A. Introduction B. Governance C. Local Health Conditions/Triggers for Reopening
I. PEOPLE A. Physical Distancing Distancing and Masks Limit Occupancy and Congestion Reconfigure Floor plans Signage
B. Gatherings in Enclosed Spaces General Guidance for Enclosed Spaces HVAC and Water System Specific Spaces Cafeterias/Dining Halls Computer Labs Conference Rooms Elevators Outdoor Campus Grounds Gyms and Fitness Centers, Including Pools Hallways and Stairwells Kitchens Lecture/Classrooms Lobby and Common Areas Office Space Restrooms Waiting Room for Emergency Response
General Considerations Student COVID-19 Conduct Protocol Operational Considerations Involving Online Course Teaching and Learning Support Operational Considerations for Vulnerable Populations Operational Considerations for Students Operational Considerations for Re-closing in the Event of an Outbreak
II PLACES A. Personal Equipment B. Hygiene, Cleaning and Disinfection C. Phased Reopening D. Communications Plan
A. Screening and Testing Returning to Campus Screening Testing
B. Tracing and Tracking Tracing Tracking Isolate and Transport Those Who are Sick Notify Health Officials and Close Contacts Tracing and Enhanced Cleaning Isolate and Transport Those Who are Sick Notify Health Officials and Close Contacts Tracing and Enhanced Cleaning
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, LaGuardia Community College’s Reopening Plan has been prepared based on CUNY Guidelines for Safe Campus Reopening. It embodies the most recent New York State guidance for Higher Education, which define both mandatory and recommended actions, as well as best practice recommendations from a myriad of other sources. The Return to Campus Planning Task Force identified questions and concerns, and the Return to Campus Operational Task Force developed campus specific guidelines to gradually resume on-campus operations and the Fall 2021 planning committee are guiding campus return of a number of classes and offices.. Together they formed the College’s Reopening Committee. This plan focuses on a phased-in approach to the reopening process, that builds on the Phase I foundation. This document follows the guidance developed by New York State, that details general plans for: People, including social/physical distancing, gatherings in enclosed places, operational activity and movement of goods; Places, including protective equipment, hygiene, phased reopening and communications; Processes, including screening, testing, tracing and tracking; and Institutional Plans. The College's specific application of the general guidelines is reflected in the attachments. As the College closely monitors the implementation of each phase, modifications to the plan may be necessary increase efficiency. Subsequent phases will build on Phase I requirements and modified accordingly, to safely and effectively incorporate the next phase into the College’s operations plans. Before activities can proceed to the next phase, all operational issues will be resolved prior to the phased reopening, until normal occupancy is ultimately achieved. If warranted, reclosing and ramp down plans, provided herein, will be implemented to ensure public health as per governance.
The College’s Reopening Committee has prepared, reviewed and will closely monitor the implementation of the College’s Reopening Plans to provide general guidelines for the College to gradually, thoughtfully and safely resume in-person instruction and work. The structure is based on the Coronavirus Planning Task Force recommendation. The College President has identified the Vice President for Finance and Administration, Shahir Erfan, as the Campus Coronavirus Coordinator to:
A. Physical Distancing Distancing and Masks
Limit Occupancy and Congestion
Reconfigured Floor Plans Note: Based on recent CUNY guidance, distancing and occupancy requirements given below will only be applicable to unvaccinated and not fully vaccinated individuals. As of Fall 2021, the below requirements will be phased out for vaccinated individuals due to the relaxation of social distancing requirements by governing agencies. If distancing requirements change, the College will reestablish occupancy limits. Signage will continue to promote and encourage social distancing.
The College encourages minimizing non-essential gatherings and meetings (e.g. extracurricular activities, in-person office/staff meetings) by minimizing in-person meetings and relying on video or teleconferencing technology where possible. The College will gradually reopen non-essential amenities, and communal areas
The College has developed a plan, as depicted in Attachment A: Distancing Plan, for adequate social distancing in small areas, such as restrooms and break rooms if in use, signage and operational changes to restrict occupancy when social distancing cannot be maintained in such areas. The College will limit the use of tightly enclosed spaces (e.g. supply rooms, kitchens) by more than one individual at a time, all employees in such spaces at the same time must wear an acceptable face coverings. Campus Facilities in developing campus-wide reopening plan, will also identify unsafe spaces (e.g., too small, no ventilation, bottleneck entry) and recommend approaches to deactivate those spaces.
