COVID-19 Updates and Resources

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Updated January 19, 2022 12:28 PM

NYS COVID-19 Community Testing: FLCC now offers COVID-19 testing to the general public. Visit our community testing page for more information. This is separate from FLCC's student rapid testing program, which is outlined below.

COVID-19 Guidance for Spring 2022

Please note that rising case numbers and the rapid spread of the omicron variant of COVID-19 have led to changes in our requirements for on-campus classes and activities.

All students who have an on-campus presence will need to follow new guidance around vaccine boosters, testing the first week of class, new mask requirements and isolation and quarantine procedures.

Specifically, you must be fully vaccinated, get a booster, get tested right before or immediately after the start of the semester, and wear a disposable mask, disposable mask under a cloth mask, or an N95 or KN95 mask.

Vaccination and booster* required for on-campus classes, activities

Proof of vaccination against COVID-19 and measles, mumps and rubella (MMR) as well as a COVID-19 booster shot is required for any on-campus presence.

  • In-person and hybrid classes
  • Athletics
  • On-campus jobs
  • Residence in the Suites at Laker Landing

If you are fully vaccinated and you have also had a booster shot, upload your documents to the Student Health Portal. All classes and activities are open to you.

If you are fully vaccinated and eligible for a booster, you need to upload proof of the booster to the Student Health Portal by Jan. 31 in order to continue with any in-person classes or activities.

If you are fully vaccinated but not yet eligible for a booster, FLCC will remind you of the date you are eligible. Anyone who fails to get a booster within two weeks of this date will be administratively withdrawn from in-person classes.

* You are eligible for a booster six months after the second Moderna or Pfizer dose or two months after a Johnson & Johnson dose.

Baseline COVID-19 test required for on-campus presence

All students who will have an on-campus presence must test for COVID-19 between Jan. 20 and 28 to avoid being removed from in-person classes, employment or athletic teams. You can fulfill this requirement one of three ways:

  • Participate in FLCC's free rapid COVID-19 testing. Please make sure to plan at least 30 minutes for the process. Bring your FLCC ID or driver's license. The testing schedule will be updated by noon on Tuesday, Jan. 18 at the link below.
  • Upload PCR results from a local site that tested you between Jan. 20 and 26 to the Student Health Portal.
  • Upload proof of a negative home test taken between Jan. 20 and 26 to the Student Health Portal. Proof must be a single photo (jpg, pdf or gif file) that clearly shows three elements: negative results, your FLCC student ID or license, and a cell phone or watch displaying the date and time. You must upload this within six hours of getting the results.

New mask requirements

As of Tuesday, Jan. 18, only the following masks are permitted as they are more effective against the omicron variant of COVID-19:

  • Disposable mask
  • Disposable mask covered by a cloth mask
  • N95 or KN95 mask

Free, disposable masks are available in the One Stop Center, Student Life Office, Student Health Office, and library.

The following are no longer acceptable due to their limited effectiveness against omicron:

  • Cloth mask alone
  • Neck gaiter
  • Bandana
  • Face shield

Affirmation required for off-campus attendance

Proof of vaccination against COVID-19 and MMR is not required for exclusively off-campus attendance. After registering for one of the course types below, you have 30 days to complete the affirmation of understanding in the Student Health Portal certifying you will not report to an FLCC location for any reason during the semester. Students who are out of compliance after 30 days will be de-registered from all classes.

Course options are as follows:

  • Online
  • Remote
  • Certain HyFlex and in-person/remote classes with a “C” before the section number. (See the Academics tab below).

More about the vaccine policy

More detailed information on vaccine requirements, including medical and religious exemptions, are available on the immunization page of this website. You can also review the State University of New York COVID-19 Vaccination Policy. For questions about the vaccination policy, please contact studenthealth@flcc.edu.


Testing Info

All students must meet a baseline testing requirement as described above. FLCC may require you to participate in further testing during the semester. You may also test for peace of mind. The schedule will be updated by noon on Tuesday, Jan. 18.

Students who are eligible for a booster after Jan. 31 must test each week until they are fully boosted.

Testing Schedule

FLCC Conditions & Stats

FLCC participates in the SUNY pooled testing surveillance program. Results and information about positive cases are posted on our COVID dashboard.

COVID Dashboard

Self-Reporting Form

Please use this form to tell us if you tested positive for COVID-19, are waiting for test results, or have been placed in a public health agency mandatory quarantine.

Self-Report

  • Everyone, regardless of vaccination status, will need to mask at all times while in FLCC buildings, except while eating.
  • If you experience any symptoms of COVID-19, please do not enter FLCC facilities and call your health care provider.
  • If you are positive for COVID-19 or you are quarantined by the state Department of Health or a county public health office, please complete the self-report form as soon as possible.

For certain events that do not allow for social distancing, the College will require visitors to show a government-issued ID and proof of vaccination against COVID-19 or a recent negative test for COVID-19. In addition, all visitors must wear masks that cover the nose and mouth.

