Dear Faculty and Staff:
I’m writing today to let you know about some changes to the upcoming fall 2021 semester.
Due to the City of Philadelphia’s recent mandate that all college students, faculty and staff must be vaccinated by Oct. 15, 2021, and in order to prioritize the safety and security of the community as the Delta variant of COVID-19 becomes more prevalent, Community College of Philadelphia will delay the majority of in-person, on-campus classes until Oct. 15, and instead offer these courses online until then. Starting Oct. 18, courses will be offered in their original format (hybrid or in-person). Beginning Oct. 15, staff and faculty who remain unvaccinated without an approved exemption will not be permitted on campus and will be subject to disciplinary action.
Staff will still be expected to return to campus as planned – in a reduced capacity – starting Monday, Aug. 23, to prepare for a successful beginning of the semester. To continue to ensure safety, masks will still be required through the fall semester for all employees, students and visitors on our campus and at our regional centers, regardless of vaccination status. We will continue to enforce six-foot social distancing and operate at approximately 50 percent capacity.
Courses scheduled to be on campus that are transitioning online will still meet at the original day and time. In addition, a small number of courses including clinical and other necessary in-person components will continue to be offered on campus, as they have been throughout the pandemic. Students are receiving a notification about any changes to their schedules shortly.
I understand this news may be unexpected; however, we made this difficult decision because of the change in the City’s mandate, and because we feel it’s the best way to ensure our students get vaccinated and our community stays safe based on the information available to us at this time.
Accessing the College
Please note: To enter our facilities, all students, faculty, staff and visitors must now be fully vaccinated by Oct. 15, as recently outlined by the City mandate. This means that you must receive your second or final (depending on whether you have received the Pfizer, Moderna or Johnson and Johnson vaccine) dose by Oct. 1, 2021, to allow the two weeks needed for the vaccine to be fully effective. As of Sept. 1, 2021, anyone who comes to campus who has not uploaded their vaccination cards will be subject to on-site COVID testing. A negative test will be required for those individuals to enter our facilities, and anyone who tests positive for COVID-19 will immediately be asked to leave. Beginning Oct. 15, staff and faculty who remain unvaccinated without an approved exemption will be subject to disciplinary action. Students, faculty or staff with a valid medical or religious exemption will be subject to twice-weekly COVID testing in order to access campus facilities.
All staff and faculty will need to upload their vaccination card to our secure site at https://path.ccp.edu/p/vaccinationupload/. Anyone seeking a medical or religious exemption should see if they qualify by filling out the form linked here and sending it to email@example.com. You can also email firstname.lastname@example.org with any general questions you may have.
And please note that there’s an extra incentive for students who upload their vaccination cards between today, Aug. 19, 2021, and Oct. 1, 2021: These students will receive a $250 Bookstore voucher. More information can be found on the MyCCP Portal. You can read the communication that was sent to students today by visiting our COVID Safety page.
If you’re not sure where to get a vaccine, please be aware that Vybe Urgent Care at 1500 Spring Garden St. will continue to offer vaccines free of charge. You can also find a vaccination site near you by visiting the Philadelphia Department of Public Health’s vaccine resource page or www.vaccines.gov.
I sincerely thank you for your flexibility and perseverance during this time as circumstances are changing day to day. You have gone above and beyond since this pandemic started to ensure we continue to provide our students a high-quality education in the safest way possible. Your dedication to our students is inspiring!
I’m looking forward to seeing you (safely!) soon. Be well!
Dr. Donald Guy Generals