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08/26/2020

Traffic Advisory for Saturday 8/29/20 from UPenn

08/25/2020

USciences COVID-19 Task Force Update (8/20/2020)

To: All Staff, Faculty, and Students The COVID-19 Task Force continues to monitor events in our region and nationally, including some local university closures in our immediate neighborhood. We will continue to assess our institutional situation and make decisions based on the best evidence available that allows us to continue to deliver, safely, our mission to educate our science and healthcare professions student body. Review the “Return to Campus Guidelines” We continue to update the Return to Campus Guidelines as necessary; the updated PDF and webpages are available at Campus Guidelines. This week’s updates include changes to CDC isolation/quarantine guidance...

08/19/2020

A Message from President Paul Katz to our Students

Dear Students, I hope that you have had a good and restful summer and are ready for the start of the new academic year and the fall semester. As this next chapter opens on August 31, we must adjust to the new normal. But one thing that hasn’t changed is our pioneering spirit to forge ahead and help to mold the healthcare and science leaders of tomorrow. As I shared with you last March, we continue to hold true to our primary objectives: the health and safety of our University community and to continue the commitment to our University’s mission...

A Message from President Paul Katz

Dear Faculty and Staff, I hope that you have had a good and restful summer and are ready for the start of the new academic year and the fall semester. As this next chapter opens on August 31, we must adjust to the new normal. But one thing that hasn’t changed is our pioneering spirit to forge ahead and help to mold the healthcare and science leaders of tomorrow. As I shared with you last March, we continue to hold true to our primary objectives: the health and safety of our University community and to continue the commitment to our...

08/13/2020

USciences COVID-19 Task Force Update (8/15/2020)

To: All Staff, Faculty, and Students Please carefully read these important updates from the COVID-19 Task Force. We are excited to come together - both remotely and in person - as we finalize preparations for the fall semester in the coming weeks. This will certainly be an unusual semester and year, and we know that our university community is ready to fulfill our educational mission for our new and continuing students. As an institution committed to educating science and healthcare professionals for the future, we are confident that our students, faculty, and staff will do everything they can to maintain...

USciences COVID-19 Task Force Update (8/6/2020)

Updated “Return to Campus Guidelines” The Task Force has updated USciences’ Return to Campus Guidelines; the updated PDF and webpages are available at Campus Guidelines. There is now included additional detail on processes for isolation and quarantine for students, new information on student move-in procedures, clarification on classroom and laboratory occupancy, as well as information on dining services. Appointments, please Many of USciences’ offices are now available for on-campus services. However, in order to reduce crowding and assure safety of all of our campus community, many services require appointments in advance. Student Affairs, Student Health and Counseling, and the Registrar’s...

07/30/2020

USciences COVID-19 Task Force Update (7/30/2020)

Dear USciences Students, Faculty and Staff, As we enter August and “back to school” season, much anticipation is building toward the start of our semester on August 31. Sincerest gratitude to the many faculty and staff who have been preparing for this unique semester for many months now in order to safely deliver the best experience for our students. And thanks to our students for your patience during this challenging time. Recently the City of Philadelphia’s Department of Health approved our plan to return to campus. Many thanks to our COVID-19 Task Force for putting this together. Be sure to...

USciences COVID-19 Task Force Update (7/16/2020)

To: All Staff, Faculty, and Students Updated “Return to Campus Guidelines” The Task Force has updated USciences’ Return to Campus Guidelines; the updated PDF and webpages are available at Campus Guidelines. The updates include recommendations for daily health checks for all campus community members, notification requirements, as well as additional details on contact tracing and testing. Additional detail is provided on cleaning and disinfection, particularly of high-touch areas, as well as related to building traffic flow and signage. International students On Tuesday, July 14, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security/Immigration and Customs Enforcement backtracked on guidance announced the previous week...

USciences COVID-19 Task Force Update (7/9/2020)

To: All Staff, Faculty, and Students As we begin to see an increase in COVID-19 cases throughout the country, I hope that you and your families are well and safe. This resurgence of the virus serves as a reminder of our need to be vigilant and flexible. We continue to be optimistic about our ability to gather again on campus in the fall and are finalizing plans for a hybrid of in-person and virtual courses and activities come August. No matter the medium, we remain committed to continuing to deliver the highest-quality learning to our students. You’ll read more specifics...

A Message from President Paul Katz - 6/25/20

Good afternoon, everyone. I trust this message finds you well, safe and hopeful. As you’ll read in this week’s COVID-19 Task Force’s message below, we remain cautiously optimistic about our region’s transition to the (not really back to the old “normal”) GREEN phase in late July. Coupled with this plan are our Return to Campus Guidelines and the myriad of actions that need to take place in order for us to return to campus safely. You all know the information regarding the uptick in new cases that is being seen in some regions - this worrisome change mandates that we...