Union College being vigilant about safety
Union College is proud to be a part of the Schenectady community, and over the years, we have demonstrated a commitment to ensuring that our community thrives.
Since the beginning of our fall term, we have rented the vacant Stockade Inn to provide beds for students who have tested positive for COVID-19. To date, fewer than 10 students have stayed there, and no more than three students at any given time.
Students are able to take their classes remotely from their room, and meals are delivered to them.
Students are not permitted to leave the building or to receive visitors. They do not interact with the public.
Security is on-site 24/7 to monitor the students and alert us to any potential problems.
Staff members also check in daily with the students.
We have not received a single report that any of our students have violated our health and safety protocols.
Colleges across the country have leased hotel rooms and other spaces in an effort to reduce on-campus density and slow the spread of the coronavirus.
Union is no exception.
Since March, we have been in regular conversation with Schenectady County Public Health Services to provide guidance on our plans and our response.
So far, we have conducted more than 18,300 tests on campus for COVID-19. Of those, only 17 have been positive.
As the weather turns colder and rates rise locally and globally, we will continue to be vigilant in protecting our campus community and our neighbors.
Fran’Cee Brown-McClure, Ph.D.
The writer is vice president for Student Affairs and Dean of Students, Union College.
Grateful for early voters clearing way
I would like to thank all you early voters, who stood in lengthy lines, withstood the cold air, the cold rains and strong winds, so that we (my wife and I) could go and painlessly vote on Election Day, getting right in and out, almost not bumping into anyone.
This helped so much with our anti-social distancing efforts that we practice due to the coronavirus.
Again, thank you!
Gerald V. Marmuscak
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