Spring 2022 Announcement
Spring 2022 Announcement

Updated: Jan. 13, 2022

For the spring 2022 semester, HACC will be in phase four of the five-phased approach (pdf) to reopening our campuses.

Please note the following:

  • The College is open.
  • The outdoor spaces at all five campuses are open to the general public.
  • The public can park on our campuses and walk the campus grounds.
  • While on campus, all students, employees and visitors – even if they are fully vaccinated – will be required to wear face coverings. The College’s official guidance on face-covering expectations can be found here.
  • HACC’s buildings will remain closed to the general public.
  • HACC’s buildings are open only to authorized employees and all students who are (a) taking on-campus classes, (b) attending appointments on campus or (c) seeking on-campus services during scheduled on-campus office hours.
  • HACC does not require students or employees to be vaccinated at this time. Clinical sites are requiring vaccinations. Please visit hacc.edu/HealthCareersUpdate for more information.

Our goal is to increase the number of on-campus classes. However, we will continue to offer a variety of course instruction offerings – on campus and through remote instruction and virtual learning. Please visit the class schedule page for more details on these instruction options.

  • We will use enrollment patterns from the fall 2021 semester and feedback from the student survey to help guide the scheduling process for spring 2022.
  • Course enrollment will be monitored throughout the months leading up to each semester, and sections will be added as classes fill. Waitlists are available. Students on a waitlist will be notified when seats become available and new sections of a course are added to the schedule.
  • We will continue to evaluate student-enrollment trends, COVID-19 metrics in HACC’s service region and ongoing CDC, governmental and medical guidance and adjust course offerings as appropriate for student need and employee and student safety.
  • Students should contact their advisors if they need to take a course in their major that is not currently on the schedule.
  • Students should note that it’s important to build in commuting time between classes if they would like to schedule a mix of on-campus, remote and/or virtual learning classes.

Please note the following for on-campus classes:

  • Class size may be limited, and personal protective equipment (PPE) and social distancing guidelines from the Pennsylvania Department of Health and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) must be followed.
  • There will be designated common areas in all classroom buildings to wait between classes for students in on-campus classes.
  • We will continue to prepare for the return of larger numbers of students and employees by following the cleaning and building protocols listed below on this page.

Please note the following for remote or virtual learning classes:

  • HACC has developed expectations for students in remote learning. The expectations are available on the myHACC portal.
  • Students are able to select and enroll in remote instruction courses from all available options, regardless of the listed campus.
  • Students should NOT select a campus when searching for remote instruction courses. Please see the example below:
    • If the building is listed as “Remote,” then the class will only be held on Zoom during the times scheduled.
    • If the actual day and time of the on-campus class is listed on the schedule with a real building and room number (for example, Lancaster Main 313 for a chemistry class), please remember to build in commuting time.

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We will have various hours and availability of our student services.

Please note:

Please note: It is important to report regardless of how you are working (on-campus, fully remote or a combination of both) or taking classes (on-campus, fully remote, virtual learning or a combination).

Report Sickness (Exhibiting Symptoms):
Once you have completed the self-screening process (regardless of your vaccination status) and determined that it is necessary for you to stay home, please:

  • Notify your instructor or supervisor to make alternate arrangements.
  • Monitor yourself for the next 48 hours at home. Again, please do not come to campus.
  • Notify the College (regardless of your vaccination status) by completing this online form if you are still exhibiting symptoms of COVID-19 after 48 hours.
  • Do not come to campus until symptoms are resolved for at least 48 hours.

Please remember that some symptoms are similar to cold symptoms. Therefore, if you are experiencing any cold/flu/COVID symptoms, it is very important to NOT come to campus AND to complete the online COVID-19 form.

Report Exposure or Positive COVID-19 Test:
Please:

  • Notify the College immediately (regardless of your vaccination status) by completing this online form if you:
    • Had close contact with someone who tested positive for COVID-19
    • Had indirect contact with someone who tested positive for COVID-19
    • Tested positive for COVID-19 yourself
  • Notify your instructor or supervisor to make alternate arrangements.


Take the Following Additional Steps After Reporting Sickness, Exposure or a Positive COVID-19 Test:
Please:

If you’ve had direct contact with someone suspected of or confirmed to have COVID-19 regardless of their vaccination status, you must also:

  • Quarantine for 10 days if you've also tested positive for COVID-19.
  • Quarantine for seven days if your COVID-19 result came back negative.
  • Return to campus after your quarantine and if you are symptom-free.

If you have any COVID-related questions, please email corona@hacc.edu.

 

Report Sickness or COVID-19 Exposure

 

Term Definition
Close Contact You have been less than 6 feet from someone (more than 15 minutes in a 24-hour period) who has tested positive for COVID-19.
Indirect Contact You have been in close contact with an individual who is not ill but was exposed to an individual who tested positive for COVID-19.
Positive Test You personally received a positive COVID-19 test result.
Symptoms Please see the self-screening process (pdf).

 

Please:

  • Bring your face coverings with you to campus and note:
    • Cloth/reusable masks should be washed as soon as they become dirty, or at least once a day.
    • Disposable face masks are to be thrown away after wearing it once.
  • Continue self-screening (pdf) each day whether you are vaccinated or unvaccinated. Although HACC is no longer providing wellness screening, it is important for everyone to evaluate how they feel. If anyone is feeling symptoms of COVID-19 or has had a fever over 100.4 degrees within 48 hours prior to coming to campus, they must NOT come to campus.
  • Review the information under the “What is the Process to Report Sickness or COVID-19 Exposure?” drop-down section of this webpage.

