoms shortly after a vaccination, specifically a second dose. This reaction is anticipated, may vary from person to person, and usually only lasts about 24-36 hours. Individuals who were NOT experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 prior to receiving their vaccination, but do experience side effects in the timeframe immediately following vaccination, should follow the guidance provided by the individual administering the vaccine on whether they should report to work or class.

As always, individuals who are unsure of the origin of their symptoms or who do not feel well enough to work or attend class, should stay home and consult College Health Services or their medical provider.  

Update: Per an update from the Governor's Office and Pennsylvania Department of Health on 3/1/21, no testing is required for out-of-state travel. Penn College still requires those traveling internationally to produce a negative test result prior to arrival on campus.

Yes. At this time, all members of the College community, regardless of whether they have received a vaccine are required to wear a mask and socially distance. This approach is consistent with the current guidance available from state and federal governing organizations, and the College’s healthcare partner, UPMC Susquehanna.

In alignment with CDC guidance, vaccinated persons with an exposure to someone with suspected or confirmed COVID-19 are not required to quarantine if they meet all of the following criteria:

  • Are fully vaccinated (i.e., ≥2 weeks following receipt of the second dose in a 2-dose series, or ≥2 weeks following receipt of one dose of a single-dose vaccine)
  • Are within 3 months following receipt of the last dose in the series
  • Have remained asymptomatic since the current COVID-19 exposure

Persons who do not meet all 3 of the above criteria should continue to follow current quarantine guidance after exposure to someone with suspected or confirmed COVID-19. Proof of vaccination will be required.

The College does not have a direct role in the distribution of the vaccine. Information will continue to be shared as opportunities arise for vaccination in our local area. Where possible, the College is assisting by facilitating the gathering of information for potentially qualified individuals, but is in no way responsible for the qualification, selection, or scheduling of vaccination clinics.

The College strongly encourages qualified individuals to get the vaccine when it is available to them. The vaccine is another important way we can keep campus safe. At this time, the College is not requiring the COVID-19 vaccination.

Students or employees should talk with their faculty or supervisors if a conflict arises with a vaccine appointment time. If possible, the individual will be permitted to leave campus for the appointment. If applicable, employees should use appropriate leave time—sick leave is permitted for this purpose.

Most lab spaces are large, and the average class size at Penn College is only 16. Nevertheless, classroom spaces have been evaluated, with occupancy levels reduced where possible to maximize all opportunities to create social distance. In other cases, instruction has been moved to larger classrooms. Assigned classroom seating will be encouraged; so, too, will assigned lab spaces, so that students are using the same work spaces daily. Administrative and student support services, along with faculty office hours, are commonly employing a hybrid model of operation: using virtual appointments and meetings when feasible and supplementing with face-to-face interactions (while practicing social distancing and/or mask wearing). Appointments will be encouraged in most areas to ensure that waiting rooms do not become crowded, and appointment times within offices will be staggered to further ensure that social distancing can be maintained.

The health of our entire community is our highest priority, and we all have an important role to play in protecting ourselves and one another. The entire campus community is asked to conduct a daily symptom check before starting the day. Students are encouraged to acquire and use their own thermometers to do a daily temperature screening, but there will also be Temp Check Stations throughout campus.

A few things to consider when conducting a temperature screening:

  • Recent eating or drinking very hot or very cold food and beverages can affect temperature measurement when measuring orally.
  • Recent physical activity can alter a person's core body temperature. Take time to recuperate prior to taking a measurement.
  • Wait at least an hour after a hot bath or shower before conducting a temperature reading.

Daily screening questions will be posted throughout campus. You should plan to ask yourself these questions each morning:

  • Do I have a temperature of 100.4 degrees or higher?
  • Am I experiencing any symptoms of COVID-19? The most common symptoms are fever or chills, cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, and new loss of taste and/or smell.
  • Have I been exposed to someone who has tested positive for COVID-19 in the past 14 days? 

