The College of Staten Island is planning for a safe and academically rigorous fall semester. Because CUNY, State, CDC, and Federal guidance on the COVID-19 Pandemic changes daily, we as a campus need to be flexible in our expectations, and prepared for the possibility of both traditional in-person instruction and distance education. Because CSI has traditionally focused on in-person instruction, the bulk of our academic planning is focused on a model of continued distance education and improvements to provide an enriched educational experience for our students. We will also be preparing plans to return to campus for research, instruction, and service functions.

To that end, we are co-chairing a large committee focused on determining what re-entry to in-person activities might look like, and to determine what policies, infrastructural changes, and safeguards need to be in place for in-person activities to resume. The committee is composed of six subcommittees. The membership of the committee and the charges of the subcommittees can be found online.

We expect a lot of changes over the coming weeks, and we are planning regular communications to faculty, staff, and students every other week, starting in early July. We will send email updates, post new information on the re-entry Website, and distribute news via social media. In the meantime, we hope that you are all doing well during this difficult and most atypical summer.

By Hope Berte