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Keystone College COVID-19 Management

Latest Updates

October 21, 2021

 

Oct. 13, 2021

Oct. 1, 2021

Sept. 2, 2021

​Aug. 24, 2021

Aug. 16, 2021

July 30, 2021

July 27, 2021

July 27, 2021

July 15, 2021

June 30, 2021

April 1, 2021

March 24, 2021

March 16, 2021: Updated COVID-19 Protocols

March 2, 2021: Updated COVID-19 Protocols

March 1, 2021:
Keystone College will suspend all in-person classes for a period of two weeks beginning Wednesday, March 3, 2021 and lasting through Wednesday, March 17, 2021. Please read President Brundage’s letter to the campus community.

Spring 2021 Updates

Feb. 24, 2021: Updated COVID-19 Protocols 

Feb. 22, 2021: CARES Act Update
As part of the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act (CRRSAA) enacted on Dec. 27, 2020 by the federal government, Keystone College received a funding allocation to help serve students and ensure that learning continues during the COVID-19 pandemic. We will use the allocation for financial aid grants to students and student support activities, as well as to cover a variety of institutional costs.

Jan. 21, 2021: Updated COVID-19 Protocols 

Jan. 20, 2021: Spring Semester Classes Update
Similar to the fall 2020 semester, Keystone is offering classes in a learning model that includes both face-to-face and remote learning during the spring 2021 semester. Classes during the entire first week of the spring semester will be held remotely except for science labs. Science labs will not meet the first week of classes and will begin during the second week of classes in a virtual only format. Students should log into Moodle at their regularly scheduled class meeting time to access their Zoom session from their laptop, iPad, or other device equipped with a webcam and microphone. During the first class students will be able to choose if they wish to continue for the semester in a remote format or in a face-to-face setting. Stable internet is necessary. Information: Academic Affairs, 570-945-8316.

Jan. 20, 2021: Entry Testing Update
As an additional measure to ensure that students are not returning to campus with COVID-19, Keystone College is requiring all resident students and student athletes to produce a negative COVID-19 test result from a sample that was taken no earlier than 72 hours prior to being allowed to return to campus. To facilitate the process, the Office of Residence Life and the Athletic Department have been diligently working with students during the semester break to arrange for testing at free testing sites in or near their hometowns prior to the resumption of classes.

Fall 2020 Updates

Nov. 13, 2020: Important dates and COVID-19 precautions 

Oct. 23, 2020: Important end of semester announcement 

Aug. 31, 2020: Updated COVID-19 Protocols added to the Reopening Plan

Aug. 21, 2020
The campus community is encouraged to watch the video recapping the Town Hall and the College’s reopening plan. Please remember that as our knowledge and understanding of COVID-19 continues to evolve, the College’s policies and plans will be updated as appropriate as more information becomes available.

Aug. 20, 2020: Updated COVID-19 Protocols added to the Reopening Plan

Aug. 20, 2020:

During the fall 2020 semester Keystone is offering classes in a learning model that includes both face-to-face and remote learning. The first class meeting of the fall semester for all classes except science labs will be held remotely.  Students should log into Moodle at their regularly scheduled class meeting time to access their Zoom session from their laptop, iPad, or other device equipped with a webcam and microphone. During the first class students will be able to choose if they wish to continue in a remote format or in a face-to-face setting. Stable internet is necessary. Information: Academic Affairs, 570-945-8316.

Aug. 4, 2020: Updated COVID-19 Protocols added to the Reopening Plan

Aug. 13, 2020: Updated COVID-19 Protocols added to the Reopening Plan

Aug 3, 2020: Update on Travel
Human Resources and Student Life remind faculty, staff and students who may reside in or may be traveling this summer that the Pennsylvania Department of Health issued the following guidance on travel: Pennsylvanians must quarantine for 14 days when returning from Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Iowa, Kansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, Nevada, North Carolina, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, and Wyoming. The Pennsylvania Department of Health encourages those who traveled or plan to travel to an area with high coronavirus case counts to stay home for 14 days after their trip. Employees may return to the office early with a negative test result for COVID-19. Employees who need to quarantine should contact Human Resources and also review the sick leave policy exception related to COVID-19. Students who need to quarantine should contact Student Life. While the College will continue to monitor restrictions or advisories regarding travel issued by the CDC or the Commonwealth of PA, it is the responsibility of employees and students to be aware of the regions that may require self-quarantining.

