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What Parents Need to Know

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State guidelines require colleges to convert to remote instruction if they surpass confirmed cases of either 100 or – more specifically in our case – 5% of our entire on-campus population, roughly 70 cases for Keuka College.

The recent decision to pivot to remote learning for a two-week period was made in consultation with the local health department and based on our belief of what would be best for our entire community. We did not exceed the number of positive cases but the number of students in quarantine was problematic. We want our students to be safe, and we want our community to be safe. For that reason, we switched to online instruction as we continue to assess the situation, and we are encouraging all students to remain on campus and refrain from returning home and even refrain from leaving campus to work in the community. Our goal is to return to on-campus instruction and to prevent the further spread of the virus.

Letters to Parents & Families of Residential Students

Dear Faculty and Staff:

Now that we’ve taken the difficult but necessary step to close campus operations, you’re no doubt wondering, where do we go from here?

The short answer is, “It’s complicated.”

As I shared with you yesterday during our online update, I remain hopeful that we will be able to resume face-to-face instruction this semester. It would be the best outcome not only for the College but, especially, for our students.

But I understand the immense challenges we face in doing so. We continue to process positive coronavirus cases among students and there is no way of knowing when it will be safe to resume in-person operations. Meanwhile, the scheduled last day of on-campus instruction is just five weeks away.

But whether it’s next month or next semester, there’s no doubt we will return to campus in a way that’s safe and supportive.

I’d like to thank Dr. Chris Alterio and the Reopening Task Force once again for the tremendous amount of work they did in preparing the College to reopen and, over the last week and a half, their efforts in helping to respond to the influx of cases. The plan they created worked incredibly well – as reflected by the fact that we had just a single positive coronavirus case for almost two months – until it was overwhelmed by the immediate onset of a large number of positive student cases practically overnight.

I’d also like to recognize the hard work and mindfulness of our faculty and staff. We’ve all had to adapt and learn to be productive under new and demanding conditions and the performance, across the board, has been stellar. The Student Life team has faced especially difficult challenges over the past two weeks; their dedication and resilience have been admirable.

We sustained a setback this week but, as this College has done so often in the past when faced with adversity, we will bounce back, stronger, more focused, and ready to continue the important work of educating the next generation of leaders.

Please unplug and use this weekend to recharge if possible. Take deep breaths. Get some rest. Spend time with loved ones. 

On Monday, we’ll resume the important work of moving forward together.

In the Keuka spirit,

Amy Storey
President

Dear Keuka College Community,

This morning, county health officials reported 15 new positive coronavirus cases over the past 24 hours, bringing the total number among the College population to above 70. These figures don’t necessarily reflect new infections, as the College is still being notified of test results from an initial triggering event last week.

However, because the campus continues to see an increase of COVID-19 cases, we are temporarily closing residential campus operations and are directing non-quarantined students to return to their homes if it is safe and possible to do so. Quarantining and positive students must remain on campus as ordered by the health department. 

Any synchronous online classes that have not yet occurred are canceled today and tomorrow (Friday) and will resume on Monday. Any synchronous online exams or quizzes today or tomorrow are postponed and will be rescheduled. All online AOE classes remain unimpacted. 

While the public health guidance to keep students on-campus remains best practice, the number of cases has made separating healthy students from quarantining populations increasingly difficult. County and state health officials have given their permission for the College to allow healthy students who are not subject to a quarantine or isolation order to leave campus in order to create additional isolation and quarantine capacity. 

If you have tested positive for COVID, are under a quarantine or isolation order, or are awaiting test results:

  • Public-health directives require you to remain on campus. As Yates County Public Health reiterated yesterday, willful violation of a quarantine or isolation order is a misdemeanor and can result in additional actions, up to and including involuntary detention. The College is required to inform the county if you leave.
     
  • The College will continue to provide daily meals and will also be in touch soon for laundry service requests and package delivery.
     
  • Local public-health officials will continue to contact isolating students on a daily basis.
     