General Guidance for Enclosed Spaces This section provides a plan specific to services that cannot be effectively delivered at a distance and may reopen gradually provided they meet New York State and University guidelines. Modifications will be made based on updated guidelines to reflect new requirements.
HVAC and Water System
HVAC System Maintenance and Filter Replacement during the COVID-19 Pandemic
Specific Spaces This section provides a plan for specific services in preparation for Fall 2021, that cannot be effectively delivered at a distance and will gradually return to in-person operations, provided they meet New York State and University guidelines. Cafeterias/Dining Halls Note: Based on recent CUNY guidance, distancing and occupancy requirements given below will only be applicable to unvaccinated and not fully vaccinated individuals. As of Fall 2021, the below requirements will be phased out for vaccinated individuals due to the relaxation of social distancing requirements by governing agencies. If distancing requirements change, the College will reestablish occupancy limits. Signage will continue to promote and encourage social distancing.The Cafeteria equipment and services will remain closed until plans to reopen are approved. Cafeteria equipment and services will gradually resume operations as campus occupancy increases. The College will continue to plan and determine the best course of action as demand increases and future phases are implemented.
Computer Labs In order to limit the number of people on campus, and the duration that they are on campus, only limited and approved computer labs will be open in Phase I. The College will continue to plan and determine the best course of action as the next phases are implemented. Only approved Computer labs shall remain opened.
Conference Rooms Note: Note: Based on recent CUNY guidance, distancing and occupancy requirements will only be applicable to unvaccinated and not fully vaccinated individuals. As of Fall 2021, requirements will be phased out for vaccinated individuals due to the relaxation of social distancing requirements by governing agencies. If distancing requirements change, the College will reestablish occupancy limits. Signage will continue to promote and encourage social distancing.As campus occupancy and in-person operations increase, and Phase III is implemented (June 2021) conference rooms will reopen.
Elevators The College will encourage all occupants to use stairs as directed by posters and signage, in order to minimize elevator traffic. The College, for its Phase I reopening, will only utilize the first 3 floors of the facilities and elevator service will be limited to those areas for students, faculty and instructional support employees.
Outdoor Campus Grounds As campus occupancy and in-person operations increase, and Phase III is implemented (June 2021), outdoor campus grounds will be allowed to reopen as per distancing requirements (as applicable). The College will determine the best course of action as phases are implemented. Gyms and Fitness Centers, Including Pools As campus occupancy and in-person operations increase, and Phase III is implemented (June 2021) the Gym and Fitness Center, Including the Pool will be allowed to reopen under limited occupancies as per distancing requirements. They shall remain closed until plans to reopen are reviewed by the Committee and approved by CUNY and NYS. The College will determine the best course of action as phases are implemented. Hallways and Stairwells Note: Note: Based on recent CUNY guidance, distancing and occupancy requirements will only be applicable to unvaccinated and not fully vaccinated individuals. As of Fall 2021, the distancing and occupancy requirements will be phased out for vaccinated individuals due to the relaxation of social distancing requirements by governing agencies. If distancing requirements change, the College will reestablish occupancy limits. Signage will continue to promote and encourage social distancing.
Kitchens Kitchens will reopen in Phase III (June 2021) upon review and approval by the Committee. As services and campus occupancy increases, kitchens will gradually increase operations. The College will determine the best course of action as demand increases and future phase are implemented. Lecture/Classrooms Note: Note: Based on recent CUNY guidance, distancing and occupancy requirements given below will only be applicable to unvaccinated and not fully vaccinated individuals. As of Fall 2021, the below requirements will be phased out for vaccinated individuals due to the relaxation of social distancing requirements by governing agencies. If distancing requirements change, the College will reestablish occupancy limits. Signage will continue to promote and encourage social distancing.As in-person classes gradually resume, only those rooms approved by Administration will be used. The Committee will survey and assess each room to specify the number of occupants based on the current social/physical distancing requirements.
Lobby and Common Areas Note: Note: Based on recent CUNY guidance, distancing and occupancy requirements given below will only be applicable to unvaccinated and not fully vaccinated individuals. As of Fall 2021, the below requirements will be phased out for vaccinated individuals due to the relaxation of social distancing requirements by governing agencies. If distancing requirements change, the College will reestablish occupancy limits. Signage will continue to promote and encourage social distancing.
Office Space Note: Note: Based on recent CUNY guidance, distancing and occupancy requirements given below will only be applicable to unvaccinated and not fully vaccinated individuals. As of Fall 2021, the below requirements will be phased out for vaccinated individuals due to the relaxation of social distancing requirements by governing agencies. If distancing requirements change, the College will reestablish occupancy limits. Signage will continue to promote and encourage social distancing.