 

Letters from President Brundage

Please see the latest announcements from President Brundage to the campus community.

COVID-19 Dashboard

Campus Testing and Cases

CARES Act Compliance Statement


Guiding Principles of Keystone College’s COVID-19 Management Plan

Keystone College policies and protocols for responding to the COVID-19 pandemic are rooted in the safety of our faculty, staff, students, and community. The primary goals for Keystone College’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic are to protect public health and continue the institution’s vital mission of education. Our knowledge and understanding of the COVID-19 virus continue to evolve, and our policies and plans will be updated as appropriate, as more information becomes available.

This plan follows the guidance of the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), the Pennsylvania Department of Health (DOH), and the Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE).

This plan is organized by the five strategies outlined in the PDE guidance:

 

  1. A strategy on how the institution will coordinate with local public health officials, or the equivalent of;
  2. A strategy to safely resume in-person instruction;
  3. A strategy to monitor health conditions of its campus community;
  4. A strategy to mitigate and contain the spread of the virus on campus, and to inform the DOH in the event that transmission occurs at the institution; and
  5. A strategy to communicate accurate and timely information to students, faculty, staff, and the communities it serves.

STRATEGY ON HOW KEYSTONE COLLEGE WILL COORDINATE WITH LOCAL PUBLIC HEALTH OFFICIALS

Keystone College will keep the local neighborhood apprised of the institution’s plans by appointing a COVID-19 Designee tasked with the responsibility of making immediate notifications of COVID-19 cases on campus.

The College’s COVID-19 Designee will also coordinate with local health officials and hospitals, DOH, and the CDC.

STRATEGY TO SAFELY RESUME IN-PERSON INSTRUCTION

Keystone College COVID-19 Expectations

The Keystone College COVID-19 Pledge asks students, faculty, and staff to protect themselves, the Keystone community, and neighboring communities.

  • Students, faculty, and staff agree to complete daily verification checks to monitor symptoms. This will include a daily temperature reading and verify that they are not experiencing any COVID-19 symptoms. These symptoms may include fever or chills, cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, fatigue, muscle or body aches, headache, new loss of taste or smell, sore throat, congestion or runny nose, nausea or vomiting, and diarrhea.
  • If an individual is experiencing an elevated temperature of 100 degrees Fahrenheit or more, any COVID-19 symptoms, or is feeling unwell, they are to refrain from coming to campus for work or class while any symptoms exist.
  • Individuals are required to follow the College’s testing (page 11), self-isolation, and quarantine protocols before returning to work or class (pages 11-12) following an illness or suspected encounter with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19.
  • Members of the Keystone College community will wear face coverings/masks (PPE) in all public spaces on campus.
  • Face coverings/masks still need to be worn, even if someone has been vaccinated.
  • If individuals choose to provide their own PPE, it is expected that the cloth face covering/mask or medical grade face coverings/masks fit snuggly around the top of the nose, covers the mouth, and is cleaned in warm soapy water after each daily use.
  • Frequent hand washing is strongly recommended. This is extremely important after individuals have been in a public area and have touched an item or surface that may be frequently touched by other individuals such as door handles and tables.
  • Hand sanitizer should be used when opportunities for regular handwashing is not feasible. This is especially important after touching doors and railings.
  • Members of the campus community are also asked to wipe down surfaces before and after use with wipes provided by the College.
  • Building occupants should wipe down commonly used surfaces before and after use with products provided by Facilities. This includes any shared-space location or equipment (e.g. copiers, printers, computers, A/V and other electrical equipment, coffee maker, desks and tables, light switches, door knobs, etc.).
  • Students will be able to gather as long as they wear face coverings/masks and abide by social distancing guidelines of six feet between individuals and follow the maximum number of people in a room based on the College’s and Pennsylvania guidelines. (Face coverings/masks still need to be worn, even if someone has been vaccinated.)
  • Resident students in a shared suite, or in a shared house will be considered a “family unit.” When they are within their “family unit,” students are permitted to gather more liberally. However, students are still strongly encouraged to wear a face covering/mask. (Face coverings/masks still need to be worn, even if someone has been vaccinated.)
  • Students may visit other students on campus, as long as everyone abides by the social distancing guidelines of six feet between individuals and follows the College’s face covering/mask policy. Hand sanitizer should be used frequently, especially after touching doors and railings, and frequently touched surfaces should be wiped down. When feasible, frequent handwashing is also strongly encouraged. (Face coverings/masks still need to be worn, even if someone has been vaccinated.)
  • Updated COVID-19 Protocols for Fully Vaccinated Individuals

