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To FSC Students:

This is an important message for all students. With COVID-19 continuing to challenge us, I want to remind you that you may be contacted to participate in the fast, simple surveillance testing that is mandated for all SUNY campuses. Please check your Farmingdale email account frequently as you will be notified of your test date and provided instructions. Keep in mind that this is a state and SUNY mandate, and you are required to be tested to remain enrolled.

Thanks for complying with our COVID testing protocols and for assisting Farmingdale State College in protecting public health. And please stay safe.

John Nader
President

To Faculty and Staff

The Governor’s  policy authorizing telecommuting, which was set to expire on October 2nd, has been extended through January 1, 2021. All faculty and staff should continue to follow appropriate protocol if and when they are authorized to be on campus and should work with their supervisors to coordinate any work that may be accomplished remotely. 

To All Students:

Chancellor Jim Malatras has issued a SUNY-wide COVID-19 sanctioning policy to address those students who do not comply with state-wide regulations and/or campus policies relating to health and safety precautions, including mandatory testing. Those who do not comply with mandatory testing are subject to interim suspension, which includes removal from classes. While students will retain their rights to due process, interim suspensions may be issued by a campus pending the results of an investigation and adjudication process. SUNY and Farmingdale have taken many important steps to protect our students, faculty, and staff and preserve the continuity of instruction. I encourage you to behave responsibly and familiarize yourself with the policy here

Please help us keep Farmingdale safe. Thank you.

Kevin D. Jordan, EdD
Vice President for Student Affairs and Chief Diversity Officer

To the Campus:

An initial posting on SUNY’s COVID-19 dashboard earlier this week was inaccurate. Since August 1, Farmingdale State College has had four positive cases of COVID-19 reported to the campus. Each of these unrelated cases were self-reported and involved four students. In all but one of the cases, the individuals involved were not known to be present on campus at a time when they could have exposed others. In fact, three of the four cases were reported prior to the beginning of the semesterWe have had no positive cases as a result of 345 tests conducted by our Health & Wellness Center in that time. The initial report on the SUNY COVID dashboard has been adjusted to accurately reflect this.

One confirmed self-reported positive case is from an individual who was on campus this past Tuesday, September 8. This individual was not displaying any symptoms while on campus, wore a mask at all times, and observed social distancing at all times. Appropriate precautions have been taken. As is the case for all potential COVID exposures, anyone needing to take any further action will be contacted directly by the Suffolk County DOH. The College cannot by law comment on the specifics of any individual case.

In order to promote as safe an environment as possible, the College will soon be implementing a mandatory random surveillance testing program for all students who receive instruction on campus. FSC is following guidance from SUNY and Upstate Medical University. Students have received communication about the testing program and more information will be provided to students as they are scheduled for testing. The College will be submitting its detailed plan for mandatory surveillance testing today.

Thank you.

Kevin Murphy MSN, RN
Director
Health and Wellness
934-420-2009

To the Campus:

The State University of New York is requiring each of its state operated campuses to implement a Covid surveillance testing program.  By regularly testing a randomized group of students, we will be better able to act in the event our testing provides evidence of an outbreak.

Consistent with the mandate, and as part of the College’s ongoing efforts to limit the spread of the coronavirus, FSC will soon begin randomized COVID-19 surveillance pool testing of students. Surveillance testing pools saliva samples from groups of 12 people. This simple, non-invasive salvia test takes only a few minutes and is approved by the New York State Health Department.  Students who are randomly selected will notified by e-mail and must comply with the testing requirement or face disciplinary action in accordance with the Student Code of Conduct. Students who may be in a pool with a positive test result will be required to have a nasal swab diagnostic test. Confidentiality will be protected at all times.

Faculty and staff will continue to receive their testing through the on-campus services provided with Enzo Biochem. That information may be accessed in the message dated September 3, 2020 on the Hub.

Thank you.

Kevin Murphy
Director
Health & Wellness

To the Campus Community:

Due to the upcoming Labor Day holiday on Monday, September 7, the College will be offering walk-in COVID testing for students, faculty, and staff on Tuesday, September 8th. We urge you to take advantage of this opportunity to protect yourself and others. Early identification and isolation of possible COVID cases is an essential component of keeping our campus open and safe.

Testing will be conducted in a tent behind the Health & Wellness Center (HWC) from 9:00 am - 2:00 pm.

There is no out of pocket cost for the testing which is being provided in partnership with Enzo Clinical Labs.  Should you receive an invoice from Enzo Clinical Labs please email any invoices to wellness@farmingdale.edu or fax to 934-420-2137 in order for us to correct the matter.

You will be notified if you have a positive result by phone from an HWC staff member. In order to expedite the process, you are encouraged to access the QR code located at the end of this email in order to input your demographic information prior to your arrival. The QR code will also give you the ability to create a patient account with Enzo labs in order for you to retrieve your results in their online patient portal.  Please use your RAM number for the Student ID field. This applies to students, staff, and faculty. Testing will resume on all subsequent Mondays beginning September 14.

Confidentiality is maintained. No appointment is necessary, but the following documents are required:

  • Farmingdale State College ID
  • Insurance Card

Upon arrival, you are required to wear a face-covering at all times and maintain a six-foot distance from others in the line. For any questions, please call the Health & Wellness Center at 934-420-2009.

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Thank you.

Health & Wellness Center

Dear Students,

Welcome back. As I’m sure you know, the College has taken many steps to ensure your safety as we return to classes. However, recent events at a number of college and universities cause me to reinforce the need to for everyone to practice the basic behaviors to protect your own health and that of your Farmingdale classmates, faculty, and staff. The mass suspension of students elsewhere who failed to physically distance or use required face coverings distance—and, in fact, who defied restrictions on mass gatherings and parties—has resulted not only in the disciplining and quarantining of students, but also the necessary cancellation of in-person instruction.

At Farmingdale, we are taking steps to avoid some of the problems that have occurred on other campuses. Your cooperation is needed so that we do not face such a difficult decision. You know what to do and I have every confidence that you will follow the requirements. Given these difficult circumstances, the College has no alternative but to suspend students who willingly fail to comply.

The College is already making voluntary testing through Enzo Labs available to students. To further protect our campus and the broader community FSC expects in the near future to mandate testing for students. This will be part of an aggressive testing program supported by SUNY. You will receive more details about our testing procedures in the very near future.

In the meantime, stay safe and good luck with your fall 2020 classes.

Sincerely,

John S. Nader, PhD
President

Dear Students, 

The free Campus Shuttle to and from the Farmingdale LIRR station will operate on a limited, modified schedule from Monday, August 31-Thursday, September 3. Face coverings will be mandatory for all passengers and ridership will be restricted to conform to social distancing. There will be no service to the Aviation Center during this four-day period.

Complete shuttle service will resume on Tuesday, September 8. Mandatory face coverings and social distancing will continue to be practiced. Service to the Aviation Center will resume. Please check https://www.farmingdale.edu/shuttle/ for updates to the shuttle service schedule. Schedule for August 31-September 3.

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Dear Students,

We want to remind you that wearing a face covering and social distancing on campus this Fall is mandatory. For your protection and the protection of the campus community, these disciplinary steps will be enforced. Students who do not comply will be subject to mandatory COVID testing, a quarantine period, interim suspension, and other charges under FSC’s Student Code of Conduct.

In order to make it easier for you to comply, FSC is providing two free face coverings to students during the first two weeks of the fall semester. They will be distributed at the Amphitheatre behind the Campus Center. from 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. and in the Library from 5 p.m. – 11 p.m. on the dates below.

You will be required to provide your Student ID. Please note: residential students will be issued face coverings upon check-in. All other students, pick up your masks on:

Thursday, August 27
Monday, August 31
Tuesday, September 1
Wednesday, September 2
Thursday, September 3
Tuesday, September 8
Wednesday, September 9
Thursday, September 10

For the safety of all students, faculty, and staff, face coverings are required to be worn on campus by the Executive Order of the Governor.

We look forward to seeing you soon.

Office of Student Affairs

Farmingdale State College Restart Plan Fall 2020 - revised 8.5.2020

Farmingdale State College enrolls approximately 10,000 students, the vast majority of whom are commuters. The campus typically houses fewer than 600 students with approximately the same number of meal plans. To accommodate students, most of whom work while they pursue degrees, the College traditionally spreads its courses over an academic day that runs from 8:00am to 9:30pm with numerous Saturday courses. All of these factors contribute to the College’s ability to implement safe social distancing.

1. RESTARTING ON-CAMPUS OPERATIONS
a. Campus Planning Task Force
At the outset of the COVID crisis the College formed an 18-person Emergency Management Team (EMT) that included all cabinet members, their immediate subordinates, and directors in the following areas: University Police (UP), Physical Plant and Custodial, Residence Life, Health and Wellness, Student Activities, Enrollment and Marketing, legal counsel, Human Resources (HR), Information Technology (IT) and campus governance leaders. The EMT met twice daily during the earliest days of the crisis. Subsequently, sub-groups were formed to address specific tasks. More recently, the President’s cabinet along with the Health and Wellness Director, UP Chief, Physical Plant Director, and HR Director have led the planning process for the fall 2020 semester.

Since early March, the President has interacted regularly with state and local officials. The College remains in contact with the Governor’s regional office, a member of the regional control room, and Suffolk County’s Department of Health. The College is participating in Suffolk County’s reimagining education working group of school and college officials and is working with the DOH, Long Island Community Hospital, and Enzo Clinical Labs to address testing and contact tracing needs.

b. Academic Program Planning
Farmingdale State College carefully vetted three scenarios for its fall 2020 restart. The College is prepared to implement any one of the following three scenarios:

Scenario 1) Our anticipated approach: A combination of in-person classes along with various distance learning modes of instruction including live stream, remote synchronous, hybrid and traditional online.

Scenario 2) Distance learning instruction using remote or online methods ONLY in the fall semester.

Scenario 3) Distance learning instruction using exclusively remote or online methods of instruction for some part of the semester—if the course of the virus or NYS PAUSE policies require a later start or the virus recurs.

Scenario 1
This is the College’s preferred scenario as it permits the fullest range of educational experiences within a well-established health and safety framework.

Consistent with regulatory requirements and public health considerations, the College plans to resume some degree of in-person classes in conjunction with various forms of distance learning in fall 2020. We intend to deliver courses in-person, synchronously, hybrid, and in an online format. For those classes that will have an on-campus experience, care will be taken to maintain social distancing requirements. Depending on the course design, students may be assigned particular days to attend on-campus instruction. This will reduce density in the classrooms while still providing a dynamic and engaging learning experience.

Priority for on-site instruction will be given to two groups of students: those in “high touch” programs that cannot be easily or readily simulated given the significant applied component, and first-time/full-time students and transfers. The on-campus experience will focus on first year students and those engaged in applied learning where personal interactions with faculty members and among students are critical to educational outcomes. These students learn by engaging in direct application of skills, theories, and models from traditional classroom learning to hands-on and/or real-world settings.

By focusing the delivery of face-to-face classes, labs, and applied learning opportunities on discrete programs and populations while also relying on remote learning, the College can balance the primacy of health and safety with high quality educational experiences. Farmingdale remains dedicated to delivering a robust first-year experience for incoming students for whom direct engagement with the faculty and campus experiences are central to success and retention. The on-campus experience is particularly relevant for students in applied programs in health sciences, horticulture, visual arts, and the unique professional pilot program housed at the flight center at Republic Airport. In these areas, clinical and/or experiential components cannot be readily replicated or simulated. These populations compose abut thirty-five percent of our student population.

Under Scenario 1, the College anticipates offering an on-campus experience that includes no more than one-third to one-half of its students and faculty on campus on any given day while the remaining students participate synchronously or via simulation.Classes offered on campus will proceed with the physical distancing and public health protocols outlined in this document.

Where appropriate, laboratory science sessions will be delivered by combining face-to-face and virtual instruction. In this approach, during the 14-week semester students would participate in seven hands-on campus-based labs and seven virtual or simulated lab experiences (alternating assignments).

The College is well positioned to deliver its preferred scenario. Faculty and returning students are experienced in remote learning, and substantial investment has been made in improving distance learning infrastructure and instructional opportunities. The Provost’s Office completed an intensive study—on a course by course and instructor by instructor basis. The study determined which courses and are best suited for some form of remote instruction, which courses are best offered both on campus via synchronous technology, and which are best suited for exclusively on campus delivery.

Our Office of Distance Learning has been conducting training sessions to prepare faculty to deliver a quality educational experience in the fall. Over 325 faculty will participate in remote teaching training courses over the summer. Thirty-five new online courses are also being developed and faculty mentors have been identified to provide peer-to-peer support around discipline specific issues.

Scenarios 2 and 3
In the event the College is unable to return to in-person/on-campus teaching for any or all of the semester, or if instruction is interrupted by a recurrence of the virus, the College is prepared to deliver instruction exclusively through distance learning except in areas where direct experiential applied learning outcomes are required. These include Professional Pilot, Dental Hygiene, Medical Laboratory Science, and others. In such cases, students will receive incompletes until in-person activity is resumed.

