Dear Students, Faculty and Staff,
The fall 2021 semester is almost here, and I’m looking forward to the energy and excitement that comes with the start of a new academic year.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has cautioned that many counties in western Pennsylvania are experiencing “substantial” or “high” levels of transmission of COVID-19, including the highly contagious Delta variant. To keep our Golden Eagles family as strong and safe as possible, we all must work together.
According to the CDC, the Delta variant causes more infections and spreads faster than early forms of the COVID-19 virus. Even fully vaccinated people may, in some cases, transmit the virus to others, so it’s more important than ever that we reduce the risk to our campus community.
What does this mean for Clarion University?
- Classes will meet as listed in the schedule, and residence halls will be open. Cleaning will be done regularly, with focus on restrooms and door handles. Ionization units and air filtration systems will be maintained for optimum efficiency.
- To mitigate risk, the university strongly encourages vaccination for all members of our campus community.
- Beginning Friday, Aug. 13, everyone, regardless of vaccination status, will be required to wear a mask that covers the nose and mouth when they are indoors on campus. Masks are mandatory in all classrooms and academic buildings, office buildings, performance spaces and common areas inside residence halls. Masks will not be required for employees who are alone in their own offices, for students in their own living quarters, for anyone actively eating or drinking, or in most outdoor settings.
- Students residing on campus will be required to participate in COVID-19 entry screening. Upon arrival, one of the following will be required:
- Present a negative PCR test that was administered within 72 hours prior to arrival (at-home test results do not fulfill this requirement);
- Provide proof of being fully vaccinated or having tested positive for COVID-19 within the last 90-days; or
- Enter a modified quarantine until a COVID-19 test can be administered on campus and a negative result received. Modified quarantine means students are asked to restrict unnecessary movement around campus and wear masks when interacting with any other person. On-campus testing information will be provided at check-in.
Students and their family members must wear face coverings while moving in to campus housing, and social distancing will be encouraged. Masks will be required at all indoor events during Welcome Weekend and beyond, and at some crowded outdoor events where physical distancing is not possible.
- Free COVID-19 testing will be available to students throughout the semester. The university recommends that individuals monitor their own health, especially if they haven’t yet been vaccinated. We encourage all members of the campus community to use the LiveSafe app to do so.
- Students should continue to check their emails for additional information form Residence Life.
Students with symptoms of COVID-19 should phone the Center for Wellness at 814-393-2121 and make an appointment for testing. The Center for Wellness will be open 8:45-11:45 a.m. and 12:45-4:45 p.m. Monday through Friday. Employees who experience symptoms should contact their healthcare provider.
Although the university cannot require students and employees to get the COVID-19 vaccine, we know that vaccination is the best way to protect ourselves and those around us, including vulnerable members of our community. We must remain vigilant, and we must be flexible, should the situation change.
For up-to-date information regarding COVID-19 and our fall plans, please visit www.clarion.edu/covid-19.
We have a promising year ahead. Let’s all work together and remain strong.
This page seeks to keep the campus community informed, healthy and safe. Here you'll find the most recent information and resources for students, parents, faculty and staff. This page also offers steps for COVID-19 screening and testing and what people should do if they've tested positive for COVID-19. Please use this information to your benefit and be diligent in the fight against COVID-19.
If you feel you may have symptoms of COVID-19, please follow the COVID-19 student decision tree. Any student can get tested Monday and Wednesday from noon to 2:00 p.m. in Eagle Commons 107/108.
Employees that feel they may have symptoms of COVID-19 should follow the COVID-19 employee decision tree.
Information and resources for students & parents.
- Fall 2021 information
- Student Decision Tree
- Spring 2021 information
- Vaccination information
- Dept. of Health Vaccination of College Students information
- Fall 2020 information
- Housing information
- Student health center
- Zoom information
- Desire2Learn (D2L)
- Prospective Student Questions
- Case tracking at Clarion University
- Emergency Broadband Benefit information
Information and resources for faculty & staff.
COVID-19 SCREENING AND TESTING INFORMATION
- Students, faculty and staff must self-assess for symptoms daily by using the CDC COVID-19 Self-screening Tool App on a mobile device or at CDC.gov. The tool is also available on the LiveSafe App which we encourage all students to download.