These expectations will be monitored by RA’s, Residence Life professional staff, and Campus Safety officers who have been trained to help guide the campus community through these new, uncharted territories. These expectations are included in the 2021-2022 Student Handbook. Additionally, it is expected that all faculty and staff remind students to wear a face covering/mask. Students who do not comply in the residence halls risk losing their housing privileges. Anyone who is in a building risks being asked to exit the building if they refuse to comply.

Students who refuse to wear a mask in classrooms will be asked by the faculty member to leave.  If they cause a disruption, Campus Safety will be called and Student Conduct will be notified.  Additionally, faculty will notify their respective Chair of these issues so that they can work together with Student Conduct to navigate these situations together. Students are not permitted to attend class in a face-to-face format if they do not wear a face covering/mask.

While these expectations may feel limiting and very different from the social and interactive nature that is typically experienced on a vibrant, residential, college campus, the hope is that together, the Keystone community will be kept healthy and safe.

Instructional

  • Classes on campus will resume on Monday, August 30, 2021.
  • A learning model which includes face-to-face instruction will be utilized for the fall 2021 semester.
  • Class start and end times have been changed to allow for classroom cleaning in between classes and to alleviate hall traffic and congestion. Revised schedules and room locations are posted in MyKC.
  • Office hours for faculty will be conducted both online and remotely, based on faculty availability, to allow for a broader range of times for meetings with students.
  • Students and faculty will refrain from eating and drinking in the classroom. However, drinks will be allowed when a straw can be used.
  • Students in all in-person classes will have assigned seats. Click here for the assigned seating policy in class.
  • Larger meeting spaces are being re-organized into classrooms which will accommodate classes of 24 or more.
  • Student internships, field placements, and student teaching will be restructured to comply with government guidelines and the CDC requirements. Virtual opportunities will be encouraged. Alternative academic options are available to students unable to complete course requirements.
  • A transparent barrier will be placed in the front of the instructor’s desk in classrooms.
  • Face shields will be made available for faculty.
  • Hand sanitizer will be available in classrooms.
    COVID-19 Protocols For Faculty

Facilities and Housekeeping

  • Classrooms will be cleaned in between classes by Facilities staff to reduce the risk of transmission.
  • Routine cleaning and regular housekeeping practices are being maintained including routine disinfecting of common areas including rest rooms and break rooms. High touch areas including door handles, elevator panels, etc., will be cleaned and disinfected multiple times a day. Restrooms contain signage and signoff indicating that the cleaning has been accomplished.
  • Facilities will clean offices, classrooms, and work spaces based on CDC guidelines for disinfection and Occupational and Environmental Safety Office protocols. Facilities will also maintain hand-sanitizer stations at major building entrances, elevator stops, and high-traffic areas.
  • Mechanical, electrical, plumbing and monitoring systems will be assessed and readied prior to reopening of buildings.
  • The Facilities work order system is available online and available for reporting issues or concerns regarding any facility on campus.
    COVID-19 Building Cleaning Protocols

Buildings
Entrances/Exits

  • Signage will be placed on entrance doors to all buildings indicating the following:
    • Face coverings/masks must be worn in public spaces of the buildings. In addition, face coverings/masks must be worn by students, faculty, and staff in all classrooms or other areas.
    • Face coverings/masks still need to be worn, even if someone has been vaccinated.
    • No visitors will be allowed in residence halls.
    • Updated COVID-19 Protocols for Fully Vaccinated Individuals
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  • Larger meeting spaces are being re-organized into classrooms which will accommodate classes of 24 or more.
  • Classrooms will be cleaned in between classes by Facilities staff to reduce the risk of transmission.
  • Regular cleaning and disinfecting of surfaces and objects that are frequently touched will be cleaned and disinfected multiple times a day. This includes such areas as door knobs, light switches, countertops, etc.

