I know many of you are anxious about re-entry in the fall. This will continue to be a work in progress as we learn more about the course of the pandemic and the changing guidance and requirements from CUNY, the NY State Department of Education, and the City and State of New York. We are still anticipating being in Phase 3 of our re-entry plan at the beginning of the Fall 2021 semester, which would call for the campus to be at roughly 25% of its normal daily capacity.
The subcommittees of the re-entry committee will be meeting during March to plan for the potential impact of this plan for campus operations. As has been the case since the pandemic started, we will maintain our highest priority for the safety of our faculty, staff, and students.
As of yesterday, the NY State Department of Education extended flexibility for distance education through the 2021-2022 academic year. This means that programs that want to continue to offer more than 50% of their curriculum online can do so without applying for exemptions to do so. Programs seeking permission to offer over 50% of their curriculum online will need to go through the usual approval process through CUNY and NYSed.
Finally, we have scheduled a Re-Entry Town Hall for Wednesday, Apr. 7 at 2:00pm, and hope to have more updates from the subcommittees to share at that time.
By Michael Parrish