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A Note from President Fitzgibbon

As an update to previous emails about the Emergency Response Team’s work around the outbreak of novel coronavirus (COVID-19), we have updated Moore’s sick leave policy, in preparation for the possible spread of the virus.

For more information about the Coronavirus, please click the following CDC link: CDC: Coronavirus

If you are diagnosed with the Coronavirus, the Department of Public Health will determine when you are able to return to work.

Click here for more information on what you can do to protect yourself from the Coronavirus. 

As a reminder, here’s what you can do to keep yourself and others healthy and well:

If you experience a fever or other flu-like symptoms, stay home and contact your supervisor, Human Resources and your Primary Care Provider. If traveling and feeling unwell, seek medical care. International SOS or your health insurance can be a good source of information regarding accessing care. 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. 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. 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.

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

Sincerely,

Cecelia Fitzgibbon
President

DEAR MOORE STAFF: 

If you become ill and display flu-like symptoms, you should stay home and contact your immediate Supervisor, the Director of Human Resources and your Primary Care Provider. 

The symptoms to monitor are as follows:

  • Fever
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing

Before returning to work, you should be free of a fever for at least 24 hours without the use of any medication.

Employees should keep in contact with their supervisor until they 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.

We also understand that members of our community may be anxious or overwhelmed by these developments, and especially so if they have loved ones abroad in affected areas. If you wish to speak with someone about your concerns, click the following link for more information: Guardian Insurance’s Confidential Employer Assistance Program.

DEAR MOORE FACULTY:

If you become ill and display flu-like symptoms, you should stay home and contact the Academic Affairs Office, the Director of Human Resources and your Primary Care Provider. 

The symptoms to monitor are as follows:

  • Fever
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing

Before returning to work, you should be free of a fever for at least 24 hours without the use of any medication.

Faculty should keep in contact with their supervisor until they are able to return to work. During this time, employees should use their available sick leave, in accordance with the MFT Contract and the Faculty Handbook.

The office of Academic Affairs will build a Reliable Substitute List in the case that any faculty must be replaced due to prolonged illness.

We also understand that members of our community may be anxious or overwhelmed by these developments, and especially so if they have loved ones abroad in affected areas. If you wish to speak with someone about your concerns, click the following link for more information: Guardian Insurance’s Confidential Employer Assistance Program.

DEAR MOORE STUDENTS:

If you become ill and display flu-like symptoms, you should call Diane Azuma, Registered Nurse at 215.965.4032.

The symptoms to monitor are as follows:

  • Fever
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing

If you are sick, you should take the same steps you that you would normally take when sick, including focusing on caring for your health, contacting your healthcare provider and not attending class. In the event that you miss class due to illness, please work with your instructor on any necessary arrangements for making up coursework.

Faculty will be instructed to accommodate students who are requesting to stay home due to illness, including clearly communicating opportunities and expectations around alternative assignments or makeup work. They will also be instructed to ease existing policies on missed or late coursework for ill students, as well as standard attendance policies, as necessary.