Queensborough Community College Safe Campus Reopening Plan

Submitted: August 7, 2020
Revised: August 20, 2020
Revised: September 15, 2020


This plan relies heavily upon, and makes liberal use of, the language and content contained in the CUNY Guidelines for Safe Reopening dated July 16, 2020.


Last Updated: September 2020

Campus Reopening and Operations for Fall 2020

Table of Contents

Reopening Committee, Coronavirus Coordinator and Coronavirus Campus Liaison

Queensborough Community College (QCC) formally established a reopening committee and held the first meeting of the Committee on July 16, 2020, the date the Guidelines for Safe Campus Reopening were released by the University.  The reopening committee was established by augmenting QCC's standing Emergency Management Team with an Emergency Management Advisory Group (EMAG)—a representative body that has been activated at different times in the past to address emergency management issues.  The full EMAG includes the directors/heads of Environmental Health and Safety, Health Services, Public Safety, Buildings, Grounds and Facilities, Information Technology, Human Resources; the elected PSC and DC37 representatives, the designated head of the academic Department Chairs, the Chair of the Faculty Executive Committee, the Chair of the Academic Senate and the President of the Student Government Association. The President, Chief Operating Officer, Provost, Vice President for Finance and Administration/Coronavirus Campus Coordinator, Vice President for Student Affairs and the Vice President and Chief Marketing and Communication Officer/Coronavirus Campus Liaisons also serve on the EMAG/reopening committee.

The EMAG began its work by endorsing an approach whereby QCC would provide on campus, in person instruction and services for Fall 2020 only on an exception basis. With this approach, all classes would be fully online and all services and work would be conducted via telecommuting, unless a plan for a class, instructional activity or a support/administrative service was advanced for review to the EMAG. Each Vice President was responsible for soliciting proposals, and each proposal identified to receive full consideration was vetted, reviewed and revised as needed to address the requirements mandated by the CUNY Guidelines for Safe Campus Reopening.

Vice President for Finance & Administration, William Faulkner, has been designated as the Coronavirus Coordinator and will be responsible for fulfilling the requirements of that role as set forth in the CUNY Guidelines.

  • Serve as the campus safety monitor, responsible for ensuring continuous compliance with all aspects of the campus's reopening plan.
  • Lead and coordinate the work of the Campus Reopening Committee (chaired by the Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer) and serve as the primary conduit between the campus and CUNY Central on reopening- related matters.
  • Receive information from the Coronavirus Campus Liaison on COVID-19 exposures and ensure that local health officials are immediately notified upon the identification of positive cases.
  • Receive confidential reports via email hotline on issues with non-compliance with social distancing, hygiene, or safety practices.
  • Support the work of heads of campus facilities, as described in Part 1, Section C, “Operational Considerations for Facilities and Grounds,” of the CUNY Guidelines to support the identification and implementation of physical, operational and cleaning protocols.
  • Per NYS Guidelines on Return to Work, identify and designate supervisory-level employees or health care professionals to conduct campus screenings.
  • Designate roles and responsibilities as indicated throughout NYS, NYC, CUNY and other
  • Maintain and securely store an adequate supply of PPE, hyenine and disinfecting supplies, thermometers, and other necessary items, as available.

Vice President for Marketing & Communications, Stephen Di Dio, has been designated as the Coronavirus Campus Liaison and will be responsible for fulfilling the requirements of that role as set forth in the CUNY Guidelines.

  • Receive, collate and distribute information from the online NYS Daily Health Screening Templates and from campus screeners.
  • Provide a daily report on COVID-19 exposures using the CUNY checkbox survey

to the SVC for Institutional Affairs and the Campus Reopening Committee.

  • Receive the completed mandatory health screening assessment templates from students, faculty and staff and immediately notify the Coronavirus Campus Coordinator of any possible positive cases reported through the screening process.
  • Provide data reporting to ensure campus and Central decision-makers can calibrate reopening/reclosing plans based on the health status of the campus community. This data will be reviewed as necessary by the Chancellery/COO's Office and Campus Reopening Committees with local and state health
  • Coordinate with the Departments of Health Services and Human Resources to contact trace those who were in close contact with a confirmed or probable COIVD case.
  • Activate notification protocol in consultation with VC for Marketing and Communication.

Once QCC's reopening plan is approved, the EMAG will monitor the status of reopening activities in relation to the reopening plan, continuously monitor local health conditions and modify the reopening plan, in consultation with the Chancellery, as needed, including overseeing the shutdown of in-person campus operations, should that become necessary.

Phased Reopening, by Service/Facility

Pursuant to the definitions and guidance set forth in the Considerations for Reopening Facilities & Services in Stages document, applicable sections embedded below, Queensborough Community College has made the determination that work for most of the support services specifically delineated in the document, as well as support services and operations that are not specifically mentioned, can be done effectively via telecommuting throughout the Fall 20 semester, and given that Phase/Stage 1 permits operation at up to 25% of normal capacity, there is limited need to anticipate a move to Phase/Stage 2, 3 or 4 for most support services and operations at this time.

General provisions for Phase/Stage 1 support services operating on-campus include that Phase/Stage 1 services will have limited staff on campus, and, for other than essential employees, staff presence will only be on an as needed basis; and no students will be serviced on campus, with the exception of the QCC Food Pantry. Where an employee or employees of a particular department must come on campus to perform the limited work that cannot be accomplished remotely or to facilitate the remote operations of the department, access to the campus will be on a pre-approved, appointment only basis. A Campus Access electronic form, see Appendix A, has been developed. Employees will log in using their QCC single sign on to complete the request. Only employees who have completed the required training will be permitted to access the form to make an appointment. All requests must be approved by the applicable Vice President and the Coronavirus Coordinator. The Coronavirus Coordinator will evaluate the visit and determine any conditions attached to the visit. PPE, social distancing and any safety plan necessary will be determined and communicated to the employee(s). Areas for such visits have been designated for each building and floor, see Appendix B, delineating ingress and egress routes, including elevator/stairs to the space and the designated restroom facilities for the area. Employees will be asked to complete the Everbridge health screening app as close as possible, ideally one hour, before coming to campus, but must be satisfactorily completed no sooner than 12 hours before an approved appointment. See Everbridge Health Screening app, Appendix C. Employee will present to Public Safety for their appointment, and will show their ID. Public Safety will verify that they have an approved appointment and have completed the Everbridge screening app and have been cleared to safely come back to campus . Public safety will be provided any applicable safety plan in advance of the visit.

Instruction

QCC faculty have understandably expressed concerns regarding online instruction, but have generally agreed that most classes can be presented adequately online as an emergency measure. Among the proposals considered, pursuant to the exception-based process described above, by the EMAG for in-person instruction, two were considered by the President to sufficiently mitigate the risk associated with offering a portion of the course to students on campus during the Fall semester. As of September 9, the President has considered a shortened Massage Therapy practicum program for second year students in this AAS program, as well as limited access for two Biology Medical Assistant program on campus labs of 8 hour per student and Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) sections of 4 hours for a limited number of students requiring certification. Due consideration and study was given to the plans developed, all of which addressed the myriad of requirements set forth in the Guidelines, including space requirements, PPE and the ability to social distance.

There are no Phase 2 or 3 plans for instruction for the Fall 2020 semester. Even if conditions improve dramatically, students who are taking a course online cannot be expected to alter their personal and work plans to suddenly be advised that instruction will change to in-person mid-semester. It is also noted that Phase 1 does permit the flexibility to operate at 25% of normal capacity, which provides considerable flexibility to consider further access requests as the semester transpires.

The first proposal approved was a hybrid proposal for Nursing 101. The approved plan for Nursing 101 is attached as Appendix D.

A second proposal, now revised to provide greater social distancing, to permit Emergency Management Technician students from the Spring 2020 semester to access the campus on Saturdays during the Fall 2020 semester to complete the in-person requirements they were unable to complete in the Spring has also been approved and is attached as Appendix E.

The Massage Therapy AAS program has requested access to the Student Union where classes can be held with maximum social distancing for year two students in order to maintain their progression through the curriculum and degree completion. Lab classes would begin in mid-September and be completed prior to Thanksgiving break. This has been reviewed and approved by the College for consideration and the complete plan can be found in Appendix F.

The College has also reviewed and approved a Biology Department request to have lap and equipment access for the Medical Assistant program to complete an 8 hour training session for a limited number of students for both EKG (electrocardiography) Technology and Phlebotomy training on select days and evenings in November. The completed plan can be found in Appendix G.

The College has also approved request to have Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) training for nursing and other students who are required to obtain this certification. This completed plan can be found in Appendix H.

Faculty have (and are expected to continue to) requested access to the campus to prepare for Fall instruction. Every effort will be made to accommodate these requests, which must abide by the strict protocol described above for campus access. Requests have also been received from faculty to access campus classrooms and facilities synchronous to the days and times their online classes will meet. Because of the risk of coordinating many such requests, and since each faculty member must be prepared to teach their class remotely as conditions change, these are unlikely to be approved during Stage 1 absent unforeseen or exceptional circumstances, including improved safety conditions.

Food Pantry

The QCC Food Pantry is, in normal times, conveniently located in the Student Union on Campus. QCC Staff and volunteers involved in preparing and distributing foods will follow all NYS and NYC safe food handling guidelines. The QCC Food Pantry does not stock or offer perishable items. All staff and volunteers working at the Food Pantry will complete a survey and will be screened for temperature on a daily basis prior to working on Campus and will wear a face masks at all times. Occupancy in the Food Pantry will be limited to one person at a time.

Staff and volunteers will be advised and signage will be in place to ensure that they wash or sanitize their hands:

  • before entering and exiting the facility
  • after contact with students, faculty, staff and members of the public
  • after any pick-up

The Pantry will provide alcohol-based hand sanitizer for students and others receiving packaged and pre-packaged food. All surfaces that staff, volunteers, and students touch, including doorknobs, counters, and other surfaces, will be frequently disinfected and social distancing will be practiced.

QCC is currently developing a plan to pre-package approximately 10 food items in a ‘care package’ that students can simply pick up at a designated area, thereby cutting down on unnecessary traffic and interaction on Campus. We are also exploring the use of local supermarket gifts cards which could be provided to students, reducing the need to travel to campus. We believe that based on the volume of activity experienced since classes have been fully online, essential employees already required to be on campus can continue to provide Food Pantry access or care packages as needed. If volume increases substantially, this plan will have to be reconsidered and access for students will continue as necessary through Stages 2, 3 and 4.

