Any in-person SUNY student who wants to go home for the Holidays, will first have to test negative for coronavirus.
Those who are infected or exposed within 14 days before Thanksgiving break, will be isolated or quarantined on campus.
Chancellor Jim Malatras says the idea behind the massive testing is to stop the spread to other parts of the country, as students finish the rest the year with online learning at home.
“As in-person classes and instruction come to a close next month, tens of thousands of students will travel across the state and country to be with their families and complete their fall courses remotely,” Malatras said.
The testing policy will apply to all students who are taking at least one class on campus, working on campus, or using on-campus services including the gymnasium, library or dining hall.
New York 64 colleges and Universities are planning to test about 140,000 students between November 10th and November 24th.
The Mayor of NYC is also urging a federal mandate to require proof of a negative Covid test to anyone who flies into JFK or La Guardia airports.
Can you imagine being contacted by a contact tracer and told that your Thanksgiving plans are cancelled because you were exposed to someone who failed their Covid test? But then again, can you imagine bringing the virus home to your grandparents?
This is a no-win situation for everybody involved.