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Spring 2021 Plan

Daily Health Screening Form

Must be completed daily from January 14 to January 28, 2021

 

What Students Should Know

 

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The campus re-start plan was developed based on guidance from the Governor's Office, the Mohawk Valley Control Room, SUNY System Administration, the Schoharie County Department of Public Health, the Centers for Disease Control, and other experts. 

 

The core tenets of our plan are: 

  • Safety first
  • Protect our core mission of academic excellence with available resources
  • Maintain broadest access and affordability for all New Yorkers to higher education
  • Sustain programming through academic and operational synergies
  • Demonstrate agility in responding to the workforce needs of New York State

Spring Academic Calendar

January 28 – 31                                              Residential student move-in

February 1                                                        Classes start remotely

February 8                                                        In-person classes start

March                                                              No spring break

May 14                                                             Semester ends

May 15                                                             Commencement

The College will recognize and celebrate the achievements of the 2021 graduates through a virtual, interactive commencement ceremony.

There will be a virtual tribute from the College and the Alumni Association honoring the 2020 class and sharing moments and sentiments over the past year.

Policies

A revised "Social Distancing and Face Covering Policy" has been adopted by the campus. Anyone on campus – faculty, staff, student, volunteer, visitor, contractor, or vendor – or anyone engaged in college-related business, either on or off campus, will comply with the College's social distancing policy and use PPE, and surveillance testing attestation protocols.  The new policy requires that masks be worn during indoor activities even when six feet social distance can be maintained between participants.
  
All employees are expected to read and understand the campus policies, which are posted on the campus website at https://www.cobleskill.edu/about/leadership/campus-policies/index.aspx. 

 

Visitors to Campus

External visitors to campus are limited and require approval by the respective Dean or Vice President and the Events Office. Departments hosting visitors will be responsible for screening, educating, and monitoring their activities. A screening form will be completed by all visitors prior to arrival on campus. 

  

Testing, Screening, Monitoring, Personnel Protective Equipment (PPE), and Cleaning

  • Pooled testing has been implemented. This approach was developed and validated by SUNY Upstate Medical University's laboratory, and uses saliva samples, pooled in batches as small as 6 and as large as 25 samples.
  • All students, faculty, and staff shall be pool tested on a weekly basis.
  • Participation in pooled testing is mandatory for any students who live on campus or who are taking on-campus courses and/or using campus facilities. Pooled testing is mandatory for all faculty and staff who have a physical presence on campus.
  • A wastewater/sewerage testing system is being utilized to monitor for COVID-19. If there are changes in baseline tests, then as feasible, we may conduct additional pooled testing in impacted areas.
  • “Event” testing of symptomatic individuals will be performed at the campus Wellness Center and/or at Cobleskill Regional Hospital.

 

Returning to Campus for Spring Term: Testing and Isolation Requirements 

There will be no in-person classes, except those for which notification was provided to SUNY System Administration, during the winter term.  For those students in the residence halls over break, virtual programs will be offered. No in-person activities will be offered.

Students returning to campus or attending courses on campus for the Spring 2021 semester must be tested for COVID-19.  It is strongly recommended that faculty and staff working on campus are pre-tested before returning to campus.

Specific requirements are as follows: 

  • All students, faculty, and staff must be pre-screened daily for travel history, COVID-19 history and COVID-19 symptoms for two (2) weeks prior to return (beginning January 11 for faculty and staff and January 14 for students other than early arrivals). An online form will be developed to facilitate this process.
  • Upon returning for spring 2021 on-campus activities, any student who will (1) live on campus, or (2) take at least one class on campus, or (3) utilize services on campus (e.g. library, gym, dining), or (4) work on campus, must:
  • Submit an attestation that he/she/they have completed a seven (7) day precautionary quarantine prior to returning to campus*; and either
    • Present evidence of a negative COVID-19 test taken within three (3) days prior to return or participate in on- campus COVID-19 testing as soon as possible but no later than two (2) days of returning to campus
    • Or present documentation of a positive diagnostic result for COVID-19 from the prior 3-month period.
  • Inform the campus of any known contacts with COVID-19 positive individuals, or of any symptoms consistent with COVID-19 or of a positive test result for COVID-19 (this notification to campus should not replace reporting to a health care provider or local health department).

 

*The following limited exemptions are allowed for the seven (7) day precautionary quarantine stated above:

  1. Medical School and Health Professions students designated as “essential employees” may apply for an exemption.
  2. Commuter students who are employed may apply to the campus designee for a limited exemption to allow them to work during the quarantine. To qualify for the exemption, such students will need to document the COVID-19 safety protocols of their employers. Also, the exemption will only apply to their ability to work. When not working, the students will be expected to quarantine from others.

The campus will keep specific information on the number of exemptions approved for the semester and be able to report to SUNY system.

