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Spring 2022 Student Life COVID Protocols

All students who are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19, as well as all students who may have been exposed to COVID-19, may not attend class and should instead remain in/return to their room or home. During regular business hours immediately contact Health Services at health@lycoming.edu and after business hours contact Public Safety at security@lycoming.edu or call (570) 321-4064.

Lycoming College Commitment to Social Responsibility

Our collective commitment to being in residence with face to face instruction has served us well during the pandemic. Due to the continuing presence of the COVID-19 virus, the College will expect all community members to make a commitment to the principle of social responsibility again for the 2021-22 academic year.

As a member of the Lycoming College Community I agree that living with COVID-19 will require me to make sacrifices and adopt behaviors that recognize the mutual obligations to care for self, for others and for the whole community.

To this end, I commit to:

Protecting myself through conscientious habits of personal hygiene and being cognizant of my own health e.g., fever, loss of taste or smell, chills, etc.

Protecting others by wearing a face covering in accord with College guidance, and following all other Lycoming safety protocols, including cleaning and disinfecting spaces throughout campus and adhering to all signs and directions related to COVID-19.

Protecting the Lycoming College Community by acknowledging individual commitments can collectively benefit the well-being of all. I understand that guidance to stop the transmission of COVID-19 is subject to change. I will do my part to stay informed of and support College, local, state and federal efforts to stop the spread of COVID-19.

Warrior Wellness Initiative

Maintaining an optimal level of wellness is important to be successful in college and it supports a higher quality of life. The Student Life Division is committed to providing programs and activities that enhance the health and well-being of Lycoming College students. The Warrior Wellness Initiative utilizes a holistic approach to wellness by offering a variety of activities that improve physical, emotional, and spiritual well-being. An upcoming Warrior Wellness Initiative SharePoint site will highlight activities being planned and the dates that they will become available.

Residential Living

  1. Lycoming College will continue to utilize the residential building structure to promote supportive student “units.”
    • A unit is a room, suite, or apartment.
    • Members of the unit will take responsibility to support the emotional wellbeing, physical health and social needs of the other members of the unit.
    • During the universal masking period, residents of campus housing are not required to wear a face covering/mask while in their own unit. Students not exempt from the testing protocol are advised to maintain physical distance from other unvaccinated roommates, suitemates, or apartment mates.
    • All students are required to wear a either a N95, KN95 or surgical mask while in common/public areas of the residence halls
  2. To promote physical distancing, all residence hall rooms, suites and apartments have been assigned a maximum number of persons that are permitted in the space. -
    • Social gathering/parties. A social gathering/party may not exceed the maximum number of persons permitted in the unit.
    • During the universal mask wearing period, all persons in the room are advised to wear masks when others beyond the unit members are in the room.

Masks

  1. All members of the community will be expected to wear either a N95, KN95 or surgical mask indoors in public settings.
    • Metrics that incorporate the percentage faculty, staff and students that are vaccinated, the rate of virus transmission on campus and the transmission rate within the county will be utilized to determine modifications of the universal masking policy.
  2. In addition to classrooms, public indoor spaces where a N95, KN95 or surgical mask will be required include common areas of residence halls, Wertz Student Center, Keiper Recreation Center, Snowden Library, Clark Chapel and Lamade Gymnasium among others.

Vaccinations and Testing

  1. The College will conduct regular surveillance testing of students. Students will be exempt from the College’s weekly surveillance if they have received a booster or they have completed an mRNA vaccine (Moderna or Pfizer) within the past six months or Johnson & Johnson vaccine within the past two months, or have medical documentation of a COVID infection in the past 90 days on file in Health Services. The College may amend this exemption protocol depending upon changes in CDC guidance or local conditions.
  2. Students must present verification of their vaccination status or medical documentation of a diagnosis of COVID in the past 90 days to Health Services to be exempt from weekly surveillance testing. 

Weekly surveillance testing will be conducted on Fridays between the hours of 7am and 12:30pm in the Keiper Rec Center.  Students will not wait for their results in the Rec Center.  If a test comes back positive, a member of the COVID Case Management Team will be in touch with further instructions.

Testing for student athletes will continue to be coordinated through Athletics – Head Athletic Trainer, Keri Moriarity.

  1. Health Services will maintain a roster of the vaccination status and records of medical documentation of past COVID infections of all students (residential and commuter).

