Delayed start, new COVID protocols mark HVCC spring semester

Jerry Gretzinger & WNYT Staff
Updated: February 03, 2021 05:18 PM
Created: February 03, 2021 05:15 PM

SUNY Chancellor Jim Malatras was at Hudson Valley Community College Wednesday to check on how staff is handling the later start to the spring semester.

He says they're not just keeping students safe, they've got students taking on some new roles to help the community.

A delayed start to the spring semester was just a piece of the puzzle for SUNY schools, including HVCC. Increasing COVID testing is also a major component.

The school has performed more than 800,000 COVID tests since September, and with a half a percent positivity rate.

A tough, but necessary pill for students was the cancellation of spring break.

There are also new mask wearing policies to help keep people safe.

The chancellor says that HVCC has helped to assemble more than 15 million COVID test kits used throughout the state of New York, and nursing students have played a big role assisting the county.

Learn more about the hope for when as many students as possible could return in-person at SUNY schools by watching the video of Jerry Gretzinger's story

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