Restrooms Note: Note: Based on recent CUNY guidance, distancing and occupancy requirements given below will only be applicable to unvaccinated and not fully vaccinated individuals. As of Fall 2021, the below requirements will be phased out for vaccinated individuals due to the relaxation of social distancing requirements by governing agencies. If distancing requirements change, the College will reestablish occupancy limits. Signage will continue to promote and encourage social distancing.
Waiting Room for Emergency Response
The College will have an approved updated reopening plan in place, as per Part 1.B Governance, before anyone other than essential workers enter the campus (with limited exceptions, as approved by New York State, such as Research and Incubator-type facilities). All campus occupants must adhere to all College requirements. (18) General Considerations
Student COVID-19 Conduct Protocol The City University of New York takes the well-being and safety of our students, faculty and staff very seriously. During the pandemic, we all have an obligation to behave in a responsible manner per the guidance provided in the College’s campus’ re-opening plan to prevent the spread of the coronavirus. Responsible behavior extends to your off-campus and personal lives, which can affect your ability to transmit the virus on campus, including at a minimum:
Article XV of the CUNY bylaws requires that each student obey policies, regulations, and orders of the University/College. Students are reminded that the Rules and Regulations for the Maintenance of Public order pursuant to article 129a of the education law (“Henderson Rules”) prohibits:
The University is committed to adhering fully to current and future directives about social encounters from the federal, state and local public health officials. Any student found in violation of these directives may be subject to discipline under article XV of the CUNY bylaws.
Operational Considerations Involving Online Course Teaching and Learning Support: To allow faculty, staff and students to prepare and create conditions for an effective semester and recognizing that some instruction will be delivered online, the College shall ensure that instructional delivery and student support is guided, first and foremost, by our commitment to equity and our obligation to protect the health and safety of all students, faculty and staff, along with our commitment to facilitate the maintenance of academic momentum and the achievement of learning outcomes for all LAGCC students.
Operational Considerations for Vulnerable Populations: The College, for this Plan, will provide options for Vulnerable Populations, including:
Operational Considerations for Students: The College’s efforts to support the needs of various student bodies include but are not limited to
Operational Considerations for Reclosing in the Event of an Outbreak:
A. Personal Equipment
Disposal of Personal Protective Equipment:
B. Hygiene, Cleaning and Disinfection
C. Phased Reopening The College will implement a gradual increase of the number of activities on campus and in the field while ensuring compliance with sound public health practices including the use of heightened cleaning, staggered access, and social/physical distancing protocols, as applicable (36). Every effort will be made by the College to keep all activities that can be performed remotely, remote and online, and avoid in-person on-campus activities to the extent possible. All proposed plans to resume on- campus activities will be assessed by the Reopening Committee, as necessary. Note: Members of the campus community will not be required or permitted to return to campus if campus reopening plans, as approved by the Chancellery/COO’s Office, determines that particular sets of activities can and should be accomplished remotely (34). General
D. Communications Plan The College has developed a communications plan (provided in Attachment G: Communication Plan) for students, parents or legal guardians, employees and visitors that includes applicable instructions, training, signage, and a consistent means to provide individuals with updated information. The Chancellery and the Provost’s Office will continue to communicate CUNY-wide information and policy via CUNY’s Coronavirus Update page, while campuses will communicate information specific to their community.
A. Screening and Testing LaGuardia Community College has designated, V.P. of Finance and Administration, Shahir Erfan, as the College’s Coronavirus Campus Coordinator to act as the central point of contact(s) and whose responsibilities include continuous compliance with all aspects of the site safety plan. The Coordinator may delegate responsibilities depending upon activity, location, shift or day. The Coordinator is responsible for receiving (from Coronavirus Campus Liaisons or other health care personnel), and at testing to having reviewed, all screening activities (as applicable). The Liaison will receive, compile and report COVID-19 exposures. Returning to Campus The following protocols are established and publicized prior to the approved return of students, faculty and staff to the Campus, and strictly enforced thereafter.
Screening: The College’s screening protocol is depicted in Attachment H: Screening Plan and the following will be implemented:
Testing The College will follow the latest screening, testing and vaccination requirements, as approved by CUNY.