Guests

  1. Lycoming College has adopted the following guidelines for the 2021-22 academic year concerning guests of students in the residence halls:
    • With the exception of parents or guardians, students are prohibited from having a guest (vaccinated or unvaccinated) in the residence halls.
    • This policy may be revised if the CDC guidance for Lycoming County changes and/or the college community achieves its metrics for vaccination rates and low virus transmission.

Travel

  • Students are discouraged from traveling. Residential and commuter students who choose to travel beyond Lycoming County are expected to follow CDC travel guidelines as well as public health guidelines in the locality they are visiting.
  • If a student is exposed to anyone who has tested positive for COVID-19 or has COVID-19 like symptoms while off campus, contact the Health Center at health@lycoming.edu  during business hours or contact Public Safety at security@lycoming.edu outside of business hours or over the weekend.  If you have been exposed, do not return to campus until you are contacted by a college official. If you are not exposed, no action is required and you are able to return to campus.
  • This policy may be revised if the CDC guidance for Lycoming County changes and/or the college community achieves its metrics for vaccination rates and low virus transmission.

Health Services

The Office of Vice President for Student Life and Dean of Students will coordinate assistance from the Student Life staff in activating Lycoming College's response to COVID-19.

Decisions regarding appropriate care for students related to COVID-19 will be coordinated with the College medical provider, the local healthcare system, the PA Department of Health and the Centers for Disease Control.

  1. Students are not to attend class if any of the following conditions become significant and persistent and are known not to be related to allergies.

    • An elevated temperature
    • Chills
    • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
    • Fatigue
    • Muscle or body ache
    • Headache
    • Cough
    • Loss of taste or smell
    • Sore throat
    • Congestion or runny nose
    • Nausea or vomiting
    • Diarrhea
  2. Students experiencing symptoms are required to contact the Health Center by phone (570) 321–4052 or at health@lycoming.edu.
    • Students must not attend class and must limit their movement around campus (if a residential student, to the extent possible stay in their room) until they have been contacted by Health Services. After hours, students should contact Public Safety.
  3. All students visiting the Health Center are required to wear a mask while in the Health Center regardless of vaccination status.

Diagnosis

  1. The College medical provider will be responsible for ordering testing based on current medical criteria for diagnosing suspected COVID-19 cases, using procedures outlined by the PA Department of Health and the Centers for Disease Control.
    • Students should call Health Services (570) 321- 4052 to arrange an appointment.
    • The College medical provider will determine the format to use in meeting with the student, including in person or via telemedicine – a phone call or TEAMS.
    • The College medical provider will determine whether the student should be tested.
  2. If the College medical provider cannot be contacted, suspected cases of COVID-19 will be referred by the Health Services staff to the local Emergency Department or a comparable outpatient clinic.
    • The student will be required to wear a face covering while in transit to off campus care.
      1. Students who do not have personal transportation will be transported to the ER by Public Safety in one of the College owned vans as a primary mode.
      2. If a van is not available, students will be transported in the Public Safety vehicle.
      3. Both the student and the Public Safety officer are required to wear a face covering.

Reporting

  1. All positive results will be reported to the PA Department of Health.

Isolation and Quarantine

  1. The College will determine isolation and quarantine options. In most cases, a student receiving a positive COVID 19 test result will be expected to go home for the required isolation period. A limited number of isolation rooms will be available on campus. Exceptions will be made for students whose home residence is more than 250 miles (Google Maps) from campus. Dean Miller will review cases of other students who have concerns about quarantining at home.

New CDC Guidelines for Isolation and Quarantine:

The CDC released updated guidance regarding isolation and quarantine protocols over the winter break. The new isolation and quarantine protocols are summarized in the chart below:

Isolation

Applies to: Protocols:

Students who test positive for COVID

Isolate for 5 days from the start of symptoms typically at home or on campus per arrangement with Dean Miller.

Students who leave campus to isolate at home, will be provided an antigen test to be administered on day 6.

If after 5 days, you have no symptoms or symptoms are resolving and you have no fever, you will test with the antigen test provided by Health services or if on campus you will be scheduled by Health Services to get an antigen test on campus at the Health Center and will be released to return to campus if the results are negative

Students testing at home will also test again upon their return to campus in Health Services. This verification test is to be conduct upon arrival and before entering your residence hall or attending class.

You will be provided with an N-95 mask and required to wear it at all times on campus when you are around others for a further 5 days (e.g. no eating around others, etc.)