  • Once you are no longer infectious, Yates County Public Health will release you to return home.

If you are NOT under a quarantine or isolation order but are experiencing symptoms:

  • Do not leave campus; isolate yourself in your room.
     
  • Contact the Health and Counseling Center for additional guidance about testing.

If you are healthy and not subject to a quarantine or isolation order:

 

  • Please make arrangements to leave campus for at least a two-week period. Take all essential personal items and materials required for your academic study with you. Additional information on reopening plans will be shared as it becomes available.
     
  • To ensure the safety of your family and friends, please plan to quarantine for a period of 14 days upon your return home.
     
  • Classes will continue to be held remotely throughout the transition and for the foreseeable future.
     
  • Please continue checking your email for additional information about departure procedures. It’s imperative that departure happens in a socially distant manner and we will have additional guidance available shortly. 
     
  • Prior to your departure from campus, please complete this form to keep us aware of your current residential status.
     

If you are unable to return home by noon on Saturday because of delayed travel arrangements, housing insecurity, food insecurity, or concern for the safety of those who live in your home:

  • You may request permission to remain on campus. Please complete this form and a member of the Office of Housing and Residence Life staff will be in touch with you as soon as possible. 

The 12:30 update this afternoon for students was originally scheduled to talk through the College’s financial situation based on a request by students. This forum will still occur, but the focus will be shifted to talk about the changing public-health climate. If you’re interested in joining, you may do so using this link. Faculty and staff should not attend the student session. Faculty are invited to join the previously scheduled 3:30 session; the staff session occurred at 11 a.m. today. 

We appreciate all that everyone in our college community has done as we navigate the virus and public-health environment together. 

Sincerely,

Amy Storey
President

Dear Keuka College Community:

The Yates County Department of Public Health has confirmed that, as of noon today, seven Keuka College students had tested positive for the coronavirus in the past 24 hours. In addition, four student cases and one employee case have been resolved. This brings the number of active cases among the College community to 57 with six cases resolved.

The College continues to follow its response protocols in cooperation with public health officials. Anyone deemed likely to have come in contact with an infected individual will be contacted directly by health officials and provided with information regarding the necessary next steps. Any student contacted by health officials must notify the College Health & Counseling Center by emailing health@keuka.edu.

The College tracks all active and resolved cases on its COVID-19 Dashboard, which is updated daily. In addition, the College will alert students, faculty, and staff via email when a positive diagnosis is confirmed.

For additional information, please refer to the College’s Together & Ready resource pages or contact the Health & Counseling Center at (315) 279-5368.

Dear Keuka College Community:

These last several days have been incredibly challenging for our College community. I am deeply grateful to those of you who have followed the public health guidelines and College rules from the first day you arrived on campus. I know these measures have changed the way we interact and are not always conducive to an engaging College experience. And yet, the vast majority of you have become experts at making the best of a difficult situation.

Unfortunately, we have continued to experience a rise in the number of coronavirus cases on campus. The Yates County Department of Public Health has confirmed that, as of noon today, six Keuka College students and one employee have tested positive for the coronavirus in the past 24 hours. This brings the number of student cases to 54 and the overall number to 56 among the College population since on-campus operations resumed in August. 

In evaluating the situation with Yates County Public Health, it has become clear that additional measures must be taken. As of today, all faculty and non-essential staff will work remotely through the end of the distance-learning period, Oct. 23. If you need materials from campus, please come once between now and the close of business tomorrow. We are limiting the amount of traffic coming and going from campus in order to protect both our students and the surrounding communities. To be clear, all staff involved in student development or services are deemed essential.

In addition, all community spaces, including the RAC, Norton Chapel, Lightner Library, labs, creative studios, and classrooms are closed until Oct. 23. 

Furthermore, I would like to ask all faculty and staff to dedicate the majority of their efforts toward addressing the immediate needs of students. In other words, any longer-term administrative projects can be deferred if it allows you the capacity to help Student Life in its efforts to support students — especially over the next few weeks. Please email askus@keuka.edu if you would like to volunteer.

