COVID Response Team

The COVID Response Team (CRT) is charged with supporting an optimal learning environment for students through planning for the health and safety of the campus community.

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COVID Response Flow Chart

Communications

Steering Committee

  • Julie Piscitello – VP for Finance and Administration (Co-Chair)
  • Leamor Kahanov – Provost and VP for Academic Affairs (Co-Chair)
  • Paul Adamo – VP for College Advancement
  • Dia Carleton – Chief Human Resources Officer
  • Gabby Cecere – SA President
  • Franklin Chambers – VP for External Affairs
  • Graig Eichler – Asst Dir Business Services
  • Melissa Fallon-Korb – Director of Counseling, Health & Wellness
  • Kim Fierke – Faculty
  • Amanda Finch – AVP for Student Development
  • Hal Legg – Chief Communication and Marketing Officer
  • David Lincoln – Emergency Management Coordinator
  • Steve Maniscalco – Chief Information Officer
  • Beth Small – Faculty
  • Lisa Snyder – VP for Strategy, Planning & Effectiveness
  • Lachlan Squair – Chief Facilities Planning & Safety Officer
  • Bernadette Tiapo – Interim VP for Student Development and Chief Diversity Officer
  • Diane Williams – Executive Director, OAS

Strategic Response Team

Makes decisions to Open/Close/Shift on-campus presence.

  • Dennis Craig, Acting President
  • Dia Carleton
  • Frank Chambers
  • Leamor Kahanov
  • Hal Legg
  • Danielle McMullen
  • Julie Piscitello
  • Lisa Snyder
  • Bernadette Tiapo

Operational Response Team

This group will focus on establishing and solidifying operational processes in the following areas: Pre-Screening, Testing, Q&I, Compliance, and Communications/External Relations.

  • Colleen Brannan
  • Dia Carleton
  • Franklin Chambers
  • Graig Eichler
  • Melissa Fallon-Korb
  • Amanda Finch
  • Monica Grau
  • Caitlin Hornbeck
  • Hal Legg
  • Andy Martin
  • Steve Maniscalco
  • Tracey Ranieri
  • Lisa Snyder
  • Lachlan Squair
  • Diane Williams

Sub-Committees

The COVID Response Team sub-committees are charged with providing expertise in the sub-group area with planning work product.

Communication

Overview

In the fall 2020 semester, the COVID Response Team Communication Sub-Committee provided expertise, experience and a diversity of backgrounds and thoughts about the roles of communication within SUNY Oneonta’s COVID-19 pandemic plans and actions.  Sub-committee members made strategy recommendations to the COVID Task Force for communicating information about SUNY Oneonta’s preparations for the Spring 2021 semester, and other communication strategies related to Covid-19.  

Sub-Committee Charge

To provide expertise in the sub-group area with planning work product.

Primary Objectives

Develop the following based on COVID Response Team Communication Sub-Committee expertise:

  • Fall 2020 Retrospective
  • Spring 2021 Academic Continuity & Health and Safety Draft Plan

The Sub-Committees’ recommendations were presented to the COVID Response Team co-chairs and incorporated into campus communications, the website and the Spring 2021 Academic Continuity and Health and Safety Plan

Additional Work and Progress

  • Used faculty survey (senate) and student survey materials in addition to previous academic plan to provide the learning and instruction component to the retrospective document for Fall 2020.
  • Used faculty survey (senate) and student survey materials in addition to previous academic plan to develop the plan on Spring 2021 academic continuity
  • Provided guidance on academic continuity
  • Provided input on the calendar provided to the calendar committee

The CRT Learning and Instruction Sub-Committee will meet as requested during the Spring 2021 semester with a continued focus on providing communication strategy related to COVID-19.

12/18/2020

  • Paul Adamo (Chair)
  • Lesley Bidwell
  • Jackie Bruscella
  • Dia Carleton
  • Frank Chambers
  • Sue Clemons
  • Autumn Hargett (student rep)
  • Kathy Hewlett (CSEA)
  • Pam Hilton
  • Micaela Honsinger (student)
  • Hal Legg
  • Christopher Liriano Peguero (student)
  • Karen Stewart
  • Wade Thomas
  • Ben Wendrow

Health and Safety

The Health & Safety sub-committee worked diligently to plan for re-opening over the course of the semester. The committee began by reviewing the events of the Fall outbreak and contributing to the retrospective document. The committee benefited from identifying what plans worked and what systems need improvement in the next plan. 

The Health & subcommittee took on the challenging task of making strategic and operational plans to reduce risks to both students and employees in the re-opening plan. The H&S subcommittee developed Health & Safety guidelines for mask-wearing, social distancing, infection control, hygiene and disinfecting common surfaces, infection control and personal hygiene. Further we developed a general outline for emergency management in cooperation with University Police and the office of Emergency Management. The committee also identified early warning signs of an outbreak and made recommendations for monitoring these early warning indices and having a plan for flexible and responsive decision-making.

Among the innovations and accomplishments of the H&S subcommittee is the advocacy that the campus continue to require weekly surveillance testing. Based on the experiences in fall 2020, the sub committee also recommended and developed an operational plan for the campus to develop its own contact tracing team to better support containment of an outbreak. A required covid safety training course for all students and employees was commissioned at the request of the subcommittee to support compliance with safety protocols. Finally, operational plans and resources were identified to improve follow-up for the student daily health screening.

The Subcommittee worked tirelessly meeting twice a week for the latter half of the semester with assignments to complete in-between. The members have been very dedicated to planning for re-opening with the health & safety of our community as the primary goal and their work is greatly appreciated. 

