Will all students be tested for COVID-19? How will testing work?

Yes, we do intend to test students and staff for COVID-19 before school re-opening. We’d also like to test throughout the school year. We will update the campus community as more details on testing become available.

What happens if my child gets sick?

Our Health Services Team has worked with our Crisis Team and our medical director to thoughtfully consider changes necessary to treat students at the College in the midst of the pandemic. Health Services is adding more observation rooms and has updated access protocols to reduce risk of exposure to students and staff. Residential Advisors will monitor student well-being with daily checks. If a student feels ill they should contact their Residential Advisor.

What happens if my child tests positive for COVID-19?

Students who test positive for COVID-19 will be isolated on-campus until they can depart campus to go home or to their family, which is required within 6-hours. If a student tests positive for COVID-19 and has severe symptoms, they will be transported to a local hospital for evaluation and treatment. The College has arranged for a very limited number of on-campus isolation spaces in the event that a student cannot go home or to their guardian/family due to extenuating circumstances.

Is the College requiring a flu shot this year?

Because of the highly infectious nature of COVID-19, the usual risk of influenza outbreaks in congregate living settings such as dormitories, and the significant overlap between symptoms of influenza and COVID-19, Girard College will require an influenza vaccine this school year for all students who do not have a medical contraindication or religious/moral objection substantiated by their primary care providers. It is imperative that our community take every step available to ensure the health of our community.

What should I do if I am having trouble scheduling a physical for my child?

Health Services understands that it may be particularly difficult this year to obtain a physical examination appointment at your child’s doctor’s office. It is acceptable to obtain a sports physical examination at your local urgent care facility as an alternative to ensure that physical forms are completed by August 1, 2020. However, we do need completed health forms for allergies, medications, etc. that are signed by a student’s primary care physician. Students will be unable to enroll if all health forms are not received by this date.


How will physical distancing be practiced in classrooms?

Classrooms are being reorganized and rearranged to support physical distancing. We are spacing out and removing furniture, assigning seats, adjusting the number of students to the size of the classroom.

How will physical distancing be practiced in the residence halls?

Dormitory rooms are also being reorganized and rearranged to support physical distancing. We are removing furniture to accommodate these needs in the sleeping areas and section/lounge areas. Dormitories and sections will have significantly fewer students.

Will I be able to visit my child/children on campus and will making special arrangements change?

Generally, in an effort to maintain a healthy campus, we will limit campus visitors and departures. We are developing a policy for parent campus visits, family emergencies, medical appointments, etc. We will share this policy with families in August.

Will campus events occur this fall?

Pennsylvania and CDC guidelines for gatherings will be followed.  As of now, and to limit exposure to our students and staff, all large fall campus gatherings have been cancelled. We will update the campus community if guidance changes.

Will students be able to take SAT and ACT tests on campus this year?

Girard College has scheduled SAT School Days for seniors on September 23 and October 14. The tests will take place on campus in the Welcome Center. Seniors are required to take two SATs and two ACTs. If a senior does not plan on participating in the two SAT School Days, a Saturday SAT must be scheduled. You may do so by visiting www.collegeboard.org

As for the ACT test, it is not offered at Girard College. Therefore, seniors must register for two ACT tests at the following website: www.act.org

ACT has added additional testing dates beginning in September and October on Saturdays and Sundays. You may contact Ms. Schulman, College & Career Advisor, with any questions:

Will students leave campus for a college visit?

In an effort to maintain a healthy campus, we are trying to limit campus departures. We also believe that colleges may prohibit prospective student visits this fall. As such, at the present time we are not anticipating students will be allowed to leave campus for college visits in the fall. Virtual college visits are currently being organized by Ms. Schulman. We will re-evaluate this restriction as the year progresses.