SUNY Brockport pushes back spring semester start date

Berkeley Brean
Updated: December 11, 2020 06:26 PM
Created: December 11, 2020 12:56 PM

ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WHEC) — The mid-year break just got a little longer for students at SUNY Brockport. The college wants to push back the start of the spring semester because, it told News10NBC, it's the safe thing to do.

It is the only SUNY school to make this request. 

Chief Investigative Reporter Berkeley Brean: "John, when did the school make this decision?"

John Follaco, SUNY Brockport: "Just this week."

The decision is to push the start of the remote spring semester from Jan. 21 to Feb. 8. 

And then push the start of in-person classes from Feb. 3 to March 1. 

Follaco the college's director of communications. 

Follaco: "And we really wanted to provide our students with enough time to plan."

Follaco says the school listened to the CDC and Dr. Anthony Fauci who predict January and February might be the worst public health months in United States history. 

Follaco: "So, does it really makes sense for us to bring back thousands of students in the middle of a surge? And for us the answer was no."

A later start means a later finish. 

Brean: "How do you feel about that delay? When you learned about it what was your reaction?"

Shelby Budnick, SUNY Brockport Jr.: "I'm not really a fan of going to school later in May."

Shelby Budnick is a junior physical education major from Detroit. The proposed last day of finals at Brockport is now pushed from May 5 to May 21. 

Budnick: "I like getting out earlier. But if it's what they think is necessary to keep us all safe and for this semester to run smoother then I don't really mind."

Follaco: "The hope is by March 1st, the vaccine is going to be in distribution, the surge will be over and the weather is going to start getting nicer."

At 5:23 p.m. Friday, we received this statement from SUNY Administration: 

"Late yesterday, SUNY System Administration received SUNY Brockport's plan to begin in-person instruction on March 1st so we have not had a chance to fully review the proposal. Based on the plans reviewed thus far, they are the only campus to propose this late of an in-person instruction start date. We will fully review the plan to make sure it meets the Chancellor's Spring Reopening Guidance, includes enough in-person instruction time for students, and wellness days during the semester for students. 
We have also communicated that as potential new situations emerge because of the virus, we have told campuses they need to be willing to adapt during these uncertain times."

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