Fall 2020 Reopening Plans and Updates

SUNY Morrisville plans to return to campus for Fall 2020, with classes taught through a mix of in-person or face-to-face (F2F) and remote (online) learning. We are taking as many sensible steps as we can to protect the health and safety of students, faculty, staff, visitors and our surrounding communities, while also providing the critical applied learning and teaching that is SUNY Morrisville’s mission.

This plan is constantly evolving. We are developing more details. We know there are many questions remaining, especially as applied to individual situations. We will continually update this website and this plan to reflect those changes. We have several virtual meetings a week involving campus personnel to develop, refine and adapt these plans, as we also work with local public health officials and the state, including the SUNY system. Plans are subject to change due to new information, guidance and/or direction received from the State of New York and the Office of the Governor.

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Key Dates

Event Date
Move-in (by assignment) Monday through Friday, Aug. 17-21
First day of classes Monday, Aug. 24
Last day of in-person instruction Friday, Nov. 20
November Break (Thanksgiving) begins Wednesday, Nov. 25
Course instruction to remote only Monday, Nov. 23
Finals week (remote only) Monday through Friday, Dec. 7-11

No breaks are planned during the Fall semester until Thanksgiving Break, Nov. 25-27. This will allow as much in-person teaching and learning as possible during a condensed time, while also reducing the likelihood of travel to and from the community. 

 

Additional Information

The single most important practice any of us can take to limit the spread of COVID-19 is to wear a mask. This is a state mandate. More importantly, it’s the respectful thing to do to keep others safe.

Students, employees and guests will be required to wear a face covering (“mask”) at all times, unless they are alone (i.e., a private office or residence hall room). The college will provide a limited supply of reusable masks to all students and employees, with some disposable masks available as needed for guests.

Students will live in single or double rooms (no masks required with roommates).

Classrooms, labs, study spaces, dining, waiting areas and other spaces on campus will have furniture spaced or other markers indicating proper physical distancing.

Anyone coming to campus or any of its facilities or events must successfully complete a self-monitoring COVID-19 exposure risk screening checklist for each day they are present. This is mandatory for all faculty and staff, and expected of students as well. Guests coming to campus must complete the checklist before arriving or undertaking any activity on campus. Campus services, instruction, business transactions, personnel assistance and other engagement cannot proceed without such compliance.

Pre-arrival screen: All individuals will submit a completed screening questionnaire 14 days before return to campus/move-in date.

Arrival screen: All residential students will be asked screening questions by Health Services staff and have their temperatures taken upon arrival. Any positive screen will go directly to quarantine or isolation at home or on campus.

Quarantine keeps someone who might have been exposed to the virus away from others.

Isolation separates people who are infected with the virus away from people who are not infected.

Testing: With the state’s recent expansion of testing availability to all residents of New York, the college will work with area officials and providers to develop a process to accommodate voluntary student and employee testing.

Health Services will collect testing specimens on campus for symptomatic students. Contact tracing will be performed by the local health department, with support from campus.

The potential for batch or pool or group testing is also under consideration, and further plans will be announced as technology and protocols develop.

SUNY Morrisville’s all-you-care-to-eat dining hall (Seneca Dining Hall) will replace self-serve stations with staffed areas, and will allow online reservations at peak times.

An online ordering system for other dining locations will minimize physical interaction with customers.

SUNY Morrisville has adopted an enhanced cleaning schedule and protocol, and also will provide supplies for students and employees to clean high-touch surfaces in frequently used spaces between the scheduled cleanings.

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