August 4, 2021
To Our Students:
As we approach the start of the fall semester, it is vital we remain in contact with
all members of the FSC community about our plans; this is particularly true in light
of the spread of the Delta variant of COVID.
Since the outset of the public health emergency, we have prioritized the health of
our campus community. We anticipate a return to extensive on-campus instruction this
fall. Thanks to the excellent work of Academic Affairs and the Registrar’s Office,
we are prepared to shift/pivot to an A/B week schedule if circumstances require us
to do so.
Effective Thursday, August 5, the College will return to masking requirements in indoor
public settings for all individuals – students, faculty, and staff. This applies to both vaccinated and unvaccinated individuals. This aligns the College
with the newest CDC recommendations calling for indoor face coverings in all regions
experiencing high or substantial spread of COVID-19 regardless of vaccination status.
Currently Suffolk County and Nassau County are considered high spread locations. Of
course, any member of the campus community may choose to wear a mask at any time.
We will require residential students and student-athletes to be vaccinated before
the SUNY vaccine requirement takes effect and are considering expanding this requirement
to other students in extracurricular settings. SUNY’s Board of Trustees is requiring
students to be vaccinated once full use authorization of a vaccine is provided by
the FDA. We regularly inform students of our expectations and urge them to receive
one of the vaccines.
As you probably know, SUNY requires its campus community to get vaccinated against
the coronavirus or undergo weekly tests for COVID-19. Our Health and Wellness Office
is preparing to conduct large scale testing to meet the mandate for students and staff.
Again, I urge all members of the campus community who have not yet been vaccinated
to do so. If you’ve not yet done so, please upload your proof of vaccination.
Before you come to campus for the Fall 2021 semester, please note, you will need to:
- Fill out the Pre-Arrival Agreement by August 18, 2021.
- If vaccinated, upload your proof of vaccination to the Student Upload Form.
- In addition, vaccinated students will be asked to allow SUNY access to New York State’s
Vaccine Registry to confirm their status, thereby exempting them from testing requirements.
The link will be emailed at a later date and included on the Hub.
For the most up-to-date information on the Fall 2021 semester, please visit The Hub.