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FAQs

Return to Class

The fall course schedule was constructed out of an abundance of caution related to the safety of our faculty and students ​in accordance with New York State Department of Health standards. Where necessary in-person instruction is provided to ensure that students meet the learning requirements for the course. Courses that can effectively be offered in a remote or virtual environment were assigned this type of instructional mode. All of our faculty and staff are committed to providing the ​highest quality learning experience for our students during the Fall 2020 semester.

For your reference, the list below defines the instructional methods to be used during the fall term. In OASIS you can find this information by course under the headings indicating SCHEDULE TYPES, for example: Schedule - Week by Week, Student Detail Schedule, or Concise Student Schedule.

Specialized courses with descriptions such as flight, off-campus, internship, and independent study also have no special designation in OASIS.

Distance Learning courses are traditional online courses offered 100% asynchronously. These courses are coded as ONLINE under the room assignment in OASIS and the class schedule.

Remote Learning courses will meet in synchronous sessions during the assigned class times. These courses are coded as RMTE Class under room assignment in OASIS and the class schedule.

Synchronous and Asynchronous courses are a combination of synchronous and asynchronous learning. Synchronous sessions meet remotely during the assigned class time periods. All course meeting times will be communicated in Blackboard. These courses are coded as RMTE ASYN and RMTE CLASS under room assignment in OASIS and the class schedule.

Live Stream and On-Campus courses will be taught on campus during the regularly scheduled days and times. However, not all students will attend each session. Students in this type, of course, will be assigned to attend the class on designated days to help maintain physical distancing. The remaining students will access the course remotely through a live stream. Your instructor will assign you to your designated on-campus sessions. This course is coded with classroom locations and LIVE STRM.

SCHEDULE TYPES

On-Campus courses will meet during scheduled days and times on campus and have no specialized designation in OASIS. They will require the following of strict physical distancing guidelines.

Hybrid & Simulation courses students are assigned days to attend in-person sessions while maintaining physical distancing. On days where students are not assigned to the in-person sessions, simulation type experiences scheduled via remote learning will be required. These courses are coded with classroom locations and ONLINE.

Asynchronous & Campus Activity courses are primarily for in-person applied learning group work and project-based courses. Physical distancing will be maintained during the on-campus component of this course. The remote lecture component will be asynchronous, however, when the campus activities occur they will adhere to the day, time, and room schedule posted for the course. Instructors will assign in-person activities on Blackboard. These courses are coded with classroom locations and RMTE ASYN.

Using the blackboard site found through your myFSC page, you will have access to all of your class information.

Should you have any questions regarding your courses, please reach out to the Office of the Registrar Regoffice@farmingdale.edu or 934-420-2776.

As a general reference, the terms synchronous and asynchronous refer to different types of virtual instruction. Synchronous: log in and participate in activities during a set day and time. Asynchronous: fulfill the obligations and assignments of your class on your own time.

There may be instances where you will have a remote learning class scheduled with a specific day and time followed shortly by a class on campus or vice versa. The college is providing a list of open campus spaces that are Wi-Fi accessible so that you can connect to take your class remotely while remaining on campus if need be.

All classrooms will be configured to meet physical/safe distancing requirements of a six-foot radius around student desk space.
Laboratory classes will be conducted in various formats. Those that will require face-to-face interactions and manipulation of equipment/materials will be conducted using physical/safe distancing protocols. In some instances, closer interactions will be needed for instructional purposes. In these cases, faculty and instructional support staff will wear face shields and face masks as a double layer of protection.
The Library will open on August 27. Librarian support will be accessible by emailing reference@farmingdale.edu. Please view the Library web page for the latest hours and information. 
The Bookstore will open during the month of August. The best way to obtain textbooks and all other merchandise is by placing an order at farmingdale.bncollege.com. For updates on the bookstore's re-opening and hours, please call 631-249-3048.
Students who have classes on campus or come to campus for any other reason are required to fill out a daily screening questionnaire each day prior to physically coming to campus. The questionnaire is also available by clicking through a graphic after logging into your myFSC.
Some student services are equipped with protective barriers where there are frequent interactions with students.
In-person meetings are strongly discouraged and should only take place where virtual meetings (e.g. Google Meet, Microsoft Teams, etc.) are not feasible. If in-person meetings are necessary, all physical /safe distancing and face-covering requirements must be followed.
The College is providing open campus spaces that are Wi-Fi accessible so that you can connect to take your class remotely while remaining on campus if need be.
Safety concerns should first be reported to Environmental Health & Safety at 934-420-2105 or ehs@farmingdale.edu if assistance is needed to evaluate potential hazards on campus. Any condition that poses an imminent and serious risk to the health or safety of an individual should be reported to University Police (934-420-2111) so that immediate action can be taken.

Health and Safety

The health and safety of students, faculty, staff, and visitors is the College's utmost priority. The return to campus plan was required to satisfy multiple and detailed issues and was approved by SUNY in July.

Students are required to fill out the COVID-19 self-reporting form along with contacting Health and Wellness. This link provides the COVID-19 self-reporting form along with detailed information.

The College will conduct contact tracing and notify individuals who have been identified as potentially being exposed. Due to federal HIPPA laws, the identity of those who are diagnosed with COVID-19 cannot be disclosed and the College is limited in the amount of information it can make public in such situations.

FSC has partnered with Enzo Biochem in Farmingdale to provide testing for the campus community. Contact Health at Wellness, at 934-420-2009 for details.

Anyone within the campus community should not report to work or class if they are sick or feel sick. Under no circumstances should an ill individual be present on campus in any capacity unless directed so by a medical professional and under specific safety precautions (i.e. to visit the Health and Wellness Center). 

Students who are unable to attend a scheduled face to face class session are required to notify their course instructor.

You should not go to class if you have been in contact with any confirmed positive COVID-19 case within the previous 14 days. The College is following NYS Department of Health recommendations regarding isolation after contact with a known COVID-19 positive patient. Please fill out the COVID-19 self-reporting form

All members of the campus community are required to wear masks on campus regardless of a previous infection. It is unknown if a previous infection with COVID-19 provides protective immunity.

Yes, Farmingdale State College has an approved surveillance testing plan

Face Coverings

The College is requiring that all students, faculty, and staff wear face coverings at all times when on campus, except when alone in a room or alone in a vehicle. Face coverings include but are not limited to, cloth (e.g. homemade sewn, quick cut, bandana), surgical masks, N-95 respirators, and face shields used in conjunction with an acceptable face covering that covers both the nose and mouth – standard face shields should NOT be used alone.

