- How can Alvernia students, faculty and staff participate in keeping the campus safe?
Alvernia students, faculty, and staff have created a community where we take care of one another. This year will be no different in that respect. The success of returning to campus will be largely dependent on the campus community taking personal actions to protect themselves and others on campus. With that in mind, all Alvernia students, faculty and staff returning to campus are expected to adhere to the following guidelines:
- Practice social distancing of at least six feet while on campus and off-campus;
- Wear face masks when inside campus buildings, including classrooms, labs, offices and other public spaces as recommended by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC)and the Pennsylvania Department of Health;
- Maintain high sanitation levels including frequently washing hands (for at least 20 seconds), utilizing new and existing hand sanitation stations, avoiding close contact with those who are sick and covering coughs or sneezes with a tissue as directed by the CDC;
- Self-monitor daily for COVID-19 symptoms on the #CampusClear app and report symptoms to a medical professional;
- Remain home if feeling ill or after having been exposed to someone who is sick or tested positive for COVID-19;
- Sanitize high-touch surfaces (desks, tables, doorknobs, etc.) and common spaces by utilizing the newly installed sanitation stations or provided wipes and sprays
- And develop creative solutions to avoid in-person meetings by utilizing university technology, including Microsoft Teams and ZOOM.
This information is summarized in the Alvernia Wellness Compact. Every member of the Alvernia community will be asked to review the wellness compact and adhere to its guidance throughout the fall semester.
- What is the Alvernia Wellness Compact? (ADDED 8.10.20)
The Alvernia University Wellness Compact is a set of actions that all members of the university community are asked to abide by to protect themselves and others by doing their part to prevent the spread of COVID-19 and other illnesses. The Alvernia Wellness Compact is available here for review.
- Do we need to wear masks and maintain social distancing when we return to campus?
In accordance with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and current Pennsylvania public health guidelines, wearing face masks and adhering to social distancing practices, including maintaining six feet of physical distance from another person, are critical components in helping to support the health and safety of the entire campus community. Students, employees and any approved visitors are required to practice social distancing and wear face masks in classrooms, labs, offices, dining and retail facilities, public spaces, and while walking and traveling by car with others on Alvernia campuses.
- I've heard Alvernia is using #CampusClear app but I want to find more information and how to download the app and make it part of my daily routine? (UPDATED 8.19.20)
What is #CampusClear?
#CampusClear is a COVID-19 assessment tool that allows individuals to report health status, symptoms, and exposure. More than 1,000 colleges and universities have signed-up for #CampusClear, which was created by Ivy.ai, a leading developer of higher-education artificial intelligence solutions, in partnership with Creighton University and other collegiate partners.
Alvernia University expects the entire campus community, all students, faculty and staff at all locations to utilize #CampusClear for daily self-symptom screening.
What does the #CampusClear app do?
- Enables students and employees to self-report symptoms or COVID-19 infection daily in an easy and convenient way.
- Clears individuals to access university facilities.
- Gives Alvernia actionable information to manage emergent risks.
- The app is not a source of medical advice. Check with your doctor if you have any health concerns.
#CampusClear Download and Account Set Up
- Search “Campus Clear” within the Apple App Store or Google Play store.
- Select #CampusClear app, indicated by the green hashtag logo and click install app.
- Read through the agreements and user consents and click “I understand/consent”
- Choose “student”, “employee” based on your appropriate role and enter your @alvernai.edu email address
- Check for confirmation email to complete account setup. Email will come from “Ivy Team” at the email address email@example.com.
- Click “confirm email” to begin using the app.
How do I conduct a self health screen using the app daily?
- Check your temperature with a thermometer (remember your result) and then open the app. You need to complete the steps in the app before coming onto campus and also on days you do not come to campus. Please allow notifications on the app so you will be prompted by a mobile notification or email every weekday morning at 7:30 a.m. and at 10 a.m. on Saturday and Sunday.
- Click the button for any symptoms you have or indicate if you are symptom free.
