Dear Virginia Western community,
On Monday, Governor Ralph Northam issued a statewide Stay at
Home order to protect the health and safety of Virginians and mitigate the
spread of COVID-19. The executive order is to stay in place until June 10,
2020, unless amended or rescinded. I wish to reiterate the Governor’s words
that we all need to stay home and limit interactions with other people unless
essential in order to stem the spread of this virus.
As part of the executive order, the Governor directed all
Virginia institutions of higher education to cease in-person classes and
instruction with the exception of those related to the provision of health care
or medical services, such as clinical rotations in medical facilities.
The majority of Virginia Western’s classroom instruction
transitioned to online or remote learning the week of March 23, following
Spring Break. Some of our classes with clinical rotations in medical facilities
will continue meeting as needed and available due to the critical need for
health care professionals at this time.
We will hold no in-person classes nor instruction on campus
until after June 10 in adherence to the Governor’s executive order. That policy
means we will remain in online or remote course delivery for the remainder of
the Spring Semester and at least the beginning of the Summer Semester. That
includes courses provided by our School of Career and Corporate Training (CCT).
Please continue to follow the Virginia Department of Health
and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines for health and
safety. We must all play our part to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Thank you
for your patience and diligence at this challenging time.
Dr. Robert H. Sandel
Virginia Western Community College