On June 25, 2020, New York State’s Governor signed Executive Order 205 that issued a travel advisory for states and territories who are experiencing significant community-wide spread of COVID-19, you can read the list at https://coronavirus.health.ny.gov/covid-19-travel-advisory#restricted-states. This travel advisory requires that any person traveling to New York from one of these states must complete an online health assessment form located at https://forms.ny.gov/s3/Welcome-to-New-York-State-Traveler-Health-Form. It further mandates that these people must self-quarantine for 14 days. Failure to comply with this executive order can result in fines of $2,000. Furthermore, any New York employee (including employees of SUNY Schenectady who knowingly travels to a state on the travel advisory list in a non-essential capacity will forgo their paid sick leave benefits from New York State's COVID-19 paid sick leave law for the duration of their 14 day quarantine.
Executive Order 202.45 required the same provisions as the above Executive Order for international travel to any country designated by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) as a level two or three health risk (https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/travelers/map-and-travel-notices.html) must also complete the online health form and self-quarantine for 14 days.
Any student or staff, who plans to travel to a travel advisory state or arrives to New York from a foreign country or a travel advisory state, must contact SUNY Schenectady. SUNY Schenectady will require that these individuals quarantine for 14 days and submit a screenshot of the last page of the required New York Health form prior to being permitted on campus.
SUNY Schenectady is a commuter school; therefore, we are unable to provide a quarantine arrangement for any student arriving from a travel advisory state or foreign country. All students will receive communication from SUNY Schenectady prior to the beginning of the fall semester, which will address the quarantine mandate by New York State. Any individual who is unable to secure appropriately quarantine arrangements will be directed to the Department of Health regarding their living arrangement. Appropriate quarantine arrangements is defined as:
- The individual must be situated in separate quarters with a separate bathroom facility for each individual or family group. Access to a sink with soap, water, and paper towels is necessary. Cleaning supplies (e.g. household cleaning wipes, bleach) must be provided in any shared bathroom.
- The individual must have a way to self-quarantine from household members as soon as fever or other symptoms develop, in a separate room(s) with a separate door. Given that an exposed person might become ill while sleeping, the exposed person must sleep in a separate bedroom from household members.
- Food must be delivered to the person’s quarters
International students will be contacted directly by the Assistant Vice President for Student Affairs to identify their fall living arrangements and to explain any restrictions they may have prior to the beginning of the fall semester. All staff and students will be required to submit a screenshot of the last page of this online health form prior to returning to campus. The Office of Human Resources will be the designated office for employees and the Office of Student Affairs will be the designated for students.
Higher Education Emergency Relief Funding for Students (HEERF)
SUNY Schenectady has received $2,266,692 from the U.S Department of Education through the CARES Act. A minimum of 50% of this funding, or $1,113,346, shall be distributed to eligible students who experienced a financial hardship due to the disruption of campus operations for qualifying expenses. Below is the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund application and instructions. Please read the instructions and application carefully before applying.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Recommendations
The best way to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed to this virus. However, as a reminder, CDC always recommends everyday preventive actions to help prevent the spread of respiratory diseases, including:
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
- Stay home when you are sick.
- Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
- Follow CDC’s recommendations for using a facemask.
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
All Campus Updates
Read all of the campus communications regarding COVID-19.
Important Phone Numbers
New York State Coronavirus Health Hotline
Schenectady County Public Health Services (SCPHS) Communicable Disease Department
518-386-2824, option 4
After Hours 518-437-7878