Updates for Spring, Summer and fall 2021
Pennsylvania announced that beginning April 5, all Pennsylvania residents in Phase 1B, which includes higher education employees, will be eligible to start scheduling vaccination appointments. Then on April 19, everyone over the age of 16 will be eligible for the COVID-19 vaccines.
Also, Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf recently announced the lifting of some targeted restrictions as well as increased gathering limits. In addition, the CDC issued new guidance on social distancing.
Keeping in line with the new guidance from the CDC and the Commonwealth, Millersville University has approved the following:
- This summer, inside classrooms/labs, camps and conferences, dining, Ware and Winter Center activities, fitness center/gymnasiums/pools, etc., may operate up to 75% capacity where social distancing can be observed.
- Outdoor facilities will be able to allow for 50% of maximum occupancy, regardless of venue size.
- For Fall 2021, the University will be moving to a normal distribution of face to face and online classes, which means that more than 80% of classes will be held in a face to face format.
- Requirements such as mask-wearing indoors and outdoors still apply.
- Anyone coming to campus needs to continue to use the Live Safe app.
- To report concerns or ask questions confidentially, email firstname.lastname@example.org
Will Millersville University offer COVID vaccinations for faculty, staff and students?
No. At this time Millersville has not been identified as a distribution center. Lancaster County has set up a mass vaccination center at Park City Mall in collaboration with regional health care systems.
Where can I get the vaccine?
People can register for an appointment by going to VaccinateLancaster.org and clicking on “Lancaster Co. Community Vaccination Center” and then on “Register for a Vaccination Appointment.” You can also register by calling 717-588-1020.
Should I contact anyone when I get the vaccine?
Students are encouraged to contact Health Services email@example.com so vaccination information can be added to your health chart.
Employees do not need to contact the University.
Once I’m vaccinated do I still need to wear a mask on campus?
The CDC recommends that fully vaccinated people continue to take these COVID-19 precautions when in public, when visiting with unvaccinated people from multiple other households, and when around unvaccinated people who are at high risk of getting severely illfrom COVID-19:
- Wear a well-fitted mask.
- Stay at least 6 feet from people you do not live with.
- Avoid medium- and large-sized in-person gatherings.
- Get tested if experiencing COVID-19 symptoms.
- Follow guidance issued by individual employers.
- Follow CDC and health department travel requirements and recommendations.
The last instructional day of the spring semester is Monday, May 3.
- Finals will begin on May 4 and conclude on May 7.
- On-campus housing is open for the spring semester.
- The residence hall buildings were modified in ways to limit crowding and interaction in public areas, to minimize the spread of the virus.
- Roommates should operate as a “family unit,” acting in ways that protect each other’s health.
- Visitors of students will be limited to those that reside in the same residence hall.
- Dining is open for the spring semester.
- Any “Declining Balance” dollars unused from the Fall Semester will rollover to the Spring Semester.
- PSAC sponsored sports this spring are: men's and women's outdoor track & field, tennis, golf, baseball, softball, and women's lacrosse.
On Campus Activities
- All non-instructional meetings, such as faculty office hours and student advising will be conducted remotely (i.e. Zoom and Teams meetings).
- Co-curricular student activities sponsored by the University will follow social distancing guidelines. The guidelines will be established and enforced for non-instructional student facilities (i.e. Student Memorial Center [SMC] and the Francine G. McNairy Library and Learning Forum, etc.).
- Resources and guidelines will be provided for students to use spaces on campus that follow CDC guidelines and directives from the Commonwealth. Facilities like SMC and the library will be operating at lower capacities to comply with state and local health guidelines.
We are using health and safety guidelines from the Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE), the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education (PASSHE), the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and Pennsylvania’s Department of Health (PA DOH).
- Masks will be provided to all students, faculty and staff and their use will be mandatory.
- Each person will be responsible for the care and cleaning of their mask and must have their mask with them at all times.
- Cleaning, disinfecting and sanitation efforts throughout campus have been increased to meet appropriate CDC guidelines.
- Frequent hand washing and the use of hand sanitizer will be encouraged.
- Everyone must be vigilant and maintain social distancing (minimum of six feet of distance).
- Classrooms and general meeting rooms are being re-organized/rearranged to aid in social distancing, including adding markings to the classroom floors to denote acceptable/safe social distances.
- Classrooms and general meeting rooms are being upgraded with technology (audio and video) to allow for concurrent in-person and remote learning wherever possible.
- Building entrances and exits are being modified to indicate directional flow (one way in, and another way out of the building), point of service operations are being modified with barriers and floor markings to maintain social distancing, lounges and waiting areas are being modified to reduce population density, and many other measures will be made to try to mitigate the spread of the virus.
- We plan to decrease the number of staff on campus on any given day. Using a rotation schedule, we are committed to providing in-person service, while providing for social distancing for our employees.
- Many employees will continue to work remotely and will not be on campus.
- All meetings will continue to be performed using Zoom or other virtual meeting technology.
COVID-19 Testing, Counseling and Behavioral Wellness Services
Throughout the spring semester Health Services will be doing mandatory testing of all students living on campus and voluntary testing of students living in affiliated housing, working on campus, and attending classes on campus. Each week a random group of students in these categories will be selected for asymptomatic testing.
Also, every person coming on campus should complete the daily COVID Screening on the LiveSafe App. If you have not already done so, please download the app to your phone. Any student who indicates they are at “high risk” for COVID will receive a call from a nurse in Health Services.
In order to implement the process of contact tracing the University is partnering with local healthcare professionals and members of the PA DOH. Our contact tracing and testing protocols will direct students and staff to appropriate health care and testing facilities, if needed. We will monitor and update these protocols as guidance evolves.
Millersville University Health Services, located in the Witmer Building, will continue to provide guidance, education and prevention and keep the campus educated and informed of best practices. The Health Services professionals will coordinate and communicate with other regional and local healthcare professionals and will be the contact for the PA DOH. Health Services will continue to provide remote services and assistance to all registered students.
For the safety of our students and staff, Health Services will not be accepting walk-in appointments. They request that you call first to speak with a member of the nursing staff. Please call for a phone evaluation Monday - Friday from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. at 717-871-5250. Any medical concerns that cannot be addressed through a virtual visit will be scheduled for a face to face visit at Health Services for those students living in the surrounding community.
The Counseling & Human Development Center staffed by trained and licensed psychologists will continue to provide services remotely. Students who are registered for spring 2021 classes are eligible for services (individual and group) and may contact the Counseling Center at 717-871-7821 to make an appointment or for more information. The Center is open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. And on Wednesdays the Center stays open until 6 p.m.