Health Services

Reopening Stages:

  • Stage 1 (maximum of 25% of normal campus occupancy)
    • All activities that can be done remotely from home should be done from home, including all seminars, group meetings, etc.
    • Limited faculty/staff to be on campus
      • Proposed Approach for Specific Areas During Stage 1:
        • Health and Wellness Services – open remotely for students on and off campus.
  • Stage 2 (maximum of 50% of normal campus occupancy)
    • A gradual expansion of the number of activities on campus and in the field is anticipated during this phase while ensuring compliance with sound public health practices including the use of heightened cleaning, staggered access, and physical distancing protocols.
    • If work is being done effectively via telecommuting, there should be no change to on-campus working until the threat of the pandemic is fundamentally reduced.
      • Proposed Approach for Specific Areas During Stage 2:
        • Health and Wellness Services – open remotely and in-person for students on campus with physical distancing and public health protocols; remote services are still the preferred option.
  • Stage 3 (maximum of 75% of normal campus occupancy)
    • If work is being done effectively via telecommuting, there should be no change to on-campus working until the threat of the pandemic is fundamentally reduced.
      • Proposed Approach for Specific Areas During Phase 3:
        • Health and Wellness Services – open remotely and in-person for students on campus with physical distancing and public health protocols; remote services are still the preferred option.
  • Stage 4 (100% of normal campus occupancy)
    • Normal operations resume within prescribed hygiene, health, and safety protocols.
      • Health and Wellness services – open on campus for all students

On the basis of the proviso that work can be done effectively by telecommuting, and because of the extremely limited presence of students on campus, Health Services at QCC plans to maintain Stage 1 operations throughout the Fall 2020 semester. Should an emergency arise on campus while licensed Health Services personnel are present on campus, they will respond onsite, wearing full PPE of mask, face shield, gown and gloves, and assess, assist and advise as conditions warrant. Health Services personnel are available remotely for consultation 7 days per week during campus hours of operation.

Onsite Library Operations

  • Physical Access Stage 0: Online-only services, with no staff onsite; all classes online
  • Physical Access Stage 1: Online-only services, with minimal staff onsite; most classes online
  • Physical Access Stage 2: Online services and limited patron access to physical library; combination of in-person and virtual classes
  • Physical Access Stage 3: Online services and expanded patron access to physical library; combination of in-person and virtual classes
  • Physical Access Stage 4: Online services and full patron access to physical library; most classes in-person

Table 1: Stages of Physical Access to CUNY Library Spaces During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Library Spaces/Services During the COVID-19 Pandemic Stage 0 Stage 1 Stage 2 Stage 3 Stage 4
Online reference services a check signifying this space or service is available for this stage a check signifying this space or service is available for this stage a check signifying this space or service is available for this stage a check signifying this space or service is available for this stage a check signifying this space or service is available for this stage
Library instruction a check signifying this space or service is available for this stage a check signifying this space or service is available for this stage a check signifying this space or service is available for this stage a check signifying this space or service is available for this stage a check signifying this space or service is available for this stage
Research consultations a check signifying this space or service is available for this stage a check signifying this space or service is available for this stage a check signifying this space or service is available for this stage a check signifying this space or service is available for this stage a check signifying this space or service is available for this stage
Collection development a check signifying this space or service is available for this stage a check signifying this space or service is available for this stage a check signifying this space or service is available for this stage a check signifying this space or service is available for this stage a check signifying this space or service is available for this stage
E-reserves a check signifying this space or service is available for this stage a check signifying this space or service is available for this stage a check signifying this space or service is available for this stage a check signifying this space or service is available for this stage a check signifying this space or service is available for this stage
Interlibrary loan electronic delivery a check signifying this space or service is available for this stage a check signifying this space or service is available for this stage a check signifying this space or service is available for this stage a check signifying this space or service is available for this stage a check signifying this space or service is available for this stage
Onsite staffing not available for this stage a check signifying this space or service is available for this stage a check signifying this space or service is available for this stage a check signifying this space or service is available for this stage a check signifying this space or service is available for this stage
Returned materials processing not available for this stage a check signifying this space or service is available for this stage a check signifying this space or service is available for this stage a check signifying this space or service is available for this stage a check signifying this space or service is available for this stage
Document Delivery (staff scanning) not available for this stage a check signifying this space or service is available for this stage a check signifying this space or service is available for this stage a check signifying this space or service is available for this stage a check signifying this space or service is available for this stage
Contactless pickup and delivery (includes interlibrary loan books) not available for this stage not available for this stage a check signifying this space or service is available for this stage a check signifying this space or service is available for this stage a check signifying this space or service is available for this stage
Inter-CUNY Delivery (CLICS) not available for this stage not available for this stage a check signifying this space or service is available for this stage a check signifying this space or service is available for this stage a check signifying this space or service is available for this stage
Interlibrary loan book lending and scanning not available for this stage not available for this stage a check signifying this space or service is available for this stage a check signifying this space or service is available for this stage a check signifying this space or service is available for this stage
Patron access to spaces (includes special collections) not available for this stage not available for this stage not available for this stage a check signifying this space or service is available for this stage a check signifying this space or service is available for this stage
Library Computer Use not available for this stage not available for this stage not available for this stage a check signifying this space or service is available for this stage a check signifying this space or service is available for this stage
Library Printing not available for this stage not available for this stage not available for this stage a check signifying this space or service is available for this stage a check signifying this space or service is available for this stage
Library Study Spaces not available for this stage not available for this stage not available for this stage a check signifying this space or service is available for this stage a check signifying this space or service is available for this stage
Equipment Loans not available for this stage not available for this stage not available for this stage not available for this stage a check signifying this space or service is available for this stage
Open Stacks not available for this stage not available for this stage not available for this stage not available for this stage a check signifying this space or service is available for this stage
Print Reserves not available for this stage not available for this stage not available for this stage not available for this stage a check signifying this space or service is available for this stage


The Kurt R. Schmeller Library is presently operating at Stage 0. We will gradually increase through stages one and two:

  • Physical Access Stage 0: Online-only services, with no staff onsite; all classes online

    The library has been offering 24/7 online reference service (in collaboration with our reference partnership). We have been offering online classes, mostly in Blackboard. Librarians have been working together on techniques to enhance online instruction.

  • Physical Access Stage 1: Online-only services, with minimal staff onsite; all classes online

    Support staff employees in the library to handle books that have been returned. Returned books need to be quarantined for four days before they can be shelved and loaned. Staff would be able to check books back into the library. Staff would also be able to check in print periodicals. We have suspended our print newspaper subscriptions and will not restart them until the library is actually open. However we still get some print journals that need to be checked in and put away.

  • Physical Access Stage 2: Online services and limited patron access to physical library; combination of in-person and virtual classes

    The limited staff required on campus to process inter-library loan and inter-CUNY delivery will follow the “Campus Request Access” protocol referenced earlier.

Mental Health Services

    • Stage 1 (maximum of 25% of normal campus occupancy)
      • All activities that can be done remotely from home should be done from home, including all seminars, group meetings, etc.
      • Limited faculty/staff to be on campus
        • Proposed Approach for Specific Areas During Stage 1:
          • Counseling Services – open remotely for students.
    • Stage 2 (maximum of 50% of normal campus occupancy)
      • A gradual expansion of the number of activities on campus and in the field is anticipated during this phase while ensuring compliance with sound public health practices including the use of heightened cleaning, staggered access, and physical distancing protocols.
      • If work is being done effectively via telecommuting, there should be no change to on-campus working until the threat of the pandemic is fundamentally reduced.
        • In this stage:
          • Counseling Services – open remotely for students.
    • Stage 3 (maximum of 75% of normal campus occupancy)
      • If work is being done effectively via telecommuting, there should be no change to on-campus working until the threat of the pandemic is fundamentally reduced.
        • In this stage:
          • Counseling Services – open remotely for students on and off campus.
    • Stage 4 (100% of normal campus occupancy)
      • Normal operations resume within prescribed hygiene, health, and safety protocols.
        • Counseling services – open on campus and remotely for all students

On the basis of the proviso that work can be done effectively by telecommuting, and because of the extremely limited presence of students on campus, Counseling Services at QCC plans to maintain Stage 1 operations throughout the Fall 2020 semester. Counselors are available on an appointment basis and screen calls to assess and appropriately see/refer students in an emergency situation.

QCC will frequently communicate available support resources to faculty, students, and employees, as follows:

    • The Benefits and Wellness page on the QCC and CUNY websites for additional
    • QCC will communicate and refer faculty and staff to CUNY's University-wide mental health trainings to be launched in Summer 2020 when available
    • To honor and mourns the CUNY faculty, staff, students, alumni and retirees lost to the COVID-19 pandemic, QCC & CUNY have created In Memoriam pages and employees will be encouraged to participate as a way of grieving the loss of so many.
    • QCC will explore providing available resources, workshops, mindfulness, and other skill building programs to support employees in a virtual environment by partnering with the Department of Health Physical Education and Dance. In partnership with the QCC Counseling Center, the Division of Marketing and Communication will continue its #WellnessWednesday campaign to increase students' awareness of campus mental health resources and the benefits of seeking help from those services. The division will also continue to partner with the Department of Human Resources and Labor Relations to promote these resources to faculty and staff.

Student Life / Inclusion – Student Activities

  • Stage 1 (maximum of 25% of normal campus occupancy)
    • All activities that can be done remotely from home should be done from home, including all seminars, group meetings, etc.
    • Limited faculty/staff to be on campus
      • Proposed Approach for Specific Areas During Stage 1:
        • Student Activities – open remotely for students
  • Stage 2 (maximum of 50% of normal campus occupancy)
    • A gradual expansion of the number of activities on campus and in the field is anticipated during this phase while ensuring compliance with sound public health practices including the use of heightened cleaning, staggered access, and physical distancing protocols.
    • If work is being done effectively via telecommuting, there should be no change to on-campus working until the threat of the pandemic is fundamentally reduced.
      • In this stage:
        • Student Activities – open remotely for students
  • Stage 3 (maximum of 75% of normal campus occupancy)
    • If work is being done effectively via telecommuting, there should be no change to on-campus working until the threat of the pandemic is fundamentally reduced.
      • In this phase:
        • Student Activities– hybrid model for events and meetings; some can still occur remotely and some can happen in person. Assess spaces and determine if gatherings are possible in compliance with social distancing and cleaning guidelines. Coordinate with campus events planning committees, CSAOs, CAAOs, Facilities Managers, Reservations, Public Safety, and EHS to approve gatherings and to set up rooms for proper social distancing (tape on floor to designate distances, signage, etc.)
  • Stage 4 (100% of normal campus occupancy)
    • Normal operations resume within prescribed hygiene, health, and safety protocols.
      • Student Activities – resume operations as before March 2020; install additional hygiene signage and hand sanitizer dispensers in public spaces

Student Activities at QCC plans to maintain Stage 1 operations throughout the Fall 2020 semester.

