Suffolk Community College Plans to Resume In-Person Classes

Taylor K. Vecsey
Suffolk County Community College’s Eastern Campus

Suffolk County Community College is offering a mix of in-person and remote classes for the fall 2020 semester as part of its reopening plan following the novel coronavirus shutdown.

Louis Petrizzo, the interim college president, informed the college on Thursday that the State University of New York approved the college’s plan to open its doors again on the campuses in Riverhead, Brentwood and Selden. Fall classes begin on September 2.

There are 3,400 offerings on the college’s schedule, 88 percent of which will be offered remotely with no requirement for students to visit campus.

“The health, safety and well-being of our students, faculty and staff is our number one priority during this unprecedented health emergency,” Petrizzo said in a statement. “The plan crafted by the college is intended to ensure that we are able to continue to deliver an affordable, quality education to our community in the safest possible environment.”

The college stopped in-person classes since the pandemic first started in March. The governor has not yet made any determination about reopening schools, but told schools and colleges to submit plans for reopening. 

The college plans to offer four modes of instruction. The first are online classes where there will be no required same-time class meetings. There will also be remote, real-time classes that offer a “web conference style” of classes at scheduled times. Then there are hybrid or blended classes, which means it is partially online, partially on-campus. Lastly, there are traditional in-person classes.

Twelve percent of the college’s classes require some on campus times, for classes that require science labs or hands-on instruction. For all classes that are in-person classes will be small and students will have to wear masks and maintain social distancing.

College employees working on campuses will be subject to daily health screenings, the college said in an announcement.

“I am grateful for the time and effort put forth by the College’s Restart Task Force, which was charged with developing our institutional plan of action and the many sub-groups that assisted the Task Force members in crafting the plan,” Petrizzo said.

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