Yes. Anyone on campus is expected to have and use their own masks, but supplemental personal protective equipment (PPE) will be available in cases where a mask is lost or damaged. All Penn College students, employees and visitors must be masked at all times on campus, including outdoors. Students are expected to bring an adequate supply of masks (disposable or reusable) with them. Reusable masks should be laundered regularly.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recently issued a report with updated recommendations for masking strategies – including double masking, which helps ensure a tight fit to the face – providing yet another tool to help halt the spread of COVID-19. CDC also offers a site that serves as a comprehensive guide to mask wearing and another addressing how to improve mask fit and filtration.

Those who opt to wear neck gaiters should choose ones that feature two layers or that can be easily folded to form two layers. Single-layer cloth masks and masks made from fabric that is loosely woven or knitted, allowing light to pass through and not providing a tight fit to the face (like bandannas and homemade masks from T-shirts), are not permitted. Scarves, ski masks and balaclavas are also not substitutes for masks.

In the event of a lost or damaged mask, please visit one of the following locations to for a single-use mask: 

Locations with standard business hours of 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.:

  • SASC Front Desk
  • ATHS Mail Services Center (ATHS/E138)
  • School of Engineering Technologies (LEC/B1134)
  • School of Business, Arts & Sciences (ACC/102)
  • School of Nursing & Health Sciences (ATHS/E257)
  • Earth Science Center
  • Aviation Center
  • BWD Front Desk

Locations with extended business hours:

  • Campus Center Information Desk:
    Monday - Thursday: 8 a.m.-11 p.m.
    Friday: 8 a.m.-8 p.m.
    Saturday and Sunday: noon-8 p.m.
     
  • Library Resource Desk:
    Monday – Tuesday: 7:30 a.m.-2 a.m.
    Wednesday – Thursday: 7:30 a.m.-11 p.m.
    Friday: 7:30-9 p.m.
    Saturday: 10 a.m.-6 p.m.
    Sunday: Noon-2 a.m.

Face shields are not a substitute for face masks, but may be used in limited instances as an acceptable accommodation or when providing instruction (while maintaining a distance of 6 feet or greater from students).

 

We have a moral and ethical responsibility to protect one another, particularly our higher-risk community members. As a community, the College will strive to gain compliance and support for the adoption of all guidelines including social distancing, mask-wearing, and hand-washing by ensuring everyone understands the importance of these actions. By promoting a culture of respect that includes these behaviors, we anticipate that the vast majority of the community will follow protocols.

To help people remember the best practices and make them part of their daily routines, messaging will appear across a variety of media. This will include indoor and outdoor signage, social media, and official College communications to reinforce expectations related to requirements for masks and social distancing, while also encouraging frequent hand-washing and sanitation. Areas of campus that regularly receive guests will have increased messaging, pairing a welcome to campus with directions on practices related to community health.

All members of the community are encouraged to advocate for themselves and others when they see individuals who are not following the letter and spirit of the guidelines. Faculty and staff are empowered to enforce expectations within their classrooms, labs, and office spaces.

Students and employees who fail to comply with reasonable requests within the guidelines can be denied access to classrooms, labs, or other facilities and/or be denied service in dining units, the Madigan Library, etc. In egregious circumstances, individuals can be subject to charges under the Student Code of Conduct or through personnel policies. Students for whom masking is medically contraindicated will be expected to mitigate risk through some form of PPE and social distancing.

Report Non-Compliance

Masks are required. In limited instances, Penn College will work with students or employees in at-risk categories and other unique academic circumstances to develop additional and/or alternate PPE/social distancing to ensure the safety and comfort of others. At-risk students are directed to contact Disability Services, and employees should contact Human Resources.

Yes, even outdoors masks are required to be worn. 

Yes, a little, but it is still the beautiful Penn College campus it’s always been. Campus signage has been created to focus on social-distancing cues on floors where lines form, signs indicate to visitors and guests where to wait when entering offices, and plastic barriers have been installed at counters and public spaces where social distancing is not likely to be maintained. Bathroom and shower facilities are also modified to ensure spacing as necessary.

Tables and chairs have been limited and spread out within common areas to ensure at least 6 feet of space between users. Computer labs and other spaces with redundant equipment will have equipment removed or modified to ensure adequate spacing, and social spaces have had seating reduced to avoid any tendency to congregate.

