General Coronavirus Information

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The coronavirus (COVID-19) is causing understandable concern among our students, parents, faculty, and staff. The Farmingdale State College administration, including our campus Health and Wellness Center have been closely monitoring the situation, and we will continue to provide important updates, education, and guidance which will be posted to the Coronavirus website.

We are working continuously to balance multiple and sometimes conflicting goals: to first and foremost act to protect the health of the FSC community; to continue our efforts to fulfill the core academic mission of the College and to communicate as frequently and openly as possible.

Please visit the navigation links on this page to read more information geared towards each specific audience in the FSC Community.

The personal well-being of our students, faculty, and staff are our utmost priority and we will take any steps necessary to ensure a safe and secure environment for our campus community. Please continue to check this website regularly as more information will be posted regularly.


To the Campus Community:

In an effort to provide more time for students and faculty to adapt to a distance learning format and to adjust to the Governor's requirement that only essential employees work on campus, the College has decided to extend Spring Break through Sunday, March 29. Classes will resume in a distance learning environment, wherever possible, on Monday, March 30.

Currently, the College remains closed and staff is reduced to essential employees only. These employees will be designated by their supervisors, as needed, and should report to work as instructed. Non-essential staff should remain home and arrange to fulfill their responsibilities remotely until we return to normal campus operations and the resumption of classes on Monday, March 30. I want to remind those essential staff who must come to work to use the Route 110 entrance to campus. All other entrances are closed.

The emergency management team is meeting daily and addressing a wide range of issues as expeditiously as possible. I appreciate your patience as we make our best efforts to deal with this ever changing and challenging situation. We are making every effort to protect the health and wellness of our campus community while assuring continuity of service. Thanks for your understanding and flexibility.

INFORMATION FOR ALL STUDENTS:

Students should use this time to prepare to receive instruction via a distance learning format. Course instructors will reach out directly to their students to inform them of how best to access course content. Further information about laboratory and clinical courses will be provided. Presently, internships, practicums and other off-site activities will continue according to site operations. Updates to students will be posted on the coronavirus information page under "For Students."

INFORMATION FOR RESIDENTIAL STUDENTS:

Those residential students who have already left the resident halls may wish to remain home for the rest of the semester. Arrangements will soon be made for those students who must return to campus to collect any possessions that are left in their dorm rooms.

Students who intend to return to the resident halls for the duration of the semester will have access to their rooms beginning Sunday, March 29 at noon. These students should be aware that campus activities and services may be significantly curtailed. Those who can make other arrangements are advised to do so.

We will provide additional information for residential students in upcoming communications. Specific updates will be posted on the coronavirus information page under "For Resident Students.

INFORMATION FOR FACULTY:

Wherever possible, classroom instruction and academic advisement should be delivered remotely with the specific modality determined by the individual faculty member in consultation with their department chair and/or school dean. Instructors should notify their students by March 26 regarding how to access course content. Updates specific to faculty will be posted on the coronavirus information page under "For Faculty." 

INFORMATION FOR STAFF:

Staff members should be prepared to work on projects from home to continue the operations of the College. Staff should be in touch with their direct supervisors for direction on these projects. The College remains closed to non-essential staff. Essential staff will be designated by their supervisors, as needed, and should report to work as instructed. Updates specific to staff will be posted on the coronavirus information page under "For Staff."

We will continue to regularly update the campus community.

John Nader

President

To the Campus Community:

Farmingdale State College is working directly with the New York State Department of Health (NYSDOH) to address the current case of coronavirus and to take steps to prevent its spread. We can report that the NYSDOH has contacted those it believes to have been potentially exposed to a commuter student who tested positive. It is important to note that the NYSDOH says that the risk of transmission is low in the classroom setting.

If you were contacted by the NYSDOH staff, please follow their guidance and recommendations to self-isolate and check your temperature twice daily. If you begin to feel ill, call your health care provider prior to going to their office, a hospital, or clinic.

In the event of additional cases, the protocol outlined above will be followed. That is, contact tracing will be undertaken by the NYSDOH, and anyone who had contact with an infected individual would be notified.

We urge all campus members to continue practicing common sense precautionary measures and contact their physician or other health provider with any concerns.

The situation remains fluid and ever changing and we know that there is concern about the possibility that there may be more cases. We are vigilantly monitoring the situation and will notify the campus promptly should this occur.

