Health & Safety

ACPHS Pre-semester Testing Protocol

Our return to campus policy is that no one is allowed back on campus until they submit a negative COVID-19 test result. Since 1/4/21, we have tested 288 students and employees at our campus testing site as part of our pre-semester testing protocol. Additionally, 145 students and employees have submitted test results they received from an off-campus testing site. By requiring testing before the semester begins, we have identified and prevented students and employees coming back to campus with the coronavirus.

As an additional measure to help prevent spread of the coronavirus, we have decided that all didactic courses (including lab courses) on the Albany campus will be remote from 1/19 thru 1/29 with in-person classes to resume on 2/1. 

Vermont students will also be starting the semester remotely on 1/19 and resuming in-person classes on 2/1 consistent with Vermont issued guidance. 

ACPHS ON-CAMPUS COVID-19 INFECTION RATE

ALBANY CAMPUS:

This data will resume on Friday 1/22/21.

VERMONT CAMPUS:

Total Since August 28 (first day of on-campus testing)

  • Number of On-Campus Tests: 175
  • Number of Positives: 1
  • Positivity Rate: 0.57%

The COVID-19 infection rate is based on data received from our on-campus testing. With each positive case, the respective health department (Albany County or Vermont) is notified and conducts the contact tracing. All affected individuals are following the quarantine and isolation protocols. Confidentiality laws prohibit ACPHS from disclosing any identifying information about affected individuals.

Governor Cuomo issued guidance that states "if colleges have 100 cases or if the number of cases equal 5 percent of their population or more, they must go to remote learning for two weeks." However, even if a college is below these thresholds, the local health department or NYS Department of Health can order colleges to suspend on-campus activities upon a finding of the college's inability to control the outbreak. ACPHS is fully capable of avoiding these situations if everyone adheres to our reopening plan protocols.

COVID-19 Testing after winter break

  • Starting January 6, 2021, the daily screening assessment must be completed by all returning students (including weekends). If you have yet to register, please go to https://app.sharemy.health/consent and use your ACPHS email address.
  • Students are required to complete a COVID-19 test and submit negative results prior to returning to campus or by the first day of class if working remotely. 

Testing options

  • Before returning to campus, everyone is required to get a COVID-19 test and upload negative test results to ShareMy.Health within two weeks of campus reentry OR be cleared for reentry by Michelle Parent or Wendy Parker. 
  • Test results can be uploaded directly to: ShareMy.Health. Detailed instructions have been emailed to the entire campus.
  • Testing options:
    • NYS Testing Sites
    • Urgent care
    • Local pharmacy
    • Primary Care Physician / Health Care Provider

Vermont students will receive specific information regarding testing from the Vermont campus administration.

Everyone's responsibility to protect our community

It is everyone's responsibility to not only abide by our ACPHS Reopening Plan, but to help enforce the protocols we have put in place to help protect our community, including wearing masks, social distancing, completing the daily health screening, getting tested for COVID-19, and completing any required quarantine period. ACPHS is following this CDC protocol for who has to quarantine. 

If you find that people are not following the precautions, please remind them to do so. If after being reminded a person continues not to follow the protocols, please use this form to report this. Student Affairs will address the reports submitted regarding students and Human Resources will address reports regarding employees. 

Daily Health Assessment

Everyone is required to complete a brief daily health assessment by 10 a.m. EVERY DAY and it must be done BEFORE coming to campus. This survey will be sent via text message or if needed, via an automated call to a landline. If a student residing on campus indicates on the daily health assessment they are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms, we will test them on campus and get the results quickly. If an off-campus student, employee or invited guest indicates they are experiencing symptoms, or have been exposed to COVID-19, they need to have a COVID-19 diagnostic test completed. ACPHS community members can come to campus for the rapid test, go to another testing site, and/or contact their healthcare provider. Other than completing their COVID-19 test, ACPHS community members will not be allowed to return to campus until they can demonstrate a negative test result.

Social Distancing

We are requiring all students, faculty, staff and invited visitors to wear masks at all times in addition to maintaining a six-foot distance from others. Roommates will not be required to wear face coverings while inside their own residence hall room/suite or apartment. We have developed plans to maintain social distancing for learning and shared spaces, including the safest ways for our campus community to enter and exit classrooms, residence halls, bathrooms, dining hall and library.

Face coverings required

We are providing face coverings to all faculty and staff, at no cost to the employee. Students will need to have their own face coverings, but masks will be available for purchase at the campus bookstore.

BUILDING INFRASTRUCTURE & Air quality

To help us evaluate the HVAC systems in our diverse infrastructure, we have been working with two expert firms: EYP Architecture & Engineering and the Colden Corporation, our occupational health, safety, and environmental consultants. Over the past couple months, representatives from both firms have evaluated our campus spaces including classrooms, laboratories, offices, common areas, residence halls, recreational facilities, etc. on both campuses.

Fortunately, the majority of our buildings on both the Albany and Vermont campuses meet the recommended standards, following the COVID-19 outbreak, for air filtration, air flow and outside air quantity. There are a few academic spaces that will need modifications to meet the recommended standards, and these modifications will be complete before classes resume, or they have been taken off-line until further notice. Lastly, there are some office spaces with HVAC systems that cannot currently be modified to meet the recommended standards. The supervisors of individuals assigned to these offices have been notified and they will work with the employees and Human Resources to plan for alternative work locations.

Disinfection & CLEANING

We are increasing cleaning and disinfection of all of campus buildings to adhere to the hygiene, cleaning, and disinfection requirements from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and Department of Health (DOH). We will be maintaining logs that include the date, time, and scope of cleaning and disinfection.

Maximum occupancy

ACPHS has provided Maximum Occupancy limits on classrooms, laboratories, lecture halls, conference rooms, etc.  These limits were defined by EYP Architecture & Engineering using room layouts and the ability to social distance (minimum of six feet of separation.) These limits are posted on the doors to the rooms.

LIMITING VISITORS

We are limiting visitors to "invited guests" who will need student/institutional IDs or permission from an authorized member of the College to enter on-campus buildings. They will be required to abide by all campus protocols, including the health assessment survey. Only ACPHS students will be allowed in the residence halls and they will be required to fill out the guest registration form to support potential contact tracing efforts. See our Visitors page for more information.

COVID-19 Training

All employees are required to complete the online COVID-19 training. The COVID-19 training course provides employees with an overview of coronaviruses, the symptoms and risk factors associated with COVID‐19, how COVID‐19 is spread and prevention strategies. This training is administered through the CITI training program and generally takes about 2 hours. Information on accessing the COVID-19 training can be found in ADP in the Tools/References section (located under Resources).