Restrooms

  • Use of restrooms should be limited based on size to ensure at least six feet distance between individuals. Individuals should wash their hands thoroughly afterward to reduce the potential transmission of the virus.
  • Cleaning office bathrooms after use by office personnel is recommended. Personnel using shared bathrooms may assume responsibility. Cleaning supplies and gloves will be provided by Facilities.

Meetings

  • Convening in groups increases the risk of viral transmission. Where feasible, meetings should be held in whole or part using the extensive range of available collaboration tools (e.g. Zoom, WebEx, Microsoft Teams, telephone, etc.).

Elevators

  • Elevator usage should be limited to Americans with Disability Act (ADA) accessibility. Please use stairs whenever possible. Individuals using elevators are required to wear a face covering/mask regardless of traveling alone or with others. Face coverings/masks still need to be worn, even if someone has been vaccinated. Individuals should also avoid touching the elevator buttons with exposed hand/fingers, if possible. Individuals should wash their hands or use hand sanitizer upon departing the elevator.

Dining Services

  • Social distancing and PPE guidelines will be followed and face coverings/masks are required while receiving meals.
  • Face coverings/masks still need to be worn, even if someone has been vaccinated.
  • Meals will be served by Dining Services staff and all self-serve areas will be eliminated.
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Residence Halls

  • Residence halls will be cleaned and sanitized prior to the start of each semester, following recommended guidelines from the CDC.
  • Regular cleaning will be conducted in common areas of the residence halls following recommended guidelines from the CDC.
  • Basic maintenance and functionality checks will be conducted in the residence halls to ensure reduced need for work orders throughout the semester.
  • Signage to remind students about expectations related to social distancing, protective face coverings/masks, and hand sanitizing and hand washing will be posted throughout each residence hall.
  • Students may visit other students on campus, as long as everyone abides by the social distancing guidelines of six feet between individuals and follows the College’s face covering/mask policy. Hand sanitizer should be used frequently, especially after touching doors and railings, and frequently touched surfaces should be wiped down. Frequent handwashing is also strongly encouraged.
  • Resident students sharing a room will be considered a “family unit”. Residents must wear a face covering/mask outside of their room. Non-residents of a room must wear face covering/mask and maintain six feet between individuals.
  • Face coverings/masks still need to be worn, even if someone has been vaccinated.

Bookstore

  • eCampus is the new College bookstore. All purchases will be made online and books are available in e-book, rentals or for purchase. Books will be shipped to the student’s home address for a $5.00 fee. Books are only available for purchase online. No books will be shipped to campus to minimize gatherings or lines for pick up.

Library

  • Barriers were installed at the Circulation and Reference Desks.
  • Students, faculty, and staff are required to wear face coverings/masks while in the Library. Face coverings/masks still need to be worn, even if someone has been vaccinated.

Admissions/Athletics/Campus Visits

  • Scheduled in-person appointments will be allowed, following the guidelines provided by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, the Department of Health, and the CDC. Appointments will be spaced apart to allow for cleaning in between appointments.
  • Prior to arriving on campus, visitors will be asked to complete wellness checks to monitor symptoms. This will include a daily temperature reading to verify that they are not experiencing any COVID-19 symptoms. These symptoms may include fever or chills, cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, fatigue, muscle or body aches, headache, new loss of taste or smell, sore throat, congestion or runny nose, nausea or vomiting, and diarrhea. If any visitor has a temperature or is experiencing any symptoms, the visitor will be asked to reschedule the appointment.
  • Once a visitor arrives on campus, hand sanitizer will be available for them to use.
  • Visitors will be expected to wear face coverings and practice social distancing, including during tours that involve entering buildings. Disposable masks will be available if a visitor does not have one. Face coverings/masks still need to be worn, even if someone has been vaccinated.
  • Meetings will take place in rooms large enough for Admissions Counselors and Coaches to maintain six feet of distance between themselves and the student and their family.
  • Following each meeting, any high touch surfaces will be wiped down with disinfectant wipes.
  • Virtual appointments will be still be encouraged and promoted. “HelloCampus” will be used to offer remote campus tours which will be live-narrated by tour guides.
  • Preparations for small group visits that allow for social distancing will also be used.
  • Open Houses are being considered, following the guidelines provided by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, the Department of Health, and the CDC.
  • Updated COVID-19 Protocols for Admissions, Athletics, and Campus Visitors
  • Updated COVID-19 Protocols for Fully Vaccinated Individuals

Athletics

Keystone College is working in conjunction with the Colonial States Athletic Conference, Eastern Collegiate Football Conference, and the NCAA to determine protocols. More information will be provided as it becomes available.