New and ongoing training for faculty has been offered since March. We continue to survey full-time faculty and adjuncts to determine their needs. An April survey focused on obstacles to remote course access, technological issues, and training requirements. Eighty-eight percent of faculty surveyed responded. A spring Student Remote Instruction Survey was distributed with results forthcoming. The College’s IT staff distributed hardware to students and faculty and are prepared to offer additional laptops and other equipment to those who may be in need. Additionally, all new and returning students have been advised that the possibility of remote instruction may necessitate access to a suitable laptop or digital device and a web cam. Students were informed that the College might be able to help procure such equipment as needed. For example, we are currently positioned to make over 600 Chromebooks and laptops available to students. In July a targeted email to students enrolled in our opportunity programs will be distributed to identify those who have need for a Chromebook or laptop through our loan program.  Any student requiring a laptop will have access to our virtual desktop offering access to most of the software needed to perform their coursework. For software that cannot be deployed to virtual desktops, access will be provided through campus computer labs.    
Because of recent investments to prepare for a virtual environment, the College will have all the capacity needed for students, faculty, and staff to use the virtual desktops. This is scalable so it can grow based on campus needs.  
With the understanding that instructional technology can prove frustrating and complex, the Office of the CIO is launching two new web sites. One focuses on new student technology orientation and providing them with the information and technology skills needed to become fully and promptly operational. IT staff are also building out a new faculty tools and technology site to assist faculty with the new technology solutions. Additionally, the IT and Distance Learning offices have made lecture/demonstration capture technology available for faculty use.
In short, the College, because of investment and planning, is able to move quickly and efficiently to all remote instruction as needed. This may best be evidenced by the College’s success in moving its summer sessions entirely to remote delivery while actually increasing enrollment.
i. Classroom Population Density
A small work group from the Emergency Management Team completed a comprehensive review of campus classroom and facilities in May. The College is prepared to add substantial classroom space by converting large areas such as its Campus Center, theater, and multi-purpose events rooms into instructional space. The conversion of these areas offers flexibility for various forms of instruction for up to 250 additional students at any given time. The College will now have 210 instructional spaces available after closing off those that are too small for safe instruction. 

Each existing classroom, along with newly added instructional spaces, will be used to no more than one-third to one-half of capacity based of six square feet between seats. FSC has already begun physically rearranging classrooms, and reconfiguring spaces for instructional uses.
The College’s extensive computer labs will also operate at one-third to one-half of capacity to promote safety. Lab Assistants will be provided with protective equipment. In some cases, partitions or other means of distancing will be used.
ii. Instructional and Research Laboratory Protocols
Instructional laboratories will be operated at half capacity, which will allow a hybrid type laboratory course to be effective. Where faculty research space is shared, a schedule will be maintained to ensure that an adequate amount of time lapses between utilization of the space. Most of our faculty have private research space that meet the social distancing requirements.

c. Restarting On-Campus Operations
The College has a plan in place for reducing population density for all classrooms, dining halls, gathering spaces, hallways, entrances to buildings, elevators, and other areas on campus.
As was demonstrated by the College’s rapid and decisive response to the coronavirus in March, primacy is always given to the health and safety of the college community.

As noted, physical spaces on campus will be occupied at or below one-half capacity based on a six linear foot distance between people. All in-person classes will maintain a minimum of six feet of separation between students or limit room use to half or less of capacity. Each person in the classroom will be required to wear a face covering.

College staff will continue work remotely to the extent possible. We anticipate a slow, measured, phased return of personnel to campus. A tiered/phased approach adopted by the campus is described below. The College is formalizing a plan for administrative and other support buildings to be vacant for at least 72 hours during each week. For example, offices may work on a Monday through Thursday or Tuesday through Friday schedule. A number of offices may continue to work exclusively in a remote setting. Faculty members who share offices will be required to develop a schedule of single occupancy use.

Offices that are required to be open to serve students (for example, Registrar, Student Accounts, Library, Student Financial Services, Admissions, etc.), will have limited staffing, be equipped with Plexiglas partitions, stanchion ropes, and signage to control the flow of foot traffic. Most students will continue to be served remotely, while those that need in-person attention will be asked to make appointments, to the extent possible.

Per the New York State mandate, face coverings are required of all personnel and students when in the presence of others. Further, all meetings of groups larger than 10 will be held virtually until further notice. Small group meetings on campus will require prior approval, with appropriate social distancing and face coverings. Elevators are to be used only by those with mobility limitations.
The Small Business Development Center’s interactions with clients, as well as training sessions, will continue through email, phone, webinar, or via Google meet until the campus resumes normal operations, or approves a phased return. Once the SBDC is cleared to meet clients in person, the Center will follow college policy and guidance from local and state offices. Both clients and SBDC staff will wear face coverings for in-person meetings. The SBDC will limit the number of clients, and schedule face to face meetings to maximize distance between offices within the Center. Ample time will be scheduled for SBDC staff to sanitize their offices between these client visits.    

The Children’s Center is essential for parents to return to work as Long Island reopens. The Center is working toward being operational on a low level of capacity effective July 6. The Director of the Center will schedule a core group of staff to return to the Center in mid-June to prepare the Center for a safe return. Classroom size will be reduced and additional spaces in the Center will be repurposed for classrooms to accommodate smaller class sizes. Center staff will resume based on pupil population in accordance with Office of Children and Family Services rules and regulations. The Center will follow all guidance and policies set forth by the State, the OCFS, DOH and the campus. 

i. Residence Halls
In the likely event that we will not be able to safely accommodate up to 600 residential students, three options for fall 2020 are under consideration:

  • Limit the residential population to approximately 100-200 students whose homes are furthest from campus;
  • Limit residence halls only to international and out of state students (likely to be less than 36 students); or
  • In the event of a resurgence in the virus, keep residence halls closed.

For obvious reasons, option 3 is not desirable but may become necessary under some circumstances. The College effectively demonstrated its ability to safely vacate its residence halls in the spring semester. Options 1 and 2 can be safely implemented. The College proposes to house all residential students (up to 200 students or one-third of the College’s residential capacity) in Orchard Hall which will leave two other residence halls vacant and available for isolation or quarantine. In Orchard, each room would house two students and each pair of students would share an assigned single restroom. Orchard Hall is the College’s newest residential structure and has, by far, the best HVAC system of the College’s residence halls. It is also, by virtue of its age and infrastructure, the building that is most readily cleaned and decontaminated. In fact, it is the only residence hall to offer central air conditioning.
Coupled with the additional protection that the HVAC system offers, we believe that the configuration of two students per living quarter with the use of a single restroom per two students is fully acceptable and consistent with NYS guidance. Orchard Hall is the most appropriate facility to affirm our commitment to those students who meet the principle criterion of living in a radius of 50 miles or more from campus, or face extenuating circumstances. Further, housing all residential students in one building provides a better opportunity to monitor student compliance with public health and other expectations as opposed to spreading students across three buildings.
Clear health and safety regulations within dorms will be enforced by the residence life staff. The College intends to retain much of its residence life staff so that distancing and other safety requirements are enforced. A consistent program of monitoring and education will be in place. In addition, the residence hall contract is being modified to reflect the health, hygiene, and behavioral expectations required by the COVID-19 crisis.
This plan will allow the College to scale up in its residence hall capacity should state guidance and requirements permit higher capacity.

In accordance with travel advisories issued by New York State Executive Order and CDC recommendations on travelers returning from impacted states or international locations, Farmingdale State College will require adherence to the following conditions before occupancy of an assigned housing unit:

  • All international students and students arriving from states affected by travel advisories are required to fill out the following form and save a screen shot to be provided to college personnel upon request: https://forms.ny.gov/s3/Welcome-to-New-York-State-Traveler-Health-Form
  • Students who opt to self-quarantine in a New York State off campus location must do so beginning no later than August 13 and inform the college of the location from their FSC email account to reslife@farmingdale.edu
  • Students who opt to quarantine at a New York State off campus location are required to provide proof of negative COVID-19 test taken within 5 days of arrival for housing check-in. If necessary, FSC Health and Wellness Center is prepared to assist you with meeting this requirement. Please contact the Center at 934-420-2009.
  • Students who opt to self-quarantine on campus are required to do so on August 12. You must contact the Residence Life Office at reslife@farmingdale.edu prior to your arrival to receive your COVID-19 test, room assignment, and move-in time.

            If you opt to complete the self-quarantine at FSC, please be informed of the following:

  • Students will be tested for COVID-19 upon arrival and at the end of the isolation period.
  • Students will be limited to their residential quarters for the 14-day period and will not be permitted outside of their room except for medical emergencies.
  • Three meals and snacks will be provided daily. Students should bring a refrigerator to store meals and snacks.
  • Garbage pickup will occur once daily and should be left outside of your room.
  • A wellness check will be conducted twice daily. This will include self-monitored temperature checks.
  • Students should bring clothing, and all personal effects the full 14-day isolation period.
  • A supplemental charge of $70 per day will be imposed on all student accounts to cover the cost of providing lodging and services during this precautionary isolation period.

Please read the latest NYS COVID-19 Travel Advisory at https://coronavirus.health.ny.gov/covid-19-travel-advisory
Please Note: Failure to comply with these requirements may result in forfeiture of your campus housing.

ii. Dining Services
As a predominantly commuter campus, Farmingdale typically provides meal plans to up to 600 residential students on an “all you care to eat” basis. In addition, retail-dining services are available to students, faculty, and staff in a number of locations including the Campus Center Marketplace and Books and Beans (library café).  Food service operations for the fall semester will be modified based on the approximate number of faculty, staff and students on campus. 

Given the small number of residential students expected in the fall, Aramark will suspend the all you care to eat program and focus on a food-to-go program and “no touch” options that include:  (1) Food delivery options that bring freshly prepared meals straight to students’ doors or conveniently located pick-up points on campus; (2) Expanded to-go program options at all food service locations to ensure students, faculty, and staff have a variety of meal options throughout the day; (3) Mobile ordering – mobile devices will be used in lieu of a public kiosk touched by multiple users. This is the most efficient way for on-site dining to safely deliver customized meal options. Current meal plan structures will be evaluated and adjusted (if necessary) to accommodate more flexible use of plans under the options discussed above. Under no scenario will catering services be offered during the fall semester.

Aramark will adhere to all DOH rules, regulations, and CDC guidelines for food service operations, including requiring staff to utilize appropriate PPE (masks, gloves etc.), no touch thermometers, soap, sanitizer, disinfecting wipes and sprays.  Food service operations will be modified to include floor markings for social distancing, no touch card swipes, and modified seating to limit crowding. In making these adjustments, the campus can ensure that faculty, staff, and students have sufficient meal options, while minimizing contact and the contamination hazards associated with self-serve food operations.

iii. Personal Protection Equipment
The College has obtained thousands of masks for use on campus. Procurement, University Police, and the Health and Wellness Director are identifying sources for additional PPE, which will be distributed through the combined efforts of those areas.

iv. Screening, Testing and Tracing
Screening, testing and tracing will be implemented using a continuing process improvement model that will comply with existing and new guidelines established by the CDC and the New York State Department of Health. 
Screening
Before returning to campus, all employees and students will be asked to complete a screening questionnaire designed to help decide if a COVID test is needed. The survey will be sent in July and will be electronically distributed and collected. All faculty, staff, and students reporting to campus are expected to self-monitor for symptoms that are consistent with COVID-19 infection, including cough, shortness of breath, and a fever of greater than 100.4 degrees F. Those who have had symptoms consistent with COVID infection within the past 14 days must remain off campus until one of the following three criteria have been met: 1) a period of 14 days after resolution of symptoms; 2) proof of a negative COVID-19 test to be provided to the Health and Wellness Center (students) or Human Resources (faculty/staff); or 3) written authorization to return to work/school from the Department of Health or a physician.

In order to determine the levels of community spread at FSC, the Health and Wellness Center is preparing to weekly test a small sample of campus members using the Sofia 2 SARS CoV-2 testing platform. All results, both positive and negative, will be relayed to the patient and positive cases will be reported to the Suffolk County Department of Health to allow for contact tracing. (See Tracing and Monitoring After Reopening)

Testing The College is working with Enzo Clinical Labs, a Farmingdale firm, to offer COVID testing by appointment either on campus or at Enzo’s site nearby. The testing would be available to all students, faculty and staff with insurance coverage. In addition, Long Island Community Hospital is expanding its testing capabilities and has expressed a willingness to work with the College to address testing needs.
Students who present with symptoms consistent with COVID-19, will be seen by an on-site provider and initially tested with the Sofia 2 SARS CoV-2 rapid antigen test. Since the test is 80% sensitive (99% specific), negative cases will be tested by PCR diagnostic swabs which will be sent to Enzo Clinical Labs for a definitive diagnosis. All students who present with symptoms consistent with COVID-19 and a negative Sofia test will be required to self-isolate until a definitive diagnosis is made by a PCR test.  For those students who wish to be tested at a laboratory other than Enzo, a prescription will be given for them to have lab testing done at a location of their choice.  

Tracing All functional areas will keep attendance records of all persons who were physically present in their workspace and classrooms daily. Cases diagnosed on campus will be referred to the Suffolk County Department of Health for contact tracing. In the event of a positive case, the Department of Health will be provided with comprehensive rosters of potential contacts (inclusive of name, address, phone number, and email) to facilitate rapid identification of possible exposures. Farmingdale State College has also developed a secure portal that allows faculty, staff, and students to voluntarily self-report potential exposures along with confirmed positive cases of COVID-19. The College worked with the LI regional control room to prepare over 50 Nursing students and faculty members as contact tracers to work with the Suffolk County Department of Health.

v.Custodial Services
A daily cleaning and decontamination protocol is in place. The facilities and custodial staff implemented a formal coronavirus prevention and decontamination plan in early March which is updated regularly. The Custodial Department has been cleaning, sanitizing and disinfecting the campus on a regularly reviewed schedule to ensure the health and safety of our students, faculty and staff. The department is completing a plan for the fall return which includes detailed information of the daily and hourly use of each campus building. This information is essential as the Custodial Department will enter those areas to perform a deep detailed cleaning as well as sanitizing and disinfecting each area. These areas will be put on the custodial daily clean schedule. A custodial supervisor will then inspect each area. Once that area is approved by the supervisor, a trained staff member will spray the area with an antibacterial solution. Custodial staff members have had training on new products and procedures and have been equipped with proper Personal Protective Equipment. They are provided with masks, gloves, gowns, and/or specialty suits to wear while preforming their duties. Custodial has actively worked with the broader campus community to promote prevention. Over 150 additional hand sanitizers were installed across campus during the spring semester bringing up the total on campus to 335.

vi. Student Health Services
The Health and Wellness Center will provide services to students through a combination of in person clinical visits along with tele-health visits, where appropriate. Health Services staff will be split into two teams that will alternate working at home in a tele-health format, and in person for traditional visits. Each team will work every other week onsite, Monday-Thursday from 9 AM – 4:30 PM. All Friday appointments will be tele-health only. No in-person office hours will be offered on Fridays to provide a 72-hour period between the two teams touching common surfaces. This schedule allows staff to remain at home for 10 days between visits campus. This schedule will mitigate the possibility of a widespread quarantine of Student Health Services employees at one time.  

