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Spring Semester Updates on ACHA and COVID-19 Response

Dear Allegheny College Campus Community,

Welcome to Spring Semester 2021 at Allegheny College! I have many updates today, both on the COVID-19 response on campus and on ACHA. We are reshaping our efforts in response to feedback from the campus community.

First, an update on the happenings on campus. We welcomed back 43 students on January 18, 2021. A small cohort of employees is also back on campus. Most of these students and employees participated in the Inspire at-home COVID-19 testing protocol; some who did not were excluded due to documented prior COVID-19 infection in the last 90 days. Others returning from international travel completed a non-Inspire COVID-19 test before returning to campus. Out of 97 people tested at home, 96 received negative results. Two students have not yet returned the test and will not return to campus until they do so. Three students had delayed results and waited an additional day until they received their negative results, at which point they moved on campus. We then retested these 97 people on January 18 and found one additional person to be COVID-19 positive. They are currently in isolation; they were feeling poorly but are now improving.

We have begun the at-home testing protocol for faculty and staff so that we can welcome them back to campus as well. Half of those results have been received as of this writing; one person tested positive so far and is isolating at home. We will keep you posted as those results come in; you can also watch for updates on the dashboard.

Note to Students (and their parents!): as we managed the at-home testing process, we noted that the window to return the test and get results is small. ALL STUDENTS SHOULD SWAB THEIR NOSES AND DROP THEIR TEST KITS AT A UPS DROP SITE ON FEBRUARY 15. Check details of your UPS site so that you drop your package before the daily cut-off time on the 15th. This will maximize the likelihood that you have your test result in time to move in on February 18 or 19. There is still a possibility that a few test results will not be available on move-in day; those students will have to wait for their results before they can come to campus. We will get those students to campus as soon as possible. Please complete the Student Information Form by January 29 to convey your ability to complete the at-home test. (You can update the form after the 29th if needed.)

As of this writing, Inspire has shipped at-home test kits to over 300 employees so that they can return to work in person in anticipation of students returning on February 18. We are awaiting their results and will keep you posted. You can also watch the dashboard for updates.

We received feedback that the campus community would like more detailed data on the COVID-19 activity on campus. To respond to this, we have revamped and expanded the case dashboard on the College’s COVID-19 Plans & Resources site. We now show a breakdown of positives by student or employee, and tests administered on campus or off campus (e.g., at home or at an urgent care). We show a breakdown of students in quarantine by close contacts versus recent travel. You will see a new graph detailing the last weeks of testing. We have also included the Crawford County infection rate so we can compare that with our campus positivity rate. Right now, our campus positivity rate is 0.42%, while Crawford County is at 12.9%. We are working hard to make campus as safe as possible.

Given the changes in CDC recommendations and the pandemic, we have updated the reopening guide for Spring 2021. The biggest change is to the travel policy. With COVID-19 infections saturating all communities, we are no longer limiting employees from neighboring counties from working on campus due to changes in COVID-19 rates. Once the campus quarantine is complete (approximately March 4), students will be able to attend same-day medical appointments locally, shop locally, and pick up takeout. However, we are asking students to avoid off-campus leisure and travel as much as possible. As you will see on our dashboard, the positive test rate in Crawford County is currently 12.9%. This means that it is safer to be on campus than in the community. Of course, emergencies happen; quarantine is available (and required) for those who have an unavoidable trip, such as a funeral or critically ill relative. Students should complete the Off-Campus Request form for these situations.

A comment on vaccines… Our partner hospital, Meadville Medical Center, has received praise for its efficient distribution of vaccines. While we are not yet able to vaccinate our student population, many members of our community have reported that they have been vaccinated. A few students who work as EMTs reported being vaccinated. We continue to advocate for our community and will keep you informed.

