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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 for 14 days after exposure or 10 days after positive test.
  • Traveling from or to out-of-state
    • Under Pennsylvania guidance, if you live in, have traveled to, or plan to travel to an area where there are high amounts of COVID-19 cases, you should quarantine for 14 days when you arrive in Pennsylvania.
    • For the latest list of these states, visit the City of Philadelphia’s COVID-19 page.
      • Students who reside in these states and will be traveling to campus via a personal vehicle, can quarantine at home for two weeks prior to campus with the express understanding that at the end of the two weeks, they will travel directly to campus to mitigate exposure risk.
      • For employees who reside in any of these states, please submit a COVID-19 Workplace Accommodation Form to explore the possibility of remote work. For students who will be residing in one of these states during the semester, please contact your academic advisor.
  • International travel
    • Currently (7/11/20), 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. The training will be available online in early August.

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.