For fall 2020, regular in person medical appointments will include physicals, well health, gynecologic exams, STI screening, and immunizations. To prevent potential COVID transmission at the Student Health Center, specific hours will be designated for well-health visits versus cough and cold visits.  Ancillary services will not take place. All non-emergency appointments will be required to be pre-booked and traditional walk in appointments will not be available. Exam rooms will be rotated in order to decontaminate each room after every patient visit regardless of the patient’s chief complaint. Only one patient will be allowed in the waiting room at a time. Health Center staff will call patients prior to their appointment to let them know that they can report to the HWC for their scheduled visit.

d. Campus and local communities
i. Vision for “Town and Gown” interactions  
Farmingdale State College is a destination for public, civic, athletic and others meetings on Long Island. In order to minimize the potential for community spread of COVID-19, the campus anticipates that it will host no externally sponsored events for the duration of summer 2020 and the entire fall 2020 semester.  Appropriate notifications are being issued.

ii. Transportation, Mail and General Delivery Services
Within Scenarios 1 and 2, the campus shuttle service would operate at one-third to one-half of vehicle capacity as a result of the limited number of on-campus classes and programs. This will naturally allow distancing on the shuttle vehicle. In addition, the College may waive parking fees for fall 2020 to encourage single passenger transportation. The shuttle bus provider, like the MTA and LIRR, will conduct daily sanitization of the vehicle(s). The following precautions will be implemented:
            1. Sanitizer dispensers placed on every vehicle.
            2. Buses/vehicles are to operate at a maximum of 50% capacity.
3. Passengers must wear a face covering for entry and other regulations consistent of those used
    by the MTA and/or LIRR.
Under Scenarios 1 and 3, the College will provide contactless mail delivery services. Departments will be required to setup a mail pick-up and drop-off location where mail can be securely and safely processed by Mail and Supply staff members. Signatures will be temporarily suspended for all package deliveries. Should the College move to an all remote learning format, the College will continue to offer mail pick-up/drop-off at our Central Receiving location. Staff members will be required to pick-up mail by appointment only. A bin will be left on the loading dock of Central Receiving for pick-up at a designated time. A drop-off area will also be setup for outgoing mail delivery at the Central Receiving site.

2. TRACING AND MONITORING AFTER RE-OPENING   
The campus has extensive experience with contact tracing. FSC will implement a surveillance and contact tracing protocol that will be updated as new recommendations become available from New York State. When a positive case of COVID-19 is identified on campus, close contacts who are presumed to have been exposed, whether they are FSC employees or students, will be notified consistent with guidelines developed by the NYS DOH. General community notifications of positive cases will be made in compliance with privacy laws that pertain to personally identifiable health information.

All persons who will be physically on campus will be required to adhere to regulations, including the wearing of face coverings, and self-monitor for symptoms consistent with COVID-19 on a daily basis. Campus members will also be required to adhere to social distancing guidelines that have been developed for academic, residential, and other common spaces on campus.

Any member of the campus community who feels ill is advised to remain home. Students will be advised to contact their professors and the Health and Wellness Center. Employees will be advised to contact their supervisors and Human Resources. If any member of the FSC community is diagnosed with COVID-19, they are required to self-quarantine according to guidelines established by the NYS DOH. 

Given sufficient testing, the campus response to a potential outbreak will be to monitor disease prevalence rates in the greater Long Island area along with those found on campus. Should a trend indicate that a resurgence is occurring, Farmingdale, in consultation with the Suffolk County DOH, will take steps to curtail on-campus functions up to and including the move back to a completely remote model. Through testing, monitoring, and self-reporting through the campus COVID-19 portal, the Health and Wellness Center will monitor incidents of the virus on campus versus regional data.

A concerted, community-wide effort is being made to ensure that social distancing guidelines are being followed and that all individuals on campus have a face covering. This will include electronic signs and traditional signage to promote a safe environment.Communication regarding expectations will recur in July and August and throughout the semester.

3. COMMUNICATION AND OUTREACH PLAN
To promote public health and transparency, the College continues to regularly communicate with all constituencies about key issues including hygiene, campus safety measures, rules and regulations, and other operational changes. As it has since early March, the College sends these communications proactively and in a timely manner. Key constituencies including current students, faculty, staff, and prospective students and their families will receive both print and digital communications intended to inform, educate, and advise. The campus governance body, College Council, local government, legislators, and local media will continue to receive regular information, including direct personal contact.

During summer 2020, Farmingdale will provide information to all students detailing the methods of instruction as well as the rules and regulations that will apply on campus during the public health emergency. This will be accomplished via US mail, email, through the College’s Coronavirus web hub, and via social media. Messaging will also remind students that the methods of instruction may be altered if an outbreak occurs. Social media will be used to remind students to check these sources for relevant information. A summer communication will be sent to parents highlighting pertinent fall information. 

After receiving both print and digital communication that outlines the College’s social distancing, hygiene, and behavioral expectations, students will be asked to affirm their understanding of these campus policies and procedures. Special attention will be devoted to the resident student population. All residential students will be regularly informed and reminded about expected health and safety behaviors, and of the modifications to campus housing policies in light of the coronavirus threat.

All general communications regarding COVID-19 will be vetted and sent through the Office for Institutional Advancement. The Coronavirus “hub” on the College’s web site will continue to be used as the repository for information and updates. The College community will continue to receive (at least) weekly communication from the Office of the President and/or Institutional Advancement.

4.  RESOURCES REQUIRED TO RE-OPEN
The costs outlined below are largely dependent on the extent to which faculty, staff, and students return to campus. All are estimates and include the ability to perform surveillance testing as outlined above. The College will incur substantial infrastructure, technology, and personnel costs in implementing any of its reopening scenarios. As noted, a significant investment in instructional technology is needed to effectively stream lectures as well as the capture and display of information in spaces not typically used as classrooms. The expected cost of IT infrastructure is $175,000. To support students, whether fully remote or in blended delivery, the College anticipates a need for instructional designers, as well as several software packages to be used in distance learning. The total expected cost of these resources is just under $190,000—this is a blend of one-time costs and annual recurring costs.
The availably of point of care diagnosis in Health and Wellness requires the acquisition of testing kits for both flu and COVID-19 as well as other supplies needed for effective delivery of care. Medical personnel will require appropriate PPE in order to ensure a safe environment and prevent further transmission of infection. The expected cost of these tests and supplies is $150,000.
Finally, the College will add Plexiglas partitions in many public areas and make other adjustments and/or improvements to physical space to enable social distancing, and will provide every employee on campus with two reusable cloth masks. Due to an enhanced decontamination and sanitation protocol, an estimated $30,000 per semester beyond normal the cost of custodial operations will be incurred.
The total of estimated reopening costs is anticipated at just over $425,000. Further details are available in the attached chart; Attachment A.
5.  TIME REQUIRED FOR RESTARTING ON-CAMPUS OPERATIONS
Presuming Long Island enters Phase 4 of New York’s reopening plan in mid-July, the College is prepared to deliver face-to-face instruction consistent with this plan effective on the scheduled first day of classes. As noted, the return of staff to campus will be phased and remote work by many offices is expected to continue through the fall semester.

 

 

To Faculty and Staff:

Face coverings are being provided at no cost to faculty and staff. Distribution will take place Monday, August 24 from 9:00 a.m. to noon in front of the Campus Center. Each employee will be provided two "Farmingdale Strong" cloth face coverings. Please remember face coverings are required to be worn when on campus and compliance is mandatory, as directed by Executive Order of the Governor.

To safely receive your face covering, pull your vehicle up to the front of the Campus Center. A staff member will bring the face coverings to you. If you are already on campus you may walk up to any table set up in front of the Campus Center to obtain your face coverings.

Thank you.

Environmental Health & Safety

To Faculty and Staff:

The Fall semester begins in less than a month. With that in mind, we understand that there may be the need for employees to pick up items from their offices that are critical to performing their job functions remotely. In an attempt to accomplish this in both an efficient and safe manner, employees may return to campus and retrieve items from their offices on Friday, August 14 and Friday, August 21 from 8:30 am – 4:00 pm under the following conditions:

  • In order to prevent multiple people returning at the same time, supervisors must be informed of your intention to come to campus.
  • Prior to coming to campus all employees are required to fill out the Employee Screening Tool located on your "MyFSC" after signing into our website. Please remain home if you answer "Yes" to any of the screening questions.
  • A face covering must be worn the entire time that you are on campus. Please observe physical distancing.
  • Employees should take any materials that they may need to perform their job duties for the foreseeable future.
  • Please retrieve any necessary items and depart as quickly as possible.
  • Please avoid entering buildings other than your own work location.
  • If you have not done so already, please watch the 12-minute NYS COVID-19 Response: Return to Work Training video prior to coming to campus.

In order for this flexibility to continue, compliance with the aforementioned protocols is essential to protect your own safety along with that of your fellow coworkers.

Farmingdale State College Restarte Plan Otoño 2020 - revisado 7.22.2020

Farmingdale State College inscribe aproximadamente 10,000 estudiantes, la gran mayoría de los cuales son viajeros. El campus suele albergar a menos de 600 estudiantes con aproximadamente el mismo número de planes de comidas. Para dar cabida a los estudiantes, la mayoría de los cuales trabajan mientras cursan, títulos, el Colegio tradicionalmente extiende sus cursos a lo largo de un día académico que va de 8:00am a 9:30pm con numerosos cursos de sábado. Todos estos factores contribuyen a la capacidad del Colegio para implementar el distanciamiento social seguro.

1. REINICIAR LAS OPERACIONES EN EL CAMPUS
a. Grupo de Trabajo de Planificación del Campus
Al comienzo de la crisis COVID, el Colegio formó un Equipo de Gestión de Emergencias (EMT) de 18 personas que incluía a todos los miembros del gabinete, sus subordinados inmediatos, y directores en las siguientes áreas: Policía Universitaria (UP), Planta Física y Custodial, Vida de Residencia, Salud y Bienestar, Actividades Estudiantiles, Inscripción y Marketing, Asesoría Legal, Recursos Humanos (HR), Tecnología de la Información (TI) y Gobierno de líderes del campus. La EMT se reunió dos veces al día durante los primeros días de la crisis. Posteriormente, se formaron subgrupos para abordar tareas específicas. Más recientes, el gabinete del presidente junto con el Director de Salud y Bienestar, el jefe de LA UP, el Director de Plantas Físicas y el Director de Recursos Humanos han liderado el proceso de planificación para el semestre de otoño de 2020.

Desde principios de marzo, el presidente ha interactuado regularmente con funcionarios estatales y locales. El Colegio permanece en contacto con la oficina regional del Gobernador, un miembro de la sala de control regional, y el Departamento de Salud del Condado de Suffolk. El Colegio está participando en el grupo de trabajo de educación reinventable del condado de Suffolk de funcionarios de la escuela y la universidad y está trabajando con el DOH, el Hospital Comunitario de Long Island y los Laboratorios Clínicos para abordar las necesidades de pruebas y rastreo de contactos.

b. Planificación del Programa Académico
Farmingdale State College cuidadosamente ha investigado tres escenarios para su otoño 2020 reinicio. El Colegio está preparado para implementar cualquiera de los siguientes tres escenarios:

Escenario 1) Nuestro enfoque anticipado: Una combinación de clases en persona junto con varios modos de aprendizaje a distancia de instrucción, incluyendo transmisión en vivo, sincrónico remoto, híbrido y tradicional en línea.

Escenario 2) Instrucción de aprendizaje a distancia utilizando métodos remotos o en línea SOLAMENTE en el semestre de otoño.

Escenario 3) Instrucción de aprendizaje a distancia utilizando exclusivamente métodos de instrucción remotos o en línea para alguna parte del semestre, si el curso del virus o las políticas DE NYS PAUSE requieren un inicio posterior o el virus se repite.

Escenario 1
Este es el escenario preferido del Colegio, ya que permite la gama más completa de experiencias educativas dentro de un marco de salud y seguridad bien establecido.

De conformidad con los requisitos reglamentarios y las consideraciones de salud pública, el Colegio planea reanudar el grado de clases presenciales en conjunto con diversas formas de aprendizaje a distancia en otoño de 2020. Tenemos la intención de impartir cursos en persona, sincrónicamente, híbridos y en un formato en línea. Para aquellas clases que tendrán una experiencia en el campus, se tendrá cuidado de mantener los requisitos de distanciamiento social. Dependiendo del diseño del curso, a los estudiantes se les pueden asignar días particulares para asistir a la instrucción en el campus. Esto reducirá la densidad en las aulas y, al mismo tiempo, proporcionará una experiencia de aprendizaje dinámica y atractiva.

Se dará prioridad a la instrucción en situados grupos de estudiantes: aquellos en programas de "alto toque" que no se pueden simular fácilmente o fácilmente dado el componente aplicado significativo, y los estudiantes a tiempo completo y los de transferencia de primera vez. La experiencia en el campus se centrará en los estudiantes de primer año y aquellos que se dedican al aprendizaje aplicado, donde las interacciones personales con los miembros de la facultad y entre los estudiantes son fundamentales para los resultados de la educación. Estos estudiantes aprenden participando en la aplicación directa de habilidades, teorías, y modelos desde el aprendizaje tradicional en el aula hasta entornos prácticos y/o del mundo real.