 

Campus Testing – Spring Semester

  • All residential students will be pool tested at move-in. Commuter students expected to participate in in-person classes and activities will be tested on February 1 and 2. It is anticipated that these test results will be received prior to the start of in-person classes on February 8.
  • SUNY Cobleskill will resume weekly pooled surveillance testing as soon as students return to campus. All students, faculty and staff who live on campus and/or have a physical presence on campus (including instruction, co-curricular activities, and meetings) shall be tested weekly.
  • In cases of possible exposure to COVID-19 on campus, SUNY Cobleskill shall follow Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidance Testing, Screening, and Outbreak Response for Institutions of Higher Education (IHEs), specifically the section “Tiered approach and inclusion criteria for SARS-CoV-2 testing of persons with possible exposure in IHE setting in the context of an outbreak”.
  • Students, faculty, and staff who have traveled to/from restricted states/regions or to/from international locations as defined by New York State must follow the New York State Travel Advisory - whether living on- or off-campus—and attest that they have submitted the New York Traveler Health form and will follow the guidance of the governing local health department related to mandatory testing, quarantine/isolation, and timing of returning to campus.
  • Any student, faculty, or staff testing positive for COVID-19 must isolate and follow the New York State Department of Health Order on isolation and the guidance of the governing local health department on length of said isolation and timing of return to campus.
  • SUNY Cobleskill has appropriate quarantine and isolation space for on-campus residential students as specified within this plan. The campus works closely with the Schoharie County Department of Health to assist with quarantine and isolation space for students off campus if necessary.

 

Employees 

  • Employees who are expected to have a physical presence on campus will be tested on February 1 and 2, allowing results to be returned prior to the start of classes.
  • Should an employee be experiencing any of the symptoms of COVID-19, then they are to remain or return home and monitor their symptoms; they will be encouraged to be tested at a local healthcare facility and await results before returning to work. 
  • Employees who test positive or are quarantined MUST notify the Human Resources Office immediately.
  • Participation in weekly pooled testing is mandatory for all faculty and staff who have a physical presence on campus.

 

Other Campus Entities

  • Other entities that have a physical presence on campus (Child Care Center, CAS, etc.) shall provide the College with a copy of their Covid prevention and testing plans.

Updated 12-3-20

 

Surveillance testing (pooled testing) and wastewater testing are being employed.  All students, faculty, and staff who have a physical presence on campus will be tested weekly while in person classes are in session. 

The Athletics Department is responsible for the logistics including site setup, chain of custody of tests, training, PPE (masks, face shields, gloves, gowns), etc.  All those administering pooled testing have been trained.  Testing communication, registration

  • Frequent email and electronic newsletter communication to all students, faculty, staff to include:
    • Reminder to pre-register
    • Reminder not to eat, drink, smoke or use tobacco products 30 minute prior to test
    • Reminder not to brush teeth or use mouthwash 3 hours prior to test
    • Dedicated email for questions: COVIDTesting@cobleskill.edu.

Completed pooled tests are brought to SUNY Upstate for analysis twice per week

Spring Testing Schedule

(in development)

SUNY Cobleskill’s goal is to have one hundred percent (100%) of the students, faculty and staff who have a physical presence on campus tested weekly.

SUNY Cobleskill has developed a wastewater testing plan for COVID-19 using the written information provided by Syracuse University and Quadrant Biosciences. The campus has identified multiple sampling points within the sanitary wastewater system.  Sampling points were selected that will provide wastewater information representative of the residence halls. Using the sampling protocol provided by Syracuse University, the campus is collecting several surveillance samples per week for analysis at Quadrant Biosciences.  The intent of the sampling is to establish a baseline presence of SARS-CoV-2 in the campus community.  Changes in the baseline should indicate increasing or decreasing levels of coronavirus infection particularly among the residential students.  These changes will allow the campus to focus pooled testing to identify asymptomatic individuals within the residential community.  The NYS Dept. of Health has agreed to help interpret the results of the sampling. 

Any individual who is in a positive pooled test will need to go into quarantine until the SUNY Upstate lab finalizes the results.  Residential students will go to the quarantine residence hall and follow the directives of the Schoharie County Department of Health.  Commuter students, faculty, and staff will need to quarantine off-campus.  Once the positive individuals are determined, the negative individuals will no longer have to be in quarantine.  There is an exception: if a pool-tested negative student is the roommate of a positive student, the negative student will have to go into quarantine.  

Residential students who test positive will be placed in isolation in compliance with the directives of the Schoharie County Department of Health.  The Wellness Center staff will monitor the residential students in isolation along with a team of “wrap around” staff who will collectively contact students twice per day.   Commuter students who test positive will be isolating in their respective homes and the DOH will conduct daily check-ins. Wellness Center staff will reach out to commuter students as they enter isolation.


All faculty and staff who have a presence on campus, regardless of part-time or full-time, will be pool tested.  Faculty and staff will select testing time that best corresponds with their on-campus attendance. Faculty and staff testing will follow the same protocols as are in place for student testing.  Faculty and staff samples will be kept separate from student pools for a more accurate representation of demographics.

Any faculty or staff member who tests positive, either through campus pooled testing or other means, MUST contact the Human Resources Office immediately.

Questions regarding the specifics of pooled testing should be directed to:  COVIDtesting@cobleskill.edu.

 

 

PPE, including disposable masks, gloves when necessary, and cleaning supplies, will be made available for employees and, where needed, for visitors. An office may request the facial coverings from the Director of Emergency Management. Employees may use their own facial coverings as long as they are of an acceptable classification. 

