Allegheny College plans to welcome our students, faculty, staff, and administrators back to campus for the Fall 2020 semester. It is our intention to fully reopen for on-campus living and learning accompanied by, and subject to, ongoing guidance from the Pennsylvania Departments of Health and Education, federal agencies, and public health, epidemiological, and medical experts.
As we return to campus, the College will:
- Prioritize the health and physical and emotional safety of our campus community, while also recognizing the risks associated with reopening
- Create meaningful partnerships to protect the health and safety of and ensure the resilience of our local community
- Maintain our commitment to equity and diversity and to equal access for all students to the academic, social, and wellness resources available at the College
- Prioritize community engagement, transparency, and open communications
- Maintain a strong community ethos
Changes to campus facilities and our day-to-day behaviors will help to reduce the spread of disease on our campus and within the Meadville community. Our understanding of the SARS-CoV-2 virus is evolving, and recommendations related to disease mitigation are ever changing. Our policies and plans for reopening and keeping the campus community safe will be updated as new information becomes available.
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Allegheny College Health Agency (ACHA)
The ACHA, co-directed by Professor Becky Dawson and Dr. Gabrielle Morrow, will oversee a comprehensive healthcare system on campus that includes testing, contact tracing, and mitigation strategies for our community; the agency will communicate frequently with both the College and Meadville communities.
To create a sustainable culture of safety and health at Allegheny College in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, the ACHA will be responsible for:
1. Testing the Entire Campus Community
We will be using antigen testing in three ways:
as a baseline
2. Mitigating Disease Transmission on Campus
Mitigation strategies will be used across campus:
reducing the amount of “shared air” between individuals and groups
reorganizing the campus environment
3. Providing Consistent and Clear Education and Communications
Our communication strategy will aim to address the concerns and needs of three specific audiences:
1. Students and parents
2. Campus employees
3. Broader community that is home to the College
Phased Reopening of Campus
Starting July 1, the College will begin a staggered employee return to campus. We will continue our phased reopening through student move-in in August.
Throughout the semester, ACHA will continue to monitor the health of our community. We are moving through five phases of reopening based on the health of both the campus and local community.
|Red||March 13-June 30||The College remains closed for non-essential personnel.|
|Orange||July 1-August 14||The College will reopen to employees, who will return to work on a staggered schedule. Telework for employees will be allowed for those who can do so. Students will not be allowed on campus.|
|Yellow||August 15-31||Welcome back students and classes begin on August 31. The entire campus community will be screened for COVID-19 before August 31. After move-in is complete and screening shows that there is no active spread of COVID-19 on campus, we will transition into the blue phase. During the yellow phase, we will be in a campus quarantine period, with restriction on College-sponsored travel and encouragement that students remain on campus.|
|Blue||September 1-13||Campus quarantine period. We will restrict all College-sponsored travel and encourage students to remain on campus for a period of 14 days (September 1–14). During this 14-day period, we will be conducting COVID screening tests among 25% of the campus each week to ensure that there is no asymptomatic community spread of disease on our campus. Detailed plans about our screening procedures are forthcoming.|
|Green||After the 14-day campus quarantine period is complete and we can demonstrate that there is no community spread on campus.
Goal: September 14
|We will continue to screen campus community members for COVID-19. During this phase, College-sponsored travel will be permitted, given that other mitigation protocols are met. Students will be permitted to travel into Meadville for short trips, given that physical distancing and face covering requirements are met. We will be encouraging students to remain on campus as much as possible. Daily health screens will be conducted.|
Guidelines for Students and Employees
As repopulation of the campus begins on July 1, we ask that all members of the Allegheny community adhere to the following guidelines.
1. Daily Health Screening
- Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
- Repeated shaking with chills
- Runny nose or new sinus congestion
- Muscle pain
- Sore throat
- New GI symptoms
In the past 24 hours have you been in direct contact with an individual who has been diagnosed with COVID-19?
Direct contact means spending more than 15 minutes with a person who is closer than 6 feet away from you.
Have you traveled internationally or domestically to an area under stay-at-home orders in the past 14 days?
2. Physical Distancing
If workspaces cannot accommodate this spacing, then alternative solutions will be sought (e.g., alternate work days on campus, alternative work locations).
Avoid congregating in or around common areas.
All campus events or gatherings with greater than 250 people should be canceled.
All events need to be organized in such a way that physical distancing and face covering requirements are met.
3. Face Coverings
Appropriate use of face coverings is essential to decrease the spread of disease.
4. Frequent Handwashing
Individuals should wash their hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
No special soap is needed to wash away the SARS-CoV-2 virus.
5. Frequent Cleaning
6. Dining Services
Not until we move to the campus “green phase” will students be able to eat-in at Brooks Dining Hall or McKinley’s.
During the campus quarantine period (blue phase), College employees will be asked to limit their travel to other communities in a “green phase” (i.e. not under stay-at-home orders).
Employees will be allowed to travel domestically as long as they do not travel to a destination with a stay-at-home order.
Employees who travel often as part of their job are encouraged to do so with precautions. Prior to traveling, employees should check travel warnings and follow recommendations from the CDC.
8. Community-based Research, Internship, Class Project, and Volunteer Experiences
9. Visitors to Campus
Candidates interviewing for positions at the College will not be allowed to bring partners or children to the campus interview.
As a campus community, our goal is to limit the number of visitors to campus to the lowest number possible.
All visitors to campus will be required to adhere to the health and safety protocols in place.