 

Co-curricular Activities

In order to resume co-curricular activities, the following guidelines have been put into place:

  • Professional cleaning of all facilities and equipment on campus will be done prior to resumption of activities.
  • Adjustment will be made to facilities to ensure six feet of social distance requirements
    • Temporary, removable social distancing reminders will be posted on the floor and walls of rooms and areas used during the semester.
    • Individual equipment will be maintained in the personal possession of participants whenever possible, and not stored in shared areas.
    • Usage and storage areas admittance will be dictated by adjusted room capacities, with wipes and hand sanitizing stations available.
    • Offices will be for staff entrance only, with minimal exceptions.
  • Communication of protocols will include:
    • Reminders of these guidelines will be posted on any enclosed space doors.
    • Concise signage regarding event procedures will be displayed in appropriate areas and communicated to guests clearly, with enforcement protocols known to staff and approved by the institution.
    • Temporary, removable social distancing reminders will be posted in appropriate areas.
    • Detailed instructions for safety procedures will be distributed to students and participants before activities resume. This may include electronic communication as well as in-person and remote meetings.
  • Equipment Safe Usage Guidelines:
    • Individual equipment will be maintained in the personal possession of par-ticipants whenever possible, and not stored in shared areas.
    • All equipment will be wiped down with proper sanitation cloths after each event.
    • Whenever possible, individual apparatus will be supplied, rather than sharing equipment as may have been practice in the past.
  • Practice/event set up by work study students and staff will institute social distancing procedures and face coverings/masks.
  • Admittance to events will be done in groups and the building entered with six feet distance protocols.
  • Upon entering facilities, individuals will be required to utilize hand sanitizing stations.
  • Face coverings/masks will be worn while setting up equipment.
  • Restroom/locker room admittance procedures dictated by Keystone College will be followed.
  • Dismissal from activities will be done in groups and the building entered with six feet social distancing protocols.
  • Face coverings/masks will be worn according to Keystone College’s policy.
  • Face coverings/masks still need to be worn, even if someone has been vaccinated.
  • To ensure compliance with social distancing and room capacities, the following guidelines will be used:
    *The Department of Performance Music, Athletics, and Student Activities will follow Keystone College’s institutional guidelines for maximum capacity in the Theatre in Brooks, Evans Hall, Gambal Athletic Center, and all other facilities utilized.
    * If it becomes necessary to limit participant numbers to follow social  distancing guidelines, the following criteria will be used:

     

    • Whenever departments can split ensembles/event/teams rather than exclude participants, this policy will be followed. For example, holding “Event Session 1” and Event Session 2” rather than just one event would be preferable whenever possible.
    • Activities that are able to be conducted remotely will be incorporated into the programming for the semester.
    • Off campus trips will be limited to areas that are in, at minimum, the “Green” reopening phase in Pennsylvania.
    • The number of students who can be transported to off-campus trips will be reduced, in order to accommodate social distancing.
  • While it is too early to designate an athletic contest/performance/concert/guests on campus procedure at this time, the number of guests on campus will be dictated by the Pennsylvania Governor, other agencies, and Keystone College. However, the following scenarios are being explored:
    • A live-streamed event with no audience members. Participants/performers will remain in six feet of social distancing space.
    • Limited audience/spectator allowance (procedures for how to procure a ticket TBD).
    • Outdoor events whenever possible (Eckel Family Pavilion and the Miller Library Patio, tented events, etc.).

