SUNY requires COVID-19 testing, cancels spring break in new plan for spring semester
The State University of New York announced Sunday that it's implementing a plan to test all students for COVID-19 as they return to campus for the spring semester, and the system is canceling spring break.
It also says it's pushing the start date for in-person instruction to Feb. 1, 2021. In addition, all students must quarantine for seven days before returning to campus.
"We’ve demonstrated this past fall that by implementing an aggressive strategy to manage COVID, students can safely return to campus. These additional efforts—testing all students upon return, ongoing testing throughout the semester, pushing out the start of the spring semester, and mandatory masks at all times, coupled with uniform enforcement and compliance—illustrates that SUNY is setting a nationwide standard for controlling COVID-19 in the weeks and months to come," says SUNY Chancellor Jim Malatras in a statement.
It comes after SUNY implemented mandatory testing for students returning home for Thanksgiving break, and switched to remote learning for the remainder of the fall semester.