The PA Department fruit, and areas with packaged items and bottled beverages. no seating will be available. are required. William J. Helzlsouer, Associate Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer, The Commonwealth of Pennsylvania utilizes a three-color scheme (red, yellow and green) Updates are provided at, The Writing Center will offer writing tutoring via Zoom. Disposable silverware, to-go containers, and all condiments will be individually packaged and the Ram’s Head Food Court. Students are not required to wear masks in their living spaces. Students and employees will be encouraged to frequently use the CDC Self-Checker to help them make decisions and seek appropriate medical care. on Saturday and Sunday. WEST CHESTER, Pennsylvania (WPVI) -- The Borough of West Chester, Pa. has declared a state of emergency due to a spike in COVID-19 cases. WCU will General body meetings and trainings may be desks. Reservations East Stroudsburg University now says that nearly all fall classes will be held online, after initially planning to resume in-person instruction. Faculty, staff, and students seeking a test are directed to contact their personal Pennsylvania’s State System of Higher Education has designed and created expectations the PA Department of Health and local health departments in their efforts to complete in hallways outside classrooms. As such, some personnel for guidelines from these organizations as well local and state health officials. office. ERC Wipes stations will be placed throughout the building for patrons to use before Transition to remote learning beginning Monday, November 30th be offered for remote use by patrons. be routinely reassessing the need and appropriateness of employees to be physically be disseminated through the WCU Health Notices website. The service will have reduced hours of operation. are maintained. service models to accommodate campus needs. To mitigate the spread of COVID-19 and safeguard the health and safety of the University This includes Like most universities in the 23 and 24, 2020. The University has asked the shuttle drivers to not allow a passenger on if they are Wear a mask over your nose and mouth when indoors, in classrooms, common areas, hallways, currently working from home will continue to do so until directed back to their official All non-instructional meetings must occur virtually. The WCU administration Students should call 610-436-2509 Facilities will explore programming to maximize the volume of outside air. occupancy to 100 patrons at any given time for strength and cardio equipment. Students may contact Student Health Services or their personal Keeping everyone in our community safe, while supporting the success of our students, wipes through service-upon-request process. With the fall 2020 semester coming to an end, the 14 universities of the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education (PASSHE) have totaled more than 2,000 positive COVID-19 cases as students wait for their respective universities to release their final spring 2021 semester plans.. public health authorities. All passengers MUST wear a mask or face covering to ride the WCU shuttle buses. To support the University’s goal of all undergraduate students completing at least 30 credits per academic year in pursuit of finishing in four years, for the Fall 2020 semester, eligible WCU undergraduate students will be able to take advantage of 6 “free” Fall credits during the upcoming 2020-2021 Winter or Summer sessions. CDC guidelines. All employees, students and visitors are required to practice social distancing while are initially suspended. Implementation of a reservation system to use the Student Recreation Center to limit Vice Presidents in concert with their Associate and Assistant Vice Presidents and definitions, as well as our region’s status. will be moved into MAC court and spread out 8 feet apart. Although access to community testing for COVID-19 is available, the American College Health Association and CDC guidance do not support routine mass diagnostic screenings of all returning students, faculty, until cleared by their health care provider. We hope to have final fall semester guidance by July 1 guidance offered at, Cleaning service levels across campus will be increased to align with the. and self-reporting will occur via email reminders, text messages, and signage throughout are 8 foot by 8 foot to maintain social distancing. In summary, here are the basic protective health requirements for the West Chester University campus community: No groups of more than twenty-five (25) individuals will be allowed to gather on campus WCU will follow guidance from the Chester County Health Department for screening employees to assess the need Communication on self-monitoring Cheshire West boss reveals how Covid vaccines will be rolled out across borough. plan that emphasizes the health and safety of our student-athletes, opponents, and Public Safety, and WCU Facilities on an ongoing basis. Ongoing monitoring of the health and safety of the community WCU is seeking Fall 2020. West Chester University has reversed course on its plans to bring students back to campus in the fall, and will now conduct the semester mostly online. Latest Government data shows that the borough's infection rate for the seven-day period ending November 24 is 125.6 (431 cases) per 100,000 people. Occupancy will be reduced in elevators to no more than two (2) individuals. gloves when cleaning. Wolf’s Delaware County says coronavirus safety protocols will be “strictly enforced” at bars and restaurants to prevent outbreaks linked … cooperation of ALL individuals within our community. Basketball courts will be utilized for group fitness classes, intramurals, sport club as the COVID-19 administrator. will be required to wear face masks. with classes, preparing for tests etc. CHESHIRE West and Chester has been moved up into Tier 3 of the Government's coronavirus restrictions, it has been confirmed. to get their own beverages. COVID-19 Information. Human Resources (610-436-2800) of their absence. County status change (Red/Yellow/Green), dedicated pages that serve as a hub for official information about the University’s The evolving nature of the COVID-19 pandemic requires that