COVID-19 Information

To the LCCC Campus Community,

I know you share my excitement for the start of the fall semester even as we continue to navigate the challenges of the pandemic. Over the past 18 months, we have become accustomed to making decisions quickly that impact our students and employees, and this fall is no different. Beginning Saturday, Aug. 21 (the first day of the fall semester), we will require everyone in college buildings to wear a mask, regardless of vaccination status. As many of you may be aware, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) recently released information regarding the Delta variant’s ability to spread among vaccinated people. The CDC also issued guidelines that recommend the wearing of masks indoors regardless of vaccination status.
 
The mask requirement encompasses students, staff, faculty and all visitors to campus. Masks must be worn at all times indoors: in classrooms and labs, common areas, hallways, elevators, lounges, etc. Students and visitors meeting in person with advisors, tutors, counselors, etc. must also be masked. Those who don’t want to wear a mask can schedule a virtual appointment. Students working in clinical locations must meet the requirements in effect at those sites.
 
Masks may be removed in the cafeteria area, Corner Café, or designated eating areas, or while you are eating. They are not required in private offices while working alone, and are not required outdoors. Classes are offered in various formats to meet individual needs, including in-person, online and remote.
 
At this time, vaccinations are not required, but are encouraged. All Pennsylvanians age 12 and older are eligible to receive a COVID-19 vaccine. For information about vaccines and where they are available, go to the Vaccine Finder at vaccines.gov.
 
Employees wishing to file an exemption to the mask requirement should contact Donna Williams, Director of Human Resources, at dwilliams@lccc.edu. Students who wish to file an exemption should contact the Office of Disability Support Services at dss@lccc.edu or call 610-799-1156.
 
The college will continue to follow guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and the Pennsylvania Department of Health, and if and when these requirements change, we will provide a campus-wide update. For specifics, you can view the college’s Health and Safety Plan at www.LCCC.edu/COVID19, which will be updated to reflect recent changes by the end of the week.
 
I encourage all of you to continue to be vigilant and make adjustments to protect yourself and others – get vaccinated, wear your mask, practice social distancing if possible, wash your hands and avoid large crowds. Thank you for your efforts this past year and for your continued commitment to ensuring a safe environment at LCCC.
 
Dr. Ann D. Bieber
President, LCCC