SUNY outlines plans to return students for spring classes

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Chancellor Jim Malatras detailed plans to return students for the spring 2021 semester at campus across the SUNY system, including Cortland and TC3.

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The start date for in-person classes is bumped up to February 1 and spring break — normally held in March — has been cancelled.

Each student who plans to return to campus must first complete a seven-day precautionary quarantine prior to arrival. Regular mandatory testing will then be conducted from that point forward.

Face coverings continue to be required at all times, even inside classrooms and when social distancing is already being maintained.

Additionally, the 100-case threshold from the fall semester remains in place that compels a move to all-distance learning once surpassed.

Campuses will provide a clear, plain language notice on “What Students Should Know” to all students.

Malatras said the plan is subject to any changes in federal or state guidance.

“With COVID-19 surging nationwide, and with increased cases in New York, SUNY has devised a comprehensive plan to keep this virus at bay throughout the flu season and through the spring semester,” said Chancellor Malatras. “We’ve demonstrated this past fall that by implementing an aggressive strategy to manage COVID, students can safely return to campus.

Complete guidance can be found here.

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