COVID-19 & Working at Haverford
Haverford College's policies and protocols for responding to the COVID-19 pandemic will be rooted in the health, safety, and well-being of our faculty, staff, and students, and for the public with whom we interact.
Plans will be aligned and consistent with local orders and ordinances of Delaware and Montgomery Counties, as well as the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. Haverford’s plans will also follow recommendations from the federal government, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and the Pennsylvania Department of Public Health.
Vaccines & Boosters
All Haverford employees must be vaccinated for COVID-19, with booster dose, regardless of whether they are working the majority of their time remotely or on campus. Those with documented medical reasons or sincerely held religious beliefs may request an accommodation. Once you have been vaccinated, enter the details into your Workday record. Instructions for submitting vaccine and booster information are available in the Workday COVID-19 Vaccination and Booster Job Aid.
Our infectious disease experts tell us that the FDA-authorized COVID vaccines (Pfizer, Moderna, Johnson & Johnson) are among the safest vaccines ever authorized in the United States. We encourage individuals with questions or concerns to consult with their physicians.
On-Campus Work Protocols
Testing on Campus (Faculty & Staff)
All students must test within five days of arrival to campus for the Fall 2022 semester. Testing is available for symptomatic students on an as-needed basis. Employees may access free testing via a medical professional or local provider/pharmacy.
Distancing and Health Guidelines
Employees at Higher Risk
According to the CDC, individuals with certain conditions may have higher risk for COVID-19 infection. Those conditions may include:
- Older adults (aged 65 years and older)
- People with HIV
- Asthma (moderate-to-severe)
- Chronic lung disease
- Serious heart conditions
- Chronic kidney disease being treated with dialysis
- Severe obesity
- Being immunocompromised
Employees who wish to seek ADA Reasonable Accommodations related to Returning to the Workplace should email Donna Hawkins in the Office of Human Resource Donna Hawkins in the Office of Human Resources (dhawkins [at] haverford.edu), or if comfortable, email hc-hr [at] haverford.edu for guidance.
Face Covering Protocols
Surgical, N95, KN95, or KF94 only.
Employees (faculty and staff), students, and authorized visitors may be required to wear a facial covering or disposable mask at designated gatherings as outlined in the Face Covering Policy.
Consistent with CDC Guidelines, the College does not require the use of disposable gloves for most employees: for the general public, CDC recommends wearing gloves when you are cleaning or caring for someone who is sick. In most other situations, wearing gloves is not necessary. Instead, practice everyday preventive actions; washing your hands with soap and water for 20 seconds (or using a hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol).
All community members are expected to maintain "contact journals" for their time on campus. These can take many forms, from handwritten notes to text entered on a computer or smartphone. These journals will remain private to each individual, but they will allow you to quickly identify close contacts in the event there is a positive COVID-19 case in our community.
Guidance for Specific Workplace Scenarios
Safety in Vehicles
Traveling in a personal vehicle is comparable to being in an enclosed room. Riders must follow the Face Coverings Policy and mask when designated to do so.
Employees or students who have been fully vaccinated may travel and engage in off-campus activities within the United States and return to live and/or work on campus provided they are asymptomatic. For international travel, or if you are not fully vaccinated, see the Travel Policy.
Working in Office Environments
If you work in an open environment, be respectful of colleagues and visitors who may prefer to mask. Hosts will establish masking expectations for all gatherings, inclusive of faculty in their learning spaces, and organizers of events.
Departments may choose to conduct meetings either in person with vaccinated individuals, or can conduct meetings in whole or part using the extensive range of available collaboration tools (e.g. Zoom, e-mail, Google, telephone, etc.). Hosts will establish masking expectations for all gatherings, inclusive of faculty in their learning spaces, and organizers of events.
Your Haverford OneCard is required for entry to all buildings, and you may not hold or prop open exterior doors for any other person.
Visitors / Volunteers / Contingent Workers
- Visitors are welcome in most outdoor spaces, including the Nature Trail, and in the Whitehead Campus Center, or may access indoor spaces as guests of Haverford students, faculty, or staff as described in the Campus Access and Visitor Policy.
- See also: Guide to Hosting Haverford College Guests and Guest Form
Working at Haverford
Health & Wellness
Employees must report any disclosed positive COVID-19 test results or potential infection immediately to the Office of Human Resources (for employees) or to the Student Health Center (for students).
If you had close contact with a person with confirmed COVID-19, follow the instructions on the Be Safe website.
If you have developed symptoms of COVID-19 or tested positive:
Any individual who is experiencing symptoms should stay home. If the symptoms resolve within 24 hours, vaccinated individuals can return to campus activity. If symptoms persist, individuals should not return to campus activity unless cleared by a medical provider.
Any individual who tests positive who is not vaccinated and boosted must isolate for 10 days and can only return to campus activity when cleared by a medical provider. Individuals who are vaccinated and boosted whose symptoms are resolving may return to campus after 5 days if cleared by a physician; universal mask wearing is required through day 10 after the initial onset of symptoms or positive test.
Visit the Be Safe website for more information.
Independence Blue Cross
Employees are invited to visit ibx.com/COVID-19 for up-to-date information about care and services during including vaccine information, tips on staying healthy, symptoms and testing, virtual visits, getting care, and more.
Sick Time & Leave
Sick Time for Self-Quarantine
Upon consultation with the Office of Human Resources, employees are required to self-quarantine due to COVID-19 symptoms, exposure or a positive test result. All exempt and non-exempt staff employees should enter this time as using their regular sick days in Workday.
Employees or students who have been fully vaccinated may travel and engage in off-campus activities within the United States and return to live and/or work on campus provided they are asymptomatic. For international travel, or if you are not fully vaccinated, view the 2021-2022 Travel Policy.
Update Your User Profile
As many staff and faculty continue to work remotely, consider including information at the top of your User Profile about how to best contact you this fall. Visit hav.to/profile for instructions on updating your User Profile.
Download and print COVID-19 safety posters for use around campus.