Isolate and Transport Those Who are Sick
Notify Health Officials and Close Contacts
Tracing and Enhanced Cleaning
Employees can return to work after 10 days with a negative test result or, if a negative result cannot be achieved, then appropriate medical clearance to return to work. This documentation must be dated no earlier than 3 days prior to the anticipated return to work date. This requirement applies to all quarantines including symptoms, positive test, exposure and international travel.
Attachments As the College closely monitors the implementation of the each phase, modifications to the attachments may be made to accommodate the academic programs, faculty, staff and other activities, and increase efficiency of the reopening plans, as needed.
The College provides employees with acceptable face coverings, and does not prevent employees from wearing their personally owned protective coverings (e.g. surgical masks, N95 respirators, or face shields) as long as they abide by the minimum standards of protection for the specific activity, and OSHA regulations. For acceptable COVID-19 face coverings information see: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/prevent-getting-sick/about-face-coverings.html The college has temporarily suspended the issuance, and fit testing, of N95 respirators to essential employees who are not already medically evaluated or fit tested. This allows the College to preserve and prioritize the supply of limited N95 respirators for use in situations where they are mandatory to be worn. CDC guidelines Recommended Guidance for Extended Use and Limited Reuse of N95 Filtering Face piece Respirators in Healthcare Settings in order to conserve PPE when necessary, are followed as applicable. Cleaning, storage and disposal of facemasks goggles, or other eye protection follow CDC guidance.
Employees shall follow their routine procedures and adhere to existing policies for mandatory personal protective equipment (if any) that they would ordinarily use for their job tasks as per all applicable OSHA standards. CDC guidelines for Optimizing Supply of PPE and Other Equipment during Shortages shall be followed.
The Executive Director of Facilities Management and Planning or designee established a log, with the required information after each cleaning and disinfection activity. The Executive Director of Facilities Management and Planning or designee determined cleaning regimens for specific spaces and established a frequency schedule for each facility type and the housekeeping team assigned to the task. The head of campus facilities/designee reports to the Coronavirus College Coordinator regularly on the status of the cleaning regimen and log.
Inventory is entered into the Gigatrak system (Inventory System) and reviewed by the departmental manager. Distribution of supplies is done by designated staff or department manager. The replenishment of supplies is processed through the Gigatrak system. Reports of supply usage are tracked and monitored by Superintendent and supervisors to ensure that supplies are adequate, and demand is not abused. Employees are required to wear additional PPE due to the nature of their work. The College complies with all applicable OSHA standards. (41) The College trains employees on the proper use of PPE and cleaning products. LaGuardia uses Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) list of products registered in New York State, EPA approved and products listed on the EPA List N: Disinfectants for Use against SARS-CoV-2 If cleaning or disinfecting products or the act of cleaning and disinfecting cause safety hazards or degrades the material or machinery, the following requirements are enforced:
The College ensures adherence to hygiene and cleaning and disinfection requirements as advised by the CDC and NYSDOH, including "Guidance for Cleaning and Disinfection of Public and Private Facilities for COVID-19," and the "STOP THE SPREAD" poster, as applicable For clarity, the following concepts are defined:
The College conducts regular cleaning and disinfection of the facilities and more frequent cleaning and disinfection of high-risk areas and frequently touched surfaces as per NYSDOH's "Interim Guidance for Cleaning and Disinfection of Public and Private Facilities for COVID-19." Disinfecting Protocols include the use of electrostatic sprayers, steamers, and the use of power washers where applicable. Soap and paper supplies are provided in all restrooms, kitchenettes and other areas with soap dispensers to ensure that people can wash their hands frequently per CDC recommendations Entrances, Elevators, and Stairs Entrances and Elevators have a higher risk of contamination due to its frequent usage and required touch. These areas are given special attention as they are considered high touch surfaces.
Lobbies, Hallways and Gathering Places Lobbies, hallways, and student gathering areas are considered high risk. As such, the following cleaning activities are performed:
Designated staff or personnel are responsible for the maintenance of the Science and Health Sciences lab equipment, cleaning and disinfecting laboratory(e.g. equipment, bench tops etc.)
Offices and Conference Rooms
Offices are inspected and cleaned prior to initial re-occupancy. General cleaning practices are resumed when space is reoccupied. Occupants of the College are vested with the responsibility of cleaning their personal work areas. When requested the College provides departments with single-use disinfecting wipes and/or multi-surface spray cleaners to support self-servicing, as feasible.
