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COVID-19 Task Force Update Archive 

Cabrini’s COVID-19 Task Force Chair Stephen M. Rupprecht, EdD, Dean of Students, regularly updates students, faculty, and staff on the latest developments and measures to ensure the health and wellness of all members of our community. Sent via email, these messages are archived below.

(See archived emails from the fall 2020 semester.)

August 5, 2021 (Updated Campus Mask Guidance)

Dear Cabrini students, faculty, and professional staff,

I hope this update finds you in good health and spirits.

In the days since the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issued its recommendation that vaccinated individuals continue to wear masks indoors in certain at-risk counties, we have monitored the virus’s spread here in Delaware County and the surrounding region to assess how this guidance will impact our return to campus this fall.

As of the beginning of August, with the highly infectious Delta variant of the virus accounting for the vast majority of new COVID-19 cases in the United States, Delaware County’s transmission rate has been classified by the CDC as “substantial,” placing our county in the high-risk category. The new guidance also indicates that vaccinated individuals can be infected with the Delta variant and spread it to others.

Considering this guidance and the continued safety of our campus community, Cabrini will require facemasks indoors for all students, faculty, and staff, regardless of vaccination status. Effective Monday, August 9, 2021, masks are to be worn covering the mouth and nose in all public and shared indoor spaces on campus. Masks are not required outdoors or in your private office or residence. This updated mask requirement is consistent with recent decisions at many higher education institutions that share our desire to keep college campuses as safe as possible.

Cabrini’s vaccination requirement for the fall semester remains unchanged. The strongest defense against COVID-19 and the Delta variant continues to be vaccination. A full schedule of COVID-19 vaccine still protects against serious illness in the event of a breakthrough infection. It is encouraging to see that the results of our Vaccination Status Survey have indicated a strong rate of vaccination in our community this fall.

I am grateful for the collective commitment to the common good among our Cavalier community. The work this community has done to slow the spread of the virus since March 2020 is remarkable, but it must continue if we are to enjoy a primarily in-person campus experience this year.

As Cabrini has done throughout the course of this pandemic, we will continue monitoring the latest expert guidance on coronavirus mitigation measures as well as the latest transmission statistics from Delaware County and the Philadelphia region. Any changes to the current mitigation measures will be in accordance with the latest recommendations from the CDC and will be promptly communicated to the Cabrini community.

 

Together Forward,

 

Stephen M. Rupprecht, EdD
Dean of Students
Chair, COVID-19 Task Force

February 25, 2021

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Dear Cabrini students, faculty, and professional staff,

I hope this update finds you healthy and safe. I would LOVE for you to read every word below, but if you are pressed for time and only have 60 seconds – your Week 2 update video can be found here

The information below is provided to ensure that everyone is on the same page as we return to campus.  Do not hesitate to email return@cabrini.edu if you have any questions or concerns. You can always get helpful COVID-19 information at cabrini.edu/covid.

Students:  As a reminder, please share this and all related communications with your parents/guardians.

FOR STUDENTS
1. Parties and gatherings: Cabrini’s COVID-19 Campus Policy has been revised to more clearly spell out prohibited behaviors and consequences for violations of the COVID-19 Campus Policy. Group gatherings are among the biggest contributors to the spread of this virus, and attending gatherings is one of the most dangerous ways to negatively impact our community. Enforcing these policies will help us maintain our focus on the common good and safety of our community. The Policy can be found on the last two pages of the Community Standards for Student Conduct. Those with questions or concerns should contact deanofstudents@cabrini.edu.

2. Guest policy remains in place: Guests remain prohibited in all residential buildings. 

  • Any resident student who enters a residential building to which they are not currently assigned will risk losing housing privileges for the remainder of the spring semester.
  • Any resident student who hosts a non-resident will risk losing housing privileges for the remainder of the spring semester.
  • Any non-resident student who enters a residential building will risk being banned from campus for the remainder of the spring semester.

There are no exceptions. If someone has one of your belongings in their room, call that person to bring it outside to you or call Public Safety for assistance.

3. (For all resident students) Surveillance testing: All residential students should anticipate being contacted via email to have a COVID-19 test at some point during the spring semester. Participation is required to remain in the residential community.  When you are contacted, you are required to take action by signing up for a time of your choice for the day you are assigned. Testing times will not conflict with your class schedule. Please read all instructions to ensure you understand the location and time of your test.

4. Remote study locations -- Computer Labs and Bring Your Own Device (BYOD): Students who need a place to study and/or take classes can access the list of rooms and labs that are available for use at cabrini.edu/byodlabs. REMINDER: All visitors, including commuter students, are restricted from entering all residence halls. Resident students risk loss of housing for allowing any guests who do not live in the building.

FOR EVERYONE

5. Results of Surveillance testing: Great news – resident students and student-athletes had a 0% positive rate for the first week of surveillance testing.  Resident students tested at 0% for week two, as well, and student-athletes will do their week two testing today. Thank you to all of our students for remaining vigilant in following mitigation efforts. Please keep doing this. Results of surveillance testing can be found below the COVID Tracker.

6. Out of state travel: Will you be traveling outside of PA for any extended period of time during the spring? Governor Wolf’s administration issued an order on November 17, 2020, requiring that travelers entering Pennsylvania from other countries and states, as well as PA residents who are returning home from other countries or states, have a negative COVID-19 test within 72 hours prior to entering the Commonwealth or quarantine for 10 days upon entry into PA. If a traveler chooses to get tested upon entering the Commonwealth, or is waiting for test results, the traveler must quarantine for 10 days, or until receipt of a negative test result, whichever comes first. 

What does this mean for all of us?