Employees who fail to adhere to the wearing of a facial covering, as outlined in the policy, will be subject to disciplinary action per their bargaining unit's contract. Should an employee have a medical condition that prevents the wearing of a facial covering, accommodations will be made to the extent possible. 

Cleaning supplies (hand sanitizer, disinfectant, etc.) will be provided for use with shared equipment and objects.  

All employees are required to complete a symptom checker each day they are on campus. Digital, paper, and in-person processes will be utilized to ask individuals if he/she has:  

  • knowingly been in close or proximate contact in the past 14 days with anyone who has tested positive for COVID-19 or has or had symptoms of COVID-19;
  • tested positive for COVID-19 in the past 14 days; and/or
  • has experienced any symptoms of COVID-19 in the past 14 days.

Should an employee be experiencing any of the symptoms of COVID-19, then they are to remain or return home and monitor their symptoms; they will be encouraged to be tested at a local healthcare facility and await results before returning to work. 

The Cobleskill Auxiliary Services (CAS) is implementing daily screening of employees as they arrive to work (questionnaire and temperature taking.) Employees exhibiting or acknowledging symptoms will be required to return home. 

If an employee tests positive, they will remain at home in isolation until cleared to return to work by their local Health Department. Their work area will be disinfected, proper notifications made, and reports made to the appropriate entities.  Any employee who tests positive or is placed into quarantine MUST contact the Human Resources Office immediately.

Faculty and staff who travel to restricted states will be required to comply with NYS regulations for such travel, which can be found at: https://coronavirus.health.ny.gov/covid-19-travel-advisory. This includes completing the Traveler Health Form.

Anyone physically present on campus is required to follow all social distancing policies and surveillance protocols. Individuals exhibiting symptoms of COVID-19, who have tested positive in the past 14 days, have been in close contact with someone who has tested positive for or exhibits symptoms of COVID-19 are not allowed on campus.   
  
The staff member or department hosting visitors or utilizing volunteers will be responsible for screening, educating, and monitoring their activities. The department contracting with or using contractors or vendors' services will ensure compliance with all campus social distancing and screening protocols.  

 

Students will be provided an initial supply of face coverings at the start of each semester. Students that interact with animals will also receive gloves. 
Students are expected to adhere to the social distancing and face-covering policy, including when in the residence halls. 
(See "Residential Living" for more details.)  
  
Beginning two weeks prior to their arrival, all students will certify daily that they are free of Covid-19 symptoms. 

Students confirmed or suspected to have COVID-19   

Students who test positive will be directed to isolate in a designated location, as determined by the Schoharie County Department of Health.

 

Quarantine and Isolation  

Quarantine (those suspected of having COVID19) will take place in a designated residence hall that has been taken offline for residential students, and isolation (for those diagnosed with COVID19) will take place in an Alumni Commons Town Home. Pending directives of the Local Health Department, the College may quarantine students to their respective residential rooms while awaiting test results.   

A Case Manager will coordinate students' needs in quarantine and isolation with a cadre of staff assistants. Coordination includes, but is not limited to, Wellness appointments and well-being checks, academic assistance (tutoring services via CASE), food service delivery via dining services, and online engagement programming.    

 

Commuter students

The Schoharie County Department of Health will coordinate outreach to commuter students in quarantine or isolation.

 

Contact Tracing

Contact tracing will be performed by the Schoharie County Department of Health, in cooperation with the campus.

Hygiene, Cleaning, and Disinfection

Should an employee or student test positive for COVID-19, the following process will be used to clean affected areas. 

  • Close off areas used by the person who tested positive.
  • Open outside doors and windows to increase air circulation in the area.
  • Wait 24 hours before cleaning or disinfecting. If 24 hours is not feasible, wait as long as possible.
  • Clean and disinfect all areas used by the person who is sick, such as offices, bathrooms, common areas, shared electronic equipment like tablets, touch screens, keyboards, remote controls, and printers/copiers.
  • Once the area has been appropriately disinfected, it can be opened for use.
  • Workers without close contact with the person who is sick can return to work immediately after disinfection.
  • If more than seven days since the person who is sick visited or used the facility, additional cleaning and disinfection is unnecessary.
  • Continue routine cleaning and disinfection, including enhanced cleaning protocols that the campus uses to maintain a healthy environment during the influenza season.
  • Faculty and staff who share offices will be required to wear masks if they cannot maintain social distancing. Additionally, they will be offered either an alternative work schedule, an alternative office location, or the opportunity to work remotely.
  • Faculty have been offered the opportunity to request to offer their courses remotely.
  • Individual employees who are considered to be part of an at-risk/vulnerable population will be allowed to telecommute for as long as possible, as long as telecommuting is successful. If telecommuting is not successful, the employee and supervisor will work out a schedule and assignment that is mutually beneficial for as long as feasible. Should telecommuting not be an option, accommodations will be made to the extent possible.
  • Faculty or staff members who are in vulnerable populations or feel uncomfortable if required to return to campus physically may request an unpaid leave of absence. Such requests will be approved whenever practicable. Faculty and staff are encouraged to discuss their concerns with their immediate supervisor. Individuals who do not have permanent status are urged to discuss proposed plans with Human Resources and their union representatives. An unpaid leave of absence may affect the timeline for continuing/permanent appointments.
  • Students seeking to take all courses online will receive assistance from an academic advisor to develop their schedule and from the AccessABILITY Resources & Transition Office when necessary.
  • Please refer to the Residential Life section for additional information on addressing students with special needs.