Dining Areas are cleaned and sanitized by custodial staff
Cleaning and Disinfection Protocol for a confirmed COVID-19 case
The College follows CDC guidelines on "Cleaning and Disinfecting Your Facility" if someone is suspected or confirmed to have COVID-19(41)
The College provides for the cleaning and disinfection of exposed areas in the event an individual is suspected/confirmed to have COVID-19. It includes, at a minimum, cleaning and disinfection of all large transit areas and high-touch surfaces (e.g., elevators, lobbies, building entrances, badge scanners, restrooms, handrails, door handles)
Reopening Phase Plan
The College refers to industry-specific instructions and guidelines, CUNY’s Guidance on Academic Continuity to campuses and Considerations for Reopening Facilities & Services in Stages for the most up to date information prior to implementation of each phase to ensure all public health protocol are considered. This plan is based on a phased approach, consisting of four phases (Phase I-IV). The College expects to pilot each phase for a full session to avoid disrupting student learning mid-session, contingent on CUNY and NYS requirements.
In preparation for Fall 2021, and as campus occupancy and in-person operations increase, Form A and B: Departmental Request for Return to On-Campus Activities will be phased out and Guidelines for Return to On-Campus Activities will be established (See Guidelines for Return to On-Campus Activities). Note: all specialized areas (Cafeteria/Dining, Library, Pool/Fitness Center/Gym, Childcare Center and Health Center) returning to on-campus activities shall submit operational plans to be reviewed and approved by the Reopening Committee.
Return to business as “normal” with full operations and building occupancy (up to 100%)
Phase I - Maximum occupancy: contingent on social/physical distancing capacity, up to 25% of normal campus occupancy, for floors pre-approved to be occupied in Phase I. Note that areas that have not been approved for Phase I will be off limits. (September 2020-December 2020)
Phase II - Maximum occupancy: contingent on social/physical distancing capacity, up to 50% of normal campus occupancy, for floors pre-approved to be occupied in Phase II. Note that areas that have not been approved for Phase II are off limits. (January 2021-May 2021)
Phase III – Maximum occupancy: contingent on current social/physical distancing capacity requirements, up to 75% of normal campus occupancy, for floors pre-approved to be occupied in Phase III. Note that areas that have not been approved for Phase III are off limits. (June 2021-TBD)
Phase IV – Fully Reopened at 100% of normal campus occupancy (TBD)
Fall 2021 Phase-in Plan
CUNY-LaGuardia Community College continues to gradually return to on-campus operations as per the College’s approved updated plans. In a collaborative manner the various task forces, committees and teams have successfully increased operations at the College and are diligently planning for an increased occupancy for Fall 2021.
The College anticipates being in Phase III or IV for the start of the Fall I 2021 semester, providing state, local and CUNY guidance allows to do so, which will allow a maximum occupancy of 75% of socially distanced occupancy at a minimum while adhering to current social/physical distancing requirements, as per regulatory and governing agencies, including CUNY Phase III and IV will allow
As the College closely monitors the implementation of the gradual reopening of the campus, modifications to the updated plan shall be made to increase efficiency, as needed. Phases III and IV follow prior phase requirements and will be modified accordingly to safely and effectively incorporate the operations and activities returning to campus. All reopening activities will be phased-in to allow for operational concerns to be addressed before activities return to normal levels. Social/Physical Distancing Plan Note: Note: Based on recent CUNY guidance, distancing and occupancy requirements given below will only be applicable to unvaccinated and not fully vaccinated individuals. As of Fall 2021, the below requirements will be phased out for vaccinated individuals due to the relaxation of social distancing requirements by governing agencies. If distancing requirements change, the College will reestablish occupancy limits. Signage will continue to promote and encourage social distancing.
Phase in Plan
Ramp Down / Reclosing Plan
Guidelines: Return to On-campus Activities As students, faculty, and staff prepare to gradually return to in-person learning and work, everyone is reminded of our obligation to act in a responsible manner while on campus as per the guiding principles herein and as byper governing agencies. Guidelines are subject to change and are reviewed and updated frequently as governing agencies, including CUNY guidelines and recommendations change. Important Contact Numbers:
Return to Campus Guidelines:
Reporting COVID-19 Potential Exposure and Response Protocol:
This document includes program specific information that will be implemented and adhered to by the academic program listed below.
