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SUNY Sullivan Reopens With Hybrid Learning Format for Fall Semester
Four months after SUNY Sullivan moved all instruction to a distance-based format the college is announcing a hybrid reopening for the fall semester. The majority of courses will be offered remotely, with classes that meet at specific times and feature real-time interaction through distance learning platforms. Students will also be able to stay on track with flexible study options.
Certain classes will be conducted in a hybrid environment with a combination of in-person and distance learning instruction. And student support activities, such as tutoring, advising, counseling, and club activities, all of which help provide the full college experience, will take place in virtually networked communities.
“The SUNY Sullivan working groups have produced a plan that is designed to balance the desire to open against the risk of COVID-19 outbreak,” said SUNY Sullivan President Jay Quaintance. “The college has opted for a moderate course that ensures access to high quality programming without sacrificing safety concerns.”
Courses that do not require specialized equipment will be taught at a distance, limiting both faculty and student traffic on campus and further reducing the risk of COVID-19 exposure. Classes that involve laboratory experiences or clinical experiences, including nursing, respiratory care, medical assisting, culinary arts and pastry arts lab classes, and theater will include in-person instruction. This will help facilitate social distancing as the on-campus programs will have virtually unlimited space, and address social distancing issues in hallways and classrooms. These programs will front-load experiences to minimize disruption if there is a general campus shutdown, and most on campus instruction should conclude by Thanksgiving week. The semester will continue via distance learning instruction through Friday, December 18.
Given the circumstances of the current environment, all plans are subject to change due to new information, guidance, or direction from the state.
Students who arrive on campus will complete a health screening prior to entering the building. Residence halls will not be open for the fall semester.
Campus computer labs will be reconfigured to ensure socially-distanced use. Keyboards will be cleaned before and after each use, and the enhanced room cleaning protocol will be followed.
The campus provides and maintains hand hygiene stations throughout campus, including dispensers at all entrances, in bathrooms, and in public spaces. All employees, students, and visitors must wear face coverings when they come within 6 feet of another person on campus, with the exception of individuals who reside in the same residence.
Staff and students will each receive two reusable PPE masks. Programs that make social distancing difficult or improbable will have higher levels of PPE available, including face shields and, if appropriate (for instance, for our campus health service).
The campus health office will conduct training with students and staff designed to ensure that all individuals follow proper pandemic hygiene precautions – hand washing, social distancing, self-reporting and mask wearing. Campus Health and the Human Resources department will be responsible for health screenings, evaluating ill students or staff, and contacting public health.
The campus will adhere to CDC requirements for hygiene, cleaning, and disinfection requirements as outlined in the CDC/EPA Guidance for Cleaning and Disinfecting and the Cleaning and Disinfecting Decision Tool. Staff have access to sanitizer and cleaning wipes to disinfect frequently touched surfaces both before and after use, and our cleaning staff disinfect occupied spaces twice a week, keeping a log to ensure compliance. Restrooms, in particular, will receive regular cleaning and disinfection. In the event of a confirmed exposure on campus the facility will be closed, and a complete disinfection will occur after droplets have been allowed to settle. Our campus safety monitors are responsibility for disinfection compliance.
Public spaces have been redesigned to maintain social distancing requirements. In areas where staff and public must interact droplet barriers have been installed or planned – for instance, at the college’s One Stop registration center. Bathrooms have had their capacities lowered, and droplet barriers have been or will be placed between sinks and other fixtures, as required. Students and staff who present as vulnerable populations will have a range of options available to them. After consultation with our disability services or HR office, as appropriate, they may be offered higher levels of PPE, increased social distancing, or modified content to ensure that they meet the learning outcomes of the course safely. Alternatively, students and staff may be allowed to complete assignments remotely.
Individuals who report an exposure or who report a positive test will not be allowed to enter campus buildings. Individuals who meet the criteria for suspected COVID-19 exposure will, if staff or commuter students, be sent home immediately. Sullivan County Public Health will lead the contact tracing efforts.
Students. staff, and faculty will complete health screenings every time they enter the building. Those with influenza like symptoms or other indicators of potential COVID-19 will be sent home. The college will remain in constant contact with Sullivan County Public Health to ensure that we are following recommendations regarding any possible shutdown.
In coordination with the NJCAA, SUNY Sullivan will shift Volleyball, Men’s & Women’s Basketball and Wrestling to the Spring 2021 semester. Spring sports, including Baseball, Men’s & Women’s Golf and Men’s & Women’s Outdoor Track and Field will remain intact with minor adjustments to dates.
Given the circumstances of the current environment, all plans are subject to change due to new information, guidance, or direction from the state. In the event of a shutdown decision, faculty are prepared to move to remote instruction for the fall semester.
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The COVID-19 (coronavirus) situation is changing rapidly, both domestically and abroad. SUNY Sullivan is working closely with the Sullivan County Department of Health, the State University of New York and other authorities to do our part to protect against the spread of the virus in our region.
We are closely monitoring this fluid situation and following guidance from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC), the New York State Department of Health (NYSDOH), Sullivan County Department of Health and the New York State Education Department.
There are a number of steps that students, staff and community members can take to minimize the spread of all respiratory illnesses, including COVID-19, according to the state Department of Health:
- Clean your hands often by washing them with soap and water for at least 20 seconds or using an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains 60%–95% alcohol. Soap and water should be used if hands are visibly dirty. It is especially important to clean hands after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after coughing, sneezing, or blowing your nose
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
- Avoid contact with people who are sick.
- Stay home when you are sick.
- Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
If you or a family member begin showing symptoms of a respiratory disease and suspect it may be COVID-19, contact your healthcare provider. Before going to your healthcare provider’s office, inform them that a case of COVID-19 is suspected, and follow their advice.
In addition, New York has established a Novel Coronavirus Hotline, which can provide additional information. Call 1-888-364-3065 with questions or concerns about travel and symptoms. SUNY Sullivan will continue to share information as it becomes available.
Please know that, as always, the health and safety of our students and staff is our highest priority, and we will remain vigilant in our efforts to help prevent the spread of this illness.
About the Novel Coronavirus
Recently, a new coronavirus – 2019 Novel (New) Coronavirus which causes an illness called COVID-19 – was detected that has not been previously found in humans. This coronavirus can lead to fever, cough and shortness of breath. There are thousands of confirmed cases in China and additional cases being identified in a growing number of countries internationally, including the United States with several cases recently reported in New York.
For more information go to
- CDC: Coronavirus
- World Health Organization: Coronavirus
- Local NYS County Health Departments: https://www.health.ny.gov/contact/contact_information/
- Sullivan County Health Department http://sullivanny.us/Departments/Publichealth/Coronavirus