Wearing a face covering does not replace the need for physical/safe distancing or other measures to prevent the spread of the virus that causes COVID-19. Reusable and disposable face coverings are intended to decrease the potential for the wearer to spread the virus that causes COVID-19. Face coverings may not be used in place of face shields or other face protection (e.g. safety glasses or goggles) needed for protection from chemical or physical hazards.

Face coverings include but are not limited to, cloth (e.g., homemade sewn, quick cut, bandana), surgical masks, N-95 respirators, and face shields. used in conjunction with an acceptable face covering that covers both the nose and mouth – standard face shields should NOT be used alone.

Wearing a face covering does not replace the need for social distancing or other measures to prevent the spread of the virus that causes COVID-19. Reusable and disposable face coverings are intended to decrease the potential for the wearer to spread the virus that causes COVID-19.

N95 respirators should be reserved for healthcare workers, first responders, and those performing higher risk tasks that require close contact with the general public. Students, faculty, and staff should wear disposable face coverings when working with hazardous chemicals and/or biohazardous materials, except in instances where a face shield that completely covers the face-covering (nose and mouth) is used. Disposable face coverings used in a laboratory where hazardous materials were used should be discarded and they should not be worn in public areas on campus or at home.

No, the CDC does not recommend using masks if they have an exhalation valve or vent.

Reusable coverings worn in public areas of campus can be worn until they become damaged, soiled, or wet. They should be taken home and laundered each night. Reusable coverings should be machine-washed with warm or hot water and laundry detergent by the user. The coverings can be washed with other laundry items. Disposable coverings can be used until damaged, contaminated or wet. Disposable face coverings used in a lab setting should be disposed of in the regular trash receptacle at the end of each day.

Always clean hands with soap and water prior to putting on, adjusting, or removing your face covering. Alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60 percent alcohol may be used as a substitute where handwashing facilities are not readily accessible. When removing a face covering, begin from the back of your head and away from your face. Avoid touching the front of the covering.

Students, faculty, and staff may not wear reusable (e.g., cloth) face coverings when working with hazardous chemicals or biohazardous materials, except in instances where a face shield that completely covers the face-covering (nose and mouth) is used.

Face coverings may not be used in place of face shields or other face protection (e.g., safety glasses or goggles) needed for protection from chemical or physical hazards.

Laboratories that have specific operations where disposable face coverings may be inappropriate (such as work with a high risk of fire or contamination) are encouraged to contact Environmental Health & Safety (EHS) to identify viable alternatives to disposable face coverings and develop appropriate management strategies. In instances where viable alternatives cannot be found or procured, laboratories will need to develop strategies for enhanced distancing to allow employees to conduct limited, specific operations without using a face covering and only with the approval of EHS. Students, faculty, and staff may not wear reusable (e.g., cloth) face coverings when working with hazardous chemicals or biohazardous materials, except in instances where a face shield that completely covers the face-covering (nose and mouth) is also used.

These situations should be discussed with Health and Wellness at 934-420-2009.

Physical Distancing

Preventing the spread of the virus is everyone's responsibility. Students who fail to comply may be referred to the Dean of Students Office.

It is unknown how long these measures will last. The College will continue to follow the CDC and the Department of Health's guidance.

All classrooms will be configured to meet physical/safe distancing requirements of a six-foot radius around student desk space.

Cleaning Protocols

Regular cleaning, as prescribed by building occupancies, continues in all buildings. Priorities have been adjusted to provide cleaning and disinfecting for high-touch surfaces. Prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, Custodial staff applied, on a monthly schedule, Goldshield® 75 Surface Antimicrobial Agent. Since the COVID-19 outbreak, Custodial has also been applying an EPA-approved disinfectant in conjunction with the Goldshield® 75 application to further disinfect and protect. Custodial has also acquired these products in the form of wipes, which custodial staff use to wipe down frequently touched surfaces throughout each building.

Farmingdale State College disinfects high-touch surfaces in high-traffic areas once each day in both Academic and Residential Buildings while using the proper personal protective equipment (PPE) to ensure everyone's safety. Examples of high-touch surfaces include stair railings, exterior and interior door hardware and surfaces, light switches, restroom fixtures/partitions/faucets, toilet paper/paper towel dispensers, elevator control panels and call buttons, common area kitchen countertops and appliances, ADA handicap door push plates, and water fountains and bottle filling stations.

In areas where someone suspected of having (or confirmed to have) COVID-19 has been, the College follows prescribed guidelines from the NYSDOH and CDC for cleaning and disinfecting areas. Disinfecting these areas includes safely providing a full saturation of EPA approved disinfectant to all surfaces including walls, ceilings, fixtures, floors, under cabinets, behind machines, tops of cabinets, etc. In many larger areas, electrostatic sprayers/foggers with disinfecting agents are also used. For disinfection of these areas, custodial staff will wait 24 hours or as long as possible after the person has left the area before entering to clean and disinfect.

Custodial staff uses an array of EPA approved disinfectants that are proven to kill Coronavirus. The primary disinfectant used is PREempt™ RTU, which utilizes Accelerated Hydrogen Peroxide® (AHP®), a patented synergistic blend of commonly used ingredients that, when combined with low levels of hydrogen peroxide, dramatically increases its efficacy and cleaning performance. Other EPA approved disinfectants used are Avistat-D, Peroxy II, and Lemon-Quat.

HVAC systems do not largely contribute to infectious disease transmission, including COVID-19. In fact, HVAC filters help to reduce virus transmission while removing other air contaminants that may have health effects. The American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers recommends keeping them on during this time to help control the spread of the virus. HVAC filters help to reduce virus transmission while removing other air contaminants that may have health effects.

Campus Dining

Dining services will operate on a modified basis until further notice. The Campus Center Marketplace and Starbucks will re-open on August 26, 2020, and will remain open for the duration of the Fall 2020 semester. Books n' Beans in Greenley Hall and POP's Dining will remain closed. All self-service options will be temporarily suspended to comply with COVID-19 guidelines. Grab and go options will continue to be available. Please check Aramark's campus website.

 

The meal plan will consist of 19 meals per week. Each week the student will get 19 meals, starting on Sunday morning, and must use all 19 meals by the following Saturday night – remaining meals will not roll over to the following week. Each Sunday after that, 19 new meals will be added to the meal plan. Students will be able to use these 19 meals at their own pace during the week, with the ability to use more than one meal per meal period early in the week, and not lose any on the days he or she is not on campus.

 

The meals will be redeemed in the Campus Center Market or Starbucks for what is called a meal exchange- one meal redeemed at the register consists of an entrée, one side, beverage, and dessert.