Yates County Public Health has asked me to remind the student body to please stay on campus. If you have a part-time job off-campus, please make every effort to postpone returning to work for at least the next ten days. I’m sure you are aware that people in the community are concerned about the spread of the virus and that they will appreciate your efforts to remain on campus. If you have a job, on or off-campus, that has reduced or eliminated hours during the temporary pivot and you need financial assistance due to lost wages, please contact financial aid at finaid@keuka.edu and we will work with you to access the Student Emergency Fund. 

I’d also like to alert students that the final day to formally withdraw from a course has been moved from Oct. 16 to Oct. 23 in recognition of the challenges they are facing.

I had hoped these steps wouldn’t be necessary, but the quickly escalating number of positive coronavirus cases has made them unavoidable. If any students, faculty, or staff have ideas for ways in which we might make this time more palatable, please let me know. A great example: Tammy Swales and Katie Fitzpatrick from the Office of Marketing & Communications have developed a fantastic online collection of activities for students. A separate page of resources is being created for parents to help them support their students — and themselves. Please keep those ideas coming!

In addition, Provost Dr. Brad Fuster, Dean of Students Jon Accardi, and Dr. Chris Alterio, chair of our Reopening Committee, will host a Student Q&A Forum on Zoom tomorrow, Oct. 14, at 4:30 p.m. Just click on the link to join. 

 

My most pressing concern continues to be the health and well-being of everyone in our College community. We’re doing everything we can to respond to your needs — whether they’re physical or emotional. I want to especially thank the Resident Assistants for all of the extra care and work they have been doing to look after our residents. We all owe this group of students a tremendous debt of gratitude.

The greatest strength of Keuka College is its people. That’s been evident throughout this past weekend, from staff like the athletics department who are helping to deliver meals, to faculty members who moved their courses online at the snap of a finger, to the students who have navigated fast-moving changes to their schedules, routines, and living arrangements.

We can’t change the course of the pandemic, so we need to focus on what we can change: How we care for each other; how we lift one another up; how we do our best, and be our best.

Your strength and determination are inspiring to me and I am confident that we will get through this.

In the Keuka Spirit,

Amy Storey
President

Dear Keuka College Community:

The Yates County Department of Public Health has confirmed that, as of noon today, 14 Keuka College students had tested positive for the coronavirus in the past 24 hours. This brings the number of student cases to 48 and the overall number to 49 among the College population since on-campus operations resumed in August. One case has been resolved.

The College continues to follow its response protocols in cooperation with public health officials, who are conducting contact tracing. As always, anyone deemed likely to have come in contact with an infected individual will be contacted directly by health officials and provided with information regarding the necessary next steps. Any student contacted by health officials must notify the College Health & Counseling Center by emailing health@keuka.edu.

The College tracks all active and resolved cases on its COVID-19 Dashboard, which is updated daily. In addition, the College will alert students, faculty, and staff via email when a positive diagnosis is confirmed.

For additional information, please refer to the College’s Together & Ready resource pages or contact the Health & Counseling Center at (315) 279-5368.

Good afternoon,

I know many of you continue to have questions about the current campus climate and temporary adjustments. As you can imagine, we’ve been working tirelessly to mitigate further spread of the COVID-19 cluster, ensuring those in quarantine are receiving food, and offering support to those of you who are challenged right now. I’ve very much appreciated notes from many of you that have shown support for our communications and efforts. 