Al enfocar la entrega de clases presenciales, laboratorios y oportunidades de aprendizaje aplicadas en programas y poblaciones discretas, al mismo tiempo que confía en el aprendizaje remoto, el Colegio puede equilibrar la primacía de la salud y la seguridad con experiencias educativas de alta calidad. Farmingdale sigue dedicado a ofrecer una sólida experiencia de primer año para los estudiantes entrantes para quienes el compromiso directo con la facultad y las experiencias del campus son fundamentales para el éxito y la retención. La experiencia en el campus es particularmente relevante para los estudiantes en programas aplicados en ciencias de la salud, horticultura, artes visuales, y el programa piloto profesional único alojado en el centro de vuelo en república Aeropuerto. En estas áreas, los componentes clínicos y/o experienciales no se pueden replicar ni simular fácilmente. Estas poblaciones componen 5% de el 100% de nuestra.

Bajo escenario 1, el Colegio anticipa ofrecer una experiencia en el campus que incluye no más de un tercio a la mitad de sus estudiantes y profesores en el campus en un día determinado, mientras que los estudiantes restantes participan sincrónicamente o a través de simulación. Las clases ofrecidas en el campus continuarán con los protocolos de distanciamiento físico y salud pública descritos en este documento.

Cuando proceda, las sesiones de ciencia de laboratorio se imparten combinando instrucción presencial y virtual. En este enfoque, durante el semestre de 14 semanas los estudiantes participarían en siete laboratorios prácticos basados en el campus y siete experiencias de laboratorio virtuales o simuladas (tareas alternas).

El Colegio está bien posicionado para ofrecer su escenario preferido. El retorno de los estudiantes y miembros de la facultad tienen experiencia en el aprendizaje remoto, y se ha hecho una inversión sustancial en la mejora de la infraestructura de aprendizaje a distancia y las oportunidades de instrucción. La Oficina del Provost completó un estudio intensivo, en un curso por curso e instructor por instructor. El estudio determinó qué cursos y cuáles son los más adecuados para alguna forma de instrucción remota, qué cursos se ofrecen mejor tanto en el campus a través de la tecnología síncrona, como cuáles son los más adecuados para la entrega exclusiva en el campus.

Nuestra Oficina de Aprendizaje a Distancia ha estado llevando a cabo sesiones de capacitación para preparar a los profesores para ofrecer una experiencia educativa calidad. Más de 325 profesores participarán en cursos de enseñanza remota de entrenamiento durante el verano. También se están desarrollando 35 nuevos cursos en línea y se han identificado mentores docentes para proporcionar apoyo entre pares en torno a cuestiones específicas de disciplina.

Escenarios 2 y 3
En el caso de que el Colegio no pueda volver a la enseñanza en persona / en las instalaciones para todo el semestre, o si la instrucción es interrumpida por una recurrencia del virus, el Colegio está preparado para impartir instrucción exclusivamente a través de la enseñanza a distancia, excepto en áreas. Que se requieren resultados directos de aplicados a la experiencia directa. Estos incluyen Propiloto profesional, higiene dental, ciencias de laboratorio médico, y otros. En tales casos, los estudiantes recibirán incompletos hasta que se reanude la actividad en persona.

Desde marzo se ofrece formación nueva y continua para profesores. Continuamos encuestando a profesores y adjuntos a tiempo completo para determinar sus necesidades. Una encuesta de abril se centró en los obstáculos al acceso remoto a los cursos, las cuestiones tecnológicas y los requisitos de formación. El 88% de los docentes encuestados respondieron. Se distribuyó una Encuesta de Instrucción Remota Estudiantil de Primavera con los resultados que se avecinan. El personal de TI de la Universidad distribuyó herramientas a estudiantes y profesores y está preparado para ofrecer computadoras portátiles y otros equipos adicionales a aquellos que puedan estar necesitados. Además, todos los estudiantes nuevos y que regresan han sido informados de que la posibilidad de instrucción remota puede requerir el acceso a un ordenador portátil o dispositivo digital adecuado y una cámara web. Se informó a los estudiantes que el Colegio podría ayudar a adquirir el equipo según sea necesario. Por ejemplo, actualmente estamos posicionados para que más de 600 Chromebook y laptops estén disponibles para los estudiantes. En julio, se distribuirá un correo electrónico dirigido a los estudiantes inscritos en nuestros programas de oportunidades para identificar a aquellos que necesitan un Chromebook o portátil a través de nuestro programa de préstamos. Cualquier estudiante que necesite un ordenador portátil tendrá acceso a nuestro escritorio virtual que ofrece acceso a la mayor parte del software para poder realizar su trabajo en el curso. Para el software que no se puede implementar en escritorios virtuales, se proporcionará acceso a través de los laboratorios de computación del campus. En las instalaciones de la universidad.

Debido a las recientes inversiones para prepararse para un entorno virtual, el Colegio tendrá toda la capacidad necesaria para que los estudiantes, profesores y personal utilicen los escritorios virtuales. Esto es escalable para que pueda crecer en función de las necesidades del campus.

Con el entendimiento de que la tecnología didáctica puede resultar frustrante y compleja, la Oficina del CIO está lanzando dos nuevos sitios web. Uno se centra en la nueva orientación tecnológica de los estudiantes y en proporcionarles las habilidades de información y tecnología necesarias para ser plenamente y rápidamente operativos. El personal de TI también está construyendo una nueva facultad de herramientas y tecnología para ayudar a los profesores con las nuevas soluciones tecnológicas. Además, las oficinas de TI y enseñanza a distancia han puesto a disposición la tecnología de captura de conferencias/demostraciones para uso docente.

En resumen, el Colegio, debido a la inversión y la planificación, es capaz de moverse rápida y eficientemente a todas las instrucciones remotas según sea necesario. Esto puede ser mejor evidenciado por el éxito de la Universidad en el traslado de sus sesiones de verano por completo a la entrega remota, mientras que en realidad aumenta la inscripción.

i. Densidad de población en el aula
Un pequeño grupo de trabajo del Equipo de Manejo de Emergencias completó una revisión integral del aula del campus y las instalaciones en mayo. El Colegio está preparado para agregar un espacio sustancial en el aula mediante la conversión de grandes áreas como su Centro de Campus, teatro y salas de eventos multiusos en espacio de instrucción. La conversión de estas áreas ofrece flexibilidad para diversas formas de instrucción para hasta 250 estudiantes adicionales en un momento dado. El Colegio ahora tendrá 210 espacios de instrucción disponibles después de cerrar aquellos que son demasiado pequeños para una instrucción segura.

Cada aula existente, junto con espacios de instrucción recién agregados, se utilizarán a no más de un tercio a la mitad de la capacidad basada en seis pies cuadrados entre los asientos. Farmingdale State College ya ha comenzado a reorganizar físicamente las aulas y a reconfigurar los espacios para usos instructivos.

Los extensos laboratorios de computación de la Universidad también funcionarán a un tercio o a la mitad de su capacidad para promover la seguridad. Los asistentes de laboratorio estarán provistos de equipos de protección. En algunos casos, se utilizarán particiones u otros medios de distanciamiento.

Ⅱ. Protocolos de Laboratorio de Instrucción e Investigación
Los laboratorios de instrucción serán operados a media capacidad, lo que permitirá que un curso de laboratorio de tipo híbrido sea efectivo. Cuando se comparte el espacio de investigación de los docentes, se mantendrá un calendario para garantizar que una cantidad adecuada de lapsos de tiempo a puesto por la utilización del espacio. La mayoría de nuestras facultades tienen un espacio de investigación privado que cumple con los requisitos de distanciamiento social.

c. Reiniciar las operaciones en el campus
El Colegio tiene un plan para reducir la densidad de población para todas las aulas, comedores, espacio de reunión, pasillos, entradas a edificios, ascensores y otras áreas en el campus.
Como lo demostró la respuesta rápida y decisiva del Colegio al coronavirus en marzo, la prioridad siempre se da a la salud y seguridad de la comunidad universitaria.

Como se ha señalado, los espacios físicos en el campus estarán ocupados por debajo de la mitad de la capacidad basada en una distancia de 6 pies lineal entre las personas. Todas las clases presenciales mantendrán un mínimo de 6 pies de separación entre los estudiantes limitarán el uso de la habitación a la mitad o menos de capacidad. Cada persona en el salón de clases tendrá que usar una cubierta facial.

El personal de la universidad continuará trabajando de forma remota en la medida de lo posible. Anticipar un retorno lento, medido y gradual del personal al campus. A continuación, se describe un enfoque escalonado/escalonado adoptado por el campus. El Colegio está formalizando un plan para que los edificios administrativos y otros edificios de apoyo estén vacantes durante unas 72 horas menos durante cada semana. Por ejemplo, las oficinas pueden trabajar de lunes a jueves o de martes a viernes. Varias oficinas pueden seguir trabajando exclusivamente en un entorno remoto. Los docentes que compartan oficinas deberán elaborar un calendario de uso de ocupación individual.

Oficinas que deben estar abiertas para servir a los estudiantes (por ejemplo, Registrador, Cuentas estudiantiles, Biblioteca, Servicios Financieros Estudiantiles, Admisiones, etc.), tendrá personal limitado, estará equipado con tabiques de plexiglás, cuerdas de montaje, y señalización para controlar el flujo de tráfico peatonal. La mayoría de los estudiantes seguirán sirviendo de forma remota, mientras que a aquellos que necesitan atención en persona se les pedirá que hagan citas, en la medida de lo posible.

Según el mandato del estado de Nueva York, se requieren coberturas faciales de todo el personal y los estudiantes cuando están en presencia de otros. Además, todas las reuniones de grupos mayores de 10 se celebrarán prácticamente hasta nuevo aviso. Las reuniones de grupos pequeños en el campus requerirán aprobación previa, con distanciamiento social apropiado y revestimientos faciales. Los ascensores deben ser utilizados solamente por aquellos con limitaciones de movilidad.
Las interacciones del Centro de desarrollo de Pequeñas Empresas con los clientes, así como las sesiones de formación, continuarán por correo electrónico, teléfono, seminario web, o a través de Google se reunirán hasta que el campus reanude las operaciones normales o apruebe un retorno escalonado. Una vez que el SBDC está autorizado para reunirse con los clientes en persona, el Centro seguirá la política y la orientación de la universidad de las oficinas locales y estatales. Tanto los clientes como el personal de SBDC usarán revestimientos faciales para reuniones en persona. El SBDC limitará el número de clientes, y reuniones cara a cara para maximizar la distancia de las oficinas del centro. Se programará un amplio tiempo para que el personal de SBDC desinfecte sus oficinas entre estas visitas de clientes.

El Centro de Niños es esencial para que los padres vuelvan a trabajar a medida que Long Island reabra. El Centro está trabajando hacia el funcionamiento en un bajo nivel de capacidad a partir del 6 de julio. El director del Centro programará un grupo central de personal para que regrese para mediados de junio para preparar el Centro para un regreso seguro. El tamaño del aula se reducirá y se reutilizarán espacios adicionales en el Centro para que las aulas tengan los tamaños de clase más pequeños. El personal del centro se reanudará en función de la población de alumnos de acuerdo con las reglas y regulaciones de la Oficina de Servicios para Niños y Familias. El Centro seguirá todas las orientaciones y políticas establecidas por el Estado, el OCFS, el DOH y el campus.

i. Residencias
En el caso probable de que no podamos acomodar con seguridad hasta 600 estudiantes residenciales, se están considerando tres opciones para el otoño de 2020:

  1. Limitar la población residencial a aproximadamente 100-200 estudiantes cuyas casas están más lejos del campus;
  2. Limitar las residencias sólo a estudiantes internacionales y fuera del estado (para ser menos de 36 estudiantes); o
  3. En caso de resurgimiento del virus, mantenga cerradas las. residencias.

Por razones obvias, option 3 no es deseable, pero puede llegar a ser necesario en algunas circunstancias. El Colegio demostró efectivamente su capacidad para desalojar sus residencias de forma segura en el semestre de primavera. Options 1 y 2 se pueden implementar de forma segura. El Colegio propone albergar a todos los estudiantes residenciales (hasta 200 estudiantes o un tercio de la capacidad residencial del Colegio) en Orchard Hall, que dejará otras dos residencias vacantes y disponibles para aislamiento o cuarentena. En Orchard, cada habitación albergaba a dos estudiantes y cada par de estudiantes compartir un solo baño asignado. Orchard Hall es la estructura residencial más nueva del Colegio y tiene, con mucho, el mejor sistema de climatización de las residencias de la universidad. También es, en virtud de su edad e infraestructura, el edificio que se limpia y descontamina más fácilmente. De hecho, es el único salón de residencia que ofrece aire acondicionado central.

Junto con la protección adicional que ofrece el sistema HVAC, creemos que la configuración de dos estudiantes por sala de estar con el uso de un solo baño por cada dos estudiantes es totalmente aceptable y consistente con la guía de NYS. Orchard Hall es la instalación más apropiada para afirmar nuestro compromiso con aquellos estudiantes que cumplen con el criterio principal de vivir en un radio de 50 millas o más del campus, o enfrentar circunstancias atenuantes. Además, albergar a todos los estudiantes residenciales en un edificio ofrece una mejor oportunidad para monitorear el cumplimiento de los estudiantes con la salud pública y otras expectativas en lugar de extender a los estudiantes a través de tres edificios.

El personal de la vida de residencia aplicará las normas de salud y seguridad de limpiar dentro de los dormitorios. El Colegio tiene la intención de retener gran parte de su personal de vida de residencia para que se cumplan los requisitos de distanciamiento y otros requisitos de seguridad. Se establecerá un programa coherente de monitoreo y educación. Además, se está modificando el contrato de residencia para reflejar las expectativas de salud, higiene y comportamiento requeridas por la crisis COVID-19.