Entrees will include:

Breakfast

  • Egg sandwich, yogurt parfait, bagel, muffin, breakfast pastry, or oatmeal

Lunch and Dinner

  • Hamburger, Cheeseburger, Chicken Sandwich, Hot Dog, Chicken Tenders, Philly Cheesesteak, pizza slice, omelets, yogurt parfaits, large grab n' go salad, grab n' go sandwich, large soup, daily entrée item, a vegan meal option

Sides will include:

Breakfast

  • Fresh Fruit

Lunch and Dinner

  • Side salad, side vegetable, and starch, fresh fruit, French fries, chips or small soup

Beverage

  • A beverage will be designated fountain beverage or coffee, and subject to change based on availability. If fountain beverage is unavailable, bottled water or can soda will be available.

Dessert

  • Dessert will consist of a cookie, cake slice, or fresh fruit. Signage will clearly mark the available meal exchange options at each station

 

The meal plan will have $150 declining balance dollars, which can be used for snacks and beverages in both locations.

Dining will operate under a modified schedule. Pop's dining will not be open for the fall 2020 semester. A combination of Starbucks and the Campus Center Market will be open for both meal plan and non-meal plan guests and cover all meal periods, seven days a week.

Marketplace
Monday – Friday, 8:00 am – 7:00 pm (Lunch: 11 am – 3 pm; Dinner 3 pm – 7 pm)
Saturday & Sunday, 11:00 am – 6:00 pm

Starbucks
Monday – Thursday, 8:00 am – 12:00 pm
Friday, Saturday, and Sunday – CLOSED 
Serving breakfast, drinks, and a small variety of “Grab and Go”

There will be two rotating stations each meal plan comprised of either Burger Studio, Street Food, the Deli or Pizza. Brief shut down periods will allow for transition between lunch and dinner; however, one station will always remain open. Grab N Go will also be available.

Grab n’ Go
Monday –  Friday, 8:00 am – 7:00 pm
Saturday & Sunday, 11:00 am – 6:00 pm (closed between brunch and dinner from 2:30 pm – 3:30 pm)

Hours are subject to change without notice.

 

Dinner can be ordered in advance and picked up by 5:30 pm, Monday through Friday, or pick up a grab n' go option by 5:30 pm as well.

Saturday and Sunday
Offered off the Burger Studio Station

Brunch Pick Up
10:00 am – 11:00 am

Dinner Pick Up
1:00pm – 2:00pm

Grab n' go will also be available during the weekend hours.

Brunch and dinner will consist of two entrée selections, along with one starch and one vegetable. The meal includes soup or salad, dessert, and beverage.

Touchless payment options are encouraged. Aramark will be utilizing the Grubhub mobile app to process meal orders and pickups. The app integrates meal plan swipes and declining dollars. Additional information on payment options can be accessed at the Aramark campus website.  

Return to Work

A return to campus plan has been implemented. The College is employing a gradual or tiered/phased return to campus with the health and safety of all those returning as our guiding principle. Some non-essential staff began reporting to campus in early July on staggered schedules. As we continue to reach the New York State benchmarks, we will proceed with additional employees coming to work. These individuals will be identified by the respective Cabinet member. Staff returning to work will be required to wear face coverings and practice physical distancing. FSC's phase-in plan meets or exceeds all New York State and SUNY guidelines.

Key stakeholders will consider a number of variables when determining how best to begin returning employees to their campus work locations. These variables include: what, if any, core duties have been paused due to the remote work arrangements; what, if any, duties are most efficiently and effectively performed on campus; and, the number of employees who can be onsite at any one time while ensuring appropriate physical distancing.

Employees will be required to conduct a brief health care screening before coming to campus each day. This daily screening includes a form that will need to be filled out regarding a review of COVID-19 related symptoms that may indicate an infection and the need to get tested. Health care screenings must be repeated for employees who return or remain on campus after 12 hours. 

At a minimum, we will ensure that employees are in workstations at least six feet apart from other occupied workstations.

In-person meetings are strongly discouraged and should only take place where virtual meetings (e.g. Google Meet, Microsoft Teams, etc.) are not feasible. If in-person meetings are necessary, all physical distancing and face covering requirements must be followed.

Requests to work remotely beyond the return to work date, which includes medical documentation of any underlying high-risk health issues, will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis by Human Resources. Employees should discuss their options of continued remote working with their supervisor. Supervisors can contact Human Resources for assistance in creating a remote working agreement and for other options that may be available. Please note that any requests to work remotely due to health conditions will require the employee to provide medical documentation to HR.

New York State employees, regardless of Attendance Rules coverage and bargaining unit, are eligible for new leave coverage of 14 calendar days of leave without charge to accruals for all workdays within the 14-day calendar period of the quarantine (this is a one-time-only no change to accruals). The leave is available, whether healthy or displaying symptoms, due to situations related to the COVID-19 public health crisis and as a result of the Families First Coronavirus Response Act: Employee Paid Leave Rights.

Additional information is available regarding the Federal Emergency Expanded Family and Medical Leave (EFMLA) and Federal Emergency Paid Sick Leave Act (FEPSLA).

Employees in need of a leave are asked to provide as much notice as possible. Employees requesting leave under FEPSLA or EFMLA must contact The Office of Human Resources at hr@farmingdale.edu, for more information.

If you suspect a student or staff member of being ill with COVID-19, please ask them to leave the campus and use the self-reporting form. This link provides the COVID-19 self-reporting form along with detailed information.
Safety concerns should first be reported to and discussed with your supervisor. Environmental Health & Safety can be contacted at 934-420-2105 or ehs@farmingdale.edu if assistance is needed to evaluate hazards in the workplace. Any condition that poses an imminent and serious risk to the health or safety of an individual should be reported to University Police (x2111) so that immediate action can be taken.

Health and Safety

The health and safety of students, faculty, staff, and visitors is the College's utmost priority. The campus return to campus plan was required to satisfy multiple and detailed issues and was approved by SUNY in July. 

Faculty should contact their supervisor and Human Resources and are required to use the self-reporting tool and remain home for the prescribed period or until receiving a negative COVID-19 test.

The College will conduct contact tracing and notify individuals who have been identified as potentially being exposed. Due to federal HIPPA laws, the identity of those who are diagnosed with COVID-19 cannot be disclosed and the College is limited in the amount of information it can make public in such situations.

The Health and Wellness Center (HWC) will provide a prescription for employees to be tested at Enzo Clinical Laboratory located in Farmingdale. The HWC will write a prescription for both active COVID infection nasal swabs or antibody testing to determine past exposure to COVID-19. Only one of these tests should be done at a time. The process of providing a prescription to employees is currently being developed. Check back here for further updates on how to obtain a prescription. Testing will be covered through NYS Employer-sponsored insurance. Please note that the HWC will not treat patients diagnosed with a current infection. Results will be relayed to employees and they must follow up with their own primary care provider. Employees may also choose to seek testing through their private health care provider. Employees can determine their eligibility for testing along with identifying a local testing site.

