Information about the Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Information about the Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Central Penn College’s leadership team is closely monitoring the latest information related to the 2019 novel coronavirus (COVID-19 or “coronavirus”). The college is working to ensure that you have current information to stay healthy. We will continue to update this page, as new information becomes available.

Green Phase Reopening Plan Coronavirus (COVID-19) screening form

Central Penn’s COVID-19 Communication Timeline

March 2020

Central Penn College Fall Term 2020 FAQs

SCHEDULE AND CLASSES

When does the fall term begin?

Classes begin Oct. 5.

Will in-person classes be offered?

During the fall term, Central Penn College will return to its regular offerings of in-person, online and hybrid classes.

Hybrid courses use a blended approach and contain both online and on-ground components. Most times, the lecture and required content (readings, videos, etc.) are delivered online, so students are introduced to new material at their own pace. This allows classroom time to be focused on discussions and activities that apply what was learned online.

For in-person and hybrid classes, there will be enhanced safety protocols to protect students, faculty and staff.

Will I have to be online for the fall term?

The college plans to offer its regular mix of in-person, online, and hybrid classes during the fall term. Should the situation surrounding COVID-19 change due to confirmed case on campus, or updated regulatory guidance, there is a possibility that classes could be moved online temporarily during the term.

Can you tell more about how online classes are conducted?

Central Penn College has been a leader in our region for online education since 2004. Whether a student takes classes in a physical or virtual classroom, the quality of instruction is the same. Each online class will conduct interactions and activities in a unique manner. However, the College uses a single virtual classroom environment (Blackboard). All virtual classrooms will look similar, but like on-ground classes, once you enter the room, interactions with your professor and fellow students will be unique. All lectures, discussions, course materials, tests, quizzes, homework, etc. will be conducted in your virtual classroom.

If students are required to attend classes online, will you provide me with a computer?

The College and our Education Foundation are continually researching options to assist students in need of technology, so that they may learn effectively in an online environment. Central Penn recently partnered with Marco Technology, a third-party vendor, to provide laptops and other technology supplies at a discounted rate.

Students will have the opportunity to use their financial aid to purchase this technology. This will require an assigned coupon code. Students wishing to use their aid will need to contact the financial aid office immediately at financialaid@centralpenn.edu or studentaccounts@centralpenn.edu for assistance. The process will be similar to the book voucher process, which deducts the purchase of the technology from the upcoming refund. Any changes to your financial aid eligibility could cause a balance owed due to purchasing the laptop using your financial aid.

COVID-19

What enhanced safety protocols are the college employing to keep students, faculty, and staff safe?

The college has implemented enhanced safety protocols based on guidelines from the CDC and Pennsylvania Department of Health.

These safety measures include:

  • Mask-wearing in all buildings and classrooms, and outdoors when unable to maintain social distance
  • Limited class sizes, with students spaced at least six feet apart
  • Increased hand-sanitizer stations and increased cleanings throughout the college, especially of common areas
  • Required online screening form prior to first visit to campus
  • Daily pre-screening form available through the Central Penn App
  • Contact tracing through the Central Penn App
Will I have to wear a mask to attend class?

Yes. All students, faculty, and staff must wear masks upon entering any Central Penn College building. Masks must be worn when indoors and when social distancing cannot be consistently maintained outdoors (such as walking in groups). Students and faculty will be required to wear masks when seated at their desks or lecturing within the classroom. If a student has a medical condition that would prevent them from wearing a mask, they should contact Megan Peterson, Dean of Equity and Multicultural Affairs, for further instruction. Students will need to provide documentation from a doctor that they cannot wear a mask in order to receive an exemption

What precautions are the Knight & Day Café taking? (i.e. limited amount of students in café, sanitation, food prep, etc.)?

The Knight & Day Cafe adheres strictly to the requirements and guidelines in place for food service operations, including social distancing, traffic flow, limiting the number of customers at one time, cashless payment system, continuous cleaning and disinfecting, food preparation, and monitoring of staff. In order to ensure safe operations, the café is currently operating with a limited menu consisting primarily of grab-and-go options. Seating in the café is closed.

How will the college continue to monitor the COVID situation once students are back on campus?

Students, faculty, and staff will be asked to complete a daily pre-screening form via the Central Penn App. If clearance is not granted by the app (due to, for example, flu-related symptoms), that individual will be asked to remain at home and avoid coming to campus.

The campus community also will be asked to participate in anonymous contract tracing. QR codes have been placed outside of all classrooms and offices that can be scanned easily and quickly using the app. If a positive case of COVID-19 has been confirmed on campus, this information will be used to contact those with potential exposure.

Tuition

Can I still use my scholarships?

Yes, all incoming institutional student scholarships that are awarded through the student’s financial plan are still awarded.

