City Tech Reopening Plan

Reopening Plan New York City College of Technology

MISSION

To create a culture of safety at the College. The process is conceived as a gradual series of phases developed to create a program with wide participation and communication to all. The process will mitigate the risks of spreading the COVID-19 virus and instill confidence in all constituencies that it is safe to return to the College. There will be continuous assessment of resources and information to incorporate all necessary changes and improvements.

PLANNING PROCESS

The planning process includes:

  • Development of a comprehensive reopening plan
  • Allocation of necessary resources to implement the plan
  • Assessment and modification of the plan as information regarding regulations and directives is received

MEMBERS

Task Force

Miguel Cairol VP Administration & Finance
Pamela Brown Interim Provost & VP Academic Affairs
David Smith Dean Professional Studies
Justin Vazquez- Poritz Dean Arts & Sciences
Dorie Clay Strategic Initiatives and Special Projects for Enrollment and Student Affairs
Vincent Roach AVP Enrollment Management
Rita Uddin Chief Information Officer
Maura Smale Chief Librarian
Mark Hellermann Hospitality Management Faculty
Maureen Archer-Festa Chair Dental Hygiene
Douglas Davis Communication Design Faculty
Hong Li Computer Systems Technology Faculty
Andleeb Zameer Chair Biology
Robert Polchinski Chair Environmental Technology
Luis Venegas Safety & Health Officer
Jaqueline Elliot Biology Sr. CLT
Caroline Hellman Faculty English Department

Contributing Staff

Mariano Alemany Campus Planning Facilities
Stephen Trowbridge Directory Public Safety
Brendan Stack Superintendent B&G
Juan Manuel Alvarez Project Manager
Karen Lundstrem Director Instructional Technology
Jason Montgomery Professor Architectural Technology
Heather Gibson Chair Nursing
Mathew Leimbach Senior Engineer
Wayne Robinson Acting Assistant VP
Victor Humphrey Director Human Resources

IMPLEMENTATION

The implementation of the plan includes the following actions:

  • Distribute widely the CUNY and State guidelines for reopening as well as safety and health materials
  • Schedule meetings to assess concerns and solicit recommendations
  • Create working groups of support staff for the solution of identified problems
  • Identify action items and implement changes

Reopening

City Tech designates VP Miguel F Cairol as Campus Coordinator for reopening and HSO Luis Venegas as Campus Liaison for reopening. The liaison is the contact person for faculty, staff and students. The coordinator is responsible for receiving and evaluating all the reports of exposure to and positive test results for COVID-19 and for ensuring all Federal, State and City regulations are observed.

For phase three, Fall 2021, the College plans to maintain open laboratories in the following instructional and support areas: Chemistry, Dental Hygiene, Restorative Dentistry, Nursing, Business, Radiologic Imaging, Engineering Technology, and Instructional Technology. In addition, we will reopen some services in the Learning Center, the Library, the Child Care Center, and the Cafeteria. Additionally, hybrid classes with some in-person computer lab class meetings are scheduled to open across campus. Further extracurricular activities are not planned for the fall term.

Prior to reopening, all areas which have been closed (such as classrooms, library, offices, labs, conference rooms, and other spaces including hallways and bathrooms) will be deeply cleaned. In addition, lab technicians will clean and sanitize equipment and custodial staff will clean and sanitize class space at the conclusion of each session.

The medical, engineering and computer labs will be configured to serve no more than 12 or 19 students per session, following State and CUNY guidance. For Dental Hygiene, since it involves close contact with patients, face shields, gloves and protective garments are used. Signs consistent with NYS Department of Department of Health (NYSDOH) COVID-19 guidance all students and faculty are posted.

Restrooms across all opened floors will be cleaned and sanitized at least once per B&G shift, 2 times per day as a minimum. In the bathrooms, signs encourage regular hand washing and good hygiene.

Vulnerable Populations

Accommodations may be necessary for some students, faculty and staff in vulnerable populations, including the health-compromised, the older population and those with disabilities. Information has been distributed to all, indicating that students can apply to the Center for Student Accessibility, faculty to the Office of Faculty and Staff Relations and classified staff to the Human Resources Office for accommodations.

