UPDATE: December 21, 2021
Campus closed through Jan. 10, 2022, Shifts to remote learning Jan. 4-10
Lancaster Theological Seminary announced Dec. 21 that the campus will be closed to the public through Jan. 10, 2022, due to the increasing spread of COVID-19 and the omicron variant in Lancaster County. Following the scheduled winter break, when the school is closed from Dec. 23 through Jan. 3, the Seminary will shift to remote learning from Jan. 4-10.
Associate Dean the Rev. Dr. Vanessa Lovelace said, “We will continue to review recommendations from local and state health authorities and the CDC and update you once we have additional information before January 10.”
The Seminary library also will be closed to the public during this time with access granted only to current students, faculty, and staff. Contact-free checkout and pickup are available to all patrons.
Lancaster Seminary continues to follow the CDC guidelines for wearing a mask in public, indoor settings, regardless of vaccination status. We also encourage you to be COVID safe by wearing a mask when you’re spending time indoors with others you do not live with, frequent hand washing, limiting large gatherings, getting vaccinated and boosted, and contacting your primary care physician if you’re feeling unwell.
UPDATE: August 6, 2021
From the Rev. Dr. Vanessa Lovelace, Associate Dean
The campus is open and ready to welcome students for on-campus, in-person learning for the 2021-22 Fall Term. The Fall Term for weekend master’s programs begins August 20. The Fall Term for master’s day programs starts August 24. The Doctor of Ministry Fall Term opens with synchronous virtual courses October 5, followed by the on-campus, in-person intensive week November 1-5.
NEW MASK MANDATE IN EFFECT
The CDC has issued new masking guidelines that recommend everyone, regardless of vaccination status, wear a mask indoors in public settings in communities where there is a high rate of virus transmission. The level of community transmission in Lancaster County is now “substantial.” Therefore, we are mandating that masks be worn at all times indoors on campus.
COMPARING OUR POLICY WITH OTHER SCHOOLS
We strongly recommend getting vaccinated against COVID-19, but we do not require LTS students or employees to share vaccination status or proof. Given our unique campus population and current local transmission rates, we believe this is appropriate for LTS. Other institutions may establish requirements for their own campuses that differ from ours. We remain vigilant and flexible as circumstances evolve with the global pandemic.
KEEPING SOCIAL DISTANCE IN THE CLASSROOM
In assessing course enrollment and classroom sizes, we determined that there is enough space for students and faculty to keep apart to reduce the risk of infection. We ask that you to use your best judgment to maintain social distance and continue to take all recommended measures to help prevent the spread of the virus including wearing a mask indoors on campus and frequent hand washing.
NEW CAMPUS CLEANING PROTOCOLS IN PLACE
We have a contract with a cleaning service to provide electrostatic disinfection in our buildings on August 11 and 12, and continuing on a biweekly basis. We also had HVAC work done in the spring of 2020 that included the installation of new filters that passed city inspection.
We look forward to being together in person during this new academic year. We will continue to act according to CDC and state health guidelines in order to help keep our community protected from spreading the virus. We’re relying on everyone to follow the guidelines to be COVID-19 safe.
Be COVID Safe
- We encourage the LTS community to get vaccinated but proof of COVID-19 vaccination will not be required.
- Face masks are required inside LTS buildings for everyone, regardless of vaccination.
- Practicing social distancing and frequent hand washing and use of the on-campus hand sanitizer stations are recommended.
Questions? Email the Office of the President, email@example.com
LTS continues to follow CDC and state health guidelines.
Should there be further complications related to COVID-19, LTS once again will take all necessary steps to create a healthy campus. Updates will be posted on this page, on the website’s News page, and distributed via campus email.