General 2021-22 Information

Fall 2021 sees the return of Annenberg faculty, students, and staff to campus. What do you need to know? Read on! 

From March 2020 until August 2021, the Annenberg School conducted the majority of its operations remotely, asking the majority of the community to work from home. Fall 2021 finally marks the return of our community to campus for in-person teaching, learning, and working.

The building is fully open to the Annenberg community and requests for access are no longer required. Everyone on campus is now required to complete PennOpen Pass every day.

Starting Monday, August 30, the hours will be weekdays 8am to 10pm and weekends 9am to 4pm. (These hours are subject to change.) There is card reader access at the Walnut Street entrance.

Per the University's communication on August 5, 2021, masks are now required indoors at Penn for everyone, regardless of vaccination status. Exceptions to the masking requirement include single occupancy offices and shared spaces where 6ft distancing can be maintained, with roommates in our college house suites/rooms, and by permission in instructional settings for pedagogical reasons. Those who are not vaccinated or choose not to report their vaccination status are required to take twice-weekly COVID-19 tests. 

During the month of August, staff are having a phased return to campus. Please see the staff page for more information.

For more information on the University of Pennsylvania’s overall plans, please visit its COVID-19 Response page.

Vaccine & Testing Requirements

As announced by the University on August 25, all current students. faculty, staff, and postdocs are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 no later than October 15, 2021 unless you have a religious or medical exemption. You can record your COVID-19 vaccination status securely and confidentially in Workday. Those who do not record a vaccination will face disciplinary action up to and including termination. Visit the University's vaccination page for more details.

All students are required to participate in an initial gateway test upon arrival to campus. 

Faculty, staff, and postdocs also are required to schedule and complete gateway testing by September 17. More information on how to schedule a test can be found in this scheduling tip sheet.

All students enrolled in an on-campus program will be required to take COVID screening tests twice a month. Tests are saliva-based.

All fully vaccinated faculty, staff, and postdocs who are accessing campus for any reason during the Fall 2021 term also are required to participate in an ongoing screening test program. Each week, a random sample of those faculty, staff, and postdocs accessing campus will be notified by email if selected and will be required to get tested within two weeks of selection.

Students, faculty, staff, and postdocs who have not yet reported being fully vaccinated must continue to test twice a week unless they submit vaccine documentation. After October 15, those who have been granted a medical or religious exemption from vaccination will be required to continue to test twice a week.

In addition, any member of the Penn community who wants to access a COVID screening test for any reason may participate in volunteer testing by scheduling a screening test.

Annenberg School Library

Beginning Monday, August 30, the Annenberg Library will be open from 9am to 5pm on weekdays. It will be closed on weekends. 

For the latest on this and other library services, consult the Penn Libraries' Phased Service Availability FAQ. Please email Katie Rawson with any questions.

If You Are Sick

In accordance with current guidelines, if you are feeling unwell, seek medical guidance. Additionally, if you are unable to teach or work remotely due to illness, please email the following according to your role:

Penn-Affiliated Travel

Beginning on May 18, 2021, the University ended its suspension on domestic and international Penn-related travel and moved to restricted status. A COVID-19 vaccination is required for this Penn-related travel. Please find more details on Penn's Travel Guidelines and Procedures page

Official Resources Pages for COVID-19

The following organizations have set up official COVID-19 pages, in an effort to keep the public up-to-date:


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