Phases in Reopening

Our phased reopening is dependent upon frequent and wide consultation, as per the specifications in CUNY’s guide to reopening. The diagram describing that consultation is reproduced below, followed by a grid/timeline, showing the phases in reopening. Both the timeline and the anticipated activities in each phase are subject to modification based on feedback in that process of consultation and changes in either the internal or external environment. As with any time-driven process, it must be informed by thorough environmental scanning.

governance structure

Considerable thought has gone into crafting a plan that respects CUNY and State guidelines, yet is responsive to the needs of the College. Below is an enumeration of a set of phases toward a full reopening. The plan is subject to change, in response to all manner of extenuating circumstances, whether internal to the College, reflecting changes in the guidance provided by CUNY and New York State, or occasioned by changes in the circumstances in New York City. In addition to the grid presented below, a phase-by-phase listing of building openings is presented as Attachment F.

Occupancy

Essential staff and operations only

Employees

Employees performing essential activities and contractors working on campus; masks and social distancing; all others working Remotely.

Faculty

Faculty to campus only with advance approval by department chairs to VP and Public Safety

Students

No on-campus instruction. Students to campus to pick up loaned equipment only. Masks and social distancing.

Comments

Mid-semester transition to distance learning, extending from that point through summer 2020. Summer used for additional training for faculty.

Occupancy

Essential staff and operations only. Everbridge pre-approval required. Hours limited

Employees

Employees performing essential activities and contractors working on campus; all others working Remotely. CLTs maintaining servers in Voorhees Building.

Faculty

Faculty teaching on-campus and others. Everbridge pre-approval required. CLTs allowed access to Voorhees Hall to maintain servers used in Technology and Design remote courses.

Students

Only those students participating in the strictly limited on-campus courses allowed in clinical healthcare programs. Everbridge pre-approval required. Masks and social distancing. Lounges and other gathering spaces closed.

Comments

Approximately 350 students in clinical health programs, plus 67 instructors and CLTs, all in new Academic Complex. Only essential lab sessions in person; all others on-line. In an attempt to meet urgent student needs, the College will open one large all-purpose computer lab in the G Building with limited hours, by appointment only. Lab is being reconfigured to facilitate social distancing. Childcare Center will reopen, mid- to late September

Occupancy

Maximum occupancy: 15%. Strict adherence to social distancing and masking. Everbridge pre-approval required. Hours limited

Employees

As department plans are approved, additional employees will return to campus. Some of the student services will continue to be delivered in person. Faculty may work on campus, according to strictly monitored department and research plans. Limited staff will be available at Enrollmentrelated offices, to receive documents, etc. Limited library staff for essential services. Not physically open to students or faculty. Everbridge pre‐approval required. Hours limited

Faculty

Faculty may work on campus, according to strictly monitored department and research plans. Everbridge pre-approval required. Hours limited.

Students

Students participating in limited on-campus labs and supplementary workshops. Students by appointment only in G-603, the large computer lab. Masks and social distancing. Lounges and other gathering spaces closed. Everbridge pre-approval required. Hours limited.

Comments

350 students doing labs in clinical healthcare programs. Selected labs in Electrical Engineering Technology, Computer Engineering and Construction Management offered in Voorhees Building

Occupancy

Maximum occupancy: up to 50%. Mask and social distancing required only for unvaccinated.

Employees

In‐person work will be required starting August 2. Mask and social distancing required for unvaccinated. Remote work will continue, upon approval of the department supervisor and HR. Limited staff will be available at enrollmentrelated offices, to receive documents, etc.

Faculty

Faculty may work on campus, according to strictly monitored department and research plans. Mask and social required for unvaccinat ed faculty.

Students

Students participating in limited oncampus courses. Masks and social distancing required for unvaccinated. Lounges and other gathering spaces closed. Hours limited

Comments

Additional access will be provided for students in hybrid classes, thus serving a larger number of students without exceeding target occupancy levels. Additional hybrid classes offered on campus, adhering to safety protocols. requirements.

As shown above, timelines for return to campus vary by population. In the interest of clarity they are presented below by constituencies, to complement the above by phase presentation.