Counseling

  • Counseling will be available for students, using both in-person and virtual formats. Guidance from the American College Health Association, the Department of Education and the Department of Health is being used to ensure student and staff members’ health and safety.
  • Preliminary guidelines include: Students will wash hands or use hand sanitizer when entering the Counseling and Well-Being Center; face coverings/masks will be required, and telehealth appointments will continue to be offered for students who prefer that format.
  • Face coverings/masks still need to be worn, even if someone has been vaccinated.

Employees Returning to Work

Phased Staffing:

  • Keystone will phase in a return of staff in a coordinated process to ensure appropriate social distancing, and availability of PPE (personal protective equipment) for COVID-19.
  • Keystone will assess expanded staffing based on mission-critical operations, ability to control and manage specific work environments, and necessity to access on-site resources. These decisions, once approved, will be communicated by departments.
  • The need to reduce the number of people on campus (density) to meet social distancing requirements may continue for some time. Support units that can continue to effectively work remotely will likely continue to do so until restrictions are eased for larger gatherings.
  • Expanded staffing will be tightly controlled and coordinated to mitigate potential risks and ensure the safety of faculty and staff, as well as the communities we serve. No unit or department should increase staffing levels beyond current needs to support critical on-site operations without approval from your respective supervisor or department. Once decisions to expand on-site staffing in certain areas have been made, staff should follow the policies and protocols detailed in this document for returning to work on campus.

Staffing Options:

Once staff members have been instructed to return to work on-site by their supervisor, there are several options departments should consider to maintain required social distancing measures and reduce population density within buildings and work spaces. These options will be discussed with staff members and approved by supervisors.

  • Remote Work: Employees who can work remotely to fulfill some or all of their work responsibilities may continue to do so to reduce the number of individuals on campus and the potential spread of the COVID-19 virus. These arrangements, which should be approved by the immediate supervisor, can be done in on a full or partial day/week schedule as appropriate.
  • Alternating Days: In order to limit the number of individuals and interactions among those on campus, departments should schedule partial staffing on alternating days. Such schedules will help enable social distancing, especially in areas with large common workspaces.
  • Staggered Reporting/Departing: The beginning and end of the workday typically bring many people together at common entry/exit points of buildings. Staggering reporting and departure times by at least 30 minutes will reduce traffic in common areas to meet social distancing requirements. (See Enter/Exit Controls for further details).
  • Staff members with concerns about returning to the physical workplace should contact the Human Resources Department to discuss possible options.
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STRATEGY TO MONITOR HEALTH CONDITIONS ON ITS CAMPUS COMMUNITY

  • In order to monitor student populations with a higher likelihood of community spread and maintain compliance with the CSAC’s protocols for return to play, Keystone College will require resident unvaccinated students and in-season student-athletes to participate in surveillance testing. This strategy will allow for 25% of Keystone College’s unvaccinated resident students and student-athletes to be tested each week, with 100% of these populations tested every 4 weeks.
     Click here to read the COVID-19 Protocols for Student Surveillance Testing
  • Students, faculty, and staff will complete wellness checks to monitor symptoms. This will include a daily temperature reading and a self-evaluation to verify that they are not experiencing any COVID-19 symptoms. These symptoms may include fever or chills, cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, fatigue, muscle or body aches, headache, new loss of taste or smell, sore throat, congestion or runny nose, nausea or vomiting, and diarrhea.
  • If a daily wellness check is missed, it is requested that the individual resumes symptom and temperature checking as soon as they remember.
  • Anyone who tests positive for COVID-19 should contact the COVID-19 Designee, Dr. Vicki Stanavitch at vicki.stanavitch@keystone.edu, so that contact tracing can be conducted and a return to campus plan can be implemented.

