As Columbia-Greene Community College, a commuter institution without residence halls, prepares to conclude the fall 2020 semester, the steps described below will be taken to ensure, to the extent possible, the health and safety not only of students and employees but also the communities served by the College.
Since the opening of the 2020 – 2021 academic year on September 8, 2020, the College has been following its CoGreene Forward: Operations Plan that includes daily screening of all students and employees on campus and strict protocols with respect to daily deep cleaning and sanitizing; wearing protective face coverings and other PPE as needed; and maintaining social distancing at all times. In early October, C-GCC began mandatory COVID-19 pooled surveillance testing for students enrolled in face-to-face classes and highly encouraged employees working on campus to be tested as well.
With the upcoming Thanksgiving and Winter Breaks, the College proposes the following testing plan:
Prior to Thanksgiving Break
Columbia-Greene will observe the Thanksgiving holiday from Wednesday, November 25, through Sunday, November 29, 2020. On-campus students and employees, along with any students using the College’s services such as the Academic Support Center, Computer Labs, and Library, will be tested on Tuesday, November 17, and Wednesday, November 18. The pooled samples will be delivered to Upstate Medical on Thursday, November 19, 2020, so that results will be received before the holiday.
Prior to Winter Break
Following the Thanksgiving Break, on-campus students and employees, as well as those using the services described above, will be tested on Tuesday, December 1, and Wednesday, December 2. The pooled samples will be delivered to Upstate Medical on Thursday, December 3, 2020.
Most face-to-face classes will end on Friday, December 18, 2020. To comport with the SUNY guidelines of administering tests to on-campus students and employees 10 days prior to the campus shutting down for the Winter Break, the College will be administering tests on Monday, December 7, and Tuesday, December 8. On-campus staff who are able to work remotely will be encouraged to do so the week of December 21, 2020, before the College closes at 5 p.m. on Wednesday, December 23, 2020.
On-campus students who fail to comport with the mandated Columbia-Greene Community College Testing Plan will face immediate sanctions that may include interim suspension or other interim action, to be determined by the Provost/Interim Vice President for Student Services. (See the Uniform Sanctioning in Response to COVID-19 Student Violations directive issued by SUNY Chancellor Dr. Jim Malatras on September 25, 2020: https://www.suny.edu/media/suny/content-assets/documents/chancellor/UniformSanctions-Response-COVID-19-Student-Violations.pdf.)
Exceptions to the Testing Plan
The following students may be exempted from the mandatory testing required on December 7 and December 8, 2020:
- Fully remote students (those neither taking face-to-face classes nor using any on-campus services).
- On-campus students providing documentation to the College’s nurse of a COVID-19 diagnostic result within the 10-day period.
- On-campus students providing documentation to the College’s nurse of a previous positive COVID-19 diagnostic result.
Testing Plan Review
The College is maintaining frequent contact with the Columbia and Greene Counties’ Departments of Health and extends gratitude to these agencies for providing volunteers to assist C-GCC on testing days.
The above policy has been reviewed and approved by the following:
Chuck Kaiser, Emergency Preparedness Coordinator, Columbia County Department of Health
Penny Martinez, Emergency Preparedness Coordinator, Greene County Department of Health
Plan submitted to SUNY November 14, 2020
Approved by SUNY November 16, 2020