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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. Highlights of the health and safety measures specifically for students are highlighted below.

Before you Arrive on Campus

Students are encouraged to be wise and follow all state and CDC guidelines while they’re away from campus before the semester starts and during breaks. 

All students are required to begin using Healthy Roster daily starting Monday, August 9, prior to arrival to campus. Please fill it out each day that you receive it; you will need a good network or wifi connection. Communicate with your physician if you have concerning symptoms or exposure to someone who has COVID-19, especially before returning to campus. After returning to campus, Healthy Roster questions should be directed to the COVID-19 administrator. 

Before departing for CSU, it is strongly recommended that all students have a personal healthcare plan that includes: 

  • Conversing with primary care physician and health insurance company about access to healthcare while at CSU. 
  • Conversing with primary care physician and health insurance company about access to telehealth options and COVID-19 testing options for while at school. Students who are on-campus residents do have access to SwiftMD telehealth services at no cost. 
  • Discussing with parents or guardians the best plan of action regarding isolating at home or on campus if the student becomes COVID-19 symptomatic or tests positive for COVID-19. If the student returns home to quarantine or isolate, no refunds will be given for this time period away from campus. 

Before departing for CSU, it is strongly recommended that students and anyone traveling with the student undergo a wellness check, including: 

  • Learn and check for symptoms of COVID-19. 
  • Check body temperature. 
  • If the student registers a fever or has symptoms of COVID-19, the student should delay arrival to campus and contact his or her resident director to make accommodations. 

Be sure to bring personal face coverings to campus for personal use (required).  

Students may also want to bring the following items to campus: 

  • Digital thermometer (A thermometer will be provided to each new student. Students are welcome to bring the thermometer he or she prefers for personal use.) 
  • Hand sanitizer (This will be available at many locations across campus, but students may want to have some for personal use.) 
  • Disinfectant or alcohol wipes 
Moving in for Fall 2021 Semester

New Students 

Your resident director will coordinate a designated move-in time for you. 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 off-campus visitors will be permitted in the residence hall, including short or overnight visits. 

You will be assigned one move-in time and orientation: 

  • Group A: 11 a.m.–1 p.m. move in; orientation at 1 p.m. 
  • Group B: 1–3 p.m. move in; orientation at 3 p.m. 

Because Lackawanna County is a substantial viral transmission region at this time, wearing a mask is recommended for all individuals when indoors—regardless of vaccination status.

Returning Students 

You can move in during one of the specified move-in times below. 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 off-campus visitors will be permitted in the residence hall, including short or overnight visits. 

Move-In dates and times: 

  • Leadership Teams: Coordinate with your resident director 
  • Athletes: August 15 
  • Remaining Students: August 21 & 22 

Because Lackawanna County is a substantial viral transmission region at this time, wearing a mask is recommended for all individuals when indoors—regardless of vaccination status.

Residence Hall Life

Because Lackawanna County is a substantial viral transmission region at this time, wearing a mask is recommended for all individuals when indoors—regardless of vaccination status.

Anyone who chooses to wear a mask, whether fully vaccinated or not, is free to do so and must not be shamed, pressured or intimidated for doing so. 

The masking recommendations will be adjusted if there are changes in the viral transmission rate of our region. 

To minimize risk within the residence halls: 

  • As much as is possible, maximize ventilation by keeping windows open. 
  • Commuter students must declare a specific residence hall to associate and fellowship with at the beginning of the semester. 
  • High-touch surfaces in common areas will be sanitized daily. 
On-Campus Dining

Aladdin Campus Dining’s plan to provide safe on-campus dining includes:  

  • Everyone entering the cafeteria should wash hands immediately prior to entry or use hand sanitizer at entry. 
  • Face coverings are required in the cafeteria unless individuals are seated at his or her table. This is in effect for everyone, even when face coverings are not required elsewhere on campus.  
Travel and Visitors

Off-Campus Travel 

The Office for Student Development reserves the right to prohibit day trips and overnight trips, depending on the health level of the area the student wishes to travel. 

To prevent or limit the spread of COVID, the following behaviors are strongly encouraged when students leave campus: 

  • Exercise caution when leaving campus, remembering to observe face covering requirements and physical distancing as required by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and the CDC. 
  • Continue to maintain proper personal hygiene like hand washing and sanitizing. 
  • Avoid gatherings and settings that could compromise your health or the health of others. 
  • Visiting local college campuses is prohibited. 
  • Attendance at parties of students from other college campuses (on or off campus) is prohibited. 
  • Consistent with our current policy, attendance at dance and party clubs continues to be prohibited. 