- Follow the guidance provided by the app. The app will tell you whether you are clear to come onto campus or not.
- Students and employees must self-screen via the app every day.
Passes and Instructions
If you receive a screen (screen color will change daily) with a smiley face…
You are cleared to be on campus to attend classes, work, and other activities. Please follow social distancing guidelines, wear your mask and enjoy campus responsibly.
If you receive a red screen
Do not come to campus. Avoid contact with others.
Students should call the Health and Wellness Center (610-568-1467) before 4:30pm or send a secure message via the Student Health Portal if after hours. Employees should contact their primary care provider and reference the COVID-19 protocol sheet.
If you don't have access to a smartphone or other mobile device...
If you don't have access to a smartphone/device, you can provide a daily screening via a desktop or laptop computer here. Please print out your results and carry with you during your time on campus.
#CampusClear Helpful Tips
- You will never have to select or remember a password to use the app.
- You will remain logged in to the app until you logout, even after closing the app.
- Your results for the day will display every time you open the app, until the next day when you are prompted to complete the question again. It is okay if you close the app between completing your attestation and needing to present your results on campus.
- If you make a mistake and need to re-enter your results for the day, you must log out of the app and back in.
- Every time you log out of the app and attempt to log back in, you will be asked to verify yourself through the email confirmation, to protect identity.
Has Alvernia established a COVID-19 Dashboard for tracking COVID-19 cases in the campus community? (ADDED 8.19.20)
The university has established a COVID-19 Dashboard, which outlines testing and isolation of all students, faculty and staff studying or working at any Alvernia’s campuses (Reading, Philadelphia, or Schuylkill). To protect each person’s privacy, the university will not share names nor other specific details. Alvernia will update this list daily as information becomes available and is verified.
What should I do if I am a student and not cleared through #CampusClear to come to class? (ADDED 9.22.20)
If a student reports a symptom that results in the inability to come to class (i.e. a new headache, loss of taste and/or smell, a new cough, etc.), they should contact the Health and Wellness Center immediately to discuss the symptoms with the staff. If needed, the Health and Wellness Center staff will schedule an appointment for testing. Once cleared, the student should obtain a clearance note from the Health and Wellness Center and submit this to faculty for each course they are enrolled. Students are expected to work with each professor in their classes to determine how to keep up with classwork while they are awaiting clearance.
What is the difference between quarantine and isolation? (ADDED 9.22.20)
Isolation and quarantine are both intended to limit the spread of disease, but they have different meanings and different time requirements.
Quarantine is used to keep someone who might have been exposed to COVID-19 away from others and helps prevent spread of the disease that can occur before a person knows they are sick or if they are infected with the virus without feeling symptoms.
Isolation is reserved for those who have tested positive for COVID-19 or are showing symptoms.
Based on the latest guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, time requirements for quarantine and isolation depend on a variety of factors, including whether an individual has been in contact with someone who has COVID-19, is showing symptoms of COVID-19, has tested positive for COVID-19, and more.
The following provides a summary of quarantine and isolation time requirements for students and employees.
- Since symptoms typically develop between 2 to 14 days after exposure, students, faculty and staff who believe they have come into contact with someone who has COVID-19 and/or been identified during the University’s contact tracing process must quarantine for 14 days from their last contact with the individual, in accordance with the CDC guidelines. The CDC provides guidance on when to start and end quarantine based on various scenarios.
- Faculty and staff should quarantine at home and may work remotely if well enough to do so.
- Students living on campus will quarantine in space identified on campus.
- Students who live off campus or at home should plan to quarantine in their current residence. County contact tracers will evaluate additional quarantine needs for students living off campus as part of the contact tracing process.
- During quarantine, you may or may not develop symptoms of COVID-19.
- For those in quarantine who begin developing symptoms, they should do the following:
- Residential students experiencing symptoms should contact the Health and Wellness Center.
- Commuter students experiencing symptoms should contact their primary care provider and the Health and Wellness Center.