STRATEGY TO MITIGATE AND CONTAIN THE SPREAD OF THE VIRUS

  • Resident students should contact the Wellness Coordinator and/or designee at (570) 945-8255 or Campus Safety (570) 945-8989 to get in contact with the Wellness Coordinator and/or designee if they are not feeling well. The Wellness Coordinator and/or designee will schedule a virtual meeting with the student to discuss their options and coordinate appointments with the Wright Center or Geisinger Care Works in Clarks Summit during regular business hours. For assistance after hours and on weekends, the Wellness Coordinator and/or designee will conduct a virtual meeting with the student and coordinate transportation to an urgent care facility for a visit/possible testing.
  • Once the Wellness Coordinator and/or designee becomes aware of a student who may be COVID-19 positive, they will notify the College’s COVID-19 Designee, Dr. Vicki Stanavitch, so that she can notify the necessary agencies and also begin to initiate contact tracing protocols.
  • The Wellness Coordinator and/or designee will also notify the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs so that instructors can be notified about the student’s absence from class.
  • Resident students will be housed in a space designated by Residence Life until they receive a negative test result.  Students will not be permitted to remain in student housing if they refuse to isolate under these circumstances.
  • If a resident student tests positive, the student will be required to isolate in a designated room until it is safe for them to be around others.  Resident students awaiting test results are also required to remain in isolation until either a negative test result or written approval from a medical provider is provided to the Well-being Coordinator and/or designee. Meals will be delivered daily to students in isolation and Residence Life staff and the Wellness Coordinator and/or designee will maintain communication (preferably by phone or video conference) with these students to assist as needed.
  • To be cleared to leave isolation, 10 days must have passed, an individual must have improved symptoms, and experience three consecutive days without a fever, without any assistance from fever reducers like Tylenol.  Either a negative COVID-19 test (with the sample taken on or after day 5 of exposure) or written approval from a medical provider must be obtained and provided to the Wellness Coordinator and/or designee prior to students being cleared to resume normal activities. These guidelines have been developed following recommendations from the CDC and will be monitored as new information becomes available.
  • Once an individual is approved to be around others again (in consultation with the Wellness Coordinator and/or designee together with a medical provider), a professional cleaning company will thoroughly clean the isolation space.

[1] Designees include staff from the Counseling and Well-being Center and Residence Life Professional staff

COVID-19 Protocols-Symptomatic Commuter Students

  • Commuter students must refrain from coming to campus if they are experiencing new symptoms that may indicate that they have COVID-19.
  • At this time, the commuter student should contact the Wellness Coordinator or designee[1] at (570) 945-8255 or Campus Safety at (570) 945-8989 to notify the College that they are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms.
  • Once the Wellness Coordinator and/or designee becomes aware of a student who may be COVID-19 positive, they will notify the College’s COVID-19 Designee, Dr. Vicki Stanavitch, so that she can notify the necessary agencies and also begin to initiate contact tracing protocols.
  • The Wellness Coordinator and/or designee will also notify the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs so that instructors can be notified about the student’s absence from class.
  • If the commuter student tests positive, the student will be required to remain home in isolation until it is safe for them to be around others. The Wellness Coordinator and/or designee will maintain communication (preferably by phone or video conference) with these students to support as needed.
  • To be cleared to leave isolation, 10 days must have passed, an individual must have improved symptoms, and experience three consecutive days without a fever, without any assistance from fever reducers like Tylenol.  Either a negative COVID-19 test (with the sample taken on or after day 5 post-exposure) or written approval from a medical provider must be obtained and provided to the Wellness Coordinator and/or designee prior to students being cleared to return to campus and resume normal activities. These guidelines have been developed following recommendations from the CDC and will be monitored as new information becomes available.

[1] Designees include staff from the Counseling and Well-Being Center and Residence Life professional staff

Contact Tracing

At least eight employees and 8 student volunteers have been trained and certified in contact tracing. Students, faculty, and staff who have tested positive for COVID-19 must comply with requests for information related to the contact tracing process.

STRATEGY TO COMMUNICATE ACCURATE AND TIMELY INFORMATION TO STUDENTS, FACULTY, STAFF, AND THE COMMUNITIES SERVED

The COVID-19 Taskforce, (Fran Calpin, Michael Golay, Carlyle Hicks, Nicole Langan, Beth Miller, Elena O’Connor, Kate Owens, Charlie Prothero, Melanie Smith, Vicki Stanavitch, Sherry Strain, and David Arnold) in conjunction with the COVID-19 designee, will provide ongoing, transparent communication about the evolving COVID-19 situation and the College’s responses. The Keystone College website will be the repository for all information. The communication will reference important information and periodic updates for students, faculty, and staff. In addition, messages from the President and other offices on campus will be available and shared regularly. The communication provided will continue to align with guidance available from the CDC, DOH, and PDE.