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Novel Coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19) Information

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Novel Coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19) Information

Fulton-Montgomery Community College is following guidance from local public health officials, SUNY and NYS Department of Health regarding monitoring and response to Novel Coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19).

About Novel Coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19)

You can learn more about the Novel Coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19), including how it spreads, symptoms, prevention, updates on the situation and more on the following websites:

If You Believe You’ve Been Exposed

Guidance for Students, Faculty and Staff:

  • If you do not have any symptoms, self-isolate and contact Campus Public Safety at (518) 736-3622 ext. 8405 during regular business hours before coming to campus to receive further guidance.
  • If you exhibit symptoms associated with the Novel Coronavirus 2019 or COVID-19, self-isolate and contact Campus Public Safety at (518) 736-3622 ext. 8405 during regular business hours before coming to campus, or call your local health department. On weekends and after regular business hours, please call a local healthcare provider before seeking care. Follow their guidance before returning to campus.

NOTE: You should not come to campus until you have received specific guidance from Public Safety staff and have been cleared to return.

If You Know of Someone Else Who Has Traveled to CDC Designated Regions or Been Exposed

  • If you know of a member of the college community who has traveled to one of the CDC-designated regions or otherwise been exposed, refer them to the guidance on this page and contact Public Safety at (518) 736-3622 ext. 8405.
  • Individuals who have traveled to CDC-designated regions or have otherwise been exposed may be required to self-isolate before returning to campus.

Absenteeism Due to Novel Coronavirus 2019 or COVID-19

The college is committed to supporting students, faculty and staff members who may be affected by the Novel Coronavirus 2019 or COVID-19 and is following SUNY, state and federal education agency guidance on accommodations and academic continuity. Reasonable efforts will be made to accommodate members of the college community who are subject to isolation due to Novel Coronavirus 2019 or COVID-19.

Guidance for Students:

  • Students who are subject to isolation due to the Novel Coronavirus 2019 or COVID-19 should communicate with the Student Development Center at (518) 736-3622 ext. 8140 to determine individual accommodations and a plan of action for academic continuity.

Guidance for Faculty and Staff:

  • College employees who are subject to isolation due to the Novel Coronavirus 2019 or COVID-19 should communicate with their immediate supervisors and Human Resources to determine individual accommodations and specific next steps.
  • Faculty members with students who are affected by the Novel Coronavirus 2019 or COVID-19 are asked to make reasonable accommodations to support student academic continuity while following appropriate guidelines related to the Novel Coronavirus 2019 or COVID-19. Faculty are asked to communicate with affected students and with the Acting Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs to determine next steps for specific cases and/or course-specific policies.

College-Related Information

Travel Guidance

  • All members of the college community should follow the travel warnings of the CDC and the U.S. Department of State. Members of the college community are advised to refrain from traveling to countries with active CDC travel guidance Level 2 or Level 3 warnings in effect for Novel Coronavirus 2019 or COVID-19, especially China, Italy, Iran, Japan or South Korea, where New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo announced the suspension of study abroad programs in early March.
  • The CDC has compiled a list of international locations with widespread or sustained community transmission of Novel Coronavirus 2019 or COVID-19, and it is updated as new information emerges. Please refer to this list on the CDC’s Coronavirus Disease 2019 Information for Travel webpage when making any international travel decisions.
  • Be informed that if you are planning a trip to one of the CDC-identified geographic regions; are currently visiting one of these locations; have returned from one of these locations within 14 days; or otherwise believe you have been exposed, you may be required to self-isolate off-campus before returning to campus. Contact the Public Safety Office at (518) 736-3622 ext. 8405 for guidance before returning to campus.
  • As directed by SUNY, all members of the college community are required to contact Public Safety if they are now in or planning to travel to or return from a Level 2 or 3 area including China, Italy, Iran, Japan or South Korea, or if they otherwise believe they have been exposed.
  • As this is a fluid situation, travel guidance may be issued for additional areas or raised to higher levels, leading to unexpected consequences such as delays in returning or quarantines. Individuals should carefully consider their own circumstances prior to travel. For up-to-date travel guidance, please refer to the CDC’s Coronavirus Disease 2019 Information for Travel webpage.

Cleaning Protocols

In response to Governor Cuomo’s announcement of new cleaning protocols to assist in preventing the potential spread of the Novel Coronavirus 2019 or COVID-19, the college will be following the NYS Department of Health’s School Cleaning and Disinfection Guidance.