- Employees should contact their primary care provider, their supervisor and Leslie Kane (Leslie.Kane@alvernia.edu).
- Students, faculty and staff who test positive for COVID-19 will need to isolate for at least 10 days. Students and employees who are experiencing symptoms and awaiting test results will need to isolate immediately. If the test result is negative, they no longer need to isolate in most cases. This should be discussed with the Health and Wellness Center or the primary care provider before clearance is given.
- Faculty and staff should isolate at home, students living on campus will stay in campus-provided isolation space. Individuals should not return to on-campus work or classes until cleared by a medical professional in accordance with CDC guidelines.
- According to CDC isolation guidance, individuals who tested positive and experience symptoms can be cleared by a physician to be with others after at least 10 days since their symptoms first appeared, as long as the individual is without a fever forat least 24 hours with no fever-reducing medication, and symptoms have improved. Individuals who tested positive but did not experience symptoms can be cleared by a physician to be with others after 10 days have passed since the date of the positive test. For those who experienced severe illness, your healthcare provider may recommend that you stay in isolation for longer than 10 days after your symptoms first appeared (possibly up to 20 days).
- During the semester, students who test positive or are exhibiting symptoms should immediately contact the Health and Wellness Center. Faculty and staff who test positive will need to report their positive status to their supervisor and Leslie Kane (Leslie.Kane@alvernia.edu), so their unit can begin the contact tracing process, and self-isolate off campus.
Can I leave quarantine early if I receive a negative test result? (ADDED 9.22.20)
If you are identified as a close contact through contact tracing, you must complete the entire quarantine period regardless of your test result. Since symptoms typically develop between 2 to 14 days after exposure to someone with COVID-19, close contacts are required to complete the 14-day quarantine period from their last contact with the positive individual. The Alvernia University Health and Wellness Center will tell you what your release date is pending your last contact with the COVID-19 positive person.
What is Alvernia’s contact tracing plan? (ADDED 9.22.20)
To support the health and well-being of the University community this fall and to limit COVID-19 spread and transmission, Alvernia has implemented a contact tracing process in coordination with the Pennsylvania Department of Health. The contact tracing process will focus on identifying, notifying and monitoring students, faculty and staff who came in close contact with an individual who has been diagnosed with COVID-19, or is presumed positive, while they were infectious.
The University and the Pennsylvania Department of Health will work in tandem to support state requirements for case investigation, which is the process of contacting those who test positive for COVID-19, or are presumed positive, and then reaching out to their close contacts.
The following steps outline the contact tracing process and what students and employees can expect:
- Step 1: Alvernia’s required use of the #CampusClear self-screening helps users to identify symptoms and alerts them to stay home and students to call Health and Wellness and employees to contact their PCP and supervisor.
- Step 2: Health and Wellness Center staff will initiate contact with positive or presumed positive students and employees.
- Step 3: Faculty will be contacted for current and up-to-date attendance and seating chart information. Health and Wellness Center staff members and contact tracers will communicate with faculty, staff and students identified as close contacts about quarantine expectations and to offer support and guidance.
- Step 4: State contact tracers and select university administrators will reach out daily, or on an as-needed basis, to students in isolation and/or quarantine to provide support and will notify the Health and Wellness Center if they have additional recommendations.
How will I be contacted if I am identified during the contact tracing process? (ADDED 9.22.20)
When a student or employee is identified as being positive for COVID-19, an Alvernia Health and Wellness Center staff member will reach out to them to provide support and isolation guidance and to collect information about that person’s close contacts. An Alvernia Health and Wellness Center staff member will then reach out to students and employees identified as close contacts to gain additional information and provide directions and health precautions. As part the University’s partnership with the Pennsylvania Department of Health, a case manager from the state also will reach out to Alvernia students and employees who are diagnosed with COVID-19 to identify close contacts; the state contact tracers will follow up with those close contacts.
In accordance with CDC guidance, close contacts are defined as anyone who was within 6 feet of an infected person for at least 15 minutes starting from 48 hours before the person began feeling sick (or when they test positive, if asymptomatic) until the time the patient was isolated.
