As schools throughout New York City and across the country reopen for the 2020-2021 academic year, challenges related to COVID-19 continue to surface. At BMCC, we developed a comprehensive plan and website to address many of these challenges and to ensure the health and safety of our students, faculty and staff.
BMCC takes pride in fostering trust and building relationships across the community. In this spirit, BMCC is extending a helping hand to three NYC high schools who need temporary space for classroom instruction.
BMCC is working with the New York City Department of Education (DOE) to issue a temporary license agreement on the use of approximately 32 classrooms on the lower levels of Fiterman Hall until the end of December 2020. Fiterman Hall is not currently in use, and the overall anticipated student population will not exceed 300 students. The start date for DOE in-person classes has been delayed and for high schools it is now October 1st.
With this agreement, BMCC will maintain control of the operations of the building, and DOE will take the lead in the areas of public safety and screening protocols for their population. Also, there will be clear designated routes of access and movement within the building to avoid the mixing of populations.
We will continue to ensure the safety and wellbeing of our community and provide limited building access to faculty and staff in accordance with the staged repopulation approach outlined in our Re-Imagining Plan.
CUNY is committed to the success of NYC public school students, 80% of CUNY’s freshmen are graduates of the DOE, and is pleased to contribute to their educational journey during these unprecedented times.
Our participation in this effort is another example of our college’s ability to face obstacles head-on and serve the needs of our city and our community.
Anthony E. Munroe
President, Borough of Manhattan Community College