CDC Recommendations and Guidelines
Q: How Can I Be Proactive and Be Prepared for a COVID-19 illness?
A: The CDC offers guidance on what you can do to be prepared for a COVID-19 illness: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/need-extra-precautions/what-you-can-do.html
- Know how to stay in touch with others by phone or email.You may need to ask for help from friends, family, neighbors, and community health workers if you become sick.
- Determine who can care for you if your caregiver gets sick.
- Contact your healthcare provider to ask about obtaining extra necessary medications to have on hand in case there is an outbreak of COVID-19 in your community and you need to stay home for a prolonged period of time.
- If you cannot get extra medications, consider using mail-order for medications.
- Be sure you have over-the-counter medicines and medical supplies(tissues, etc.) to treat fever and other symptoms. Most people will be able to recover from COVID-19 at home.
- Have enough household items and groceries on hand so that you will be prepared to stay at home.
- Consider ways of getting medications and food brought to your living unit
- Have a plan for someone to care for your pets during your illness.
- Keep your living unit clean and sanitized, https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/prevent-getting-sick/disinfecting-your-home.html.
Q: Should I be wearing a cloth face covering?
A: As of August 23, 2021, fully vaccinated individuals are strongly encouraged to wear a face covering indoors. Unvaccinated individuals, including those with a medical or religious exemption, are required to wear a face covering indoors at all times. All visitors to campus are required to wear a face covering. Face coverings are not required outdoors. Face coverings are required when using public transportation, including College vans and shuttles. The CDC recommendations for the proper selection and use of face coverings must be followed which includes how to wash a face covering and wear it properly.
The college may require face coverings, as may be necessary due to changing conditions, if an event has the potential to involve sustained close contact with others, mandates from the State of NJ or guidance from local health officials.
Q: What is social distancing and why is it important to practice at this time?
A: According to the CDC, “social distancing, also called “physical distancing,” means keeping space between yourself and other people outside of your home.” It is important to practice because “keeping space between you and others is one of the best tools we have to avoid being exposed to this virus and slowing its spread locally and across the country and world.” Unvaccinated individuals are required to maintain social distancing to the extent practical. Individuals who are not fully vaccinated should avoid large gatherings, but if they choose to attend they are required to wear a face covering and maintain social distancing.
As of August 16, 2021, social, educational, business, and programmatic activity via gatherings, events, trainings, meetings and programs will resume without social distancing restrictions and within the typical room capacity limits. All academic, classroom activity will resume with the planned in-person and virtual course delivery mode options. Social distancing will not be required in dining areas, classrooms, labs, and other learning and gathering spaces. Unvaccinated individuals are required to maintain social distancing.
The College reserves the rights to require social distancing as necessary due to changing conditions or the nature of certain activities.
Q: What are tips and guidelines for running essential errands?
A: The CDC has provided a website with recommended tips and guidelines for running essential errands such as going to doctor visits, the pharmacy, the grocery store, banking, and getting gas: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/daily-life-coping/essential-goods-services.html
Q: Where can I find resources and additional information related to COVID-19?
A: Ramapo College is following the expert national and international recommendations regarding the outbreak. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and The World Health Organization websites are important resources for any updates and alerts related to health, safety, and travel. We recommend that you review the information on these websites before you consider travel and stay current with CDC travel health notices.
Information for Students
Q: Is Ramapo College assisting students with financial affordability and support options?
A: Ramapo College is aware of the uncertainty created by the COVID-19 pandemic and is committed to supporting our students by providing affordability options. We have created a website with information and guidance to help you assess your personal financial situation, now and in the future, including a number of options for you to consider. All undergraduate and graduate students may explore the options presented on the affordability website: https://www.ramapo.edu/student-accounts/affordability/
Q: What does remote instruction mean?
A: Remote instruction means that the course will not meet face-to-face on campus, but instead, the faculty member will rely on other means to deliver course content and facilitate student learning. One such way a faculty member may choose to do this is via Canvas, the College’s Course Management System. Students can become familiar with Canvas by visiting the Instructional Design Center website and reviewing the section entitled “Canvas Tutorials and Guides for Students”. Approaches to courses that typically involve a physical presence (e.g., science lab, art studio, etc.) will be course specific. Students in courses requiring engagement with external partners (e.g., nursing practicums and student teaching) will take their directive from their dean. Students should await specific instructions from their faculty on specifically which instructional technologies will be used for their classes during remote coursework delivery time period. Once students are informed exactly which instructional technologies will be used in their classes, they can begin to familiarize themselves as needed with the different options by reviewing tutorials and guides, which include pdf documents and short training videos, on the College’s Instructional Design Center website.
Faculty will utilize creative remote delivery methods for classes that have significant hands-on learning activity components and, therefore, typically depend upon a physical presence including but not limited to science labs, art studios, physical conditioning, etc. Students enrolled in courses requiring engagement with external partners (e.g., co-ops, internships, nursing practicums, social work fieldwork, student teaching assignments, etc.) should continue to follow their existing routines unless otherwise directed by their site supervisor, academic program director, or Dean.
Q: Is international travel cancelled?
A: Please contact your supervisor or sponsoring department for more details. Additional student travel information is posted here, https://www.ramapo.edu/international-travel/
Employees and students attending college-sponsored international experiences are required to be vaccinated against COVID-19. Please see additional information in the Fall 2021 Operations plan, found here: https://www.ramapo.edu/return/files/2021/08/RamapoCollege_Fall2021_Operations-Plan.pdf
Q: What is Ramapo College sponsored or supported international travel?
A: Ramapo Sponsored Activities Includes all travel by faculty, staff, students and other eligible participants, which is organized, approved, administered, and/or funded by the College, the Ramapo College Foundation or external funders. Examples of these activities include: Faculty/staff-led programs; recruitment trips; program assessment trips; conference attendance; College-funded scholarly capacity travel; etc.
Operations, Facilities and Buildings
Q: What guidance is Ramapo College following to maintain healthy business operations?
A: Ramapo College is following the recommendations provided by the CDC to maintain healthy business operations and reduce transmission among employees.
Q: Is Building Services doing anything different related to cleaning as a result of the outbreak of COVID-19?
A: Ramapo College’s Director of Environmental Health and Safety met with Building Services supervisors and advised on safe procedures for cleaning and disinfecting high touch surfaces at the College. The Director also confirmed that Building Services staff are indeed using the products that are recommended by the Environmental Protection Agency.
Q: How will student employment be affected?
A: All students who work on-campus for fall 2021 must comply with Ramapo College’s COVID-19 Student Immunization Requirement Policy prior to starting work.