How is Alvernia testing for COVID-19 and will the university start testing asymptomatic individuals? (UPDATED 9.22.20)
Alvernia has secured rapid point of care, on-campus testing capabilities and is also partnering with local hospitals to test students, faculty and staff for COVID-19, as indicated by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Pennsylvania Department of Health guidelines.
The Alvernia Health and Wellness Center is conducting testing of all direct contacts of positive cases. The vast majority of those tested at Alvernia due to exposure have been asymptomatic.
What if I have been in direct contact with someone who did not test positive, but that person has been in direct contact with the person who tested positive? (ADDED 9.22.20)
Exposures of exposures do not need to quarantine. The Alvernia University Health and Wellness Center will, if necessary, expand the quarantine to additional individuals following receipt of test results of the first wave of individuals exposed to an individual who has tested positive for COVID-19.
- Will masks be provided to the Alvernia community?
The university has purchased 3,000 Alvernia branded masks that will be distributed to the student and employees during the first few days of the fall 2020 semester. In addition, the Alvernia has purchased 1,000 non branded cloth masks and 20,000 disposable masks for use by Alvernia students, faculty and staff.
Will students, faculty and staff be required to take their temperature every day? (UPDATED 8.19.20)
As part of ongoing mitigation efforts, all students, faculty and staff will also be asked to complete self-monitoring, which includes taking temperature with a thermometer and screening for other symptoms through the #CampusClear app. For students, any concerning symptoms will be addressed by the university's Health and Wellness Center.
The Alvernia Pandemic Response Team may issue requirements for situations where students, employees, and approved visitors must have their temperature checked by an Alvernia representative before participating in an activity or entering a University-owned space. Examples include university-sponsored intercollegiate athletic activities and in certain lab activities.
- Are there penalties for faculty, staff and students who do not follow health guidance related to working, living and being on campus?
All students are expected to follow all guidelines and recommendations established by Alvernia University. Non-compliance will be considered a policy violation and referred to the Office of Community Standards for follow up.
All Alvernia University employees are expected to follow all guidelines and recommendations to support a safe and respectful workplace. Non-compliance will be subject to the employee progressive disciplinary processes as necessary. As a Franciscan community, the university expectation is full cooperation from all faculty and staff members.
- What will happen if/when a student, faculty or staff member tests positive for COVID-19?
If there is a confirmed case on campus, the Pennsylvania Department of Health will be notified. The Department of Health, together with the University and county resources, will begin contact tracing to determine others at risk of exposure.
For the vast majority of the Alvernia population, home isolation is the recommended option. For those who can't return home, an isolation strategy will be put in place utilizing campus facilities. At this point, Alvernia has reserved 5% of available residential rooms for use in the isolation strategy. Students should review the Isolation Ready Kit Fact Sheet now to prepare themselves for a potential isolation situation.
Employees will work with their supervisor to determine if sick time or remote work is appropriate while in isolation. The employee can return to work in person once cleared to return by medical provider or has met the CDC standard for return to work.
As testing is a rapidly changing situation in Pennsylvania and across the nation, this plan may be adjusted by new CDC or Department of Health recommendations. In the coming weeks, the university expects to have further guidance for the community.
- Will there be some type of COVID-19 safety training that students and employees will receive as they arrive to campus? (ADDED 8.17.20)
To educate our community on the COVID-19 and the various mitigation efforts, Alvernia has secured an online training module that all students, faculty and staff will be required to complete before their return to campus.
The module explores some of the challenges associated with, and strategies for approaching, reopening colleges and schools during the COVID-19 pandemic. Learn more about COVID-19 and what faculty, staff, and students should expect, and do, as in-person operations resume.
