Kennedy Hall - Restart: Spring 2021

COVID Safety Plan - Spring 2021

Our decisions have been made following numerous conversations with our local public health officials and with guidance from the State University of New York. These plans are subject to change rapidly, depending on local and state-wide infections, or by declaration from the Governor.

Latest Updates

SUNY Increases Frequency of Mandatory COVID Testing to Weekly Testing of All Students, Faculty, and Staff for the Start of the Spring Semester

SUNY has Implemented a Comprehensive Spring Semester Reopening Plan Including Pre-Testing All Students Prior to the Start of the Semester, Later In-Person Start Date of at Least February 1st, Mandatory Mask Wearing at All Times, No Spring Break

View System-Wide Testing Policy

Uniform Sanctioning in Response to COVID-19 Student Violations

SUNY Chancellor Malatras institutes a comprehensive emergency directive to address violations of COVID-19 safety protocols occurring at SUNY’s State-operated campuses and community colleges.

Uniform Sanctioning in Response to COVID-19 Student Violations

Student Daily Health Check-In

In the home screen of the patient portal, you will be prompted to register with your SUNY Canton ID and e-mail address. Once you have completed the registration process, you will be able to login to have access to the available forms. Please note that if you have already submitted the required health history form to Davis Health Center, you DO NOT need to complete the form through the portal again. If you have any questions or need assistance with registering for the patient portal, please contact the Davis Health Center at 315-386-7333.

View more details on Daily Health Check-In

Institutional Priorities

As always, our institutional priorities remain:

Health & Safety

Protecting the health and safety of students, faculty, staff and the north country community.

Academic Excellence

Providing the best possible hands-on educational experience to prepare students for their future careers.

Welcoming Environment

Maintaining a welcoming environment for everyone at the College.

Key Dates

  • Monday, February 1: Spring 2021 Semester Starts
  • Friday, May 14: Last day of classes
  • Commencement 2021: TBD

Required Forms for All In-Person SUNY Canton Students

RequiredAttention All SUNY Canton Students Planning To Be On Campus (Residential, commuter, or online students who plan to come to campus to receive services or for meetings)

Even if you have had the COVID vaccine, you are required to participate in mandatory weekly testing as outlined below.

If you have any other questions or need further clarification, feel free to email at covidtesting@canton.edu.

 

Required Forms for Spring 2021:

  1. Student Pledge: Please complete the SUNY Canton Student Pledge and be sure to click to electronically sign the bottom of the form. When you have completed the entire form, please click the “submit” button at the top right hand-side of the form.
  2. New York State Traveler Health Form: If you have traveled from within one of the designated states with significant community spread, you must undertake a precautionary quarantine when you enter New York for 14 days from the last day you were in a designated state. This does not apply to any individual passing through a designated state for a limited duration (i.e. less than 24 hours) through the course of travel.
  3. COVID-19 Testing Questionnaire

FULLY ONLINE STUDENTS (students whose classes are all remote/online and are not coming to the campus for any reason)

To request to be exempt from mandatory weekly testing (available only if you are fully online and not on campus for any reason), you can apply with the COVID-19 Testing Questionnaire.

Residential Student Requirements

If you have any other questions or need further clarification, feel free to email at covidtesting@canton.edu and we would be glad to help you out. 

College Opening Testing:

You must be tested between 1/25 and 1/30. You can do this on campus on the dates listed below and even though the testing is in the residence halls, commuters are welcome!

  • Wednesday 1/27: Testing available from 12:00 p.m.-2:00 p.m. in Rushton Hall. No advance sign-up needed. Testing will end at 2:00 p.m. sharp, so please plan to arrive early.

  • Thursday 1/28: Testing available from 12:00 p.m.-4:00 p.m. in Kingston Theater (no sign up required) 

    Please sign up HERE to choose your testing time for this day. 

  • Friday 1/29: Testing available from 11:00-2:00 p.m. in Kingston Theater (no sign up required)

    Please sign up HERE to choose your testing time for this day.

  • Saturday 1/30: Testing available from 12:00-2:00 p.m. in Kennedy Hall. No advance sign-up needed. Testing will end at 2:00 p.m. sharp, so please plan to arrive early.

*Please note:  If you are arriving to your residence hall after 2 p.m. on Saturday, you are required to quarantine until your test on Monday, 2/1 in Kingston Theater and until results are received (anticipated arrival of results: 2/4).

If you are being tested at your place of work or wish to be tested off campus, you must email healthcenter@canton.edu to seek prior approval. Tests must be completed between 1/25-1/30 in order to be approved.

Semester-Long Testing:

All residential students are required to be tested weekly throughout the Spring 2021 semester.