Program Specific Information
Academic Program: __________________________________________________________________________
Division and Department: _____________________________________________________________________
Course Coordinator(s)/ Program Director Names(S): ________________________________________________
Course Coordinator(s)/ Program Director Contact Information: _______________________________________
Program Schedule – Complete the information for each program or sub program and attach additional pages if necessary for multiple sub programs. (Refer to the social distancing occupancy drawing created for the specific rooms)
Animal Care Schedule(leave blank if this is not applicable to your program) – Complete and attach additional pages if necessary
Additional information regarding the schedule (e.g. start/end dates, students will be on campus on intermittent days, Saturday sessions will only meet four times during the session)
Daily Occupancy: Describe how many faculty members, college lab technicians and/or office support staff will be scheduled per day, with respective office locations (e.g. one professor and one technician is scheduled per class or two office staff members per day in room E409).
Note: As departments determine schedules, take into account that ASL interpreters must be accounted for within the occupancy limit.
Physical Distancing Plan
Describe your plan to ensure distancing of at least 6’ between individuals in shared spaces.
Exceptions: unless safety or the core activity (e.g., moving equipment, using an elevator, performing a transaction, simulations requires a shorter distance). Please take into consideration the lab bench space, shared equipment, and desk seating.
Covid-19 Specific Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) Protocol
Describe details of who is responsible for managing and distributing the COCID-19 related PPE for your program and sub programs. (For additional details refer to Attachment C of the College’s Reopening Plan)
Are students required to purchase their own PPE? Y__ N__ (If yes include in description below)
Hygiene, Cleaning andDisinfection
Hand Sanitizer Stations installed, in or near classrooms and labs, will be restocked as needed.
Only EPA registered antimicrobial products given on "List N: Disinfectants for use against SAS-CoV-2, the cause of COVID-19", will be used at the College. (i.e., Lysol Disinfectant Spray, Avisat-D and Oxivir 1 cleaning wipes currently approved for use and additional products on the list may be used with the approval of Environmental Health and Safety Office)
Clinical and Laboratory Spaces:
Designated personnel will be responsible for the hygiene, cleaning and disinfection within the science and clinical health science labs including laboratory equipment and bench tops after each class.
Program Specific Cleaning,Hand Hygiene: (For additional details refer to Attachment D of the College’s Reopening Plan)
If required to ramp down, due to various health and safety mandates or directives, what activities/ steps will be taken to limit, or completely shut down, on campus activities as soon as possible? Complete and attach an additional page if necessary (For additional details refer to AttachmentF of the College’s Reopening Plan)
Other ProgramSpecific Procedure and Protocols: What other procedures/ protocols will you put in place to reduce the chance of transmission?
All Faculty/Staff will complete the online New York State COVID-19 Return to Work Training video, available on Blackboard, before resuming on-campus work and have been notified to download the Everbridge health screening app to complete the mandatory daily Health Screening Questionnaire.
The Divisional Campus Access Approver(s) will confirm, all faculty and staff have permission to be on campus prior to the start of their on-campus activities.
I attest that the information provided will be adhered to, when on-campus activities resume.
Course Coordinator / Program Director: ____________________________________ Date: __________________
Department Chairperson / Director: _________________________________________ Date: __________________
For Approver Use Only
Note: Departmental request does not include research, refer to Guidelines for gradual return to research and template for additional information regarding request for return to on-campus research activities.
Division and Department: __________________________________
Academic Program: _______________________________________
Program Coordinator(s): __________________________________________________________________________
Note: The below information will be considered for Phase II or Later Implementation of the College’s Reopening Plan
Explain the rationale for return to campus: Considering the college’s current Phase I reopening plan, explain why your programs on-campus work should be prioritized for return as the college gradually implements the phased re-opening.
Program(s)/Work Schedule –Complete the information for each program or sub program(s) and/or employee work schedule. Attach additional pages if necessary for multiple sub programs Complete and attach additional pages if necessary
Course number –
Physical Distancing Plan
Are students required to purchase their own PPE? Y__ N__ (If yes include in description below)
Cleaning, hand hygiene and other health and safety measures (For additional details refer to Attachment D of the College’s Reopening Plan)
If required to ramp down, due to various health and safety mandates or directives, what activities/ steps will be taken to limit, or completely shut down, on campus activities as soon as possible? Complete and attach an additional page if necessary (For additional details refer to AttachmentF of the College’s Reopening Plan)
Other Program /Department Specific Procedure and Protocols: What other procedures/ protocols will you put in place to reduce the chance of transmission?
For Admin use
The following reopening plan guideline has been developed with the goal of keeping the College community safe with a phased approach to increasing on-site research activities that complies with federal, state, city, and CUNY policies and regulations. See https://www.cuny.edu/research/ and the College's reopening plan for additional information.