After taking this course, learners should be able to:
- Describe the challenges institutions are facing as a result of the pandemic
- Recognize that everyone must work together to reduce the spread of the virus
- Identify the signs and symptoms of COVID-19
- Detail safety precautions to minimize exposure to the virus
Students, faculty and staff will receive instructions to their Alvernia email this week with instructions on how to complete the online training. All students, faculty and staff must complete this training as explained in the univeristy email regarding training.
- What partnerships/protocols are in place with local health departments and hospitals if positive cases start to emerge?
Alvernia's Reading campus is partnering with two local hospitals, Penn State Health St. Joseph and Tower Health Reading Hospital, as well as the Southeast District office of the Pennsylvania Department of Health to assist in providing care, follow up and case management as needed. The university has also developed partnerships with the Montgomery County Bureau of the Department of Health (Philadelphia) and the Schuylkill County Health Center (Schuylkill) for students at the Philadelphia and Schuylkill campuses.
Alvernia will continue to develop these partnerships to address needs as they arise.
- What is Alvernia doing regarding residential dining options for students, faculty and staff?
Alvernia University's Dining Services has a comprehensive plan to minimize exposure risk at its several dining locations on campus. Highlights of that plan are listed below:
- Indoor dining at Courtside Café and Student Center will be limited to 75% occupancy.
- Increased outdoor seating will be available during the fall semester. Tents with picnic tables will also be available. In inclement weather, once dining capacity is reached indoors, the Alvernia community will be offered to-go meals to take and enjoy in other parts of campus.
- The Student Center Dining Hall will run as a served or grab-and-go option (patrons will not be able to serve themselves). The newly expanded hours of operation will remain the same for all resident and retail locations.
- Meal exchange encourages patrons to utilize all dining locations during the week in order to decrease the number of patrons in a dining location during any given time frame. Meal exchange will be available at Freshens and Courtside Café from 11am-7pm Monday to Friday.
- Green plastic, re-washable, to-go containers will be given to all students on a meal plan and can be utilized at any location to take a meal to-go at any time. Students can return their used containers when they visit the dining options and are given a clean, sanitized container for their next meal.
- Social distancing measures will be enforced at all food service locations with guidance from floor signs and physical barriers to control flow of traffic.
- Dining services has committed to a heightened sanitation and PPE regime that include: sanitation examinations every 30 minutes, face masks and gloves worn by all staff, staff temperature checks before each shift, high-temperature dishwashing machine and extended sneeze guards.
- Prior to the return to campus, the local health inspector will visit Alvernia dining to ensure all best practices and safety protocols are strictly enforced and followed.
- For additional info on dining please refer to the updated dining website for menus, hours and contact information.
- What if there is a virus flare on campus during the semester? Will Alvernia close campus and return to remote learning? (UPDATED 8.17.20)
The Alvernia Pandemic Response Team has created guidance, which has been informed by evidence-based science and/or expert opinions. This guidance covers most situations and will be revised as our understanding of COVID-19 and situational awareness changes.
The university regularly monitors and determines the level of operations for classes, housing, research and other events and activities using an established framework. Levels of operations range from a closed campus to fully open. Levels within this range include various combinations of online and in-person classes, class size densities, on-campus housing availability, and expanded or reduced research activities.
A combination of community and campus criteria might lead to further campus restrictions, partial closure or full closure.
