LATEST UPDATES FROM THE PRESIDENT

New On-Campus Masking Requirements: JANUARY 13, 2022

Dear Moore students, faculty and staff:

We are looking forward to welcoming all of you back to campus in the coming week! I want to extend my thanks to faculty and staff who have collaborated and worked diligently thus far to ensure a smooth start to the spring 2022 semester. 

To ensure the safest return to campus possible, we are updating our masking requirements in addition to other recently revised health and safety guidelines. Masking remains an important aspect of our ongoing strategy to minimize transmission of COVID-19 on the Moore campus, especially in lieu of the virulent Omicron variant.

All Moore students, faculty and staff will be required to double mask while on campus, with a surgical/disposable mask covered by a cloth mask OR to wear an N95/KN95 mask. This requirement is applicable to all members of the Moore community, regardless of vaccination status, and also applies to all campus visitors.

Due to the short notice of this requirement, the College will provide an initial supply of surgical masks to all students, and to any faculty or staff who require one. Residential students can expect to receive their surgical masks this weekend, and commuter students will be able to procure masks from the front security desk when in-person classes resume on January 24.

Surgical/disposable masks are widely available at drugstores, supermarkets and beyond, for those who need to procure additional supply. Cloth masks, as well as N95/KN95 masks are sold at a variety of online and in-store retail outlets.

We are hopeful that things will improve as the semester continues, and we appreciate your continued dedication to health and safety on our campus. Best wishes for a safe and productive start to the spring 2022 semester.

With gratitude,
Cecelia Fitzgibbon

Important Changes for Start of Spring 2022 Semester & Booster Reminder: January 6, 2022


Dear Moore community:

On behalf of the entire Pandemic Response Team, I want to thank you, once again, for your continued vigilance and cooperation as we navigate yet another chapter of the COVID-19 pandemic. It’s thanks to our work as a united community, and our commitment to looking out for each other, that we have been tremendously successful thus far in avoiding outbreaks on campus and continuing our important work of educating and supporting our talented students.

As the Omicron variant continues its rapid spread, we have put together new updates and guidance for the weeks ahead, in order to ensure a safe and healthy start to the spring 2022 semester. In an abundance of caution, and in line with current trends at other higher education institutions, classes will begin virtually on Tuesday, January 18 and continue throughout the first week of the semester. We will resume on-campus classes on Monday, January 24.

Starting January 18, students will have full access to the Connelly Library, studios and other shared spaces. Students must take precaution when utilizing these spaces, including always wearing a mask and refraining from congregating in large groups.

As a reminder, we have staggered our move-in schedule for new and returning residential students as follows:

  • Friday, January 14, 1–2 pm: Transfer students
  • Saturday, January 15, 9 am – 5 pm: Returning students, last names starting with A–­H
  • Sunday, January 16, 9 am – 5 pm: Returning students, last names starting with I–P
  • Monday, January 17, 9 am – 5 pm: Returning students, last names starting with Q–Z

Some other quick reminders for new and returning students:

  • When you arrive, you will need to present a paper copy of your negative test result to a Housing Department staff member at a sign-in desk in the campus lobby.
  • The negative COVID-19 test result must clearly show your name, date of birth and date of test.
  • A COVID-19 home test result will not be accepted.

Until January 24, SAGE Dining Services will provide all meals in to-go containers and the Dining Hall will be closed for in-person seating. Students will be asked to eat in their own rooms or other private spaces, on or off campus. The Dining Hall will reopen for seating on January 24, with expanded dining space to allow for social distancing. After that date, SAGE will continue to-go meal service for those who feel more comfortable eating elsewhere.

We will continue our current policy of allowing outside classroom visitors and speakers if they are able to provide proof of vaccination.

In addition, students may invite visitors to the residence halls, but those visitors must show proof of vaccination upon entrance at the front security desk.

Lastly, don’t forget to get your booster! Prior to the winter break, we sent a notice that Moore College of Art & Design now requires a COVID-19 booster vaccination for all current students, faculty and staff, excluding those with previously documented medical or religious/faith-based exemptions. We are acting upon a request from the City of Philadelphia’s Health Commissioner and following suit with a growing number of higher education institutions across the country.

Boosters will be required for all eligible students, faculty and staff by Tuesday, February 1, or within 30 days of becoming eligible, in accordance with CDC guidance.

Students, faculty and staff who will become eligible on or after February 1 should plan to receive their booster within 30 days of eligibility.

Students will have to provide a new copy of their updated vaccination card, with evidence of booster status, to healthservices@moore.edu. Please DO NOT provide any medical information in addition to the card.

