Ongoing challenges with COVID-19 testing, the uncertain delivery date for an effective vaccine or treatment, and the likelihood of future surges of infection mean we must work to adapt to the current reality rather than waiting for the pandemic to pass. The University developed an academic continuity plan to be All-Modes Ready throughout the fall term, and even the entire academic year, to give Arcadia flexibility to offer a high-quality, unique educational experience regardless of disruptions brought on by COVID-19.
Below are the basic protective health requirements for our campus:
Wear a mask over your nose and mouth, especially whenever indoors, in a classroom or University building, or when in close proximity to others outdoors
Socially distance six feet apart.
Know the symptoms. If you notice you may be experiencing symptoms of COVID-19, avoid others until you can be evaluated.
Monitor your health daily.
Cover your mouth and nose when coughing or sneezing.
Wash your hands as frequently as possible.
Minimize gatherings and in-person meetings.
Any student who accesses campus will be required to participate in COVID-19 surveillance testing coordinated through Student Health Services.
This will start on a weekly schedule, but the frequency of testing may change depending on how the virus progresses in our community and throughout Montgomery County.
Any student who tests positive or is contact-traced to someone who tested positive will be required to isolate or quarantine as directed by the Arcadia University contact tracing team.
All students accessing campus will need to agree to, follow the expectations of, and sign the Community Compact. Please note, that part of this compact is obtaining and reporting an influenza vaccine.
Any employee who accesses campus will also be required to participate in COVID-19 surveillance testing or implement additional mitigation measures as necessary, based on their level of risk while on campus. Testing will be coordinated through Student Health Services (see Employee Testing section under “Covid Testing”).