Health and Safety Requirements
A health questionnaire with the purpose of assessing students’ current state of wellness as it relates to COVID-19 in addition to non-pandemic mental health will be sent at the end of July and returned to the College by the end of the first week of August.
All faculty, staff, and students will have their temperature taken digitally upon entering the building and be asked a few simple questions upon their return to work, daily and weekly.
If your temperature registers 100.4 degrees or more you will not be allowed access to the building. This process will be facilitated by security personnel and/or members of the health and safety workgroup. Community members experiencing symptoms should stay home.
Face Coverings/Masks Required
The College will require face coverings/masks be worn by everyone on campus when they are in a public space. The College purchased more than 2,000 disposable masks for all employees and students. In addition, all employees will also receive (1) reusable wool mask which has been tested and proven to provide over 99% Bacteria Filtration Efficiency and over 98% Particle Filtration Efficiency. Each person will be responsible for the care and cleaning of their mask and must have their mask with them at all times.
Campus Cleaning & Sanitation
The College buildings have been thoroughly sanitized in preparation for the return to campus. The facilities staff will be cleaning and disinfecting key areas in our buildings on a daily basis, including all classrooms, bathrooms, and elevators. Sanitizer stations have been placed around the school. The building will be cleaned according to the PCA&D Cleaning Manual which has been updated to include specific practices to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 on campus.
In addition, members of the PCA&D classroom instructors and officeholders will be asked to support the increased demand for cleaning by proactively disinfecting their own offices, classrooms, and shared meeting spaces. Specific guidance is outlined in the updated cleaning manual and every classroom, office, and meeting room will be equipped with necessary supplies.
Functionality and Flow of Space
The virus is thought to spread mainly from person-to-person, so physical distancing (i.e., at least six feet) is one of the best tools available to slow the spread. The College is taking a variety of measures to comply with this guideline including:
- Reconfiguring classrooms, common areas, and meeting rooms
- Designating specific ingress/egress points for entering and exiting in order to reduce public “pinch points”
- Limiting elevator capacity to no more than two people at a time
- Designating stairwells UP and DOWN only
- Placing physical distancing reminders in hallways throughout the campus buildings
As indicated by the proposed policies of the Health and Safety workgroup, if a student has a temperature and/or indicated that they have been exposed to or have symptoms of COVID-19 they will be prevented from physically accessing campus.
If a student in PCA&D Housing is exposed to COVID-19 or becomes ill, the College has procedures in place to support the student and their family in seeking testing and medical attention through Lancaster General Hospital/Penn Medicine.
PCA&D supports the current CDC principles for contact tracing, a core disease control measure employed by local and state health department personnel for decades, and a key strategy for preventing the spread of COVID-19. The College will be working with Lancaster County on contact tracing procedures and practices. Faculty, staff, and students will be asked to keep a contact log to better facilitate contract tracing should they contract the coronavirus.
The Student Life team will work with students and families to ensure proper access to and awareness of health care options including information on recommended vaccines prior to moving into PCA&D housing and attending classes on-campus.
Mental Health Counseling
Student Life will be working with the PCA&D Counseling team to provide enhanced mental health support through in-person and virtual counseling sessions, and Lyceum (group for mental health and wellness), and UStudio events (health and wellness programming). In addition, PCA&D will be working with the College’s health provider to host through a Student Assistance Program (SAP) access to telehealth professionals who can assist with online counseling services.