Another piece of feedback that we received was that our communications are impersonal. The reality is that ACHA is very personal. I, Dr. Morrow, love running ACHA. The students and employees that I have met on campus are warm, wonderful people, happy to be on campus, and apprehensive about COVID-19. Working to keep you safe while learning and working has been a boost for me during the difficult, lonely months of the pandemic. It hasn’t been easy: with remote schooling, my son is often yelling into his computer while I am yelling into mine (sorry, President Link!). But like you, I work, I strive, and I keep checking the CDC website for updates. I look forward to letting you get to know me, and getting to know you, as I work to keep you safe.

Keep in touch. I mean it! Email me. We will get through this together, and I would love to hear from you.

Dr. Morrow

Updates for the Spring 2021 Semester

Dear Allegheny College Campus Community,

We hope that you had a restful and restorative winter break! As President Link mentioned in her communication, we continue to be on course to learn face to face during the upcoming semester. We are writing with updates for the Spring 2021 semester.

Out-of-state quarantine: During the return to campus for the fall semester, we quarantined students returning from states with high levels of COVID-19. We will not be doing this in the Spring semester. Our at-home PCR test satisfies the Pennsylvania requirement for a COVID-19 test before entering the commonwealth. Also, we will work to keep the surrounding community safe by participating in our campus quarantine through March 4, 2021.

Local vaccine distribution: Meadville Medical Center is distributing the Pfizer vaccine using the phased approach developed by the Pennsylvania Department of Health to administer COVID-19 vaccines. Initial recipients of the vaccine are healthcare workers, first responders, critical workers and K-12 educators. At-risk individuals are scheduled for the next phase. Allegheny College Vaccine Task Force members have been persistently advocating for vaccination of our community. We encourage you to stay optimistic: the vaccine is coming our way!

Recently tested positive for COVID-19: The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention instructs persons who have tested positive and completed isolation for COVID-19 NOT be retested for 90 days. If you have tested positive for COVID-19 and already completed a 10-day isolation, you are welcome back to campus. You are exempt from Allegheny College testing requirements for 90 days from the date of your COVID-19 positive test. You MUST email ACHA (healthagency@allegheny.edu) with verification of test and completion of isolation prior to return to campus. If you have been ill with COVID-19, we hope you are feeling better!

Returning to campus from outside the U.S.: Students who will be returning to campus from outside the United States are not eligible to use the Inspire Diagnostics at-home PCR testing kit. Therefore, those students should independently take a PCR COVID-19 test in their home country within the five-day window prior to returning to campus; please email the result to healthagency@allegheny.edu. All students who plan to return to campus, both those living in campus residences and those living elsewhere but who may be present on campus for any reason, MUST provide proof of a negative PCR COVID-19 test before arrival on campus. Individuals who do not provide the College with proof of a negative test will not be able to move into residences, attend in-person classes on campus, or visit any other campus offices or buildings.

Taking the at-home test: U.S.-based students moving into a residence on campus should plan to take the at-home test and ship it to the testing company, on the same day, five days prior to their anticipated move-in date. Remember to enter your health insurance information when you register for the test. If you do not have health insurance or your health insurance declines the claim, you will not be charged for the test. Once a student takes the test, it is imperative that all students quarantine with immediate household members only until their return to campus. If you take the test more than five days prior to arriving on campus, you will have to obtain another negative test result yourself within the five-day window and provide proof of a negative COVID-19 test to the College prior to returning to campus. Keep the test you receive in the mail secure until you know exactly when to take it.

What to do with the results: After you take the test and mail it to the provider, Inspire will provide results directly to students and to the College, via email. The College will maintain the information with other student records, respecting confidentiality. If you test positive, Inspire will provide instructions for next steps. Any student who tests positive should not return to campus until isolation is completed and they are cleared by ACHA.

ACHA and Inspire are partnering for the successful testing of the Allegheny community. Let us know any barriers to testing so that we can help. If you have questions, please contact ACHA at healthagency@allegheny.edu. More details about our plans for the spring semester are forthcoming. Thank you for your continued excellent work that advances the health and safety of our Allegheny community!