Este plan permitirá al Colegio ampliar la capacidad de su residencia si la orientación y los requisitos estatales permiten una mayor capacidad.

ii. Servicios de comedor
Como un campus predominantemente de cercanías, Farmingdale, por lo general, ofrece planes de comidas para hasta 600 estudiantes residenciales en una base de "todo la que pueda comer. Además, los servicios de comidas al por menor están disponibles para estudiantes, profesores, y personal en una serie de lugares, incluyendo el Campus Center Marketplace y Libros y Frijoles (cafetería de la biblioteca). Las operaciones de servicio de alimentos para el semestre de otoño se modificarán en función del número aproximado de profesores, personal y estudiantes en el campus.

Incluido el pequeño número de estudiantes residenciales que se espera en el otoño, Aramark suspenderá todo lo que te importa comer programa y se centrará en un programa de comida para llevar opciones que incluyen: (1) Opciones de entrega de alimentos que traen comidas recién preparadas directamente a las puertas de los estudiantes o puntos de recogida convenientemente ubicados en el campus; (2) Ampliación de las opciones de programas para llevar en todos los lugares de servicio de alimentos para garantizar que los estudiantes, profesores, y personal tengan una variedad de opciones de comidas durante todo el día; (3) Pedidos móviles – los dispositivos móviles se utilizarán en lugar de un quiosco público tocado por varios usuarios. Tsu es la manera más eficiente para la cena en el lugar a las opciones de comida personalizada de forma segura. Las estructuras actuales del plan de comidas se evaluarán y ajustarán (si es necesario) para adaptarse a un uso más flexible de los planes y las opciones discutidas anteriormente. Bajo ningún escenario se ofrecerán servicios de catering durante el semestre de otoño.

Aramark se adherirá a todas las reglas, regulaciones y directrices de los CDC para las operaciones de servicio de alimentos, incluyendo exigir al personal que utilice EPI apropiado (máscaras, guantes, etc.), sin termómetros táctiles, jabón, desinfectante, toallitas desinfectantes y aerosoles. Las operaciones de servicio de alimentos se modificarán para incluir marcas de suelo para distanciamientos sociales, sin golpes de tarjeta táctil y asientos modificados para limitar la aglomeración. Al realizar estos ajustes, el campus puede garantizar que los profesores, el personal, y los estudiantes tengan suficientes opciones de comidas, al tiempo que minimiza el contacto y los peligros de contaminación asociados con las operaciones de autoservicio de alimentos.

Ⅲ. Equipo de protección personal
El Colegio ha obtenido miles de máscaras para su uso en el campus. La Policía Universitaria y el Director de Salud y Bienestar están identificando fuentes adicionales, que se distribuirán a través de los esfuerzos combinados de esas áreas.

Ⅳ. Detección, Pruebas y Seguimiento
La detección, las pruebas y el seguimiento se implementarán utilizando un modelo continuo de mejora de procesos que cumplirá con las directrices existentes y reglas establecidas por los CDC y el Departamento de Salud del Estado de Nueva York.

Chequeo
Antes de regresar al campus, se pedirá a todos los empleados y estudiantes que completen un cuestionario de selección diseñado para ayudar a decidir si se necesita una prueba COVID. La encuesta se enviará en julio y se distribuirá y recogerá electrónicamente. Se espera que todos los profesores, el personal, y los estudiantes que se reporten al campus se autovigilen los síntomas que son consistentes con la infección por COVID-19, incluyendo tos, dificultad para respirar y fiebre superior a 100.4 grados F. Aquellos que han tenido síntomas consistentes con la infección por COVID en los últimos 14 días deben permanecer fuera del campus hasta que se haya cumplido uno de los tres criterios siguientes: 1) un período de 14 días después de la resolución de los síntomas; 2) prueba de COVID-19 negativa que se proporcionará al Centro de Salud y Bienestar (estudiantes) o a Recursos Humanos (facultad/personal);; o 3) autorización por escrito para regresar al trabajo/escuela del Departamento de Salud o de un médico..

Con el fin de determinar los niveles de propagación de la comunidad en el FSC, el Centro de Salud y Bienestar se está preparando para probar semanalmente una pequeña muestra de los miembros del campus utilizando la plataforma de pruebas Sofia 2 SARS CoV-2. Todos los resultados, tanto positivos como negativos, serán transmitidos al paciente y los casos positivos serán reportados al Departamento de Salud del Condado de Suffolk para permitir el rastreo de contactos. (Consulte Seguimiento y supervisión después de volver a abrir)

Testing El colegio está trabajando con Enzo Clinical Labs, una firma de Farmingdale, para ofrecer pruebas COVID con cita previa en el campus o en el sitio de Enzo cerca. Las pruebas estarían disponibles para todos los estudiantes, profesores y personal con cobertura de seguro. Además, el Hospital Comunitario de Long Island está ampliando sus capacidades de pruebas y ha expresado su disposición a trabajar con el Colegio para abordar las necesidades de pruebas.

Los estudiantes que presenten síntomas consistentes con COVID-19, serán vistos por un proveedor in situ y probados inicialmente con la prueba de anticuerpo rápido Sofia 2 SARS CoV-2. Dado que la prueba es 80% sensible (99% específico), los casos negativos serán probados por hisopos de diagnóstico de PCR que se enviarán a Enzo Clinical Labs para un diagnóstico definitivo. Todos los estudiantes que presenten síntomas consistentes con COVID-19 y una prueba negativa de Sofía deberán autoaislarse hasta que se haga un diagnóstico definitivo mediante una prueba de PCR. Para aquellos estudiantes que deseen ser probados en un laboratorio que no sea Enzo, se les dará una receta para que se les realicen pruebas de laboratorio en un lugar de su elección.

Seguimiento De todas las áreas funcionales mantendrá un registro de presencia de todas las personas que estuvieron físicamente presentes en su espacio trabajo y aulas diariamente. Los casos diagnosticados en el campus serán referidos al departamento de salud del condado de Suffolk durante el rastreo de contactos. En caso de un caso positivo, el Departamento de Salud recibirá listas completas de contactos potenciales, ((incluidos el nombre, la dirección, el número de teléfono y el correo electrónico)) para facilitar la rápida identificación de posibles exposiciones. Farmingdale State College también ha desarrollado un portal seguro que permite a los profesores, el personal y los estudiantes auto informar voluntariamente exposiciones potenciales junto con casos positivos confirmados de COVID-19. El Colegio trabajó con la sala de control regional de LI para preparar a más de 50 estudiantes de Enfermería y miembros de la facultad como rastreadores de contactos para trabajar con el Departamento de Salud del Condado de Suffolk.

v. Servicios de Custodia
Existe un protocolo diario de limpieza y descontaminación. Las instalaciones y el personal de custodia implementaron un plan formal de prevención y descontaminación de coronavirus a principios de marzo que se actualiza regularmente. El Departamento de Custodia ha estado limpiando, desinfectando y desinfectando el campus en un horario revisado regularmente para garantizar la salud y seguridad de nuestros estudiantes, profesores y personal. El departamento está completando un plan para la devolución de otoño que incluye información detallada del uso diario y por hora de cada edificio del campus. Esta información es esencial ya que el Departamento de Custodia entrará en esas áreas para realizar una limpieza detallada y profunda, así como desinfectar y desinfectar cada área. Estas áreas se pondrán en el calendario de limpieza diaria. Un asesor de custodial inspeccionará cada área. Una vez que esa área es aprobada por el supervisor, un miembro del personal capacitado rociará el área con una solución antibacteriana. Los miembros del personal de custodia han recibido capacitación sobre nuevos productos y procedimientos y han sido equipados con el equipo profesional personal adecuado. Se les proporcionan máscaras, guantes, batas y/o trajes especiales para usar mientras ejercen sus deberes. Custodial ha trabajado activamente con la comunidad más amplia del campus para promover la prevención. Más de 150 desinfectantes de manos adicionales fueron instalados en todo el campus durante el semestre de primavera, elevando el total en el campus a 335.

vi. Servicios de Salud Estudiantil
El Centro de Salud y Bienestar proporcionará servicios a los estudiantes a través de una combinación de visitas clínicas en persona junto con visitas tele-salud, cuando corresponda. El personal de los Servicios de Salud se dividirá en dos equipos que alternarán el trabajo en casa en un formato tele-salud, y en persona para las visitas tradicionales. Cada equipo trabajará cada dos semanas in situ, de lunes ajueves de 9 a. m. a 5 p. m. Todas las citas del viernes serán solo tele-salud. No se ofrecerá un horario de oficina en persona los viernes para proporcionar un período de 72 horas entre los dos equipos que tocan superficies comunes. Este horario permite que el personal permanezca en casa durante 10 días entre el campus de visitas. Este programa mitigará la posibilidad de una cuarentena generalizada de empleados de los Servicios de Salud Estudiantil a la vez.

Para el otoño de 2020, las citas médicas regulares en persona incluirán exámenes físicos, salud de pozos, exámenes ginecológicos, pruebas de detección de ITS e inmunizaciones. Para prevenir la posible transmisión de COVID en el Centro de Salud Estudiantil, se designarán horas específicas para visitas de salud saludable en comparación con la tos y las visitas frías. Nose llevarán a cabo servicios diarios. Todas las citas que no sean de emergencia deberán reservarse previamente y no estarán disponibles las citas tradicionales. Las salas de examen se rotarán para descontaminar cada habitación después de cada visita del paciente, independientemente de la queja principal del paciente. Solo se permitirá que un paciente entre en la sala de espera a la vez. El personal del Centro de Salud llamará a los pacientes antes de su cita para hacerles saber que pueden reportarse al HWC para su visita programada.

d. Campus y comunidades locales
i. Visión de las interacciones de "Town and Gown"
Farmingdale State College es un destino para reuniones públicas, cívicas, atléticas y de otros en Long Island. Con el fin de minimizar el potencial de propagación comunitaria de COVID-19, el campus prevé que no albergará eventos patrocinados externamente durante el verano de 2020 y todo el semestre de otoño de 2020. Se están emitiendo las notificaciones adecuadas.

ii. Servicios de Transporte, Correo y Entrega General
Dentro de Scenarios 1 y 2, el servicio de transporte del campus operaría a un tercio a la mitad de la capacidad del vehículo como resultado del número limitado de clases y programas en el campus. Esto naturalmente permitirá el distanciamiento en el vehículo. Además, el Colegio puede renunciar a las tarifas de estacionamiento para el otoño de 2020 para fomentar el transporte de un solo pasajero. El proveedor de autobuses, como el MTA y el LIRR, llevará a cabo la desinfección diaria del vehículo o vehículos. Se implementarán las siguientes precauciones:

  1. Dispensadores de desinfectantes colocados en cada vehículo.
  2. Los autobuses/vehículos funcionarán a un máximo del 50% de su capacidad.
  3. Los pasajeros deben llevar una cubierta facial para la entrada y otras regulaciones consistentes con las utilizadas por la MTA y/o LIRR.

Bajo Scenarios 1 y 3, el Colegio proporcionará servicios de entrega de correo sinctless. Los departamentos deberán configurar un lugar de recogida y entrega de correo donde los miembros del personal de Mail y Supply puedan procesar el correo de forma segura. Las firmas se suspenderán temporalmente para todas las entregas de paquetes. Si la Universidad se mueve a un formato de aprendizaje remoto, el Colegio continuará ofreciendo recogida/entrega de correo en subicación de recepción central. Los miembros del personal solo deberán recoger el correo con cita previa. Se dejará una papelera en el muelle de carga de Central de Recibimiento para su recogida a la hora designada. También se configurará un área de entrega para la entrega de correo saliente en el sitio de recepción central.

2. SEGUIMIENTO Y SEGUIMIENTO DESPUÉS DE LA REAPERTURA
El campus tiene una amplia experiencia en el rastreo de contactos. FSC implementará un protocolo de vigilancia y rastreo de contactos que se actualizará a medida que las nuevas recomendaciones estén disponibles desde el estado de Nueva York. Cuando se identifica un caso positivo de COVID-19 en el campus, los contactos cercanos que se presume que han sido expuestos, ya sean empleados o estudiantes del FSC, serán notificados de acuerdo con la quia desarrollada por el DOH de NYS. Las notificaciones generales de la comunidad de casos positivos se harán de conformidad con las leyes de privacidad que pertenecen a la información de salud de identificación personal.

Todas las personas que estarán físicamente en el campus deberán cumplir con las regulaciones, incluyendo el uso de revestimientos faciales, y auto-monitor para los síntomas consistentes con COVID-19 sobre una base diaria. Los miembros del campus también tendrán que adherirse a las pautas de distanciamiento social que se han desarrollado para espacios académicos, residenciales y otros espacios comunes en el campus.

Se recomienda a un miembro de la comunidad del campus que se sienta enfermo que se quede en casa. Se aconsejará a los estudiantes que se pongan en contacto con sus profesores y el Centro de Salud y Bienestar. Se aconsejará a los empleados que se pongan en contacto con sus asesores y Recursos Humanos. Si algún miembro de la comunidad FSC es diagnosticado con COVID-19, se le requiere que se auto-cuarentena de acuerdo con las pautas establecidas por el NYS DOH.

Dadas las pruebas suficientes, la respuesta del campus a un posible brote será monitorear las tasas de prevalencia de enfermedades en el área metropolitana de Long Island junto con las que se encuentran en el campus. Si una tendencia indica que se está produciendo un resurgimiento, Farmingdale, en consulta con el DOH del condado de Suffolk, tomará medidas para reducir las funciones en el campus hasta e incluyendo el cambio de nuevo a un modelo completo y remoto. A través de pruebas, monitoreo y auto información a través del portal COVID-19 del campus, el Centro de Salud y Bienestar monitoreará los incidentes del virus en el campus frente a los datos regionales.

Se está haciendo un esfuerzo concertado en toda la comunidad para asegurar que se sigan las pautas de distanciamiento social y que todas las personas en el campus tengan una cobertura facial. Esto incluirá señales electrónicas y señalización tradicional para promover un entorno seguro. La comunicación sobre las expectativas se repetirá en julio y agosto y durante todo el semestre.

