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Chancellor’s Letter

Distance Learning

Last updated  December 2, 2020  4:00 pm

Distance Learning



Wednesday, December 02, 2020


Dear CUNY Community,

In our ongoing efforts to ensure the health and safety of all CUNY faculty, staff and students during this pandemic, I am pleased to share that we worked with the City of New York to secure priority COVID-19 testing at designated NYC Health + Hospitals testing sites.

Priority testing is now available for faculty, staff and students working, living and/or attending classes on campus. For a list of these sites, visit the City’s Priority Testing for School-Based Staff and Students page.

Priority testing is available for CUNY faculty, staff or students who:

  • currently reside in a CUNY dorm; or
  • regularly work on a CUNY campus; or
  • attend or teach in-person or hybrid classes including those at clinical sites off-campus.

Eligible CUNY staff can work with their managers to schedule a 45-minute work break twice a month in order to get tested. Be sure to request and retain proof of testing at every visit as it may be required for timekeeping purposes.

Everyone must present a valid campus identification card at the testing site. Staff, faculty and students working or learning in person can request a letter from Human Resources or Student Affairs to take with them to the testing site stating eligibility for priority testing.

If you are not eligible for CUNY’s priority testing, free testing can be accessed by calling 311 or visiting a NYC Health + Hospitals testing site. New Yorkers can also call the NYS COVID-19 hotline at 1-888-364-3065, or find a test site here.

If you have any additional questions, please reach out to the Office of Senior Vice Chancellor Glenda G. Grace at 646-664-9108, or

News that the COVID-19 vaccine is coming allows us to look forward to better days ahead, in the not-distant future. In the interim, we must sustain our vigilance and make use of all tools at our disposal. Working together, we can safely reach the end of this challenging and unprecedented chapter. I have every confidence that we will.