Please review these additional updates; I hope they clarify some of the inbound questions our staff and faculty have been receiving. We will continue to share updates as we move forward. I’ll be meeting Monday evening with the Student Senate. If you have non-urgent questions or suggestions, I encourage you to reach out to a Senator or email senate@keuka.edu

If you HAVE been contacted or instructed to quarantine or isolate:

  • Yates County Public Health is the official contract tracer for positive cases in our region. When they deem it is necessary for someone to quarantine, they call them. They may not know if that individual is a student of Keuka College and, because they are also working with the rest of the county, we may not receive that information right away in our health services office. 
  • If you are contacted by a medical professional or the New York State Public Health Department and told that you should quarantine, you must notify us immediately by emailing health@keuka.edu. We are constantly reviewing this email address and your ability to quickly inform us will allow us to provide you on-campus support and details as quickly as possible. If you do not let us know, it may impact our ability to deliver meals and provide further support. 
  • For 24/7 support for immediate concerns, please contact Campus Safety at (315) 694-0268. 

If you have NOT been contacted or instructed to quarantine or isolate:

  • It's business as usual for the most part: Go about your day as you have been since you’ve returned to campus, with the exception of 100% remote instruction beginning Monday. 
  • We have taken steps to temporarily close down the RAC and the Chapel, move to take-out only for the Geiser, and pivot all classes online for the next two weeks. 
  • Go for a walk; you can still get your mail, use the library and bookstore, participate in our scheduled social events (virtual or in-person with all of our standard precautions, etc.).
  • Once this cluster of positive cases subsides and students in quarantine are following protocols, we will reevaluate all of our services. It is our hope to reopen the Geiser for dine-in as soon as we feel it is safe to do so. 
  • As has previously been shared, we ask you to remain on campus to prevent potential spreading of the virus to unaffected family members and outside communities. 
  • You can continue to travel for the same reasons we instructed at the start of the year -- grocery shopping, medication pick-up, off-campus jobs, etc. Knowing that our community has been affected, please use your best judgment when leaving campus temporarily. 

Let Us Know

  • Non-Compliance Form -- If you witness someone you suspect should be in quarantine, or observe any other non-compliance behavior, please report through this form. 
  • ‘How Can We Help’ Form -- Please take a minute to share with us how we can help support you and keep you engaged in the immediate future. 
  • Care/Concerns for Someone -- We know this can be stressful. If you see someone who may be struggling with personal or emotional difficulties, or who may be exhibiting concerning behavior, complete this form. 
  • Please email your outstanding questions to askus@keuka.edu

Medical & Mental Health Resources

If you are ill and need medical or mental health support, please consider the following resources:

Keuka College Health and Counseling Center
Monday-Friday, 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
health@keuka.edu
315-279-5368

Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Hospital Emergency Room
418 North Main Street
Penn Yan, NY
Open 24 hours, 7 days a week
315-531-2000

Finger Lakes Health Urgent Care
789 Pre-Emption Road
Geneva, NY
Open 8 a.m.-8 p.m., 7 days a week
315-781-2000

Wellnow Urgent Care
1 White Springs Road
Geneva, NY
Open 8 a.m.-8 p.m., 7 days a week
315-230-4074

National Suicide Prevention Hotline
1-800-273-8253
Text line: 741741

Should you need emergency care, please call 911.

Please remember that you are not alone in this healing process. If you need anything, consider the following on-campus resources:

  • Campus Safety: (315) 694-0268
  • Housing & Residence Life: (315) 694-1311 or housing@keuka.edu
  • Medical Helpline: (315) 279-5368, or agaston@keuka.edu (Monday-Friday, 9 a.m.-2 p.m.)
  • Counseling Non-Crisis Helpline: health@keuka.edu (Monday-Friday, 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m.)

Best,

Jon Accardi
Associate Vice President for Student Life and Dean of Students

 

 

Dear Students, Faculty, and Staff:

As we come to grips with this week’s challenges, I can’t help but reflect on the words Keuka College lives by: Believe in What We Can Do Together.

Because we have a lot to do right now and the only pathway to success involves all of us.

Beginning Monday, we will transition all on-campus classes to distance-learning for two weeks. This is the best way to accommodate the immediate instructional needs of all our students, whether they are quarantining or not.