ACHA

Allegheny College CARES Act Student Aid Report – January 8, 2021

In accordance with Section 18004(e) of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (“CARES Act” or the “Act”), The Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (“HEERF”) contained in Section 18004 of the CARES Act, and the guidance issued by the United States Department of Education, including Office of Postsecondary Education’s guidance dated May 6, 2020, Allegheny College submits this report concerning the first award Allegheny College received under the HEERF consisting of funds for Emergency Finance Aid Grants to students.

1. Acknowledgement of Funding and Certification

Allegheny College reviewed, signed and returned the U.S. Department of Educations’ Certification and Agreement for these funds on April 14, 2020. Allegheny College received a grant award notification on April 23, 2020. As required by the certification, Allegheny College will use no less than fifty percent of the funds received under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act to provide Emergency Financial Aid Grants directly to students.

2. Funds Awarded for Emergency Financial Aid Grants to Students

Allegheny College received $871,541 under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act designated for distribution to students impacted by campus disruptions due to COVID-19.

3. Emergency Financial Aid Grants Distributed to Students to Date Under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act

Of the $871,541 Allegheny College received under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act designated for distribution to students impacted by campus disruptions due to COVID-19, Allegheny College had distributed $759,460 as of October 10th, 2020, and an additional $31,254 as of December 31st, 2020, bringing the total to $790,714.

4. Eligible Students

Allegheny College had approximately  1,400 students in the spring 2020 semester and approximately 1,350 for both the fall 2020 semester and spring 2021 semester as of the date of this report that are eligible to participate in programs under Section 484 in Title IV of the Higher Education Act of 1965 by filing a valid FAFSA for the 2019-2020 academic year and, thus, are eligible to receive Emergency Financial Aid Grants to students under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act.

5. Eligible Students Receiving CARES Act Aid

Allegheny College has distributed funds it received under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act designated for distribution to students impacted by campus disruptions due to COVID-19. A total of 1,163 awards were given to 980 eligible students as of December 30, 2020. Some students received multiple awards.

6. Distribution Method

Funds Already Distributed

In order to qualify for Emergency Financial Aid Grants under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act, Allegheny College students must first be eligible to participate in programs under Section 484 in Title IV of the Higher Education Act of 1965 and incur expenses related to the disruption of campus operations due to the coronavirus. Of those students that qualified, Allegheny College chose to provide an initial disbursement of Emergency Financial Aid Grants to students who qualified for needs-based room and board grants under Allegheny’s internal criteria because it determined those students were most in need those and necessarily incurred COVID-19 pandemic related expenses following the loss of on-campus room and board.

In order to calculate these students’ COVID-19 related expenses, Allegheny College used its institutional policy for estimating needs-based commuter student room and board costs for the remaining 40% of the spring semester. This calculation resulted in an Emergency Financial Aid Grant maximum award of $800 per student.

In order to distribute this grant as expeditiously as possible, beginning on April 13, 2020, Allegheny College provided Emergency Federal Aid Grant relief to students in the same manner as it had previously provided institutional need-based aid, through students’ online accounts. Because Allegheny College began providing qualifying relief funds to qualifying students prior to Allegheny College’s receipt of any CARES Act funding, in accordance with United States Department of Education guidance, Allegheny College reimbursed itself from a portion of the CARES Act funding it received in the amount it advanced to its students in accordance with the above methodology.

Funds Reserved for Future Distribution

Allegheny College has reserved $186,192 for eligible students that incur other additional expenses related to the disruption of on-campus instruction as a result of COVID-19. The reserve amount in Emergency Financial Aid Grants for students under Section 18004(a)(1) may be applied for using the Success Grant application available on the Allegheny College’s Dean of Students webpage. As of July 7, 2020 the balance in the reserve for eligible students is $150,749. Allegheny College has not finalized its distribution methodology for these funds and reserves its right to modify this report as needed.

