COVID-19 Reopening Plan
Safe on the Summit Plan for Reopening
CSU leadership, using guidelines from the CDC and the PA Department of Education, has developed the Safe on the Summit plan to responsibly welcome students and employees back to campus for the fall 2020 semester. Highlights of the health and safety measures specifically for on-campus students are highlighted below.
- If you are coming from an area considered a COVID hotspot, it is recommended that you self-quarantine for 14 days prior to your arrival at CSU.
- It is recommended that you limit your travel for 14 days prior to your arrival at CSU.
- Before departing for CSU, it is recommended that you have a personal healthcare plan that includes:
- Conversing with your primary care physician about access to healthcare while at CSU.
- Consulting with your health insurance company about access to healthcare while at CSU. Be sure to inquire about telehealth options and COVID-19 testing options for while you are at school.
- Discussing with your parents or guardians what your best plan of action is in regard to quarantining at home or on campus if you become COVID-19 symptomatic or test positive for COVID-19. If you return home to quarantine or isolate, no refunds will be given for this time period away from campus.
- Before departing for CSU, it is recommended that you undergo a wellness check, including:
- Learn and check for symptoms of COVID-19.
- Check your body temperature.
- If you have symptoms of COVID-19, you should delay your arrival to campus and contact your resident director to make accommodations.
- Be sure to bring personal face coverings (washable or disposable) to campus for your personal use.
- You may also want to bring the following items with you to campus:
- Digital thermometer
- Hand sanitizer (this will be available at many locations across campus, but you may want your own for your room.)
- Disinfectant or alcohol wipes
When you arrive on campus before fall classes begin, your family may help you move into your residence hall during the designated time. Outside of that time, no on-campus visitors will be permitted in the residence hall, including short or overnight visits.
According to guidance from the CDC, a phased approach to student arrival and move-in is recommended. We’re able to make small adjustments to our regular move-in approach to help the process go as safely and smoothly as possible. The phases for student move-in are listed below:
- Thursday, August 13 and Friday, August 14: Student leaders including resident assistants, residence hall officers and the Student Leadership Council Executive Team
- Thursday, August 20 and Friday, August 21: New students
- Saturday, August 22 and Sunday, August 23: Returning students (non-leadership team members)
When you arrive, you and any family members accompanying you can expect to have your temperature taken. You and your guests will also need to wear face coverings. Additional details, including specific arrival and move-in times, will be distributed as they become available; additional move-in procedures will be communicated upon arrival.
Hybrid Course Delivery Format
All of your residential courses will be delivered in a hybrid format, combining face-to-face and remote instruction. For each three-credit class, two hours of instruction each week will be in the classroom, and one hour each week will be delivered remotely. (You can find your course schedule through your Student Portal.) This will reduce the face-to-face time for each class by using remote tools to insure high-quality instruction. It also allows us to utilize our classroom space to the fullest extent while we practice the recommended in-classroom physical distancing.
Your Learning Spaces
All classrooms have been reconfigured to meet CDC and Commonwealth of Pennsylvania physical distancing guidelines. In most cases, this reduces the seating capacity in each room by half. The hybrid plan mentioned above is able to make this happen without reducing the number of courses offered. We’re also creatively repurposing non-traditional classroom spaces, such as the Recreation Center, the second floor of the Murphy Memorial Library and other open-air spaces.
Each classroom will be deep-cleaned on a daily basis, and surface cleaning of high-touch student desk areas will be administered by instructors and students at the conclusion of each class.
In classrooms, you will be required to wear face coverings and will sit in assigned seats according to physical distancing recommendations. Faculty members will follow guidelines for safe physical distancing in their classroom teaching practices.
Remote Delivery Options
If necessary, a remote delivery option has been created for each course. This is helpful in case remote delivery is necessary for an individual and/or campus-wide at any point in the semester. It allows CSU to quickly accommodate a need if a student or instructor:
- Is considered high-risk for COVID-19 infection
- Becomes infected with COVID-19
- Needs to be quarantined for precautionary reasons
Cleaning and Sanitizing
Cleaning and sanitizing will be prioritized across campus, including residence halls, especially in common areas and suite bathrooms. You are also asked to keep your room clean and regularly sanitized.
Because of the unique, rapidly changing nature of COVID-19 and corresponding guidelines, detailed plans for physical distancing, face coverings, travel, visitors and care for students with confirmed cases will be released at a later date. The strategies being developed will follow guidelines set by the CDC, the Pennsylvania Department of Education and the Pennsylvania Department of Health.
Plans for athletics and on-campus dining are being developed and will meet or exceed guidelines set by the CDC, the Pennsylvania Department of Education and the Pennsylvania Department of Health.
As a part of the CSU family, your personal hygiene and health can help keep the entire community healthy. To help everyone understand expectations for personal hygiene and care for the greater community, all students and employees will follow the Individual COVID Responsibilities document, which will be posted as soon as it becomes available.
You can expect to have a daily temperature check and to report daily if you have been exposed to anyone with a confirmed case of COVID-19, if you have symptoms of COVID-19 and if you have travelled to an area considered a COVID-19 hot spot.
Everyone in the CSU community will be expected to follow the recommendations for personal hygiene and ways to limit the spread of COVID-19; these practices will be posted in many places on campus as reminders. You can also visit the “Health and Safety Resources” tab to learn more about how you can personally limit the spread of COVID-19 to help keep others safe.