Capacity & Personal Protective Equipment

Capacity

  • Touro College will reduce the capacity in all classrooms and in all shared office spaces to comply with Center for Disease Control (CDC) guidelines by at least 50% of posted area occupancy and by spacing seating by six feet.
  • When employees and faculty begin to return to work, the preparatory planning and conditions will be consistent with NYS reopening guidelines for office operations appropriate for each school and campus. The date for returning to work will vary based upon campus/building location and need.
  • Employees and faculty will be invited back to campuses in a phased schedule and in cases where there are shared workspaces that do not allow for six-foot distancing, supervisors will devise a combined in-person and alternate station/remote work schedule for affected employees consistent with Touro College HR policies. 
  • Students and faculty will begin to return to campuses consistent with Phase IV reopening guidelines for Higher Education published by the State of New York.
  • Faculty who share office space will develop a schedule with their department chairs or deans so that only one faculty member is in the office at a time where a six-foot distance cannot be maintained in that office space.
  • Physical and social distancing will require a distance of at least six feet between individuals on campus (except in student dorm rooms) and all individuals will be required to wear a face covering while in all public spaces within the campus.
  • The activities at some smaller facilities may have operations temporarily reduced due to the inability or inefficiency of the space to adhere to NYS Students enrolled at such campuses will be supported academically and given the opportunity to continue their academic program at any opened site offering the same courses toward a degree program, either in-person (taking into account overall space limitations) or remotely.
  • Sufficient quarantine and isolation accommodations for residential students will be designated prior to opening student housing (see section on Residential Living below for more information).
  • With the exception of the Touro College of Dental Medicine on our Valhalla campus, Touro does not have a health center. Therefore, individuals in need of medical attention should contact their primary health care provider, an urgent care center or the closest hospital for medical treatment.
  • Where offered, shuttle transportation will be in accordance with governmental and relevant health guidelines.

Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)

  • While on campus or in any Touro College building, with the exception of private offices if the individual is alone, all members of the Touro College community must wear a face covering, either cloth or disposable, consistent with CDC criteria:
    • Covers the individual’s mouth and nose
    • Fits snugly but comfortably against the side of the face
    • Secured with ties or ear loops
    • Allows for breathing without significant restriction, and
    • For cloth face coverings, able to be laundered and machine-dried without damage or change to shape
  • PPE does not have to be worn in private offices if a staff member or faculty member is alone. Should someone else enter the office, PPE must be worn.
  • In some cases, with the approval of administration, faculty members may wear face shields instead of masks that cover the mouth and nose while teaching a class only as long as they are at least six feet away from the next closest person.
  • The purchasing and procurement department of Touro College will be responsible for sourcing and purchasing an adequate supply of face coverings and other PPE for our faculty and staff.
  • To ensure employees comply with protective equipment requirements, Touro will do the following:
    • Provide employees with an acceptable reusable face covering at no cost to the employee and have an adequate supply of coverings in case a replacement is required.
    • Touro will provide a face covering at no cost to all contractors and pre-approved visitors who enter the building if they do not have one.
    • Employee face coverings must be cleaned or replaced after use or when damaged or soiled, may not be shared and should be properly stored or discarded.
    • Touro will require all employees and faculty to watch a video training session prior to reopening to ensure that all personnel are properly educated on appropriate cleaning, storing and discarding methods for PPE.