7. Communication to Students Concerning the Emergency Financial Aid Grants

All students who were enrolled in the 2020 spring semester, as well as those enrolled in the 2020 fall semester, were notified of the opportunity to apply for this funding via email. Students are asked to include in the application the amount and brief description of the expense incurred as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, which is used to determine an award amount. For students already issued Emergency Financial Aid Grants under Section 18004(a)(1), the expense must be in addition to the expense for which they already received funds.

In reviewing the data for this report, we realized that our past reports may have been misleading because they reported the number of awards, rather than the actual number of students, so we have clarified that in our online reports on our website. We also wanted to clarify it here. In the three reports noted below, we had noted the correct number of awards and correct amount distributed, but in some students received more than one award, and so we are clarifying below the actual number of students who received the number of awards we had already reported:

  • For the 5/23/20 report, 911 students had received 916 awards for a total of $685,349
  • For the 7/7/20 report, 920 students had received 974 awards for a total of $720,792
  • For the 8/20/20 report, 926 students had received 986 awards for a total of $729,992
  • For the 10/9/20 report, 960 students had received 1,095 awards for a total of $759,460

Of course, now that we have realized the distinction between number of awards and number of students, we will make sure future reports are clear in reporting the number of students, number of awards and total funds distributed.

Important Update — Plans for the Spring Semester

Dear Allegheny College Campus Community,

I hope you’re having a healthy, safe, and restorative break with family and friends. As we celebrate the arrival of 2021, I wanted to send you an update so that you have a clear picture of plans for the upcoming spring semester. This update has critical information that you need to know as you plan for January and February. We will be following up with more detailed emails about some of the topics mentioned here, so please keep an eye on your email in the days and weeks to come.

  • Module 1—fully remote—will start as planned on January 19, 2021, and will run through February 11. Module 2 classes will start, face-to-face as planned, on February 23, 2021. Students were asked to confirm at the end of last semester if they will be living and learning on campus during Module 2; if plans have changed since you submitted your survey, please contact us ASAP at fall2020@allegheny.edu. The Allegheny College Health Agency continues to watch guidance from the county and state; at present, our plans are on track to begin in-person classes on February 23, 2021, as planned. We will of course communicate to you immediately if we need to change plans based on CDC or government mandates or action.

    You will be receiving an email to register for an at-home COVID-19 test kit two weeks before you return to campus. Our many experts continue to emphasize that an essential key to a successful semester is testing for everyone—students, faculty, and staff — before they arrive on campus. For that reason, for spring we will require proof of a negative COVID-19 PCR test selected by the College just before arrival. Look for an email from Inspire Diagnostics and read it carefully. You will need to register for the test and enter the best mailing address to receive the test during the two weeks before you return to campus. If you have medical insurance, please enter that information. If you do not have medical insurance or if for some reason your insurance company rejects the claim, Allegheny College will cover the expense. Please carefully read as well the instructions that come with the test, which will tell you the best date to take the test. Timing is critical for the testing to ensure maximum effectiveness.

  • Students will be able to move into on-campus residences on February 18 and 19. As in the fall, all students (including commuter students, as well as all faculty and staff) will be required to take an additional COVID-19 PCR test on campus during these two days. Allegheny College will continue to operate with proper physical distancing and masking protocols in place. Therefore, as in fall, we need students to stick to their assigned move-in time to avoid congestion. Students will receive information about scheduling their move-in time as soon as possible. Based on our success in the fall, a second, in-person COVID-19 PCR test will also be required for all students on February 25 and February 26. We will, again, have an on-campus quarantine; this is tentatively scheduled to end March 4, but we will not finalize the date until we confirm there is no campus spread of COVID.

  • I am pleased to announce that Allegheny College will be doing even more testing during the spring semester, to ensure the health, safety, and success of our community. We’re investing in this additional testing to make sure we once again complete the semester face-to-face. Such testing will be mandatory for those individuals who will be on campus, a practice that will help maintain a safe on-campus experience for all. We wish to ensure that all of our students can maintain their academic progress and have a productive semester. As always, ACHA and Dr. Morrow are available for questions and concerns. Email them at healthagency@allegheny.edu or gmorrow@allegheny.edu.