Anyone within the campus community should not report to work if they are sick or feel sick.

The College is following NY State Department of Health recommendations regarding isolation after contact with a known COVID-19 positive patient or if you yourself become symptomatic. Should you encounter this situation, employees are required to fill out the COVID-19 self-reporting form along with contacting their supervisor. Human Resources will guide you through the appropriate process to return to work in a safe manner. This link provides the COVID-19 self-reporting form along with detailed information.

Employees who have recovered from COVID-19 are not required to get tested for the virus. However, those who have recovered from the virus, as well as those who may have tested positive for having the COVID antibody, must still wear protective equipment, such as face coverings, and must screen daily to check that they are free of COVID-19 symptoms prior to arriving to work since it is still unknown whether those who have had the virus are immune from a recurrence.

Yes, Farmingdale does have an approved surveillance testing plan

Face Coverings

The College is requiring that all students, faculty, and staff wear face coverings at all times when on campus, except when alone in a room or alone in a vehicle. Face coverings include but are not limited to, cloth (e.g. homemade sewn, quick cut, bandana), surgical masks, N-95 respirators, and face shields used in conjunction with an acceptable face covering that covers both the nose and mouth – standard face shields should NOT be used alone.

Wearing a face covering does not replace the need for physical/safe distancing or other measures to prevent the spread of the virus that causes COVID-19. Reusable and disposable face coverings are intended to decrease the potential for the wearer to spread the virus that causes COVID-19. Face coverings may not be used in place of face shields or other face protection (e.g. safety glasses or goggles) needed for protection from chemical or physical hazards.

Face coverings include but are not limited to, cloth (e.g., homemade sewn, quick cut, bandana), surgical masks, N-95 respirators, and face shields. used in conjunction with an acceptable face covering that covers both the nose and mouth – standard face shields should NOT be used alone.

Wearing a face covering does not replace the need for social distancing or other measures to prevent the spread of the virus that causes COVID-19. Reusable and disposable face coverings are intended to decrease the potential for the wearer to spread the virus that causes COVID-19.

No, the CDC does not recommend using masks if they have an exhalation valve or vent.

N95 respirators should be reserved for healthcare workers, first responders, and those performing higher risk tasks that require close contact with the general public. Students, faculty, and staff should wear disposable face coverings when working with hazardous chemicals and/or biohazardous materials, except in instances where a face shield that completely covers the face-covering (nose and mouth) is used. Disposable face coverings used in a laboratory where hazardous materials were used should be discarded and they should not be worn in public areas on campus or at home.

Employees may bring and wear their own appropriate face covering as long as it fits within the description above. Alternatively, face coverings and other necessary and appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE) will also be provided to employees who need them at no cost. Employees who need a face covering should inform their Supervisor prior to returning to campus to receive instruction on how, when, and where they can obtain one. Where reusable/cloth face coverings are available, each employee may request up to two coverings or as supplies dictate. If disposable face coverings are desired or if the supply of cloth/reusable coverings are exhausted, an employee can request a disposable face covering with the same two-per-person limit.

Reusable coverings worn in public areas of campus can be worn until they become damaged, soiled, or wet. They should be taken home and laundered each night. Reusable coverings should be machine-washed with warm or hot water and laundry detergent by the user. The coverings can be washed with other laundry items. Disposable coverings can be used until damaged, contaminated, or wet. Disposable face coverings used in a lab setting should be disposed of in the regular trash receptacle at the end of each day.

Always clean hands with soap and water prior to putting on, adjusting, or removing your face covering. Alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol may be used as a substitute where handwashing facilities are not readily accessible. When removing a face-covering, begin from the back of your head and away from your face. Avoid touching the front of the covering.

Students, faculty, and staff may not wear reusable (e.g., cloth) face coverings when working with hazardous chemicals or biohazardous materials, except in instances where a face shield that completely covers the face-covering (nose and mouth) is used.

Face coverings may not be used in place of face shields or other face protection (e.g. safety glasses or goggles) needed for protection from chemical or physical hazards.

Laboratories that have specific operations where disposable face coverings may be inappropriate (such as work with a high risk of fire or contamination) are encouraged to contact Environmental Health & Safety (EHS) to identify viable alternatives to disposable face coverings and develop appropriate management strategies. In instances where viable alternatives cannot be found or procured, laboratories will need to develop strategies for enhanced distancing to allow employees to conduct limited, specific operations without using a face covering and only with the approval of EHS. Students, faculty and staff may not wear reusable (e.g., cloth) face coverings when working with hazardous chemicals or biohazardous materials, except in instances where a face shield that completely covers the face-covering (nose and mouth) is also used.

These situations should be discussed with a supervisor and decisions will be made on a case-by-case basis.

Physical Distancing

Preventing the spread of the virus is everyone's responsibility. Departments have been required to submit Return To Work plans and must ensure that staff and others comply with these requirements. Individuals who fail to comply may be referred to Human Resources.

It is unknown how long these measures will last. The College will continue to follow the CDC and the Department of Health's guidance.

All classrooms will be configured to meet physical/safe distancing requirements of a six-foot radius around student desk space.

Some of these communal areas may be limited or closed temporarily. The College will make every effort to communicate such closings to those potentially impacted.

Cleaning Protocols

Regular cleaning, as prescribed by building occupancies, continues in all buildings. Priorities have been adjusted to provide cleaning and disinfecting for high-touch surfaces. Prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, Custodial staff applied, on a monthly schedule, Goldshield® 75 Surface Antimicrobial Agent. Since the COVID-19 outbreak, Custodial has also been applying an EPA-approved disinfectant in conjunction with the Goldshield® 75 application to further disinfect and protect. Custodial has also acquired these products in the form of wipes, which custodial staff use to wipe down frequently touched surfaces throughout each building.

Farmingdale State College disinfects high-touch surfaces in high-traffic areas once each day in both Academic and Residential Buildings while using the proper personal protective equipment (PPE) to ensure everyone's safety. Examples of high-touch surfaces include stair railings, exterior and interior door hardware and surfaces, light switches, restroom fixtures/partitions/faucets, toilet paper/paper towel dispensers, elevator control panels and call buttons, common area kitchen countertops and appliances, ADA handicap door push plates, and water fountains and bottle filling stations.

In areas where someone suspected of having (or confirmed to have) COVID-19 has been, the College follows prescribed guidelines from the NYSDOH and CDC for cleaning and disinfecting areas. Disinfecting these areas includes safely providing a full saturation of EPA approved disinfectant to all surfaces including walls, ceilings, fixtures, floors, under cabinets, behind machines, tops of cabinets, etc. In many larger areas, electrostatic sprayers/foggers with disinfecting agents are also used. For disinfection of these areas, custodial staff will wait 24 hours or as long as possible after the person has left the area before entering to clean and disinfect.