Employees

Phase 3, currently set to begin in fall 2021, allows reopening for all offices up to 50% capacity. Everbridge is no longer needed, masks and social distancing are required for unvaccinated.

Faculty

In phase 3, Fall 2021, faculty may continue to work on campus, Everbridge is no longer needed. In-person instruction will expand again to add access for students in hybrid classes, thus serving a larger number of students without exceeding target occupancy levels.

Students

In phase 3, Fall 2021, student access to in-person instruction will expand to include some hybrid courses, thus serving a larger number of students without exceeding target occupancy levels of 50%. All students taking in-person or hybrid courses must be vaccinated, as per CUNY policy: https://www.cuny.edu/coronavirus/faqs/#1626126865860-271622ec-3b03. Student service access will remain limited to technology pickup, Bursar office, computer lab access by appointment only, and access to the childcare center.

Guests

Everbridge app no longer needed to gain access to campus. Instead, will be required to provide vaccination status or a negative PCR (polymerase chain reaction) test every 7 days. Guests must rigorously adhere to masking and social distancing if not vaccinated.

Personal Protective Equipment

Public Safety maintains an inventory of face coverings for faculty, staff, students and visitors who arrive without a mask if they are not vaccinated. All are encouraged to have their own masks, but not required for indoor activities.

Fall 2021 involves opening some medical labs, laboratories, computer labs, classrooms and some library services to students. Departmental plans are attached and provide additional information on lab usage. Academic chairs coordinate occupancy and distancing in consultation with their dean and the HSO to ensure all CUNY and State guidelines are met.

Hygiene, Cleaning and Disinfection Plan

New York City College of Technology is implementing the following enhanced cleaning and disinfection protocol as an element of the COVID-19 Reopening Plan with the goal of ensuring a healthy and safe campus. This protocol adheres to hygiene, cleaning and disinfection requirements as advised by the CDC and NYSDOH.