 

Employees

Employees are required to complete a "Return to Work" course developed by HR, including social distancing requirements, personal hygiene, and training on how to don and doff a mask properly. The course is available at https://moodle.cobleskill.edu/course/view.php?id=19254. 

 

Students

  • All students – residential and commuter – will sign a semesterly pledge before arriving to campus and as a requirement to come to campus, pledging to uphold the above policies and procedures.
  • The Chancellor’s Uniform Sanctioning in Response to COVID-19 Student Violations implementing uniform sanctions System-wide for COVID-19 related violations, remains in effect for the Winter and Spring 2021 terms.
  • Coupled with the above document, the Student Code of Conduct and/or the Terms of Conditions for residential living remain in effect and will be followed to process students who are non-compliant.

 

Meetings

Meetings should be held virtually, using Microsoft Teams or another online platform, as much as possible. Face-to-face meetings should only be held when social distancing is possible. Attendance should be limited, and face coverings used.  
  
Drop-in visits to offices are highly discouraged; appointments should be made to assist in limiting office density.  

Each department will develop plans that comply with the campus social distancing policy. Until further notice, it is strongly recommended that student meetings take place via an online platform (e.g., Microsoft Teams). Drop-in visits to offices are highly discouraged.  

 

Employees

Employee travel will generally be limited to Advancement and Enrollment Management trips. Other special circumstances will be reviewed by the Vice President of the employee requesting the use of a vehicle. All employees will be required to complete a form attesting to following safety, cleaning, and proper maintenance protocol while in possession of the vehicle. A checklist will be provided that employees will complete at the end of their trip. For approved trips using campus vehicles, Facilities Management will carefully clean each vehicle after use, using appropriate CDC guidelines.  

 

Students

Transportation for students will be limited. Special circumstances will be reviewed by the Vice President for Student Development or the Provost.

 

Public Transportation 

The College does not run an on-campus shuttle. The county bus service (Schoharie County Public Transportation (https://ridescpt.com/), which serves the campus, has implemented the following procedures:  

  • Masks or face coverings are required when riding transit buses and while waiting at bus stops  
  • For social distancing purposes, seat availability is limited  
  • Disinfecting wipes are available at the entry door for passenger use  
  • Interior of buses are being ventilated  
 
  • The Spring semester will run February 1 to May 14.
  • Classes will be remote during the first week (February 1 – February 7). In-person classes will begin on February 8.
  • Cancellation of March break, per SUNY Administration guidance.
  • Courses have been identified for remote and face-to-face/hybrid instruction (approximately 60% and 40%, respectively). A complete listing of courses and delivery formats is available here.
  • The vast majority of classes will meet during the days/times published in the master schedule. Any exceptions will be communicated as soon as possible and in course syllabi.
  • Faculty will follow social distancing protocols in classroom and laboratory spaces at all times.
  • Room capacities have been established by Facilities Management, in compliance with social distancing protocols.
  • All faculty will utilize Moodle LMS and record classes and/or post notes via this platform to allow for synchronous and asynchronous student participation in courses.
  • In order to ensure that remote instruction meets or exceeds expectations for regular and substantive interaction, faculty are required to submit plans for substantive interaction for each course by January 22.
  • Regularly scheduled meetings will be held with faculty teaching online to gauge interaction and student engagement; use of Moodle course management system is required; additional tools and training are being provided to faculty through the Online Education Office (e.g., Reef Polling, Zoom, MS Teams, Blackboard Collaborate).
  • The option to participate asynchronously will be provided to international students completing coursework in a different time zone, if needed.
  • Faculty are required to submit plans regarding substantive interaction for each course (due January 22, 2021).
  • AccessAbility Resources and the Online Education Office provide ongoing training and support for faculty to equip them with the knowledge and skill to support remote learning for students with disabilities. Additionally, resources are available online for faculty use.
  • To ensure that all faculty and students are familiar with instructional technologies and remote pedagogies, orientation modules are available on the campus’ Moodle site. Training, workshops, and one-on-one support are available through the Online Education Office.
  • In addition to assigned faculty advisors, advisement support is provided by Master Faculty Advisors and professional staff. An online chat service is available to assist students.  Faculty will report students who are not engaging in their courses which will initiate intervention.
  • To supplement campus efforts, a list of instructional supports provided by SUNY will be distributed to faculty and made available online.
  • Technology support will be provided for students who request it. Students may contact the Helpdesk at helpdesk@cobleskill.edu.
  • Educational Support Services (tutoring, accessibility accommodations) will be provided remotely or on campus by appointment. Testing accommodations will be available remotely and on campus by appointment.
  • Some computer labs and classroom spaces have been reconfigured for social distancing and will be available for student use.
  • The Library will be open to members of the campus community with spaces available for use clearly marked. The Library will be closed to the general public.
  • The college farm continues to be in full operation. Appropriate protocols will continue to allow a limited number of students to continue to work on the farm.
  • Per SUNY System Administration guidelines, if 100 individuals or five percent (5%) of the on-campus population tests positive for Covid-19, the campus will move to fully remote instruction for two weeks. The campus reserves the right to recommend a move to remote instruction if deemed prudent, even if the aforementioned threshold has not been reached.
 The Terms and Conditions (T & C) of Residence Hall Occupancy include: 
  • Roommate agreement – roommates and suitemates are considered an exception to the PPE requirement when the students are within their assigned living space, based on NYS guidance that individuals who cohabitate a space can be considered a "family unit."
  • The agreement includes respecting space, limiting interactions that create safety concerns, and reporting any symptoms that arise.
  • For the ongoing safety of residential students and the staff, neither visitors (visitors are defined as any residential student who resides in another SUNY Cobleskill Residence Hall) nor guests (guests are defined as individuals who do not reside on campus) are permitted in the residence halls until further notice. 