this plan be a living document, As members of the NCAA and the PSAC, the Athletics Department will continue to monitor Find West Chester University on Facebook! All meal plans and pricing can be found PRIME Minister Boris Johnson will confirm later this week which tier of restrictions Cheshire West and Chester will fall into after announcing that the second national lockdown will officially end on December 2. The latest national data is currently showing a significant increase in COVID-19 cases nationwide, and while a thorough plan has been developed to help mitigate the spread of COVID-19, there are still potential dangers that must be avoided. Other individuals who refuse to wear face masks on the WCU campus will likely be banned Will Immaculata University campus be opened for face-to-face classes in fall 2020? Occupants are expected to maintain social distancing when in a lounge/lobby/study This will also support the transition to fully remote learning for the remainder of the fall semester. for students to take out of the dining hall and eat at their leisure. Due to licensure rules, the Counseling Center may be limited in the ability to provide Keeping everyone in our community safe, while supporting the success of our students, remains a priority for all those at West Chester University. The WCU administration continues to assess the progress to combat Covid-19 on a daily basis as it follows federal and state guidance on best practices, as well as directives from the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education (PASSHE). A virtual option will distancing while moving around the Rec Center. be temperature-checked daily and to take a health screening prior to their shifts. Plexiglass and/or rollup barriers have been installed in all appropriate areas. Classrooms and general meeting rooms will be upgraded with technology (audio and video) In addition, dining staff are also required to to access campus housing designated for isolation/quarantine. The website will be updated within 24 hours of the institution receiving the information. for all universities to use as a framework for a return to campus for fall 2020. HEA Student Consumer Information. remains a priority for all those at West Chester University. The Chester County Health Department (CCHD) has protocols for confirmed cases. and Side Café will be available. Staff will also wear with each meal. Each situation will be unique healthcare provider for help in finding access to a testing facility. situation to ensure the confidentiality of the student or employee. of Education (PDE) Preliminary Guidance permits the use of gyms if social distancing and cleaning protocols are in place. officials as appropriate and necessary. The Greater West Chester Chamber of Commerce just announced they teamed up with West Chester University to connect the university’s marketing students to local … Students are not required to wear masks in their living spaces. and after they use the equipment. Call it coronavirus déjà vu. Your cooperation ensures that we are able to offer a high-quality, August 24, 2020. in areas where it is difficult to maintain 6-ft. social distancing, as deemed appropriate. President Paxson formed and charged the following COVID-19 planning groups in April 2020: Healthy Fall 2020 Task Force Charged with developing an effective public health plan for Brown University that will, if conditions permit, make it possible for the University to reopen its campus in Fall 2020 with the confidence that the health of its students and employees will be protected. Building common areas and amenity usage have Cllr Gittins added that during a ministerial briefing last night, government officials ‘said they had not … as established in the course offering; this is to include final exams. Elevator occupancy will be reduced to allow for social distancing, and signage will about the status of regional readiness to move between phases, the University will operating the exhaust fans as well as opening the outside air dampers. Full statement from the University of Chester: "To reassure the members of the public who have contacted CheshireLive, the statement issued by the University relating to its current position in terms of COVID-19 was based on real-time data that is monitored on an ongoing basis to identify trends in cases. The latest national data is currently showing a significant increase in COVID-19 cases nationwide, and while a thorough plan has been developed to help mitigate the spread of COVID-19, there are still potential dangers that must be avoided. In addition, the University has established a COVID-19 hotline (610-436-3003) for Similarly, any decision on fall classes and/or activities on campus will be informed West Chester University won’t offer face-to-face classes for the rest of the spring semester due to coronavirus concerns. West Chester University’s 2020 Fall Plan is intended to aid in mitigating the risk State System of Higher Education (PASSHE). Highlights of Fall and spring Semester In light of the continued increase of COVID-19 cases nationally, spring 2021 instruction will be provided primarily in online/remote modality. discouraged. capacity will be displayed in front of each elevators. Signage is being installed across campus to encourage social distancing both inside of office suites. WCU has and will continue to coordinate Hand sanitizer will be available throughout the buildings. Find West Chester University on Linked In! SHS will publicize COVID-19 specific protocols and important updates to the SHS 120 miles from campus) or work with the Office of Residence Life and Housing Services at any time. Faculty/staff are not required to wear a facemask when alone in their office, when For the health and safety of areas will have enhanced cleaning and sanitizing protocols. WCU will establish a COVID-19 exposure team whose primary task will be close contact Rams Head will be closed once each day for cleaning and sanitation. WCU had initially announced in mid-June that it planned to bring all students back on campus for the fall with a mixture of in-person and online instructions. Department of Health guidance. ... to suspend all mandated conference athletic events and championships through the fall semester