Note: students are expected to start isolation protocols at the point of the start of symptoms, not at the point of a test or positive diagnosis for COVID.  If the initial test confirms the symptoms are not COVID, students may return to campus/class once symptoms are resolving

When a student is in isolation on campus, the following procedures will be followed:

  • During regular business hours, Health Center personnel will conduct a telemedicine check-up on the condition of a student in isolation on campus.
  • Outside regular business hours, the on-duty staff member will contact students who are in isolation on campus to check on the student’s overall wellbeing.
  • Campus Dining will provide contactless delivery of food for students in isolation on campus. On-duty staff member may assist dining services.
  • Academic support. The student will be expected to contact the faculty members teaching the courses in which the student is enrolled to make arrangements to make up missed work. The faculty members will have discretion to determine the arrangements.
  • General support e.g., housing, dining, technology assistance, etc.: will be determined on a case by case basis

Quarantine

Quarantine protocols apply to students who have been identified as close contacts of someone who tests positive for COVID

Applies to: Protocols:

Fully vaccinated students who have received a COVID booster shot

OR

Fully vaccinated students who completed the primary series of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine within the last 6 months

OR

Fully vaccinated students who completed the primary series of the J&J vaccine with the last 2 months

Exempt from quarantine

Wear an N-95 mask at all times around others on campus for 10 days (e.g. no eating around others, etc.)

You will be scheduled by Health Services to get an antigen test on campus at the Health Center on day 6 after the exposure

Monitor for symptoms for 10 days following the exposure.  Leave campus/avoid coming to campus and notify Health Services immediately if symptoms begin

Fully vaccinated students who completed the primary series of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine over 6 months ago and are not boosted

OR

Fully vaccinated students who completed the primary series of the J&J vaccine over 2 months ago and are not boosted

OR

Unvaccinated students

Quarantine for 5 days

Students who leave campus to quarantine at home, will be provided an antigen test to be administered on day 6.

If after 5 days, you have no symptoms, you will test with the antigen test provided by Health services or if on campus you will be scheduled by Health Services to get an antigen test on campus at the Health Center.

Students testing at home will also test again upon their return to campus in Health Services. This verification test is to be conduct upon arrival and before entering your residence hall or attending class.

Wear an N-95 mask at all times around others on campus for a further 5 days (e.g. no eating around others, etc.)

Monitor for symptoms for 10 days following the exposure. Leave campus/avoid coming to campus and notify HR immediately if symptoms begin

When a student is in quarantine on campus, the following procedures will be followed:

  • During regular business hours, Health Services will conduct a telemedicine check on the student’s condition.
  • When in quarantine, meals will be delivered by dining services to the student’s quarantine location on campus.
  • Students in quarantine may leave their room to take a walk outside and are to avoid sustained close contact with others.
  • Students in quarantine are not allowed in academic buildings, Rec Center, Snowden Library, Lamade, Long Hall, or the Shangraw Athletic Complex.
  • Students in quarantine are not allowed to attend classes.

Contact Tracing

  1. College staff will assist the PA Department of Health in establishing a list of case contacts that may have been exposed to COVID-19.
  2. Students not eligible to be exempt from quarantine and who meet the contact definition of exposure of less than six feet for greater than 15 minutes in a 24-hour period will be expected to quarantine.
    • Students should expect to go home to quarantine or if approved may be relocated to spaces identified by the College or required to -quarantine in their residence hall room.
    • Students should expect to isolate at home however, isolation decisions will be determined based upon the information obtained through contact tracing and coordinated by Health Services in consultation with the PA Department of Health and the office of the Vice President for Student Life and Dean of Students.
  3. Recognizing that they have an obligation to consider the well-being of others and the campus community as whole, students are required to be forthright and clear when answering questions asked by contact tracers.

Notification

  1. College staff will assist the PA Department of Health in establishing a list of case contacts that may have been exposed to COVID-19.
  2. Students not eligible to be exempt from quarantine and who meet the contact definition of exposure of less than six feet for greater than 15 minutes in a 24-hour period will be expected to quarantine.
    • Students should expect to go home to quarantine or if approved may be relocated to spaces identified by the College or required to -quarantine in their residence hall room.
    • Students should expect to isolate at home however, isolation decisions will be determined based upon the information obtained through contact tracing and coordinated by Health Services in consultation with the PA Department of Health and the office of the Vice President for Student Life and Dean of Students.
  3. Recognizing that they have an obligation to consider the well-being of others and the campus community as whole, students are required to be forthright and clear when answering questions asked by contact tracers.

Media

  1. All media contacts will be handled through the office of Marketing and Communications.
  2. The College website will be kept updated with pertinent information regarding the College’s response.

