January 7: Spring Semester COVID-19 Updates

TO: SJU Community
FROM: Cheryl McConnell, Ph.D., Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs; Cary Anderson, Ed.D., Vice President for Student Life and Associate Provost
RE: Spring Semester COVID-19 Updates
DATE: January 7, 2022 at 12:05 P.M. 

Best wishes to you as we start the new year. While we continue to deal with COVID-19, this semester, beginning Jan. 18, will mark our fourth on-ground and in-person start during the pandemic. We write with updates to support another successful semester on campus.
Boosters are required for all SJU students, faculty and staff who will be on campus and who do not have a vaccination exemption. Instructions on how to submit your updated booster information and details on extenuating circumstances (i.e., a recent COVID-19 infection) can be found here.
There will be two booster clinics on campus, on Tuesday, Jan. 25 and Feb. 1, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Instructions on how to sign up will follow.
Return to Campus and Testing
Many members of our community may have tested over the holidays before seeing loved ones. We ask that our community bring that same level of care when returning to campus. Testing before your return upholds your commitment to the ICARE pledge. If you are symptomatic or exposed, we ask you to obtain a negative COVID-19 test as close to your arrival date on campus as possible, either antigen/rapid or PCR. There will be an opportunity for on-campus testing on Jan. 18 (information regarding location and times will follow). We will continue to test all symptomatic students, and employees should continue to obtain testing through their healthcare provider.
KN95 Masks
In accordance with PDPH directives, masks will continue to be required indoors for everyone outside of a private office or residence. The University highly recommends and encourages high-quality masks that meet international standards be worn indoors and especially in classrooms. We have secured a large supply of high quality KN95 masks and will distribute them to all faculty, staff and students. More information about obtaining your masks will be shared early next week. It is highly encouraged that you also order and refresh your own supply of these masks.
Contact Tracing/Isolation and Quarantine
We will continue to follow the guidance from the Philadelphia Department of Public Health and will adjust accordingly if there is any change to their requirements on isolation, quarantine and testing.
If you tested positive in the last 90 days and have not submitted a COVID-19 Self-Disclosure Form, please do so immediately and attach a copy of your test result.
Eating and Drinking in Class and Meetings
To support consistent and effective masking, including the covering of both the nose and mouth at all times, food and beverages are prohibited in classrooms and meetings until at least Jan. 31. In addition, there will be enhanced grab-and-go options in the dining hall for who that prefer this alternative. Depending on virus prevalence locally and regionally, this date may be extended.
We will continue to closely monitor the situation and adapt accordingly. For the most up to date information, visit the University’s COVID-19 website.