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March 6, 2020

Coronavirus Update: Spring Break Protocol


Dear St. Francis Students,

We know that everyone is following the ever-evolving news reports on the coronavirus outbreak. We want you to know that the St. Francis leadership team is closely monitoring this situation, working together with other colleges and universities in New York State, so that all of our students and employees are prepared for whatever steps we may need to take. Officials at all levels of government are actively engaged in prevention and developing a coordinated response.

Spring Break Protocol

As Spring Break is upon us, please consider the possible implications of spring travel plans. Currently, the CDC recommends a self-quarantine of 14 days for anyone returning from high-risk countries with large outbreaks of coronavirus. The CDC now lists China, Iran, Italy and South Korea with Warning Level 3 travel advisories, and Japan is designated Alert Level 2. This means that all non-essential travel to these countries should be avoided. As of now, we ask all employees and students traveling to CDC Level 2 or 3 countries, or who are knowingly exposed to COVID-19, to observe a 14-day self-quarantine period at home before returning to the College. If you are self-quarantined or experiencing symptoms, please notify Nurse Elizabeth Giugliano via email before returning to campus.

Please know that at all times St. Francis College is with you. We will further communicate as the situation evolves and continue to be a warm and welcoming Franciscan community although we will be fist bumping in place of shaking hands for the time being. You will notice more custodians cleaning on-site and a lot more Purell hand sanitizers around the campus. All events will proceed as scheduled including tomorrow's Scholarship Day, unless you receive another update.

Any emergency cancellations will be communicated via SFC ALERTS, the College's Emergency Notification System. Please make sure your contact information is accurate at https://www.sfc.edu/studentlife/sfcalerts.

Wishing everyone a restful, peaceful and healthy spring break.

Sincerely,
Dr. Jennifer Lancaster, VP of Academic Affairs