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SUNY mandates student testing prior to Thanksgiving break

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Students at all SUNY schools — including Cortland and TC3 — must test negative for COVID-19 within 10 days before leaving campus for the coming Thanksgiving break.

Most will shift to 100 percent remote learning afterwards, with residential facilities shutting down except for extenuating circumstances.

New mandates issued yesterday require campuses to develop schedules that allow for students to be screened as close to their departure date as possible.

Faculty and staff have also been recommended to get screened during the same time period.

Schools must submit a plan on meeting these requirements no later than November 5.

“As in-person classes and instruction come to a close next month, tens of thousands of students will travel across the state and country to be with their families and complete their fall courses remotely,” said Chancellor Malatras. “By requiring all students to test negative before leaving, we are implementing a smart, sensible policy that protects students’ families and hometown communities and drastically reduces the chances of community spread.”

Regarding the spring semester, Malatras said his first priority is getting through the fall safely.

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