  • Melissa Fallon-Korb (Chair)
  • Ron Bishop
  • Peter Booth
  • Brenda Brooks (CSEA)
  • Dia Carleton
  • Chief Jen Fila
  • Amanda Finch
  • Cruor Grey (student rep)
  • Sallie Han
  • Graznya Kamburowska
  • Hal Legg
  • David Lincoln
  • Andy Martin
  • Tracy Ranieri
  • Lisa Snyder
  • Lachlan Squair

Learning and Instruction

Overview

In the fall 2020 semester, the COVID Response Team Communication Sub-Committee provided expertise, experience and a diversity of backgrounds and thoughts about the roles of communication within SUNY Oneonta’s COVID-19 pandemic plans and actions.  Sub-committee members made strategy recommendations to the COVID Task Force for communicating information about SUNY Oneonta’s preparations for the Spring 2021 semester, and other communication strategies related to Covid-19.

Sub-Committee Charge

To provide expertise in the sub-group area with planning work product.

Primary Objectives

Develop the following based on COVID Response Team Communication Sub-Committee expertise:

  • Fall 2020 Retrospective
  • Spring 2021 Academic Continuity & Health and Safety Draft Plan

The Sub-Committees’ recommendations were presented to the COVID Response Team co-chairs and incorporated into campus communications, the website and the ​​​​​Spring 2021 Academic Continuity and Health and Safety Plan

Additional Work and Progress

  • Used faculty survey (senate) and student survey materials in addition to previous academic plan to provide the learning and instruction component to the retrospective document for Fall 2020.
  • Used faculty survey (senate) and student survey materials in addition to previous academic plan to develop the plan on Spring 2021 academic continuity
  • Provided guidance on academic continuity
  • Provided input on the calendar provided to the calendar committee

The CRT Learning and Instruction Sub-Committee will meet as requested during the Spring 2021 semester with a continued focus on providing communication strategy related to COVID-19.

12/18/2020

  • Leamor Kahanov (Chair)
  • Maureen Artale
  • Mark English
  • Cindy Falk
  • Amanda Finch
  • Michelle Hendley
  • Unique Jones (student rep)
  • Eileen Morgan-Zayachek
  • Joanne Murphy
  • Rhea Nowak
  • Chilton Reynolds
  • Bill Vining

Facilities & Dining

The Facilities and Dining Sub-committee of the COVID Response Team (CRT) is formally charged with providing expertise in the sub-group area with planning work product. Several operational and functional areas are represented on the sub-committee, which also includes representation from faculty and the City of Oneonta. The sub-committee’s membership can be found below.

To meet its charge, the committee worked over the second half of the fall semester to provide input to and recommendations for the campus’s Spring 2021 Academic Continuity & Health and Safety Draft Plan, as well as input to the campus’s retrospective on the fall 2020 COVID outbreak. Our work was informed by subject-matter expertise and experience in the areas of facilities and dining operations, with particular focus on operations during a pandemic. Our recommendations for the Draft Plan were incorporated in the operational plan documents submitted to the CRT.

From mid-October through mid-December, the committee generally met twice a week (a total of 10 times) to discuss and develop input to these documents. Another part of the committee’s work was the development of many operational plans included as resource materials in the Spring 2021 Academic Continuity & Health and Safety Draft Plan. This work represents a tremendous effort by not only those serving on the sub-committee but also the staff and teams that they work with day-in-day-out who are responsible for carrying out the plans that have been developed. Additionally, members of the sub-committee participated as needed in six employee and student/parent town halls and information sessions held in November and December. 

Our work has not ended. As we move into and through the Spring 2021 semester, our contributions to planning for Fall 2021 will continue as needed and as directed by the COVID Response Team Steering Committee. 

Submitted to the CRT Steering Committee, 12/18/20

  • Julie Piscitello (Chair)
  • John Bagby
  • Leslie Bidwell
  • Peter Booth
  • Darren Chase
  • Monica Grau
  • Ryan Hooper
  • Dave Hotaling (Oneonta Public Transport)
  • Hal Legg
  • Greg Mattice (City of Oneonta-Engineering and Public Works)
  • Lachlan Squair
  • Diane Williams

Student Development

The Student Development sub-group began our planning by creating a safe and orderly closing plan for our residential facilities. In addition, we helped the Health and Safety sub-group to plan and implement an exit testing initiative for all students to participate in before traveling home. We then turned our attention to completing a retrospective of the events this fall. By identifying the gaps, we were able to move forward with our planning and to accomplish many decision-making points, as well as create plans for implementation in the spring. Some of our many accomplishments are outlined below:

  • We created a plan for a low-density residence hall model that prioritizes health and safety.
  • Our group worked with IT and IR to develop tools for pre-screening students upon return, integrated data collection for the daily health screening, automated processes for compliance/enforcement, workflow processes for testing, and data management for the quarantine and isolation cases. 
  • We outlined the protocol to be used for face-to-face co-curricular events/programming, student services, space utilization, library, etc.
  • We outlined the protocol and critical roles for work with quarantine and isolation cases as well as clarified communication strategies. 
  • Our group reviewed and approved the phased approach to Athletics’ Return to Play plan.
  • We identified proactive education and outreach initiatives that will be initiated for the spring semester.​
  • Amanda Finch (Chair)
  • Gabby Cecere (SA Pres.)
  • Frank Chambers
  • Sue Clemons
  • Graig Eichler
  • Monica Grau
  • Bill Harcleroad
  • Asst. Chief Henn
  • Wendy Lascell
  • Deb McClennon
  • Sophia Monslave (student rep.)
  • Michael Oberly (student RA)
  • Tracy Ranieri
  • Sarah Rhodes
  • Aolat Salami (student rep.)
  • Lisa Snyder
  • Bill Woodward

Retrospective Working group

  • Kim Fierke
  • Wendy Lascell
  • Angela Migues
  • Lachlan Squair
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