Several diverse students wearing face coverings.

What Students Should Know Spring 2021

What Remote Faculty & Staff Should Know

SPRING 2021 UPDATE

Employees need to be given approval to return to campus to work and should contact their direct supervisor to be assigned to a group authorized to work on campus 

If you have a one-time need to be on campus, please email Dorothy Hughes and your supervisor to obtain approval. All employees coming on site must complete the employee daily screening form prior to visiting the campus.

For more information about the returning to work on campus, visit the Frequently Asked Questions page.

Notify Human Resource through the Self-Reporting Form if you have a known exposure to someone with COVID-19, are experiencing any symptoms of COVID, or have tested positive for COVID.

Continue to follow face covering guidelines and social distancing at all times when on campus.

As we return to campus in spring 2021, SUNY and Farmingdale State College's priority is our campus community's health and safety, including its students, faculty, and staff. The best way to maintain the safest environment possible throughout 2021 and beyond is for each of us to take steps to minimize the risks, not only for ourselves but for all members of the Farmingdale community.

Steps include: 

  • Wearing face coverings (masks)
  • Hand washing
  • Social distancing
  • Participating in testing and tracing
  • Completing daily screenings
  • Being mindful of our surroundings and the impact we have

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


Stay Informed

To promote public health and transparency, the College regularly communicates with the campus community about critical issues, including hygiene, campus safety measures, rules and regulations, and other operational changes. Since early March, the College communicates proactively and promptly with our current students, faculty, staff, and prospective students and their families. Communications are delivered in print and digital 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.

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

The Coronavirus "hub" on the College's web site will continue to be a primary source for information and updates. The College community will continue to receive regular communication from the Office of the President and/or Institutional Advancement.

Return to Campus Safely – Testing and Isolation Requirements

Employees need to be given approval to return to campus to work and should contact their direct supervisor to be assigned to a group authorized to work on campus 

For more information about the returning to work on campus, visit the Frequently Asked Questions page.

Get Screened Daily

If you have a one-time need to be on campus, please email  Dorothy Hughes and your supervisor to obtain approval. All employees coming on site must complete the employee daily screening form prior to visiting the campus.

For more information about the returning to work on campus, visit the Frequently Asked Questions page.

Get Tested Regularly

Employees who are working virtually, please contact your primary care doctor for treatment and testing options.

Check the COVID-19 Dashboard 

SUNY maintains a comprehensive dashboard of COVID-19 testing and infection rate status across the system and at each campus. Farmingdale State College initially developed a local dashboard during the beginning of the fall 2021 semester. However, it was retired from our web site as we now link directly to SUNY. Please visit the SUNY COVID-19 Tracker for the most up-to-date information. 

Be Responsible – It's Easy to Do Your Part

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

  • Wear face coverings (masks) at all times on campus, including in classrooms, conference rooms, and other public spaces, even when you can maintain six feet of social distancing.
    • (Exceptions to this requirement include when students are (1) in their private residential or personal space, (2) eating meals on-campus while seated and socially distanced, or (3) by themselves in a lightly trafficked location where no other persons are present (4) Faculty and staff are likewise exempt when alone in their office or other private spaces.)
  • Regularly wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds and use hand sanitizer where soap and water are not available.
  • Stay home when you are sick or have potentially been exposed to COVID-19.
  • Practice social distancing at all times to reduce transmission.

If Exposed, Complete Mandatory Quarantine and Isolation

Faculty and Staff who test positive for COVID-19, have been exposed to individuals who tested positive for COVID-19, or are informed by a state or local health department or medical or campus official that they are "at-risk" for having COVID-19 are required to quarantine or isolate for 10 days after confirmation of a positive test or 10 days from last contact with a positive case.

Notify Human Resources through the self-reporting form if you have a known exposure to someone with COVID-19, are experiencing any symptoms of COVID, or have tested positive for COVID.

Take Care of Yourself – Physically and Mentally

The Farmingdale State College Employee Assistance Program offers a professional and confidential source of help for people who need assistance with personal problems or concerns. The EAP program is available to employees and their families. The program can provide employees and their family members with referrals to community resources tailored to individual employee needs. It is the goal of the program to find services at low cost or no cost.

For COVID specific resources, visit the Employee Assistance Program website.

Understand What's Being Offered On-Campus and Online 

Farmingdale State College plans to offer a limited number of courses (15%) in a face-to-face format. The vast majority of our classes (85%) will continue to be delivered remotely. A letter was emailed to students and parents informing them of our spring 2021 semester plan. This information was relayed during the spring 2021 registration period. All students who have created a spring 2021 schedule know how each specific course is being delivered. Farmingdale will continue to update the COVID Hub to communicate essential information to our campus community.


 If FSC Has to PAUSE

A mandatory pause will have a relatively limited impact on FSC, given that 85% of classes are delivered via remote instruction, and the College will have only 100 residential students. However, if the campus were obligated to move entirely too remote course delivery for a portion or the entire balance of the term, the College will impose the following restrictions on on-campus activities:

  • Campus dining and food service options will be converted to takeout or delivery only.
  • In-person athletics, extracurricular programs, and non-essential student activities will be suspended.
  • Some essential, in-person student services (medical care, mental health counseling) will not be suspended but will be delivered on a call-ahead or appointment-only basis.
  • The one operating residence hall will remain open. Those students who have been identified as having been in contact with a positive case will be required to quarantine, and those students who test positive will be required to isolate. The College, per its fall plan and its Continuity of Care Plan, has ample space and facilities for quarantine or isolation purposes.

If, at any point, the campus shifts to entirely remote instruction for a portion or the balance of the term, the College expects that full residential services will be offered to students who choose to stay. Therefore, it is not expected that students will be provided refunds.


Changes and Updates

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

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

 

Last Modified 2/5/21