HUDSON — After being shut down since mid-March due to the coronavirus outbreak, Columbia-Greene Community College on Wednesday unveiled plans for the fall semester.
“We are going to be offering online and remote classes primarily,” college President Carlee Drummer said.
The campus was closed in March in response to the pandemic, along with all colleges in the State University of New York system, and has remained shuttered through the spring semester.
Since that time, all classes have been offered online.
The planned fall reopening is outlined in an 11-page document, titled CoGreene Forward, and includes campus protocols for the campus for the upcoming semester.
The plan includes requirements for social distancing, disinfecting procedures and classroom sizes. Anyone entering a college building will be required to wear a face covering and other personal protective equipment.
“Everyone working in person will not be permitted to enter any building without appropriate PPE, and the PPE must be worn when social-distancing protocols cannot be maintained,” such as in corridors and bathrooms, according to the plan.
Most classes will be offered online, but a select group of courses that require hands-on instruction will be taught in person and on campus.
In-person courses will include automotive technology, building construction technology, nursing clinicals, art studios and select science labs, Drummer said.
The college is altering its classrooms to be social distancing friendly.
“We have been using the honeycomb style that yields the greatest number of seats while maintaining the six-foot social-distancing protocols,” she said.
Other changes will be made to accommodate students on campus, including staggering class start and end times to reduce foot traffic in the hallways. Furniture in areas such as the dining hall, student courtyard and art galleries has been removed to discourage gatherings, and the college’s fitness center will remain closed for the fall semester.
In-person events and meetings will be suspended until further notice, and only essential employees will work on campus on rotating schedules, according to the plan.
The college is also reconfiguring office space, Drummer said.
“We are intending to provide the best educational experience possible for students,” Drummer said. “The faculty has been totally amazing in the way they pivoted to a virtual teaching environment. The staff was amazing moving the college forward in spite of most of us working at home. It’s a very different year.”
The college will also implement a sanitizing regimen, according to guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Columbia and Greene county health departments, college Buildings and Grounds Director Alison Murphy said.
“The maintenance team has been trained in enhanced cleaning methods for COVID-19 and the college recently completed installation of new HVAC and air-filtration equipment,” Murphy said. “We are ready and eager to welcome students and staff, and the community, back to Columbia-Greene.”
The CoGreene Forward guidelines also implement health screening requirements for students, staff and visitors mandated by Gov. Andrew Cuomo.
The fall semester is scheduled to begin Sept. 8.