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.
A successful fall semester depends on a commitment to the four pillars of public health by the entire Temple community. 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. 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 there are not any gaps around your face. 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.
As vital members of the campus community, Temple employees have an essential part to play in the effort to keep campus and the surrounding community safe this fall. Employees must be prepared to participate in the university’s COVID-19 testing plan to keep themselves and others healthy and protected. This plan includes three parts, which will be reevaluated in September to gauge changes in demand for testing and to accommodate any new testing technologies that may become available. Please note that some measures apply only to students.
Testing, Contact Tracing and Tracking Travel
Students, faculty or staff who have traveled in the past 14 days from a “hot state” will also be tested for COVID-19, in accordance with guidance issued by the city of Philadelphia. If students, faculty or staff have been to one of these states within the past 14 days, they will need to log their travel in the Travel Tracker form on TUportal to help the university with any potential contact tracing efforts.
After completing this form, employees will receive further instructions from Employee Health Services regarding testing and/or other instructions. If employees come into close contact with someone on campus who has tested positive, they will be notified by the university’s contact tracing team and will be provided with instructions on quarantining and testing. Tests will be administered by appointment only through the university’s newly established testing center located on the street level of the Morgan Hall tower on Cecil B. Moore Avenue.
Regular testing across the university will enable Health Services, if necessary, to act quickly to limit the spread of the disease. Temple’s team of contact tracers will work hand-in-hand with the Philadelphia Department of Public Health to identify close contacts of positive cases so that they may be tested and follow proper quarantine protocols. The privacy of all involved in contact-tracing efforts will be protected.
Frequently Asked Questions about Testing and Exposure to COVID-19
With the start of the fall semester, Temple University has developed guidelines for employees who are experiencing symptoms, need to be tested for COVID-19 or need to report symptoms, and what to do if employees think they have been exposed to someone who has tested positive.
Read the university’s answers to frequently asked questions about COVID-19 testing for employees.
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.