Fall 2020 Health and Safety Plan for Returning to Campus
Revised July 15, 2020
Arcadia University’s All-Modes Ready approach is grounded in community safety. University teams, offices, departments, and committees have developed a strategy to enhance community health and safety as the All-Modes Ready format is initiated. This strategy will allow the University to monitor community health conditions as we reduce density and mitigate the spread of COVID-19 on campus, work closely with federal and state health departments in the event that transmission occurs at the University, and communicate accurate and timely information to all Arcadia community members.
None of us can guarantee a COVID-19-free environment. COVID-19 is a highly infectious, life-threatening disease for which there is no current vaccine. COVID-19’s highly contagious nature means that contact with others, or contact with surfaces that have been exposed to the virus, can lead to infection. Minimizing the risk of COVID-19 infections is a shared responsibility, and every member of our community must do their part. Arcadia University’s health and safety plan for returning to campus is based on Pennsylvania’s three-phase approach to Reopening and Recovery, in conjunction with recommendations by the Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE). Recommendations distributed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and American College Health Association (ACHA), as well as the Pennsylvania Department of Health and Montgomery County Office of Public Health, were also considered.
A Campus Community of Cooperation
These guidelines are an important part of establishing a common understanding of the University’s expectations for operating in the time of COVID-19 in a way that reduces risk. These guidelines are subject to change at any time, as policies and guidance will need to evolve as we learn more about COVID-19 and in response to public health guidance and requirements.
The University coordinated with internal and local public health officials to establish a plan for how the institution will:
Reinforce practices related to hygiene, sanitation, and face coverings on campus;
Implement social distancing and make necessary modifications to facilities to create an environment most conducive to healthy, safe, and inclusive learning and work;
Review and adjust attendance requirements, absentee policies, and non-essential travel for students, individuals at high risk of COVID-19, and personnel; and
Modify course modalities, schedules, and academic calendars to adapt to changing transmission levels and community spread of the virus.