Mount temporarily shifting online 

In response to a rise in COVID-19 cases on campus, the Mount is temporarily shifting to online classes from Wednesday, Feb. 10 – Monday, March 1. 

Residence halls will remain open and students are highly encouraged to stay on campus for the duration of the pause. Student services will continue to be available, and on-campus dining will shift to takeout only.

Contact tracing is being carried out for the most recently-confirmed COVID-19 cases and anyone affected will be contacted directly. 

Highlights

  • All classes will move to online/virtual format until on-campus instruction resumes on Monday, March 1
  • Residence halls will remain open and residents are strongly encouraged to stay on campus, as recommended by the Orange County Department of Health.
  • On-campus dining will shift to mobile ordering available for pickup (use the GET MOBILE App - available in the Apple App store or Google Play). 
  • Students can make use of available classrooms for study and attending class remotely.
  • Student services will continue to be available during the pause.
  • On-campus activities and team practices are suspended.
  • The Kaplan Library will be closed except for the south wing which will be open to residents. Online services, curbside pickup, and printing services will be available. Schedule a pickup here
  • Kaplan Recreation Center will be closed until further notice.
  • Internships, clinicals, and student teaching will be paused through at least Sunday, February 21. This will be reassessed on Thursday, February 18 for a possible return on Monday, February 22.

For staff and faculty
Staff will continue to follow the current policy with office capacity kept at 50 percent or less.

Professors should utilize their plans for moving forward with online classes beginning immediately. Please inform students of any changes to class schedules or activities as soon as possible. Coordinate with your deans and chairs. Faculty who want to continue to utilize classroom spaces for labs or online/virtual teaching may continue to do so. 

Staying on/off campus
Following the recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Department of Health, and New York state, it is highly recommended that students who are currently on campus stay on campus for the pause. Those with elderly family members or who would be in contact with someone who is immunocompromised are especially encouraged to remain on campus

Access to campus - Commuter students
Commuter students should not come to campus during this period of online/virtual learning. However, commuters are welcome to use the Kaplan Library’s curbside pickup to get library materials, including printing. You can schedule a pickup here.

Events/activities
Students will not be permitted to visit each other’s residence halls and rooms during this period. On and off-campus gatherings and parties are strictly prohibited. The campus remains closed to all visitors. 

COVID-19 testing

  • More details on testing requirements will be provided in subsequent communications.

Dining Services

  • The View will accept mobile ordering Monday through Friday 7:30am-8pm, Saturday & Sunday 9am-8pm
  • All students will be allowed (2) meal exchanges during the pause
  • Late night hours that were in the View are now being shifted to Henrys.  
    • Monday – Wednesday: Henrys will accept mobile ordering from 8:30am to 1am 
    • Thursday – Saturday: Henry’s will accept mobile ordering up to 3am (Thursday – Friday 8:30am-3am, Saturday 11am-3am)
    • Sunday: Henrys will accept mobile ordering from 11am-Midnight 
  • DC Café will be open regular hours for call in orders only
    • Monday through Friday: 9 am to 6 pm , closed Saturday, Sunday: 12 pm to 6 pm
    • View the menu here. To place your order, call 569-3624
  • Aquinas Café closed - not setup for mobile ordering

Campus Store and mailroom
Campus Store/Mailroom will remain on regularly scheduled hours.

Resources for students
Campus resources continue to be available remotely to students. 

Other student services office contacts: https://www.msmc.edu/reopening-at-the-mount/student-life/student-services-updates/ 

The importance of screening
For us to safely resume on-campus classes, it is crucial that we all make a concerted effort to fill out the screening form every day during this period. Most importantly, we must fill this in truthfully, which means acknowledging all symptoms we might have – even things that might seem like allergies or other routine ailments. If you end up with even one symptom during this time, you must alert Health Services (if you’re a student) or Human Resources (if you are staff or faculty).

New York State Guidelines
The number of cases on campus is far below the New York state threshold of 100 that would force a mandatory move online. This decision to pause on-campus classes has been made out of an abundance of caution to protect the Mount community and prevent the spread of the virus. 


FAQs

Health and Testing
Q. What should I do if I feel sick?
A. If you feel sick, stay home – Call Health Services (845-569-3152) or, if it’s after hours, Security (845-569-3200). For resident students, Guzman Hall has been set up as a quarantine area. Students exhibiting symptoms of COVID-19 will quarantine there.

Q: Do I need to complete the daily health screener during this pause?
A: Yes. All students, staff, and faculty, regardless of whether they are on campus or off campus, should continue to fill out the screener every day.

Living On Campus
Q: If I’m a resident student on campus, will I be able to leave to go to work or get groceries?
A: Yes. You are permitted to work off-campus, or acquire necessities such as groceries or prescriptions, while living on campus during this period.

Q: Can I continue to do my internship, clinical, or student teaching if I live on campus?
A: These activities are currently paused through at least Sunday, February 21. This will be reassessed on Thursday, February 18 for a possible return on Monday, February 22.

Q: Will dining halls remain open?
A: Yes. The View and Henry’s will be available for ordering via the app. Orders can be placed via phone call for the DC Cafe. Students will then pick up their meals in person. You will not be able to dine in during this time.

Q: Are scheduled activities and events still happening?
A: Athletic events and other activities are suspended. However, virtual events may continue as planned.

Q: I am a resident student and I want to go home, but the period of online learning has already begun. What are my options?
A: We do not recommend that resident students leave campus for anything other than buying essential groceries, going to work, essential doctor appointments, or completing internship/student teaching/clinical obligations.

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