Student Life / Inclusion – Student Orientation

  • Stage 1 (maximum of 25% of normal campus occupancy)
    • All activities that can be done remotely from home should be done from home, including all seminars, group meetings, etc.
    • Limited faculty/staff to be on campus
      • Proposed Approach for Specific Areas During Stage 1:
        • Orientation – delivered remotely only
  • Stage 2 (maximum of 50% of normal campus occupancy)
    • A gradual expansion of the number of activities on campus and in the field is anticipated during this phase while ensuring compliance with sound public health practices including the use of heightened cleaning, staggered access, and physical distancing protocols.
    • If work is being done effectively via telecommuting, there should be no change to on-campus working until the threat of the pandemic is fundamentally reduced.
      • In this stage:
        • Orientation – delivered remotely only
  • Stage 3 (maximum of 75% of normal campus occupancy)
    • If work is being done effectively via telecommuting, there should be no change to on-campus working until the threat of the pandemic is fundamentally reduced.
      • In this stage:
        • Orientation – delivered remotely only
  • Stage 4 (100% of normal campus occupancy)
    • Normal operations resume within prescribed hygiene, health, and safety protocols. Orientation – resume operations as before March 2020; install additional hygiene signage and hand sanitizer dispensaries in communal and large event spaces

Student orientation activities at QCC will maintain Stage 1 operations throughout the Fall 2020 semester.

Students with Disabilities

As many as two-thirds of CUNY students with disabilities have conditions that place them at higher risk to be seriously impacted by COVID-19. For these vulnerable students, safety of affordable, accessible, safe public transportation to commute to campus is a significant barrier to participation. Furthermore, some students rely on third-parties to provide accommodations and services of a personal nature (i.e. ASL interpreters, personal care assistants, etc.) who may be reluctant to come to campus to provide services. In most cases, disability services offices' space limitations make social distancing difficult. Cleaning solutions used to sanitize facilities are often harmful to students with “environmental disabilities.” Finally, disability services professional staff themselves are comprised of a comparatively high percentage of professionals with underlying health conditions that may make them reluctant to risk coming to campus.

No Services for Students with Disabilities (SSD) will be offered on campus until the College resumes full operations. QCC will conform to the recommendations set forth in the CUNY Guidelines for Safe Reopening:

  • General
    • Whenever practicable and appropriate, students with disabilities will be extended maximum latitude to participate in distance learning as a reasonable accommodation.
    • The SSD office will work with College IT and Web services to ensure that all students with disabilities have the devices, assistive technologies, and related services they need to access the curricula.
    • Faculty will be advised regarding development and technical assistance through CETLs and disability services offices around course creation and management consistent with the principles of universal design.
    • Guidance and best practices in accommodating students with disabilities in the distance learning setting, will be promulgated. Reference: “Distance Learning Platforms, Tools & Resources” and “Student Success, Equity, & Inclusion” in Guidance to Academic Continuity on Campuses.
  • Accommodating Deaf & Hard-of-Hearing Students
    • With the support of CUNY's Director of Deaf & Hard-of-Hearing Services and CUNY Media Accessibility Project, ensure that Deaf & Hard-of-Hearing students have access to captioning services and, when possible, ASL interpreter services for courses in the distance learning environment.
    • Faculty should endeavor to provide electronic course notes to their classes, which will certainly benefit all learners, but especially Deaf & Hard-of-Hearing students.
  • Accommodating Blind & Low-Vision Students
    • Faculty should collaborate with campus disability services professionals to ensure that all print instructional materials are created in accessible formats.
    • Ensure that all instructional videos are audio-described and photos are tagged with descriptive text to ensure accessibility.
  • Accommodating Neurodivergent Learners
    • Faculty should endeavor to develop structured syllabi, with course information, assignments, and key dates clearly described and highlighted in accordance with universal design principles; this is important for all students, but particularly those on the autism spectrum.
    • When possible, neurodivergent students should be connected with remote peer mentors to support students in navigating their courses and the distance learning enterprise in general.
    • Students with intellectual disabilities in the CUNY Unlimited program should be granted Blackboard access by campus Blackboard administrators to allow these students to continue their inclusive higher education in the distance learning setting.

Campus Bookstore

  • Barnes & Noble operates a bookstore on the QCC Campus in the W-Building servicing students, faculty & staff. Since March, when NYS instituted the pause, the bookstore has been operating remotely and serving students via online ordering and shipping of textbooks and this will continue in the Fall. The University Counsel recently notified QCC that a COVID Addendum to the existing contract is in process. QCC will enforce access, screening and other protocols delineated under this addendum.

General Campus Provisions and Standards for Hygiene, Cleaning and Disinfection

  • QCC will adhere to hygiene and cleaning and disinfection requirements as advised by the CDC and NYSDOH, including “Guidance for Cleaning and Disinfection of Public and Private Facilities for COVID-19,” and the “STOP THE SPREAD” poster, as applicable.
    • Logs that include the date, time, and scope of cleaning and disinfection will be maintained and the College will identify and include cleaning and disinfection frequency for each facility on an as needed based on the daily facility activity.
      The Chief Superintendent will establish the log and be responsible for its maintenance and will report to the Coronavirus Campus Coordinator regularly on the status of the cleaning regimen and the log.
  • QCC will provide and maintain hand hygiene stations around the institution, as follows:
    • For handwashing: soap, running warm water, disposable paper towels, and a lined garbage can. Hand sanitizing stations supplied with an alcohol-based hand sanitizer containing at least 60% alcohol will be placed in areas where handwashing facilities may not be available or practical (Note: QCC lacks warm water in a number of facilities).
    • Hand sanitizer stations will be available throughout the campus in convenient locations.
      • Alcohol-based hand sanitizers will be restricted where they cannot be safely deployed due to flammability concerns.
    • Signage will be placed near hand sanitizer stations indicating that visibly soiled hands should be washed with soap and water as hand sanitizer is not effective on visibly soiled hands.
    • Communications, including signage, will recommend and reinforce handwashing with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
  • Secure receptacles for the disposal of soiled items, including paper towels and PPE, will be placed throughout the campus.
  • Depending on availability, disposable wipes and instructions for use will be provided to staff and faculty for use on commonly used surfaces (e.g., keyboards, desks, remote controls, door handles, elevator buttons) before and after use.
  • QCC will provide appropriate cleaning and disinfection supplies for shared and frequently touched surfaces for employees and encourage employees to use these supplies following manufacturer’s instructions for use before and after use of these surfaces, followed by hand hygiene.
    • QCC has installed touch-free water faucets and paper towel dispensers in most campus restroom facilities. Where these amenities are not available, QCC will make hand sanitizer available near high touch surfaces (e.g. trash receptacles, paper towel dispensers).
    • QCC campus visitors and essential staff will be vested with the responsibility for cleaning their own work areas. QCC will provide workspaces with single use disinfecting wipes and/or multi-surface spray cleaners to support self-servicing of touch points. For college-owned vehicles, QCC drivers will clean and disinfect high touch points on and in vehicles before and after each use. Disinfecting supplies will be stored in each vehicle.
  • QCC will conduct regular cleaning and disinfection of the facilities and more frequent cleaning and disinfection for high risk areas (which are not expected per our plans) used by many individuals and for frequently touched surfaces. Cleaning and disinfection will be rigorous and ongoing and will occur at least daily, or more frequently as needed in accordance with NYSDOH's “Interim Guidance for Cleaning and Disinfection of Public and Private Facilities for COVID-19
  • QCC will ensure that materials and tools used by employees are regularly cleaned and disinfected using registered disinfectants as required by the Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) list of products registered in New York State and identified by the EPA as effective against COVID-19. In circumstances where cleaning or disinfecting products or the act of cleaning and disinfecting causes safety hazards or degrades the material or machinery, QCC will supply disposable gloves and will limit the number of employees using such machinery as possible.
  • QCC will regularly clean and disinfect restrooms. Wherever possible, QCC restrooms accessibility will be limited to single use bathrooms by floor to prioritize frequent cleaning and disinfectant efforts. Where single use bathrooms are not available, QCC will still require single use of the available communal bathrooms and will block adjacent sinks, toilets, and urinals. All air dryers will be disconnected and paper towel dispenser will be installed as necessary. QCC signage at all restrooms will clearly indicate that the occupancy is limited to one person at a time.

Guidelines for Disinfecting after a Confirmed or Expected Case

  • QCC will adhere to CDC guidelines on “Cleaning and Disinfecting Your Facility” if someone is suspected or confirmed to have COVID-19, including:
    • QCC will close and isolate all areas used by the person who is sick and areas affected by the confirmed or suspected case of COVID-19.
    • QCC will open outside doors and windows to increase air circulation in the area and adjust HVAC building controls as appropriate.
    • QCC will wait 24 hours before cleaning and disinfecting, if feasible, thereafter cleaning and disinfecting all areas used by the person suspected or confirmed to have COVID-19 who is sick, such as offices, classrooms, bathrooms, stairways and other common areas.
    • Once the area(s) has been appropriately cleaned and disinfected, it will be reopened for use with the approval of the Coronavirus Campus Coordinator.
    • Upon confirmation of appropriate cleaning and disinfectant, QCC employees without close or proximate contact with the person suspected or confirmed to have COVID-19 will return to the work in the area as necessary.
    • QCC will provide for the cleaning and disinfection of exposed areas in the event an individual is confirmed to have COVID-19, with such cleaning and disinfection to include, at a minimum, all heavy transit areas and high-touch surfaces including elevators, lobbies, building entrances, restrooms, handrails, & door handles.

Ventilation and HVAC Systems:

  • QCC will require physical distancing as necessary depending on the quality of ventilation in an area open to employees. Outdoors, or where there is good outdoor air ventilation indoors, QCC will require physical distancing of at least a 6-feet radius of separation. Where there is less than optimal outdoor air ventilation in an interior space, however, physical distancing will be given a larger berth of 8 to 12 feet.
  • QCC will restrict occupancy of all small, confined spaces consistent with public health guidelines.
  • QCC will ensure there is an adequate flow of fresh air to workspaces and will optimize the ventilation system settings system operation for maximum space occupancy for maximum fresh air supply, regardless of reduced occupancy within the space.
  • QCC will explore opportunities to create negative pressure in restrooms.
  • QCC has inspected for mold, flushed plumbing and run water in sinks to eliminate stagnant water.
  • QCC is currently upgrading filtration on all air handlers to levels recommended to control COVID-19 transmission (pending delivery of MERV 13 filters.)
  • QCC will also clean and disinfect all HVAC intakes and returns on a regular basis, focusing on high use areas.
  • QCC monitors ASHREA updates regularly and will adjust procedures as recommended and possible.
  • QCC will not use pedestal, desk or hard mounted fans under any circumstance.

