Face Masks Optional as of March 2

Posted March 2, 2022

Students and employees:

As you may know, New York State’s mask mandate for public K-12 schools was lifted today, March 2. In accordance with this development, as of today, the use of masks on campus at Hudson Valley will become optional. Please note that though mask usage is no longer mandated throughout campus, it remains strongly encouraged, and may be required in certain situations (i.e., for those engaged in clinical coursework where close personal contact is required).

This decision follows SUNY’s recently updated Spring semester guidance permitting the college to determine its mask usage guidelines, consultation with the Rensselaer County Department of Health, and a steady decline of COVID-19 transmission, infection and hospitalization rates within our greater community.

Though mask requirements have been relaxed, SUNY’s vaccine and testing requirements remain in effect. All students studying on campus must receive a booster upon becoming eligible, and all unvaccinated or partially vaccinated students and employees on campus must continue to participate in weekly COVID-19 testing. This includes those coming to campus with approved medical or religious vaccine exemptions.

As COVID-19 restrictions are loosening throughout the region, state and nation, we must continue to proceed with the same care and concern we have shown one another throughout the pandemic. Please continue to check yourself for symptoms daily, take advantage of on-campus testing, even if you are vaccinated, and stay home when ill.

Finally, please note that the college’s health and safety policies are subject to change as the pandemic continues to evolve. The college’s COVID-19 response team will continue to meet, review data and trends and provide updated guidance as necessary to the campus community. For more information, visit www.hvcc.edu/covid19/.

Sincerely,

Louis Coplin, Vice President for Student Affairs