This document outlines procedures that attempt to strike a balance between safety and productivity. It is the responsibility of each department to decide what laboratories to open first. Each Principal Investigator (PI) shall create and submit to Jessica Zeichner-Saca and Laura Bartovics a resume to on-campus research plan, following the guidelines below.
Phase 0: Limited access (currently in process)
Phases I: Upon submittal and approval of a lab specific resume to on-campus research plan
Phase II: Gradual increase of PIs on-campus activities
Phase III: Expansion of PIs on-campus access and activities of high-priority research
Phase IV: Expansion of PIs on-campus access and activities of research
This stage includes continued expansion and phasing in of research, and expands on-site access, pending College approval, to: Undergraduate Students.
Designation of labs and activities for Phase I
The Department Chairs and PIs are responsible for enforcing distancing and safety considerations for their staff. Each department should:
Code of Conduct for Phase I
The departments should adhere to the following code of conduct for safety and the ability to access the building:
Monitoring and loss of access during Phase I
It is important that all members follow rules so that access to the building is not lost. Therefore, monitoring should be put in place:
the College is in Phase IV of its reopening plan.
Phases II-IV: Gradual increase of PIs on-campus activities
Thresholds for moving to the next Phase as well as thresholds for possible ramp down or closure will be closely monitored (All City, State and CUNY public health protocols will be followed). As a new Phase is implemented, activities from prior Phases will continue and possibly expand with additional safeguards in place as density on campus increases.
Phase I Code of Conduct and Monitoring will apply to all other phases and will be modified accordingly as needed.
This template is designed to support the safe resumption of research laboratory operations at the College amid the evolution of COVID-19. It follows NYS and CUNY guidelines to optimize the health and safety of all members of the College research community. It also, provides a framework for the College, Department Heads, Principal Investigators (PIs), and Environmental, Health and safety Office (EHSO) to address the unique challenges of each laboratory when resuming operations and to augment these procedures, as needed, to meet specific campus and laboratory considerations.
Faculty/PI Information Name (last, first): Empl ID: Department: Email ID: Certificate of Fitness (C-14): Grant Information:
Laboratory Information Building(s): Room(s):
Training: Have you completed the online health and safety COVID-19 “RETURN TO WORK” training available on Blackboard. YES / NO Have you completed the online EHS training available on Blackboard. YES / NO
Screening: Any person entering the College will be required to complete the NYS Screening process each day using the Everbridge health screening app., including visitors. In the event an individual does not own a smart phone, the College’s online screening form can be used and follow up with Public Safety or a designated screener upon arrival on campus. All entrants will be checked for temperature upon entry to the campus.
Rationale for Return to Campus (laboratory-specific research resumption plans): Considering the current Reopening guidelines, explain why your on-campus work should be prioritized for return when we begin ramping up in-person research.
Physical Distancing: Describe the plan to ensure distancing of at least 6’ between anyone in the lab or participating in research. Please consider lab/bench space, shared equipment, and desk seating.
Scheduling: At Phase 0 and Phase I, the recommendation is still to limit on-campus research activity to ensure that individuals are not in close proximity for extended periods and avoiding unnecessary congregation. Provide schedule for each individual who are in the lab (days and times). Specific time blocks must be identified. Make sure you include into your consideration the time required for enhanced cleaning between time blocks and time to exit and enter buildings without overcrowding hallways, stairs, elevators, etc Proposed Lab Work/Access (days and time):
Shared research space/ equipment usage: Identify facilities/spaces shared by you, and groups outside your lab, which may need a centralized scheduling system to be coordinated by the department designee.
Identify the appropriate PPE to serve the labs for at least 30 days. Put in place guidelines for access and monitoring of use and disposal of PPE, consistent with the College's overall requirement.
Hand hygiene and other health and safety measures within laboratories and other shared work areas, consistent with the College's overall requirement.
Cleaning and disinfection schedule and protocol: Review the Reopening guidelines for keeping the space clean to reduce risk of transmission and provide information. consistent with the College's overall requirement.
Other: What other plans, unique to your activities, will be in place to reduce the chance of transmission?
Ramp-down Plan: Review the College Ramp-down plan and checklist. If required to ramp down to only essential research activities, what would those activities be and what steps will be taken to restrict activities as soon as possible?
Prior to resuming on-campus research a lab safety inspection of all lab spaces must be performed before re-entry.
