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OCTOBER RETURN TO CAMPUS FAQ

When will in-person classes resume?

In-person classes resumed on Monday, Oct. 12.

When can students who went home or to another location return?

Students who did not remain in residence (on-campus or off-campus) during the stay-at-home period that began on Sept. 17 are asked to return at a time when the College’s testing center is open (8 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. weekdays), with a negative PCR-format point-of-origin test result in hand. Please see the associated testing protocol below.

What is the testing protocol for students who remained in residence (on-campus or off-campus)?

Students who have stayed at PC or in off-campus apartments/homes (and are in neither isolation or close-contact quarantine) will be tested weekly, according to an alphabet-based schedule, until further notice.

What is the testing protocol for students who returned home or went to another location?

Students who did not remain in residence during the stay-at-home period that began on Sept. 17 are asked to follow a two-step testing protocol.

  • Documentation of a negative PCR-format point-of-origin test is required upon return.
  • Those students also are required to report immediately to the testing center in Peterson upon arrival for a repopulation test. This is where students will show a screenshot or hard copy documenting their negative PCR-format point-of-origin test.

Those students will then self-quarantine in their on-campus or off-campus rooms until receiving a report of a negative result from the repopulation test.

When is the testing center open?

Located in Peterson Recreation Center, it is open 8 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. Monday – Friday.

What does self-quarantine mean?

Students in self-quarantine are required to stay in their residence hall rooms/off-campus residences, wearing masks and practicing physical distancing. PC will provide meals to on-campus students in self-quarantine.

Are students’ movements around campus and neighborhoods still restricted?

The guidance remains unchanged: be careful and be smart. Going out to restaurants is not safe, unless it’s to-go; picking up a your favorite drink and/or dessert at LaSalle is. Going shopping at the mall is not safe; going out for a run is. Obviously, we can’t list every possibility, but the key is as it always has been – keep yourself out of situations where the virus can be easily spread.

And stay in pods with the people you live with – this is working! You can socialize in your pod without a mask, but always wear one when you’re outdoors, whether you’re with your pod or not.

The most important thing to remember is to avoid going from one pod to another, because that is how the virus spreads. Always wear a mask and practice six-foot physical distancing if you have to interact with someone outside your pod. This is what we do in classrooms, at Mass, and in other places, and it’s a good way to think about how to keep yourself and your fellow Friars safe.

What do students in isolation need to know?

College staff members will provide information verifying the end of a student’s isolation period and the next steps. Students who have been through an isolation period should not be tested for COVID-19 for 90 days. If you tested positive at a location other than PC, please be sure you have provided documentation. You can upload photos or screenshots by email here. This is to comply with state requirements and ensure your removal from the College’s testing database for 90 days.

What do students in close-contact quarantine need to know?

Students returning to campus after release from close-contact quarantine should follow the same process as other returning students.

They should report immediately to the testing center in Peterson upon arrival for a repopulation test.

Students in close-contact quarantine who had their Day 12 test performed somewhere other than PC are required to show documentation of a negative result at entry to Peterson.

Those students will then self-quarantine in their on-campus or off-campus rooms until receiving a report of a negative result from the repopulation test.

What will on-campus dining options be after the return?

In-person dining will resume at Raymond Cafeteria on Sunday, Oct. 18. Click here for more information and hours of operation.

Are Concannon and the library open?

Concannon Fitness Center and Phillips Memorial Library will re-open on Sunday, Oct. 18.

Can I get food delivered?

Yes. On-campus students will accept deliveries at the campus entry gate (212 Huxley Ave.).

Can I take my remote classes or study outdoors?

Yes. The College has created a number of on-campus spaces for classes, and students can use them individually when they are not otherwise scheduled. Wear a mask; only one student per table. Off-campus students can study outside, on their own property.