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NYCC makes push to return to class by July 1st

For students at the New York Chiropractic College in Seneca Falls – a major part of their work is hand-on effort.

Last week at a meeting of the Seneca County Board of Supervisors, a resolution was passed asking for New York State to allow the college to reopen in July. Unlike most college campuses – NYCC runs trimesters.

“Prior to this spring, nearly all doctoral courses would have been conducted in a face-to-face format. In the face of the COVID-19 crisis, the college faculty shifted to rearrange curriculum and offer remote course delivery for the spring term of May to August,” NYCC President Dr. Michael Mestan said in a letter.

He said that the fall must focus on in-person coursework, and summer be spent doing as much of that as possible, too. However, the college will take intense steps to ensure that student and faculty safety.

Supervisor Kyle Barnhart, of Lodi, and Supervisor Ralph Lott, of Seneca Falls, were the only two ‘no’ votes on the resolution.

“The majority of this plan seems well thought out and might be workable when the time comes,” Public Health Director Vickie Swinehart said. “The proposal describes plans for screening students, staff and visitors, wearing masks and social distancing. However, it is premature to finalize any plans as we cannot predict what the next few weeks will bring us or what new regulations or requirements may be in place at that time.