Spring 2021 Semester COVID-19 Updates, News & Information

Sent to Spring 2021 Students: Jan. 15, 2021

Students:

As we prepare to welcome you back for the Spring 2021 semester at Hudson Valley Community College, our first priority is, as always, the health and safety of our campus community, including all students, faculty, and staff. Like you, we continue to respond to the challenges brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic by following CDC, state and county health department protocols. SUNY also guides and approves all academic, health and safety plans for all public colleges in the state, including Hudson Valley. Hudson Valley’s plans are outlined on the college’s COVID-19 webpage, where you can also find detailed information on policies, testing, health screening, and other important topics. 

This semester, the majority of our classes are being offered online or remotely, so most students will not be returning to campus. If you are not coming to campus, the information below will not apply to you. However, if you are taking at least one class on campus this semester, working on campus, or plan to come to campus to make use of college services in person (like the library or student support offices, for example), here’s what you need to know and do before you return. Please also review the “What Students Should Know” page on the college website for additional details.

Returning to Campus In Person

Though most instruction will take place online or remotely this spring semester, any student who will take at least one class on campus, utilize on-campus services, or work on campus must:

  • Self-screen each day for 14 days prior to return for symptoms of COVID-19, travel history and exposure to individuals with COVID-19. Health Services must be contacted for any of the following during this 14-day period:
    • Symptoms of COVID-19
    • Positive test for COVID-19
    • Travel outside of the United States or to states other than Connecticut, Massachusetts, New Jersey, Pennsylvania or Vermont
    • Exposure to any individuals with COVID-19 and/or quarantine orders issued by any health department
  • Complete a seven day precautionary quarantine prior to returning to campus. During this period, you should stay home and follow the New York State Department of Health guidance for precautionary quarantine. Exemptions may be granted to allow students to work during the quarantine period. To qualify for the exemption, you will need to document the COVID-19 safety protocols of your employer. The exemption will only apply to your ability to work. When not working, you will be expected to quarantine at home and away from others. To request an exemption, submit a request to healthservices@hvcc.edu, including the name of the employer and documentation of their COVID-19 safety protocols.
  • Submit evidence of a negative COVID-19 test. This can be accomplished by completing one of the following:
    • Participate in the college’s COVID-19 Pooled Surveillance Testing the week prior to return. Testing is offered in the Campus Center from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Mondays and Wednesdays through January 20 and from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday January 25 through Thursday January 28. Note: Students are not notified of negative results and are only contacted if their test result is positive.
    • Submit a negative result from a PCR or antigen test taken within three days of return to campus to healthservice@hvcc.edu. Note: Rapid tests are not considered diagnostic and are not acceptable as evidence of a negative test.
    • Submit evidence of a positive COVID-19 test result within the past 90 days to healthservice@hvcc.edu. If you have tested positive within the 30 days prior to your return to campus, you must also submit a Release from Isolation form issued by the health department in your county of residence.
  • Participate in daily health screening and weekly COVID-19 testing. Students may participate in the college’s COVID-19 Pooled Surveillance Testing offered in the Campus Center or submit the results of a PCR or antigen test to healthservice@hvcc.edu. Testing in one week authorizes you for on-campus activities the following week. You are encouraged to register for a standing appointment for a set day and time each week. If you are only on campus intermittently, you should undergo the testing the week prior to coming to campus.

Student Attestation

All students coming to campus during the spring 2021 semester must attest to comply with the above requirements and ongoing COVID-19 safety protocols. This attestation form must be filled out prior to the first day you return to campus.

Stay Informed

The college provides a weekly COVID-19 update to students published on Monday morning and available online as a Student Announcement, in Blackboard and delivered via email. SUNY also maintains a comprehensive dashboard of COVID-19 testing and infection rate status across the system and at each campus.

Be Responsible

Each of us can take small steps to protect ourselves and the campus community. Because COVID-19 is highly contagious, these simple measures apply both on and off-campus:

  • Wear face coverings (masks) at all times on campus, including in classrooms, conference rooms and other public spaces, even when you are outdoors or are able to maintain six feet of social distancing.
  • Regularly wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds and use hand sanitizer when soap and water are not available.
  • Stay home if you are sick or have potentially been exposed to COVID-19.
  • Practice social distancing at all times to reduce transmission, even while wearing a mask.

Thank you in advance for everything you are doing and will do to make 2021 safe for you, your fellow students, and the campus and greater community. Please know that all college offices and services are open and ready to serve you, whether you are studying on campus, online or remotely, and we wish you the best of luck as we begin the new semester!

Sincerely,

Louis Coplin
Vice President for Student Affairs