  1. Scope:
    The frequency of enhanced cleaning and disinfection has increased at City Tech campuses, focusing on high-touch surfaces such as; tables, handrails, faucets, doorknobs, light switches, and computer workstations (e.g., monitors, keyboards, mouse, input devices) in areas such as public restrooms, lobbies, escalators and elevators, and classrooms. Cleaning and disinfection is conducted at least once a day or more frequently (at least one time per shift; 2 times per day) in high-traffic areas including restrooms, Public Safety and Buildings and Grounds locker rooms, and break rooms.
  2. Protocol for Cleaning and Disinfecting Surfaces and Equipment:
    1. Disinfect surfaces and objects that are visibly soiled as the first step. If surfaces are dirty to sight or touch, they should be cleaned using a detergent, or soap and water, prior to disinfection.
    2. Use an EPA-registered disinfectant approved for use against the novel coronavirus. Refer to the American Chemistry Council list of products preapproved for use against emerging enveloped viral pathogens, or the EPA list of registered disinfectants approved for use against SARS-CoV-2.
    3. Follow the manufacturer’s instructions for safe and effective use of all cleaning and disinfection products (e.g., dilution concentration, application method and contact time, required ventilation, and use of personal protective equipment).
      1. The disinfectant concentrations and contact time are critical for effective disinfection of surfaces.
      2. Ensure that disinfectants are prepared in well-ventilated areas and handled safely, while wearing the appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE) to avoid chemical exposures.
    4. Consult the manufacturer’s recommendations on cleaning products appropriate for electronics. If no guidance is available, use alcohol-based wipes or spray containing at least 70% alcohol. Use of alcohol13 based products may reduce risk of damage to sensitive machine components. Whenever possible, consider using wipeable covers for electronics. Dry surfaces thoroughly to avoid pooling of liquids.
    5. The following solutions are also effective for disinfection of hard, non-porous surfaces; guidance for cleaning and disinfection is provided by the American Biological Safety Association (ABSA).
      1. Bleach solution: 2%-3% diluted bleach solution (1000-ppm chlorine). Prepare a diluted bleach solution by doing the following: Mix 5 tablespoons of household bleach per gallon of water. After application, allow 2 minutes of contact time before wiping, or allow to air dry (without wiping). Prepare fresh daily as bleach rapidly degrades.
      2. Alcohol with at least 60% concentration can be used for surface disinfection. Be mindful this is a flammable liquid, and should not be stored near ignition sources.
    6. For soft (porous) surfaces such as carpeted floor, rugs, and fabric chairs:
      1. Remove visible contamination if present and clean with appropriate cleaners indicated for use on these surfaces.
      2. After cleaning, launder items as appropriate in accordance with the manufacturer’s instructions. If possible, launder items using the warmest appropriate water setting for the items and dry items completely.
      3. If laundering is not possible, use an EPA-registered disinfectant approved for use against SARS-CoV-2. Refer to the list of products preapproved for use against emerging enveloped viral pathogens, or the list of EPA-registered disinfectants approved for use against SARSCoV-2.
  3. Safety Guidelines during Cleaning and Disinfection:
    1. Wear disposable gloves when cleaning and disinfecting. Gloves should be discarded after each use. Clean hands immediately after gloves are removed.
    2. Wear eye protection when there is a potential for splash or splatter to the face.
    3. Store disinfectants in labeled, closed containers. If dispensing disinfectants into secondary containers (e.g., spray bottles), these must also be labeled with their contents.
  4. Notification of a Confirmed Case of COVID-19:
    This protocol is for evaluation of cleaning and disinfection of areas where a person with COVID-19 spent time (longer than 10 minutes) in College spaces.
    After EH&S receives notification that a person with confirmed COVID-19 spent time on at a City Tech location, the specific rooms and areas where the COVID-19-positive person spent time will be assessed on a case-by-case basis. The determination of whether additional cleaning and disinfection will occur, and the scope of cleaning and disinfection is based on the risk of potential contamination as determined by EH&S, The following steps will be followed:
    1. EH&S, in coordination with the COVID-19-positive person and the impacted department, will identify all locations where person spent longer than 10 minutes.
    2. EH&S and the impacted department, in coordination with the Buildings and Grounds will determine any locations that require additional cleaning and disinfection.
    3. Areas needing to be cleaned and disinfected will be restricted for access until cleaning and disinfection are completed.
      1. Open doors and windows to increase air circulation, if possible.
      2. If possible, wait 24 hours after a person with COVID-19 was present in a space prior to beginning cleaning and disinfection.
      3. After the area has been disinfected, a notification will be sent to the occupants, in coordination with EH&S, and the space can be reoccupied.
      4. If an outside contractor is used for cleaning and disinfection, the proposed scope of work, including the products and their respective safety data sheets (SDSs), and application methods must be reviewed by EH&S prior to work commencing.
    4. Wear the required personal protective equipment (PPE) during cleaning and disinfecting:
      1. Disposable gloves, safety glasses or safety goggles when there is a potential for splashing or when spraying the disinfectant.
      2. All staff must be fully trained on donning and doffing required PPE to prevent cross contamination.

Please note that If more than 3 days have passed since the person who is sick or diagnosed with COVID-19 has been in the space, no additional cleaning (beyond regular cleaning practices) is needed.

Technology

Technical instruction to faculty has been provided to support on-line instruction. On-line education and operations have been heavily supported. Equipment and software have been procured to support online courses. CTO Rita Uddin coordinates this area.

Where appropriate, hybrid technology facilitates distance learning. The current College virtual desktop capability for distance learning has been expanded with a virtual cloud-based platform. The College has acquired additional software licenses for student home use. Additionally, laptop devices for students and staff with the capability to handle the necessary technology from home have been acquired and distributed.

Academics and Instruction

Courses have been modified to reflect on-line and hybrid environments. In consultation with all departments, up to 50% of courses will be conducted in-person or in a hybrid online format for Fall 2021, with priority given to those that include a hands-on component. Most medical labs will be offered in-person for those students in need of these experiences to be able to sit for the certification exams to be able to graduate and work in their field.

For the fall 2021 semester, Dental Hygiene, Restorative Dentistry, Radiation Technology, Nursing and Chemistry, Biology, Humanities, Engineering departments, Business, Paralegal Studies, Humanities and Hospitality Management will be offering limited in-person classes and labs.

Capacity

For the Fall 2021 term, the reopening process will involve up to 50% occupancy. According to studies conducted by the College Architect, classrooms and labs will have to reduce their current capacity to about 12. The departments may rotate student attendance dates to avoid exceeding the allowed capacity at any one time.

