August 5 2020
From Alfred State spokesman Jeff Cole:
With in-person instruction set to resume for all students in just a few weeks, Alfred State College (ASC) has recently begun welcoming some Pioneers back to campus.
The first round of students arrived this past weekend to complete lab work required for spring 2020 semester courses. The next group of students who need to return to campus to complete hands-on spring course work will arrive before Aug. 10, with the rest of the residential students arriving before the start of classes on Monday, Aug. 24.
Alfred State President Dr. Skip Sullivan said, “It is great seeing students back on campus, and I’m happy to report that the move-in process has gone very smoothly so far. It’s heart-warming to hear many of the students expressing their joy for returning to school after months at home.”
All students are required to self-quarantine for seven days prior to arriving on campus. Students from states that must quarantine for a longer period are instructed to arrive early and stay in quarantine on campus.
All residential students are supplied directions for when to arrive on campus. This ensures an orderly flow of arrivals and decreases any delays in the process. A video shows the screening process for arriving residential students at https://youtu.be/7Ard5LoqcEc. This quick process involves answering a few questions and submitting to a temperature screening.
After checking into the residence halls, students will complete a daily COVID-19 screening through a smartphone app. This screening will be required of commuter students, faculty, and staff, as well.
The operation of campus and access to facilities have changed due to COVID-19. Through Sunday, Aug. 23 all traffic on campus is limited to using the main entrance by the traffic light. This helps to funnel residential students through the screening process. Outdoor athletic facilities are available from 7 a.m. until 6 p.m. seven days a week for fitness activities. These areas are restricted for use only by ASC students, faculty, and staff in order to control crowd sizes.
From academics to residence halls and food service, the entire college has been working hard to prepare for students’ arrival. Social distancing has been made mandatory on campus. When closer than 6 feet outdoors and when inside all non-residential buildings, face covers are required for all students and employees.
ACES is currently operating food service at The Terrace and Alfie’s at the Central Dining Hall and offering lunch at The Rig for students attending Wellsville classes. Dining hours of operation are available online at www.AcesAlfred.com.
For more information about Alfred State’s plan to reopen for the fall semester, visit www.AlfredState.edu/Covid-19/Reopen-Plan.