The Custodial Department is working to source a supply of cleaning products and disinfectants to provide employees for work areas not normally cleaned by custodial staff. Employees are also free to bring their own disinfecting wipes and sprays for personal offices and workspaces, lounges, pantries, and other areas not traditionally maintained by the Custodial Department. Cleaning products should contain at least 60 percent alcohol. Lysol products have also been demonstrated to be very effective against Coronavirus. Employees should not use products containing bleach.

Custodial staff uses an array of EPA approved disinfectants that are proven to kill Coronavirus. The primary disinfectant used is PREempt™ RTU, which utilizes Accelerated Hydrogen Peroxide® (AHP®), a patented synergistic blend of commonly used ingredients that, when combined with low levels of hydrogen peroxide, dramatically increases its efficacy and cleaning performance. Other EPA approved disinfectants used are Avistat-D, Peroxy II, and Lemon-Quat.

HVAC systems do not largely contribute to infectious disease transmission, including COVID-19. In fact, HVAC filters help to reduce virus transmission while removing other air contaminants that may have health effects. The American Society of Heating, Refrigerating, and Air-Conditioning Engineers recommends keeping them on during this time to help control the spread of the virus. HVAC filters help to reduce virus transmission while removing other air contaminants that may have health effects.

Campus Dining

Beginning Wednesday, August 26, 2020, the Marketplace will operate under a modified schedule. Pop's dining will not be open for the fall 2020 semester. A combination of Starbucks and the Campus Center Market will be open for both meal plan and non-meal plan guests and cover all meal periods, seven days a week.

Marketplace
Monday – Friday, 8:00 am – 7:00 pm (Lunch: 11 am – 3 pm; Dinner 3 pm – 7 pm)
Saturday & Sunday, 11:00 am – 6:00 pm

Starbucks
Monday – Thursday, 8:00 am – 12:00 pm
Friday, Saturday, and Sunday – CLOSED 
Serving breakfast, drinks, and a small variety of “Grab and Go”

There will be two rotating stations each meal plan comprised of either Burger Studio, Street Food, the Deli or Pizza. Brief shut down periods will allow for transition between lunch and dinner; however, one station will always remain open. Grab N Go will also be available.

Grab n’ Go
Monday –  Friday, 8:00 am – 7:00 pm
Saturday & Sunday, 11:00 am – 6:00 pm (closed between brunch and dinner from 2:30 pm – 3:30 pm)

Hours are subject to change without notice.

Supervisor RTW Info

Has a Supervisor, Director, Manager, or the Environmental Health and Safety Officer asked that you begin preparing to return your staff back to campus? If so, this is the place to get all of the information you'll need to ensure a safe and effective return.

Acclimate yourself to The HUB – this is a great resource for you and your staff to gain valuable information prior to returning to campus. 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

As a supervisor, it's incumbent upon you to ensure the staff you plan to return to campus are aware of the new safety guidelines and restrictions in place due to the COVID-19 pandemic. These are challenging times indeed and will take a team effort, but together, we will overcome.

As a supervisor, you must categorize your staff into one of three 'tiers' based upon operational needs and employee safety. This incremental approach will allow us to monitor operational issues and workplace safeguards, particularly in the early stages of this effort, and adjust as needed prior to returning additional employees to the campus.
There are three 'tiers', and each tier will also have subgroups of employees designated as A, B or C. This will provide us the ability to better control the flow of employees returning to campus and to more effectively manage our space, resources and the safeguards we're putting in place.

To assist in this endeavor, please review 'Guidance on Establishing the Tiers' – please note the tentative schedule and target dates for each tiered return group. Use these dates when planning your return and to help guide which tier and group you place each of your staff. If these dates need to be changed, the schedule will be updated accordingly.

 

Complete a 'COVID-19 Return-to-Work Plan Template' provided as ATTACHMENT 1 in 'Guidelines for Safely Returning Employees to Campus.' The COVID-19 Return-to-Work Plan must be signed by all departmental parties and submitted to the Office of Environmental Health and Safety prior to 5:00 p.m. on the WEDNESDAY before the anticipated date of return. If an extension is needed due to extenuating circumstances, a request can be made to the Office of Environmental Health and Safety by way of email to  Jeffrey Carter. If a COVID-19 Return-to-Work Plan is submitted to the Office of Environmental Health and Safety after the deadline, it is possible that your intended return to work date would have to be pushed back as it takes considerable time to review and approve each submission and many members of the campus community are dependent on understanding who is coming back, and when, in a timely fashion so that the necessary preparations and precautions can be put in place to accommodate every returning employee.

To help facilitate completion of the COVID-19 Return-to-Work Plan, and specifically the 'Employee List' section, please use an 'Employee RTW List Template' as it greatly aids in managing the data submitted as opposed to having to extract names and associated information from the form itself.

IMPORTANT: This same template should also be used to add new employees (i.e. in subsequent returning tiers and groups) to your COVID-19 Return-to-Work Plan (you do NOT need to complete a new COVID-19 Return-to-Work Plan for every returning group). Any updates or additions provided in the Employee RTW List Template must also be submitted to the Environmental Health and Safety Officer prior to 5:00 p.m. on the WEDNESDAY before the anticipated date of return

Once your COVID-19 Return-to-Work Plan is submitted to the Office of Environmental Health and Safety, it's critical that you inform those staff identified for a return about their core responsibilities. Please refer them here, to The HUB where they can obtain important information crucial for a safe return. You should provide your staff with 'COVID 19 Employee Guidelines' and be certain that they are aware of the following key elements:

  • An online COVID Screening form must be completed prior to arriving to work each day you plan on being at the campus. The link for the online form is prominently displayed on The Hub and can be accessed here
  • Supervisors will receive an e-mail confirmation each time one of their employees completes the daily screening. If an employee arrives to work without completing the screening, it is the supervisor's responsibility to direct the employee to complete the screening form. In addition, if a supervisor receives notification that an employee completed the form and cannot work, they should follow up with the employee to ensure that the employee does not report to work without clearance from Human Resources. If an employee is unable to work due to a COVID positive test, exposure, or experiencing COVID related symptoms, the supervisor should direct the employee to complete the COVID Self Reporting Form.
  • Prior to any employee working on campus, they must view a 12-minute New York State COVID- 19 Response: Return to Work Training video. That video is accessible on The HUB and can be accessed here
  • Face coverings are required at all times while on campus except when alone in a room or alone in a vehicle. Employees may wear a face covering of their choosing as long as it fully covers the nose and mouth.
  • Disposable face coverings (3-ply surgical masks) are currently available through the College at no cost to you, with reusable/washable face coverings soon to be offered. Disposable face coverings may be requested through Mail & Supply, in addition to disinfecting wipes (limit of one container of wipes per person). Faculty and Staff may also request a face shield for personal use, or seek approval from the Office of Environmental Health and Safety for larger orders of face shields to accommodate larger groups within departments*. Face shields are also available through Mail & Supply.