  • If you are taking a trip out of PA and spending time away from your normal home (or campus residence) for more than 24 hours – this DOES apply to you.  Please click on the link above to review this information.
  • Employees and students commuting to work or school from neighboring states – this does NOT apply to you.
  • The “Out of state travel” link above includes the exact language and frequently asked questions.

NOTE:  Faculty/staff who are aware of students traveling out of state should email return@cabrini.edu.

8. Exposure and infection cases: Everyone is reminded that immediate notification is expected for anyone that is experiencing the following or has knowledge of a Cabrini student experiencing the following:

  • Positive COVID-19 test result
  • Exposure to another person who has tested positive for COVID-19
  • Symptoms of COVID-19

Students (or anyone reporting about a student) must first contact the Department of Public Safety (610.902.8111) and then follow up with an email to heathservices@cabrini.edu.

Employees must contact Human Resources (610.902.8206 / humanresources@cabrini.edu) and your supervisor.

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Please email return@cabrini.edu if you have any questions or if you have suggestions for future updates.

Please continue to adhere to important mitigation strategies by keeping socially distanced, wearing your mask, and washing your hands regularly. When we all do our part, we stand a better chance at remaining COVID-free. I also want to say thank you again for all of your efforts. 

 

Take good care, 

Stephen M. Rupprecht, EdD
Dean of Students
Chair, COVID-19 Task Force

February 15, 2021

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Dear Cabrini students, faculty, and professional staff,

I hope this update finds you healthy and safe. Welcome back to campus!

Kudos to everyone who made our first three weeks the success that it was. The national and regional counts for COVID-19 cases are lower than when the semester started, and we should all continue to do our part to keep that trend moving downward.

The information below is provided to ensure that everyone is on the same page as we return to campus. Do not hesitate to email return@cabrini.edu if you have any questions or concerns. You can always get helpful COVID-19 information at cabrini.edu/covid.

Students: As a reminder, please share this and all related communications with your parents/guardians.

FOR STUDENTS
1. Guest policy remains in place: Guests remain prohibited in all residential buildings. 

  • Any resident student who enters a residential building to which they are not currently assigned will risk lose housing privileges for the remainder of the spring semester.
  • Any resident student who hosts a non-resident will risk lose housing privileges for the remainder of the spring semester.
  • Any non-resident student who enters a residential building will risk being banned from campus for the remainder of the spring semester.

There are no exceptions. If someone has one of your belongings in their room, call that person to bring it outside to you or call Public Safety for assistance.

2. (For all resident students) Surveillance testing: Cabrini will be conducting surveillance testing at the beginning of each week for up to 10% of the residential population, the population with the greatest risk for spread. Resident students will be contacted the week prior to their test, and test times will not conflict with class schedules. Testing time is approximately 3-5 minutes upon arrival and check-in. Participation is required to remain in the residential community. For more on our testing strategy, see #9 below.
 
3. Remote study locations -- Computer Labs and Bring Your Own Device (BYOD): Students who need a place to study and/or take classes can access the list of rooms and labs that are available for use at cabrini.edu/byodlabs. REMINDER: All visitors, including commuter students, are restricted from entering all residence halls. Resident students risk loss of housing for allowing any guests who do not live in the building.
 

FOR EVERYONE
4. ID card required at Welcome Center: Beginning Friday, February 19, at 8pm, all Cabrini students and employees will be required to both carry (this was already required) and swipe their ID card to access campus *when the Welcome Center is staffed at the Upper Gulph Road entrance. See below for operating and staffing times.

5. Entrances to Campus: Please be aware of the access hours for each of the three entrances to campus:

  • Upper Gulph Road entrance: Open 24 hours/day/7 days a week. *Staffed by Public Safety from 8pm to 5am, Monday through Thursday, and 8pm Friday through 5am on Monday. 
  • King of Prussia Road entrance: Open Monday 5am through Friday 8pm. Closed Friday 8pm through Monday at 5am.
  • Eagle Road entrance: Closed until further notice.

6. Dining remains takeout only: Cavs Corner and The Grill will remain takeout only until further notice in an effort to reduce small group gatherings.

7. Exposure and Infection Cases: Everyone is reminded that immediate notification is expected for anyone that is experiencing the following or has knowledge of a Cabrini student experiencing the following:

  • Positive COVID-19 test result
  • Exposure to another person who has tested positive for COVID-19
  • Symptoms of COVID-19

Students (or anyone reporting about a student) must first contact the Department of Public Safety (610.902.8111) and then follow up with an email to heathservices@cabrini.edu

Employees must contact Human Resources (610.902.8760 / humanresources@cabrini.edu) and your supervisor.

8. Masks: Masks should cover the mouth and nose, and continue to be required at all times except when you are alone in the privacy of your own room/office. If you are new to campus and need a mask, or if you are returning and could use another mask, please use the link here and complete the requested information. Additional information about proper mask-wearing will be distributed later this week via email from the Director of Health Services.

9. Cabrini’s COVID-19 testing strategy: Cabrini’s testing strategy is consistent with nearly all of our SEPCHE peer-schools in testing residential students, both entry testing and follow up surveillance testing. Student-athletes will also participate in surveillance testing prior to competing in games as part of NCAA requirements. Students are not required to provide a negative COVID-19 test prior to attending class.

10. Vaccinations: Cabrini is working with local authorities regarding vaccination options for those in our community. If you have already been vaccinated, that does NOT exempt you from any mitigation requirements while on campus.

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Please email return@cabrini.edu if you have any questions or if you have suggestions for future updates.

Please continue to adhere to important mitigation strategies by keeping socially distanced, wearing your mask, and washing your hands regularly. When we all do our part, we stand a better chance at remaining COVID-free.  I also want to say thank you again for all of your efforts. 

Take good care, 

Stephen M. Rupprecht, EdD
Dean of Students
Chair, COVID-19 Task Force

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