Temple University’s faculty has played an essential role in the development of strategies for our planned return. Your recommendations have helped us to establish plans, protocols and procedures that have been approved by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and the city of Philadelphia. We move forward with confidence knowing that we are doing everything we can to ensure the safety of our students, faculty and staff in the coming semester.
To make any return to campus scenario successful, we must commit as a community to follow the four pillars of public health. It will take each of us doing our part to keep our campuses safe by adhering to the behaviors outlined below, which are essential until a vaccine is available.
- Observe physical distancing. While working closely with faculty can enhance a student’s educational experience, it is important to maintain a safe space between you and others. Reminders have been placed on floors and walls of campus buildings asking you to stay at least six feet apart while we are together. Classrooms and other spaces will have similar distancing requirements.
- Wash your hands. Remember to wash your hands frequently and avoid touching your face after touching surfaces. Hand sanitizer stations have also been installed throughout Temple’s campuses for use at any time.
- Monitor your health. Faculty should routinely take their temperature, watch for other symptoms and, if warranted, seek help through your primary care physician or Student and Employee Health Services. Regular monitoring of your health is important for you and for everyone on campus.
- Use facial coverings properly. Everyone, including faculty, must wear face coverings in buildings, and we encourage their use everywhere on campus. Be sure that it fully covers your nose and mouth and is adjusted so that you do not have any gaps. Masks will be available for those who don’t have facial covering and for campus visitors.
Watch this video to learn more about protecting yourself from COVID-19.
Student and Employee Health Services continues to provide COVID-19 testing for Temple students, faculty and staff. At the end of the summer, testing will shift to a new location on the street level of the Morgan Hall tower on Cecil B. Moore Avenue. The site will have a dedicated entrance and a new reservation system. In addition, the Health Services team will launch a new contact tracing unit that will allow Temple to provide greater information to city and state health officials whenever someone tests positive. More information will be available as the summer continues.
Our faculty has been essential in preparing for our community’s return to campus. However, none of us are immune to the toll this global health crisis can take on our mental and physical well-being. Human Resources has tools and resources available right now to help us all take care of ourselves during this time. Please note: Lifeworks resources are available for all full-time employees, but university benefit plans are required in order to access Independence Blue Cross/Magellan’s resources.