3. PLAN DE COMUNICACIÓN Y ALCANCE
Para promover la salud pública y la transparencia, el Colegio continúa comunicándose regularmente con todos los grupos electorales sobre cuestiones clave, incluyendo la higiene, las medidas de seguridad del campus, las reglas y regulaciones, y otros cambios operativos. Como lo ha hecho desde principios de marzo, el Colegio envía estas comunicaciones de forma proactiva y oportuna. Las circunscripciones clave, incluidos los estudiantes actuales, la facultad, el personal y los futuros estudiantes y sus familias, recibirán comunicaciones impresas y digitales destinadas a informar, educar y asesorar. El órgano de gobierno del campus, el Consejo Universitario, el gobierno local, los legisladores y los medios de comunicación locales continuarán recibiendo información regular, incluido el contacto personal directo.

Durante el verano de 2020, Farmingdale proporcionará información a todos los estudiantes detallando los métodos de instrucción, así como las reglas y regulaciones que se aplicarán en el campus durante la emergencia de salud pública. Esto se logrará a través de correo electrónico de EE. UU., correo electrónico, a través del centro web Coronavirus de la universidad, y a través de las redes sociales. La mensajería también recordará a los alumnos que los métodos de instrucción pueden ser alterados si se produce un brote. Las redes sociales se utilizarán para recordar a los alumnos que revisen estas fuentes para obtener información relevante. Se enviará una comunicación de verano a los padres destacando la información pertinente sobre otoño.

Después de recibir tanto la comunicación impresa como digital que describe el distanciamiento social, la higiene y las expectativas de comportamiento del Colegio, se le pedirá a los estudiantes que afirmen su comprensión de estas políticas del campus y procedimientos. Se prestará especial atención a la población estudiantil residente. Todos los estudiantes residenciales serán informados regularmente y recordados sobre los comportamientos esperados de salud y seguridad, y las modificaciones a las políticas de vivienda del campus a la luz de la amenaza del coronavirus.

Todas las comunicaciones generales relativas al COVID-19 serán examinadas y enviadas a través de la Oficina de Avance Institucional. El "hub" de Coronavirus en el sitio web de la Universidad continuará utilizándose como repositorio de información y actualizaciones. La comunidad de la Universidad continuará recibiendo (al menos) comunicaciones semanales de la Oficina del presidente y/o Avance Institucional.

4. RECURSOS NECESARIOS PARA REABRIR
Los costos descritos a continuación dependen en gran medida de la medida en que los profesores, el personal y los estudiantes regresen al campus. Todos son estimaciones e incluyen la capacidad de realizar pruebas de vigilancia como se describió anteriormente. El Colegio incurrirá en costos sustanciales de infraestructura, tecnología y personal en la implementación de cualquiera de sus escenarios de reapertura. Como se ha señalado, se necesita una inversión significativa en tecnología educativa para transmitir las conferencias de manera efectiva, así como la captura y visualización de información en espacios que no se utilizan normalmente como aulas. El costo total de la infraestructura de TI es de $175,000. Para apoyar a los estudiantes, con él totalmente remoto o en la entrega combinada, el Colegio anticipa una necesidad de diseñadores de instrucción, así como varios paquetes de software para ser utilizado en el aprendizaje a distancia. El costo total esperado de estos recursos es de poco menos de $190,000, esta es una mezcla de costos únicos y costos recurrentes anuales.

La disponibilidad del diagnóstico del punto de atención en Salud y Bienestar requiere la adquisición de kits de prueba para la gripe y COVID-19, así como otros suministros necesarios para la prestación efectiva de la atención. El personal médico requiere un EPP adecuado para garantizar un entorno seguro y prevenir una mayor transmisión de la infección. El costo esperado de las pruebas y suministros es de $150,000.

Por último, el Colegio añadirá particiones de plexiglás en muchas áreas públicas y hará otros ajustes y/o mejoras en el espacio físico para permitir el distanciamiento social, y proporcionará a cada empleado en el campus con dos máscaras de tela reutilizables. Debido a un protocolo mejorado de descontaminación y saneamiento, se estima que se incurrirán en unos 30.000 dólares por semestre más allá del costo de las operaciones de custodia.

El total de los costos estimados de reapertura se prevé en poco más de $425,000.00. Más detalles están disponibles en el gráfico adjunto; Anexo A.

5. TIME REQUERIDO PARA REINICIAR LAS OPERACIONES EN EL CAMPUS
Presumiendo que Long Island entra en la Fase 4 del plan de reapertura de Nueva York a mediados de julio, el Colegio está preparado para ofrecer instrucción cara a cara consistente con este plan efectivo en el primer día programado de clases. Como se ha señalado, el regreso del personal al campus será escalonado y se espera que el trabajo remoto de muchas oficinas continúe durante el semestre de otoño.

Farmingdale State College Restart Plan Fall 2020 - revised 7.22.2020 (in bold, italics)

Farmingdale State College enrolls approximately 10,000 students, the vast majority of whom are commuters. The campus typically houses fewer than 600 students with approximately the same number of meal plans. To accommodate students, most of whom work while they pursue degrees, the College traditionally spreads its courses over an academic day that runs from 8:00am to 9:30pm with numerous Saturday courses. All of these factors contribute to the College's ability to implement safe social distancing.

1. RESTARTING ON-CAMPUS OPERATIONS
a. Campus Planning Task Force
At the outset of the COVID crisis the College formed an 18-person Emergency Management Team (EMT) that included all cabinet members, their immediate subordinates, and directors in the following areas: University Police (UP), Physical Plant and Custodial, Residence Life, Health and Wellness, Student Activities, Enrollment and Marketing, legal counsel, Human Resources (HR), Information Technology (IT) and campus governance leaders. The EMT met twice daily during the earliest days of the crisis. Subsequently, sub-groups were formed to address specific tasks. More recently, the President's cabinet along with the Health and Wellness Director, UP Chief, Physical Plant Director, and HR Director have led the planning process for the fall 2020 semester.

Since early March, the President has interacted regularly with state and local officials. The College remains in contact with the Governor's regional office, a member of the regional control room, and Suffolk County's Department of Health. The College is participating in Suffolk County's reimagining education working group of school and college officials and is working with the DOH, Long Island Community Hospital, and Enzo Clinical Labs to address testing and contact tracing needs.

b. Academic Program Planning
Farmingdale State College carefully vetted three scenarios for its fall 2020 restart. The College is prepared to implement any one of the following three scenarios:

Scenario 1) Our anticipated approach: A combination of in-person classes along with various distance learning modes of instruction including live stream, remote synchronous, hybrid and traditional online.

Scenario 2) Distance learning instruction using remote or online methods ONLY in the fall semester.

Scenario 3) Distance learning instruction using exclusively remote or online methods of instruction for some part of the semester—if the course of the virus or NYS PAUSE policies require a later start or the virus recurs.

Scenario 1
This is the College's preferred scenario as it permits the fullest range of educational experiences within a well-established health and safety framework.

Consistent with regulatory requirements and public health considerations, the College plans to resume some degree of in-person classes in conjunction with various forms of distance learning in fall 2020. We intend to deliver courses in-person, synchronously, hybrid, and in an online format. For those classes that will have an on-campus experience, care will be taken to maintain social distancing requirements. Depending on the course design, students may be assigned particular days to attend on-campus instruction. This will reduce density in the classrooms while still providing a dynamic and engaging learning experience.

Priority for on-site instruction will be given to two groups of students: those in "high touch" programs that cannot be easily or readily simulated given the significant applied component, and first-time/full-time students and transfers. The on-campus experience will focus on first year students and those engaged in applied learning where personal interactions with faculty members and among students are critical to educational outcomes. These students learn by engaging in direct application of skills, theories, and models from traditional classroom learning to hands-on and/or real-world settings.

By focusing the delivery of face-to-face classes, labs, and applied learning opportunities on discrete programs and populations while also relying on remote learning, the College can balance the primacy of health and safety with high quality educational experiences. Farmingdale remains dedicated to delivering a robust first-year experience for incoming students for whom direct engagement with the faculty and campus experiences are central to success and retention. The on-campus experience is particularly relevant for students in applied programs in health sciences, horticulture, visual arts, and the unique professional pilot program housed at the flight center at Republic Airport. In these areas, clinical and/or experiential components cannot be readily replicated or simulated. These populations compose abut thirty-five percent of our student population.

Under Scenario 1, the College anticipates offering an on-campus experience that includes no more than one-third to one-half of its students and faculty on campus on any given day while the remaining students participate synchronously or via simulation. Classes offered on campus will proceed with the physical distancing and public health protocols outlined in this document.

Where appropriate, laboratory science sessions will be delivered by combining face-to-face and virtual instruction. In this approach, during the 14-week semester students would participate in seven hands-on campus-based labs and seven virtual or simulated lab experiences (alternating assignments).

The College is well positioned to deliver its preferred scenario. Faculty and returning students are experienced in remote learning, and substantial investment has been made in improving distance learning infrastructure and instructional opportunities. The Provost's Office completed an intensive study—on a course by course and instructor by instructor basis. The study determined which courses and are best suited for some form of remote instruction, which courses are best offered both on campus via synchronous technology, and which are best suited for exclusively on campus delivery.

Our Office of Distance Learning has been conducting training sessions to prepare faculty to deliver a quality educational experience in the fall. Over 325 faculty will participate in remote teaching training courses over the summer. Thirty-five new online courses are also being developed and faculty mentors have been identified to provide peer-to-peer support around discipline specific issues.

Scenarios 2 and 3
In the event the College is unable to return to in-person/on-campus teaching for any or all of the semester, or if instruction is interrupted by a recurrence of the virus, the College is prepared to deliver instruction exclusively through distance learning except in areas where direct experiential applied learning outcomes are required. These include Professional Pilot, Dental Hygiene, Medical Laboratory Science, and others. In such cases, students will receive incompletes until in-person activity is resumed.

New and ongoing training for faculty has been offered since March. We continue to survey full-time faculty and adjuncts to determine their needs. An April survey focused on obstacles to remote course access, technological issues, and training requirements. Eighty-eight percent of faculty surveyed responded. A spring Student Remote Instruction Survey was distributed with results forthcoming. The College's IT staff distributed hardware to students and faculty and are prepared to offer additional laptops and other equipment to those who may be in need. Additionally, all new and returning students have been advised that the possibility of remote instruction may necessitate access to a suitable laptop or digital device and a web cam. Students were informed that the College might be able to help procure such equipment as needed. For example, we are currently positioned to make over 600 Chromebooks and laptops available to students. In July a targeted email to students enrolled in our opportunity programs will be distributed to identify those who have need for a Chromebook or laptop through our loan program. Any student requiring a laptop will have access to our virtual desktop offering access to most of the software needed to perform their coursework. For software that cannot be deployed to virtual desktops, access will be provided through campus computer labs.

Because of recent investments to prepare for a virtual environment, the College will have all the capacity needed for students, faculty, and staff to use the virtual desktops. This is scalable so it can grow based on campus needs.

With the understanding that instructional technology can prove frustrating and complex, the Office of the CIO is launching two new web sites. One focuses on new student technology orientation and providing them with the information and technology skills needed to become fully and promptly operational. IT staff are also building out a new faculty tools and technology site to assist faculty with the new technology solutions. Additionally, the IT and Distance Learning offices have made lecture/demonstration capture technology available for faculty use.

In short, the College, because of investment and planning, is able to move quickly and efficiently to all remote instruction as needed. This may best be evidenced by the College's success in moving its summer sessions entirely to remote delivery while actually increasing enrollment.

i. Classroom Population Density
A small work group from the Emergency Management Team completed a comprehensive review of campus classroom and facilities in May. The College is prepared to add substantial classroom space by converting large areas such as its Campus Center, theater, and multi-purpose events rooms into instructional space. The conversion of these areas offers flexibility for various forms of instruction for up to 250 additional students at any given time. The College will now have 210 instructional spaces available after closing off those that are too small for safe instruction.

Each existing classroom, along with newly added instructional spaces, will be used to no more than one-third to one-half of capacity based of six square feet between seats. FSC has already begun physically rearranging classrooms, and reconfiguring spaces for instructional uses.

The College's extensive computer labs will also operate at one-third to one-half of capacity to promote safety. Lab Assistants will be provided with protective equipment. In some cases, partitions or other means of distancing will be used.

ii. Instructional and Research Laboratory Protocols
Instructional laboratories will be operated at half capacity, which will allow a hybrid type laboratory course to be effective. Where faculty research space is shared, a schedule will be maintained to ensure that an adequate amount of time lapses between utilization of the space. Most of our faculty have private research space that meet the social distancing requirements.

c. Restarting On-Campus Operations
The College has a plan in place for reducing population density for all classrooms, dining halls, gathering spaces, hallways, entrances to buildings, elevators, and other areas on campus.
As was demonstrated by the College's rapid and decisive response to the coronavirus in March, primacy is always given to the health and safety of the college community.

As noted, physical spaces on campus will be occupied at or below one-half capacity based on a six linear foot distance between people. All in-person classes will maintain a minimum of six feet of separation between students or limit room use to half or less of capacity. Each person in the classroom will be required to wear a face covering.

College staff will continue work remotely to the extent possible. We anticipate a slow, measured, phased return of personnel to campus. A tiered/phased approach adopted by the campus is described below. The College is formalizing a plan for administrative and other support buildings to be vacant for at least 72 hours during each week. For example, offices may work on a Monday through Thursday or Tuesday through Friday schedule. A number of offices may continue to work exclusively in a remote setting. Faculty members who share offices will be required to develop a schedule of single occupancy use.

Offices that are required to be open to serve students (for example, Registrar, Student Accounts, Library, Student Financial Services, Admissions, etc.), will have limited staffing, be equipped with Plexiglas partitions, stanchion ropes, and signage to control the flow of foot traffic. Most students will continue to be served remotely, while those that need in-person attention will be asked to make appointments, to the extent possible.

