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LATEST UPDATES FROM THE PRESIDENT

End to Citywide and Campus Mask Mandate: April 25, 2022

Dear Moore students, faculty & staff:

In accordance with the City of Philadelphia’s decision to rescind the citywide mask mandate, Moore College of Art & Design students, faculty, staff and campus visitors are no longer required to wear a mask on campus, effective immediately.

As with previous mask mandate drops, we understand that some students and employees will choose to continue to wear masks for personal or health-related reasons. We encourage members of our community to wear a mask (preferably a surgical mask, KN95/KF94, N95, or EHRS-recommended Aries mask as opposed to a single layer cloth mask), regardless of masking requirements, in the following situations:

  • if you are not up-to-date on your COVID-19 vaccinations
  • if you are personally at high risk
  • if you are in frequent close contact with someone who is high risk
  • if you have COVID symptoms
  • if you test positive for COVID (after which you should isolate, per CDC guidelines)
  • if you go to an airport 
  • if you have been exposed to someone with COVID
  • if you live in an area with "substantial" or "high" spread of the virus (defined as 50 to 100, or 100 or more, respectively, new weekly cases per 100,000 people)
  • if, for any reason, you want to
  • We expect and encourage everyone in our community to be respectful and understanding of each other’s choices regarding masks.

We are looking forward to safely enjoying upcoming spring events in each other’s company, such as the Senior Show and Spirit Week next week, and Commencement and the Fashion Show in May. We will continue to alert you of any changes to campus regulations as they arise.

Best wishes,
Cecelia Fitzgibbon

Booster Requirement in Summer and Fall 2022: March 30, 2022

Dear Moore students, faculty and staff:

Believe it or not, we are more than halfway through the spring semester, and that means thinking ahead about what happens in the summer and fall.

As a College community, we have done a wonderful job since March 2020 of keeping each other safe and healthy during various waves of the COVID-19 pandemic. I am happy to report that 98% of our faculty and staff are vaccinated, with 99% of that population boosted, which includes part-time employees. In addition, 99% of our students (undergraduate and graduate) are vaccinated and 87.9% boosted, with the latter statistic continuing to rise as more students become eligible for boosters. 

By individually committing to our own health and safety, we have been able to look out for each other and to create and foster a community of care here at Moore. This has helped us avoid outbreaks of infection on campus. Our COVID-19 dashboard, which continues to be updated on a weekly basis, reflects the current semester. I am pleased to say that our continued vigilance is still paying off.

In the spirit of keeping up the good work, the College will continue to require all new students, faculty, and staff beyond the spring 2022 semester to be fully vaccinated. This means three doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna vaccine (two initial shots + booster) or one dose of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine with a follow-up Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna booster shot.

Here is how the requirement breaks down for the various affected populations in our community:

  • All incoming undergraduate and graduate students in fall 2022, as well as any new faculty or staff (both full-time and part-time) will be held to this requirement, excluding those who have a medical or religious/faith-based exemption.
  • Summer Art & Design Institute students who will reside with us on campus for several weeks this summer are also required to be vaccinated and boosted.
  • Young Artists Workshop and Adult Continuing Education students will continue to be allowed to participate in our programs regardless of vaccination status, given the short amount of time they spend on campus.

As we look forward to our calendar of exciting annual events that mark the end of the school year, I am grateful that we are able to look ahead with clear eyes and sound judgment. I look forward to celebrating with all of you in the weeks ahead, especially our graduating seniors.

Best Wishes,
Cecelia Fitzgibbon

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COVID-19 DASHBOARD

Last updated on May 25, 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)
445 Total Tests Administered to Students, Faculty & Staff
Total Positive Tests: 16
Students: 0
Employees (Faculty & Staff): 16

445 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

0 total positive employee cases in the last 7 days

Last 7 Day Period

Total Positive Employee Cases

16 positive employee cases total in spring 2022

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.