General Campus Provisions and Standards for Protective Equipment

  • QCC maintains a supply of personal protective equipment (PPE) used to protect employees including masks, gloves and goggles.
    • QCC maintains a 2-4 month supply of all PPE required for our essential workers including N95s (2,800 in inventory/distributed weekly), flat masks (25,000 in inventory/distributed daily) and gloves (7,200 in inventory/distributed daily). This inventory level has been determined by using the anticipated number of employees required and permitted on campus and the distribution cycle necessary to complete their jobs safely. The college continues to refresh supplies and has an additional 3,000 N95 masks on back order expected to be received in September.
    • The college has a three month supply of hand sanitizer stand replacements and will maintain this level by ordering each time we are at a level of two months inventory based on usage. The college also maintains an inventory of disinfecting wipes and will continue to order a sufficient stock based upon usage after the semester begins.
    • The Nursing program has a two semester supply of N95 masks, which will be refreshed up to three times per semester. N95s will be maintained for multiple use while attending clinical onsite in hospitals. The Nursing department also has a one year supply of full PPE kits for students that include flat masks, goggles and disposable gowns.
    • The EMT program requires flat masks only and the college has sufficient supplies, as noted above, to support this program, based on enrollment, through the completion date of late October.
  • QCC will have protocols and signage prominently displayed to ensure the following:
    • Any time individuals come within 6 feet of another person who does not reside in the same household, acceptable face coverings must be worn.
    • QCC will advise all staff, students, faculty, and visitors (none planned) that they are required to wear face coverings in common areas or situations where social distancing may be difficult to maintain such as riding in elevators, entering/exiting classrooms or student centers, and when traveling around the campus.
    • Faculty, staff and students not working in individual offices (i.e. those working in cubicles or on the open floor) will be advised that they must wear
    • Employees will be made aware that face coverings are mandatory when interacting with clients or coworkers within a 6-foot distance and without a physical barrier.
    • QCC has procured acceptable face coverings and will provide such coverings to their employees who directly interact with students or members of the public while at work at no cost to the employee, pursuant to Executive Order 202.16, as
    • QCC has an adequate supply of face masks and other required PPE on hand should an employee need a replacement including surgical masks, N95 respirators, and goggles.
    • QCC staff performing cleaning and disinfection have been provided with and use disposable gloves and have been trained to clean their hands immediately after discarding gloves. Appropriate employees have been provided with wear eye protection when there is a potential for splash or splatter to the face.
    • QCC will advise all employees sitting in offices or enclosed private workspaces alone that they do not need to wear a mask or face covering.
  • QCC will follow, and encourage employees to follow the CDC guidance to ensure that face coverings are cleaned by the user or replaced after use or when damaged or soiled, may not be shared, and should be properly stored or discarded.
  • QCC will allow individuals to use their own acceptable face coverings as long as they abide by the minimum standards of protection for the specific activity but will not require employees to supply their own face coverings. Where appropriate and in accordance with OSHA standards, QCC will require employees to wear the necessary protective PPE according to the nature of their work.
  • QCC will train employees, and contractors as necessary, on how to adequately put on, take off, clean (as applicable), and discard PPE, including but not limited to, appropriate face coverings.
  • QCC has put in place plans to limit the sharing of objects as well as the touching of shared surfaces by requiring employees to perform hand hygiene before and after contact or to wear gloves.
  • QCC employees assigned to collect or distribute materials throughout the workday (e.g., mail services, cashiers) will wear disposable gloves while handling materials and wash hands or use hand sanitizer after gloves are removed when a handwashing sink is not available.

General Campus Requirements for Physical Distancing

Distancing and Masks

  • Through signage and direct employee communication, QCC will ensure a distance of at least six feet is maintained among individuals while on campus, inclusive of faculty and staff, and students, to the extent possible and when seated in a classroom or meeting, unless safety or the core activity (e.g., moving equipment, using an elevator, performing a transaction) requires a shorter distance. Any time individuals come within six feet of another person who does not reside in the same residence, acceptable face coverings will be worn. Individuals must be prepared to put on a face covering if another person unexpectedly comes within six feet.
  • QCC will close, or otherwise restrict, all non-essential amenities and communal areas which promote gathering or are high-touch (e.g. break areas, communal coffee machines) through the use of appropriate signage and employee communication. Where possible, vending machines will remain empty and water fountains will be locked with the exception of water bottle filling stations.

Limit Occupancy and Congestion

  • All campus visitors other than essential and approved personnel will be allowed on campus only by appointment in order to limit total visitors and limits for specific spaces on campus throughout Stages 2 & 3 and until the Stage 4 full reopening of the Campus.
  • QCC will restrict occupancy of more than one individual at a time in small spaces (e.g. supply rooms, faculty offices, study lounges, unless all individuals in such space at the same time are wearing acceptable face coverings or are members of the same residence. However, even with face coverings in use, occupancy will not exceed 25% of maximum capacity of the space during Stage 1. QCC has reviewed all floorplans with legal occupancies and square footage for all campus spaces and documented each room's occupancy per the six feet rule, starting with priority spaces. Using floorplans, QCC has establish a maximum office capacity for each floor or room that will be utilized to ensure that shared spaces such as restrooms and meeting spaces are not overwhelmed. This capacity will be based on establishing a 6 foot or larger radius for every area that an individual occupies.
  • The QCC floorplan analysis was used to assign space to the onsite classes requesting access during Stage 1 and herein attached. The analysis and process will be adapted if social distancing rules change, reducing distancing required, and will be the foundation for planning Phase 2 & 3 plans for more onsite class and lab considerations in the Spring 2021 semester and thereafter.
  • Non-essential common areas including the gym, pool, game rooms, and lounges will remain closed until Phase 4
  • QCC will post signage to prevent congregation in elevator waiting areas and limit density in elevators to single occupancy, and will encourage the use of stairs with designated flow separating up and down traffic by stairwell.
  • QCC will maintain a one occupant policy for bathrooms and other frequently used areas, post universal signage, and block access to stalls, sinks, as

Reconfigure Floorplans

  • Although campus occupancy will be very low, QCC will modify the use and/or restricted use of classrooms and other places where students and faculty could gather, as needed, so that individuals are at least six feet apart in all directions (e.g. side-to-side and when facing one another) and are not sharing workstations without cleaning and disinfection between use.
  • Campus Facilities will set up classroom and office furniture to create 6 feet distance between occupants and use floor markings to indicate appropriate location and remove unused furniture, prior to the restart of any classes or use of any other spaces.
  • In Phase 2 & 3 of reopening, QCC will provide access to additional work spaces as needed. At such time, we will take all necessary steps to encourage physical distancing including removing furniture, blocking chairs/tables with tape or in some other manner to preserve recommended physical distancing
  • In instances where physical office reconfiguration are not easily achievable, staggered schedules and office/workstation usage will be enforced to ensure appropriate physical distancing.
  • In any QCC space in which employees or students may work, Campus Planning will recommend reconfigurations to maintain 6 feet between workers and/or the use of protective barriers, in accordance with guidelines.

Signage

  • QCC will post signs throughout the institution or campus, consistent with NYS Department of Department of Health (NYSDOH) COVID-19 signage to remind individuals to: stay home if they feel sick; cover their nose and mouth with an acceptable face-covering; properly store and, when necessary, discard PPE; adhere to social distancing instructions; report symptoms of or exposure to COVID-19, and how they should do so.
  • In addition to personal health guidelines, signage will include information such as directional cues, occupancy limits, traffic patterns, and other campus
  • Social distancing markers will be posted around the active workplaces using tape or signs that indicate 6 feet of spacing in commonly used areas and any areas in which lines are commonly formed or people may congregate.

Gatherings in Enclosed Spaces

  • QCC will limit to the extent possible in-person gatherings in closed spaces. We will continue to make use of video-conferencing for meetings and this practice in Stages 2 & 3. We will conduct some in-person classes but with all appropriate health and safety measures.
  • We have closed all non-essential spaces including our performing arts center, gym, pool, conference rooms and other communal areas, unless they can be used for College needs such as classrooms. We will only reopen for use by internal or external groups, if and when, we determine the space can be used with strict compliance with NYS and CUNY Guidelines, likely only when the college resumes normal operations in Stage 4.
  • Almost all staff will continue to work from home in Phase 1 (fall 2020) except for essential staff. Limited access will be allowed by appointment only.