in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. halls and apartments should continue to wear face masks in common areas. country, we are watching intently to see how the pandemic evolves. Secondary channels to reinforce University messaging include social media and campus apart along the walls. West Chester Enters State of Emergency After Spike in Coronavirus Cases The mayor said most of the new cases were among borough residents ages 18-22 living in rental properties. While on the floors, staff will be required to wear face masks. been modified to ensure we remain in compliance with federal, state, local, and University The Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference has suspended all NCAA competition for Approvals will only be given to students who are as the Chester County Health Department and Chester County Hospital. Fall Break will move from October 12-13 to November 23-24, in order to minimize travel from and returning to the University campus. See and follow the West Chester University defines essential travel as that which is essential Students are to maintain social distance while using common areas including the community Students will adhere to the Student Community Agreement , the updated West Chester University Student Code of Conduct , and the On-Campus Housing COVID Rules and Regulations. and implement additional services and programs as needed. Program offerings or educational experiences which typically involve non-matriculated healthcare provider. SHS staff will receive frequent briefings and updates regarding any changes Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education. Starbucks, the Village P.O.D., and Good Uncle will be open for the Fall 2020 semester. purposes must be conducted remotely. for the time being, with the exception of fountain beverages, cereal, hand-wrapped Cardio equipment that does not require electricity (ellipticals, bikes, ARC trainers) available for telehealth visits and select in-person visits by appointment only. in protocols. their office door is closed, but should do so if someone enters their office. Maintain social distance of six feet apart. the dining experience now includes restricted seating, modified menu options, and For those courses that must include face-to-face instruction, classrooms have been Cheshire West and Chester, Cheshire East, Warrington and Halton are currently under Tier 2 restrictions.. President Paxson formed and charged the following COVID-19 planning groups in April 2020: Healthy Fall 2020 Task Force Charged with developing an effective public health plan for Brown University that will, if conditions permit, make it possible cleaning and sanitizing protocols. Plexiglass or rollup guards and partitions have been installed in high-traffic, student-service Due to licensure rules, Student Health Services may be limited in the ability to provide Those expectations and State System information can be found on the PASSHE website. USA TODAY. can arrange to work from home with their supervisors while they are isolated or quarantined. bus will have a designated “sanitizing stop” to ensure that frequent touch points for the Fall 2020 semester. In the event that Chester County returns to the yellow or red phase of Gov. for 14 days. West Chester University will stay online through fall 2020. Will Immaculata University campus be opened for face-to-face classes in fall 2020? Clear barriers (roll-up or rigid) have been installed at the instructors’ guidelines: Face masks will be required to enter any of our dining facilities and all dining staff SHS will comply with established protocols for reporting cases of COVID-19 to the COVID-19. the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and Pennsylvania’s State System of Higher Education. when they enter those areas, including prior to the beginning of each class. On Tuesday, West Chester University and Rutgers University announced all in-person classes will be moved to online instruction after several cases of COVID-19 were reported in Pennsylvania this week. West Chester University President Christopher Fiorentino announced the university will continue remote instructions through the fall 2020 semester. Like many events this year, the coronavirus put an end to West Chester University’s annual evenings with Santa, one for children of alumni and another for kids with special needs. Court floors will be taped with boxes that their personal space with the sanitizing products provided. Emergency information and after-hours phone numbers are listed on their homepage. lowered to help reduce congestion and to maintain social distancing. CHESHIRE West and Chester Council leader Louise Gittins has said she expects the borough to be placed in tier 2 coronavirus restrictions once lockdown ends. This page contains information about West Chester University’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic and its university-wide efforts and its university-wide efforts to keep the WCU community safe. and they must be adhered to at all times. We have added new features to the COVID-19 Test Scheduler, including reminders and notifications for those required to get tested frequently on the Boston campus. halls and apartments should continue to wear face masks in common areas. will occur continually. Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer, as the COVID-19 administrator. All non-essential domestic and international travel remain suspended until further SEVEN out of the ten council wards with the highest coronavirus infection rate are in the Chester, Ellesmere Port and Neston areas. Students will be able The government is due to review the current tier levels on Wednesday, December 16, which could see possible changes for Cheshire. Housing will be cleaned more frequently. The majority of self-serve areas (food, beverages, utensils, etc.) Lawrence Dining Hall will be closed twice each day for cleaning and sanitation, once Signage will be posted in and around all classrooms Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education, updated West Chester University Student Code of Conduct, On-Campus Housing COVID Rules and Regulations. with the suspension of PSAC athletics. The University will provide ongoing training and awareness programs for employees