We expect students to remain on campus during this period. As I mentioned in last night’s communication, unnecessary travel increases health risks to the people in your family and your broader home community. Please be aware, any students that do leave campus during the distance-learning period may be required to quarantine for 14 days once they return.

Meanwhile, here’s what the next two weeks will look like:

  • All on-campus classes will be conducted remotely, though we recognize that there are specific questions regarding clinical placements, student teaching, off-campus jobs, and field periods, etc. Those specific questions will be answered by your respective Academic Advisor or Division Chair in the coming days. For now, our best advice to students who are not quarantining is to limit your interactions, especially with the off-campus community, for the next 14 days.
  • Lightner Library will remain open under our existing social distancing guidelines.
  • The RAC and Norton Chapel will be closed until further notice.
  • Meals will continue to be delivered to students who are quarantining.
  • For all other students, the Geiser Dining Commons will transition to 100% take-out as of tomorrow, Oct. 10, beginning with brunch at 10:30 a.m. Operating hours will remain unchanged for all meal periods. Students will make their selections, then take their meals to another location to enjoy under social-distancing guidelines. This policy will continue until further notice.

As for the current number of cases, the Yates County Department of Public Health has confirmed that 12 Keuka College students have tested positive for the coronavirus in the previous 24 hours. This brings the number of active cases among the College community to 18 with one case resolved.

In addition, out of an abundance of caution, more than 70 students who may have had contact with the affected students are currently quarantining on campus.

We know the pivot to distance-learning does not come without complication and, along with our changing public-health climate, may lead to increased stress and anxiety. We are finalizing enhanced programs to provide emotional and mental support for students, faculty, and staff and will provide specifics in the days to come.

Many of you have expressed frustration with your classmates who attended the party. While I understand your sentiments, I think it is important to recognize that some of the positive cases on campus did not arise from the party. Please try to lift each other up because the last thing we need right now is for members of the College community to feel any worse. It’s time to put the cause of this week’s challenges behind us and focus on the solutions. Frustration is understandable but COVID-shaming is not.

This week’s setback is disappointing, but we need to do what this College community has always done in times of crisis: rally together, support one another, and draw on our collective strength to overcome our immediate challenges and complete this semester with the strength and dignity you have displayed throughout the pandemic.

In the Keuka spirit,

Amy Storey
President

Dear Faculty and Staff,

The recent COVID-positive announcements have created some understandable anxiety. We have heard over the last several hours about rumors spreading on campus, so I wanted to take this opportunity to provide you with the facts as we know them.

Forwarded below for your reference is a message I sent to our on-campus students a few moments ago. I did not copy faculty and staff because I wanted you to have the following information for additional context:
 

  • Late last night, the Dean of Students was made aware of a large, off-campus party that took place over the weekend. This party was attended by approximately 80 students, including some who tested positive.
     
  • As of this morning, there are 5 active, confirmed cases of COVID-19 among students. At this point, we do not know if all of these cases are connected to the party. There is one employee case currently active, and this employee has not been to campus recently enough to pose a threat to campus. One other case, diagnosed earlier this semester, has been resolved.
     
  • Late yesterday afternoon, the county health department deemed the men’s lacrosse team as probable contacts and, out of an abundance of caution, directed that the full roster be quarantined. The Office of Health and Counseling Services, Department of Athletics, and Dean of Students office worked throughout the evening contacting and making arrangements for these students. The Provost’s office is currently working to provide remote accommodation notices to each of these students’ faculty members.
     
  • The health department is actively contact tracing.
     
  • Those involved with the party will face disciplinary action in the coming hours and days. While we will not tolerate reckless behavior that jeopardizes the health and safety of the campus community, we are equally committed to upholding each student’s right to due process.
     
  • We do not yet know the number of students Yates County Public Health has tested. For additional information, please see the New York State dashboard.
     
  • Many students have understandable anxiety at this time. It is our collective duty to help them keep things in perspective.
     