As we announced on Friday, the campus is closed through Sunday, March 22. Administrative offices will re-open and classes will resume in a distance learning format, wherever possible, on Monday, March 23. We have also taken these additional campus actions:

Arrangements for technology distribution will be coordinated directly by the helpdesk with each faculty/staff/end-user. Personnel should not assume that distribution will take place on Tuesday, March 17. Faculty and staff should not come to campus for technology pick-up unless contacted by the helpdesk for a scheduled pick-up appointment. Faculty and staff may come to campus on Tuesday between 8 am and 4 pm only to collect essential personal items and materials needed to work remotely. This is not a work day and those picking up materials should leave the campus as quickly as possible. Only the Route 110 entrance to campus will be open.

Academic Affairs is creating a robust continuity plan for distance education. Our faculty and staff have been remarkably diligent and prompt in responding to this challenge. An enormous transition is taking place in a brief period. I appreciate the flexibility and dedication so many are showing.

The College has made a substantial investment in technology to permit the transition to distance learning to be as seamless as possible. We have surveyed the technology needs of both faculty and students and will inform the community as to how such technology is to be made available.

We understand the transition to distance learning will be unfamiliar to students who have not previously studied online. Students should be reassured that faculty will help guide you through the process. In addition, there are resources available for you under the For Students tab on the coronavirus information web page.

Although we do not normally offer food service during the spring break, we continue to have about 60 students in residence halls and are making arrangements to provide food directly to these students. This will permit students to minimize travel and practice social distancing.

Our custodial and facilities personnel have been working continuously. All major buildings have been sanitized and disinfected and we have purchased additional equipment to allow more efficient cleaning. Custodial staff are using personal protective equipment during this process.

We will continue to provide regular communication to the campus. Please be mindful that there may be information that we are unable to share due to HIPPA, FERPA and/or other federal laws that rightly require us to protect the rights and privacy of individuals.

As I previously noted, separate communications that are focused on specific campus constituencies are posted on the web site.

We are working continuously to balance multiple and sometimes conflicting goals: to first and foremost act to protect the health of the FSC community; to continue our efforts to fulfill the core academic mission of the College and to communicate as frequently and openly as possible.

Thanks to all of you during this very challenging time.

John Nader
President

To the Campus:

I want to update you on the confirmed case of coronavirus (COVID-19) and our plans for the week ahead.

I can inform you that the person who has been diagnosed with the coronavirus is quarantined and has not been on campus since Saturday, March 7. Should there be a need for others to isolate, notice will be provided directly by health authorities.

We are working closely with the Suffolk County and New York State Departments of Health. A regular and aggressive plan of sanitization and disinfecting is already underway and will recur. In an effort to plan effectively for the return of students from Spring Break and the resumption of classes in a distance learning format, as well as the time needed to continue our efforts in ensuring a safe environment, Farmingdale State College will be closed through Sunday, March 22.

We anticipate that we will return to normal operations and classes will resume, as scheduled, on Monday, March 23.

I want to assure you that all appropriate precautions are being taken by the College's emergency response group to ensure the health and safety of our campus community. We will continue to regularly communicate developments to the campus. Please continue to monitor the College's web site and your campus email for updates.

In addition, I am sharing the following message from SUNY Chancellor Kristina Johnson regarding the Coronavirus.

This situation is challenging for all of us and I appreciate the hard work that has been done by the faculty and staff to prepare us to manage the many functions needed to serve students and complete the semester.

At this point the College can offer the following guidance:

  • Only essential personnel as identified and instructed by supervisors are to report to work Monday, March 16 through Sunday March 22, as appropriate.
  • Non-essential personnel should work remotely and will not be required to charge their accruals.
  • Faculty or staff who wish to collect important personal possessions or materials needed to work remotely will have access to the campus on Tuesday, March 17 between the hours of 8 am-4 pm only.
  • Resident students are strongly encouraged to return home until classes resume. Students who leave should take with them personal items such as laptops, study materials, medications and other important possessions.
  • Students who have questions about the status of their classes, labs, clinical placements, or internships, should contact their professors or academic departments.
  • Work-study students should contact their departments to determine future arrangements.
  • The Child Care Center and Bookstore are also closed until further notice.
  • Specific communication for various campus constituencies will be sent from to time.

The personal well-being of our students, faculty, and staff are our utmost priority and we will take any steps necessary to ensure a safe and secure environment.

Thank you,

John Nader
President

To the Campus:

I am writing to inform you that the College was notified late today by the Suffolk County Department of Health (DOH) of a confirmed case of Coronavirus (COVID-19) among a member of the campus community. In accordance with DOH protocols, the campus will be closed tomorrow, Friday, March 13, 2020 in order for DOH officials to conduct a review as part of the effort to minimize a public health risk. Staff should not report to work Friday, unless otherwise instructed and should continue to monitor the web site for updates.