Any violations of the T&C policy may result in immediate residence hall removal and banning. 

 

Spring 2021 Arrival and Move-in Process 

Please note that the following information, including important dates related to arrival, is tentative and may change as state and federal mandates related to COVID-19 develop.  The steps listed below are required by New York State and/or Federal mandates.

  • January 11, 2021 – Arrival Registration
    • Students will be able to register for spring arrival and begin the process of fulfilling College requirements for the Spring semester.  Please carefully monitor your official student email for details related to this process. 
    • Students will be required to review and affirm the COVID-19 pledge.
    • All students, faculty, and staff must be pre-screened daily for travel history, COVID-19 history and COVID-19 symptoms for two (2) weeks before return.
  • January 21, 2021 – 7 Day Self-Quarantine
    • All students are required to self-quarantine for 7 days at home and must submit an attestation to the Campus.
    • Students who reside in “restricted states” must follow NYS Travel advisory rules with the Department of Health. 
    • Students will learn their designated arrival windows.  Arrival time frames will be staggered to minimize social density.
  • Jan 28, 2021 – Jan 31, 2021 – Student Arrival to Campus (Move-in)
    • All campus arrivals (including guests traveling with the student) will participate in health screening. Students will be permitted to bring one person inside the building to assist. Wrist bands will be worn by those approved to go into the residence halls (student + one helper).  Wrist bands must be worn from arrival through to midnight January 31.
    • To maximize safety, enhanced social distancing will be in effect for the duration of move-in.  This means that students can only leave their assigned residence hall to obtain their food from the dining hall.  Campus visitation is not permitted and students are only able to enter their assigned residence hall.
    • Move-in will be staggered - students will register in advance (link will be sent out via email on January 4).
    • Elevators will be secured but will be made accessible to individuals who need assistance. Only one student and one assistant will be permitted at a time. 
    • All parties will be required to comply with six-foot social distancing and wear appropriate PPE. All rules will be enforced, and violators may be subject to removal.
    • All students will be tested at move-in.
    • All students will practice enhanced social distancing for the period of February 1 – February 7, until pooled testing results have been received.
    • Remote classes will begin on February 1.  In-person classes will begin on February 8.

 

Social Distancing in Residence Halls 

PPE requirements are outlined in the Face Coverings and Social Distancing Policy.

 

Special Considerations for students with health concerns: 

  • Any student who has a documented hardship (medical, financial, other) can apply to be released from their housing obligation.
  • Students may apply for medical singles via the AccessABILITY Resources & Transition Office for review by the committee. The number of medical singles has been increased in anticipation of increased demand. 

 

Quarantine and Isolation in the Residence Halls  

Provisions have been made to house students should it become necessary to implement quarantine or isolation procedures. 

  • One Residence Hall will be reserved for quarantine use
  • One Town Home will be reserved for isolation use

 

Food Service 

CAS will be operating and will provide food service to all students and employees. Initially, the following locations will be open:  Champlin, Twisted Whiskers, Coby’s (in The Pit), and Farm Fresh Café. Limited seating will be available. 

 
  • To promote the safest environment, and until further notice, student programs and events will be conducted online via Microsoft Teams. This includes meetings and events for all student programs including, but not limited to SGA, clubs and organizations, CELs, CASE Tutors, Peer Educators, Residence Life/RAs, APAs, Greeks, Student Leadership, Career Development.
  • Special written permission by the Vice President for Student Development, or designee, must be sought for programs where students will meet in a group; group size will be limited. This will commence after the initial four weeks of operation.
  • Special programs must include everyone wearing a face covering, social distancing, and disinfecting the area before and after.
  • Transportation for academic and co-curricular activities off-campus will generally not be permitted until further notice. In exceptional circumstances, permission to travel may be sought from the Provost or the Vice President for Student Development.
  • All travelers will be required to complete a form attesting to following safety, cleaning, and proper maintenance protocol while in possession of the vehicle. A checklist will be provided for completion at the end of their trip.
  • Programs that promote small group development and support will be particularly encouraged to provide a more personalized environment.
  • Commuters are encouraged to participate in  online programs.
  • Performer contracts will include an online presentation mode.
  • Social media and the Blast will be used to educate about new policies and procedures and to advertise programs.
  • Guidelines will be provided by NCAA and our NAC Conference – to be determined.