  • Some students may reach out to faculty in an attempt to quarantine themselves. This is not permitted. We must instruct students to follow the procedures for remote accommodation requests by contacting the Health and Counseling Center at health@keuka.edu.
     

Currently, the only unilateral change to College operations is that all athletic practices and gatherings have been suspended for at least the next 14 days. The College has been constantly engaging with Yates County Public Health, which is working closely with the New York State Department of Health in formulating a response. 

As of now, the College is not close to the 5% infection threshold that would require us to pivot to two weeks of online learning. This may change, either as a result of New York State requirements or the College acting out of an abundance of caution, with little to no advanced warning. All faculty should be prepared to pivot online at any point during the semester. Please contact ctl@keuka.edu if you would like assistance. 

In the Keuka spirit,

Amy Storey
President

Dear Students,

I am writing today with a heavy heart. Until this week, I believed that we were all working together to keep our campus community safe. I was proud of the fact that we had not experienced coronavirus outbreaks like so many other colleges and I attributed this fact in large part to the dedication and good choices of our student body. Unfortunately, it has become clear that dedication has not been displayed by everyone.

At 4:30 this morning, I learned of a party that took place off-campus over the weekend with more than 80 students in attendance. I am not interested in debating the details surrounding this event. Suffice it to say, this was selfish, reckless, and in clear violation of the College’s reopening guidelines. The students involved with the party have jeopardized our entire community’s health, safety, and ability to continue to learn together this semester and will face disciplinary actions.

Local public health officials are in the process of conducting contact tracing and we expect to learn of additional positive cases. Anyone deemed likely to have come in contact with an infected individual will be contacted by public health officials, who will provide additional information regarding appropriate next steps. If you have not been contacted, you should feel free to carry on your regular activities — mindful of our public-health protocols and policies.

On-campus instruction is now at risk. The last thing I want to do is to transition to remote learning and/or send everyone home. However, I will do so without hesitation to keep you safe. 

I will keep you apprised of this rapidly developing situation. In the meantime, here’s what you need to know:

  • As of this morning, there are 5 active, confirmed cases of COVID-19 among students. At this point, we do not know if all of these cases are connected to the party. There is one employee case currently active, and this employee has not been to campus recently enough to pose a threat to campus. One other case, diagnosed earlier this semester, has been resolved.
     
  • Because the party involved a number of student-athletes, and some of those athletes have now tested positive for COVID, the College has immediately suspended all athletic activity for at least the next 14 days.
     
  • The College’s Facilities department and its maintenance partner, Finger Lakes Premier Properties, already have robust cleaning and disinfecting protocols in place. As a result of this recent uptick in cases, additional measures will be taken.
     
  • The College’s public-health policies and protocols are designed to protect us under exactly these circumstances — the event there is a case or cases of coronavirus on campus. If everyone follows due diligence in wearing face coverings, social distancing, washing their hands regularly, and cleaning their own living and learning spaces, the chance of contracting the coronavirus — or any virus, including the flu, which is just beginning to circulate this season — is greatly minimized.

 

As of now, the College and Yates County Public Health have determined that it is still safe for face-to-face classes to continue. If you do not feel safe, contact the Health and Counseling Center at health@keuka.edu; please do not contact individual faculty members requesting special accommodations. 

It is our collective duty to be vigilant about mask-wearing, sanitizing, and social distancing, as outlined in KC Together & Ready, our reopening plan.   

Sincerely,

Amy Storey
President

 

Health and Safety FAQs

The College’s public-safety requirements – mask-wearing at all times, social distancing, frequent hand-washing, and cleaning and disinfecting of living and learning spaces – are designed to keep students safe from contracting the virus. In addition, the College has:

  • Intensified cleaning and disinfecting protocols campus-wide.
  • Closed the athletics facility and Norton Chapel.
  • Converted to 100% take-out services at the Geiser Dining Commons.
  • Advised students to limit, if not cease, all off-campus travel for the next two weeks.