Staged Reopening Plan

  • The College has conceived of the Reopening in four stages.
  • Stage 1: Fall semester: The College is starting this fall semester with a small number of classes on campus and only essential staff and limited lab researchers onsite on a regular basis, well below the acceptable occupancy level of 25%. All others will come to campus by appointment on an as needed basis, i.e. the person needs to perform a task that can only be done on campus. With only a small portion of instruction on campus, all student services staff remain online, and the majority of the non-instructional staff should perform their duties online as well. As such, our plan is to remain at Stage 1 for the entire fall semester.
  • Stage 2: The College will increase instructional effort up to a maximum of 50% occupancy. During this phase, in spring 2021 the earliest, we will increase our on-site instruction to no more than 50%, and likely less, in order to maintain the safety and wellbeing of our students, faculty, and staff. During this stage, we will add any non-instructional staff for technology services, student services, facility and public safety services necessary to support the presence of those faculty and students on site. If the College determines that an individual (faculty, staff or student) can perform a set of activities offsite, then staff will continue to perform those tasks off-site so we can accommodate physical distancing requirements and health and safety mandates for enhanced cleaning. We will consider student requests for quiet spaces/appointment slots up based on need and ability to maintain student compliance with health and safety protocols. We will continue use of our appointment system for access by any other faculty, staff and visitors not approved to be regularly on-site.
  • Stage 3: The College will increase instructional effort up to a maximum occupancy of 75%. During this stage, in fall of 2021 the earliest, we will consider increasing our on-site instruction for high priority programs to no more than 75%, in order to maintain the safety and wellbeing of our students, faculty, and staff. Staff that can continuing performing their duties remotely will continue doing so.
  • Stage 4: The College will return to normal operations. This will occur only as directed by NYS/CUNY and likely to occur only when there is a vaccine widely available.
  • The Campus Reopening Committee will closely monitor the fall 2020 experience and use the information to inform Stage 2 & 3 planning on campus. During Stage 1, we will continually check on departments experiences with onsite operations and ask for any suggested changes.
  • In moving to Stages 2 or 3, these are the conditions/triggers that must be met:
  • We will be guided by the most up to date information about community health conditions as reported by NYS and local health officials, including using the key metrics on NYS's Regional Dashboard to determine if the prevalence of the disease is low enough to expand physical presence Among other metrics, the positivity rate must be below present rate before we move to Stage 2 or 3.
  • We will closely monitor reports of any on-campus positive cases during the fall and assess our ability to manage and contain the risk to others; if we could not contain, we would not move to Stages 2 or 3.
  • We would not move to Stage 2 if there were signs of significant community or campus outbreaks of other known influenza illnesses that may exacerbate the impact of COVID-19. We will monitor signs of such an outbreak using information from NYC/NYS health agencies and/or campus self-reported cases.
  • Given our capacity to handle onsite presence with current social distancing requirements in classrooms, workspaces, elevators and other spaces, we would not move to Stages 2 or 3 unless 6 feet requirement can be achieved.
  • We will assess our ability to able to monitor compliance with health and safety protocols to mitigate risk. Only if we have been successful, would we move to Stages 2 & 3.
  • We will use a risk assessment that considers workplace density and levels of student/public/staff interaction with priority being given to low levels of workplace density and public interactions for consideration of which staff to return in Stages 2 and 3.
  • We will rely on Academic Affairs to determine which classes and other activities should be prioritized for return in Stages 2 & 3.
  • Elsewhere in the Plan, we have described the protocols for Stage 1 in terms of cleaning, social distancing, work schedules, elevator usage, PPE and the physical preparations of the spaces. .
  • As we begin to reopen offices and other spaces for Stages 2, 3 & 4 that have been closed and unoccupied, we will prepare for occupancy by using a basic hygiene and operational protocol for spaces that have been unoccupied for a long time, including cleaning and disinfecting; ensuring appropriate ventilation, water systems are checked and other actions as appropriate to the space.
  • We will use risk assessment tools provided by CUNY in assessing compliance.
  • In Stages 1, 2 & 3 , the Campus will provide necessary accommodation to faculty, staff and students at high risk for severe illness. See Section on Vulnerable Populations.
  • In Stages 1, 2 & 3, the Committee will monitor and respond to changes in community, referring to NYS Regional Dashboard and campus health conditions, using data from our healthcare screening form.
  • In the case of an outbreak on campus that cannot be contained or a deteriorating community health conditions, the College will be prepared to roll back to earlier phase including no presence on campus except for essential staff.
  • In Stage 4, full reopening, the cleaning regimen will return to normal.
  • New York State recently announced a threshold for reclosing which QCC will adhere to: if a college has 100 COVID cases or the number of cases equals 5% of their population or more, whichever is less, they must go to remote learning for two weeks, at which time the college and the state will reassess the situation. See NYS Guidance for Infection Rates on College Campuses for additional guidance.

Other Requirements

Human Resources

  • QCC will implement practices that will allow student-facing staff with higher likelihood of serious illness from infection to take on other duties that are similar to their existing duties, but which reduce their risk of infection or telecommute as possible.
  • The QCC Emergency Management Team will work with the Office of Human Resources to notify faculty and staff of new workplace policies and changes prior to reopening and upon resuming operations. QCC will provide:
    • Training on new or modified working schedules, how employees can stay up to date on new scheduling requirements, and how to make requests for schedule changes if a need arises.
    • Awareness training on cleaning and disinfection along with proper use of PPE, and other precautionary measures.
    • Communications with staff by managers or supervisors to determine when they will be permitted to return to campus, and what their responsibilities are.
  • QCC will identify and enact specific protections for students, faculty, and staff who have medical risk. Vulnerable populations will be advised to stay home (i.e. remote learning for students, remote teaching for faculty, and remote work for staff). QCC will modify their reasonable accommodation process for vulnerable individuals to self-identify and be verified.
  • QCC will evaluate all possible approaches to serving its vulnerable
  • Consistent with applicable law, QCC will protect the privacy of people at higher risk for severe illness regarding underlying medical conditions in compliance with applicable federal and state privacy and confidentiality laws .

Compliance Enforcement

  • All QCC individuals are required to carry a CUNY ID at all times while on campus.
  • Issues related to non-compliance with social distancing, hygiene, or safety practices will be reported confidentially to the Coronavirus Campus Coordinator.
  • Public Safety personnel will be trained on campus policies and safety plans, as well as their enforcement, including identifying and recording violations and how to manage non-compliance.

Transit and Transportation

  • QCC will train employees on how to adequately put on, take off, clean (as applicable), and discard PPE, including but not limited to, appropriate face coverings, primarily by requiring the viewing and completion of CDC provided instructional videos.
  • QCC personnel performing screening activities are required to view the NYS screeners’ training video (NYS higher education guidance provides that screeners may be trained by employer identified individuals who are familiar with CDC, NYSDOH, and OSHA protocols).
  • If COVID-19 cases develop, QCC will restrict social contact and mobility across campus particularly in affected areas.

Training and Screening

  • QCC will train employees on how to adequately put on, take off, clean (as applicable), and discard PPE, including but not limited to, appropriate face coverings, primarily by requiring the viewing and completion of CDC provided instructional videos.
  • QCC personnel performing screening activities are required to view the NYS screeners' training video (NYS higher education guidance provides that screeners may be trained by employer identified individuals who are familiar with CDC, NYSDOH, and OSHA protocols).
  • If COVID-19 cases develop, QCC will restrict social contact and mobility across campus particularly in affected areas.

Public Events

  • QCC will prohibit public gatherings on campus and non-essential visits until such time that it is deemed safe and until there is a COVID-19 vaccine or cure.

Campus Deliveries and Drop-Off

  • QCC has established designated areas for pickups and deliveries, and will limit contact to the extent possible.
  • Delivery schedules and signs will be displayed at main drop-off and pick-up areas.

Student Conduct Protocol

Communications

  • Vice President and Chief Marketing and Communication Officer, Stephen Di Dio, has been appointed to coordinate COVID- 19 related communications and to coordinate with the Campus Coronavirus Coordinator and the Chancellery/COO's Office.
  • QCC campus reopening plans and related information is available/archived in a single location at /fall20 and supplemented with emails, social media posts and other communications specific to students, faculty, staff and other stakeholders. The campus communication portal prominently acknowledges CUNY's Coronavirus Update page.
  • QCC's communications approach emphasizes transparency and is focused on our community's safety and health, guided by our mission and dedicated to student success, and in accordance with state and public health requirements. Objectives include but are not limited to:
    • Communicate to students/faculty/staff what is being done to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 (e.g., disinfection routine, health policies for staff, and health & safety measures in place).
    • Communicate to faculty and staff any required training to help them adjust to new campus behaviors.
    • Communicate all available support resources to faculty, students, and employees, as outlined this document (see page 15).
    • Communicate campus policies, as well as the existence and application of departmental safety plans and the campus-wide plan. Safety plans will be conspicuously posted in applicable public places on
    • Communicate plans for reopening and drive adherence to new protocols within those plans; communicate specialized information and guidance to students and guardians, whenever possible.
    • Communicate instructions, training, signage and information with internal and external stakeholders, using appropriate CDC communications resources available at online. Information to be shared in multiple languages, whenever possible.
    • Establish formal and informal channels of communication for employees to express concerns, questions, comments, and feedback via confidential hotline and the Department of Human Resources. QCC uses different tactics for each stakeholder group.
      • Administrators, department leaders, faculty, staff: email, virtual forums/video town halls, website/hotline
      • Students and parents: email, two-way texting, social media direct messaging, push notification, virtual forums/video town halls, website/hotline
      • Alumni: email, website/hotline
      • Local community: email, social media, telephone
      • Note: QCC will continue to engage stakeholders including employees, students, and community representatives when revising reopening plan as described in this document, through such bodies as the Emergency Management Advisory Group.
      • Note: Non-confidential questions, comments and feedback are converted into Frequently Asked Questions which are posted to QCC's Coronavirus portal.
  • Established communications channels are used consistently as a means to provide updated information, including protocols and safety measures as well information related to a potential shutdown and/or other emergency notification. These include but are not limited to:

Communication Methods

Communication Method Constituencies Reached Urgency Level Detail Level
Text alert (including CUNYA!ert)/Push Notification Systems Students, faculty, staff, and some families High Low (but can refer to email/website for additional details)
College e-mail All students, faculty, staff Low (frequency of checking email varies by each individual constituent) High
E-mail to specific key constituencies (outside of QCC e-mail) News media, alumni, Fund Board Members, prospective students, donors, government agencies, neighbors (portion), grantors, partner institutions Low (frequency of checking email varies by each individual constituent) High
Website announcements All Low (frequency of checking website varies by each individual constituent) High
Traditional and social media Potential for all, but varies by each individual constituent; can be nuanced forparticular audiences Medium (frequency of checking social media varies by each individual constituent) Low – High (depending on platform; can also be used to direct to website/e-mail)
Digital Signage (Flat Screen TVs on Campus) Anyone physically on campus High Low(but can use to refer to email/website for additional details)
Printed signage at entrances, workstations, and other high traffic areas Anyone physically on campus High Medium (can also use to refer to email/website for additional details)
Messaging on College computers Anyone physically on campus accessing a computer Medium High

In addition to the channels outlined above, shutdown and other emergency information will be communicated via applicable procedures as posted to the Emergency Closing Information webpage.

Screening and Testing

QCC has designated a Coronavirus Campus Coordinator who will act as the central point of contact(s) and whose responsibilities include continuous compliance with all aspects of the site safety plan. The Coordinator will receive (from Coronavirus Campus Liaisons or other health care personnel), and attest to having reviewed, all screening activities. The Liaison is the party who will receive, compile and report COVID-19 exposures, either via the submission of the NYS Daily Health Screening Template (described below under ‘Screening’), or via campus screeners if an in-person screening is completed on campus.

Returning to Campus

QCC will establish the following protocols and will publicized them prior to the approved return of students, faculty and staff to their campus, and strictly enforced thereafter.

