Important Reminders Before Extended Break

Posted on March 13, 2020

President Ramsammy sent the following email to all students and employees on Friday, March 13. Please take a moment to review the information and resources below.


Dear members of the college community,

As we approach the beginning of our extended Spring Break, I want to take a moment to thank our entire Hudson Valley community—students, faculty and staff—for your patience, understanding, and dedication to helping one another during this stressful and difficult time. I’m very proud to see how so many of you have worked together these past few days to navigate the ever-changing situation surrounding Coronavirus (COVID-19), while keeping the health, safety and best interests of our entire community in mind.

As you know, I issued guidance to students, faculty and staff earlier this week on Coronavirus (COVID-19) and the college’s plans and preparations, and the college has set up a Coronavirus (COVID-19) webpage with information and links to official sources like the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). At this time, we are fortunate that there are still no reports of positive cases of the virus within the Hudson Valley community. Still, please be assured that we will continue to monitor the situation throughout the break and communicate any relevant updates to the campus community through Hudson Valley Community College email and on the college’s website.

I’d like to take a moment to address current plans for academic continuity after Spring Break. I’m aware that many of you still have many questions about what the rest of the semester will look like, and faculty, staff and college officials are working tirelessly to address those concerns. So far, I can assure you that under the instruction Governor Cuomo issued earlier this week, we have been working diligently to implement online and remote learning options for classes that can be delivered in those formats, and to create alternatives or reduce the density of students per class for those that can’t. Students should expect to receive emails during the next two weeks outlining new information on plans for specific classes. Given the nature of this situation, with so many rapid changes and new information emerging all the time, students, faculty and staff should expect general email updates from myself or the college as well.

This extended Spring Break will allow us to further develop plans and creative solutions on how to approach the remainder of the semester with as little disruption as possible. Ultimately, our goal is to provide every available resource to allow students to complete their academic coursework, and we will do everything we can to accommodate our students, faculty and staff throughout this transition. However, please keep in mind that this is an unprecedented situation, and we appreciate your patience as we work as quickly as possible to implement solutions and react to changing conditions.

Please also be reminded that while classes are being postponed for the duration of the extended break, the college remains open. Most events and athletic competitions are cancelled or postponed, but our offices, including student service offices, are still available to students who may need them. Our Emergency Response Team is continuing to meet daily. We’re also continuing to receive guidance from SUNY, state and local organizations. More information will be forthcoming as we finalize plans over the coming weeks.

Before Spring Break begins, I’d also like to quickly reiterate that the college is strongly encouraging all members of our community to follow some common guidelines:

  • Please continue to check your Hudson Valley email accounts and the college website frequently throughout the break. Any new information relevant to the college will be communicated to you through those channels.
  • Please avoid large crowds and unnecessary travel as much as possible, and refer to the CDC’s travel guidelines when making any unavoidable travel decisions.
  • Please continue to practice the basic hygiene and health steps outlined on the CDC’s Coronavirus webpage , including proper hand washing.
  • If you begin to show symptoms or believe you’ve been exposed to Coronavirus (COVID-19), please call College Health Services at (518) 629-7468 or contact your healthcare provider before seeking care in person.
  • Even if you do not use College Health Services, you are asked to self-report any symptoms or potential exposure to the college. Students and employees can use the newly created Report Viral Illness form, available after logging into WIReD, to do so. 

Finally, please know that we understand that this is a stressful and uncertain time for everyone. Please continue to take care of yourselves, both physically and mentally. There are resources available for those who might need some extra support right now. Our Counseling Center remains open to students, and employees can make use of the Employee Assistance Program (EAP) to find counseling services if they feel that would be beneficial. Please don’t be afraid to consider these options.

Even though this is a very challenging time, I have complete confidence in our Hudson Valley community. We will get through this situation together. Thank you all once again for your efforts and your patience.

Take care of yourselves and one another, and have a safe and healthy Spring Break.

Sincerely,

Dr. Roger A. Ramsammy, Ph.D.
President