Dear Moore community:
I’m writing to share new updates on behalf of Moore’s Pandemic Response Team, which come as the result of evolving COVID-19 public health and safety guidelines from the City of Philadelphia. These new guidelines can be accessed in full on the City’s website.
Here is a breakdown of all major changes stemming from these guidelines:
  • All in-person classes will switch to remote status starting on Friday, November 20. We urge faculty to alter plans and communicate with students accordingly. We hope that any major inconvenience is alleviated due to the proximity of the original end date for in-person classes.

  • We realize that some students already plan to leave campus this coming weekend, while others have decided to stay through next Wednesday and need time to prepare, pack and travel. Therefore, students living in residence halls may remain in their rooms through 12 noon on Wednesday, November 25. Meal service will also continue through dinner on Tuesday, November 24, as originally planned and outlined in our fall 2020 campus plans.

  • Student access (both undergraduate and graduate) to private studios will end at 5 pm on Tuesday, November 24, to give students time to retrieve any items they may need during the winter break. We expect studio access to resume at some point in January, pending further guidance from the City of Philadelphia, and we will update you accordingly.

  • For staff currently working full-time or part-time on campus, the College will revert to essential employees only, starting on Friday, November 20. Staff who are deemed essential can expect to be contacted this week by their direct supervisors with more information.
We will work together as a community to ensure that these changes can happen as swiftly and efficiently as possible, and without much disruption of end-of-semester activities. Thank you in advance for your cooperation and understanding. Please contact Alysson Cwyk, Chief of Staff, at with any outstanding questions.
Cecelia Fitzgibbon


Last updated on November 13, 2020
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

3 Total Positive Tests in Fall 2020 – Since August 15, 2020 (First Day of Testing)
Commuter Students: 1
Remote Students: 2
Residential Students: 0
Faculty: 0
Staff: 0

Fall 2020

Total Positive Student Cases Academic year to date

Last 7 Day period

Total Positive Student Cases

Fall 2020

Total Positive Employee Cases Academic year to date (Faculty & Staff)

Last 7 Day Period

Total Positive Employee Cases

Total number of tests administered

Since the start of the Fall 2020 semester

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.