General 2021-22 Information

Annenberg faculty, students, and staff have returned to campus. What do you need to know? Read on! 

From March 2020 until August 2021, and for a brief period in December 2021 and January 2022, the Annenberg School conducted the majority of its operations remotely, asking the majority of the community to work from home. We have now returned 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 April 13, 2022, masking indoors is now required at Penn, due to a change in policy by the City of Philadelphia. Those who are not vaccinated or choose not to report their vaccination status are required to take twice-weekly COVID-19 tests, and voluntary testing is still available. Masking policy can change frequently. Please refer to University announcements to confirm the latest requirements. 

Most Annenberg staff are currently working a hybrid schedule. 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 unless you have a religious or medical exemption. This vaccine requirement includes the COVID-19 booster, which must be obtained by January 31, 2022. 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.

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. 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

The Annenberg Library is open from 9am to 5pm on weekdays and closed on weekends. These hours are subject to change.

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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