Such requirements will be clearly noted on posters, flyers, calendar entries and other promotional materials.

Acceptable proof is defined as follows:

  • Vaccination: You must present the New York Excelsior Pass or the original vaccination card or a photo of the card showing immunization dates for COVID-19.
  • Test: You must show results of a negative antigen test (rapid test) taken within 6 hours of the performance start time or a negative PCR test taken within 72 hours of the performance start time. Covid-19 tests must be administered by an official testing center. Self-administered tests will not be accepted.

Ontario County Public Health, in consultation with the NYS Department of Health, has updated its guidance on isolation and quarantine.

Individuals who test positive with an at-home kit are asked to upload results to the county's website. You will be responsible for notifying any individuals you were in close contact with just before your positive result.

If you participate in FLCC rapid testing, the FLCC staff will assist in determining if there are any individuals that may need to be contacted on your behalf. General contact tracing will not be conducted since masks are required in most situations.

Individuals who test positive may be required to retest on campus. Specifics will be given to you at the time you are diagnosed.

For the most part, isolation is now five full days with day zero starting on the day of the positive test result.

If you are diagnosed through a PCR test, we strongly encourage you to complete the COVID-19 Self Reporting Form and upload your documentation to the Student Health Portal so that we can help you.

Types of Classes

In-Person
These classes are held 100 percent in-person at the days, times and locations indicated.

Online
Course content, such as readings, assignments, and tests, is available through the internet with no scheduled class meetings.

Remote
These courses meet at scheduled times using videoconferencing software. This allows for real-time interaction among professors and students.

Hybrid
These courses are part online, part on-campus. Refer to the meeting information for days, times and locations.

In-Person/Remote
These classes meet in real-time. Students have a choice whether to attend in-person or remotely using videoconferencing software. If you only plan to attend remotely, you must register for a class with a “C” before the section number. Example: BIO-123-C5.

HyFlex
Combines three modalities: in-person, remote and online. For each class meeting, students can choose to attend in-person, watch online in real-time using videoconferencing software, or watch the recorded lecture at a time that fits their own schedule. If you do not plan to attend in-person at any point, you must register for a class with a “C” before the section number. Example: BIO-123-C5.

Vaccinations will be required for all sections other than those that begin with a "C" "S" or "U"

View Course Schedule

Course outlines will include backup plans if the College is required to return to all-remote instruction and steps students can take if they lose connection to a live online class.

Academic Calendar and Weather Closures

Finger Lakes Community College will continue to have weather closures -- often called snow days -- as in the past. To ensure the safety of those who commute, when FLCC announces a weather closure, in-person and remote classes are both canceled and the buildings are closed. While most students are studying remotely, several hundred people still come to our campuses daily, including students attending in-person classes or accessing WiFi and employees who staff in-person services.

FLCC will notify you of a snow day via email and text. You will also find notifications on local media, the FLCC homepage, and the FLCC Facebook page at facebook.com/fingerlakescommunitycollege. Please make sure your contact information is entered correctly into WebAdvisor. If your only phone number is your mobile number, please enter it into the "Cell Phone Number" field, not the "Home Phone Number" field.

Counseling Services

  • Students needing short-term personal counseling can reach the Office of Community Standards and Counseling at (585) 785-1211 or standards@flcc.edu. Appointments can be set up in Starfish.
  • Worried about someone's health and safety? Call 911 immediately. If your concern does not require an emergency response, complete a RADAR report.
  • Check out the Counseling Services web page for available apps and resources relating to personal development and mental health.

SUNY Mental Health Services

Check the SUNY mental health resource page for information on the Crisis Text Line for students, faculty, and staff who are dealing with emotional challenges. Members of the SUNY community can access the confidential text line 24/7 by texting Got5U to 741-741. The text line can be used to help alleviate depression, anxiety, stress, and suicidal thoughts. It also provides a way for people to talk about substance use, relationship issues, domestic violence, and school stressors, as well stress and anxiety related to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Emergency Needs and Staying Safe

  • We understand that life happens. In this turbulent time, this can be even more stressful. To request student emergency funds for unforeseen expenses, such as a car repair, or access the FLCC food cupboard, please visit our website.
  • Your safety is of paramount importance to us. During this time, all policies remain in place. If you have concerns around discrimination, sexual misconduct or general conduct issues, please contact the Office of Community Standards and Counseling at (585) 785-1211 or standards@flcc.edu.

All students have a responsibility to reduce the risk of COVID-19 transmission by practicing preventive measures, abiding by quarantine or isolation orders, and cooperating with College and public health initiatives.

Students who fail to comply with COVID-19 protocols can face sanctions under the FLCC Code of Conduct. For example, failure to wear a mask, except when eating or drinking, in any FLCC building or failure to comply with testing will result in a Code of Conduct charge after the first missed test.

Email questions to Sara Iszard, director of community standards and counseling, at standards@flcc.edu or to the Student Affairs Office at studentaffairs@flcc.edu.

