Dear Faculty and Staff,
We write to provide updates on today’s announcement that Governor Tom Wolf has issued a stay-at-home order affecting a number of areas within Pennsylvania, including the Philadelphia region and specifically Delaware County.
According to guidance from the Pennsylvania Department of Education, today’s announcement does not change our current approach to carrying out essential work while also mitigating the spread of COVID-19. We have already stated that only individuals whose work is essential to life-sustaining operations (such as Dining Services, Environmental Services, student housing, Public Safety, etc.) and to supporting critical core operations and remote learning (such as ITS support for online learning, maintenance, payroll, etc.) should be on campus.
As we have said before, if you can work remotely, you should already be doing so. If you have questions about whether you should report to campus for work, please consult your supervisor.
Again, faculty are strongly encouraged to teach their remote classes from off campus if possible. This remains a dynamic and unpredictable situation, and new directives from local, state and/or federal officials could require the College to change its approach with little to no advance notice. As such, we urge all faculty to take from your offices, labs, etc., any materials necessary now in case the current situation changes.
For essential employees reporting to campus for work, you must practice social distancing, wash your hands frequently, and refrain from coming to work if you exhibit any cold or flu-like symptoms.
Governor Wolf also announced today that all Pennsylvania K-12 schools will remain closed for at least an additional two weeks through April 6. As a reminder, you can find information on the College’s response to COVID-19, including leave information and other modified practices using these resources:
- Swarthmore College’s COVID-19 FAQs for Staff
- Swarthmore College’s Modified Staff Practices during COVID-19 [pdf]
Earlier this month, we alerted you to two possible cases of COVID-19, including the parent of a Swarthmore Friends Nursery School student and a family member of a Swarthmore employee. We are happy to report that both individuals have tested negative for COVID-19. As of today, we have no confirmed cases on campus.
If you suspect you have COVID-19 or if you test positive, please inform either your supervisor or Human Resources immediately so that the College can work with you to identify anyone with whom you may have come into contact.
The COVID-19 Planning Group