Re-Entry Update

As we move into the fall, CSI continues on a path toward slow campus re-entry. Over the weekend, we had the sobering news of the first two cases of essential personnel on campus who had tested positive for COVID-19. This is a signal that, although campus occupancy remains low, we need to be vigilant in monitoring and tracing those with symptoms. Those in contact with the individuals have been notified to quarantine for two weeks, and the areas where the people worked have been deep cleaned over the weekend. Because of these new cases, we are holding off on expanding the number of people approved to come to campus for the time being, and will have to restrict campus visits on weekends. For the present time, work will have to be concluded by 3:00pm on Saturdays and we can’t allow access on Sundays.

As we remain in Phase 1 of campus re-entry, we are maintaining a cap of 450 staff, faculty, and students on campus any given day. Those coming to campus need to be approved in advance and must complete the Everbridge health screening application in order to gain entrance to campus.

Building 6S is fully functional, and hosting researchers, as well as students in Physical Therapy. Work continues on signage and HVAC in 5N and 5S, the other two buildings identified in the re-entry plan as highest priority, and those buildings are near the end stages of that preparation. 

The co-chairs of the re-entry subcommittees met on Friday to receive updates and to formulate a strategy for the rest of the semester and beyond. Rather than regularly convening the entire committee, the subcommittees will meet monthly, as will the committee and subcommittee co-chairs. I will also continue to provide updates at least twice a month to Academic Affairs, or more often as new developments occur. 

As President Fritz and I have indicated several times, we expect Spring 2021 to look very much like the current semester, with most instruction and campus business conducted online. We hope to continue to move ahead, preparing the campus for more extensive re-entry as budget and personnel are available to implement the necessary changes. However, a the two new cases, and the general trends toward increased COVID incidence in New York indicate, we need to continue to be cautious, individually and as a campus.

By Michael Parrish

Notification to Campus

Two members of our community, who have been on campus recently, have tested positive for COVID-19. Out of abundance of caution, we reached out to those who were in close contact with these individuals and asked them to quarantine/isolate at home and seek medical guidance  The areas where the individuals have visited this past week are being deep cleaned i accordance with our re-entry plan.  

Our first priority is keeping everyone safe. Please trust that we are following all protocols and procedures and will contact you individually if we believe there is any risk of possible exposure. 

We would like to take this opportunity to remind everyone to stay six feet apart, wear masks, and wash/sanitize your hands regularly. As always, any person who develops the following symptoms should stay home and contact their medical care provider:

  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath
  • Troubled breathing
  • Fever
  • Chills
  • Muscle pain
  • Headache
  • Sore throat
  • New loss of taste and/or New loss of smell

Please note that NYC offers free COVID testing. Further information on free testing can be accessed by calling 311 or the NYC health and hospitals Website.

By Jessica Collura​

Faculty Center Info Hub (CSI): Faculty Center Drop-in Session Reminder for Week of Oct. 19

Please find below the Faculty Center Drop-in Session schedule for this week. Drop-in Sessions can be accessed via the direct access links provided online, or by using the Virtual Drop-in Center buttons located on the main page of the Faculty Center Info Hub (CSI) Bb Organization available to all teaching faculty at CSI.

Stop by at any time during the times listed above. Faculty Center Staff will be available throughout to answer your questions and assist you in any way possible with your online course(s) and Blackboard.

For more information or questions about any of the workshops, courses, or assistance sessions offered by the Faculty Center for Professional Development at CSI please feel free to contact me directly at

By Kristen Lindtvedt

Technology Training Sessions for the Week of Oct. 19

In lieu of our monthly Lunch and Learn Series, Technology Training will continue to offer weekly training sessions on the applications that will assist you with your telecommuting efforts. 

If there is a topic that you would like to have covered in the future, please contact us and we will do our best to assist you.

Please use our Registration page to sign up for this week’s sessions. Please note that this schedule is fluid and we may add or cancel training sessions as needed to better serve the College community.

We look forward to working with you.

Be well.

By Doriann Pieve-Hyland