Employees are expected to maintain the sanitation of their work areas and offices, and students are expected to maintain the sanitation of their living spaces – including their residence hall rooms, apartments, and pods – and any classroom or lab work area that is specifically assigned to them. Students living on campus or in off-campus apartments should plan to bring and regularly use cleaning products that are known to kill the COVID-19 virus. In the interest of ensuring safety, all members of the campus community should assume any space they are entering has not been sanitized, and they are encouraged to wipe down surfaces and equipment prior to use.

The College’s Department of General Services has expanded its cleaning protocols and will be conducting daily deep disinfections of all common spaces including classrooms and labs. Cleaning supplies will be provided by General Services and will be available throughout campus for common areas and offices, including classrooms.

In the event of a positive case on campus, disinfecting protocols will be used following contact to ensure enhanced cleaning of those spaces takes place as appropriate.

The wipes currently in use throughout campus do not require use of gloves. 

Disability Services will be the point of contact for any accommodations requested as a result of COVID-19, and Human Resources will be the point of contact for employee needs. All accommodations will follow Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) requirements and will be responsive to COVID-specific guidance related to accommodating instances of elevated risk.

Our goal with all of these modifications has been to maximize our opportunities to provide the world-class, hands-on experiences that students come here to receive, while simultaneously following all available guidance to ensure the safety of our community.

The wipes placed throughout campus are not intended for use on computer or other "soft" screens. Users are encouraged to avoid touching screens on devices that are not touchscreen enabled. 

The U.S. Food & Drug Administration maintains a list of hand sanitizers that do not meet the necessary standards to kill COVID-19.

There are a number of temperature check kiosks throughout campus. Masks do not need to be removed for temperature screening. Hats and sunglasses may need to be removed to get an accurate reading. Kiosks can be found in the following locations:

  • ACC Lobby
  • ATHS Lobby
  • CC Lobby
  • BTC/LEC Entrance
  • LEC/KDR Entrance
  • Dauphin Hall
  • Library Lobby
  • SASC Lobby
  • Aviation Center
  • Earth Science Center

If the temperature is below 100.4 degrees, you may proceed into the builidng. The screen will display a message in green indicating your body temperature.

If the temperature is at or above 100.4 degrees, you should remain outside the building and contact College Health Services for a phone screening at 570-320-5234.

Testing & Mitigation

  • In alignment with joint guidance provided by the Pennsylvania Department of Education and Department of Health, Penn College is expanding our testing strategy to include pre-return testing of all students and employees. 
  • All members of the campus community are required to submit a negative COVID-19 test result prior to returning for the Spring 2021 semester. Penn College has partnered with ADL Health to provide no-cost pre-return testing to all students and employees. Details of the pre-return process were outlined in a communication to campus and in the FAQs below. Pre-return tests should be conducted by ADL Health. Individuals should not seek out additional testing sources to meet this requirement. 
  • All students and employees are asked to self-quarantine for 10 days prior to their return to Penn College. Additionally, any further action mandated by state orders should be followed.
  • College Health Services will continue to conduct COVID-19 testing and contact tracing for the College community.
  • Quarantine and isolation procedures are in place for affected students.

FAQs

Yes.  In alignment with joint guidance provided by the Pennsylvania Department of Health and Department of Education, all members of the campus community must submit a negative COVID-19 test prior to their return to campus in Spring 2021.  Penn College has partnered with ADL Health to provide no-cost pre-return testing to all students and employees.  Details of the pre-return process are available in the all-campus communication sent on December 31, 2020 and in the additional FAQs below. Kits must be requested through the Penn College specific link provided via email. Do not request a kit from the ADL Health website linked above. 

ADL Health's testing kits utilize a gentle lower nasal swab for easy self-collection.

All individuals requiring pre-return testing have received email communication with the necessary steps for ordering and completing a test kit. 

Please review ADL’s instructions and video tutorial for collecting and mailing a test sample.

Pre-return test kits are no cost to Penn College students and employees. The most common solutions to this problem include:

  • Closing all other web browser windows and only have one page open.
  • Selecting autofill shipping address instead of manually entering your address a second time. 