Per the New York State mandate, face coverings are required of all personnel and students when in the presence of others. Further, all meetings of groups larger than 10 will be held virtually until further notice. Small group meetings on campus will require prior approval, with appropriate social distancing and face coverings. Elevators are to be used only by those with mobility limitations.

The Small Business Development Center's interactions with clients, as well as training sessions, will continue through email, phone, webinar, or via Google meet until the campus resumes normal operations, or approves a phased return. Once the SBDC is cleared to meet clients in person, the Center will follow college policy and guidance from local and state offices. Both clients and SBDC staff will wear face coverings for in-person meetings. The SBDC will limit the number of clients, and schedule face to face meetings to maximize distance between offices within the Center. Ample time will be scheduled for SBDC staff to sanitize their offices between these client visits.

The Children's Center is essential for parents to return to work as Long Island reopens. The Center is working toward being operational on a low level of capacity effective July 6. The Director of the Center will schedule a core group of staff to return to the Center in mid-June to prepare the Center for a safe return. Classroom size will be reduced and additional spaces in the Center will be repurposed for classrooms to accommodate smaller class sizes. Center staff will resume based on pupil population in accordance with Office of Children and Family Services rules and regulations. The Center will follow all guidance and policies set forth by the State, the OCFS, DOH and the campus.

i. Residence Halls
In the likely event that we will not be able to safely accommodate up to 600 residential students, three options for fall 2020 are under consideration:

  1. Limit the residential population to approximately 100-200 students whose homes are furthest from campus;
  2. Limit residence halls only to international and out of state students (likely to be less than 36 students); or
  3. In the event of a resurgence in the virus, keep residence halls closed.

For obvious reasons, option 3 is not desirable but may become necessary under some circumstances. The College effectively demonstrated its ability to safely vacate its residence halls in the spring semester. Options 1 and 2 can be safely implemented. The College proposes to house all residential students (up to 200 students or one-third of the College's residential capacity) in Orchard Hall which will leave two other residence halls vacant and available for isolation or quarantine. In Orchard, each room would house two students and each pair of students would share an assigned single restroom. Orchard Hall is the College's newest residential structure and has, by far, the best HVAC system of the College's residence halls. It is also, by virtue of its age and infrastructure, the building that is most readily cleaned and decontaminated. In fact, it is the only residence hall to offer central air conditioning.

Coupled with the additional protection that the HVAC system offers, we believe that the configuration of two students per living quarter with the use of a single restroom per two students is fully acceptable and consistent with NYS guidance. Orchard Hall is the most appropriate facility to affirm our commitment to those students who meet the principle criterion of living in a radius of 50 miles or more from campus, or face extenuating circumstances. Further, housing all residential students in one building provides a better opportunity to monitor student compliance with public health and other expectations as opposed to spreading students across three buildings.

Clear health and safety regulations within dorms will be enforced by the residence life staff. The College intends to retain much of its residence life staff so that distancing and other safety requirements are enforced. A consistent program of monitoring and education will be in place. In addition, the residence hall contract is being modified to reflect the health, hygiene, and behavioral expectations required by the COVID-19 crisis.

This plan will allow the College to scale up in its residence hall capacity should state guidance and requirements permit higher capacity.

ii. Dining Services
As a predominantly commuter campus, Farmingdale typically provides meal plans to up to 600 residential students on an "all you care to eat" basis. In addition, retail-dining services are available to students, faculty, and staff in a number of locations including the Campus Center Marketplace and Books and Beans (library café). Food service operations for the fall semester will be modified based on the approximate number of faculty, staff and students on campus.

Given the small number of residential students expected in the fall, Aramark will suspend the all you care to eat program and focus on a food-to-go program and "no touch" options that include: (1) Food delivery options that bring freshly prepared meals straight to students' doors or conveniently located pick-up points on campus; (2) Expanded to-go program options at all food service locations to ensure students, faculty, and staff have a variety of meal options throughout the day; (3) Mobile ordering – mobile devices will be used in lieu of a public kiosk touched by multiple users. This is the most efficient way for on-site dining to safely deliver customized meal options. Current meal plan structures will be evaluated and adjusted (if necessary) to accommodate more flexible use of plans under the options discussed above. Under no scenario will catering services be offered during the fall semester.

Aramark will adhere to all DOH rules, regulations, and CDC guidelines for food service operations, including requiring staff to utilize appropriate PPE (masks, gloves etc.), no touch thermometers, soap, sanitizer, disinfecting wipes and sprays. Food service operations will be modified to include floor markings for social distancing, no touch card swipes, and modified seating to limit crowding. In making these adjustments, the campus can ensure that faculty, staff, and students have sufficient meal options, while minimizing contact and the contamination hazards associated with self-serve food operations.

iii. Personal Protection Equipment
The College has obtained thousands of masks for use on campus. Procurement, University Police, and the Health and Wellness Director are identifying sources for additional PPE, which will be distributed through the combined efforts of those areas.

iv. Screening, Testing and Tracing
Screening, testing and tracing will be implemented using a continuing process improvement model that will comply with existing and new guidelines established by the CDC and the New York State Department of Health.

Screening
Before returning to campus, all employees and students will be asked to complete a screening questionnaire designed to help decide if a COVID test is needed. The survey will be sent in July and will be electronically distributed and collected. All faculty, staff, and students reporting to campus are expected to self-monitor for symptoms that are consistent with COVID-19 infection, including cough, shortness of breath, and a fever of greater than 100.4 degrees F. Those who have had symptoms consistent with COVID infection within the past 14 days must remain off campus until one of the following three criteria have been met: 1) a period of 14 days after resolution of symptoms; 2) proof of a negative COVID-19 test to be provided to the Health and Wellness Center (students) or Human Resources (faculty/staff); or 3) written authorization to return to work/school from the Department of Health or a physician.

In order to determine the levels of community spread at FSC, the Health and Wellness Center is preparing to weekly test a small sample of campus members using the Sofia 2 SARS CoV-2 testing platform. All results, both positive and negative, will be relayed to the patient and positive cases will be reported to the Suffolk County Department of Health to allow for contact tracing. (See Tracing and Monitoring After Reopening)

Testing
The College is working with Enzo Clinical Labs, a Farmingdale firm, to offer COVID testing by appointment either on campus or at Enzo's site nearby. The testing would be available to all students, faculty and staff with insurance coverage. In addition, Long Island Community Hospital is expanding its testing capabilities and has expressed a willingness to work with the College to address testing needs. Students who present with symptoms consistent with COVID-19, will be seen by an on-site provider and initially tested with the Sofia 2 SARS CoV-2 rapid antigen test. Since the test is 80% sensitive (99% specific), negative cases will be tested by PCR diagnostic swabs which will be sent to Enzo Clinical Labs for a definitive diagnosis. All students who present with symptoms consistent with COVID-19 and a negative Sofia test will be required to self-isolate until a definitive diagnosis is made by a PCR test. For those students who wish to be tested at a laboratory other than Enzo, a prescription will be given for them to have lab testing done at a location of their choice.

Tracing
All functional areas will keep attendance records of all persons who were physically present in their workspace and classrooms daily. Cases diagnosed on campus will be referred to the Suffolk County Department of Health for contact tracing. In the event of a positive case, the Department of Health will be provided with comprehensive rosters of potential contacts (inclusive of name, address, phone number, and email) to facilitate rapid identification of possible exposures. Farmingdale State College has also developed a secure portal that allows faculty, staff, and students to voluntarily self-report potential exposures along with confirmed positive cases of COVID-19. The College worked with the LI regional control room to prepare over 50 Nursing students and faculty members as contact tracers to work with the Suffolk County Department of Health.

v. Custodial Services

A daily cleaning and decontamination protocol is in place. The facilities and custodial staff implemented a formal coronavirus prevention and decontamination plan in early March which is updated regularly. The Custodial Department has been cleaning, sanitizing and disinfecting the campus on a regularly reviewed schedule to ensure the health and safety of our students, faculty and staff. The department is completing a plan for the fall return which includes detailed information of the daily and hourly use of each campus building. This information is essential as the Custodial Department will enter those areas to perform a deep detailed cleaning as well as sanitizing and disinfecting each area. These areas will be put on the custodial daily clean schedule. A custodial supervisor will then inspect each area. Once that area is approved by the supervisor, a trained staff member will spray the area with an antibacterial solution. Custodial staff members have had training on new products and procedures and have been equipped with proper Personal Protective Equipment. They are provided with masks, gloves, gowns, and/or specialty suits to wear while preforming their duties. Custodial has actively worked with the broader campus community to promote prevention. Over 150 additional hand sanitizers were installed across campus during the spring semester bringing up the total on campus to 335.

vi. Student Health Services
The Health and Wellness Center will provide services to students through a combination of in person clinical visits along with tele-health visits, where appropriate. Health Services staff will be split into two teams that will alternate working at home in a tele-health format, and in person for traditional visits. Each team will work every other week onsite, Monday-Thursday from 9 AM – 5 PM. All Friday appointments will be tele-health only. No in-person office hours will be offered on Fridays to provide a 72-hour period between the two teams touching common surfaces. This schedule allows staff to remain at home for 10 days between visits campus. This schedule will mitigate the possibility of a widespread quarantine of Student Health Services employees at one time.

For fall 2020, regular in person medical appointments will include physicals, well health, gynecologic exams, STI screening, and immunizations. To prevent potential COVID transmission at the Student Health Center, specific hours will be designated for well-health visits versus cough and cold visits. Ancillary services will not take place. All non-emergency appointments will be required to be pre-booked and traditional walk in appointments will not be available. Exam rooms will be rotated in order to decontaminate each room after every patient visit regardless of the patient's chief complaint. Only one patient will be allowed in the waiting room at a time. Health Center staff will call patients prior to their appointment to let them know that they can report to the HWC for their scheduled visit.

d. Campus and local communities
i. Vision for "Town and Gown" interactions
Farmingdale State College is a destination for public, civic, athletic and others meetings on Long Island. In order to minimize the potential for community spread of COVID-19, the campus anticipates that it will host no externally sponsored events for the duration of summer 2020 and the entire fall 2020 semester. Appropriate notifications are being issued.

ii. Transportation, Mail and General Delivery Services
Within Scenarios 1 and 2, the campus shuttle service would operate at one-third to one-half of vehicle capacity as a result of the limited number of on-campus classes and programs. This will naturally allow distancing on the shuttle vehicle. In addition, the College may waive parking fees for fall 2020 to encourage single passenger transportation. The shuttle bus provider, like the MTA and LIRR, will conduct daily sanitization of the vehicle(s). The following precautions will be implemented:

  1. Sanitizer dispensers placed on every vehicle.
  2. Buses/vehicles are to operate at a maximum of 50% capacity.
  3. Passengers must wear a face covering for entry and other regulations consistent of those used by the MTA and/or LIRR.

Under Scenarios 1 and 3, the College will provide contactless mail delivery services. Departments will be required to setup a mail pick-up and drop-off location where mail can be securely and safely processed by Mail and Supply staff members. Signatures will be temporarily suspended for all package deliveries. Should the College move to an all remote learning format, the College will continue to offer mail pick-up/drop-off at our Central Receiving location. Staff members will be required to pick-up mail by appointment only. A bin will be left on the loading dock of Central Receiving for pick-up at a designated time. A drop-off area will also be setup for outgoing mail delivery at the Central Receiving site.

2. TRACING AND MONITORING AFTER RE-OPENING
The campus has extensive experience with contact tracing. FSC will implement a surveillance and contact tracing protocol that will be updated as new recommendations become available from New York State. When a positive case of COVID-19 is identified on campus, close contacts who are presumed to have been exposed, whether they are FSC employees or students, will be notified consistent with guidelines developed by the NYS DOH. General community notifications of positive cases will be made in compliance with privacy laws that pertain to personally identifiable health information.

All persons who will be physically on campus will be required to adhere to regulations, including the wearing of face coverings, and self-monitor for symptoms consistent with COVID-19 on a daily basis. Campus members will also be required to adhere to social distancing guidelines that have been developed for academic, residential, and other common spaces on campus.

Any member of the campus community who feels ill is advised to remain home. Students will be advised to contact their professors and the Health and Wellness Center. Employees will be advised to contact their supervisors and Human Resources. If any member of the FSC community is diagnosed with COVID-19, they are required to self-quarantine according to guidelines established by the NYS DOH.

Given sufficient testing, the campus response to a potential outbreak will be to monitor disease prevalence rates in the greater Long Island area along with those found on campus. Should a trend indicate that a resurgence is occurring, Farmingdale, in consultation with the Suffolk County DOH, will take steps to curtail on-campus functions up to and including the move back to a completely remote model. Through testing, monitoring, and self-reporting through the campus COVID-19 portal, the Health and Wellness Center will monitor incidents of the virus on campus versus regional data.

A concerted, community-wide effort is being made to ensure that social distancing guidelines are being followed and that all individuals on campus have a face covering. This will include electronic signs and traditional signage to promote a safe environment. Communication regarding expectations will recur in July and August and throughout the semester.

3. COMMUNICATION AND OUTREACH PLAN
To promote public health and transparency, the College continues to regularly communicate with all constituencies about key issues including hygiene, campus safety measures, rules and regulations, and other operational changes. As it has since early March, the College sends these communications proactively and in a timely manner. Key constituencies including current students, faculty, staff, and prospective students and their families will receive both print and digital communications intended to inform, educate, and advise. The campus governance body, College Council, local government, legislators, and local media will continue to receive regular information, including direct personal contact.

During summer 2020, Farmingdale will provide information to all students detailing the methods of instruction as well as the rules and regulations that will apply on campus during the public health emergency. This will be accomplished via US mail, email, through the College's Coronavirus web hub, and via social media. Messaging will also remind students that the methods of instruction may be altered if an outbreak occurs. Social media will be used to remind students to check these sources for relevant information. A summer communication will be sent to parents highlighting pertinent fall information.

