Recently, individuals representing a consortium of academic and governmental bodies joined together to develop a screening and testing protocol to provide for the safest possible return of students, faculty and staff to Alfred University and Alfred State College this Fall. The consortium consists of Alfred Village Mayor Becky Prophet, Alfred Village Incident Commander and Second Assistant Chief A.E. Crandall Hook & Ladder Company Paul Weaver, Alfred Village Trustee and Public Information Officer Caitlin Brown, Town of Alfred Supervisor Dan Acton. Alfred University Assistant Wellness Director Susan Hendee, Alfred State College Vice President of Student affairs Greg Sammons, Allegany County Department of Health Emergency Planning Director Bryan Payne, Allegany Board of Legislators Vice Chairman Phil Curran. Alfred University Marketing, Communication and Government Affairs Executive Director Michael Kozlowski is facilitating the team.
The objectives of the team are to:
- Develop a proposed safety screening/testing methodology for returning on- and off-campus students, faculty and staff for periodic follow-on health testing, and for symptomatic response
- Integrate a “campus daily life” safety measures plan for classrooms, residence and dining halls, sports venues and other areas where students, faculty and staff congregate
- Submit a reopening plan to NYS regional reopening task force
- Publish plans to students, parents, community residents and business owners
As a result of the 3 meetings held to date, the team has developed a draft screening protocol which, as currently envisioned, will include health screening, recent contact and travel questionnaire, and behavior prescription components. It has also begun to develop a plan to make and/or buy masks for all returning students and faculty, as well as for the administration and staff of AC and AU. Team members have also made outreaches to the area’s health care providers to develop response, referral and reporting protocols, working with the Village Emergency Medical Technicians.
The consortium is planning for two “town hall” events in the coming weeks, one for area residents on Tuesday, June 9 at 6pm immediately preceding the monthly Village Board Meeting and the other meeting for area business owners and Landlords on May 26 at 6pm. Both meetings will be held on Zoom and members of the community can register for the meetings at the email below. The Consortium will also work to broadcast the meeting via Facebook Live. Additional details and the progress updates of the consortium will be published regularly. The Village has developed a weekly email newsletter which will arrive in inboxes on Monday afternoons. Regular reports from the Consortium will be made available there in addition to other public platforms.