*Please note that the Office of Environmental Health and Safety is working separately with individual departments to determine the face-covering needs for returning students. Please do not request any face coverings intended to be provided to students through Mail & Supply.

  • Physical distancing must be practiced in office and other settings. For instance, in-person meetings are strongly discouraged and should only take place when virtual meetings are not feasible. During in-person meetings, physical distancing and face-covering requirements must be followed.
  • The College meets or exceeds all SUNY/NYS requirements for the safe return to work. A vigorous disinfecting protocol is in place. Regular cleaning, as prescribed by building occupancies continues. Cleaning and disinfecting of high-touch surfaces have been prioritized.

A COVID-19 Return to Work Plan is only valid after it has been signed by the Environmental Health and Safety Officer and a Vice President. Under no circumstances should any employee return to campus who is not part of an approved plan. Once and only when the fully executed plan has been returned to you, as the primary supervisor, by the Environmental Health and Safety Officer, are the covered employees authorized to return.

Return to Work

A return to campus plan has been implemented. The College is employing a gradual or tiered/phased return to campus with the health and safety of all those returning as our guiding principle. Some non-essential staff began reporting to campus in early July on staggered schedules. As we continue to reach the New York State benchmarks, we will proceed with additional employees coming to work. These individuals will be identified by the respective Cabinet member. Staff returning to work will be required to wear face coverings and practice physical distancing. FSC's phase-in plan meets or exceeds all New York State and SUNY guidelines.

Key stakeholders will consider a number of variables when determining how best to begin returning employees to their campus work locations. These variables include: what, if any, core duties have been paused due to the remote work arrangements; what, if any, duties are most efficiently and effectively performed on campus; and, the number of employees who can be onsite at any one time while ensuring appropriate physical distancing.
Employees will be required to conduct a brief health care screening before coming to campus each day. This daily screening includes a form that will need to be filled out regarding a review of COVID-19 related symptoms that may indicate an infection and the need to get tested. Health care screenings must be repeated for employees who return or remain on campus after 12 hours.
Protective barriers may be used in situations where face-to-face or close interactions take place between staff and/or students, faculty, and the public.
At a minimum, we will ensure that employees are in workstations at least six feet apart from other occupied workstations.
In-person meetings are strongly discouraged and should only take place where virtual meetings (e.g. Google Meet, Microsoft Teams, etc.) are not feasible. If in-person meetings are necessary, all physical distancing and face-covering requirements must be followed. 

Requests to work remotely beyond the return to work date, which includes medical documentation of any underlying high-risk health issues, will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis by Human Resources. Employees should discuss their options for continued remote working with their supervisors. Supervisors can contact Human Resources for assistance in creating a remote working agreement and for other options that may be available. Please note that any requests to work remotely due to health conditions will require the employee to provide medical documentation to HR.

New York State employees, regardless of Attendance Rules coverage and bargaining unit, are eligible for new leave coverage of 14 calendar days of leave without charge to accruals for all workdays within the 14-day calendar period of the quarantine (this is a one-time-only no change to accruals). The leave is available, whether healthy or displaying symptoms, due to situations related to the COVID-19 public health crisis and as a result of the Families First Coronavirus Response Act: Employee Paid Leave Rights.

Additional information is available regarding the Federal Emergency Expanded Family and Medical Leave (EFMLA) and Federal Emergency Paid Sick Leave Act (FEPSLA).

Employees in need of a leave are asked to provide as much notice as possible. Employees requesting leave under FEPSLA or EFMLA must contact The Office of Human Resources at hr@farmingdale.edu, for more information.

If you suspect a student or staff member of being ill with COVID-19, please ask them to leave the campus and use the self-reporting form. This link provides the COVID-19 self-reporting form along with detailed information.

Safety concerns should first be reported to and discussed with your supervisor. Environmental Health & Safety can be contacted at 934-420-2105 or ehs@farmingdale.edu if assistance is needed to evaluate hazards in the workplace. Any condition that poses an imminent and serious risk to the health or safety of an individual should be reported to University Police (x2111) so that immediate action can be taken.

Health and Safety

The health and safety of students, faculty, staff, and visitors is the College's utmost priority. The campus return to campus plan was required to satisfy multiple and detailed issues and was approved by SUNY in July.

Staff should contact their supervisor and Human Resources and are required to use the self-reporting tool and remain home for the prescribed period or until receiving a negative COVID-19 test.

The College will conduct contact tracing and notify individuals who have been identified as potentially being exposed. Due to federal HIPPA laws, the identity of those who are diagnosed with COVID-19 cannot be disclosed and the College is limited in the amount of information it can make public in such situations.

The Health and Wellness Center (HWC) will provide a prescription for employees to be tested at Enzo Clinical Laboratory located in Farmingdale. The HWC will write a prescription for both active COVID infection nasal swabs or antibody testing to determine past exposure to COVID-19. Only one of these tests should be done at a time. The process for providing a prescription to employees is currently being developed. Check back here for further updates on how to obtain a prescription. Testing will be covered through NYS Employer-sponsored insurance. Please note that the HWC will not treat patients diagnosed with a current infection. Results will be relayed to employees and they must follow up with their own primary care provider. Employees may also choose to seek testing through their private health care provider. Employees can determine their eligibility for testing along with identifying a local testing site.

Anyone within the campus community should not report to work if they are sick or feel sick. Remain home and contact your supervisor for further instructions

The College is following NY State Department of Health recommendations regarding isolation after contact with a known COVID-19 positive patient or if you yourself become symptomatic. Should you encounter this situation, employees are required to fill out the COVID-19 self-reporting form along with contacting their supervisor. Human Resources will guide you through the appropriate process to return to work in a safe manner.

Employees who have recovered from COVID-19 are not required to get tested for the virus. However, those who have recovered from the virus, as well as those who may have tested positive for having the COVID antibody, must still wear protective equipment, such as face coverings, and must screen daily to check that they are free of COVID-19 symptoms prior to arriving to work since it is still unknown whether those who have had the virus are immune from a recurrence.

Yes, Farmingdale State College does have an approved surveillance testing plan

Face Coverings

The College is requiring that all students, faculty, and staff wear face coverings at all times when on campus, except when alone in a room or alone in a vehicle. Face coverings include but are not limited to, cloth (e.g. homemade sewn, quick cut, bandana), surgical masks, N-95 respirators, and face shields used in conjunction with an acceptable face covering that covers both the nose and mouth – standard face shields should NOT be used alone.