 

Intramurals, Club Sports, Applied Learning Clubs

  • Intramurals, club sports, and applied learning clubs will be assessed, and the leaders of the respective clubs will be consulted to determine if and how the different clubs and organizations can function in a safe, socially distanced manner.

 

Each office will coordinate with Facilities Management to assess their individual staffing capacity to comply with the social distancing policy and submit plans for administrative approval. Each plan is to account for maximum capacity at any given time, considering space restrictions.   
  
Work will be accomplished remotely and using technology as much as possible to reduce campus density. For situations that do not allow for technology use, individualized meetings will be set up where proper protocol will be used (PPE, social distancing, etc.). SUNY, Schoharie County Department of Health, Governor’s Office of Employee Relations, and NYS guidance will be followed.
  
Offices that require in-person operations, but have the inability to properly social distance, will use alternating work schedules or adjust schedules to stagger times in the office.  
  
Individuals considered to be part of an at-risk population will be allowed to telecommute for as long as possible, as long as telecommuting is successful. If telecommuting is not successful, the employee and supervisor will work out a schedule and assignment that is mutually beneficial for as long as feasible.   
  
For any necessary in-person interactions, appointments should be made. Drop-in visits are highly discouraged.  

 

Facilities Open to the Public

All indoor campus facilities are closed to the public, except as indicated herein.

The Carriage House Café’ and General Store will be open on Fridays when classes are in session. This has been approved by the Schoharie Department of Health. 

The campus is exploring reopening the Child Development Center, pending the approval of the Schoharie Department of Health.

  • Routine and enhanced cleaning, as well as regular maintenance and planned essential rehabilitation and repair projects will continue.
  • Any cleaning/sanitization needed beyond the normal routine and enhanced cleaning protocols will become the responsibility of the individual(s) – employees and students – including personal hand hygiene (for example, public-use computer keyboards: the user must take their own precautions; custodians will not be able to clean and disinfect every keyboard on campus between every user).
  • Hand sanitizing stations have been installed.

 

Routine Cleaning 

Routine cleaning shall be continued according to custodial departmental standards and includes actions such as: 

  • Cleaning high contact surfaces that are touched by many different people, such as light switches, handrails, and doorknobs/handles.
  • The frequency of certain routine cleaning standards may be relaxed, as directed by the custodial supervisor, to allow for greater focus on high-risk locations. Cleaning measures such as vacuuming, removing trash, sweeping, or cleaning walls may be performed less frequently to allow for increased cleaning and disinfection of frequently touched surfaces.

 

Ongoing Enhanced Disinfection of Frequently Touched Surfaces  

Frequently touched surfaces in common use areas of occupied buildings are cleaned and disinfected daily by the custodial department using a disinfectant listed on EPA's List N: Disinfectants for Use Against SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19). Examples of frequently touched surfaces include: 

  • Door handles and push plates
  • Stair Handrails
  • Kitchen and bathroom faucets and fixtures
  • Light switches
  • Handles on equipment  
  • Buttons on vending machines and elevators
  • Water fountains

 

Cleaning and Disinfection Logs and Policy 

Cleaning and disinfection logs listing the date, time, location, scope of cleaning and name of person cleaning will be maintained.   Custodial employee cleaning guidance is available at: https://livecobleskill.sharepoint.com/Employees/Lists/Official%20%20Administrative%20Announcements/DispForm.asp x?ID=1135&e=cdWx6U

Quarantine and isolation space can rapidly be depleted and is constantly monitored and reviewed. Guidance will be sought from the Schoharie County Department of Health and System Administration if remote operations are contemplated.  

 

Move-out 

Spring 2021 move-out plans will be developed in concert with System Administration and local DOH guidance.

 

Reporting

  • The campus reports positive tests, quarantine and isolation status, hospitalizations and fatalities, and campus administered testing data daily via the SUNY Health Portal. This information is available to the public on the SUNY website. It is also duplicated on the campus website.
  • “What Students Should Know” provides a plain language version of the campus experience, along with critical information for students. “What Students Should Know” is available on the campus website and has been sent to each student via campus email.
  • The required report on instructional modalities has been submitted to the SUNY Provost. Additional reports will be submitted as requested.

 

Faculty and staff with questions about this plan should consult with their respective cabinet member.  

As we return to campus in Spring 2021, SUNY Cobleskill’s first priority is the health and safety of our campus community. The best way to maintain the safest environment possible throughout 2021 and beyond is for each of us to take steps to minimize the risks, not only for ourselves but for all members of the SUNY community. This includes:

  • wearing face coverings (masks)
  • hand washing
  • social distancing
  • participating in testing and tracing
  • completing daily screenings
  • being mindful of our surroundings and the impact we have

Any of us alone can spread this disease and cause harm to others. But all of us together can build a community that is safe and healthy, where educational success is possible.

 

Here’s what you need to know and do as SUNY Cobleskill welcomes students back to campus in 2021:

Stay Informed
SUNY Cobleskill will proactively share information with students through these various methods. Please check each regularly to stay informed of the latest developments on campus.