  • A sign up link for each month will be provided to you at the end of the previous month (for example, at the end of January, we will send you a link to sign up for all your February testing dates)

  • Commuter testing will happen in Kingston Theater on Mondays from 9:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. weekly and Tuesdays from 8:30 a.m.-11:30 a.m. weekly. You will choose your own time.

  • If you wish to submit off-campus test results from your employer in lieu of your weekly testing on campus, please contact healthcenter@canton.edu to discuss this.

 

Commuter Student Requirements

All students who are planning to attend classes on campus or access services (including the library and any support services) are required to show proof of negative COVID-19 test result before the start of the academic semester. Please read the following information carefully.

If you have any other questions or need further clarification, feel free to email at covidtesting@canton.edu and we would be glad to help you out.

College Opening Testing:

You must be tested between 1/25 and 1/30. You can do this on campus on the dates listed below and even though the testing is in the residence halls, commuters are welcome!

  • Wednesday 1/27: Testing available from 12:00 p.m.-2:00 p.m. in Rushton Hall. No advance sign-up needed. Testing will end at 2:00 p.m. sharp, so please plan to arrive early.

  • Thursday 1/28: Testing available from 12:00 p.m.-4:00 p.m. in Kingston Theater (no sign up required) 

    Please sign up HERE to choose your testing time for this day. 

  • Friday 1/29: Testing available from 11:00-2:00 p.m. in Kingston Theater (no sign up required)

    Please sign up HERE to choose your testing time for this day.

  • Saturday 1/30: Testing available from 12:00-2:00 p.m. in Kennedy Hall. No advance sign-up needed. Testing will end at 2:00 p.m. sharp, so please plan to arrive early.

If you are being tested at your place of work or wish to be tested off campus, you must email healthcenter@canton.edu to seek prior approval. Tests must be completed between 1/25-1/30 in order to be approved.

Semester-Long Testing:

All commuters are required to be tested weekly throughout the Spring 2021 semester.

  • A sign up link for each month will be provided to you at the end of the previous month (for example, at the end of January, we will send you a link to sign up for all your February testing dates)

  • Commuter testing will happen in Kingston Theater on Mondays from 9:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. weekly and Tuesdays from 8:30 a.m.-11:30 a.m. weekly.  You will choose your own time.

  • If you wish to submit off-campus test results from your employer in lieu of your weekly testing on campus, please contact healthcenter@canton.edu to discuss this.

 

Quarantine vs. Isolation

Quarantine: separates and restricts the movement of people who were exposed to a contagious disease to see if they become sick.

Isolation: separates sick people with a contagious disease from people who are not sick.


An easy way to remember the difference - If you are Questioning if you have an illness, you would Quarantine. If you are Infected, you would Isolate.

 

Student Daily Health Check-In

The Medicat portal referenced below is ONLY for student use. Employees (faculty/staff) should continue using the COVID-19 Health Check. Please do not sign up for an account if you are not a current student.

Access the Student Patient Portal

In the home screen of the patient portal, you will be prompted to register with your SUNY Canton ID and e-mail address. Once you have completed the registration process, you will be able to login to have access to the available forms. Please note that if you have already submitted the required health history form to Davis Health Center, you DO NOT need to complete the form through the portal again. If you have any questions or need assistance with registering for the patient portal, please contact the Davis Health Center at 315-386-7333.

COVID-19 Student Health Check screenThe patient portal will also serve as the gateway to the required daily symptom tracker. Upon logging into the patient portal, you will click on the COVID-19 heading, then click on the form labeled “Symptom Track Students,” which will prompt you to answer a series of yes/no questions in relation to COVID-19. We are requiring this form to be completed on a daily basis for all students who will be present on campus. Please complete this form prior to coming on campus.

Faculty and staff may ask students for their green dot to confirm that they did the daily health check, but they may not ask to see negative test results or other confidential health information from students.

Like everything in our world today, things are ever-changing and evolving. Should you need any assistance with the Patient Portal or Daily Symptom Tracker, please contact the Davis Health Center at 315-386-7333.

COVID-19 Student Health Check Definitions

Social Distancing and PPE

Roody with maskSocial distancing, or the more accurate term physical distancing, will be integrated into campus life. Classes and hands-on labs that are offered in person will be divided in half, so students and faculty will be spread apart:

  • All classes will require students and instructors to wear masks.
  • The College will be providing reusable masks to students, faculty, and staff. Disposable masks may be provided on a case-by-case basis.
  • To reduce density where possible, students on campus will live in either a double or single room.
  • Chaney Dining Center has altered its procedures to encourage space between diners, both in line and while eating. The primary dining facility will eliminate all self-serve stations and provide staffed areas.
  • Most areas on campus currently use MERV-15 (minimum efficiency reporting value) ventilation filters, which filters out the COVID-19 virus. This exceeds the MERV-13 state requirement for malls.

