Mandatory COVID-19 Training for Employees

Starting July 14, 2020, all staff and faculty must complete a one-time, mandatory training course before visiting the Hostos campus or other CUNY facilities. This includes anyone working on site, even if it’s just for one day.

This course, New York State COVID-19 Response: Return to Work Training, is available through CUNY Blackboard, just like required courses you have completed about sexual misconduct (E-SPARC) or workplace violence (WVP).

How to access the training

Log in to CUNY Blackboard using your CUNYfirst account. Once you’re logged in, look for “Hostos Community College New York State COVID-19 Response: Return to Work Training” under “My Organizations.

You should use a laptop, desktop, or tablet and open the website in Google Chrome or Microsoft Edge. You won’t be able to view these videos on a smartphone, and there are known compatibility issues with Firefox and Safari.


Need help?

If you’re an RF employee scheduled to work on campus and don’t see the Return to Work Training listed under “My Organizations” in Blackboard, please contact Annie Pena at 718-518-6817.

In order to access Blackboard, you’ll need your CUNYfirst user ID and password. If you haven’t already claimed your CUNYfirst account, visit

If you’re having trouble logging in to Blackboard, try to clear your browser’s cache and cookies, or call the IT Help Desk at 718-518-6646 for assistance.

If you're having trouble with CUNYfirst, check the CUNYfirst Help page, or call the IT Help Desk at 718-518-6646.