  • Employees who are sick must stay home or return to home if they become ill at
    • QCC will continually reinforce and communicate with faculty, staff, and students that they must not come in to work if they are sick, and must notify QCC officials if they become sick with COVID-19 symptoms, test positive for COVID-19, or have been exposed to someone with COVID-19 symptoms or a confirmed or suspected case (9).
  • Any student, faculty, or staff member diagnosed with COVID-19 by their healthcare provider must notify the Coronavirus Campus Liaison via the template.
  • Before returning to campus, students, faculty, and staff who have been sick with COVID- 19 symptoms, tested positive for COVID-19, or have been potentially exposed to someone with COVID-19 must follow CDC guidance to self-isolate or stay home. Their return to campus must be approved by Human Resources.
  • Quarantine of students or employees may be required after travel, per current CDC and NYSDOH guidance.

Screening

  • QCC will implement mandatory regular NYS health screening template of their employees, students, screening will not be mandated for delivery personnel.
    • Employees reporting to work on campus will self-screen & report results on a daily basis.
    • Students in the very limited programs that will be on campus will be screened on a daily basis.
  • Screenings will identify individuals who should leave campus with appropriate medical instructions and prevent employees from intermingling in close contact with each other prior to completion of the screening. The NYS health screening template asks the required three questions as to whether the individual has:
    1. 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;
    2. Tested positive for COVID-19 in the past 14 days; and/or
    3. Has experienced any symptoms of COVID-19 in the past 14 days. Refer to CDC guidance on “Symptoms of Coronavirus” for the most up to date information on symptoms associated with COVID-19.
  • Screening will be conducted remotely via an online form before the individual arrives in-person to campus or work (at or near the beginning of each work or school day), to the extent possible.
    • QCC will utilize the NYS Daily Health Screening Template (a checkbox template modified for CUNY use). Data from the template will be gathered similarly to the data gathering process used by Coronavirus Campus
    • The data gathered from the screening template will be reviewed by CUNY Legal for compliance with the relevant provisions of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) and Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA).
    • The template link can be shared via email and linked and embedded on QCC's website.
  • If an individual answers “yes” to any of the screening questions, including that they have a temperature of 100.4 or greater, the individual will be instructed to return home. The campus screeners must immediately notify the Coronavirus Campus Liaison of any affirmative responses and the Liaison will follow the CUNY Governance process for any reported affirmative responses to the screening questions.
    • Any individual who screens positive for COVID-19 symptoms must be sent home to their residence or to the designated isolation or quarantine location with instructions or arrangement for health assessment and
    • The Liaison will immediately notify the Campus Coronavirus Coordinator who must ensure that the State and local health department are immediately notified about the case if the individual tests positive for COVID-19 (and notify the SVC for Institutional Affairs and the Campus Reopening Committee). Campuses will also provide the individual with information on healthcare and testing resources, if applicable.
  • In addition to daily screenings, QCC will require individuals to immediately disclose if and when their responses to any of the aforementioned questions changes, such as if they begin to experience symptoms, including during or outside of work
  • QCC will track and identify clearly defined measures that will serve as warning signs that infection among employees or students may be increasing beyond an acceptable level.
  • Each reported case on campus will be fully evaluated to determine what areas must be shut down, and for how long, and what persons must be notified/quarantined. QCC's plan for student presence on campus in the Nursing and EMT programs includes protection measures created with the assumption that anyone and everyone is positive for COVID-19 and PPE and protocols were established accordingly. As such, the impact of a positive case on others in the community will be mitigated.
  • In addition to the screening template, temperature checks will also be required or conducted on site as a screening method using a no-touch thermometer, with those identified as having a fever asked to leave campus and advised to get a COVID-19 test. Such temperature checks will be conducted per U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission or DOH guidelines. QCC will adhere to the following guidelines:
    • Campuses are prohibited from keeping records of employee health data (e.g. specific temperature data of an individual on a given date or time).
    • Campuses must ensure that any personnel performing in-person screening activities, including temperature checks, are appropriately protected from exposure to potentially infectious employees or visitors entering the facilities.
    • Personnel performing screening activities must be designated and must be a supervisory-level employee or a health care professional. Screeners will be trained using the NYS provided training video as well as by individuals who are familiar with CDC, NYSDOH, and OSHA protocols.
    • On-site screeners will be provided with and use PPE, including an acceptable face covering or mask and a single pair of disposable gloves.
  • QCC will follow all screening procedures as recently implemented at CUNY and outlined in the guidance, including instructions to employees on when to return home and when to return to work.
  • Screeners will maintain an electronic record of all staff who are screened, as well as if screening was passed or if the staff member was instructed to return home. No other health information will be recorded or maintained. The Coronavirus Campus Liaison will receive this information electronically (as will the SVC for Institutional Affairs). The Liaison will secure, review and provide this information to the SVC for Institutional Affairs and the Campus Reopening Committee. When not directly in use, all hard copy screening records will be kept in a locked office or drawer. Electronic records will be appropriately

Testing

Tracing and Tracking

Tracing

  • If an individual tests positive for COVID-19, the Liaison will immediately notify the Campus Coronavirus Coordinator. The Coordinator will ensure that the State and local health department are immediately notified about the case as well as notify the SVC for Institutional Affairs and the Campus Reopening Committee. They must also notify the Chancellery/COO's Office.
  • In the case of an individual testing positive, QCC has plans with local health departments to trace all contacts of the individual in accordance with protocols, training, and tools provided through the New York State Contact Tracing Program. Confidentiality will be maintained as required by federal and state law and QCC will cooperate with state and local health department contact tracing, isolation, and quarantine efforts.
  • QCC reporting plans are in place for individuals who are alerted that they have come into close or proximate contact with a person with COVID-19, and have been alerted to such exposure via tracing, tracking or other mechanism.

Tracking

Isolate and Transport Those Who are Sick

Notify Health Officials and Close Contacts

  • In accordance with applicable federal, state and local laws and regulations, the Liaison will immediately notify the Campus Coronavirus Coordinator who must ensure that the State and local health department are immediately notified about the case if the individual tests positive for COVID-19 (and notify the SVC for Institutional Affairs and the Campus Reopening Committee). The Chancellery/COO's Office will also be notified. Faculty, staff, students, and other individuals within close proximity to a suspected or confirmed case will be notified while maintaining confidentiality in accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), FERPA and other applicable laws and regulations.
  • Through the New York State Contact Tracing Program, those who have had close contact with a person diagnosed with COVID-19 will be advised to stay home or in their living quarters and self-monitor for symptoms, and follow CDC guidance if symptoms develop.

Tracing and Enhanced Cleaning

  • If one person is sick and being tested for COVID-19 or has tested positive for COVID-19, the following actions will take place:
    • Individuals who believe they may have COVID-19 and are awaiting test results or have positive test results must notify their Coronavirus Campus Liaison via the screening template.
    • Through the New York State Contact Tracing Program, contact will be made with the individual to identify all members of the community who were in close contact during the time that the individual would have been contagious (Close contact means physical contact or being within six feet of a person for more than 10 minutes).
    • Through the New York State Contact Tracing Program, outreach to all close contacts will be made to notify them that they are required to self-quarantine. Quarantine ends when:
      • 14 days have passed since they were last in contact with the individual who tested positive, or
      • The individual who initially tested positive receives a negative test result.
  • Once the Coronavirus Campus Coordinator determines that a campus occupant has tested positive for COVID-19, the Coordinator will identify the timeframe for tracing the occupant's behavior. It will be assumed that the positive occupant may have been communicable 48 hours prior to the onset of symptoms and that occupied areas may be tainted up to seven days after the positive occupant was present in them.
  • QCC will trace the areas where the positive occupant was present, when communicable, and, in consultation with the Chancellery/COO's Office, as well as college facilities, public safety, and affected departments develop a disinfection plan. Staff will close off affected areas, open windows where possible, and wait at least 24 hours after the positive occupant was present before beginning cleaning and disinfection. Staff will follow enhanced cleaning for prevention guidance outlined above and wear full PPE.
  • QCC will communicate the scope of enhanced cleaning and disinfection with facilities, public safety and affected departments, including subsequent restrictions on accessing areas and applicable signage. QCC will determine appropriate campus community notification.

Ramp Down Guidance

  • The CDC provides the following ‘Institutions of Higher Education Decision Tree’ and QCC will conform with all requirements in consultation with CUNY.
    • With one or more confirmed COVID-19 case(s) on campus, QCC will consider a short class suspension of up to 7 days for areas in which the positive occupant was present, along with building and facility closure to clean and disinfect. The QCC will also contact the NYS Contact Tracer Initiative in consultation with local/State officials. Shutdowns may involve rolling campus closures (e.g. of 14–28 days) as required by internal and external monitoring criteria (A Blueprint for Back to School).
    • Ramp-down activities align with the level of community spread, with minimal or moderate spread requiring higher levels of cleaning and potential
    • Extended closure is suggested with substantial community spread, defined by CDC as large scale immunity transmission, healthcare staffing significantly impacted, multiple cases within communal

Circumstances that Warrant Closure

  • While CUNY's intention is to move forward and bring more activity back to campuses over time, CUNY campuses must also be prepared to reverse the reopening if the situation dictates.
  • The Chancellery/COO's Office and the Campus Reopening Committees will monitor a range of internal and external criteria when assessing whether a ramp down or closure of campuses is
    • External monitoring criteria will include:
      • Federal, New York State, and New York City regulatory guidelines and mandates
      • Infection/health system status at the local, state, regional and nation-wide
      • Status of resources and infrastructure to combat contagion (e.g., PPE, health system capacity, testing and tracing)
      • Compliance of greater public with COVID-19 protocols (e.g., group gatherings, social distancing)
      • Reclosing status of neighboring universities
    • Internal monitoring criteria should include:
      • Spread of infection on campus (i.e. via data reported by Campus Coronavirus Liaisons - metrics on current caseload, new flu-like symptoms, spread)

Operational Considerations for Reclosing in the Event of an Outbreak

  • Approved in person campus activities include a plan for shutdown in the event it becomes necessary.
  • If the local health situation deteriorates or community spread is occurring on campus, the campus will review the situation, consult with the Chancellery/COO's Office, local/state officials and health authorities to determine whether the campus needs to ramp down. Since QCC will operate primarily at Stage 1, ramping down would mean closure of all on campus activities with the exception of essential personnel.
  • Any decisions regarding ramp down/reclosing will be widely communicated to ensure the safety of the CUNY-wide and surrounding communities.

