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Chestnut Hill College COVID-19 Announcements and CARES Information

Chestnut Hill College COVID-19 Announcements and CARES Information

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We continue to monitor the rise in COVID cases and, upon the recommendation of the Task Force, Cabinet made the decision to extend the time for staff to work remotely through Friday, January 21st. Course instruction in the School of Graduate Studies and Accelerated Adult Degree Program will be delivered remotely from January 10th through January 22nd. SGS and AADP students enrolled in in-person classes should consult their faculty members, Dean’s offices, or program offices for more information regarding arrangements for class sessions originally scheduled to meet in-person between January 10th and January 22nd. Faculty should contact their Dean’s offices for further information regarding support available for online/remote instruction. Remote service also continues to be available through Logue Library.

The College will resume full in-person operations beginning Monday, January 24th. More information will be forthcoming for students, faculty, and staff as we transition back to a full return to campus this spring.

We have also updated our COVID Vaccine Policy and will now require all members of the community to get a booster shot, with the exception of those who have an approved exemption. 

Our vaccine policy is in alignment with CDC, FDA, and American College Health Association guidelines.  Additionally, on December 16, 2021, Dr. Cheryl Bettigole, Philadelphia Health Commissioner, issued a letter to colleges and universities in Philadelphia strongly encouraging them to require the booster as part of their vaccine policies. We are implementing this policy because we are confident in the scientific evidence to date that widespread vaccination is safe and effective to prevent the spread of COVID-19, including spread by the more highly infectious variants of virus such as the alpha and the new delta strains. The addition of the booster is essential given the current rampant spread of the Omicron variant. 

Our mission of a, “transformative holistic education, just relationships, innovative thinking and responsible action toward a more unified society and sustainable Earth,” is best delivered through personalized, in-person opportunities.  These educational offerings are safer for all members when there are high rates of community vaccination.  With the exception of our students who choose fully online programs, we know that our faculty, staff, and students value a Chestnut Hill experience that can be found through in-person learning and gathering safely with peers, and we look forward to offering that this spring.   

The complete Chestnut Hill College COVID-19 Vaccination Policy, including answers to frequently asked questions, is available online at https://www.chc.edu/vaccination-policy.

 

Key details are outlined below:

  • Proof of vaccination or request for exemption must be uploaded to myCHC.  Faculty, staff, and students will see a COVID Vaccine Verification link on the left nav (or the red and white arrow on the bottom of a mobile device) upon logging into myCHC. Members who have previously approved medical or religious exemptions are exempt from this policy. For those eligible to receive their booster, proof of booster vaccination will be required by March 1, 2022.  The CDC recommends a Pfizer or Moderna booster 2 months after the single dose J&J shot, 5 months after the second in the two dose Pfizer vaccine series, or 6 months Moderna after the second in the two-dose series.  Those who are not yet eligible for a booster will have a 30-day grace period from eligible date to upload proof of a booster.  
     
  • Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine, Moderna COVID-19 Vaccine, and Janssen COVID-19 Vaccine (Johnson & Johnson) are accepted. International students who have received a vaccine approved in their home country should provide this documentation for assessment on a case-by-case basis.
     
  • Per the PDPH, all individuals, vaccinated or not, will be required to wear face coverings while on campus. All members of our community are encouraged to wear a well fitted N95 or KN95 mask while indoors on campus.  As an alternative, people may consider double masking with a surgical mask and a cloth mask.  Masks must cover both the nose and the mouth.   
     
  • Chestnut Hill will not require short-term visitors - including prospective students and families, speakers, and event attendees - to provide proof of full vaccination. All visitors will be notified of Chestnut Hill’s vaccination policy which reinforces that those individuals who are not fully vaccinated must follow CDC and PDPH guidance for unvaccinated individuals: which includes wearing a mask and social distancing. The exception to this assertion is any event at which food is being served.  Beginning on January 3, 2022, Philadelphia implemented a vaccine mandate for indoor dining.  Proof of vaccination or an approved exemption will be required for outside guests at any indoor event that serves food.   
     
  • Occupancy limits and social distancing guidelines will be lifted for Spring 2022.

 

Additional resources, including links to the Center for Disease Control, as well as local guidance, have been compiled on our CHC COVID-19 Resources page. For additional questions related to CHC’s return to campus or vaccination policy, please contact COVIDVaccine@chc.edu.

 

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