OCC Spring Semester Plan

OCC Spring Semester Plan

The State University of New York requires that all SUNY schools follow new guidelines for students coming to campus this spring.  In addition to the processes and guidelines already in place for the fall and winter terms, SUNY is requiring: 

Week 1 of Spring Semester Classes Remote

The spring semester will still start on February 1st as planned.  The first-week of classes will be conducted remotely.  Courses scheduled as face-to-face or Hyflex will be delivered in a synchronous, real-time remote format using virtual technology.  Please review your course in Blackboard for specific details from your instructor.  

Mandatory Weekly Covid Test 

All students who are taking classes on the OCC campus are required to complete and submit a Covid test within a week before the start of classes and then weekly throughout the semester.  If you are taking only online classes or working remotely and will not be on campus, this does not apply to you.  In addition, all OCC employees working on campus are required to test weekly.  

OCC will be offering free tests conducted using the non-invasive pooled saliva test (mouth swab) provided by SUNY Upstate starting the week of February 8.  Please check your email and texts for important information about your scheduled testing date and testing hours coming soon.  (For students who are scheduled for clinical or internship placements off-site weekly testing will start during the week of January 25 so that these activities may begin as planned in the week of February 1.)   

You can also complete your test at a facility of your choice, you are required to complete a form to document your test.

Daily Pre-screening Before Semester Start

Students who are taking classes on the OCC campus are required by SUNY to screen themselves every day for two weeks before the start of classes.  Students who answer yes to any of the questions below two weeks before the start of classes should complete the screening form to let us know.  

  1. Do you currently have a fever (temperature 100.4 over above)?  

  1. Have you knowingly been in close or proximate contact in the past 14 days with anyone who has tested positive for COVID-19 or who has or had symptoms of COVID-19 

  1. Have you tested positive for COVID-19 in the past 14 days; or 

  1. Have you experienced any symptoms of COVID-19 in the past 14 days (fever, cough, shortness of breath, or at least two of the following symptoms: fever, chills, repeated shaking with chills, muscle pain, headache, sore throat, or new loss of taste or smell)? Or any cold or flu-like symptoms in the last 14 days (to include fever, cough, sore throat, respiratory illness, difficulty breathing)? 

7-day Quarantine Before the Start of Classes

Students who are taking classes on the OCC campus are required  by SUNY to quarantine for 7 days before returning to campus.   

This requirement does not apply to students taking only online classes who will not be on campus.  Students who have a job and cannot quarantine or need to attend high school in person during this time are also exempt from this requirement.  

If you do not meet these exemptions and cannot quarantine, please let us know by completing the exception form.  

Additional Guidelines

The impact of the pandemic has necessitated numerous changes to support students and to ensure safety for all members of the campus community. These changes include: 

  • All learning spaces have been measured to determine maximum allowable density.

  • Schedules for labs that require in-person, hands-on learning are staggered for density purposes, allowing all students the opportunity to receive in-person instruction time from faculty as they normally would.
  • Some classes are a combination of in-person and remote. For example, a class with 18 students which meets three days a week may have 6 students in-person Monday, a different 6 students in-person Wednesday, and a different 6 students in-person Friday. Students not in physical attendance will interact with the class and their professors virtually and in real-time. If a student becomes ill, he or she will be able to keep up with classes and coursework from a distance.
  • Some classes are delivered entirely remotely—either in real-time or in traditional online formats where students participate on their own schedule.
  • All residence hall bedrooms are singles (one student per room). There are no doubles or triples. Students living in suite-style units will continue to share common spaces in those suites in small, “family-style” groups.
  • One of the College’s four residence halls will remain empty and reserved for quarantine purposes, if necessary.
  • Students will move into residence halls during a staggered, four-day period. Students will undergo a health screening upon arrival.
  • One of the campus’s three entrances will be open and everyone who comes to campus will undergo a brief health screening every day. Students living in residence halls will also be screened daily. Screenings will continue as long as recommended by New York State.
  • All classrooms, residence halls, and campus common areas are cleaned and disinfected on a daily basis.
Please note that the reopening plan is subject to change due to new information, guidance and/or direction from the state.