Each academic department that wishes to offer in person courses has produced a reopening plan, included in this submission. Miguel Cairol coordinates and Luis Venegas provide liaison services for the plans.

Shutdown Emergency

New York State has set a threshold for re-closing: whenever the lesser of 100 individuals or 5% of the total on-campus population–inclusive of students, faculty, and staff–of a higher education institution location test positive for COVID-19 within a rolling 14-day period, the location must immediately (1) transition all in-person learning to remote format(s) and (2) limit on-campus activities for a period of 14 days. However, a higher education institution location which tests an average of at least 25% of its total on-campus population for COVID-19 each week as part of an ongoing policy of surveillance testing shall not be required to transition to remote learning or to limit on-campus activities unless the greater of 100 individuals or 5% of the total on-campus population test positive using a 14-day rolling average.

During such a limitation period noted above, in-person athletic events, extracurricular programs, and other non-essential student activities must be suspended, and dining hall(s)and other on-campus food services must be converted into take-out or delivery models, as appropriate. Essential on-campus functions are authorized to continue.

Offer and Promote COVID-19 Vaccination:

The College can play a critical role in offering and promoting vaccination to help increase the proportion of students, faculty and staff that are vaccinated to help slow the spread of COVID-19 and prevent interruptions to in-person learning.

Vaccination is the leading prevention strategy to protect individuals from COVID-19 disease and end the COVID-19 pandemic. Current COVID-19 vaccines authorized for use in the United States are safe and effective, widely accessible, and available at no cost to all people living in the U.S.

The College administration can help increase vaccine uptake among students, faculty, and staff by providing information about and offering COVID-19 vaccination, promoting vaccine trust and confidence, and establishing supportive policies and practices that make getting vaccinated as easy and convenient as possible.

To increase access to vaccines, the College can:

  • Provide on-site vaccination or promote local vaccination sites through partnerships.
  • Consider hosting a mass vaccination clinic or setting up smaller vaccine venues on campus to promote vaccination.
  • Connect with the local or State health department or health system to learn what might be possible.
  • Use trusted messengers to promote vaccination, including current and former students.
  • Consider offering multiple locations and vaccination times to accommodate student work and academic schedules.
  • Facilitate access to off-site vaccination services in the community (e.g., pharmacies, mobile vaccination clinic set up in community locations, partnerships with local health departments, healthcare centers and other community clinics, partnerships with student organizations).
  • Offer flexible, supportive sick leave options (e.g., paid sick leave) in accordance with applicable laws and College policies.
  • Offer flexible excused absence options for students receiving vaccination and those with side effects after vaccination.

To promote vaccination, the College can:

  • Develop educational messaging for vaccination campaigns to build vaccine confidence and consider utilizing student leaders and athletes as spokespersons.
  • Ask student and other organizations who are respected in the College community to help build confidence in COVID-19 vaccines and promote the benefits of getting vaccinated.
  • Ask students, faculty, and staff to promote vaccination efforts in their social groups and their communities.

Vaccine confidence may be different among students, faculty, and staff. The College administrators will tailor communications and involve trusted community messengers, including those on social media, to promote vaccinations among those who may be hesitant to receive the COVID-19 vaccination.

Testing

For unvaccinated people, a negative PCR test every 7 days is required to enter the College campus.

Those reporting international travel will be required to self-quarantine for 10 days and provide a negative PCR test prior to return to campus. Those who previously tested positive will be required to provide medical clearance to return. If the College is informed that an individual has tested positive for COVID-19, the liaison will immediately notify the Campus Coronavirus Coordinator, and will complete and submit the COVID-19 survey created by CUNY. The Coordinator will ensure that State and local health departments are immediately notified about the case. The College Coronavirus Liaison will, further, immediately notify the SVC for Institutional Affairs and the Campus Reopening Committee with all relevant details, including date of positive test, date of last campus visit, areas visited and, to the extent possible, contact with other members of the College community, whether students, faculty or staff.

