As the College approaches a new phase of the spring 2022 semester, following are information and updates that will answer questions and offer guidance as we continue to navigate the pandemic.
Return to Campus
Starting Tuesday, Feb. 15, courses will be offered in their original format, hybrid or in person. Please use this guide to see if you will need to come to campus for your classes, or if your class will remain online.
The following details and procedures outline our efforts in making the College a safe environment for all:
COVID-19 Positivity Rates
Throughout the pandemic, the number of reported cases from faculty, staff, students and visitors has remained low. After a slight rise in early January 2022, positive cases have declined quickly. For the week ending Jan. 30, there were seven reported cases among all campuses. Similarly, positive cases in the city of Philadelphia have substantially declined over the last few weeks. Visit the Weekly Testing Report for up-to-date figures.
Masking will be required throughout the spring 2022 semester. Wearing a high-quality mask such as KN95 or N95 mask, or double masking, is strongly encouraged. A limited number of KN95 masks will be available. It is important to wear a mask that is well-fitted. For information on proper masking, including how to double mask, please read this guidance from the CDC.
COVID-19 Testing Procedures
In effect Feb. 15, vaccinated faculty, staff and students will no longer need to be tested to access campus. Unvaccinated faculty, staff and students with approved exemptions will continue to be tested on campus for COVID-19 every three days. Visitors will continue to need to provide proof of vaccination or a negative test that is no more than three days old to access campus. Visitors may get tested on campus during the testing site’s operating hours. Voluntary testing is also available for faculty, staff and students. Get more information and see testing hours for each campus.
Indoor Air Quality
Extensive cleaning, maintenance and air testing have been completed to provide a safe and hygienic environment on our campuses. Air is being filtered and cycling through classrooms at least 5 times per hour, and through offices at least 2 times an hour, meeting or exceeding recommendations necessary for the removal of pathogens.
All faculty, staff and students must receive their booster dose of the COVID-19 vaccine by May 16; or, if not eligible by May 16, within 30 days of their eligibility to receive the booster.
You are eligible if:
- You received the Johnson & Johnson/Janssen vaccine at least two months ago;
- You received the Moderna or Pfizer vaccine series or any other WHO-approved vaccine five months ago or more.
Events at the College
Virtual events are highly encouraged; however, in-person events are suggested to be held at 50 percent capacity. Please contact Erica Harrison, director of Special Events and Community Relations, about your event. Her office will coordinate efforts to reduce overlapping event schedules, and ensure indoor and outdoor spaces are properly reserved.
Use of the Athletics Center
Athletics Center facilities will be open beginning Feb. 15. Masking will be required, and individuals will be expected to clean equipment before and after using with wipes provided in the facilities.
Parking will be free for the spring 2022 semester.
Faculty and staff who were monthly parkers prior to COVID-19 can expect an email confirming their designated parking location, either in the Bonnell Lot or CBI Garage.
For faculty and staff who are not monthly parkers, and for all students, parking will be available in the Main Garage on a first-come, first-serve basis.