With July underway and August approaching, area colleges and universities are putting special plans into place to allow students to return for at least partial in-person instruction in the Fall.
SUNY Cortland, TC3, Cornell and Ithaca College would each utilize a mixed education model that incorporates both online and in-person learning.
Additionally, students would be sent home in November for the Thanksgiving break and complete the remainder of their Fall semester online, including final exams.
A delayed start to Spring classes is also possible.
Move-ins are set to begin next month through a staggered process that assigns a date/time for each student.
Plans at each institution still await approvals by the state, which still hasn’t made a determination on whether or not to allow students to return to campus in the Fall.
Doing so will require the implementation and strict adherence of new safety measures like face covering and social distancing, along with comprehensive testing program to detect and contain any potential spread of the virus.
Locally, that’ll be made possible for some thanks to a partnership with Cayuga Health Systems, which CEO Dr. Martin Stallone said has been in the works now for many weeks.
“The success of our universities and colleges are vital to maintaining our economic sustainability in the region,” Dr. Stallone said. “We have been collaborating with Cornell University for many weeks in support of their reactivation planning. In addition to Cornell University, we have also been working with Ithaca College, Tompkins Cortland Community College, and other higher education institutions and businesses in our region. I would like to extend a special thanks to Cornell University, Tompkins County, community partners, and our outstanding business community for helping to support this important reactivation.”
Screening criteria has also now been expanded to all New Yorkers and Governor Cuomo urged everyone to get tested.