The College is closely following the advice of Yates County Public Health in housing, testing, and providing for the needs of students who are either under quarantine or COVID-positive. These steps include:

  • Daily contact from a public-health professional to monitor the student’s health.
  • Daily delivery of a robust food supply covering all three meals.
  • Arranging for contact tracing for students who have reported possible contact with an infected individual.
  • Access to mental and emotional support services through services like our ‘How Can We Help’ Form and a number of local health-care agencies.

We understand the concerns and we are sorry this is so stressful for everyone. The College is doing everything it can to promote a healthy environment. We have ensured that abundant cleaning and sanitization supplies are available, and the bathrooms and common areas are being cleaned at a heightened frequency.

Students are advised to wear masks while accessing restrooms and to use cleaning supplies stored outside bathrooms to clean any areas they may come in contact with while inside both before and after use.

This doesn’t change the fact that students have already been using the same bathrooms, sleeping in rooms together, dining together, and so forth. Sharing a bathroom following the exposure event (plus almost a week of exposure since that event) does not appreciably change the contact that has already been happening.

We are still doing everything we can – but the one thing we can’t do is “erase” the contact that has already taken place for the previous week. We know that if our public health partners thought that the bathroom arrangement was unsafe that they would not be suggesting these arrangements. We have faith in those decisions and we are doing all that we can to do our part with cleaning and requiring the students to continue safe practices.

Yates County Public Health directs who is quarantined and where. They are doing their best to balance the large number of students who were placed into quarantine out of an abundance of caution with the limited amount of physical space available at the College and in the local community. 

Some decisions that may seem counterintuitive are nonetheless made after very careful consideration of individual factors and contact tracing. For example, sometimes it might be determined that significant exposure has already occurred, allowing a student who has not technically been quarantined to stay with someone who has. We have good faith in our public health partners and we know they are doing their best to give good advice and to manage this situation with the resources we have available.

Our College public-health protocols – including face coverings, social distancing, frequent hand washing, and cleaning and disinfecting of living and learning spaces – are designed to prevent the spread of the virus.

Keuka College held flu-shot clinics on Sept. 16 and 24. No additional clinics are currently scheduled. Local pharmacies in nearby Penn Yan offer walk-in and appointment flu vaccines.

Note, students in quarantine or isolation should not leave campus to get a flu shot.

The College has the capacity to test only those who are showing symptoms. For all other students, we have a variety of other resources, including emailing the Health & Counseling Office at health@keuka.edu, for help in navigating what to do next. And we are continually updating our Together & Ready site here.

Student information is protected through federal privacy laws, therefore, while there have been both on-campus and commuter-student cases, we are unable to disclose any further information.

Academics FAQs

State guidelines require colleges to convert to remote instruction if they surpass confirmed cases of either 100 or – more specifically in our case – 5% of our entire on-campus population, roughly 70 cases for Keuka College.

The recent decision to pivot to remote learning for a two-week period was made in consultation with the local health department and based on our belief of what would be best for our entire community. We did not exceed the number of positive cases but the number of students in quarantine was problematic. We want our students to be safe, and we want our community to be safe. For that reason, we switched to online instruction as we continue to assess the situation, and we are encouraging all students to remain on campus and refrain from returning home and even refrain from leaving campus to work in the community. Our goal is to return to on-campus instruction and to prevent the further spread of the virus.

A sudden surge of positive coronavirus cases and the need to quarantine students who may have had contact with those infected required the College to discontinue face-to-face instruction. A two-week period of remote learning began on Monday, Oct. 12.

All on-campus classes will be conducted remotely. Faculty and non-essential staff will work remotely. Alternative arrangements will be made for clinical placements, student teaching, off-campus jobs, and Field Period® placements.

 

We have strongly urged students to remain on campus during this period, as is being requested by the New York State Department of Health. Unnecessary travel increases health risks to the people in a student’s immediate family and their broader home community. Please be aware, any students that do leave campus during the distance-learning period may be required to quarantine for 14 days once they return.