 

  • While on campus, all students, employees and visitors – even if they are fully vaccinated – will be expected to wear face coverings. The College’s official guidance on face covering expectations can be found here.
  • Please follow CDC guidance on how face coverings should be worn. Face masks should fit snugly against the sides of your face and not have gaps. They should completely cover your nose and mouth. In addition, please remember to wash your hands after handling or touching a used mask.
  • Gloves are required for task-specific protocols (Examples: cleaning, involvement in hands-on components of specific programs, etc.). Please ask your instructor or supervisor if gloves are needed for specific activities and see this webpage for additional information.
  • CDC guidelines (pdf) should be followed regarding proper glove removal and disposal.

There will be food options available to you on each campus. Please visit hacc.edu/Dining for detailed information.

Please note:

  • While dining on campus (indoors or outdoors), all students and employees regardless of vaccination status should:
    • Ensure they observe social distancing guidelines (at least 6 feet)
    • Replace their face coverings immediately after eating
  • Each campus has space for students that is set for social distancing. Please see details for each campus below:
    • Gettysburg Campus: Hub area
    • Harrisburg Campus: Bruce E. Cooper Student Center café
    • Lancaster Campus: Main Building café
    • Lebanon Campus: Third-floor lounge
    • York Campus: Governor George M. Leader Building café

We realize that it is not possible to eat with a face covering. For that reason, it is important that individuals distance themselves while eating.

View the transcript of HACC cleaning and building protocols! (pdf)

Disinfecting procedures are used, as per governor’s orders (pdf) and CDC recommendations to do our part in maintaining student, employee and building safety (where occupied). We have developed a multi-layered cleaning process for classrooms, specialized labs, offices, restrooms and common areas.

This includes:

  • Using ultraviolet-C (UVC) disinfection equipment called MoonBeamTM3 on all campuses - The technology is used to eliminate pathogens from intricate, hard-to-clean surfaces in high-touch areas, including classrooms, offices, trade, nursing and dental hygiene laboratories and bathrooms. The manufacturer completed extensive testing on the efficacy of the device on key viruses, bacteria and bacterial spores. The MoonBeamTM3 was proven effective against COVID-19 under a range of conditions with contact time as low as four seconds. The equipment has a three-minute cycle within roughly 6 feet of primary targets. The area can be immediately occupied after usage. The MoonBeamTM3 is safely outfitted with sensors that stop the device cycle if entry is attempted from outside the room. We use this several times a week based on demand in specialized labs, trade classrooms, offices, restrooms and common areas. This is an additive cleaning technology to further minimize risk of exposure.
  • Using electrostatic spray guns for disinfecting and deep cleaning of high-touch point areas to maintain high quality of cleaning on HACC's campuses - Disinfecting with the electrostatic spray guns is completed several times a week for general classrooms and labs, offices, restrooms and common areas dependent on usage. This is a specialized additive cleaning technology to further minimize risk of exposure.
  • Using Envirco IsoClean™ CM units – These units are portable, in-room air cleaning systems. They are engineered to provide the optimum combination of high efficiency particulate air (HEPA) cleaning with multiple air changes per hour. All units meet Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE) guidelines. The units will be at all campuses in large areas for additional air quality filtration.
  • Following CDC guidelines, HACC will continue layered cleaning procedures once daily:
    • Cleaning to remove germs and dirt is completed each day in all general classrooms, laboratories, restrooms and common areas. This includes, but is not limited to, dusting, vacuuming, washing and emptying trash. 
    • Disinfecting routinely with EPA-approved disinfecting products for high-touch areas. This includes, but is not limited to, tables, chairs, door knobs, light switches and teaching spaces.
  • Ensuring HVAC units have been assessed and modified for airflow and filtration - Facilities are working with Johnson Controls (JCI) to complete an air flow, filtration and quality assessment, and appropriate filters will be upgraded and changed to adhere to the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE) COVID-19 Resource Recommendations
  • Installing plexiglass in student-facing areas - The facilities team will be installing clear plastic (plexiglass) dividers in many areas for employee and student protection.
  • Wearing appropriate personal protective equipment by our custodial staff, practicing social distancing and following proper prevention hygiene, such as washing hands frequently and using alcohol-based hand sanitizer when needed
  • Following social distancing by maintaining at least six feet of distance between individuals
  • Redesigning all occupied classrooms and training areas to maintain the six-foot physical distance requirements
  • Ensuring hand sanitizing and surgical mask distribution stations are conveniently placed throughout the buildings
  • Displaying signage to note that buildings that are for students and employees only
  • Displaying appropriate signage for masking and social distancing in building entryways, hallways, bathrooms and PPE stations

 

The College’s leadership monitors the various campus environments and will determine if the College or a campus needs to close due to the pandemic.

Please note that the College:

  • Is in phase four of the College’s five-phased plan (pdf) for reopening
  • May revert to an earlier phase at the direction of Cabinet or by state or federal mandate
  • Has processes in place to announce and sanitize spaces if a closure is necessary:

If a building in which a class is located is closed due to the pandemic, the College will:

  • Email credit students using their HAWKMail addresses
  • Email or call workforce students

If there is a weather announcement regarding campus closures:

  • It will only affect employees and students involved in on-campus classes and services.
  • All other remote work, remote instruction and virtual learning courses will continue as scheduled.

Please see the “Weather Announcement Process During COVID-19” tab on hacc.edu/Weather for more information and our communication methods for notifications.

 

Vaccination Clinics:

Students and employees may find information on vaccination clinics in their regions at Vaccine.UPMC.com.

Testing Center:
We do not have any testing centers available on a HACC campus at this time. However, you can submit your ZIP code in the “FIND NEAR ME” box on this webpage, and a list will auto-populate with locations for you.

Additionally, you may find testing locations across the Central Pennsylvania area at walk-in urgent care centers and pharmacies.

Here is HACC’s five-phased approach (pdf) to reopening our campuses. This is tentative and subject to change.

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