At Shenandoah University, the health and education of our students, faculty and staff are our top priority. To this end, we have been monitoring the global impact of the novel coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) and are making sure we are prepared for the possibility of someone, or several, in our university community contracting the virus.
Our monitoring has included
- Establishing a taskforce to review and discuss communication and guidelines from the World Health Organization, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the local and state health departments
- Monitoring and screening ill students for potential symptoms and patterns of COVID-19
- Discussing our Emergency Operations Plan and our procedures in place in dealing with potential viral contraction at our main campus and two Northern Virginia locations
- Educating the campus community about symptoms and risk factors, while promoting ways to stay healthy
- Running through potential scenarios with administration for identifying and treating students with COVID-19
- Preparing for faculty to teach online if our campus community becomes impacted by the virus
At this time, Virginia and Shenandoah University have no confirmed cases of COVID-19. However, this is a rapidly evolving situation that could change over the course of hours or days.
Spring Break: What to Know
Spring break at Shenandoah University is March 8-14. If you are traveling internationally, please check current recommendations and travel advisories regarding coronavirus.
As of now, all Global Citizenship Project (GCP) trips scheduled for next week will take place as planned, as none of the seven destinations are on the CDC’s travel-advisory list. Regular updates will be provided.
Currently, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends no recreational travel to and from China and South Korea (Level-3 advisory). The CDC has also issued a Level-2 travel advisory to Italy, Iran and Japan (“practice enhanced precautions”) and a Level-1 travel advisory to Hong Kong (“practice usual precautions”).
Wearing Face Masks for Protection
The CDC does not recommend that people who are well wear a face mask to protect themselves from respiratory diseases, including COVID-19. Face masks should be used by people who show symptoms of COVID-19.