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Fall 2021 Announcement

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Fall 2021 Announcement

Updated: Sept. 23, 2021

Upon review of federal and state guidelines and the collegewide COVID-19 Task Force recommendations, HACC has developed a five-phased approach (pdf) to reopening our campuses. Our summer 2020 semester represented phase one.

For the fall 2021 semester, HACC will be in phase four of the five phases.

Please see detailed information below for the fall 2021 semester. In addition, 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. Students, employees and visitors can enjoy lunch outside while remaining socially distanced. We realize that you cannot eat with a face covering. For that reason, regardless of vaccination status, it is important that you distance yourself (at least 6 feet) while you are eating and immediately replace your face covering after eating.
  • HACC’s buildings will remain closed to the general public.
  • 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.
  • While on campus, all students, employees and visitors – even if they are fully vaccinated – will be required to wear masks. The College’s official guidance on mask expectations can be found here.

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.

What does this mean for HACC students?  What does this mean for HACC employees?

 

Please note the following:

  1. In fall 2021, classes will be taught in a variety of ways – on campus and through remote instruction and virtual learning. Please visit the class schedule page for more details on these instruction options.
  2. Our campus buildings will be open to students and employees in on-campus courses or with scheduled appointments for select student services.
  3. We will increase the number of on-campus classes offered in fall 2021.
  4. We will bring select student services back on campus for YOUR convenience.
  5. Details about which classes will be taught on campus and through remote instruction and virtual learning are available on the schedule search page.
  6. If a building in which a class is located is closed, the College will:
    • Email credit students using their HAWKMail addresses
    • Email or call workforce students.
  7. We will continue to prepare for the return of larger numbers of students and employees this fall by following the cleaning and building protocols listed below on this page.
  8. Course enrollment will be monitored throughout the months leading up to the fall 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. Please contact your advisor if you need to take a course in your major that is not currently on the schedule.
  9. There will be designated common areas in all classroom buildings to wait between classes for students in on-campus classes.
  10. The list of required and optional course materials for fall 2021 is available on the bookstore website. Please note the following:
    • There will be a $4.95 shipping fee for each order shipped via UPS.
    • Customers placing a web order will have the option to pick up their order at any campus bookstore during open store hours.
    • There is no longer a bookstore located on the Lebanon Campus. However, customers can pick up their orders at the Learning Commons Desk located on the third floor of the Lebanon Campus.
    • Bookstores are open Monday-Thursday from 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
    • All orders for textbooks and other course materials should be placed online through the fall 2021 semester. Not all textbooks and other course materials will be available to purchase at all campus bookstore locations.
    • School and office supplies and HACC-imprinted merchandise (such as clothing and gift items) will be available to purchase at all campus bookstore locations.
    • Apple® products will be available to purchase in the Harrisburg Campus bookstore or online.
    • Textbooks and other required course materials need to be pre-ordered even if you choose in-store pickup.
  11. No matter what HACC campus you’re taking classes at this fall, there will be food options available to you. To view your options, please visit hacc.edu/Dining.
  12. 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.
  13. We have various hours and availability of our student services for the fall 2021 semester. Please note that we are still offering student services remotely. 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):

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 are to:

  • Refrain from coming to campus or return home if already on campus
  • Contact their supervisor or instructor to make alternate arrangements
  • Check with their primary health care provider
  • Notify the College by emailing corona@hacc.edu. Please:
    • Describe whether you’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 you are taking classes (on-campus, fully remote, virtual learning or HyFlex).
  • Self-isolate to meet PA Department of Health and CDC Requirements


If you have been in direct contact with anyone suspected of or confirmed to have COVID-19 regardless of your vaccination status, you should:

  • Email corona@hacc.edu to notify the College
  • Quarantine for 10 days if you 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

Please note: Contact is defined as within 6 feet for 15 minutes or more.

If you’ve had indirect contact with someone who tested positive for COVID-19 (even if you are fully vaccinated), please email corona@hacc.edu to notify us, and we will work with you to determine if it is safe for you to come on campus.

Please:

  • Bring your mask with you to campus. Cloth masks should be washed daily.
  • Continue self-screening (pdf) each day whether you are vaccinated or unvaccinated. Although HACC is no longer providing wellness screening for you, it is important to evaluate how you feel. If you are feeling any symptoms of COVID-19 or have had a fever over 100.4 degrees within 48 hours prior to coming to campus, please DO NOT come to campus.
  • Review the information under the “How to Report Sickness or COVID-19 Exposure” drop-down section of this webpage.
  • Email corona@hacc.edu to notify us if you’ve had indirect contact with someone who tested positive for COVID-19 (even if you are fully vaccinated). We will work with you to determine if it is safe for you to come on campus.

HACC employees, please see the “What should I do before going to a HACC campus?” section of the Information for Employees webpage for detailed instructions on what you should do prior to coming on campus.

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.
  • 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 process is completed multiple times throughout the day in between classes to reduce the risk of exposure. 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.
  • Using portable units that recirculate and purify air in common areas - Delivery of these units is expected by the end of September 2021.
  • 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

 

  • While on campus, all students, employees and visitors – even if they are fully vaccinated – will be expected to wear masks. The College’s official guidance on mask expectations can be found here.
  • While dining on campus (indoors or outdoors), all students and employees regardless of vaccination status should:
    • Ensure you observe distancing guidelines (at least 6 feet)
    • Replace your face covering immediately after eating
    We realize that you cannot eat with a face covering. For that reason, it is important that you distance yourself while you are eating.
  • 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.

Vaccination Clinics:
Vaccinations will be available through the Family First Health Mobile Unit at the following dates and times:

  • HACC’s Lebanon Campus (Seventh & Willow Street parking lot)
    Sept. 9; 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
  • HACC’s Gettysburg Campus parking lot
    Sept. 13; 10 a.m.-2 p.m.

Please note: These are not HACC events. They are being run through the Family First Health Mobile Unit. Thank you!

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

Testing Center:
HACC’s Harrisburg Campus will be a site for COVID-19 testing. The Pennsylvania Department of Health (DOH) is managing the entire process in cooperation with AMI Testing. This is not a HACC event.

The testing site will be located in the West lot (Gate 3). Testing is open to the general public:

  • Sept. 14-18; 9 a.m.- 6 p.m.
  • Sept 21-25; 9 a.m.- 6 p.m.

To limit the possibility of any COVID-19 exposure to our students and employees and out of respect for DOH, we will close access to the West lot area where testing will be administered on the dates of the testing.

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