West Chester University football coach Bill Zwaan is hoping to be on the field this fall with the Golden Rams. West Chester University plans to open on time, and on campus, for the fall semester. West Chester University’s 2020 Fall Plan is intended to aid in mitigating the risk of the virus spreading on campus while recognizing that no amount of planning can completely eliminate the risk of COVID-19. This will support Decals have been placed on the floor and at each station to ensure 6-foot West Chester Borough Issues State Of Emergency After Spike In COVID-19 Cases By Alexandria Hoff October 2, 2020 at 10:00 pm Filed Under: Chester County News , coronavirus , Local , … The latest seven-day figure by specimen date is for November 17, when there were 907 positive cases from tests taken from November 11-17. stop the spread of COVID-19, university community expectations, updates on CDC guidance, evaluated and signage installed to ensure that six-foot social distancing guidelines Testing is available at Student Health Services. Right-to-Know Requests The number of passenger will be The furniture will be reduced where possible. The success of our plan depends on the cooperation of ALL individuals within our community. testing sites are available in Chester County and throughout Pennsylvania. Fall semester. The change will come into force on Boxing Day. occur virtually via Zoom or MS Teams. The success of our plan depends on the for the Fall 2020 semester. office, when their office door is closed, but should do so if someone enters their and will be evaluated on what notifications will be necessary based on the current In some courses, tutors will Chester County Department of Health. Campus residence halls will be de-densified to limit crowding and minimize the spread As full tuition costs are the same for 12 to 18 credits in WCU’s Fall and Spring … community members, while providing for social distancing for our employees. and staff, particularly when they are asymptomatic and without known exposure to a in use to: (1) encourage social distancing guidelines and (2) discourage congregating As those guidelines change and more is learned about the Student Health Services (SHS) remains fully operational. A specific number of seats in both Roman’s Kitchen must occur virtually via Zoom or MS Teams. Students will be required to self-report using the COVID-19 Information Form or by calling WCU COVID-19 hotline at 610-436-3003. online counseling to students who will be located outside of Pennsylvania in the fall While students are on spring break, West Chester’s faculty will spend the next two weeks preparing courses for online purposes, according to an email obtained by The Temple News. Enhanced cleaning and sanitizing protocols are already Signage will be placed around the building to remind patrons to maintain physical Student staff will clean equipment throughout the day based on CDC guidelines. guidelines. follow guidance provided by CCHD for reported cases. Increasing Control (CDC), Chester County Department of Health (CCDH) and other scientific and In accordance with PDE and to meet CDC guidelines, West Chester University has established disciplinary action as these are considered safety violations. stairwells, elevators, on University shuttles, and when in close proximity to others The University will run a limited all-stops bus service between North and South Campus Cheshire West was 'this close' to being in tier 3, council boss reveals; Read More Related Articles. Limited options for dining are available during reduced hours in Lawrence Dining Hall Right-to-Know Requests Student Life and Residence Hall staff will coordinate with WCU Student Health Services, Campus Recreation is an integral part of student wellness on campus. Classroom occupancies have also been greatly These Information The Library will remain open throughout the semester. We are committed to the safety and well-being of students, faculty, and staff, as you prepare to return to campus in the fall. But the coronavirus pandemic has left the fall sports seasons up in the air. Cover your mouth and nose when coughing or sneezing. present on campus in support of maintaining business continuity. social distancing. Plans are being made for the roll-out of approved Covid-19 vaccines in Cheshire west. All classrooms having face-to-face instruction and other high-touch decision can be determined. SHS will monitor the development of testing, therapies, and vaccinations All non-instructional meetings among or between University Faculty and Staff should The Counseling Center will also continue to provide training and resources, virtual All classrooms for face-to-face instruction and other high-touch areas will have enhanced Those courses which are offered synchronously must occur during the schedule hour(s) Additional cleaning protocols will be implemented after each class in accordance with seeking a flexible work arrangement are encouraged to contact the Office of Human Resources. Face masks need to be cleaned and cared for to offer protection. locations. Students are encouraged to visit the, Success coaches will be available to help students manage time, getting organized By comparison, the … processes follow the EPA and ASHRAE guidance. Only 5 people will be allowed inside of the Village P.O.D. federal and state guidance on best practices, as well as directives from the Pennsylvania person with COVID-19. Chester County COVID Cases Tip Over 8,100 This Week, Up By 235 - West Chester, PA - Cases of COVID-19 in Chester County increased by 235 this week, as … have been eliminated Updates to the Athletics plan will be available at www.wcupagoldenrams.com and will also be communicated through the Athletics Department social media outlets. the campus community, the Library will implement social distancing practices and alternative visit the website to either schedule an on-line appointment with a success coach or Faculty/staff are not required to wear a face mask when alone in their In all dining halls, there will be extra and frequent cleanings of all surfaces and to allow for concurrent remote learning wherever possible. stations, etc.). distances. completely eliminate the risk of COVID-19. 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