Further guidance regarding the next few weeks
Posted on: Friday, March 13, 2020 at 5:44 PM
We know there are many questions and concerns regarding yesterday’s COVID-19 (coronavirus) message to campus. We are working closely with SUNY, local and state health departments, and other state agencies to act consistently with their guidance, some of which is still forthcoming.
Spring break is being extended one full week to enable the College to prepare for remote instruction. There will be no classes from March 16 – 27, including all current online and seated courses. Issues regarding student-costs are still to be determined and will be communicated at a later date.
We are recommending that all students take home whatever they need (books, notes, etc.) to continue their coursework from off-campus.
Tips for distance learning
SUNY New Paltz is committed to continuing distance instruction so that students may complete their academic requirements this semester. We are offering guidance and support for students who are not familiar with Blackboard and other distance learning platforms.
As we reported yesterday, we are in the process of developing a comprehensive plan to maximize course delivery via distance learning. Here are a few initial resources that may be helpful. Please stay tuned for further guidance and support.
- Open SUNY’s Characteristics of a Successful Online Learner resource with suggestions on how to be successful in an online format.
- The “Support” tab in Blackboard includes links to a number of useful tools to help students.
- For Blackboard related issues, students can make use of the following resources:
Effective immediately and for the remainder of the semester, there will be no visitors permitted (daytime or overnight) in the Residence Halls. We ask students who remain on campus to be mindful of practicing good public health policies by not traveling back and forth from areas with high levels of COVID-19 outbreaks.
Work Study students will also be able to work on and off campus and remain in the residence halls to do so for the same reasons mentioned above. Student Sodexo or Bookstore employees need to contact those areas to understand work schedules and expectations.
TA’s and GA’s will be given alternate work assignments that can be done in a remote location. Those who are resident students will also be allowed to remain in the residence halls.
We will continue to provide updates as they become available
Please continue to monitor your campus email, the College website and other institutional channels for the latest news and updates in the coming days and weeks.
Additional information and resources related to SUNY New Paltz’s contingency planning and preparedness is available online at https://newpaltz.edu/contingency/.
Barbara Lyman, Interim Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs
Stephanie Blaisdell, Vice President for Student Affairs
Message originally distributed via: Office of the President