Over the last week, the City of Philadelphia and its Health Department have issued new restrictions to curb the spread of COVID-19. These restrictions are set to be in place from Friday, November 20th to at least January 1st 2021. Although some of the details regarding how this will affect our college community are still forthcoming, we are committed to fulfilling the needs of our CCP family throughout this difficult time.
Updates for on-campus services
Any face-to-face classes, other than clinical instruction, that have not completed this week will transition to online or other remote formats. This restriction will remain in place through at least January 1, 2021.
The College will continue most of our operations remotely. Essential employees will continue to be required to work on-campus. Which services will continue on-campus and which essential personnel are required to work on-campus will be made on a case-by-case basis. All employees who are scheduled to work on-campus should continue to report to work on-campus unless and until otherwise directed by their supervisors. All other employees will continue to be required to work remotely from home.
In addition, consistent with existing College policies, the Commonwealth has ordered that masks are required indoors or in an enclosed space with people of different households, regardless of physical distance. This Order will remain in effect until further notice. Any individual can request accommodations if they are unable to wear a mask due to a medical condition. All students, staff and faculty that are permitted or required to visit campus must comply with this order.
As of Monday (11/23) placement testing will go all virtual until January 1. There will be no in-person testing. We will reassess the situation with restrictions in Philadelphia on January 1, 2021.
In addition, the SACC lab in CBI will suspend services starting Monday (11/23) until January 1, 2021 also, when we will reassess the restrictions.
The Snack Rack Contactless Curbside service is now closed and will not take any appointments until further notice.
For additional food resources available to students to replace the snack rack for the time being, click here.
Other important Updates
Travel restrictions also require individuals traveling to Pennsylvania from another state or commonwealth to test negative within 72 hours prior to arriving in Pennsylvania, or quarantine for 14 days upon arrival. Commuting between states for work is permitted. However, other than their commute to and from work, essential workers who are required to be on campus should not travel to other states while this order is in effect. This Order will remain in effect until further notice.
Discussing the latest developments about the pandemic and taking measures to keep faculty, staff and students safe, especially while on campus, the College’s COVID Safety Team meets twice a week to review information and policies. The College’s priority is safeguarding its community.
If you need food, several sites throughout the city are here to help by providing prepared meals and items to take home.
With the School District of Philadelphia’s announcement that classes would remain virtual until further notice, our student-parents may need assistance with day care. Students in need may be eligible for a grant to help pay for child care.
Knowledge is power! For more up-to-date information and trends, visit the Johns Hopkins Coronavirus Resource Center and related news from The New York Times. Read more about the College’s COVID-19 plans and expectations, as well as past COVID-19 communications.