I want to assure you that we have taken steps to prepare for this eventuality and that we will work closely with the DOH to ensure the health and safety of students, faculty and staff. Unless otherwise notified, we expect a return to administrative and office operations on Monday, March 16.

Full-time employees will not be required to charge their accruals for tomorrow. Part-time employees will be paid for the day if work was regularly scheduled.

Residential students are encouraged to vacate the residence halls for the duration of the spring break.

Thank you,

John Nader
President

To the Campus:

I am writing to update all members of the Farmingdale State College community about our plans and preparation surrounding the novel coronavirus – COVID-19.

Out of an abundance of caution, face-to-face classes at Farmingdale State College, which begin at 4:30 pm or later today, Wednesday, March 11th , are canceled through Saturday, March, 14th. The campus remains open and all other campus operations will continue. Faculty and staff should fulfill their normal responsibilities. Classes for the remainder of the semester will be taught through distance learning wherever possible, in accordance with SUNY guidelines. Faculty are working to develop these continuity- of-education plans, and additional communication with more detail for students, faculty, and staff is forthcoming.

Faculty and students should be prepared to deliver and receive instruction via distance learning upon resumption of the semester on Monday, March 23.

It is important to emphasize that at this time, there are no confirmed cases of the virus on campus. We continue to monitor the situation, and are revising plans accordingly in consultation with NYS and local health department officials. We have taken steps to reduce external populations visiting campus, limit the size of internal campus events, and maintain an aggressive cleaning schedule, thanks to the work of our facilities and custodial staff. To date we have exceeded CDC and DOH guidance and recommendations.

Faculty members and our Academic Affairs leadership have made remarkably significant strides in preparing to offer their courses in a distance-learning format. I sincerely appreciate the remarkable effort to prepare for distance-learning instruction.

Residential students are urged to vacate the residence halls during the upcoming break. Upon leaving, please be sure to take medicines, digital devices, computers, books and key personal possessions with you. Should the campus be affected by the virus, your access to the residence halls will be severely limited, and we want you to have everything you need to succeed in distance-learning courses. This will also allow for cleaning, and will better permit us to serve those relatively few students who are unable to return to distant homes.

When classes move to an online format, we realize that some students may lack an internet connection or a computer needed to continue their studies. The College will designate computer lab space on campus for students lacking the required technology. The College will make every effort to work with students to address their technology needs.

At some point, it may be necessary to curtail many of the College's operations, to prevent or contain the virus. Our emergency management team is now meeting on a daily basis to identify the steps needed to assure the operation of the College, in the event the virus forces us to cease or minimize some functions. Each cabinet member is identifying essential operations and personnel. It may become necessary to direct many members of our staff to work remotely, so that we can maximize our efforts to limit exposure to the virus. Should the public-health threat reach such a level, we will dramatically restrict the number of campus buildings that remain open, and access to campus would be on an as- needed basis.

The dramatic steps that I've outlined will present one of the biggest challenges in the recent history of the College. Implementing such a profound change will not be easy, and we may make some errors. I am asking for the help of every member of the campus community to see FSC through this difficult time. Words alone are not sufficient to express my gratitude for the work that our faculty, staff, and emergency management team are doing to prepare for the challenge that may be ahead of us. I have never been more proud to be part of Farmingdale State College.

I wish all of you the best for this much-needed and well-deserved break.

John Nader
President

To the Campus:

The coronavirus (COVID-19) is causing understandable concern among students, parents, faculty, and staff. The Farmingdale State College administration, including our campus Health and Wellness Center have been closely monitoring the situation, and we will continue to provide important updates, education, and guidance.

Thankfully, no members of the campus community are currently suspected of contracting COVID-19 and the risk of infection on campus remains low. Since the outbreak began in China, Farmingdale's Health and Wellness staff have collaborated with the State University of New York and the NYS Department of Health to establish proper protocols and preventive measures.

Among the developments campus community members should be aware of:

Out of an abundance of caution, please be advised that the College is canceling or postponing all external and our own internal non-athletic events with anticipated attendance of 50 or more people through March 31, 2020. This will allow us to focus our cleaning and preventive measures on mission critical functions. We very much regret the inconvenience and will work to reschedule events, if possible.