Additional Resources

Additionally, for updated information regarding Instructional Modalities and Course Scheduling please visit Guidance on Academic Continuity to campuses. And for guidance and recommendations regarding services such as child care centers, libraries, health and wellness, mental health and students life, see Considerations for Reopening Facilities & Services in Stages

Additional safety information, guidelines, and resources are available at:

Appendix A - Campus Access Request Form

For more information, contact the Campus Coronavirus Coordinator: covid19coordinator@qcc.cuny.edu.

Appendix B - Campus Annotated Floorplans

Campus Floorplans can be accessed by contacting the Coronavirus Campus Coordinate at covid19coordinator@qcc.cuny.edu.

Appendix C - Screening Form

Everbridge Screening App

screenshot of the Everbridge Screening App page

Appendix D - Reopening Plan for Nursing Department

  1. Introduction

    The Department of Nursing has requested access to campus facilities during the Fall semester in order to facilitate nursing students who are partaking in clinical classes as well as undergo respirator fit tests, which are required by local hospitals where the students will be working in. This proposed Plan has been written to comply with current NYS Higher Education COVID 19 guidelines as well as City University of New York requirements. This Plan is subject to approval from QCC & CUNY Administration and is subject to revision.

  2. Dates and Scheduling

    Clinical labs (NU101) for entry level Nursing students, ongoing weekly during the Fall 2020 semester, as follows:

    Fall Semester Clinical Lab

    The dates for in person clinical labs for NU101 will starting on August 27and will recur each week for the semester. Lab sections will include a maximum of 4 students and 1 instructor in each section with an occupancy of less than 25%. Instructors will conduct class from a desk and students will be in tablet arm chairs spaced at least 8 feet apart. For of the five labs have functioning windows and these can be utilized, as appropriate, to supplement fresh air exchange along with the HVAC air flow.

    The class Schedule is as follows:

    Days & Time
    Monday & Tuesday from 8:00 a.m. to 12:40 p.m.
    Monday & Tuesday from 5:00 p.m. to 9:40 p.m.
    Thursday & Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 12:40 p.m.

    The labs utilized are M362, M358, M357, M345, and M356. These are the largest labs by square footage in the Nursing Department and will have a maximum of 4 students and 1 instructor in any given lab section with a maximum capacity of 25%. Additionally the Nursing Department prep room M361 will house one College Lab Technician. The main faculty & administrative offices at M302 will be occupied during class sections with no more than 3 faculty and administrators. Finally, the NU-101 Instructors may access their private offices (at times with a maximum occupancy of one person.)

  3. Faculty driving on to campus will utilize parking Lot 1. Students driving will use Lot 2. Persons arriving by public transportation will enter through the front entrance main gate. All access to the Medical Arts building will be from the Atrium entrance, traversing to the Medical Arts staircase designated ‘up’ or the elevator if medically necessary (one occupant only.)

    Prior to persons being allowed to remain on campus, the following measures will be taken:

    • All persons will be required to fill out the New York State standardized screening questionnaire
    • All persons will be screened using a contactless thermometer
    • Employees will be required to watch the official NYS COVID19 training video now located in Blackboard
  4. Personal Protective Equipment Considerations

    All persons entering campus will be required to have face coverings. Masks will be provided as needed to all students and faculty.

  5. COVID-19 Mitigation Measures

    • All persons entering campus for Nursing 101 will be screened at a central access point (Science Building atrium) by Nursing Department CLTs, who are all licensed nurses
    • All employees prior to working, will be required to watch the official NYS COVID19 training now located in Blackboard
    • Persons accessing campus will be limited to areas they are assigned to; no one will be allowed access to any other areas
    • All persons will be required to wear facial coverings and maintain social distancing; signs and markers will be placed conspicuously to remind persons of this
    • Routes in and out of the building will be clearly defined using signs and markers
    • Stairwells will be limited to one way travel only
    • Only one person will be allowed in the bathrooms at a time
    • Elevators use will be discouraged; (elevators should be reserved only for persons with disabilities)
    • Students will be forbidden from congregating in the hallways; public benches will be removed
    • Eating and drinking will be disallowed (except for drinking water)
    • Classrooms and labs will have no more than 4 students inside at a time
    • Tables, chairs and equipment will be set up in each lab to maintain social distancing
    • Office desks being used will have a clear barrier installed
    • Cleaning staff will perform a cleaning of all spaces at the start of the day and perform cleaning of high touch surfaces in between lab sessions; bathrooms will be checked for soap frequently
    • Students and instructors will be provided sanitizing wipes so they can perform frequent cleaning of their desks, equipment and work areas
    • Signs, markers and reminders will be clearly posted in all areas stressing the need for social distancing and frequent handwashing; sanitizing stations will be placed in strategic areas
    • Limit bi-directional foot traffic in corridors will be accomplished using signs and markers
  6. Campus Shutdown

    In the event that NU101 has to leave campus, clinical labs will be conducted virtually. Faculty will meet with students synchronously, to have preconference. They will utilize virtual simulation, remote simulation, telehealth, case studies and online tutorials. Faculty will hold post conferences at the end of the virtual clinical session. Students will be evaluated to ensure competencies are met. NYSED has approved this plan, for a modified clinical experience.

  7. Medical Arts Nursing Department Floorplan

    For a copy of the floor plan, please contact the Campus Coronavirus Coordinator: covid19coordinator@qcc.cuny.edu.

Appendix E - Limited Reopening Plan for Health, Physical Education and Dance (HPED)

Revised September 9, 2020

  1. Introduction

    The QCC Department of Health, Physical Education and Dance (HPED) has requested limited access to campus facilities during the Fall semester in order to complete Spring Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) practical skills labs section for certification. The 18 students who were registered in the Spring 2020 semester have completed the 108 hours of lecture and need to complete 24 hours of the required 88 hours of practical skills instruction. This proposed Plan has been written to comply with current NYS Higher Education COVID 19 guidelines as well as City University of New York requirements. This Plan is subject to approval from QCC & CUNY Administration and is subject to revision.

  2. Dates and Scheduling

    The practical skill instruction for EMT labs (HE-200) for credit completion and licensure certification will occur on Saturdays starting at the beginning of the Fall semester and completing all labs over five weeks.

    Fall Semester EMT Practical Skills Completion Lab

    The dates for in person weekly practical skills labs for HE-200 will start on Saturday September 12 and will recur each week on Saturdays for five weeks in order to comply with the certification deadline to finish the course by the NYS Bureau of EMS. Lab sections will include a maximum of 8 students, 1 instructor coordinator and 1 lab instructor in each section. Students will maintain at least 12 feet of social distancing at all times and each student will work with manikins on a 1:1 ratio. The class Schedule is as follows:

    Days - Time - Sections
    Saturday from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. - 4 sections

    The labs will be conducted in the RFK Gymnasium&'s G301 & G302 where more than 6,000 SF will allow for significantly greater social distancing and flexibility for section size for 6 to 8 students and 2 faculty members. The Gymnasium will be separated by a movable partition to allow 2 sections to occur simultaneously.

  3. Campus Access

    Faculty driving in to campus will utilize parking Lot 1. Students driving in will use Lot 2. Persons arriving by public transportation will enter through the front entrance main gate. All access to the RFK building will be from the main entrance on the right, or north.

    Prior to persons being allowed to remain on campus, the following measures will be taken:

    • All persons will be required to fill out the New York State standardized screening questionnaire
    • All persons will be screened using a contactless thermometer
    • Employees will be required to watch the official NYS COVID19 training video now located in Blackboard
  4. Personal Protective Equipment Considerations

    All persons entering campus will be required to have face coverings. Masks will be provided as needed to all students and faculty.

  5. COVID-19 Mitigation Measures

    • All persons entering campus for EMT 202 will be screened at a central access point (RFK lobby) by the EMT Instructors, who are licensed EMT&'s.
    • Students will have a 1 hour lunch break at 1:00PM and will be assigned individual tables in the Atrium for the period.
    • All employees prior to working, will be required to watch the official NYS COVID19 training now located in Blackboard
    • Persons accessing campus will be limited to areas they are assigned to; no one will be allowed access to any other areas
    • All persons will be required to wear facial coverings and maintain social distancing; signs and markers will be placed conspicuously to remind persons of this
    • Routes in and out of the building will be clearly defined using signs and markers
    • Stairwells will be limited to one way travel only
    • Only one person will be allowed in the bathrooms at a time
    • Elevators use will be discouraged; (elevators should be reserved only for persons with disabilities)
    • Students will be forbidden from congregating in the hallways.
    • Classrooms and labs will have no more than 6 students inside at a time
    • Tables, chairs, manikins & equipment will be set up in each lab to maintain social distancing
    • Cleaning staff will perform a cleaning of all spaces at the start of the day and perform cleaning of high touch surfaces in RFK prior to the end of the lab sessions; bathrooms will be checked for soap frequently
    • Students and instructors will be provided sanitizing wipes so they can perform frequent cleaning of their desk, equipment and work areas.
    • Signs, markers and reminders will be clearly posted in all areas stressing the need for social distancing and frequent handwashing; sanitizing stations will be placed in strategic areas
    • Limit bi-directional foot traffic in corridors will be accomplished using signs and markers
  6. Student Union Building Floorpan for EMT Limited Program

    For a copy of the floor plan, please contact the Campus Coronavirus Coordinator: covid19coordinator@qcc.cuny.edu.

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Appendix F - Reopening Plan for HPED Massage Therapy Program

  1. Introduction

    The Department of Health, Physical Education & Dance (HPED) has requested access to campus facilities during the Fall semester in order to facilitate completion for year two students in the Massage Therapy AAS Degree program who require these upper-level classes to advance toward graduation and completion of the New York State Licensing Examination for Massage Therapy. The labs require hands-on instruction and learning and students will be paired as a team for the semester to practice and demonstrate treatment skills on each other under the guidance of the instructor. All students will wear N95 ventilator masks, goggles or face shields while skill training and will wear surgical masks and goggles or face shields (as possible and appropriate) while being the student partner patient. All teams shall maintain social distance outside of their team at all times. This proposed Plan has been written to comply with current NYS Higher Education COVID 19 guidelines as well as City University of New York requirements. This Plan is subject to approval from QCC & CUNY Administration and is subject to revision.

  2. Dates and Scheduling

    Practicum labs required for year two students will occur daily on weekdays and Saturday including eight daytime class sections and two evening sessions. All labs will be completed for the Fall semester by the Thanksgiving break to minimize the on campus presence of the faculty and students while achieving all Department of Education and licensure class hour requirements. All lab sections will be conducted in the Student Union where maximum social distancing can be achieved at 20 feet for each team.

