Fall 2021 and Spring 2022 Announcements
Updated: Oct. 6, 2021
For the fall 2021 and spring 2022 semesters, 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 mask expectations can be found here.
- HACC’s buildings will remain closed to the general public.
- HACC's buildings will be open only to students enrolled in fall and spring classes, whether on campus, remote or virtual, and employees approved to be on campus.
- HACC does not require students or employees to be vaccinated at this time. Some 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.
HACC will continue to offer remote student services. In addition, some services will have a presence on campus for students who are on campus or have scheduled appointments. HACC’s student services include (but are not limited to):
- Campus Fitness Center – Lancaster
- Campus Fitness Center – Harrisburg
- Career Development
- CARE Center
- Computer Help Desk
- Dining Services
- Financial Aid
- Global Education
- Learning Commons (Computer Labs/Library/Tutoring/Testing/User Support)
- Library Chat (24/7 Chat Coverage)
- Military and Veteran Affairs
- New Student Orientation
- Online SmartThinking Tutoring
- Public Safety Center
- Remote Proctoring
- Student Access Services
- Student ID and Parking Passes
- Title IX
- Transfer Services
- Welcome Center
Please note: Not all student services have an on-campus presence. However, each webpage will be updated with the hours and availability of that select student service.
This information is tentative and subject to change.
If anyone has symptoms of the flu or COVID-19 (fever, cough, rash, shortness of breath, loss of taste or smell, etc.) or shows signs of symptoms during the screening process, they must:
- Refrain from coming to campus or return home if already on campus
- Notify the College immediately by emailing email@example.com. They should:
- Describe whether they’ve tested positive, have symptoms or have been in contact with someone who has tested positive. Contact is defined as within 6 feet for 15 minutes or more.
- Report COVID-19 exposure or a positive COVID-19 test regardless of how they are taking classes (on-campus, fully remote, virtual learning or HyFlex).
- Contact their supervisor or instructor to make alternate arrangements
- Check with their primary health care provider
- Self-isolate to meet PA Department of Health and CDC Requirements
If anyone has been in direct contact with someone suspected of or confirmed to have COVID-19 regardless of their vaccination status, they must:
- Email firstname.lastname@example.org to notify the College immediately
- Quarantine for 10 days if they also tested positive for COVID-19
- Quarantine for seven days if their COVID-19 result came back negative
- Return to campus after their quarantine and if they are symptom-free
Please note: Contact is defined as within 6 feet for 15 minutes or more.
If anyone had indirect contact with someone who tested positive for COVID-19 (even if fully vaccinated), please email email@example.com immediately to notify us, and we will work with them to determine if it is safe for them to come on campus.
- Bring their face coverings with them to campus. Cloth masks should be washed daily.
- Continue self-screening (pdf) each day whether they 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.
HACC employees should refer to the “What should I do before going to a HACC campus?” section of the Information for Employees webpage for detailed instructions on what they should do prior to coming on campus.
- 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.
- 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 distancing guidelines (at least 6 feet)
- Replace their face coverings immediately after eating
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.
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.
- 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.
- 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 the 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.
Students and employees may find information on vaccination clinics in their regions at Vaccine.UPMC.com.
We do not have any testing centers available on a HACC campus at this time. However, you may find testing locations across the Central Pennsylvania area at walk-in urgent care centers and pharmacies.