A daily health screening app, required by New York State for all higher education reopening plans, is now available to the SUNY New Paltz campus community.
The app is already accessible to students and will launch for faculty and staff on Monday, Aug. 17.
The health screening takes the form of a questionnaire that can be quickly completed by logging into my.newpaltz.edu on either a desktop or mobile device.
All students and employees will be expected to complete the health screening every day they intend to be on campus, as part of the College’s effort to conduct effective contact tracing and protect the health and safety of all members of our community.
The College encourages students to familiarize themselves with the questionnaire process now, even if they do not intend to be on campus until closer to the fall 2020 semester.
Employees will have the opportunity to begin using the app no later than Monday, Aug. 17. Effective that day, employees will be expected to complete the health screening every day they intend to be on campus.
The daily health screening is required by the state as part of the Reopening New York Checklist for Higher Education Institution Reopening Plans.
Learn more about the daily health screening app in the FAQ below.
How will the daily health screening app work?
The screening will pop up immediately the first time a student or employee logs into my.newpaltz.edu each day. It can also be found in the COVID-19 Screening section under Announcements.
The screening will first ask if you are planning to be on campus that day. If that response is no, the screening is complete and the response is recorded for compliance records.
Those who are planning to come to campus will be required to take and report their temperature, indicate the presence of any COVID-19 symptoms and report any exposure to confirmed cases.
Employees will have the additional option of completing screenings for other employees or students who may be unable to do so. This can be done using the “Complete a screening for someone else” link located within the screening app or in the COVID-19 Screening section in my.newpaltz.edu under Announcements. This option is not available to students.
The College encourages students and employees to save the health screening app link to their phone home screen for easy access. Android phones should provide a prompt to add the app to their home screen. iPhone users can add the app to their home screens by using the share option while on the webpage and selecting the Add to Home Screen option.
What happens if a student or employee does not pass the health screening for a given day?
Those who report an elevated temperature, the presence of COVID-19 symptoms and/or recent exposure to confirmed cases will be directed to quarantine via on-screen directions from the screening app and via email.
Students who report an elevated temperature, symptoms or recent exposure will be directed to contact Student Health Service. On-campus students will be required to remain in their residence until cleared by Student Health Services; those who live off campus will not be allowed on campus until cleared. Student Health Services and the student’s Residence Director (if applicable) will be notified automatically by email if indicated by answers on the screening.
Employees who report an elevated temperature, COVID-19 symptoms and/or recent exposure to confirmed cases will be directed to quarantine via on-screen directions from the screening app and via email and will be referred to Benefits for support and guidance. The Benefits Office and the employee’s supervisor will be notified automatically by email if indicated by answers on the screening.
Employees who report a temperature or symptoms, but who feel able to work remotely, will be accommodated and will not be required to use time.
What happens if a student or employee fails to complete the health screening for a given day?
If a student does not complete the daily health screening on a given day, their name will not be noted as “cleared” to attend class on their professors’ rosters for that date.
A professor who does not see that date’s confirmed health screening clearance cannot permit the student to enter the classroom, regardless of whether or not they are wearing a mask or other face covering.
SUNY Employee Relations has confirmed that employees are required to participate in screening practices as identified by the employer. Employees who fail to adhere to these parameters may be subject to disciplinary action.
There can be no exceptions for anyone regarding completion of the daily health screening as a first step each day.
As always, we continue to thank all students, faculty and staff for their willingness to take necessary actions in these extraordinary times to protect the health and wellness of our community.