  • College Website. Home of official COVID-19 plans, updates, and data.
  • Campus Email
  • Campus Text Message. Used for non-urgent timely communications.
  • Everbridge Emergency Texts and Emails. Used when communication must be timely. Sign-up information.
  • Live Virtual Campus Forums. Regular updates on topics around campus in which students can participate and ask questions.
  • Social Media. Facebook, Twitter

 

Return to Campus Safely – Testing and Isolation Requirements

All students living, working, or taking classes on campus, or utilizing campus facilities must test for COVID-19 when they return for the spring semester. Students must first confirm that they have completed a seven-day precautionary quarantine prior to returning to campus. They must then either present evidence of a negative COVID-19 test taken within three days prior to their return or submit to a campus-administered test upon arrival—but no later than two days after their return to campus.

 

Get Screened Daily

Everyone coming to campus must complete a daily health screening beginning January 14, 2021, using the Campus Labs App.

 

 Get Tested Regularly

SUNY Cobleskill will resume weekly surveillance testing for students, faculty, and staff as on-campus services resume. Participation in this testing is mandatory for any students who live on campus or who are taking on-campus courses and/or using campus facilities.

 

Quarantine (those suspected of having COVID-19) will take place in a designated residence hall that has been taken offline for residential students, and isolation (for those diagnosed with COVID-19) will take place in an Alumni Commons Town Home. Pending directives of the Schoharie County Department of Health, the College may quarantine students to their respective residential rooms while awaiting test results.

A Case Manager will coordinate students' needs in quarantine and isolation with a cadre of staff assistants. Coordination includes, but is not limited to, Wellness appointments and well-being checks, academic assistance (tutoring services via CASE), food service delivery via dining services, and online engagement programming.

A wastewater/sewerage testing system will continue to monitor for COVID-19. If there are changes in baseline tests, then as feasible, we may conduct pooled testing in impacted areas.

“Event” testing of symptomatic individuals will be performed at the campus Wellness Center and/or at Cobleskill Regional Hospital.

 

Check the COVID-19 Dashboards
SUNY Dashboard

SUNY maintains a comprehensive dashboard of COVID-19 testing and infection rate status across the system and at each campus.

 

Schoharie County Resources

The Schoharie County Department of Health has compiled a database of COVID-19 resources and detailed information on the local pandemic response.

 

Be Responsible – It’s Easy to Do Your Part

Each of us can take small steps to protect ourselves and the campus community. Because COVID-19 is highly contagious, these simple measures apply both on and off-campus:

  • Wear face coverings (masks) at all times on campus, including in classrooms, conference rooms and other public spaces, even when you are able to maintain six feet of social distancing.
    • Exceptions to this requirement include when students are (1) in their private residential or personal space, (2) eating meals on-campus while seated, or (3) by themselves in a lightly trafficked location where no other persons are present. Faculty and staff are likewise exempt when alone in their office or other private spaces.
  • Regularly wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds and use hand sanitizer where soap and water are not available.
  • Stay home when you are sick or have potentially been exposed to COVID-19.
  • Practice social distancing at all times to reduce transmission.

 

If Exposed, Complete Mandatory Quarantine and Isolation

Students who test positive for COVID-19, have been exposed to individuals who tested positive for COVID-19, or are informed by a state or local health department, or medical or campus official that they are “at risk” for having COVID-19 may be required to quarantine or isolate. This may include taking classes remotely, and not going to dining halls and other campus facilities. The campus has specific information about restrictions that may be found here: https://bit.ly/2VrKfVH. Students identified for quarantine and isolation (whether residential or non-residential) will have access to certain assistance, including psychosocial, academic and/or other supports, as needed.

 

Follow the Rules or Face Disciplinary Action

All students are required to attest to their commitment to “the Pledge” (available here, under On-Campus Policies). When the campus learns of a violation of the rules associated with COVID-19 safety, students may lose access to campus facilities and/or campus housing. Other disciplinary actions may be taken by the Student Conduct and/or Human Resources Offices. Student conduct is governed by the campus Code of Conduct. Minimum sanctions are outlined in the Uniform Sanctioning in Response to COVID-19 Student Violations. Consistent with SUNY policy, students who are partially or completely removed from the institution due to a violation are not eligible for refunds.

 

Take Care of Yourself – Physically and Mentally

We understand that this is an exceptionally challenging time. SUNY has resources to help you get the support you need.

  • The Beard Wellness Center at SUNY Cobleskill. Offers students health care, mental health counseling, and links to crisis counseling services.
  • ReachOut SUNY. NYS COVID-19 Emotional Support Line is staffed by specially trained volunteers who can help.
  • Thriving Campus. Connecting students with off-campus mental health referrals near campus
  • Middle Earth. Peer Assistance Program from the University at Albany.
  • New York State Office of Mental Health Crisis Text Line: Text GOT5 to 741741.

 

Understand What’s Being Offered On-Campus and Online

Courses for the spring semester, along with their mode of delivery, are listed here: https://bit.ly/39AgKt7. Barring unforeseen circumstances, SUNY Cobleskill plans to offer more than 40 percent of courses in a face-to-face format. The vast majority of classes will meet during the days/times published in the master schedule. Any exceptions will be communicated.