While there are still many unknowns about the virus, we do know that masks help slow the spread of germs and increasing your distance from someone decreases the ability to spread (or shed) the virus. We want to make sure that we do everything we can to protect ourselves and those around us.

Two people wearing face coverings during COVID-19 outbreak.

Masks/Face-Coverings

Masks must fully cover your mouth and nose and fit snugly in line with the guidelines for best practices from the CDC. While face shields are permitted, they can only be worn with a mask underneath that meets the aforementioned guidelines. Laundering masks between each use is strongly encouraged. Please check out the CDC link for some excellent tips for finding a great face covering.

Proper and Improper Mask Wearing

 

View more about face coverings at the CDC's Use of Cloth Face Coverings to Help Slow the Spread of COVID-19 website.

Textbooks

For the safety of all students, faculty and staff and to help maintain social distancing guidelines, the following procedures will be in place for Spring 2021. Any questions should be directed to Corey Jordan at jordanc@canton.edu.

Textbook Center

  • Textbooks will need to be ordered online at bookstore.canton.edu.
  • Order early and have your textbooks shipped to you at your home address.
  • If you do not have your textbooks shipped, you will need to make an appointment to pick them up once you arrive on campus by using the GET app. Once your order is ready, you will receive an email telling you to make your appointment for pick up. Due to volume and limited number of appointments per day, it could take several days for an appointment to become available for orders placed the first week of classes. Please order early!

Mail Info


Student Mailroom

  • Please do not have anything shipped to campus until you are sure you are attending. Otherwise, packages received will be denied and will be “RETURNED TO SENDER”.
  • As of August 2020 all package pick up will be by appointment only.
  • All appointments will be made via the GET app.
  • Once your package is processed and ready for pick up, you will receive an email telling you to make your appointment.
  • There are numerous packages delivered daily the first few weeks of each semester. With the need to make an appointment to pick up your package, it could take several days for an appointment to become available. Therefore, wherever possible, please bring your belongings with you when you arrive to campus instead of shipping.
  • Mailroom keys must be purchased online at bookstore.canton.edu and will be given out when you check into your dorm.
    • All mailroom key purchases are non-refundable so please wait until you are sure you are coming to campus before purchasing.

Campus Mail

Daily campus mail delivery and pick up has returned to normal, with delivery/pick up happening once daily to each location. The mail process for remote employees will be handled by each department/area individually. If you have someone in your area that is working remotely, please determine the most efficient, cost-effective way to get their mail to them – i.e., recycle junk mail on campus, scan and email important items, etc.

View campus mail schedule

Planning Teams

To plan for major issues related to Fall Opening, nine planning committees have been developed to address logistics over the next four months and beyond. The committees are:

  • (A) Summer 2020/Opening Week – Related Events
  • (B) Recruitment and Enrollment
  • (C) Academics
  • (D) Student Life
  • (E) Financial Impact and Operations
  • (F) Advancement
  • (G) Debrief & Recommendations
  • (H) Campus-Wide Issues
  • (I) Technology

Several members of SUNY Canton’s Emergency Response Resource Group attend or convene weekly meetings with regional health officials and local medical experts. Campus leaders also regularly consult with and share restart strategies with the Associated Colleges, medical, business and civic leaders.

Learning Formats

SUNY Canton offers many learning formats to fit any student's needs. The current schedule and delivery formats are listed below. As conditions related to COVID-19 remain fluid, the College may be required to transition to remote and online formats during the semester as directed by SUNY or the NYS Governor's Office.

Spring 2021 Semester

Remote (Sychronous or Asynchronous) - Class taught remotely through Blackboard or other online platform, Class meets via Collaborate Ultra or Teams, Class may require proctored testing

Courses may be required to meet remotely as conditions change

Face to Face - Class is on-campus at scheduled time, Social distancing practices will be required, COVID-19 conditions may require class to move to a remote format

28% of courses will be delivered F2F for Spring 2021

Flex (Sychronous or Asynchronous) - Class taught in a classroom and through Blackboard, Students have choice to attend live class, view live stream, or view content on their time, Class may require proctored testing

10% of courses will be delivered in Flex Modality for Spring 2021

Online Asynchronous - Class taught entirely through Blackboard, No scheduled meeting times, Class may require proctored testing

62% of courses will be delivered Online for Spring 2021

SUNY Canton offers 22 degree programs fully online. For more information about online and remote learning formats, visit the SUNY Canton Online website.