Under what circumstances would the College need to pivot to fully remote learning for two weeks?
SUNY New Paltz would be required to pivot to fully remote instruction for two weeks in the event that a total of 100 students, faculty or staff within our on-campus community test positive for COVID-19 within a 14-day period.
This is pursuant to guidance issued by Governor Cuomo on Aug. 28, outlining when colleges and universities in New York will be required to transition to a fully remote learning format. The guidance reads in part:
“Whenever the lesser of 100 individuals or 5% of the total on-campus population – inclusive of students, faculty, and staff – of a higher education institution location test positive for COVID-19 within a 14-day period, the location must immediately (1) transition all in-person learning to remote format(s) and (2) limit on-campus activities for a period of 14 days.”
Since 5% of 4,598 is approximately 230, “the lesser of 100 individuals or 5% of the total on-campus population” for New Paltz is 100.