An individual who exhibits COVID-19 symptoms on campus must be escorted by Pubic Safety to the respective isolation rooms at Academic Building A107.03, Namm N517 and Voorhees V325. A positive COVID-19 test result will require quarantining, a retest and medical release before they can return.

City Tech will contact NYCDOH to start a case to trace all contacts of the affected individual. In addition, the College will reach out to possible close contacts and advise them to both be tested and to selfquarantine for 10 days. Those who came in contact with the infected person will be notified for testing and be required to quarantine if they test positive. All the building areas in which the affected person has been will be cleaned and sanitized.

For those in quarantine, whether because of travel or because of contacts, the 10-day metric will be enforced.

Students, employees, and staff are encouraged to utilize New York City’s free COVID-19 testing centers. For more information, see: https://www1.nyc.gov/site/coronavirus/get-tested/covid-19-testing.page

Notify Health Officials and Close Contacts

In accordance with applicable federal, state and local laws and regulations, upon receiving notification of a College community member who has tested positive for COVID-19, the liaison will immediately notify the Campus Coronavirus Coordinator. The coordinator will then ensure that the State and local health departments are immediately notified about the case if the individual tests positive for COVID- 19. They must also immediately notify the SVC for Institutional Affairs, the Campus Reopening Committee, the Chancellery/COO’s Office, and affected faculty, staff, and students while maintaining confidentiality in accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), FERPA and other applicable laws and regulations.

Through the New York State Contact Tracing Program, those who have had close contact with a person diagnosed with COVID-19 will be informed to stay home or in their living quarters and self-monitor for symptoms, and follow CDC guidance if symptoms develop.

Tracing and Enhanced Cleaning

If someone is sick and being tested for COVID-19 or has tested positive for COVID-19, the following actions will take place:

Individuals who believe they may have COVID-19 and are awaiting test results or have positive test results must notify their Coronavirus Campus Liaison via the screening process. Through the New York State Contact Tracing Program, contact will be made with the individual to identify all members of the community who were in close contact during the time that the individual would have been contagious. The NYS Department of Health considers a close contact to be someone who was within 6 feet of an infected person for at least 10 minutes starting from 48 hours before illness onset until the time the person was isolated.

https://coronavirus.health.ny.gov/system/files/documents/2020/06/doh_covid19_publicprivateemployeereturntowork_053120.pdf.

Through the New York State Contact Tracing Program, outreach to all close contacts will be made to notify them that they are required to self-quarantine. If quarantine is required, per CUNY requirements, employees can return to campus after 10 days with a negative test result or, if a negative result cannot be achieved, then appropriate medical clearance to return to work by OFSR for employees and contractors or the Everbridge (Aries Jones) liaison for students This documentation must be dated no earlier than 3 days prior to the anticipated return date. This requirement applies to all quarantines including symptoms, positive test, exposure and international travel.

Once the Coronavirus Campus Coordinator determines that a campus occupant has tested positive for COVID-19, the Coordinator should identify the timeframe for tracing the occupant’s behavior. Campuses should assume that the positive occupant may have been communicable 48 hours prior to the onset of symptoms and that occupied areas may be affected up to seven days after the positive occupant was present in them.

Campuses must trace the areas where the positive occupant was present when communicable, and, in consultation with the Chancellery/COO’s Office, as well as College facilities, public safety, and affected departments, develop a disinfection plan. Staff will close off affected areas, open windows where possible. Buildings and Grounds will follow enhanced cleaning for prevention guidance outlined above and wear full PPE. If an outside contractor is used for cleaning instead, the campus should obtain in writing the following information: scope of work, cleaning methods, re-occupancy guidance.

Campuses must communicate the scope of enhanced cleaning and disinfection with facilities, public safety and affected departments, including subsequent restrictions on accessing areas and applicable signage. Campuses will also determine campus community notification.

Early Warning Signs

New York State has set a threshold for reclosing whenever the lesser of 100 individuals or 5% of the total on-campus population—inclusive of students, faculty, and staff—of a higher education institution location test positive for COVID-19 within a rolling 14-day period. The location must immediately: (1) transition all in-person learning to remote format(s) and (2) limit on-campus activities for a period of 14 days. However, a higher education institution location which tests an average of at least 25% of its total on-campus population for COVID-19 each week as part of an ongoing policy of surveillance testing shall not be required to transition to remote learning or to limit on-campus activities unless the greater of 100 individuals or 5% of the total on-campus population test positive using a 14-day rolling average.

