Update from the President: New City Indoor Mask Mandate and COVID-19 Campus Guidelines: August 12, 2021


Dear Moore returning students, faculty & staff:

As we prepare for the impending start of the fall 2021 semester and a full community return to campus, we are writing to update you on Moore’s plans and policies regarding campus health and safety, on behalf of the larger Pandemic Response Team (PRT).

Our primary goal remains the same as ever, which is to prioritize the health and safety of Moore’s students, faculty and staff. Due to the nationwide surge of the COVID-19 Delta Variant and new mandates and announcements from the City of Philadelphia regarding masking indoors, we must all be prepared to pivot in the days and weeks ahead with regards to on-campus health and safety measures.

Please note that in response to the City’s new indoor mask mandate for businesses and institutions, all students, employees and campus visitors are now required to wear masks on campus beginning today, Thursday, August 12. We recommend strongly, per the City’s guidelines, that unvaccinated people double mask when they are indoors and use a surgical/disposable mask underneath a double-ply cloth mask for added protection for themselves and others.

The only times when masks will not be required indoors on campus are as follows:

  •  When students are in their own dorm rooms of the residence halls
  • When employees are alone in their own offices
  • When eating or drinking in the Dining Hall

Given that the current situation is evolving rapidly, we expect that additional mandates for colleges and universities are forthcoming, with regards to masking and testing requirements for unvaccinated populations. This means that all current policies are subject to change. The PRT will also continue to monitor future expertise, recommendations and guidelines from our local and state governmental agencies, along with the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), and we will keep you informed of any new changes.

Unlike the first wave of the pandemic, it is noteworthy that the vast majority of our campus community has since been vaccinated, including our students, with a small number of faith-based and medical exemptions. This will go a long way to contributing to our overall success in keeping each other safe and remaining here on campus.

For those who are traveling in the weeks ahead, including first-year and returning students coming to live on campus, the PRT strongly recommends wearing a mask, especially when traveling between states and/or utilizing transportation such as planes, trains, buses, etc.

If you or a family member become ill and display flu-like symptoms in the near future, please refer to the bullet points below this letter about next steps.

We were quite successful last year in maintaining health and safety on campus, and that was due to the cooperation of our entire community. We are grateful for your continued support and understanding as we navigate this changing landscape. The PRT will continue to send updates as the situation evolves. In the meantime, stay safe, healthy and proactive, and we look forward to seeing you all on campus very soon.

Sincerely,

Cecelia Fitzgibbon
President

What to Do If You Experience Symptoms of COVID-19:

Residential Students:

  • Remain in your dorm room and immediately contact the Director of Student Health Services for testing and instructions.
  • Arrange to see a healthcare provider.
  • Contact your faculty regarding any class absences.

Commuter Students:

  • Remain at home and immediately contact the Director of Student Health Services.
  • Arrange to see a healthcare provider
  • Contact your faculty to alert them of class absences.
  • You will need to provide a note to Student Health Services from your healthcare provider that states you have recovered from illness before returning to campus.

Employees:

  • Stay home and contact your immediate supervisor, the Director of Human Resources AND your primary care provider. 
  • Before returning to work, you should be free of a fever for at least 24 hours without the use of any medication. You will also need to provide a physician’s note clearing you to return or negative results from a COVID-19 test.
  • Keep in contact with your supervisor until you are able to return to work. During this time, employees should use their available sick leave time, in accordance with our Sick Leave policy.
  • Employees caring for an immediate family member showing flu-like symptoms can use sick time without the restriction of three days, which is indicated in our general Sick Leave policy.

COVID-19 DASHBOARD

Last updated on September 13, 2021 
Dashboard data for faculty and staff is specific to those who are currently teaching or working part-time or full-time on campus.

Current Status: Low Risk

Since August 23, 2021 (First Day of Testing)
170 Total Tests Administered to Students, Faculty & Staff
1 Total Positive Tests
Students: 0
Employees (Faculty & Staff): 1

0 positive students in the last 7 days

Last 7 Day period

Total Positive Student Cases

1 total positive employee cases in the last 7 days

Last 7 Day Period

Total Positive Employee Cases

170 total tests administered

Total Number of tests Administered

Since the start of the Fall 2021 semester

0 total positive student cases in Fall 2021

FALL 2021

Total Positive Student Cases 

1 positive employee total in fall 2021

FALL 2021

Total Positive Employee Cases 

Philadelphia Covid-19 Overview

Per City of Philadelphia recommendations, we will house one (1) student per residence hall room during the Fall 2020 semester. In order to accommodate all students who require housing, we have partnered with the Sheraton Downtown, located within a short walking distance of six minutes to Moore’s campus, to provide housing for seniors and some juniors. Sartain Hall, for comparison’s sake, is a three-minute walk to campus. A shuttle will also be made available to transport students from the hotel to Moore.

All students will be tested for COVID-19 when they first arrive on campus. We also ask that, if at all possible, students get tested before they depart home for campus and remain home if they test positive.

All on-campus classes will also be broadcast via Zoom (either concurrently or asynchronously) for students who wish to participate from home. Moore Faculty will be provided with the necessary tools to ensure that all students receive the best classroom experience, both in person and remotely, through rigorous training and additional resources. 

Safety Precautions

  1. If you are a student and experience a fever or other flu-like symptoms, call Student Health Services to speak to our nurse (215.965.4032). If you are faculty or staff, stay home and contact your supervisor, Human Resources and Primary Care provider.
  2. If traveling and feeling unwell, seek medical care. International SOS or your health insurance can be a good source of information regarding accessing care.
  3. Get a flu vaccine: They are available by walk-in at local pharmacies. Seasonal Influenza occurrence in Philadelphia remains high and vaccination is the best preventive measure.
  4. Use good hand hygiene: Wash hands with soap and warm water for at least 20 seconds, taking care to wash between your fingers and thumbs, or use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.
  5. Limit the spread of germs and illness: Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when coughing or sneezing. If you don’t have a tissue, cough or sneeze into your sleeve or elbow. Refrain from touching your face, especially your mouth, eyes and nose. Avoid shaking hands and avoid sharing food, drinks, utensils, cups, vapes/JUULs, etc.

Campus Resources

Mental Health Counselor appointments (for students only), available Monday through Friday, 11 am – 7 pm each day. Mental Health Counselors can be reached at the following numbers and email addresses: 

We will continue to stay in communication with any updates as they arise. 

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