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3-23-20 Message from the Interim President: Info to Relieve


3/23/2020

ESF Message from the Interim President

Dear ESF Students,

Day 1, post spring break. I hope you've attempted to communicate with your instructors and are making plans to complete the semester using distance education. Please stay in communication. Ask questions and understand that it will be take a bit to get on smooth footing. It will happen. We are all here - albeit electronically - to help you.

While you're working remotely, there are a few updates from campus as follows:

Because we are trying to keep the number of people on campus as low as possible, all ESF buildings will be locked, and we are limiting student access to all buildings as of today, other than for TAs. All of the precautions that we have been talking about with regards to social distancing and cleanliness must be followed, including the directives to maintain 6 feet distance from others (if you must visit a public place) and wash your hands thoroughly with warm water and soap

Criteria for Denial to Campus

In line with state and federal requests to stay home, employees, students, visitors, and contractors are required to stay away from campus if they match with any of the following criteria. These criteria may be updated as circumstances warrant.

  • Anyone who has, or shares a living residence with someone who has, had symptoms of acute respiratory illness or fever within the previous 14 days
  • Anyone who has, or shares a living residence with someone who has, had contact with someone known to have COVID-19 or who has symptoms of acute respiratory illness or fever
  • Anyone required by the NYS DOH to be under mandatory or self-quarantine

Additionally, anyone who has, or shares a living residence with someone who has traveled within the previous 14 days to areas of known COVID-19 cases, and spent time in public areas such as airports, beaches, conferences, hotels, restaurants, on airplanes or buses, etc., must consult with the college and the Environmental Health and Safety Office prior to returning to campus. The purpose of this consultation is to determine the extent of participation in mass gatherings, particularly in higher risk areas. Indications of increased risk exposures may prompt exclusion from campus, or require additional social distancing and other precautions as a condition of being on campus.

Resources to Help with Stress

This is a stressful time. The recent announcement confirming the cases of coronavirus in New York has, understandably, led to a growing concern among all New Yorkers. All of us may experience increased stress during this time. Please review the resources below that can help you cope with the emotional impact of the coronavirus.

Resources that can give you accurate, reliable and up-to date general information:

Resources on coping with the emotional impact of the coronavirus:

Thank you for your continued efforts, your patience and persistence.

Sincerely,

Dave Amberg
Interim President