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Health and Safety Requirements


A health questionnaire with the purpose of assessing students’ current state of wellness as it relates to COVID-19 was sent to all students on Tuesday, January 5. Student responses to the health survey is due back no later than Friday, January 15. Please check your PCA&D email for more details.


All faculty, staff, and students will have their temperature taken digitally upon entering the building and be asked to complete a health monitoring questionnaire upon their daily return to campus.

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.<


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 received (1) reusable wool mask which has been tested and proven to provide over 99% Bacteria Filtration Efficiency and over 98% Particle Filtration Efficiency. Reusable cloth masks are available upon request to health@pcad.edu. Each person will be responsible for the care and cleaning of their mask and must have their mask with them at all times.


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.


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 has taken 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 team, 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 Pennsylvania Department of Health now offers a software application that will issue COVID-19 exposure alerts to individuals who have had close contact with an infected person. This is not a requirement to use, but rather is meant as a point of reference. The COVID Alert PA app can be downloaded onto a personal cell phone. It allows users to receive alerts if they have been exposed to someone who tested positive for COVID-19. The app also allows users with symptoms of COVID-19 to receive information on appropriate actions to take. The app is free to download and use and is available through the Google Play Store or Apple App Store. Privacy protections built into the COVID Alert PA app mean that the Colleges will not be notified if a student, faculty, or staff member uses the app to report a positive test for COVID-19. Therefore, it is important that anyone with a positive test report this information to the College. Visit this website for additional information on the COVID Alert PA app.


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.


Student Life works 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 works 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.

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