Visitors from On-Campus 

Residential students may not visit other residence halls; only residents of each hall are permitted entry to his or her own hall. 

Visitors from Off Campus 

Campus access for visitors is between the hours of 6 a.m.–midnight. 

Residential students may not have off-campus visitors (including friends and family members) as day or overnight guests within the residence halls. Family may only enter the residence hall to assist with move-in during the designated times. 

Personal Hygiene, Health and Safety

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 Safe on the Summit plan, which is detailed on multiple pages of this section of the website. 

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. 

To monitor health and quickly respond to instances of COVID-19 in the campus community, CSU will utilize Healthy Roster for health checks for all students, employees and on-campus residents who are not fully vaccinated. This includes a daily temperature check, a daily report of exposure to anyone with a confirmed case of COVID-19, and a daily report of COVID-19 symptoms.   

Healthy Roster’s text-based symptom and contact surveys will begin going out on Monday, August 9. All students, employees and on-campus residents should begin filling it out daily on that date.  

Individuals who are not fully vaccinated will continue to fill out Healthy Roster surveys daily throughout the year.  

Fully vaccinated individuals can choose to opt out of using Healthy Roster by sending a photo of your completed COVID-19 vaccination card (with social security number blocked out) to the COVID-19 administrator via email (rchastain@ClarksSummitU.edu) or phone (570-585-9326). 

Care and Containment for Sick Students

If a student who is not fully vaccinated manifests COVID-19 symptoms or receives a “red screen” from Healthy Roster, that student must: 

  • Report immediately to your resident director electronically through email, text, messaging or video call. 
  • In addition, you will be contacted by the campus COVID-19 administrator to discuss expectations, options for health care and contact tracing. 
  • Refrain from attending classes, entering campus buildings, and entering the dining hall. 
  • Refrain from all institutional-sponsored activities and events. 
  • Refrain from campus employment. 
  • Consult with a qualified medical care provider to discuss options for testing and treatment. 
  • Begin self-quarantine at home. If that is not possible, begin self-quarantine in the designated quarantine suite of your residence hall. 

If a student who is fully vaccinated manifests COVID-19 symptoms, that student must: 

  • Be on restriction until you’ve heard from a physician with next steps. Restriction includes masking when not in your room, physical distancing from others and restricting activities to only what is essential. 
  • Consult with a qualified medical care provider to determine next steps. The student should follow the medical provider’s recommendations. Qualified medical providers can include: 
    • Swift MD 
    • Your personal/family physician’s office 
    • Urgent Care (such as Geisinger Careworks at Weis Markets in Clarks Summit) 
  • If the qualified medical care provider recommends the next step of testing, treatment or quarantine related to COVID-19, the student should: 
    • Contact his or her resident director to arrange quarantine and meals. 
    • Obtain a COVID-19 test. 
    • Contact the COVID-19 administrator by email (rchastain@ClarksSummitU.edu, phone call or text (570-585-9326). 

If any student, whether fully vaccinated or not fully vaccinated, tests positive for COVID-19: 

  • You should make arrangements to isolate at home. If traveling home is not possible, you will be relocated to a COVID-19 isolation room in Shaffer Hall or Commons Hall. 
  • Contact tracing will be performed, and those who have come in “close contact” with someone who is a confirmed case of COVID-19 must enter into quarantine. Close contact is defined as: 
    • Being within six feet of someone for at least 15 minutes who has COVID-19. 
    • Provided care to someone who is sick with COVID-19. 
    • Had direct physical contact with the person (touched, hugged or kissed them). 
    • Shared eating or drinking utensils. 
    • Was exposed to sneezing, coughing or respiratory droplets. 
  • Quarantine for those who have been exposed to someone with COVID-19 shall continue until the last day of quarantine is 14 days from the date of close contact. See “Fully Vaccinated Students” for more information about quarantine if a student is fully vaccinated and exposed to someone with a confirmed case of COVID-19. 

Quarantine or isolation for those who think they have COVID or have tested positive for COVID shall continue until the following is met:  

  • At least 10 days have passed since symptoms first appeared AND 
  • At least 24 hours with no fever without fever-reducing medication AND 
  • Symptoms have improved. 

Daily Health Checks for Students

To monitor health and quickly respond to instances of COVID-19 in the campus community, CSU will utilize Healthy Roster for health checks for students who are not fully vaccinated. This includes a daily temperature check, a daily report of exposure to anyone with a confirmed case of COVID-19, and a daily report of COVID-19 symptoms. You can use Healthy Roster on your smart phone, computer, laptop or tablet. 

