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The SUNY Poly Pandemic Response Team released guidance for employee and supervisor response to COVID-19 illness and exposure. This document also contains related student illness and exposure guidance information.

SUNY Poly spring break remains unchanged. Spring break is from March 15 to 22, 2020.

Based on Governor Cuomo’s recent closing of places of assembly like gyms and fitness centers, our gyms and fitness center will be closed until further notice.

Distance learning includes two primary techniques, 1) Video conferencing or synchronous learning, often using Blackboard Collaborate or a similar platform, where all participants gather at the same time but from their chosen location and 2) Asynchronous learning, which involves participants sharing learning materials on their own schedule and from places of their choosing, though often with expectations and specific deadlines for sharing materials.

The SUNY Poly faculty are currently redesigning courses for the remainder of the semester to be delivered via distance education, using an appropriate combination of synchronous and asynchronous techniques.

Distance learning will begin on March 23, 2020 and continue through the end of the Spring 2020 semester.

The SUNY Poly Community Hub on Blackboard provides a wide range of resources for students and faculty.

There is currently no direction from CDC or other authority indicating we should be quarantining or handling packages any differently.  The CDC website indicates (3/10/2020) – “There is still a lot that is unknown about the newly emerged COVID-19 and how it spreads. Two other coronaviruses have emerged previously to cause severe illness in people (MERS-CoV and SARS-CoV). The virus that causes COVID-19 is more genetically related to SARS-CoV than MERS-CoV, but both are betacoronaviruses with their origins in bats. While we don’t know for sure that this virus will behave the same way as SARS-CoV and MERS-CoV, we can use the information gained from both of these earlier coronaviruses to guide us. In general, because of poor survivability of these coronaviruses on surfaces, there is likely very low risk of spread from products or packaging that are shipped over a period of days or weeks at ambient temperatures. Coronaviruses are generally thought to be spread most often by respiratory droplets. Currently there is no evidence to support transmission of COVID-19 associated with imported goods and there have not been any cases of COVID-19 in the United States associated with imported goods. Information will be provided on the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) website as it becomes available."

 

Please check back for additional FAQs regarding COVID-19.

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