- Daily temperature checks are required prior to coming to campus or leaving your residence hall room. If a student in the Clarion area has a temperature of 100.4°F or greater they should quarantine themselves and call the Center for Wellness (814 393 2121) for further assessment. Employees should follow the guidelines set by Human Resources.
- Students are advised to inform the Center for Wellness or Student Affairs of a positive COVID-19 test result or an illness that could be COVID-19 related.
The Center for Wellness will ensure that students exhibiting symptoms are:
- Quarantined and/or isolated if needed.
- Monitored for physical and mental health status.
- Provided services and referrals as needed.
LiveSafe provides all of the tools necessary to keep you informed and safe whether it's physical safety and security risks, mental health, sexual harassment and assault, or COVID-19 health risks.
Access the CDC’s COVID19 self-symptom checker directly through the app!
IF A STUDENT TESTS POSITIVE FOR COVID-19 THEY SHOULD:
- If you were tested by someone outside of Clarion University, call the Center for Wellness at 814-393-2121 to notify them of your positive results.
- You will need to isolate for at least 10 days.
- You will possibly need to relocate (temporarily) to a designated area. Each case will be decided individually between the student, the PA Department of Health, and Clarion University.
- If possible, stay away from others, especially people who are at higher risk for getting very sick from COVID-19.
- Watch for fever (100.4°F), cough, shortness of breath, or other symptoms of COVID-19.
- Monitor your symptoms. If you have an emergency warning sign (including trouble breathing), seek emergency medical care immediately.
- Someone from the University will check in on you regularly by phone, email, or text.
- Stay in a separate room from other household members.
- Use a separate bathroom.
- Avoid contact with other members of the household, including pets.
- Don’t share personal household items, like cups, towels, and utensils.
- Wear a cloth face covering when around other people.
IF AN EMPLOYEE TESTS POSITIVE THEY SHOULD:
Inform a supervisor or Human Resources of the positive COVID-19 test result or an illness that could be COVID-19 related. Employees who report symptoms consistent with COVID-19 will be required to provide appropriate documentation from a physician prior to returning to the workplace.
COVID-19 ISOLATION AND QUARANTINE INFORMATION
Isolation is used to separate people infected with the virus (those who are sick with COVID-19 and those with no symptoms) from people who are not infected. People who are in isolation should remain at home or in a designated residence until it’s safe for them to be around others. In the home, anyone sick or infected should separate from others by staying in a specific “sick room” or area and using a separate bathroom (if available).
Quarantine is used to keep someone who might have been exposed to COVID-19 away from others. Quarantine helps prevent spread of disease that can occur before a person knows they are sick or if they are infected with the virus without feeling symptoms. People in quarantine should stay in their current residence or go home and separate themselves from others, monitor their health, and follow directions from the Center for Wellness or their state or local health department.
Services currently available to students:
- Whether you are living on the Clarion University campus, in Clarion or at home, the Center for Wellness is available to provide services for your health care and counseling needs.
- We remain open from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and are closed for lunch from 11:45 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. and on weekends.
- For questions and/or to schedule an appointment please call 814 393 2121. If needed, a staff member will assist you in scheduling either a HIPAA-compliant telehealth appointment or a face-to-face appointment depending on your circumstances.
- There is a $5 fee per health care visit. Additional costs may be added for certain equipment, testing, exams (Women’s health/physicals) or in-house medications, which will only be done with your consent. Any charge is billed to your student account and is kept confidential. Prescriptions for medications can also be sent to your local pharmacy.
- There is no charge for a counseling visit.
- Due to COVID-19 and our goal of trying to maintain the health and safety of everyone, our online scheduling is currently not available. Please call 814-393-1949 if you are not feeling well.
- For any concerns regarding COVID-19, please contact the health center at 814 393 2121. A medical provider can answer questions and assist you.
- Free thermometers are available to any student that needs one.
- For medical emergencies during evening or weekends please call 911 or go to your local emergency department.
MORE INFORMATION ABOUT COVID-19
In addition to periodically checking the Spring 2021 page for updates related to the university’s operational plan, parents and supporters of Clarion University students are strongly encouraged to join the Clarion University Parent 2 Parent Portal.
You can register in the portal and create an account by using an email, Facebook, or Linkedin account. Once your account is created, you can sign up for “Communities” that interest you. All new members are automatically included in the “Clarion University News” Community, so you never miss out on an important University updates.
Questions about the portal can be directed to the Parent & Family Services staff at firstname.lastname@example.org
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