Healthy Roster’s text-based symptom and contact surveys will begin going out on Monday, August 9. All students, employees and on-campus residents should begin filling it out daily on that date.  

Individuals who are not fully vaccinated will continue to fill out Healthy Roster surveys daily throughout the year.  

Fully vaccinated individuals can choose to opt out of using Healthy Roster by sending a photo of your completed COVID-19 vaccination card (with social security number blocked out) to the COVID-19 administrator via email (rchastain@ClarksSummitU.edu) or phone (570-585-9326). 

Residential Students who are Not Fully Vaccinated

You are required to submit a daily health check using the Healthy Roster app. You will begin using Healthy Roster on Monday, August 9, 2021. 

Residential student self-health checks will be conducted daily (Sunday to Saturday) between 5 and 11 p.m. 

Each day, Healthy Roster will send you a text message or email to prompt you to engage in the survey to report potential COVID-19 exposure, presence of COVID-19 symptoms and body temperature. 

  • A satisfactory survey will result in a “green screen” indicating you are approved to access campus buildings. 
  • An unsatisfactory survey will result in a “red screen” indicating you are not approved to access campus buildings. 
  • If you receive a “red screen,” you must remain in your room and immediately contact your resident director electronically through email, text, messaging or video call. 
  • In addition, when you receive a “red screen,” you will be contacted by the campus COVID-19 administrator to discuss expectations and options for your health care. 
  • If you receive a “red screen,” you must:  
    • Refrain from attending classes, entering campus buildings and entering the dining hall. 
    • Refrain from all institutional-sponsored activities and events. 
    • Refrain from campus employment. 
    • Consult with a qualified medical care provider. 
    • Begin self-quarantine.
Commuter Students who are Not Fully Vaccinated

You are required to submit a daily health check using the Healthy Roster app. You will begin using Healthy Roster on Monday, August 9, 2021. 

  • You will be required to use Healthy Roster daily (Sunday to Saturday), regardless of your class schedule. 
  • Each day, Healthy Roster will send you a text message or email to prompt you to engage in a survey to report potential COVID-19 exposure, presence of COVID-19 symptoms and body temperature. 
  • A satisfactory survey will result in a “green screen” indicating you are approved to access campus buildings. 
  • An unsatisfactory survey will result in a “red screen” indicating you are not approved to come to campus.  
  • If you receive a “red screen,” you must remain at home and immediately contact the Office for Student Development. 
  • If you receive a “red screen,” you should consult with your medical care provider to discuss options for testing and treatment. 
      Fully Vaccinated Students

      Students are automatically enrolled in Healthy Roster, and fully vaccinated students can opt out by sending a photo of your completed COVID-19 vaccination card (with social security number blocked out) to the COVID-19 administrator via email (rchastain@ClarksSummitU.edu) or phone (570-585-9326). 

      However, fully vaccinated students should immediately take action if he or she: 

      • Experiences COVID-19 symptoms. 
      • Has been exposed to COVID-19 or someone suspected to have COVID-19. 

      If a fully vaccinated student shows COVID-19 symptoms, the student will: 

      • Be on restriction until you’ve heard from a physician with next steps. Restriction includes wearing a face covering outside of your room, practicing physical distancing and restricting activities to only what is essential. 
      • Consult with a qualified medical care provider to determine next steps. The student should follow the medical provider’s recommendations. Qualified medical providers can include: 
        • Swift MD 
        • Your personal/family physician’s office 
        • Urgent Care (such as Geisinger Careworks at Weis Markets in Clarks Summit) 
      • If the qualified medical care provider recommends the next step of testing, treatment or quarantine related to COVID-19, the student should: 
        • Contact his or her resident director to arrange quarantine and meals. 
        • Obtain a COVID-19 test, if recommended by the medical care provider. 
        • Contact the COVID-19 administrator by email (rchastain@ClarksSummitU.edu, phone call or text (570-585-9326). 

              If a fully vaccinated student is exposed to someone confirmed to have COVID-19: 

              After exposure to someone who has or is suspected to have COVID-19, the fully vaccinated student will be placed on restriction until he or she receives negative test result or when he or she is released by the COVID-19 administrator after 10–14 days. 

               Restriction includes: 

              • Wearing a face covering outside of his or her room, practicing physical distancing and restricting activities to only what is essential. 
              • Getting tested for COVID-19 three to five days after last exposure can reduce restriction time when a negative test result is received and produced to the COVID-19 administrator. 

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