    Fall Semester Massage Therapy Labs

    The dates for in person labs will start on September 14 and will continue each week until the week of November 22 when all requirements will have been achieved. Lab sections will include a maximum of 16 students and 1 instructor. In a section with an odd number of students or if a student is absent from an even number section, the student will be paired with a Massage Therapy Student Success Advocate. Massage Therapy Student Success Advocates are licensed Massage Therapists and Instructors who provide support for students in the program.

    All labs will be conducted in the Student Union with the following class schedule:

    Day Time Course Section Course Name Number of students
    Monday 9:10AM -12:00PM HA 202 D1 Western Massage III 14
      2:10PM - 5:00PM HA 103 H1 Eastern Massage II 12
    Tuesday 11:10AM - 5:00PM HA 203 E2** Massage Practicum I 6
      7:10PM - 10:00PM HA 202 P2 Western Massage III 16
    Wednesday 12:00PM - 6:00PM HA 203 F3** Massage Practicum I 6
    Thursday 11:10AM - 5:00PM HA 203 E4 Massage Practicum I 7
    Friday 11:10AM - 5:00PM HA 203 E5 Massage Practicum I 6
      7:10PM - 10:00PM HA 103 P5 Eastern Massage II 11
    Saturday 11:10AM - 2:00PM HA 103 E6 Eastern Massage II 8
      11:10AM - 5:00PM HA 203 E6** Massage Practicum I 3
          Total Students 89*

    *Note students are non-unique

    **Class time is split between 2 instructors with 1 instructor assigned at a time

  3. Campus Access

    Faculty driving in to campus will utilize parking Lot 1. Students driving in will use Lot 2. Persons arriving by public transportation will enter through the front entrance main gate. All access to the Student Union building will be from the front entrance of the Student Union upper level which is at street level.

    Prior to persons being allowed to remain on campus, the following measures will be taken:

    • All persons will be required to fill out the New York State standardized screening questionnaire
    • All persons will be screened using a contactless thermometer
    • Employees will be required to watch the official NYS COVID19 training video now located in Blackboard
  4. Personal Protective Equipment Considerations

    All persons entering campus will be required to have face coverings. Masks will be provided as needed to all students and faculty.

  5. Covid-19 Mitigation Measures

    • All persons entering campus for Massage Therapy classes will be screened at Student Union entrance by an instructor.
    • All employees will be required to watch the official NYS COVID19 training now located in Blackboard
    • Persons accessing campus will be limited to areas they are assigned to; no one will be allowed access to any other areas
    • All persons will be required to wear N95 facial coverings and maintain social distancing; signs and markers will be placed conspicuously to remind persons of this
    • Routes in and out of the building will be clearly defined using signs and markers see attached floorplan.)
    • Only one person will be allowed in the bathrooms at a time
    • Students will be forbidden from congregating during breaks or before or after class
    • The student Union will have no more than 16 students and 1 instructor inside at a time and social distancing of at least 15 feet will be maintained.
    • Massage tables will be set up with 15 feet separation to maintain social distancing for students
    • Cleaning staff will perform a cleaning of all spaces at the start of the day and perform cleaning of high touch surfaces in between lab sessions; bathrooms will be checked for soap frequently
    • Students and instructors will be provided sanitizing wipes so they can perform frequent cleaning of the lab tables, equipment and work areas
    • Signs, markers and reminders will be clearly posted in all areas stressing the need for social distancing and frequent handwashing; sanitizing stations will be placed in strategic areas
    • Limit bi-directional foot traffic in corridors will be accomplished using signs and markers
  6. Campus Shutdown

    In the event that the Massage Therapy Program has to leave campus, every attempt will be made to complete the practicum labs virtually, dependent on the timing of the shutdown. All coursework unable to be continued virtually will be completed when the college can be reopened.

  7. Student Union Massage Therapy Lab Floorplan

    For a copy of the floor plan, please contact the Campus Coronavirus Coordinator: covid19coordinator@qcc.cuny.edu.

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Appendix G - Limited Reopening Plan for Biology Department

Medical Assistant Lab Sections

  1. Introduction

    The Department of Biological Sciences & Geology's Medical Assistant Program has requested access to campus facilities in November in order to facilitate MA students who are partaking in clinical classes. This proposed Plan has been written to comply with current NYS Higher Education COVID 19 guidelines as well as City University of New York requirements. This Plan is subject to approval from QCC Administration and is subject to revision.

  2. Courses, Dates, and Scheduling

    The courses that will need to be in-person are Phlebotomy Technology, BI-451 and EKG Technology, BI-452. For Phlebotomy, the classes will be split into two or three, so that there is a maximum of 8 people in the classroom (M-249) at any time. The students will be a minimum 6 feet apart including lab table barrier shields between students. EKG Technology requires students to perform EKGs on each other in unique pairs while attending the lab sessions. Students will need to use phlebotomy arms, EKG machines and wires. CLT support will be conducted prior to any students or faculty being present on campus to minimize exposure

  3. Location

    The dates for in person labs will include a maximum of 8 students and 1 instructor. Prior to the sessions, a College Lab Technician (CLT) will prepare the lab as necessary without any interaction with the students or faculty. All labs will be conducted in the M-249 with the following class schedule for the Fall semester:

    Day Date Time Class # students
    Wednesday Nov. 4 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Phlebotomy 8
    Thursday Nov. 5 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Phlebotomy 8
    Wednesday Nov. 11 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Phlebotomy 8
    Thursday Nov. 12 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Phlebotomy 8
    Thursday Nov. 5 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. EKG Technology 8
    Thursday Nov. 12 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. EKG Technology 8
    Thursday Nov. 19 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. EKG Technology 8

    Total Student Campus Visits: 56

  4. Personal Protective Equipment Considerations

    All persons entering campus will be required to have face coverings. Masks, gloves, and goggles/face shields will be provided to the students as needed to perform the lab work in a safe manner.

  5. Covid-19 Mitigation Measures

    • Routes in and out of the building will be clearly defined using signs and markers
    • Stairwells will be limited to one-way travel only
    • Only one person will be allowed in the bathrooms at a time
    • Elevators use will be discouraged; (elevators should be reserved only for persons with disabilities)
    • Students will be forbidden from congregating in the hallways; public benches will be removed
    • Eating and drinking will be disallowed (except for drinking water)
    • Lab will have no more than 8 students at a time
    • Tables, chairs and equipment will be set up in each lab to maintain social distancing
    • Cleaning staff will perform a cleaning of all spaces at the start of the day and perform cleaning of high touch surfaces in between lab sessions; bathrooms will be checked for soap frequently
    • Students and instructors will be provided with sanitizing wipes so they can perform frequent cleaning of their desks, equipment and work areas
    • Signs, markers and reminders will be clearly posted in all areas stressing the need for social distancing and frequent handwashing; sanitizing stations will be placed in strategic areas
  6. Campus Shutdown

    In the event that the lab sections have to leave campus, all coursework necessary for certification will be completed when the college can be reopened.

  7. Medical Arts Biology Lab Floorplan

    Entry / Exit plan

    For a copy of the floor plan, please contact the Campus Coronavirus Coordinator: covid19coordinator@qcc.cuny.edu.

    Lab Floor Plan

    For a copy of the floor plan, please contact the Campus Coronavirus Coordinator: covid19coordinator@qcc.cuny.edu.

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Appendix H - Limited Reopening Plan for HPED

Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation Certification Training

  1. Introduction

    The QCC Department of Health, Physical Education and Dance (HPED) has requested limited access to campus facilities during the Fall semester in order to complete Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) for Nursing Students and other students who require certification to complete their programs. This proposed Plan has been written to comply with current NYS Higher Education COVID 19 guidelines as well as City University of New York requirements. This Plan is subject to approval from QCC & CUNY Administration and is subject to revision.

  2. Scheduling

    Certification training requires one 4 hour session to complete. Students will attend one of four time slots on either Fridays or Sundays at either 9am - 1pm or 2pm – 6:00pm. Each class will have one instructor and a maximum of 6 students and at least 6 feet social distancing will be maintained at all times.

    The practical skill instruction for EMT labs (HE-200) for credit completion and licensure certification will occur on Saturdays starting at the beginning of the Fall semester and completing all labs over 7 weeks.

  3. Fall Semester CPR Training Lab

    The 4 hours lab sessions will be held in the RFK Building in rooms 207 &/or 208 see attached floorplan.)

  4. Campus Access

    Faculty driving to campus will utilize parking Lot 1. Students driving in will use Lot 2. Persons arriving by public transportation will enter through the front entrance main gate. All access to the RFK Building will be from the main entrance on the right, or north.

    Prior to persons being allowed to remain on campus, the following measures will be taken:

    • All persons will be required to complete the CUNY Everbridge health screening app and present clearance approval upon arriving on campus.
    • All persons will be screened using a contactless thermometer
    • Employees will be required to watch the official NYS COVID19 training video now located in Blackboard
  5. Personal Protective Equipment Considerations

    All persons entering campus will be required to have face coverings. Masks will be provided as needed to all students and faculty.

  6. Covid-19 Mitigation Measures

  • All persons entering campus for CPR will be screened at a central access point (RFK lobby) by the EMT Instructors, who are licensed EMT's.
  • All employees prior to working, will be required to watch the official NYS COVID19 training now located in Blackboard
  • Persons accessing campus will be limited to areas they are assigned to; no one will be allowed access to any other areas
  • All persons will be required to wear facial coverings and maintain social distancing; signs and markers will be placed conspicuously to remind persons of this
  • Routes in and out of the building will be clearly defined using signs and markers
  • Stairwells will be limited to one-way travel only
  • Only one person will be allowed in the bathrooms at a time
  • Elevators use will be discouraged; (elevators should be reserved only for persons with disabilities)
  • Students will be forbidden from congregating in the hallways.
  • Classrooms and labs will have no more than 6 students inside at a time
  • Tables, chairs, manikins & equipment will be set up in each lab to maintain social distancing
  • Cleaning staff will perform a cleaning of all spaces at the start of the day and perform cleaning of high touch surfaces in RFK prior to the end of the lab sessions; bathrooms will be checked for soap frequently
  • Students and instructors will be provided sanitizing wipes so they can perform frequent cleaning of their desk, equipment and work areas.
  • Signs, markers and reminders will be clearly posted in all areas stressing the need for social distancing and frequent handwashing; sanitizing stations will be placed in strategic areas
  • Limit bi-directional foot traffic in corridors will be accomplished using signs and markers
  • HPED Department Floorplan

    For a copy of the floor plan, please contact the Campus Coronavirus Coordinator: covid19coordinator@qcc.cuny.edu.

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