Your safety and that of other students, faculty and staff can only be achieved if we all follow the required safety measures. Fall 2020 will look and feel very different, but our commitment to you remains the same.
Covid-19 Health Guidelines
When Penn State Scranton opens, all faculty, staff, students and visitors will be required to wear face masks covering both the nose and mouth in all indoor and outdoor public areas and in classrooms and buildings.
In classes and other seating areas, individuals are required to adhere to the six-foot social distancing standard established by PA Gov. Tom Wolfe and the CDC.
All indivduals are also encouraged to practice appropriate hygiene, including:
- Coughing sneezing into your elbow, not your hands
- Refraining from touching your face
- Washing hands often, for a minimum of 20 seconds, with soap and water – or using hand sanitizer after coming into contact with common surfaces and after using the bathroom.
Complete details are available in a July 1 release from the University on Masking and Social Distancing Policies.
Daily Symptom Checks
Starting Aug. 10, all Penn State students are asked to complete a daily symptom checker to self-screen for potential COVID-19 symptoms before returning to campus. Students enrolled for in-person courses or scheduled to be present at on-campus facilities will need to sign in with their Penn State ID to complete the daily student COVID-19 symptom checker through the Penn State Go app.
It is strongly encouraged that all students complete the symptom checker every morning before leaving their homes, riding public transportation, and arriving on campus premises.
The Penn State Go app is available to download in the Google Play Store and Apple App Store.
Testing for COVID-19
Will Penn State be testing students and employees for coronavirus?
The University is employing strategies to create an effective detection and management system for all of its campuses, including testing, contact tracing, and monitoring and reacting to trends in data at the community and national levels.
A COVID-19 pre-arrival testing program has been put in place by the University for students at campuses in “hot spots” -- areas where there have been high numbers of cases reported. At the present time, Penn State Scranton is NOT identified as one of those campuses.
Details on what to do if you are selected for pre-arrival testing, as well as frequently asked questions, may be found at: https://studentaffairs.psu.edu/covidtesting.
Will there be COVID-19 testing during the semester?
The University will conduct surveillance testing of faculty, staff and students on its campuses throughout the semester, testing about 1% of our campus populations (about 700 people) per day. The plan includes random and risk-stratified surveillance testing as well as asymptomatic testing for individuals who are identified in the contact-tracing process.
Penn State will hire additional staff to serve as contact tracers as needed to support all campuses and plans to enhance access to early health-care consultation and treatment. Contact-tracing supports virus case detection and is designed to help prevent future outbreaks. More information about symptomatic and asymptomatic testing may be found in this Penn State Back to State article about Testing, Contact Tracing and Monitoring Plans.
Cleaning and Sanitizing of Campus Buildings FAQs
What sanitizing measures for classrooms, equipment and furniture are being implemented?
Classrooms will be thoroughly cleaned and sanitized each day. Also, hand sanitizing stations will be in each classroom for use before and after classes and sanitary wipes will also be provided so students can wipe down their desk and chair/workspace before and after their use.
FDA approved disinfectants for Covid 19 will be used for daily cleaning and disinfecting of frequently touched surfaces.
Changes in product and processes include:
- Restroom Cleaning: Custodial will clean and disinfect restrooms once daily, M-F. Surfaces disinfected will include toilets and toilet handles, urinals and urinal handles, sinks and sink faucets, paper/soap/feminine hygiene dispensers, floors, stall door handles, and restroom entrance handles and push plates using approved FDA disinfectants. Microfiber cloths and mops will be used with approved disinfectant to wipe all surfaces and mop floors.
- Exterior Building Entrances: Custodial will disinfect exterior door handles and push plates, and frequently touched surfaces like ADA automatic door opening buttons using a Microfiber cloth with disinfectants once daily, M-F.
- Interior of Buildings: All desks, podiums, conference tables, interior doorknobs, interior door push plates, handrails, light switches, and ALL other surfaces identified as high touch areas will be cleaned and disinfected using a Microfiber cloth and approved disinfectants.
- Bottle Fill/Hydration Stations and Water Fountains: Bottle fill stations and water fountains will be disinfected using a Microfiber cloth and approved disinfectants once daily, M-F.
- Classrooms: Classrooms will be thoroughly cleaned and sanitized each day. Also, hand-sanitizing stations will be in each classroom for use before and after classes and sanitary wipes will also be provided so students can wipe down their desk and chair/workspace before their use.