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SUNY Canton COVID-19 Plans

As the state of New York and colleges across the nation continue to feel the impact of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19), SUNY Canton would like to share its plans to help protect the health of its students, faculty, staff, and guests.

With guidance from the State University of New York, and the Governor’s Office, we are closely monitoring the spread of COVID-19. College Administration, including the Emergency Response and Resource Group, are discussing the college’s evolving strategies every day. Both SUNY and Gov. Cuomo have made the state’s overall response their top priority. We’ve also been in contact with our three neighboring colleges about their response plans and are communicating about each institutions’ proactive measures.

We are currently in Level 1 of our three-tiered response plan, which means we’ll be continuing to emphasize preventative measures while maintaining academic continuity. Level 2 includes potential suspension of classroom activities, social distancing (postponing large gatherings), and other academic considerations. Level 3 is reserved for a pandemic period and will consist of minimal campus operations, cessation of on-campus instruction, including fully online course delivery. A complete copy of the SUNY Canton Pandemic Response Plan (COVID-19) is now available.

To the very best of our knowledge, no one from SUNY Canton has contracted COVID-19, or has traveled to any of the most-affected areas outside of the country. At this time, there are no reported cases in St. Lawrence County. The Davis Health Center has issued suggested guidelines for anyone who develops symptoms or comes into contact with infected individuals, per Centers for Disease Control instructions. A complete set of recommendations can be found here.

During this break week, the college has undergone a deep cleaning. Our facilities staff are disinfecting high-traffic areas and surfaces such as door handles, countertops, tables, and bathrooms. More on important cleaning measures will appear in a subsequent update.

SUNY Canton will remain open after Spring Break. Classes and scheduled events will continue as planned until further notice to maintain academic continuity throughout the semester. As with any evolving situation, these plans may change quickly. The college is prepared to escalate its response accordingly. We promise to communicate changes or interruptions, cancellations, and overall updates as quickly and efficiently as possible.

Please continue to help us keep the SUNY Canton community safe by:

  • Thoroughly washing your hands frequently.
  • Don’t touch your face, eyes, nose or mouth.
  • Avoiding contact with sick individuals.
  • Stay home if you have a fever or flu-like symptoms.