Wearing a face covering does not replace the need for physical/safe distancing or other measures to prevent the spread of the virus that causes COVID-19. Reusable and disposable face coverings are intended to decrease the potential for the wearer to spread the virus that causes COVID-19. Face coverings may not be used in place of face shields or other face protection (e.g. safety glasses or goggles) needed for protection from chemical or physical hazards.

Face coverings include but are not limited to, cloth (e.g., homemade sewn, quick cut, bandana), surgical masks, N-95 respirators, and face shields. used in conjunction with an acceptable face covering that covers both the nose and mouth – standard face shields should NOT be used alone.

Wearing a face covering does not replace the need for social distancing or other measures to prevent the spread of the virus that causes COVID-19. Reusable and disposable face coverings are intended to decrease the potential for the wearer to spread the virus that causes COVID-19.

No, the CDC does not recommend using masks if they have an exhalation valve or vent.

N95 respirators should be reserved for healthcare workers, first responders, and those performing higher risk tasks that require close contact with the general public. Students, faculty, and staff should wear disposable face coverings when working with hazardous chemicals and/or biohazardous materials, except in instances where a face shield that completely covers the face-covering (nose and mouth) is used. Disposable face coverings used in a laboratory where hazardous materials were used should be discarded and they should not be worn in public areas on campus or at home.

Employees may bring and wear their own appropriate face covering as long as it fits within the description above. Alternatively, face coverings and other necessary and appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE) will also be provided to employees who need them at no cost. Employees who need a face covering should inform their Supervisor prior to returning to campus to receive instruction on how, when, and where they can obtain one. Where reusable/cloth face coverings are available, each employee may request up to two coverings or as supplies dictate. If disposable face coverings are desired or if the supply of cloth/reusable coverings are exhausted, an employee can request a disposable face covering with the same two-per-person limit.

Reusable coverings worn in public areas of campus can be worn until they become damaged, soiled, or wet. They should be taken home and laundered each night. Reusable coverings should be machine-washed with warm or hot water and laundry detergent by the user. The coverings can be washed with other laundry items. Disposable coverings can be used until damaged, contaminated, or wet. Disposable face coverings used in a lab setting should be disposed of in the regular trash receptacle at the end of each day.

Always clean hands with soap and water prior to putting on, adjusting, or removing your face covering. Alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol may be used as a substitute where handwashing facilities are not readily accessible. When removing a face-covering, begin from the back of your head and away from your face. Avoid touching the front of the covering.

Students, faculty, and staff may not wear reusable (e.g., cloth) face coverings when working with hazardous chemicals or biohazardous materials, except in instances where a face shield that completely covers the face-covering (nose and mouth) is used.

Laboratories that have specific operations where disposable face coverings may be inappropriate (such as work with a high risk of fire or contamination) are encouraged to contact Environmental Health & Safety (EHS) to identify viable alternatives to disposable face coverings and develop appropriate management strategies. In instances where viable alternatives cannot be found or procured, laboratories will need to develop strategies for enhanced distancing to allow employees to conduct limited, specific operations without using a face covering and only with the approval of EHS. Students, faculty, and staff may not wear reusable (e.g., cloth) face coverings when working with hazardous chemicals or biohazardous materials, except in instances where a face shield that completely covers the face-covering (nose and mouth) is also used.

These situations should be discussed with a supervisor and decisions will be made on a case-by-case basis.

Physical Distancing

Preventing the spread of the virus is everyone's responsibility. Departments have been required to submit Return To Work plans and must ensure that staff and others comply with these requirements. Individuals who fail to comply may be referred to Human Resources.

It is unknown how long these measures will last. The College will continue to follow the CDC and the Department of Health's guidance.

Some of these communal areas may be limited or closed temporarily. The College will make every effort to communicate such closings to those potentially impacted.

Cleaning Protocols

Regular cleaning, as prescribed by building occupancies, continues in all buildings. Priorities have been adjusted to provide cleaning and disinfecting for high-touch surfaces. Prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, Custodial staff applied, on a monthly schedule, Goldshield® 75 Surface Antimicrobial Agent. Since the COVID-19 outbreak, Custodial has also been applying an EPA-approved disinfectant in conjunction with the Goldshield® 75 application to further disinfect and protect. Custodial has also acquired these products in the form of wipes, which custodial staff use to wipe down frequently touched surfaces throughout each building.

Farmingdale State College disinfects high-touch surfaces in high-traffic areas once each day in both Academic and Residential Buildings while using the proper personal protective equipment (PPE) to ensure everyone's safety. Examples of high-touch surfaces include stair railings, exterior and interior door hardware and surfaces, light switches, restroom fixtures/partitions/faucets, toilet paper/paper towel dispensers, elevator control panels and call buttons, common area kitchen countertops and appliances, ADA handicap door push plates, and water fountains and bottle filling stations.

In areas where someone suspected of having (or confirmed to have) COVID-19 has been, the College follows prescribed guidelines from the NYSDOH and CDC for cleaning and disinfecting areas. Disinfecting these areas includes safely providing a full saturation of EPA approved disinfectant to all surfaces including walls, ceilings, fixtures, floors, under cabinets, behind machines, tops of cabinets, etc. In many larger areas, electrostatic sprayers/foggers with disinfecting agents are also used. For disinfection of these areas, custodial staff will wait 24 hours or as long as possible after the person has left the area before entering to clean and disinfect.

The Custodial Department is working to source a supply of cleaning products and disinfectants to provide employees for work areas not normally cleaned by custodial staff. Employees are also free to bring their own disinfecting wipes and sprays for personal offices and workspaces, lounges, pantries, and other areas not traditionally maintained by the Custodial Department. Cleaning products should contain at least 60 percent alcohol. Lysol products have also been demonstrated to be very effective against Coronavirus. Employees should not use products containing bleach.

Custodial staff uses an array of EPA approved disinfectants that are proven to kill Coronavirus. The primary disinfectant used is PREempt™ RTU, which utilizes Accelerated Hydrogen Peroxide® (AHP®), a patented synergistic blend of commonly used ingredients that, when combined with low levels of hydrogen peroxide, dramatically increases its efficacy and cleaning performance. Other EPA approved disinfectants used are Avistat-D, Peroxy II, and Lemon-Quat.

HVAC systems do not largely contribute to infectious disease transmission, including COVID-19. In fact, HVAC filters help to reduce virus transmission while removing other air contaminants that may have health effects. The American Society of Heating, Refrigerating, and Air-Conditioning Engineers recommends keeping them on during this time to help control the spread of the virus. HVAC filters help to reduce virus transmission while removing other air contaminants that may have health effects.