Community criteria include:
- Significant, applicable action by the governor or other public officials
- Escalation of the City of Reading Public Health COVID-19 risk-based guidelines
- Number of hospital admissions in Berks, Schuylkill, Montgomery and surrounding counties
- Trends among other institutions of higher education
- Upward trajectory of influenza-like illness (ILI) –when compared to traditional rates –and COVID-19-like syndromic surveillance within a 14-day period
- Upward trajectory of documented cases or percentage of positive tests (with flat or increasing volume of tests) for 14 days
- Degradation of robust testing capacity in community including screening and contact tracing for symptomatic individual
Campus Considerations include:
- Employee absenteeism with focus on critical areas such as environmental services (ability to maintain a safe, hygienic campus)
- Increases in percent positives in testing
- Personal protective equipment (PPE) shortages impacting ability to test and care for COVID-19
- Inability to adequately test for COVID-19 due to supply chain issues (e.g., collection kit, processing reagents)
- If the activity from clusters overwhelms our ability to quarantine/isolate and contact trace
- Positive tests in excess of predicted model
- Upward trajectory of ILI and COVID-19 syndromic surveillance within a 14-day period over baseline rates
- Excess student stress/concern
- Upward trajectory of documented cases or percentage of positive tests (with flat or increasing volume of tests) for 14 days
- Increasing cases of community transmission (no known source) in student population
- Degradation of containment capabilities
Some of the possible actions as a result of these factors include:
- Advanced or heightened social distancing, environmental cleaning
- Short class suspension, building and facility closure to clean/disinfect/contact trace in consultation with local health officials
- Phased occupancy reduction
- Closure of residence halls with the understanding that travel is a concern and it might be worse to send people home
- On-campus closure; full transition to remote learning
- Has Alvernia placed any restrictions on travel?
Alvernia has canceled all university-sponsored travel for the fall 2020 semester.
The university is also following the U.S. Department of State Level 4: Do Not Travel advisory and is advising all domestic students, faculty and staff to avoid international travel.
- What are the protocols for the university to maintain and sanitize all buildings?
In following CDC guidelines, high-touch and high-traffic campus areas will be sanitized daily. These areas will also have hand sanitizer stations, disinfecting wipes and spray disinfectants to be used frequently throughout the day by those individuals overseeing the area.
Restroom checks will be completed multiple times daily for cleanliness and supply needs. Hand sanitizer stations will be added to all restrooms.
Sanitizer stations will be added to the entrance of all campus buildings, as well as common areas and high traffic areas.
Sanitizing wipes will be made available in all classrooms, labs, studios, etc. Students, faculty, and staff should wipe desks, keyboards and computer mouse devices before using them. Used wipes should be immediately discarded. Extra or larger trash cans will be placed in areas as needed.
The university had invested in Halo and Curis Disinfection Systems for campus-wide use.
- Can you describe the measures Alvernia is taking with local communities to prevent the spread of the virus?
Education and social responsibility are at the forefront of Alvernia's COVID-19 mitigation tactics. The university will continue to educate its students, faculty and staff on the importance of enacting and maintaining proper health guidelines as described by the CDC and as outlined by the Pennsylvania Governor's office. Alvernia has and will continue to engage in collaborative efforts with various members of the local community (businesses, government officials, internship locations) to ensure these guidelines are being followed throughout the fall semester.
- What should I do if I am struggling with the transition back to campus or someone I know seems to be in distress?
Students should ask for help and utilize resources on campus including the Health and Wellness Center. Students can contact the Health and Wellness Center at 610-568-1467 to talk to a counselor. Counseling services will be utilizing telehealth when appropriate and in-person visits if necessary.
Employees can utilize the Employee Assistance Program (EAP) during the transition.
- Will the fitness centers be open during the fall 2020 semester? (ADDED 8.28.20)
The Campus Commons Fitness Center will open for the first time on Sunday, August 30 from 12pm – 6pm. Limited hours will allow for additional training for Fitness Center student workers and staff on Sunday evening. Normal hours, which begin on Monday, August 31, are below:
- Monday – Thursday: 6:00am – 10:00pm
- Friday: 6:00am – 7:00pm
- Saturday: 7:00am – 7:00pm
- Sunday: 7:00am – 10:00pm
Please see below for new/additional COVID-related guidelines and protocols for use:
- Use of facilities is restricted to current students only. Faculty, staff, guests and alumni use has been suspended temporarily.
- Plex Strength Room has been closed temporarily.
- All Fitness Center/Strength Room locations have been reviewed by Advantage Fitness, our Fitness Center consultant, and floor plans have been updated to meet or exceed all appropriate CDC and/or industry guidelines, including removing pieces of equipment, spreading others out, restricting use, and placing some equipment out of order to ensure appropriate physical distancing, etc.