Those found to be involved with the off-campus, unsanctioned gathering will face disciplinary action in the coming days. They have also been quarantined as county health officials conduct contact tracing. Our College public-health protocols – including face coverings, social distancing, frequent hand-washing, and cleaning and disinfecting of living and learning spaces – are designed to prevent the spread of the virus.

In addition, there will be disciplinary action for students who break quarantine. Please encourage your son/daughter to report any violations by having them complete our non-compliance form.

Finally, the entire College has transitioned to distance-learning for a two-week period beginning Monday, Oct. 12. We want our students to be safe, and we want our community to be safe. For that reason, we switched to online instruction as we continue to assess the situation. Our goal is to return to on-campus instruction and to prevent the further spread of the virus.

Student Quarantine FAQs

Yates County Public Health has asked the student body to please stay on campus so we’re asking parents, who are already not allowed inside campus buildings, to please refrain from visiting or picking up students for the time being. County and state health officials advise limiting exposure to people off-campus as much as possible. 

Yates County Public Health has asked all students to please stay on campus. If you have a part-time job off-campus, please make every effort to postpone returning to work for at least the next ten days. People in the community are concerned about the spread of the virus and they will appreciate your efforts to remain on campus. If you have a job, on or off-campus, that has reduced or eliminated hours during the temporary pivot and you need financial assistance due to lost wages, please contact financial aid at finaid@keuka.edu and we will work with you to access the Student Emergency Fund. 

Yates County Public Health has asked all students to please stay on campus, ensuring the safety of their families and local communities. Students who go home may be required to quarantine for up to14 days upon their return to campus.

The Geiser Dining Commons will continue their Grab & Go service for students who have not been asked to quarantine. Students will be able to get their meals and take them elsewhere to eat. We ask that they not congregate in large groups to do so. For students who are quarantining, a box of food will be delivered around noon each day. It will contain enough food for 24 hours - lunch, dinner, snacks, and breakfast for the following day. Items include, for example; bacon, egg, & cheese croissant, yogurt, breakfast pastry, whole fruit, bottled juice, water, chips, candy bar, pepperoni and cheese, veggie hummus pack, Italian sub, mac & cheese, and chicken tenders with vegetable of the day, or a vegetarian option such as tortellini alfredo and spinach.  

Students who are not quarantining are free to go for walks, participate in scheduled social events (virtual or in-person with all of our standard precautions), and enjoy other activities but must continue to limit gatherings to no more than 10 people and abide by all public-safety rules including masks, social distancing, and frequent hand-washing.

If you are not quarantining, off-campus travel continues to be permitted for grocery shopping, medication pick-up, and other necessary tasks. Knowing that our community has been affected, please use your best judgment when leaving campus temporarily.

If your absentee ballot arrives at your home address, students should ask someone from their household to mail their absentee ballot to the following address:

STUDENTS NAME
141 Central Avenue
Keuka Park, NY 14478

If no one is able to mail the absentee ballot to campus on the student's behalf, students should:

  1. Wait two weeks to go home and retrieve your absentee ballot; or
  2. Plan to go home to vote early (early voting in New York beings on Saturday, Oct. 24) or vote on Election Day on Tuesday, Nov. 3. To find your polling place and where to vote early, click here.

 

Counseling Resources

  • Email the Health & Counseling Center at Health@keuka.edu 
  • Search providers using your city or zip code at Psychology Today.
  • Get matched with a therapist by visiting BetterHelp.
  • Contact your insurance company for a list of covered providers.

 

Visit ULifeline's website for a Covid-19 resource guide for students and young adults.

You can take a mental health screening test by using Mental Health America's screening tool.

If you or someone you know is in crisis call 911 or access the National Suicide Prevention Hotline (24/7) @ 1-800-273-TALK (1-800-273-8255) or Crisis Text Line Text: 741-741

 

For additional mental health support please visit Mental Health America's website.

Contact health@keuka.edu with any non-emergent questions.