I attest that the information provided will be adhered to, when my research activity will resume on campus. (Faculty/ PI signature) (Date Submitted)
For Admin Use Approvals Signature Date Department Chair(s) Approval Provost Approval
Reclosing Plan This plan reflects the process previously followed by the College to close the campus pursuant to New York State COVID-19 response guidance; material in this section is drawn from CUNY correspondence and the Guidance on Academic Continuity.
Governance Should the College campus need to close down operations after reopening, the same governance structure applies as laid out in the reopening section of the plan. Pursuant to that structure, the College developed a reclosing plan that follows the CUNY guidelines as submitted to the Chancellery/COO’s Office for review and approval. Decisions to shut down begin with the Campus Coronavirus Liaisons who reports daily to the Campus Reopening Committee and to the Chancellery/COO’s Office’s on decisions as to closures. If the CUNY Board of Trustees calls for partial or full closure, the College will activate our plans.
Circumstances that Warrant Closure It is the intention of the College and CUNY to move forward and bring more activities back to campus over time.
College Ramp Down / Reclosing Plan
LAGCC COVID CLOSURE & RAMP-DOWN THRESHOLD CRITERIAThe criteria to determine closure of LAGCC buildings and ramp-down of onsite operations are as follows:As per CUNY, LaGuardia has adopted the NYS guideline that states “COVID-19 infection rates on NYS college campuses requires that if colleges reach 100 cases of coronavirus or if the number of cases equals 5% of their onsite population or more, they must transition to remote learning for two weeks, at which time the situation will be assessed before returning to limited on-campus activity is allowed.”The College’s reopening plan, “ramping down” procedure:Thresholds to remain in the phase longer than planned if:
Threshold to revert to a prior phase:
External monitoring criteria should include:
Internal monitoring criteria should include:
The Center for Disease Control Decision-Making Tree
The College will be ready to deploy distance learning modalities, with as few employees on campus as possible to assist those who have been designated as essential staff and to transition to remote working for all non-essential staff (March 15, 2020 letter from Chancellor). In the event of a campus-wide shut down or a targeted shutdown of particular areas on a campus, only those previously identified as essential, in their job descriptions, report to campus. A checklist is used to restrict on campus activities to those that are absolutely necessary to retain critical operations such as facilities, research, and instructional laboratory viability.
LaGuardia Community College Campus Ramp-Down Checklist
This checklist will be used to restrict on-campus activities to those that are absolutely necessary to retain critical operations such as facilities, research, and laboratory viability, such as:
The reduction of on-campus activities will be implemented immediately when a ramp down threshold has been reached (see ramp-down thresholds for each phase).
This checklist may not address every consideration that must be taken within our department/laboratory. Please contact the Coronavirus Coordinator with any questions concerning the prompt and safe suspension of activities and related hazards within your department/laboratory.. Note: each department is responsible for submitting this checklist to the Coronavirus Coordinator or designee upon, notification of ramp-down.
Campus Re-Opening Communications Plan
Protocol for Safely Checking an Individual’s Temperature On-Site with a hand held no contact thermometer:
Visitors and Third Party Business Associates:
The College follows the latest screening, testing and vaccination requirements, as approved by CUNY.
Monitoring / Tracing Plan: The College's Contact Tracing Team shall work with the College Coronavirus Coordinator and Liaison to perform the on-campus contact tracing in the event of a confirmed positive COVID-19 case. The Contact Tracing team is trained as required by the NYS mandated tracing unit.
Confirmed Positive Notification to Campus Liaison/Campus Coronavirus Coordinator:
Potential Positive Symptom Presentation of Students/Visitors/Employees while on Campus:
(Including Reopening Planning Committee Members and Campus Contacts - who collaborated with the committee and Student Participants) Campus Coronavirus Coordinator - LaGuardia Community College: Erfan, Shahir - Vice President of Finance and Administration Campus COVID-19 Coronavirus Liaison - LaGuardia Community College: Reisy (Theresia) Litvay-Sardou - Network Management Services: Tech Support Operations, Director
LaGuardia Community College Return to Campus Planning Task Force
The Return to Campus Planning Task Force – developed and deployed a survey to Directors, Deans and Vice Presidents of the College which generated items for consideration for the Reopening Committee LaGuardia Community College Return to Campus Operational Task Force (revised 8/2/2020)
Campus Point Person/Contact who collaborated with LaGuardia Community College Return to Campus Operational Task Force
LaGuardia Community College Student Participants Student Government Association
Adult and Continuing Education
Fall 2021 Planning Committee
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