No Spring Break for SUNY Schools Amid Coronavirus Concerns
No spring break? It's just one of the changes for SUNY students for the upcoming Spring 2021 semester.
Among the changes for Spring 2021 announced by SUNY officials include the elimination of spring break, a late start to the semester -- students will return to class Feb. 1, 2010 -- and any student who will be on campus, must do a 7-day quarantine and take a COVID19 test at the start of the semester.
"I have talked with countless students since August who have made tremendous sacrifices so that they can stay on campus and learn. Our students have done a remarkable job given the circumstances." -State University of New York Chancellor Jim Malatras
Any student who will be physically on campus -- living there, working there, or using school facilities -- will have to quarantine, and then "undergo a diagnostic test in the three days before they arrive on campus, or get tested through their campus within five days of arriving on campus," reports WGRZ.
SUNY says it can process around 200,000 diagnostic tests per week.
There is an exemption available for students who have proof of a positive COVID-19 diagnostic within three months of returning to campus.
"This aggressive strategy gives us the best chance to return our students once again to classrooms in early 2021. But as we know, this is a fluid situation so we will continue to adapt and be flexible as issues emerge." -State University of New York Chancellor Jim Malatras