Lebanon Valley College has announced it will hold the first two weeks of its spring 2022 semester remotely because of the regional surge in Covid-19 infections and the transmissibility of the Omicron variant.
Spokesman Tom Hanrahan tells the Lebanon Valley Daily News that the majority of their students live in student housing and space is already at a premium, even before the pandemic struck:
School officials met with doctors from Penn State Health over the past two days and decided the best thing to do was to begin spring classes remotely on Monday, January 17th, with the expectation that Covid caseloads will be on a downward slide by the end of the month and they can resume in-person instruction on Monday, January 31st.
As for remote learning, Hanrahan says LVC students and faculty are very adept at it:
Hanrahan says LVC does not have a Covid vaccine mandate, but they will continue with their mask mandate for students and staff when in classrooms or campus buildings. Masks are not required in private offices, dorm rooms or outside.
If all goes as planned, residential students will be able to return to student housing on Sunday, January 30th unless they’ve been granted an early move-in exception.
Student-athletes will be contacted by their coaches with their report dates.