Facilities & HVAC Operations

The campus engineers have done a substantial amount of work to adhere to current CDC ventilation guidance, including assessing ventilation and air exchanges and changing air filters to Merv 13 and 14 throughout campus. Matthew Leimbach and Brendan Stack are coordinating this area.

Air handlers and pumps were analyzed by an outside environmental consultant hired by CUNY to ensure they are meeting the proper ventilation requirements. After evaluation, necessary repairs are in progress with pumps being replaced as needed. Frequent air filter replacements will maintain air quality.

Appropriate cleaning and disinfecting of spaces is scheduled. A log of cleaning and disinfection activities will be maintained, including date, time and scope of cleaning and disinfection. The College assigns responsibility for ensuring that all standards are met to the Health and Safety Officer, and the Superintendent of Buildings and Grounds. The latter will ensure that the necessary inventories of disinfectants and cleaning supplies are on hand. The building engineers are ensuring mold has not formed during the pause and removing any if found. The plumbers are flushing the water lines to ensure water treatment is up to date. Brendan Stack is coordinating this area, and ensuring the necessary inventories are available.

Facility structures are being modified to increase the safety of contacts in facility structures. Mariano Alemany is coordinating this area.

Reopening Faculty and Department Offices

Deans and Department Chairs will coordinate this area.
A schedule has been developed for the faculty and departmental offices to reopen at 50% capacity. COVID safety procedures and guidelines will be followed for offices, classrooms and labs. Wearing a mask is required for unvaccinated personnel and staff. Faculty are to wash and disinfect hands frequently.

Reopening Medical Clinics and Science Labs

Luis Venegas and Maureen Archer-Festa will coordinate this area.
Before reopening, each lab is cleaned and disinfected. All instruments and equipment are regularly cleaned and sterilized. Water lines must be purged and shocked. Students disinfect prior to entering labs and after using the space. Hallway doors will be kept closed.

Clinic appointments

Clinic patients are prescreened prior to their appointments using the ADA prescreening format, which meets State of NY and CUNY Guidelines. When necessary, a system that best utilizes the escalators and elevators ensures appropriate distancing into the lab/clinic areas; elevator buttons are sanitized. The number of students in the labs/clinics may be limited to maintain social distancing. Each clinic will develop its own specific protocols according to their needs.

Childcare Center

Our Children’s™ Center (OCC) is a nationally accredited licensed early childhood education day care, universal pre-kindergarten and school age facility. It provides quality educational programs for children of New York City College of Technology students in a caring, nurturing environment where parents are free to visit.

For fall 2021: Department of Health authorizes the program to provide care at full license capacity. Only the G building location will be open as of August 25, 2021. Student/parents and escorts who are screened will be allowed to bring their child to the door of the center, where staff will screen the child. Food delivery will resume for children as per DOE contract requirement. The G building entrance will be open to allow delivery of meals to door by vaccinated, masked delivery personnel. Staff will meet drivers at the G building entrance to collect meals and bring to center.

The NG-14 location will be offline until further notice. In order to safely reopen on a limited basis during the upcoming Fall semester, the child care center is following CDC, DOH and Board of Education guidelines. The Center will provide to both staff and our department guidance on COVID 19 policies and procedure. Parents will also receive a guidance handbook. Staff has been and continues to participate in COVID reopening trainings both through zoom and online sponsored by CDC, BOE and with a CUNY childcare RN trainer. The childcare center will provide the best and safest of care for the population served.

Statement of Affirmation

The College affirms that it has read the NY Forward Guidelines for Higher Education. A screen shot of the affirmation confirmation page is included as an appendix to this document.

New York City College of Technology Screeners

First Name Last Name Department
Efren Maldonado Public Safety
Jessica Marrero Public Safety
Thomas Rodriguez Public Safety
Michael Thompson Public Safety
Ernso Commond Public Safety
Kimberle Thompson Public Safety
Chantel Jenkins Public Safety
Moussa Keita Public Safety
Coreta Johnson Public Safety