Parents and Family

  1. Contact with parents and family will be handled by the Office of the Vice President for Student Life.

Student Life General Guidelines:

Due to a higher risk of transmission of COVID-19 during a period defined by the CDC as substantial or high, the following programmatic or activity guidelines have been developed:

Campus Dining:

  1. Persons eating in the Wertz Dining Hall must wear a N95, KN95 or surgical mask in the Dining Hall at all times (upon entering, while getting food and beverage or mingling) unless eating or drinking.
    • This policy could be relaxed depending upon levels of vaccination with the college community and rates of virus transmission, locally and on campus.
  2. Faculty and staff are allowed in the Wertz Dining Hall and at all Parkhurst Dining retail locations. They will be expected to observe the protocols that apply to students.

Transportation:

  1. Persons riding in vehicles for College sanctioned programs, activities, or events are required to wear a N95, KN95 or a surgical mask.
    • This policy could be relaxed depending upon levels of vaccination with the college community and rates of virus transmission, locally and on campus, during the first few weeks of the semester.
  2. Due to physical limitations of cars, vans, and buses the number of persons who are not eligible to be exempt from the testing protocol may be limited and determined on a first-come first serve basis in order to maintain physical distance while traveling.

Club & Organization Meetings:

  1. Students who are not eligible to be exempt from the testing protocols are advised to avoid large/crowded meetings.
  2. All members of the community are required to wear a N95, KN95 or surgical mask indoors in public settings, including while attending club and organization meetings.
    • This policy could be modified later in the semester to allow persons not eligible to be exempt from the testing protocols the option of not wearing a mask in public indoor settings.
    • In addition to classrooms, public indoor spaces where masks (N95, KN95 or surgical mask) will be required include common areas of residence halls, Wertz Student Center, Snowden Library, Keiper Recreation Center among others.
  3. Clubs and organizations are expected to meet in spaces that allow for persons to maintain physical distance from one another. If persons not eligible to be exempt from the testing protocol cannot maintain physical distance, organizations are advised to consider to meet virtually or outdoors in the tent.

College Sanctioned Activities & Events:

  1. Persons not eligible to be exempt from the testing protocol are encouraged to avoid large social gatherings where physical distance cannot be maintained.

Academic Events Related to Music, Theatre, & Film Events:

For FVA student films:

  1. Students can shoot with unmasked actors, indoors or outdoors, but they must be verified to be eligible to be exempt from the testing protocols, they should create a sign to put up that says, “Student Class Filming: protocols being followed” when inside.
  2. Indoor shooting requires masking of all actors who are not eligible to be exempt from the testing protocol and they must distance for anything other than short (less than 15 minutes) masked without distancing (less than 3’).
  3. Tech crew to wear masks when inside and when outside if distancing can’t be maintained with our unmasked actors.
  4. Students, whether who are not eligible to be exempt from the testing protocol should not participate in filming if they are experiencing flu-like symptoms.
  5. Student must submit list of actors with assignments, with the expectation that they will lose future privileges if not. (Note that students will have to go by faith on who is vaccinated).

For Theatre Audience:

50% capacity—sell odd seats front row, even seats next row, etc. Masks required for all (except actors).

Band/orchestra:

  1. Indoors:
    • All performers who are not eligible to be exempt from the tesing protocol are to be tested the day of the show (unless already on 3x per week inside practice testing). (Musicians who are able to wear a mask during the performance (strings/percussion/etc.) may be exempt from testing protocol.)
    • Create physical distancing with the chairs.
    • No masks needed.
  2. Outdoors:
    • Distance chairs (especially sections with students who are not eligible to be exempt from the testing protocol
    • No masks needed
  3. All Indoor Audiences
    • Must wear masks and distance

Choir:

  1. In CAC or indoor campus venue (such as Clarke Chapel or the Keiper Rec Center)
    • All performers not eligible to be exempt from the testing protocol are to test the day or day before the show unless already on 3x per week inside practice testing.
    • All members wear masks during performance, unless mask mandate lifted for vaccinated.
  2. Outside
    • No masks needed if outside with distancing 
  3. All Indoor Audiences
    • Must wear masks and distance

Practice

  1. Band
    • Outdoors no restrictions other than moderate distancing
    • Indoors: distancing, plus 3x testing for instrument-blowing students without vaccination verification.
  2. Orchestra:
    • Outdoors no restrictions other than moderate distancing.
    • Indoors: distancing, plus 3x testing for instrument-blowing students without vaccination verification.
  3. Choir:
    • Outdoors: no restriction other than moderate distancing.
    • Indoors: Masking, distancing and 3x testing.