Spring 2021 FAQs for Students in the School of Health Professions
This guide was created to answer your most common questions as we prepare to return to campus in the fall. Please know that, due to the pandemic, plans may change before the semester begins and/or at any point thereafter. We promise to keep you informed as much as possible – so please check your SU email account on a regular basis throughout the summer.
The SHP will join Shenandoah University in using the ShenFlex model (adapted from the HyFlex model) for the ’20-21 academic year. ShenFlex is the University’s plan to keep us all teaching and learning, no matter how the pandemic situation progresses this fall. This plan is built around the engaging, student-centered instruction that we know you expect.
ShenFlex courses combine in-person and online instruction. ShenFlex allows students or faculty who are unable to participate with in-person instruction to immediately pivot to online learning. So, for example, if you are exposed to COVID-19 and need to self-quarantine for 14 days, you’ll be able to keep learning and progressing in your program. ShenFlex helps us ensure that every student stays on track and gets access to the resources they need.
Those programs which are designed to be delivered fully online will remain online. For the remainder of our academic programs, students should expect guidance from the Division Director regarding the specific details regarding the expectations for time on campus and the distribution of coursework between in-person and online instruction.
Those programs which are designed to be delivered fully online will remain online.
For the rest of our programs, the expectation is that you will attend class on-campus at your scheduled time unless you are unable to safely do so. ShenFlex accommodations will be made for students who need to self-quarantine or isolate, who have underlying health conditions and are not comfortable returning to campus, or live with individuals with COVID-related health concerns. Students who would like to request accommodations to limit their time on campus should complete the Request for Modified Learning Arrangement Form. Students who are unable to come to campus for in-person instruction will not be permitted to attend clinical rotations until cleared for in-person instruction. In addition, students unable to participate in laboratory instruction must still complete practical examinations and skills assessments in a live (face to face) format prior to grades being assigned for that course and/or being cleared for return to clinical education experiences.
Your safety, and the safety of our community, are our top concerns. Faculty and staff are working hard to develop plans to reopen each campus safely.
Please refer to the Plan to Reopen Shenandoah page on the SU website for full details of the University’s plan to reopen campus and the reference documents used to develop the plan.
Specifically, in the School of Health Professions we are doing the following:
- All spaces will be cleaned and disinfected frequently.
- All faculty, staff, and students will be instructed in proper hand-washing procedures and hand-sanitizing stations will be placed throughout the buildings.
- You’ll be asked to wear a mask in class and as you move through the hallways and common areas. In some situations, students and/or faculty may also be asked to wear masks plus face shields.
- We have lowered the maximum capacity of our classrooms to make sure we can maintain social distancing. This might mean that there are certain days or times when you will be attending classes remotely through Zoom or another online tool. It might also mean that your class is split into two separate classrooms/lab spaces so we can keep everyone at least 6 feet apart from one another.
- The University is working on an app where all students, faculty, staff, and visitors will be asked to report our daily symptoms before coming to campus. Anyone feeling unwell will be asked to stay home and seek appropriate medical care.
Because the pandemic situation is evolving rapidly, we don’t have all the answers right now – and we know that can be stressful. We appreciate your patience, and we’ll keep you in the loop as we figure out solutions.
We are following CDC recommendations, as well as local and state guidelines, for reopening our campuses. We are committed to keeping our community healthy and safe.
Yes, you should plan on bringing your own masks or face coverings when you return to campus. For more information on masks, including how to make your own and how to wash them, see the CDC website.
You can also purchase Shenandoah masks in six fun designs for just $5 each. Right now, these are available for pickup on SU’s main campus only. Keep checking the website, because the University is looking for ways to add a shipping option.
All new students will participate in a program-specific orientation session. A component of each orientation session will review expected practices and allow for students to ask questions.
Public health media will be displayed to support social distancing, hygiene, mask-wearing and risk reduction.All faculty, staff, and students will be asked to participate in keeping the campus community safe. The SU community will be asked to pledge that they will commit to the specific actions required to provide as safe an environment as possible.
We will adhere to the current CDC and VDH recommendations on self isolation and when to end isolation. Anyone with symptoms linked to COVID-19, even mild ones, should be tested and self-isolate in their home until results are returned. Nearby testing sites are listed below.
Testing locations near the Winchester campus (HLSB and HPB):
160 Merchant St.
Winchester, VA 22603
Phone: (540) 536-0380
207 Gateway Drive
Winchester, VA 22603
Phone: (540) 535-1029
2207 Valley Avenue
Winchester. VA 22601
Phone: (540) 667-0330
*Second site on Berryville Avenue in Winchester.
Testing locations near the Scholar Plaza-Loudoun (SPL) campus:
44045 Riverside Pkwy
Leesburg VA 20176
Loudoun Family Medicine LLC
19415 Deerfield Ave
Lansdowne VA 20176
44835 Russell Branch Parkway
Ashburn VA 20147
Members of the university community interested in testing sites in other parts of the state can find them by searching the VDH website.
Students on clinical rotations should use the CDC website to identify a testing location in your local area.
Virginia moved into Phase Three on July 1, where the limit for gatherings was raised to 250 people. Face masks/coverings will still be required to be worn indoors as social distancing continues to be observed. Events involving over 50 individuals will need administrative approval before moving forward. Division directors will communicate to their students regarding the status of these types of events during the course of the semester.
Anyone with symptoms linked to COVID-19, even mild ones, should be tested and self-isolate in their home until results are returned. Nearby testing sites are listed above.
A positive result should be reported by submission of a Student of Concern report which will alert the Wilkins Wellness Center for further instruction. Students can also report positive test results to a faculty/staff faculty member who will submit the Student of Concern report. Any positive results will be reported to the Virginia Department of Health who will follow up with contact tracing.
You may refer to the Coronavirus information on the SU website and/or reach out to the dean’s office and/or your program director for more information.
Dean, School of Health Professions
Director, Division of Athletic Training
Director, Division of Occupational Therapy
Director, Division of Physician Assistant Studies
Sheri Hale, PT, PhD
Director, Division of Physical Therapy
Michelle Gamber, DrPH
Director, Division of Graduate Public Health