Faculty and staff will have to provide a new copy of their updated vaccination card, with evidence of booster status, to rphillips@moore.edu. You can also bring a printed copy to her office on the second floor of Wilson Hall. Please DO NOT provide any medical information in addition to the card. 

Vaccines and boosters remain the best public health measure to protect people from COVID-19, slow transmission and reduce the likelihood of additional variants. More information about booster shots can be found on the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) website.

We also strongly encourage all students, faculty and staff to get a flu shot if you have not already done so. Flu shots are another important tool in our ongoing efforts to keep our community safe and healthy. 

While this will be yet another unusual start to classes at Moore, we are looking forward to getting past this phase, being together in person, and enjoying an extremely successful spring semester.

With gratitude,
Cecelia Fitzgibbon

PRE-RETURN TESTING FOR MOORE RESIDENTIAL STUDENTS: DECEMBER 17, 2021

As a follow-up on the College’s new booster requirement, we are implementing an additional COVID-19 testing requirement in the wake of the Omicron variant’s spread.

All spring 2022 residential housing students, including those with stated medical/faith-based vaccination exemptions, will need to present a negative COVID-19 test result dated up to 48 hours (2 days) before moving into the residence halls.

Here’s what you need to know:

  • Residential Students with the last names A – H can move in on Saturday, January 15 between 9 am – 5 pm.
  • Residential Students with the last names I – P can move in on Sunday, January 16 between 9 am – 5 pm.
  • Residential Students with the last names Q – Z can move in on Monday, January 17 between 9 am – 5 pm.
  • When you arrive on campus, you will need to present a paper copy of your negative test result to a Housing Department staff member at a sign-in desk in the campus lobby.
  • The negative COVID-19 test result must clearly show your name, date of birth and date of test.
  • A COVID-19 home test result will not be accepted.  

The College will be closed starting 5 pm, December 17 through Sunday, January 2; therefore, should you have any questions about your move in day, you can direct them to Julia Parrick, Coordinator for Residence Life & Housing after January 2 at jparrick@moore.edu. We advise all residential students to arrange for this testing early, so as to accommodate travel plans. Testing is available through your city, county and state health department sites. In addition, major pharmacy chains such as CVS, Rite Aid, Walgreens and local urgent care centers can schedule appointments for testing. 

Throughout the winter break, please be vigilant in following CDC guidelines for prevention, especially if you are traveling or spending the holidays with others.

When move-in day arrives, if you are not feeling well or have any symptoms that could be COVID-related, such as fever, cough or body aches, do NOT plan to move in until you are symptom-free and have obtained a negative COVID-19 test.

Please note that this requirement is in addition to the College’s requirement for booster shots by February 1 or within 30 days of eligibility. See moore.edu/coronavirus or yesterday’s email for details.

It is our hope that these measures will aid us in continuing our usual move-in and spring semester activities. As always, thank you for looking out for yourselves and each other, following health and safety guidelines, and being proactive members of the Moore community. Have a wonderful winter break and best wishes for a creative and healthy 2022!

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 or department chair, 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 or department chair 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 January 21, 2022 

Dashboard data for faculty and staff is specific to those who are currently teaching or working part-time or full-time on campus.

Total test numbers include non-vaccinated students and employees, who are tested for COVID-19 two times per week on campus per City of Philadelphia regulations, as well as tests performed on- or off-campus due to individuals experiencing symptoms of COVID-19.

Current Status: Low Risk

Since January 18, 2022 (First Day of Testing)
2 Total Tests Administered to Students, Faculty & Staff
Total Positive Tests: 1
Students: 0
Employees (Faculty & Staff): 1

2 total tests administered

Total Number of tests Administered

Since the start of the Spring 2022 semester

0 positive student case in the last 7 days

Last 7 Day period

Total Positive Student Cases

0 total positive student cases in Spring 2022

SPRING 2022

Total Positive Student Cases 

98% student vaccination rate

SPRING 2022

Student Vaccination Rate

1 total positive employee case in the last 7 days

Last 7 Day Period

Total Positive Employee Cases

1 positive employee total in fall 2021

SPRING 2022

Total Positive Employee Cases 

98% Employee Vaccination rate

SPRING 2022

Employee Vaccination Rate

Philadelphia Covid-19 Overview

Fall 2021 Semester

August 23, 2021 – January 12, 2022

  • 922 Total Tests Administered to Students, Faculty & Staff
  • Total Positive Tests: 13
  • Students: 3
  • Employees (Faculty & Staff): 10

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.
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