Responding to COVID-19: Spring 2022

 Dear Faculty, Staff, and Students,

I hope that this email finds you well and that you are having a safe and productive summer!  I wanted to update you on some campus and Weitzman School of Design information as we approach a normal return to campus operations.

PennOpen Pass and Penn Cares Testing

Effective July 1, those who have submitted their information on being fully vaccinated will no longer be required to schedule and take part in weekly Penn Cares screening testing or complete their daily screening questions through PennOpen Pass. 

Additionally, beginning July 1, a Green Pass will not be required to enter University buildings or board Penn Transit. Weitzman School of Design Buildings (and most campus buildings) will no longer have a Public Health Ambassador at the entry ways.

Penn Medicine will continue to require a Green Pass for health care facility entrance.

Those who do not enter their information on being fully vaccinated into Workday will be required to schedule and take part in weekly Penn Cares screening testing and complete their daily screening through PennOpen Pass. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, individuals are considered to be fully vaccinated: 

  • 2 weeks after their second dose in a 2-dose series, such as with the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine or
  • 2 weeks after a single dose, such as the Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen vaccine. 

Workday Assistance (PennKey Required)

Please contact the Penn Employee Solution Center at 215-898-7372 or if you have any questions about the Workday process or HR policies. 

Building Hours and Entrance/Exits

Effective July 1, Weitzman School of Design faculty, staff, and students will have 24/7 access to our facilities throughout the Summer.  We will reevaluate building hours and accessibility prior to the start of the Fall semester.

In addition, our campus buildings will no longer have one means of entrance and exit.

Food and Drink

While food and drink are now permissible indoors for those who are fully vaccinated, I want to remind you that eating remains one of the higher-risk activities for disease transmission, particularly indoors.  

Please continue to be mindful of your colleagues at this time and limit the amount of eating within the building (especially in studio spaces).  

Limiting food sources indoors also helps to reduce any rodent activity.

PennCard Activation

As you prepare to return to campus, it is important that you have an up-to-date PennCard. Below is information on how faculty and staff can obtain, replace or update their PennCards.

If you are a full-time faculty or staff member with an expired PennCard, please be aware that you will need to replace your card once you return to campus. Certain card holders have already received a communication from the PennCard office in early June which provided instructions to their specific population on how to pick up their cards. Please follow the guidance in those communications. If you have not received this communication from the PennCard Office, then the regular instructions for renewing your PennCard apply.

To ensure we are offering you the most efficient pick-up process, pre-scheduled appointments are required. Upon scheduling an appointment, you will receive a confirmation email detailing the time, date, and pick-up location. If an appointment change is needed, you can refer to their appointment confirmation email or text for their personalized rescheduling link. Be sure to bring your existing card with you in order to get your new card.

I look forward to seeing you all soon!


Karl M. Wellman, Jr.
Senior Director 
Operations and Planning
Design and Construction