  • Farmingdale's emergency management team, composed of representatives from across campus, is working diligently to ensure our processes adhere to the best practices advised by public health authorities and prepare for an array of possible challenges. These include how courses may be delivered and contingencies for dining, housing, and business operations.
  • Our custodial staff is working diligently to sanitize all spaces on campus including wiping down surfaces and continuing to deploy hand sanitizers. We continue to prioritize public spaces and are meeting or exceeding recommended procedures.
  • Both Aramark and the Child Care Center have developed contingency plans and have been communicating with campus stakeholders.
  • Aramark is temporarily pausing the use of personal reusable cups as a precautionary measure in care of our students, guests, and staff.
  • Farmingdale students studying in France have chosen to return home and will complete their program through distance learning.
  • Campus-sponsored international trips are postponed or canceled for the balance of this semester. Students, faculty and staff are encouraged to avoid any unnecessary international travel during the upcoming break. We are reviewing any existing plans for travel within the US.
  • Practice proactive hygiene and make the following habits part of your daily routine:
    • Wash your hands thoroughly and frequently, especially after using the bathroom, before preparing or eating food, after blowing your nose, coughing or sneezing, and visiting or caring for a sick person
    • Cover coughs and sneezes by using a tissue over your mouth and nose and then disposing of it. If a tissue is unavailable, use your sleeve, not your hand, which is more likely to transmit fluid droplets to others
    • Don't share food, drinks, dishes, glasses, or eating utensils
    • Avoid direct contact with napkins, tissues, or similar items used by others
    • Avoid close contact with others, especially if you are ill. A distance of 6 feet is recommended

We know the rapid spread of COVID-19 has caused heightened concern. Please know that the well-being and safety of our campus community is Farmingdale's top priority, and we will continue to provide updates as the situation evolves.

You can continue to follow updates via the web pages of the NYSDOH, and CDC here:

https://www.health.ny.gov/diseases/communicable/coronavirus/

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/

To the Campus:

Out of an abundance of caution, SUNY has cancelled campus-sponsored travel outside of the U.S. to countries impacted by the coronavirus (COVID-19) for the Spring semester. Study Abroad programs have been suspended effective immediately in China, Italy, Iran, Japan, and South Korea—the five nations issued a Level 2 or Level 3 travel notice by the Centers for Disease Control. Farmingdale has one student in this group and the student is being returned to the U.S. by SUNY along with those from other SUNY campuses. SUNY will continue to review CDC guidance and work closely with the Department of Health to make additional determinations on continuing or cancelling upcoming travel at all other campus-sponsored international locations. Here at Farmingdale we are taking the additional precautionary step of urging all of our Study Abroad students to return home regardless of their location and we are cancelling all international travel for faculty and staff through the end of the Spring semester.

Students, faculty, and staff returning from Level 2 and Level 3 affected countries are strongly encouraged to self-quarantine for 14 days upon their return home. All employees and students are advised to reconsider personal recreational travel plans to these nations. SUNY has also convened a SUNY COVID-19 Task Force charged with relaying the latest guidance and information from the DOH to its 64 campuses. That task force will be in contact with the campuses every day.

The NYS Department of Health states that the risk for contracting the virus is still low in New York State. People most at risk are those who have traveled internationally to Level 2 or 3 countries in the past 14 days or have been in close contact with an affected individual in the same timeframe.

We will continue to keep the campus community informed on further developments as appropriate.

You can continue to follow updates via the web pages of the NYSDOH, and CDC here:

https://www.health.ny.gov/diseases/communicable/coronavirus/

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/index.html

To the Campus:

As part of our continuing communication on the coronavirus outbreak, we are taking a number of steps to keep you informed of the College's response. First and foremost, we are closely monitoring the situation with CDC, the NYS Department of Health, and SUNY. We are taking actions based on their recommendations. We will update the campus as appropriate through messages on the Health & Wellness web page which you can access regularly by signing into your myFSC dashboard. An FAQ has been developed and is posted on the Health & Wellness web page. Parents of students can access this information by clicking on the Parents tab on the home page of the web site.

The campus continues to take all recommended precautions, including regularly disinfecting public areas. We are installing an additional 100 bacterial soap dispensers and 100 more are being ordered. This will bring the total number of dispensers throughout campus to 335. Finally, we have scheduled a meeting of the Administrative Council to discuss the College's preparedness. The meeting will be held this Thursday, March 5 at 9:00 am in the Roosevelt Hall Little Theatre.

In accordance with SUNY and DOH guidance, we are assessing the status of students currently engaged in Study Abroad programs. We are reviewing all plans for upcoming international travel by faculty, staff, and students. The global spread of the virus may require the postponement or cancellation of such travel.