If the problem persists, please contact ADL Health Customer Service at: 1-800-834-3522 or support@adlhealth.com 

The College maintains an independent contract with ADL Health. This contract clearly outlines ADL Health’s responsibility to remain compliant with HIPAA and FERPA guidelines as well as all associated requirements of CLIA approved labs (CLIA# 45D2187621). The College has also received, in writing, assurances from ADL Health that data provided will not be sold. While ADL Health’s terms and conditions for the general user of their service speak to the use of data, they also speak specifically to use of data after all personally identifiable information is removed.

The College partnered with ADL Health to ensure that test results would be provided in a timely and meaningful manner, and as a result does not encourage the use of alternative testing sites for this purpose.

On the day your sample is to be collected:

  •  Login to your ADL Health account (www.ADLHealth.com) using the credentials created when you requested your test to activate your kit. The online activation process consists of 4 steps, one of which is collecting your sample. All 4 steps MUST be completed for your sample to be registered with ADL Health.
    • Step 1: Confirm your name, date of collection and certify that you will mail your kit back that same day. 
    • Step 2: Enter/verify Test number and UPS label number associated with your kit. Test number is located on the collection tube and usually begins with a letter and then 8 digits. UPS label number is on the return mailing envelope you should have received with your test kit. Be sure to write your name and date of birth on the collection tube when prompted.
    • Step 3: Collect your sample and be sure to follow ADL Health's instructions and video tutorial.  Follow all instructions closely to ensure a successful sample is collected and able to be processed.
    • Step 4: Complete all acknowledgement statements, enter your full name, and then "I agree and have completed the activation process."

You will be notified of your results via your Penn College email. You may not return to campus until you have received a negative test result. 

Should you have any issues with activating your kit or collecting your sample, please contact ADL Health Customer Service at: 1-800-834-3522 or support@adlhealth.com.

Kits must be returned via UPS. Shipping is prepaid, and a list of drop-off locations is available here: UPS Find a Location. DO NOT USE A DROPBOX. This may delay your sample and make it unusable for testing. 

Individuals should follow guidance related to Next Day Air shipping as this is the method of return shipping used by ADL Health. In many cases, ground and air drop-off instructions may be the same, when they differ, please utilize instructions related to air shipping. 

Your test result will be provided to the employee or student directly, as well as to the College.  You will receive your result via an email to your Penn College email address. 

All members of the campus community must have a negative test result on file in order to return to campus.  If you are awaiting results, you must continue to isolate at home.  Employees will receive follow-up instructions from Human Resources about the Leave of Absence process, and students will be copied on an email to faculty informing them of your absence. 

If your results are negative, you are able to return to campus as scheduled. No additional action on your part is needed.

If your test result is positive, you should not return to campus and isolate at your home. Employees will receive follow-up instructions from Human Resources about the Leave of Absence process, and students will be copied on an email to faculty informing them of your absence. 

Individuals testing positive are required to isolate for a minimum of 10 days from the date of collection and until they meet CDC criteria for return. All students and employees must be cleared by College Health Services prior to return. 

Any employee or student who has tested positive in the 90 days prior to their anticipated return to date is exempt from pre-return testing, based on guidance provided by our health-care partner, UPMC. Because those who have tested positive are exempt from testing, the College asks all members of the campus community to continue reporting tests and results using the COVID-19 Reporting Form. This form should also be used to report outstanding tests (not ADL pre-return tests) and close-contact quarantining that may affect your anticipated date of return to the College.

In alignment with joint guidance provided by the Pennsylvania Department of Health and Department of Education, all students and employees will be required to test prior to return. Failing to test will result in an inability to return to campus for class or work. 

In the interest of maintaining a healthy and safe environment, all students and employees returning to campus, including those who reside in Pennsylvania, are encouraged to self-quarantine at their homes for 14 calendar days immediately prior to their return to campus. In addition, all members of the campus community are expected to follow the Pennsylvania Department of Health's Travel Advisories as appropriate. 

College employees have been issued similar instructions for quarantine upon return from identified locations out of an abundance of caution for all members of our campus community.

All tests, results and notifications of close contact should be reported to the College using the COVID-19 Reporting Form

The College will accept results from standard PCR or antigen tests. Rapid tests are acceptable for travel-related testing requirements.

With the exception of pre-return testing and testing of those identified as close contacts of someone who has tested positive, College Health services is testing only symptomatic individuals.