Can I waive my $250 housing deposit or include it in my financial aid (FA) package because my parents are unemployed at the moment?

Please communicate with the Department of Financial Aid to discuss how housing deposits impact your financial plan.

Can I get more in financial aid grants if my parents are now unemployed?

Financial aid support is dependent upon a number of variables and a significant change in current and future earnings could impact the calculation. As each person’s situation is unique, it is best to schedule a time with the Department of Financial Aid to review the specific circumstances.

If we can’t move on campus in the fall will my free housing/meal plan money be refunded or applied to future terms?

If students are unable to move on campus during the fall term, any funds charged and paid for housing or meal plans for the term will be refunded to students. For students with a housing scholarship, the scholarship will be applied to the next term and extended for an additional term.

If I am on a payment plan and cannot make a payment due to still not working during COVID-19, will I accrue fees or will you work with me?

The College’s business office staff will work with students on an individual basis to arrange payment plans that consider the economic disruption being experienced in the country.

STUDENT SERVICES

How will I be able to access accommodations if classes move online?

Disability Support Services currently offers online accommodations and will work with students to ensure all relevant accommodations are available in an online environment. Testing accommodations, assistive technology, and other standard accommodations easily translate online. Questions regarding accommodations can be directed to Disability Support Services at equity@centralpenn.edu or 717-728-2398.

Does the college offer any support services for students directly impacted by COVID-19, such as essential workers, students who contract COVID-19, or students who are serving as the caregiving for someone with COVID-19? What is in place to help students who miss important academic content due to the COVID-19 pandemic?

The college’s Student Alert Team works with students to provide individualized academic and non-academic support services. If you have been directly impacted by COVID-19 and need support services, please contact StudentAlert@centralpenn.edu.

Will athletic programming be offered in the fall term and how will the college’s decision impact my eligibility?

In response to the challenges that are presented through the COVID-19 pandemic, Central Penn College has suspended all intercollegiate competition for the Fall 2020 season.

This difficult decision was made with careful deliberation and concern for the health and safety of our Central Penn students and campus community. These games, as well as our winter sport seasons, will be re-evaluated at a later date as we continue to monitor what is best for the continued health and safety of our students and college community.

We will continue to explore safe campus training and practices, as well as other recreational opportunities for our student-athletes to continue to build during this time.

Due to the impact of COVID, the USCAA Board has voted not to count seasons of competition for 2020-21 against a student-athlete’s eligibility.

Will the college continue to offer activities and events?

Yes! A variety of student activities will be offered both virtually and on-ground for students in the Fall term. All activities will be modified to follow current safety protocols around COVID-19 including social distancing, masking requirements, and room occupancy levels.

Central Penn College General Covid-19 FAQs

What is a coronavirus?

Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses, some causing illness in people and others circulating among animals, including camels, cats and bats.

What is 2019 Novel Coronavirus (Covid-19)?

The 2019 novel coronavirus (COVID-19) is a new virus that causes respiratory illness in people and can spread from person-to-person. This virus was first identified during an investigation into an outbreak in Wuhan, China.

What are the symptoms of Covid-19?

According to the CDC, people with COVID-19 have reported a wide range of symptoms––from mild symptoms to severe illness. Symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure to the virus.

People with these symptoms may have COVID-19: 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.

This list does not include all possible symptoms. The CDC will continue to update this list.

Symptoms may develop rapidly and be much more dramatic than a “typical” cold. If you have any of these symptoms, you should contact your healthcare provider. Avoid contact with other people.

How can coronavirus spread?

Human coronaviruses spread just like the flu or a cold: Through the air by coughing or sneezing, Close personal contact such as touching or shaking hands, Touching an object or surface with the virus on it
Occasionally, and fecal contamination.

Prevention

Good personal hygiene is key to preventing the spread of the disease. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends:

  • Wash your hands often with soap and hot water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing. If soap and water aren’t readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth.
  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash. If you don’t have a tissue, cough or sneeze into your elbow, not your hand.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
Emergency Preparedness on Campus?

Emergency preparedness is a critical focus for Central Penn College. As always, any urgent communications to the campus community would be sent through CP Alerts, a campus-wide notification system that generates phone calls, text messages and emails to students and employees in the event of an emergency.

If you’re not signed up, login to the portal on My.CentralPenn to register for CP Alert notifications.

If a need arises in the future, on-ground classes could be taken remotely via Blackboard, Central Penn’s online learning portal.

Information about the Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Information about the Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Conference Center Information

The health and safety of our guests and the community is our top priority. Given the current concerns related to COVID-19, the Conference Center will remain closed until December 31, 2020. The college’s leadership team is continually monitoring the situation. As additional information is made available it will be located here.

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