Campus Dining

Beginning Wednesday, August 26, 2020, the Marketplace will operate under a modified schedule. Pop's dining will not be open for the fall 2020 semester. A combination of Starbucks and the Campus Center Market will be open for both meal plan and non-meal plan guests and cover all meal periods, seven days a week.

Marketplace
Monday – Friday, 8:00 am – 7:00 pm (Lunch: 11 am – 3 pm; Dinner 3 pm – 7 pm)
Saturday & Sunday, 11:00 am – 6:00 pm

Starbucks
Monday – Thursday, 8:00 am – 12:00 pm
Friday, Saturday, and Sunday – CLOSED 
Serving breakfast, drinks, and a small variety of “Grab and Go”

There will be two rotating stations each meal plan comprised of either Burger Studio, Street Food, the Deli or Pizza. Brief shut down periods will allow for transition between lunch and dinner; however, one station will always remain open. Grab N Go will also be available.

Grab n’ Go
Monday –  Friday, 8:00 am – 7:00 pm
Saturday & Sunday, 11:00 am – 6:00 pm (closed between brunch and dinner from 2:30 pm – 3:30 pm)

Hours are subject to change without notice.

Supervisor RTW Info

Has a Supervisor, Director, Manager or the Environmental Health and Safety Officer asked that you begin preparing to return your staff back to campus? If so, this is the place to get all of the information you'll need to ensure a safe and effective return.

Acclimate yourself to The HUB – this is a great resource for you and your staff to gain valuable information prior to returning to campus. 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

As a supervisor, it's incumbent upon you to ensure the staff you plan to return to campus are aware of the new safety guidelines and restrictions in place due to the COVID-19 pandemic. These are challenging times indeed and will take a team effort, but together, we will overcome.

As a supervisor, you must categorize your staff into one of three 'tiers' based upon operational needs and employee safety. This incremental approach will allow us to monitor operational issues and workplace safeguards, particularly in the early stages of this effort, and adjust as needed prior to returning additional employees to the campus.
There are three 'Tiers', and each tier will also have subgroups of employees designated as A, B or C. This will provide us the ability to better control the flow of employees returning to campus and to more effectively manage our space, resources and the safeguards we're putting in place.

To assist in this endeavor, please review 'Guidance on Establishing the Tiers' – please note the tentative schedule and target dates for each tiered return group. Use these dates when planning your return and to help guide which tier and group you place each of your staff. If these dates need to be changed, the schedule will be updated accordingly.

 

Complete a 'COVID-19 Return-to-Work Plan Template' provided as ATTACHMENT 1 in 'Guidelines for Safely Returning Employees to Campus.' The COVID-19 Return-to-Work Plan must be signed by all departmental parties and submitted to the Office of Environmental Health and Safety prior to 5:00 p.m. on the WEDNESDAY before the anticipated date of return. If an extension is needed due to extenuating circumstances, a request can be made to the Office of Environmental Health and Safety by way of email to  Jeffrey Carter. If a COVID-19 Return-to-Work Plan is submitted to the Office of Environmental Health and Safety after the deadline, it is possible that your intended return to work date would have to be pushed back as it takes considerable time to review and approve each submission and many members of the campus community are dependent on understanding who is coming back, and when, in a timely fashion so that the necessary preparations and precautions can be put in place to accommodate every returning employee.

To help facilitate completion of the COVID-19 Return-to-Work Plan, and specifically the 'Employee List' section, please use an 'Employee RTW List Template' as it greatly aids in managing the data submitted as opposed to having to extract names and associated information from the form itself.

IMPORTANT: This same template should also be used to add new employees (i.e. in subsequent returning tiers and groups) to your COVID-19 Return-to-Work Plan (you do NOT need to complete a new COVID-19 Return-to-Work Plan for every returning group). Any updates or additions provided in the Employee RTW List Template must also be submitted to the Environmental Health and Safety Officer prior to 5:00 p.m. on the WEDNESDAY before the anticipated date of return

Once your COVID-19 Return-to-Work Plan is submitted to the Office of Environmental Health and Safety, it's critical that you inform those staff identified for a return about their core responsibilities. Please refer them here, to The HUB where they can obtain important information crucial for a safe return. You should provide your staff with 'COVID 19 Employee Guidelines' and be certain that they are aware of the following key elements:

  • An online COVID Screening form must be completed prior to arriving to work each day you plan on being at the campus. The link for the online form is prominently displayed on The Hub and can be accessed here
  • Supervisors will receive an e-mail confirmation each time one of their employees completes the daily screening. If an employee arrives to work without completing the screening, it is the supervisor's responsibility to direct the employee to complete the screening form. In addition, if a supervisor receives notification that an employee completed the form and cannot work, they should follow up with the employee to ensure that the employee does not report to work without clearance from Human Resources. If an employee is unable to work due to a COVID positive test, exposure, or experiencing COVID related symptoms, the supervisor should direct the employee to complete the COVID Self Reporting Form.
  • Prior to any employee working on campus, they must view a 12-minute New York State COVID- 19 Response: Return to Work Training video. That video is accessible on The HUB and can be accessed here.
  • Face coverings are required at all times while on campus except when alone in a room or alone in a vehicle. Employees may wear a face covering of their choosing as long as it fully covers the nose and mouth.
  • Disposable face coverings (3-ply surgical masks) are currently available through the College at no cost to you, with reusable/washable face coverings soon to be offered. Disposable face coverings may be requested through Mail & Supply, in addition to disinfecting wipes (limit of one container of wipes per person). Faculty and Staff may also request a face shield for personal use, or seek approval from the Office of Environmental Health and Safety for larger orders of face shields to accommodate larger groups within departments*. Face shields are also available through Mail & Supply.

*Please note that the Office of Environmental Health and Safety is working separately with individual departments to determine the face-covering needs for returning students. Please do not request any face coverings intended to be provided to students through Mail & Supply.

  • Physical distancing must be practiced in office and other settings. For instance, in-person meetings are strongly discouraged and should only take place when virtual meetings are not feasible. During in-person meetings, physical distancing and face-covering requirements must be followed.
  • The College meets or exceeds all SUNY/NYS requirements for the safe return to work. A vigorous disinfecting protocol is in place. Regular cleaning, as prescribed by building occupancies continues. Cleaning and disinfecting of high-touch surfaces have been prioritized.

A COVID-19 Return to Work Plan is only valid after it has been signed by the Environmental Health and Safety Officer and a Vice President. Under no circumstances should any employee return to campus who is not part of an approved plan. Once and only when the fully executed plan has been returned to you, as the primary supervisor, by the Environmental Health and Safety Officer, are the covered employees authorized to return.

Last Modified 10/16/20