 

Get Instructional and Technology Help

The Center for Academic Support and Excellence (CASE) is our central location for student support services. CASE offers subject-specific tutoring as well as programs and workshops on learning strategies such as note-taking, test-taking, textbook reading, and time management.

 

Remote learning assistance is also available through the Online Education office and the ITS Helpdesk.

 

Request Accommodations for Disabilities

AccessABILITY Resources (AR) is located in the Center for Academic Support & Excellence (CASE), Van Wagenen Library lower level. You can reach them at 518-255-5282 or by emailing dss@cobleskill.edu.

 

Follow Housing and Dining Updates

Information on residence hall policies and updates on dining services for the spring semester can be found under the Residential Living menu tab of the College’s COVID-19 webpage.

 

If We Have to PAUSE, Follow These Rules

If the campus must switch to a two-week (or longer) pause, the following rules apply.

 

SUNY Cobleskill will not allow students to leave the residence halls except with the approval of the Schoharie County Department of Health. If a student leaves, they will be subject to the same policies governing return to campus from winter break (above) upon their return. This may include a seven-day precautionary quarantine and completion of a negative COVID-19 test.

 

During a “pause,” the campus will also increase enforcement of evidence-based COVID-19 safety guidelines and will boost academic support services to ensure a successful shift to temporary remote learning.

 

If We Have to Pivot to Remote Instruction, Follow This Plan

Should the campus move to remote operations, all instruction will move to remote delivery, and students will be advised of any pause in the delivery of instruction.  Campus offices will remain open, although most personnel will be working remotely. Plans for residence hall move-outs will be communicated with students through the methods described above. SUNY Cobleskill will seek guidance from the Schoharie County Department of Health and SUNY System Administration throughout any necessary transition.

 

Changes and Updates: The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic creates a fluid situation that may require unexpected changes in our response. Updates to scientific knowledge, public health guidance, or laws and regulations may mean SUNY and SUNY Cobleskill have to make changes to our standards and rules, including those indicated above. SUNY and SUNY Cobleskill will try to minimize these changes and their impact. We will keep you informed of new developments.

Thank you in advance for everything you are doing and will do to make 2021 safe for you, your fellow students, and the campus community and beyond.

  1. SUNY Cobleskill is committed to protecting the health and safety of our faculty, staff, and students, and the communities they come from, both near and far. Further, we recognize that as the semester ends, those affiliated with SUNY Cobleskill may be traveling, and we want to ensure that such travel is done in a manner that is safe for all communities. To that end, and out of abundance of caution, the following outlines the proposed testing policy for departing campus for the end of the Fall 2020 semester.
    1. Mandatory Testing of Students. As per SUNY Cobleskill’s established protocol, testing will continue to be required weekly for faculty, staff, and students through November 20 (the last day of in-person classes). All students taking at least one class on campus, utilizing services on campus (e.g. library, gym, dining), or working on campus must receive a COVID-19 test before departure. For the purposes of this section, an antibody test will not suffice.  Students will be strongly encouraged to test on November 9 and 10 in order to receive results prior to the break. 
    2. Notification campaign to students will occur through social media, flyers, email, and text messages emphasizing testing before students depart.

 

  1. Exception. The following students may be exempted from the mandatory testing required in paragraph 1: 
    1. Non-residential students not taking any classes on campus nor utilizing any in-person campus services (e.g. library, gym, dining)—i.e. fully remote students.
    2. Students providing documentation to the campus of a COVID-19 diagnostic result within the 10-day period.
    3. Students providing documentation to the campus of a previous positive COVID19 diagnostic result.
  2. Continuation of Comprehensive Testing. During the period of November 21 through the return of students in January, pooled testing will be every other week for all faculty, staff, and students who have a physical presence on campus. Wastewater testing will be conducted during the “off weeks,” and pooled testing plans may be adjusted if RNA spikes are found in the testing.
  3. Quarantine and Isolation. Any residential student who tests positive for COVID-19 or has been exposed to COVID-19 within 14-days before the fall closing will follow the guidance of the local county health department for the length of isolation/quarantine and release protocols. SUNY Cobleskill will continue to care for residential students in isolation/quarantine during the break, similarly to the program developed during the semester (wrap-around service twice per day, meals, mail, programming). Any non-residential student, faculty or staff who tests positive for COVID-19 or has been exposed to COVID-19, within 14-days before the fall closing will follow the guidance of the local county health department on the length of isolation/quarantine and release protocols.
  4. Scheduling Options to Consider. To the extent possible, and to limit potential exposure, SUNY Cobleskill will advertise pooled testing dates so that students can plan their departure accordingly. Residential students may leave campus as soon as they receive a negative test in consultation with the local health department. Furthermore, co-curricular in-person activities will not be offered the week of November 16 in order to reduce exposure to others prior to the break. 
    1. Students in the residence halls will schedule their departure dates and times to maintain low-density in the buildings.
  5. Emphasis of Safety Protocols. SUNY Cobleskill will continue to reinforce to students that they should limit contact, wear masks, and practice social distancing upon taking their COVID-19 test and during departure in order to avoid any potential exposure, and explicitly encourage them to continue to practice such precautionary measures even when they have departed from campus in the time between semesters.