Cornell’s current reopening plan endangers the community in the midst of a horrible pandemic. The university must recognize that the region and the school share a single ecology and regional immune system.
. We the community demand that the university and regional authorities take the following actions:
1) Cornell must invest in existing regional public health infrastructure.
2) Cornell must provide testing for everyone in the region.
3) Cornell must provide sanctuary housing for the students who need it.
4) Cornell must negotiate with every student from whom it is possible to stay at home for a remote semester. They must provide testing and healthcare for their students where they currently live.
5) Cornell must not layoff their employees during the pandemic.
6) Cornell must be transparent with their communication to the community about their metrics and plan for shutting down.
7) Cornell must be in constant contact with local legislators.
8) Cornell must follow what regional superintendents, principals, parents and teachers believe to be the best way forward for K-12 schools in terms of co-existing while both are in session.
1) Regional authorities must support their constituents first.
2) Regional authorities must see that the university follows through on the above demands.
3) Regional authorities must hold townhalls about the university’s re-opening and on-going operations with community members exclusively, without Cornell representatives. Our risks and concerns must be addressed in these meetings.
4) City and county attorney must explore legal options that can be taken if Cornell fails to contain the spread of the virus from its student population and as a result of its reactivation.