- Protective Shields have been added to all student check-in desks/areas.
- Check-In/Check-Out procedures have been modified to include proof of #CampusClear status (smiley face).
- In accordance with Pennsylvania Department of Health guidance and Alvernia policy, masks covering the mouth and nose are required to be worn at all times, including when exercising.
- Physical Distancing of at least six feet must be maintained at all times.
- Increased signage has been added to direct traffic flow, limit capacity, and to detail enhanced cleaning procedures.
- Capacities have been decreased in each area and are indicated on signage throughout the facility.
- Locker rooms, changing areas, and restrooms are open, but you may not leave anything in them.
- Water fountains have been turned off, so please bring your own bottle (filling stations are on).
- Additional staff has been added for the purpose of cleaning and sanitization of equipment hourly
- Please report any violations of these rules and protocols, or any questions to the Front Desk Staff or e-mail Coach Rayne Reber at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Additional rules and regulations are posted in the facility and available at AUWolves.com.
- I'm a student and I received a card in the mail from SwiftMD, what is this service? (ADDED 8.10.20)
SwiftMD is a new after-hours telemedicine service that is provided to Alvernia's full-time undergraduate students at no additional cost. This service can be utilized when the Health and Wellness Center is closed. It is important to note that this not any kind of health insurance.
- Is there any new health documentation or information that will be required for students, faculty and staff to submit before arriving at campus? (UPDATED 8.19.20)
A new COVID-19 Return to Campus form must be completed by students returning to campus in August. That form has been delivered to students on the student health portal and was due August 13th.
If you have not completed it yet, please do so as soon as possible by logging in to the Student Health Portal and click on "My Forms." If you have not completed it yet, please do so as soon as possible.
In addition, a Flu Vaccination requirement has been added this year for residential students and student-athletes. Residential students and student-athletes must have a current 2020-21 seasonal flu shot on file by Oct. 15 by uploading proof to the student health portal. Flu shot clinics will be available on campus through a local pharmacy and at the Health and Wellness Center during move in and through the first week of classes.
- How can I submit the new student health form in the student health portal? (ADDED 8.10.20)
Log in to the Student Health Portal and click on "My Forms" to complete the Alvernia COVID-19 Return to Campus Form.
- What if I can't get an appointment with my doctor before school starts to fulfill the health requirements? (UPDATED 8.19.20)
All full time undergraduate, DPT, DNP, MSN, MSAT, MSOT, and MSW students are required to complete forms and submit copies of their immunization records and insurance card on the Student Health Portal by August 1. If you are having trouble getting an appointment with your doctor, you may be able to request your immunization record from them without needing an appointment. You can also contact the Alvernia Health and Wellness Center by sending a secure message in the Student Health Portal with your concern. There will be a vaccine clinic on campus the first week of classes to help students catch up on necessary vaccines including the flu shot.
- Will Alvernia have flu shots available on campus for students, faculty and staff? (ADDED 8.26.20)
Students and employees are eligible for the on-campus flu vaccination clinic provided by RiteAid. Enter 19607 for the zip code, register and schedule the appointment, print and complete the consent info and bring those papers along with your insurance card and ID to the clinic.
- Will there be a mandatory quarantine before coming back to campus? (UPDATED 8.10.20)
As part of Alvernia’s efforts to open our campus for Fall 2020 in a safe and healthy way, we’re strongly encouraging all students – commuters and residents - to self-isolate at home for 14-days prior to arriving on campus. Please note, this does not apply to students who have already started classes, been living/working on campus this summer, or students who plan to be virtual in the fall. Students are asked to limit your exposure to those who do not reside in your home environment. We also ask that you be extra vigilant if having any friends and family good-bye gatherings: such events are now the #1 source of COVID-19 spread in Pennsylvania’s current hot spots. Your at-home self-isolation should begin 14 days prior to the first day you will be physically on one of our campuses. This would begin 14 days prior to your move-in date (residents) or your first on-ground class (commuters).