Students and employees will not be charged for COVID-19 testing. Employees are asked to provide an insurance card at the time of testing. There will be no direct billing to the employee, and those without proof of insurance at the time of testing will not incur a charge. 

If students report any symptoms of COVID-19, they will be instructed to notify College Health Services immediately by calling the office at 570.320.5234; employees may notify College Health Services or their preferred provider. College Health Services is seeing those concerned about COVID-19 in the College Health Services Annex in the Bush Campus Center. Staff in College Health Services will provide you with directions when you call. When you are seen in College Health Services, staff will conduct a second-level screening process and, based on that screening, may test for COVID-19. In the event of a medical emergency, dial 911.

Students who test positive for COVID-19 through a provider other than College Health Services should report their result via the COVID-19 Reporting Form.

Students tested for COVID-19 will be presumed to be positive and required to immediately self-isolate pending test results. Individuals who test positive for COVID-19 will be required to continue isolation and remain isolated until they achieve recovery based on the CDC criteria. Students will have the option to return home to isolate, but the College has isolation space available for those who wish to stay on campus.

College Health Services will conduct contact tracing for anyone who tests positive. Based on information provided by the individual who tests positive, College Health Services will reach out to any individuals who were exposed to COVID-19. This includes anyone who was in close contact with the infected person (defined as someone who was within 6 feet of an infected person, without a mask, for a cumulative total of 15 minutes or more over a 24-hour period starting from 2 days before illness onset). Those notified of their exposure through contact tracing are required to quarantine for 14 days as long as the individual remains symptom free. Additionally, College Health Services will test individuals identified as a close contact on day five of their quarantine for release on day seven with a negative test result. Students will have the option to return home to quarantine or to quarantine in their existing residence. Students who live off campus will also have the option to quarantine on campus if they wish. Contact tracing will also be used to implement cleaning protocols for all areas identified as potentially exposed through the tracing interview.

In cases of isolation or quarantine, students will be supported in efforts to remain current with their coursework through coordination with their faculty. Students in isolation or quarantine will have meals delivered to them in accordance with their existing meal plan, if they have one, or billed as a declining balance expense, and they will have ongoing health support from College Health Services, as well as access to counseling though telehealth.

Employees who are exposed to or test positive for COVID-19 should refer to guidance provided by Human Resources.

Students and employees receiving positive test results while away from campus should remain in their home location to isolate. The COVID-19 Reporting Form should be completed, and College Health Services or Human Resources will follow up regarding medical clearance for return to campus. 

Employees must also submit a Leave of Absence Request and notify their supervisor. 

In an emergency situation, College Health Services will notify the individual designated as the student’s emergency contact in the SIS.  In non-emergency situations, College Health Services will not be able to discuss student health issues without the permission of the student.  Students can authorize College Health Services to provide information to designated individuals by signing a Release of Information when they come in for care.  In addition, students can designate individuals they would like to authorize to share information with by logging into the SIS and selecting ‘Full Academic and Staff Contact’ under Parent/Guest Access.   

If you have a positive test result within the last 90 days, and can provide that result to the College, you are not required to test or quarantine. The COVID-19 Reporting Form can be used to report tests and results. 

Academic Instruction

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  • Following a modified academic calendar, classes will resume on Tuesday, January 19, 2021. The previously scheduled Spring Break has been removed from the academic calendar.
  • Where possible, classroom and lab capacities have been reduced to maximize social distancing.
  • Masking is required in classrooms/labs. 
  • Global Experiences are suspended for the 2020-21 Academic Year.
  • Field trips and off-campus academic experiences will be limited.
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FAQs

You should immediately notify Student Affairs at studentaffairs@pct.edu. After notifying Student Affairs, students should immediately contact their faculty regarding Continuity of Education plans. 

In limited instances, where faculty can be 6 feet or greater from students, they may wear a face shield in place of a mask while providing instruction.

Global Experiences are suspended for the 2020-21 Academic Year, but we look forward to offering them again in the future.

Travel for employees and students is discouraged and is limited to necessary domestic travel. Individuals traveling out of state are subject to return restrictions in place at the time of travel. 

