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Preparing for a return to campus

Mitigation precautions two weeks prior to arrival
  • All employees and students are asked to take extra precautions to avoid exposure to COVID-19.
  • If you are experiencing any COVID-19 symptoms, you have tested positive for COVID-19, or you have been exposed to someone who has tested positive, self-report to the University (as directed above) and delay your return to campus.
  • Receiving a flu vaccine
    • The University is asking every member of our community who plans to live, learn, and/or work on campus in Spring 2021 to receive a flu shot prior to returning to campus in January.
    • Employees: If you have not done so already, please complete the Employee Flu Vaccine Certification Form as soon as possible. We ask that all employees, including those who will not have any presence on campus in the spring semester, still complete the form.
    • Students: Please complete the flu vaccine attestation form as soon as possible. Students who will not have any presence on campus in the spring semester or who cannot receive the vaccine for religious or medical reasons still need to complete the form as soon as possible.
  • Pre-arrival modified quarantine
    • Fourteen days prior to arriving on campus, students should follow a modified quarantine to limit their exposure (i.e. if you are arriving on Jan. 3, begin modified quarantine on Dec. 20). These practices include:
      • Avoiding all gatherings with individuals outside of your household
      • Maintaining a physical distance of at least six feet in all settings
      • Washing your hands frequently and for at least 20 seconds
      • Disinfecting frequently used surfaces in common areas of your household
  • Traveling from or to out-of-state
    • Currently, individuals who are entering Pennsylvania from other states and countries, are required to have a negative COVID-19 test within 72 hours prior to entering or after arrival into Pennsylvania or quarantine for 14 days when you arrive in Pennsylvania. Individuals who are traveling to or from Pennsylvania for school or work are exempt from this requirement.
  • International travel
    • The U.S. Department of State advises U.S. citizens to avoid all international travel due to the global impact of COVID-19.
  • Domestic Travel
    • The CDC cautions that all travel increases your risk of exposure to COVID-19. The best way to protect yourself and others from getting sick is to avoid all non-essential travel.
Online training and review of guidelines and policies

Prior to returning to campus, all students, faculty, and staff will be required to complete an online COVID-19 training module that will cover best practices and guidelines for the coming semester. This is an updated version of the training you completed in the fall and must be completed prior to your return to campus. You will receive an email in early January from “Canvas @ La Salle University” with instructions for completion.

Mental health and wellness
  • Abrupt closures of cities and institutions due to COVID-19 has created a drastically different reality. After months of stay-at-home orders, it will be difficult for some in the University community to return to an in-person experience.
  • There are a number of resources that are available to the University community to help students, faculty, and staff prepare mentally for a return to campus:
    • The Employee Assistance Program provides all La Salle employees with expert support to help manage stress and anxiety, 24/7, by calling 1-800-854-1446. La Salle’s telemedicine service, Doctor on Demand, provides mental health services in addition to medical care. (These services are available at no cost to employees insured through La Salle, and for a fee for those who are not.)
    • The Student Counseling Center is accessible weekdays during regular business hours by calling 215-951-1355 and leaving a message. During the pandemic, all counseling appointments will be conducted as virtual appointments. An after-hours telecounseling service is available weekdays and throughout the weekend by calling 215-951-1355 and pressing option #2.
    • The National Alliance on Mental Illness is a resource for information and services related to the Mental Health challenges of coping with COVID-19
    • In addition, we will be offering a series of Wellness Wednesday activities and small group virtual conversations to discuss strategies for dealing with anxiety during the pandemic.
Preparing for an adjusted in-person experience
  • Until a vaccine is readily available, all members of the University community should be prepared for an adjusted campus experience.
  • Ahead of your return to campus, spend time reviewing the guidelines and thinking about how to contribute to maintaining a healthy and safe environment on campus.