While the incidence of coronavirus remains low, we continue to take all necessary precautions to keep the campus safe. A reminder: there are steps that everyone can take to help prevent the spread of this and other viruses.

  • It is currently flu and respiratory disease season, and it is recommended to get a flu vaccine if not medically contraindicated and you have not already done so
  • Washing your hands with soap and water often for at least 20 seconds, or use an alcohol based hand sanitizer where soap and water are not available
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth prior to washing your hands
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick
  • Stay home when you are sick
  • Cover your cough or sneeze
  • Clean or disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces

You can continue to follow updates via the web pages of the NYSDOH, and CDC here:

https://www.health.ny.gov/diseases/communicable/coronavirus/

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/index.html

We will continue to update the campus community as new information or public health notices are provided.

To the Campus:

Farmingdale State College continues to closely monitor recommendations from the CDC and the DOH relating to the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak and adapt our procedures in order to comply with these updates. The Director of Health & Wellness is in regular discussion with all cabinet members, other pertinent campus constituents and various public health officials to track developments, review our emergency procedures, and encourage preventive measures and community-level non-pharmaceutical actions.

The College and the State University of New York will continue all usual business operations. Currently there are no confirmed cases in New York State and only 60 cases nationally. Students, faculty, and staff should carry on with their daily schedules. The College's actions and recommendations are consistent with those taken by SUNY, linked here.

In the last two weeks the New York State Department of Health has repeatedly advised that "Colleges and universities should not implement any restrictions without consultation with their local Health Department" as communicated via this letter. The CDC has stated that though COVID-19 is not currently spreading at a community level in the U.S., cases of the virus are being reported in an increasing number of countries.

The latest CDC travel recommendations have been updated. With spring break approaching, we encourage the campus community to check this website prior to travel, and to abide by any updated recommendations.

There are steps that everyone can take to help prevent the spread of this and other viruses.

It is currently flu and respiratory disease season, and it is recommended to get a flu vaccine if not medically contraindicated and you have not already done so
Washing your hands with soap and water often for at least 20 seconds, or use an alcohol based hand sanitizer where soap and water are not available
Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth prior to washing your hands
Avoid close contact with people who are sick
Stay home when you are sick
Cover your cough or sneeze
Clean or disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces
You can continue to follow updates via the web pages of the NYSDOH, and CDC here:

https://www.health.ny.gov/diseases/communicable/coronavirus/

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/index.html

We will continue to update the campus community as new information or public health notices are provided.

To the Campus:

As you know, an outbreak of coronavirus that began in Wuhan City, China has begun to spread internationally. Please be assured that FSC's Health and Wellness Center continues to closely monitor this situation in conjunction with SUNY, the New York State Department of Health (DOH), the World Health Organization (WHO), and the Center for Disease Control (CDC). The Health and Wellness Center has been screening patients for coronavirus infection consistent with CDC recommendations. None of those screened exhibited any signs of the virus. In the unlikely event a case of coronavirus is identified on campus students, faculty, and staff will be promptly notified and protocols consistent with the guidance of the CDC will be implemented. There are no Farmingdale State students who are currently being monitored for exposure to coronavirus. Should any member of the campus community come under DOH investigation for infection, or be diagnosed with coronavirus, the campus would be notified.

Eleven cases of possible coronavirus have been investigated in New York State. Eight of these cases have already been closed and three cases are awaiting results. To date there has not been a confirmed case. It is important to note that the current level of risk is low and the level of preparation by the campus and local, state, and CDC officials is high. At this time healthy students and staff members should continue their normal academic and work routines per the recommendations of the CDC.
There are steps that everyone can take to help prevent the spread of the virus.

     • It is currently flu and respiratory disease season, and it is recommended to get a flu vaccine if not medically contraindicated and you have not already done so
     • Washing your hands with soap and water often for at least 20 seconds, or use an alcohol based hand sanitizer where soap and water are not available
     • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth prior to washing your hands
     • Avoid close contact with people who are sick
     • Stay home when you are sick
     • Cover your cough or sneeze
     • Clean or disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces

If you, or a close contact, have recently traveled to China and begin to experience a fever of greater than 100.4 and/or cough and cold symptoms it is imperative to seek medical care. Prior to visiting a medical facility, you should call ahead so that they can prepare for your arrival. Students who seek care can call the Health and Wellness Center at (934) 420-2009. Faculty and staff should contact their primary physician or a local emergency room. As noted above, this is a rapidly developing situation and the Health and Wellness Center will continue to monitor the situation and update the campus community should any new precautions be recommended by the CDC or DOH. Please continue to check here for updates.

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