  • We have formed a Vaccine Task Force that will be partnering with local medical and public health authorities to educate our community and—as soon as possible—to make vaccines available. Stay tuned for more information in the coming weeks.

As always, our community’s health, safety, and well-being are our highest priority, along with ensuring that nothing disrupts our students’ ability to achieve their academic goals and earn their degrees on time. Thank you all for your continued dedication and resolve and, above all, for the kindness and respect you’ve displayed toward all members of the Allegheny College family. I’m proud to be a part of our amazing campus community.

I look forward to a wonderful semester ahead. In the meantime, I wish you and your loved ones a coming year filled with good health, happiness, success, and so much that is good, including vaccines for all!

President Link

State of Pennsylvania Updated Travel Guidance

Dear Students and Families,

The Pennsylvania Department of Health has just issued an updated order for travelers into the state.

Although the order officially goes into effect at midnight on Thursday, in an effort to comply with the updated state directive for travelers into Pennsylvania, effective immediately, all families will be expected to remain in their vehicles wearing face coverings for move-out. Students may pack and carry items to the curb to meet families for loading and travel home. Boxes have been provided to students in all residence hall lounges to facilitate the packing process. In an effort to limit potential virus spread and protect our campus community, campus guests are strongly requested not to have physical contact with their students until the student has fully moved out of their campus housing. Once students have made physical contact with families, they are not permitted to re-enter the buildings or to be in physical contact with other students or employees.

As a reminder, we have extended move-out time on Saturday, November 21, 2020, until 5 p.m., and there will be some limited employee helpers for larger items or for students who need extra assistance. Please pay attention to traffic officers and directional signs to make for a smooth move-out process. There are storage options in the local community, and the College is providing free transportation to the storage facilities for those who make appointments. For students who need assistance with the costs of storage, please request a Gator Success Grant to offset the costs. Ideally, students can make storage arrangements prior to move-out so families can limit possible exposure on and off campus.

If plans have changed for students, necessitating an on-campus stay through the end of fall semester (subject to restrictions and quarantine), please complete the Remote Session Housing Request form. As announced several months ago, this option is at an additional cost and is only available through December 12, 2020.

Thank you for your continued patience and understanding.

Sincerely,

April Thompson
Vice President for Student Life and Dean of Students

Allegheny College CARES Act Student Aid Report – October 9, 2020

In accordance with Section 18004(e) of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (“CARES Act” or the “Act”), The Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (“HEERF”) contained in Section 18004 of the CARES Act, and the guidance issued by the United States Department of Education, including Office of Postsecondary Education’s guidance dated May 6, 2020, Allegheny College submits this report concerning the first award Allegheny College received under the HEERF consisting of funds for Emergency Finance Aid Grants to students.

1. Acknowledgement of Funding and Certification

Allegheny College reviewed, signed and returned the U.S. Department of Educations’ Certification and Agreement for these funds on April 14, 2020. Allegheny College received a grant award notification on April 23, 2020. As required by the certification, Allegheny College will use no less than fifty percent of the funds received under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act to provide Emergency Financial Aid Grants directly to students.

2. Funds Awarded for Emergency Financial Aid Grants to Students

Allegheny College received $871,541 under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act designated for distribution to students impacted by campus disruptions due to COVID-19.

3. Emergency Financial Aid Grants Distributed to Students to Date Under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act

Of the $871,541 Allegheny College received under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act designated for distribution to students impacted by campus disruptions due to COVID-19, Allegheny College had distributed $729,992 as of August 20th, 2020, and an additional $29,468 as of October 10th, 2020, bringing the total to $759,460.

4. Eligible Students

Allegheny College had approximately 1,400 students in the spring semester and approximately 1,350 for the fall semester as of the date of this report that are eligible to participate in programs under Section 484 in Title IV of the Higher Education Act of 1965 by filing a valid FAFSA for the 2019-2020 academic year and, thus, are eligible to receive Emergency Financial Aid Grants to students under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act.

