SUNY Sullivan Reopens with Hybrid Learning: September 2020

SUNY Sullivan Reopens
Hybrid Learning Format In Place
LOCH SHELDRAKE, September 2020 — Four months after SUNY Sullivan moved all instruction to a distance-based format the college has announcing a hybrid reopening for the fall semester. The majority of courses will be offered remotely, with classes that meet at specific times and feature real-time interaction through distance learning platforms. Students will also be able to stay on track with flexible study options.
Certain classes will be conducted in a hybrid environment with a combination of in-person and distance learning instruction. And student support activities, such as tutoring, advising, counseling, and club activities, all of which help provide the full college experience, will take place in virtually networked communities.
“The SUNY Sullivan working groups have produced a plan that is designed to balance the desire to open against the risk of COVID-19 outbreak,” said SUNY Sullivan President Jay Quaintance. “The college has opted for a moderate course that ensures access to high quality programming without sacrificing safety concerns.”
Courses that do not require specialized equipment will be taught at a distance, limiting both faculty and student traffic on campus and further reducing the risk of COVID-19 exposure. Classes that involve laboratory experiences or clinical experiences, including nursing, respiratory care, medical assisting, culinary arts and pastry arts lab classes, and theater will include in-person instruction. This will help facilitate social distancing as the on-campus programs will have virtually unlimited space, and address social distancing issues in hallways and classrooms. These programs will front-load experiences to minimize disruption if there is a general campus shutdown, and most on campus instruction should conclude by Thanksgiving week. The semester will continue via distance learning instruction through Friday, December 18.
Given the circumstances of the current environment, all plans are subject to change due to new information, guidance, or direction from the state.