I’m writing today to let you know about some changes to the upcoming fall 2021 semester.
Due to the City of Philadelphia’s recent mandate that all college students, faculty and staff must be vaccinated by Oct. 15, 2021, and in order to prioritize the safety and security of the community as the Delta variant of COVID-19 becomes more prevalent, Community College of Philadelphia will delay the majority of in-person, on-campus classes until Oct. 15, and instead offer these courses online until then. Starting Oct. 18, courses will be offered in their original format (hybrid or in-person), as listed on your class schedule. Beginning Oct. 15, staff, faculty and students who remain unvaccinated without an approved exemption will not be permitted on campus.
I understand this may be disappointing for those of you looking forward to starting the year with in-person or hybrid classes. However, we made this difficult decision because of the change in the City’s mandate, and because we feel it’s the best way to ensure our community gets vaccinated and stays safe based on the information available to us at this time.
Courses scheduled to be on campus that are transitioning online will still meet online on the original day and time indicated on your course schedule. If you are enrolled in a course that will be transitioning online, you will receive further information from the College soon.
A small number of courses including clinical and other necessary in-person components will continue to be offered on campus. The College will provide you additional information if your course will still meet in-person.
Accessing the College
Please note: To enter our facilities, all students, faculty, staff and visitors must now be fully vaccinated by Oct. 15, as recently outlined by the City mandate. This means that you must receive your second or final (depending on whether you have received the Pfizer, Moderna or Johnson and Johnson vaccine) dose by Oct. 1, 2021, to allow the two weeks needed for the vaccine to be fully effective. As of Sept. 1, 2021, anyone who comes to campus who has not uploaded their vaccination cards will be subject to on-site COVID testing. A negative test will be required for those individuals to enter our facilities, and anyone who tests positive for COVID-19 will immediately be asked to leave. Students, faculty or staff with a valid medical or religious exemption will be subject to twice-weekly COVID testing in order to access campus facilities.
All students will need to upload their vaccination card to our secure site at https://path.ccp.edu/p/vaccinationupload/. Any students seeking a medical or religious exemption should see if they qualify by filling out the form linked here and sending it to firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also fill out this form to submit any general questions you may have.
And while it’s important to get the vaccine to protect our community, students who upload their vaccination cards will also be eligible to receive Bookstore credit! Students who upload their cards between today, Aug. 19, 2021, and Oct. 1, 2021 will receive a $250 Bookstore voucher. For more information, visit your MyCCP Portal.
If you’re not sure where to get a vaccine, please be aware that Vybe Urgent Care at 1500 Spring Garden St. will continue to offer vaccines free of charge. You can also find a vaccination site near you by visiting the Philadelphia Department of Public Health’s vaccine resource page or www.vaccines.gov.
And, as a reminder, masks will be required through the fall semester for all faculty, staff, students and visitors on our campuses, regardless of vaccination status, and we will continue to enforce six-foot social distancing and operate at approximately 50 percent capacity this fall.
I sincerely thank you for your flexibility and perseverance during this time as circumstances are changing day to day. Our goal remains to provide you a high-quality education in the safest way possible, whether that’s in-person, online, or in a hybrid format. We can’t wait for the 15-week fall 2021 semester to begin on Sept. 7!
Dr. Donald Guy Generals