FLCC IT Services

The Helpdesk is available at (585) 785-1419 or helpdesk@flcc.edu to assist you with questions related to computer accounts (i.e. student email, WebAdvisor, etc), and technical support. If you don't get an answer, please leave a message and the first available tech will call you back. Your call is important to us!

Computers

Computers are available at the following locations and times:

  • Main Campus third-floor rooms 3305 and 3326: See hours on the IT Services page
  • Main Campus Library: Reservations for computers at https://flcc.libcal.com/r 
  • Geneva Campus Center: Monday-Thursday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.; Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Newark Campus Center: Monday-Thursday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.; Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Victor Campus Center: Monday-Thursday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.; Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Personal Computers

All students should have access to a personal computer, given the increased use of online courses and web conferencing. In many cases, financial aid may be used to pay for computers at The Book Nook.

For minimum specifications for student laptops, visit www.flcc.edu/it/laptop-specs/.

Laptop Computer Loans for Students

The FLCC IT Department has a limited number of laptop computers available to be loaned to students. Please complete a computer loan agreement form to submit a request. Contact the IT Helpdesk if you have any questions.

WiFi and Internet

In some cases, remote classes and in-person classes will be too close together for you to travel in between. You are welcome to go to an FLCC location and use College WiFi. Cafe seating, lounges and study areas are available. Furniture has been spaced to allow for social distancing.

FLCC also has WiFi in the main parking lot, closest to the logging sports practice field.

For students with internet access problems at home, check with the helpdesk@flcc.edu for options.

Avoiding Email Scams

During any crisis or high-profile event, hackers/scammers and other bad actors will try to trick you into clicking links or opening attachments that relate to the crisis. Here are several to watch out for:

  • COVID-19/Coronavirus emails and attachments with urgent news and important announcements
  • Emails detailing changes in operational modality (moving to online/distance learning)
  • Emails offering special information regarding helping you move to an all online teaching environment
  • VPN news, special offers, fake scareware pop ups saying you need to call Tech Support
  • Emails or unexpected web pages asking you for your logon/password credentials

We ask that everyone carefully look at all emails. If there is any doubt about an email, forward it to the helpdesk@flcc.edu and ask if it is a valid email. Do not take unnecessary risks by clicking links or opening attachments.

Prevention

If you are well, practice these protective measures:

  • Wash your hands thoroughly several times a day with soap and water or use alcohol based hand sanitizers
  • Avoid touching eyes, nose and mouth
  • Be prepared to stay home by having a few days of extra food, water and medicine on hand
  • Wear a mask and practice social distancing. You will reduce your chance of getting sick if you do both, not just one or the other.

If you are ill, do the following:

  • Stay home if you are ill
  • Cover coughs and sneezes with a tissue or your elbow - not your hand
  • If you have symptoms (cough, fever, shortness of breath) and seek medical treatment, call ahead so providers are ready for you.
  • If you believe you have come in contact with someone who has a confirmed case of COVID-19, call your health care provider or your county public health department

Cleaning

The College will follow New York State Department of Health and Centers for Disease Control protocols for appropriate cleaning and disinfecting for both suspected and confirmed COVID-19 cases.

FLCC staff have been trained in proper cleaning and disinfection techniques. COVID-19 cleaning logs that include the date, time, and scope of cleaning will be maintained by Facilities and Grounds. Staff hours for daytime cleaning have doubled.

Routine cleaning of College facilities will be rigorous and ongoing, and surfaces that are touched most frequently will be prioritized. This includes

  • Light switches, handrails and door knobs/handles
  • All restrooms, including all surfaces, fixtures, door knobs, push plates and switches
  • Breakroom tables and chairs, refrigerator and microwave doors and handles   
  • Handles on equipment  
  • Buttons on vending machines and elevators  
  • Shared phones, computer keyboards, mouse, tablets 
  • Hands-on learning items  
  • Drinking fountains and water fill stations  
  • Copy machines

Additional Precautions

FLCC has replaced all electronic hand dryers with paper towels due to research that suggests the virus can be transmitted in aerosol form.

Facilities flushes the air in the building as often as possible to bring in fresh air from outside. The FLCC air filtering system exceeds the filtering recommendations of New York state.

Disinfecting solution with paper towels and instructions will be in all classrooms and common areas for use.

FLCC has hand sanitizer stations and sanitizer refill stations throughout campus.

Automatic flushing and sensor faucets have been installed in all restrooms. Some outer restroom doors will have a foot pull so users can avoid touching the door handle.

Resources

TimelyCare

FLCC is excited to offer TimelyCare – a new telehealth program for students. The service provides access to virtual 24/7 medical and mental health care from anywhere, and with no cost to enrolled students!

Need Assistance?

For students who have a specific concern or question, email us or complete this simple form. We will connect you with the right resource. Share a Concern

COVID Alert NY

NYS has launched a free app that notifies users if they have been in close contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19. The app is anonymous and does not collect personal data. By participating, users can reduce the potential exposure risk to their immediate circle.
Learn more

New York State Coronavirus health hotline | 1-888-364-3065

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