After receiving both print and digital communication that outlines the College's social distancing, hygiene, and behavioral expectations, students will be asked to affirm their understanding of these campus policies and procedures. Special attention will be devoted to the resident student population. All residential students will be regularly informed and reminded about expected health and safety behaviors, and of the modifications to campus housing policies in light of the coronavirus threat.

All general communications regarding COVID-19 will be vetted and sent through the Office for Institutional Advancement. The Coronavirus "hub" on the College's web site will continue to be used as the repository for information and updates. The College community will continue to receive (at least) weekly communication from the Office of the President and/or Institutional Advancement.

4. RESOURCES REQUIRED TO RE-OPEN
The costs outlined below are largely dependent on the extent to which faculty, staff, and students return to campus. All are estimates and include the ability to perform surveillance testing as outlined above. The College will incur substantial infrastructure, technology, and personnel costs in implementing any of its reopening scenarios. As noted, a significant investment in instructional technology is needed to effectively stream lectures as well as the capture and display of information in spaces not typically used as classrooms. The expected cost of IT infrastructure is $175,000. To support students, whether fully remote or in blended delivery, the College anticipates a need for instructional designers, as well as several software packages to be used in distance learning. The total expected cost of these resources is just under $190,000—this is a blend of one-time costs and annual recurring costs.

The availability of point of care diagnosis in Health and Wellness requires the acquisition of testing kits for both flu and COVID-19 as well as other supplies needed for effective delivery of care. Medical personnel will require appropriate PPE in order to ensure a safe environment and prevent further transmission of infection. The expected cost of these tests and supplies is $150,000.

Finally, the College will add Plexiglas partitions in many public areas and make other adjustments and/or improvements to physical space to enable social distancing, and will provide every employee on campus with two reusable cloth masks. Due to an enhanced decontamination and sanitation protocol, an estimated $30,000 per semester beyond normal the cost of custodial operations will be incurred. The total of estimated reopening costs is anticipated at just over $425,000. Further details are available in the attached chart; Attachment A.

5. TIME REQUIRED FOR RESTARTING ON-CAMPUS OPERATIONS
Presuming Long Island enters Phase 4 of New York's reopening plan in mid-July, the College is prepared to deliver face-to-face instruction consistent with this plan effective on the scheduled first day of classes. As noted, the return of staff to campus will be phased and remote work by many offices is expected to continue through the fall semester.

 

To Faculty and Staff:

As we approach the start of fall classes, our Emergency Management Team has been working tirelessly to develop and implement our plan for a safe and successful semester. We know that our students, faculty, and staff will have many questions. Effective today a newly created Hub on the College web site will be a focused source for all the information you seek. A direct link to The Hub can be found at the top of the homepage and through your dashboard. From The Hub you can:

  • Click on FAQs that answer many commonly received questions
  • Check the status of classes
  • Learn about health and safety precautions
  • Find out how campus services will be delivered
  • Read updates and the most recent communications to the campus

Please take advantage of this important resource and check it often for updates.

Fall 2020 will be different than any previous semester. Our mix of face-to-face and remote instruction, and the phased return of our staff, will make it difficult to welcome you back in the direct and personal ways that are customary at the start of the academic year. I have, however, recorded a personal video message which is now available on The Hub. We will update these messages, as needed.

We often say that our students, faculty, and staff make Farmingdale State College a special place. That is true now more than ever. The Hub is a tool that will help you easily find information relevant to you and will help us all maintain our sense of community.

Thank you.

John Nader
President

 

To the Farmingdale Campus Community,

The Farmingdale State College plan for safe return to campus has been approved and certified as complete by SUNY. Though the plan documents are available on our web site, I am writing to provide a summary and to thank you for your patience and confidence as we developed an approach to that fall semester that couples our focus on health and safety with a commitment to fulfill our educational mission and remain an engine of opportunity for our students

Fall 2020 Plan Summary

Guided by the twin priorities of safeguarding the health and wellness of our community and our fundamental commitment to provide an excellent education experience, we will return to campus this fall with a significantly reduced population of students, faculty, and staff, a mix of in-person and various forms of remote instruction, and an expectation of adherence to the health and safety protocols outlined in the plan. The plan includes contingencies in the event we are required to move to remote-only instruction.

We anticipate that classes will begin as scheduled on Thursday, August 27.

Not all students, faculty and staff will be on campus on any given day. Gatherings will be quite limited, and we will consistently ask for your help in creating a culture of compliance with our safety protocols. Many members of our faculty have spent months thoughtfully planning our curricula and methods of course delivery to ensure the best possible experience under these very difficult circumstances. Our face to face classes will focus principally on those students in our applied programs and our first-time full-time students. Our Information Technology department has substantially expanded our capacity to deliver and support remote instruction.

Housing- We will significantly reduce our housing density on campus for the fall semester. We expect to be at about one-quarter of our capacity. To the maximum extent possible students will be provided with a single-occupancy room in an assigned residence hall. We will curtail the number of students who can use any single lavatory facility and most residential students will have their own bathroom. Our focus will be on housing students who reside fifty or more miles from campus, though we also expect to accommodate students with significant hardships. We anticipate reserving ample space in one residence hall in the event we need to quarantine a student.

Student Life

Athletics- We intend to participate in intercollegiate sports. The competitive schedule and practices may be limited and we will reduce the use of the Nold Athletic Complex facilities.

Dining- Aramark has a well-crafted food service plan which includes grab and go and pre-order options. No buffet service will be offered.

Student Activities- Student Affairs is working diligently to prepare for virtual and other remote fall activities. Dr. Kevin Jordan and I will meet with students to discuss issues and options for engagement in the fall.

Prevention and a Culture of Compliance

All students, faculty, and staff on campus will be expected to take the steps necessary to protect themselves and others. As such, group gatherings will be limited; physical distancing will be practiced throughout campus; and masks or face coverings will be required in shared spaces. At this point, we anticipate little or no use of college spaces in the fall.

The plans outlined above apply only to the fall semester. We don't know yet what the spring semester will bring, but are hopeful that increased on-campus density will be possible.

Thanks to Kevin Murphy, Health and Wellness Director, we anticipate the ability to offer COVID testing in conjunction with Enzo Biochem Lab. Kevin, along with Jeff Carter, our Environmental Health and Safety Officer, and CIO Pete Grizzaffi, have collaborated to develop and screening app to be used by the entire campus. Jeff has also written a comprehensive plan for the safe return of employees to campus. We will return staff to campus in phases to assure safety and to limit occupancy of spaces at any given time.

Ultimately, compliance with face coverings and physical distancing requirements is expected. Please do your part.

Developing and Communicating the Plan

FSC's plan reflects a careful consideration of our relatively unique circumstances and our educational mission. Our aim has been to present as much information as possible. In fact, we shared the draft of our plan with the campus well in advance of SUNY approval. A of factors went into our decision-making for the fall, and I extend my sincere thanks to the many members of the administration, faculty, and staff who have spent countless hours devoted to this process.

Our plan reflects the following: First protecting the health and safety of the FSC community; meeting or exceeding to New York State's guidance and requirements; an ability to test, trace, and quarantine to prevent or respond to an outbreak of COVID-19; delivering the best possible educational experience under unparalleled conditions; an investment in the technology and faculty support needed to satisfy our core mission.

As I mentioned, additional details are available on our website. Many questions remain to be answered. We will communicate clearly and frequently as the details of our plan are implemented. We will establish a welcome back web page—"The Hub"—to provide detailed information. It should be launched in mid-July.

Finance

The COVID crisis has had a devastating effect on the State of New York. The College has been forced to reduce its spending as a result, despite the fact that Farmingdale itself is in a very strong financial position. In the short term, it will require eliminating or postponing numerous expenditures. In addition, the College has incurred some extraordinary expenses as a result of the virus and our conversion to remote instruction last spring. We have also experienced a loss of revenue by limiting our residential population canceling campus, clinics and other external events. We will center our spending decisions on campus safety and our core educational mission.

I look forward to welcoming you to the start of the 2020-21 academic year as we work together to continue the work of the College. There has never been a more important time to do so.

John S. Nader
President

To the Campus Community:

As we prepare for our return to campus, I want to share with you our response to SUNY's Checklist for Restarting On-Campus Activities and Operations. In addition, we are providing our Return to Campus Plan, reviewed and approved by SUNY Administration as meeting the standards of the NYS Department of Health's "Reopening New York Higher Education Guidelines." The Certification of the reopening plan is here.

The members of the College's Emergency Management Team, and others, have done a remarkable job in planning our safe return to operations. These documents indicate the lengths to which we have gone to provide for a safe return to campus.

We will continue to keep you informed as we approach the fall semester.

John S. Nader
President

To the Campus Community:

I want to keep you informed about our plans for the return of classes in the fall semester. To date, we have received no explicit New York State guidance about what will be required to safely return to instruction this fall. I hope to receive this guidance soon. As you know, a college or university is not authorized to resume full academic operations until its region reaches Phase Four, which would be on or about July 8.

SUNY required each campus to submit a plan for safe return to instruction for the fall semester. We submitted a thorough plan, which is available here.

The plan identifies three scenarios. Our preferred option is a combination of in-person classes along with various distance learning modes of instruction including live stream, remote synchronous, hybrid, and traditional online. We anticipate offering an on-campus experience that includes no more than one-third to one-half of students and faculty on campus on any given day. Provost Joseph and the Academic Affairs Office have developed a very comprehensive evaluation of the modes of delivery on a course-by-course basis. Classes offered on campus will proceed with physical distancing and numerous other health protocols. The detailed plan indicates that we will return relatively few students to our residence halls so that we can maximize social distancing. Specific implementation can be altered by state requirements that may be less or more restrictive.

We plan to have some offices open with limited staffing beginning on July 6. Cabinet members will identify a few functional areas that can both reopen safely and with limited staffing, and require campus access to resume service to students and the College. In those instances, a face covering is mandated and those who work are to remain at least six feet from their co-workers. We will also limit the initial return to one to two days per week. This will permit ample time for cleaning and decontamination and allow for a carefully phased and monitored return.

I am particularly pleased that faculty will be able to return soon to their campus research projects. SUNY and the State have issued guidance on the return to higher education research. Further information will be forthcoming from the Provost's Office. Vice President O'Connor was on the committee that developed the SUNY guidance reflected here: https://www.governor.ny.gov/sites/governor.ny.gov/files/atoms/files/HigherEdResearch_ShortGuidelines.pdf External link

For the foreseeable future, we envision, at minimum, the ongoing requirement to use face coverings and to socially distance in offices, instructional spaces, and other indoor settings. Soon we will add a Welcome Back web page dedicated to our phased return. This will include FAQs for employees and a detailed guidance document outlining the conditions under which offices and may return to campus. Our approach is a cautious one. I am aware that other colleges have more ambitious plans for returning to campus and occupying residence halls. If conditions change, we are poised to alter our plan and the implementation timeframe.

John S. Nader
President

To The Faculty & Staff:

As we prepare for a potential return to the campus, there remains much uncertainty. This uncertainty adds greatly to the complexity of our deliberations and discussions. While we continue to develop scenarios specific to the College, any timeline on the resumption of safe operations will be shaped by guidance received from the Governor's Office and SUNY.

First and foremost, we will return to the campus in a manner that best ensures the safety and well-being of everyone. This will likely require plans for continued social distancing, revising the use of common spaces, providing masks to those who interact directly with students and the public, and much more. The delivery of nearly every ordinary campus function will need to be carefully reviewed.

Out of an abundance of caution, we plan to return employees to campus in phases. Administrative staff will return in tiers designated by the appropriate Cabinet member with the most essential/ lowest risk functions reporting first. Additional employees may return later, as needed. Consistent with our focus on safety, many employees will continue to work remotely even if the PAUSE ends on May 15.

Some students and families are asking about our plans. At this time, we wish to convey that:

FSC is well-positioned to offer a flexible and robust array of instructional options in the fall 2020 semester. Students should be confident that the College will continue to deliver high quality instruction regardless of the circumstances we may confront. FSC is committed to ensuring the academic continuity and progress of all students enrolled next fall and is poised to offer as many courses in a face-to-face context as is safe and appropriate.

As we come to the end of a semester unlike any other, Chancellor Johnson has provided this message to be shared with the entire SUNY community.

We will continue to keep you updated. In the meantime, I thank all of you for your diligence, understanding, and patience in these unpredictable and challenging circumstances.

John Nader
President

 

Dear Students,

In late March the College provided information regarding planned credits to students' accounts for the spring 2020 semester. I am writing today to provide an update and more detail about the process, the calculations, and how these credits will be applied. I know these funds are even more vital now and hope that we can alleviate some of the financial burdens on you and your families.

All students will receive a prorated credit to their account, where applicable, for room, board, other meal plans, many broad-based fees, and certain course fees. The calculation of the amount of the credit is based on a SUNY established departure date of March 19 through the conclusion of the semester on May 15. The broad-based fees, which will be credited to students on a prorated basis, were outlined in a letter sent to students on March 27.

For most students this credit will result in a refund to their student account. These students will therefore receive a refund payment from the College. Students who would prefer to transfer the credit to a subsequent semester rather than receive a direct refund from the College should contact student accounts by Wednesday, May 6.

Students who still have a balance due to the College following the credit will have a reduced payment obligation.

In cases where students have outstanding loans for their education these payments will not reduce their outstanding loan obligation.

Where possible, refunds will be processed through Bank Mobile. To update your refund delivery option with BankMobile, go to www.bankmobiledisbursements.com External link. If a Bank Mobile account is unavailable, the College will issue a paper check.

We have created an FAQ to help address your questions and to provide additional information about the process, how we calculated these credits, and the timing of expected payments. Please click the link to confirm receipt of this information and please review it in detail so that we can ensure a complete understanding of the impact of these credits.

We know the last several weeks have been difficult for students. As we are working diligently to assist students through the challenges posed by COVID-19, we will process these refunds in the easiest and most efficient way possible. The College very much looks forward to seeing you on campus in the fall 2020 semester.

Thanks for your cooperation.

Sincerely,
John S. Nader

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