Our hallmark continues to be hands-on learning supported by in-person instruction. It’s an enduring educational model, providing our graduates with the bedrock skills needed to confidently perform the work of society’s most essential occupations.

Knowing that our campus community of innovators has answered a rallying call many times before, we are committed to in-person instruction in Spring 2021.

Adaptability remains another Penn College trademark. Beyond conforming with the latest guidance and protocols set forth by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Pennsylvania Department of Health, there are additional institutional characteristics that clearly distinguish Penn College with regard to health and safety.

Penn College is extremely fortunate to have a premier health-system resource like UPMC Susquehanna located virtually in our “backyard” in Williamsport. UPMC offers access to robust COVID-19 pandemic guidance.

Some other factors that enable us to mitigate risk and offer safe interaction on campus:

  • Our rural location affords a higher level of protection than colleges in larger metropolitan settings.
  • The size of our campus/physical plant allows for more optimal spacing of people, offices, classrooms, labs, and facilities.
  • Our industry-standard labs are expansive, offering ample spacing opportunities.
  • Our average class size (16) facilitates social distancing.
  • Blended coursework offers additional classroom-scheduling and spacing flexibility.
  • Our industry partners are able to offer solutions that have worked for them in real-world settings.

Faculty and staff are planning for multiple contingencies for instruction and services if the College should be challenged again. We will put our collective expertise to work and adapt responsibly.

Campus Life

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  • Administrative and student support offices remain available to students.
  • On-campus housing and dining options are available with modified operations to promote social distancing and safety.
  • Providing engaging, fun, and enriching experiences remains a priority.
  • College Health Services continues to offer preventive and urgent care services, in addition to needs related to COVID-19.
  • Counseling Services provides free and confidential counseling via telehealth. Employees have 24/7 access to the College’s Employee Assistance Program at no charge.
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FAQs

New students are encouraged to visit the Welcome Weekend website to learn more about their arrival for the Spring 2021 semester.

Yes. The guidance provided by the Pennsylvania Department of Health allows individuals to travel through the Commonwealth, provided that the time spent is only the time necessary to complete this activity.

Administrative and student support offices, as well as faculty office hours, are commonly employing a hybrid model of operation, using virtual appointments and meetings when feasible and supplementing with face-to-face interactions while practicing social distancing and mask-wearing. Advance appointments will be encouraged in most areas to ensure that waiting rooms do not become crowded, and appointment times within offices will be staggered to further ensure that social distancing can be maintained. 

Single person offices or workspaces with doors, or appropriate dividers that allow for necessary distancing, may be considered single occupancy workspaces. When you are alone in your single occupancy workspace, you may remove your mask.

When someone enters your workspace, or when you are providing a service to another individual in your workspace, your mask must be worn. Additionally, when you leave your workspace, a mask is required.

At all times, Residence Life strives to ensure that students remain healthy and safe in our residence halls. Governmental and health agency guidelines, procedures, and practices for the COVID-19 pandemic are continually reviewed to provide an optimal living and learning environment for every resident student.

While certain adjustments will be made – an extended move-in process, masking, cleaning protocols, and visitation – the College is not planning to reduce occupancy levels within the residence halls. If students believe their current housing assignment places them at increased risk because of a medical issue, we ask that they contact the Residence Life Office to explore alternative arrangements. In conjunction with Disability Services, all requests will be reviewed, and an appropriate determination and/or accommodation will be made based on documented health needs.

Residence hall programming will be adjusted to ensure appropriate social distancing, and virtual community events will supplement in-person communications as needed. Though we will have to approach life in the halls differently, we are committed to offering great personal, social, and professional-development programming to all of our residents.

To help ensure the safety of our residential community, non-student guests will be prohibited. With the exception of roommates, no other students will be permitted inside individual rooms/apartments. In addition, overnight guests will not be permitted. Additionally, off-campus students are discouraged from having guests in their apartments.

In the event of a positive case within the residence halls, cleaning protocols have been developed, and space has been designated for isolation purposes.

Yes, students may remove masks when in their private residence hall spaces, with doors closed. Social distancing measures should still be practiced. 

Reminder, no visitors are permitted in residence halls. 

All travel outside the immediate area is discouraged. If any travel restrictions are imposed by state orders, you will be required to comply.