5. Eligible Students Receiving CARES Act Aid

Allegheny College has distributed funds it received under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act designated for distribution to students impacted by campus disruptions due to COVID-19 to 986 students as of August 20th, 2020 and another 109 students as of October 10th, 2020, bringing the total to 1,095.

6. Distribution Method

Funds Already Distributed

In order to qualify for Emergency Financial Aid Grants under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act, Allegheny College students must first be eligible to participate in programs under Section 484 in Title IV of the Higher Education Act of 1965 and incur expenses related to the disruption of campus operations due to the coronavirus. Of those students that qualified, Allegheny College chose to provide an initial disbursement of Emergency Financial Aid Grants to students who qualified for needs-based room and board grants under Allegheny’s internal criteria because it determined those students were most in need those and necessarily incurred COVID-19 pandemic related expenses following the loss of on-campus room and board.

In order to calculate these students’ COVID-19 related expenses, Allegheny College used its institutional policy for estimating needs-based commuter student room and board costs for the remaining 40% of the spring semester. This calculation resulted in an Emergency Financial Aid Grant maximum award of $800 per student.

In order to distribute this grant as expeditiously as possible, beginning on April 13, 2020, Allegheny College provided Emergency Federal Aid Grant relief to students in the same manner as it had previously provided institutional need-based aid, through students’ online accounts. Because Allegheny College began providing qualifying relief funds to qualifying students prior to Allegheny College’s receipt of any CARES Act funding, in accordance with United States Department of Education guidance, Allegheny College reimbursed itself from a portion of the CARES Act funding it received in the amount it advanced to its students in accordance with the above methodology.

Funds Reserved for Future Distribution

Allegheny College has reserved $186,192 for eligible students that incur other additional expenses related to the disruption of on-campus instruction as a result of COVID-19. The reserve amount in Emergency Financial Aid Grants for students under Section 18004(a)(1) may be applied for using the Success Grant application available on the Allegheny College’s Dean of Students webpage. As of July 7, 2020 the balance in the reserve for eligible students is $150,749. Allegheny College has not finalized its distribution methodology for these funds and reserves its right to modify this report as needed.

7. Communication to Students Concerning the Emergency Financial Aid Grants

All students who were enrolled in the 2020 spring semester, as well as those enrolled in the 2020 fall semester, were notified of the opportunity to apply for this funding via email. Students are asked to include in the application the amount and brief description of the expense incurred as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, which is used to determine an award amount. For students already issued Emergency Financial Aid Grants under Section 18004(a)(1), the expense must be in addition to the expense for which they already received funds.

Please let us know where you will learn and live for Spring 2021

Dear Students,

In July, we asked you to tell us your plans for living and learning for the Fall 2020 semester. Over 1,300 students told us that they planned to live and learn on campus. We now ask you to tell us your plans for living and learning for the Module 2 portion of the Spring 2021 semester, so Monday, February 22 through Monday, May 17. Please see the Spring 2021 academic calendar here. If you are remote for Fall 2020, you may attend in person for Spring 2021, and vice versa. Or you may continue what you initially chose. Please complete the following form by noon on Thursday, November 19, to let us know what you intend.

Student Living and Learning Decision for Spring 2021

You will need to be logged into your allegheny.edu account to complete this form. Once you have completed the form, a confirmation will be sent to your allegheny.edu e-mail. If this confirmation does not arrive, then you did not successfully complete the form.

Students will be able to change their minds up through the beginning of the Spring 2021 semester, so through Monday, January 18. After that date students may elect to change their mind from in-person to remote but not vice versa. i.e., after that date, the decision to study remotely may not be changed. As we know that bills are due on December 31, there will be no late fees assessed in January for students who change their minds about the living decision in January.

This is separate from any request you may wish to make to remain on campus for the remote periods (November 22 to December 12, 2020 and/or January 18 to February 19, 2021). The Remote Session Housing Request was sent to you on October 1 and has a November 1 deadline.

