Cazenovia College welcomes students back to campus this week, and has once again put stringent health and safety measures and regular testing protocols in place in the hope that the Spring 2021 semester can be completed with students in residence and taking classes in person, as they did for the full Fall 2020 semester.
Classes begin February 1, and the College has announced these testing and screening requirements:
- All students planning to come to campus must have evidence of a negative COVID-19 test conducted within 7 days prior to their arrival on campus. This includes residential students and students commuting to campus for a class(es).
- In addition to pre-arrival testing, a COVID rapid test will be administered at the College upon check-in for all students planning to take classes on campus and those who will live in residence halls.
- Employees are also required to have a negative test result within the 7 days prior to their return to work on campus this semester.
- Intermittent COVID surveillance testing is planned for students and employees weekly at least into March. Between 5 and 10 percent of the population will be tested each time and the testing pool will include commuting students.
- Employees will continue to complete daily health screenings prior to arrival on campus.
- Pop-up student health screening sites are planned every other week to conduct temperature checks and to provide in-person COVID screening question checks. The College will screen at least 10 percent of the campus student population each time these occur.
- The College will start the semester with a “no visitors” policy relating to in-room residence hall visitation.
- Student activities will take restrictions of social distancing and mask wearing into account. The College is looking at the possibility of providing outdoor heating, seating and lighting to offer students areas for safe, outdoor activities.
- The college will continue to monitor conditions and protocols throughout the semester based on input and information from New York State and its counties.
The College was one of just a few higher education institutions in Upstate New York that successfully completed all 14 weeks last semester with in-person classes and with students housed in campus residence halls.
As semester ended in November 2020, College President Ron Chesbrough congratulated the community for its diligence following the stringent conditions that had been implemented. He cited the sound strategic planning of leadership, regular testing and reporting measures, staff and student willingness to commit to a “Caz Strong” pledge to uphold safety protocols, and a focus on the wellbeing of fellow campus community members as the underpinnings of that success. He specifically cited students’ willingness to forego typical college experiences as instrumental to avoiding the spread of COVID-19 on campus as a major factor contributing to that success