Dining Services remains committed to providing the Penn College community with nutritious and affordable food options on campus. To accomplish this, dining units continue to provide service with modifications of physical space and operations.

Contactless point-of-sale readers are available for all dining units, and plastic barriers are installed to protect service areas and cashier stations. In addition, signage is displayed in all serveries and check-out areas to identify social distance and to provide clear direction on how to move through the areas. Seating capacity remains reduced.

Fresh fruit and/or desserts are pre-wrapped or bagged. Takeout and mobile-ordering options are available, and use of disposable takeout containers, paper products, and plastic (pre-wrapped) silverware decrease opportunity for virus spread on high touch areas/surfaces. While self-serve beverage stations are open, self-serve buffets and salad bars are not, and items are prepared behind barriers and served by employees. Condiments are served as single-serve packets.

Face masks are required throughout the dining units unless individuals are seated 6 feet apart and eating. It is imperative that appropriate social distancing is observed while seated in dining units. All Dining Services employees wear face masks and follow strict sanitation procedures that include frequent hand-washing and the changing of gloves. Learn more about the individual dining units, including their offerings and services, here.

Absolutely! We maintain our commitment to provide engaging, fun, and enriching experiences both in and outside the classrooms. The offices of Student Engagement, Residence Life, and others have a calendar full of opportunities to relax, have fun, and meet your fellow Wildcats. Some of these activities will be in-person experiences, and others will be done virtually, providing a range of options across a broad spectrum of interests. We hope you will join us in person or online for as many activities as your schedule allows. Follow our social media channels or check out the Stall Wall to stay on top of what’s happening.

College Health Services offers a complement of urgent care, preventive, and emergency services in its main office in Room 150 of the Bush Campus Center and is open by appointment. Students seeking preventive or urgent care (other than something potentially COVID-19-related) can visit College Health Services free of charge and may receive lab work and prescription medications at a nominal cost. Any member of the campus community who feels they may be experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 should call College Health Services at 570-320-5234 to arrange a visit in the College Health Services Annex.

College Health Services is open during the College’s regular operating hours, and services are supplemented through the support of Health Assistants who are available to respond to needs after hours with 24/7 support in coordination with Lycoming County EMS. Anyone experiencing a medical emergency at any time of day should dial 911.

Absolutely. We know that college is a stressful time under normal circumstances; the uncertainties we are all living with can only add to this. Anxiety, depression, homesickness, and challenges adjusting are very common for college students, and Counseling Services is here to help. Counseling Services provides free and confidential counseling services to all enrolled students. Five full-time, licensed counselors are available during regular operating hours, and services are supplemented by College Police after hours. Anyone experiencing a mental health emergency should dial 911.

Employees have 24/7 access to the College’s Employee Assistance Program.

Consistent Communication

  • The COVID-19 Information web page will provide ongoing communication and updates.
  • The College maintains a dashboard documenting cases of COVID-19, testing, and recovery data.
  • Daily case notification (Monday-Friday) and updates are provided to students, faculty, and staff via AdminWire, the College’s internal communication system. Any results received over a weekend are reported in Monday's data.

Commitment

Our commitment to a healthy campus

The COVID-19 pandemic demands that we view our world in a different light. Now, more than ever, we are compelled to honor our institution’s core value of a “Community of Respect.”

As a member of the Penn College Community, I understand my moral and ethical obligation to:

  • Practice good hand-washing behaviors.
  • Regularly clean all personal and shared spaces.
  • Wear a face mask.
  • Regularly wash cloth face masks.
  • Comply with social-distancing guidelines.
  • Immediately seek medical advice/attention if I have symptoms of COVID-19.
  • Wear a face mask to protect others.
  • Encourage others to wear a mask and comply with social-distancing guidelines.
  • Avoid interacting with others if I have symptoms, or if I may have been exposed to someone with COVID-19.
  • Follow all quarantine or isolation directives.
  • I understand that the continuity of our educational environment and mission depends upon every single one of us taking mitigation measures seriously and respecting our fellow campus-community members through necessary actions.
  • Additionally, I acknowledge that Penn College is a part of a greater surrounding community, and that I also have a responsibility to keep our neighbors safe through my actions.
Contact

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