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What Students Should Know Spring 2021

What Remote-Only Students Should Know

SPRING 2021 UPDATES

Are not required to be tested or fill out daily screening tool but should monitor themselves for potential COVID symptoms.

If a virtual only student would like to be tested they can do so at ENZO clinical labs by following the direction outlined under the section titled Off-Campus testing at the following link: https://www.farmingdale.edu/hub/health-safety-fall-2020/heatlh-safety-fall-2020.shtml

Should you need to come to campus for any reason, you must provide a negative COVID-19 test from within the 7-day period prior to your arrival on campus.  Results can be uploaded to: http://www.farmingdale.edu/student-testing-upload

What You Need to Know and Do as Farmingdale State College Welcomes Students Back in 2021

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.

Please continue to check your Farmingdale email account for updates as well as the Covid Hub which is linked from the homepage.

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

Students who test positive for COVID-19, have been exposed to individuals who tested positive for COVID-19, or are informed by a state or local health department or medical or campus official that they are "at-risk" for having COVID-19 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.

If you have been diagnosed with COVID-19, you are exempt from testing for 90 days following your test result.  Please upload your laboratory confirmed positive test to the Student Testing Upload Form.

Take Care of Yourself – Physically and Mentally

We understand that this is an exceptionally challenging time. SUNY and Farmingdale State College have resources to help you get the support you need. Campus Mental Health Services (CMHS) remains open and available during this time. Students registered for the current term may receive services on a telehealth basis. Students should reach out to the CMHS office directly at cmhs@farmingdale.edu or 934-420-2006

Understandably, you or those around you may have questions and concerns about coronavirus (COVID-19). We are here to help. These tips can help you manage stress and anxiety that may arise in the midst of uncertainty or fears about health and personal safety.

SUNY Resources:

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