Penn State News - Spring Semester 2021

All about Penn State: PSU Spring Semester

The Spring Semester has been delayed for students to return to campus due to the virus. In-person classes have been delayed until Feb.15th following the remote period. 

At this time, classes will transition to their regularly scheduled mode and resume across all campus locations on Feb. 15, though this date could change based on health and safety factors and guidance from the state. As currently scheduled, the 15-week semester will end on April 30, with finals week following from May 3-7.

This decision is also in alignment with the recent health and safety recommendations for higher education institutions from Pennsylvania’s departments of Health and Education.

All Students must have a negative test result before returning to campus this Spring if they live on campus.The university is not *officially* regulating these procedures for students who live off-campus, but this doesn’t mean you shouldn’t get tested. Take advantage of the easy and free testing procedures the university is offering before you come back, as well.

According to Onward State's Article on January 13th, 2021 here is some helpful information you will need to know about returning to campus and getting tested:

What you'll need: Once again, self-testing kits will be free to students. The university is hoping to have a test result on file for all students within 72 hours of their expected return to campus. You’ll need to request your test, take it, mail it back, and receive your results. 

Requesting a test: Go through Vault Health’s process of requesting and ordering a coronavirus test. The university recommends you start this process at least two weeks before returning to campus. Each test will have a custom test kit code that you will register to receive your test.

Taking & Sending back your first test: Take your test and mail it back five days before you plan on returning to school. Your testing materials will include a pre-paid shipping label. Plan accordingly so you can also schedule a time to take your test while on a call with a Vault Health representation.

"Know your Health" Portal: You’ll be able to track the progress and status of your test through Penn State’s “Know Your Health” portal. Here, the university will also be able to track your test’s progress.

Uploading a test result through MyUHS: If you have a positive test result within the last 90 days from a third-party PCR source, you can upload your results through MyUHS.

View more details at Penn State University's homepage.

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