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: The CDC recommends wearing cloth face coverings in public settings where other social distancing measures are difficult to maintain (such as the grocery store) especially in areas of significant community-based transmission: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/prevent-getting-sick/cloth-face-cover.html. The College has a Face Covering Policy for Students and all students are expected to familiarize themselves with the policy. The Office of Environmental Health and Safety has a Face Covering Fact Sheet to help students, employees, and visitors understand what is and is not acceptable for face coverings: FACE COVERING FACT SHEET (PDF).
Q: How do I wear a cloth face covering properly?
A: The CDC recommends that cloth face coverings should be worn properly to ensure their effectiveness. Wash your hands before putting on your face covering. Put it over your nose and mouth and secure it under your chin. Try to fit it snugly against the sides of your face. Make sure you can breathe easily. Visit the CDC website for more details on instructions and guidelines: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/prevent-getting-sick/how-to-wear-cloth-face-coverings.html
Q: How do I wash cloth face coverings?
A: The CDC recommends that cloth face coverings should be washed after each use. It is important to always remove face coverings correctly and wash your hands after handling or touching a used face covering. Visit the CDC website for more details on instructions and guidelines: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/prevent-getting-sick/how-to-wash-cloth-face-coverings.html
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.” We recommend that you review the information provided by the CDC on this topic at https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/prevent-getting-sick/cloth-face-cover.html
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: Yes. As reported in the campus wide email on March 4, 2020, all Ramapo College sponsored or supported international travel scheduled to take place through the end of Spring 2020 Semester is cancelled. As of March 27, 2020, the CDC has listed all international travel as a concern and travelers should self-quarantine within 14 days of a return: https://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/notices/warning/coronavirus-global
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.
Q: What if I was scheduled to go on a Ramapo sponsored or supported international trip?
A: Impacted participants have received dedicated messages regarding international trips. Student travelers with questions may call the Roukema Center for International Education at +1-201-684-7533 or the Center for Student Involvement at +1-201-684-7593. Employee travelers with questions may call Human Resources at +1-201-684-7506
Q: Is domestic travel cancelled?
A: Ramapo College sponsored or supported out-of-state domestic travel is cancelled.
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: Most on-campus student employment will not continue during remote instruction. Student employees will receive communication from the Student Assistant Program as well as their supervisors. Unit heads will receive further information from their division Vice President on this process. Students on Federal Work Study should expect a specific message from Financial Aid in the future.