As we said to you in July, we did not take lightly the unprecedented decision to waive the College’s housing residency requirement, and allow students to attend the College from home, as the campus living and learning community is a hallmark of an Allegheny education. But these are unprecedented times.

Students have the choice to live and learn on campus, or to live and learn remotely. Students who make the decision to live and learn remotely are not permitted to come to campus. Students who have already received a housing exemption to be a commuter may live off campus and learn on campus.

Students who elect to live and learn remotely in Spring 2021 will not be charged for room and board but will be charged tuition and other fees. As a result, a student’s cost of attendance will change and financial aid may be reduced proportionately. Refunds will be issued for room and board payments already made, as appropriate.

Students who do not complete this form, as well as those who have not completed the leave process, will be assumed to be living and learning at Allegheny College in the spring and will be billed accordingly. Unless we hear otherwise from you, students who have already completed the existing housing exemption process for spring will be assumed to be living and learning as per that request.

If you have questions, please e-mail fall2020@allegheny.edu. Please review the form linked above before doing so, as it may answer your questions.

We look forward to receiving your responses.

April Thompson
Vice President of Student Life and Dean of Students

Ian Binnington
Dean of Curriculum and College Registrar

Update on the Health and Safety of the Community

To our campus community,

The following is an update on the health and safety of the community.

We currently have no community members with active COVID-19. We have one student in quarantine.

The first week of rapid testing at our on-campus CVS site was successful. Thank you to those who, unfortunately, waited a long time on Monday and Tuesday, and to those who worked through sign-up glitches. Despite some administrative hiccups — which have been resolved — we have been able to achieve our goal of testing approximately 60 students and employees per day. In addition to our asymptomatic surveillance, we have been able to include a few community members who reported feeling ill and were added to the testing schedule last minute. This eliminated the need to quarantine ill students and thus reduced the drain on campus resources. It also decreased the stress level of those individuals and their close contacts.

Please note that the Allegheny College COVID-19 dashboard results will lag by one to two days. CVS does internal vetting of results, so they report final numbers approximately 24 hours later. We also have to account for the human factor, as only Dr. Gabrielle Morrow has access to test results. If she is providing direct patient care or counseling persons diagnosed with COVID-19 and their families, the results may be delayed a short time longer. The ACHA aims for full transparency, so if you have a question or concern about the results or the dashboard updates, please send us an email at healthagency@allegheny.edu.

The Pennsylvania Department of Health is asking all state residents, including college students, to download the new COVID Alert PA mobile app. The app provides alerts for potential exposures to the SARS-CoV-2 virus and advice for what to do if you have a potential exposure to COVID-19. The College is not requiring individuals to download the app, but we encourage everyone to sign up for this powerful new tool that can be used to reduce the spread of COVID-19.

Thanks to your efforts, we are now living and learning in person for the fifth week in a row! This is due to YOUR commitment to safety. Thank you to everyone in our campus community for all you are doing. Allegheny Strong!

The team at the Allegheny College Health Agency

Rapid testing begins Monday 9/21!

Dear Allegheny community members,

This Monday (9/21), rapid testing starts at Allegheny College!

All community members will receive an email invitation over the next few weeks to schedule a rapid test through our on-line system. Testing is available by invitation only, Monday to Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. CVS is administering the nasal swab test, which is manufactured by Abbott. The testing location is in Edwards Hall. You will get your results within 15 minutes of the test! If you are positive, a nurse practitioner will counsel you immediately in a private area and help you make plans for isolation. We expect to test the entire Allegheny College community every 35 days.

Help keep our community safe and our college open by scheduling and showing up on time for your rapid test each time you are contacted!

We welcome your questions and suggestions at healthagency@allegheny.edu. Keep in mind that we are also providing ongoing medical care to all those in isolation and quarantine, so while we answer every e-mail personally, it may take a few days to respond.

Thank you for your ongoing commitment to the health and safety of the Allegheny community.

Dr. Gabrielle Morrow