Dear Parents and Guardians:
As Spring Break draws near, I am writing about several important topics.
The spread of coronavirus continues to be of great concern. Since January, a UVA team has been meeting regularly to prepare for potential impacts on the University. We continue to ask students to practice healthy habits such as washing their hands and not sharing drinks or eating utensils. These steps remain the best defense against coronavirus, flu, and other communicable diseases.
Given the increased spread of coronavirus in countries such as South Korea, Italy, and Japan in the past week, University Dean of Students Allen Groves sent a message to all students yesterday evening. I draw your attention to this important guidance for any students who may be thinking of traveling abroad:
The University strongly recommends not traveling to locations with CDC or State Department Level 3 alerts or higher. While we have not cancelled any current or existing study abroad programs, the University will cancel any such programs, even if already under way, at any location for which the CDC sets a warning level 3, or the State Department sets a warning level 3 or 4.
Dean Groves’ message also includes a list of safety tips you may want to reinforce with your student. Spring Break can be a prime time for crimes of opportunity, such as apartment break-ins. Please remind your student to lock their doors and windows, and perhaps take smaller valuables with them. If they are staying in Charlottesville for Spring Break, they should be aware of safety issues posed by fewer people on the Grounds and in surrounding neighborhoods, especially at night. Many services will be reduced that week, and the University will be closed on Friday, March 13, for Spring Break Day. A summary of hours and services is available on the Spring Break website.
Another important reminder is that many Spring Break programs in which students participate are sponsored by organizations independent of the University. If your student is part of a trip organized by a student group or club, such as Alternative Spring Break, the University does not have access to any itineraries or rosters for the trip. Please make sure you know how to get in touch with your student, and encourage them to give you a second point of contact.
The University will continue to actively monitor the progression of the coronavirus around the globe and take steps to keep the community safe on our Grounds and internationally. For more details, please see the FAQ website, which is regularly updated. In addition, we will communicate directly with you and your student as conditions warrant.
If a member of my staff or I can be of assistance to you or your student, please do not hesitate to reach out to us.
Patricia M. Lampkin
Vice President and Chief Student Affairs Officer
March 7-15: Spring Break
April 28: Spring classes end
April 29; May 3, 6: Reading Days
April 30-May 8: Spring exams
May 9: Residence halls close at noon
May 15-17, 2020: Class of 2020 Finals Weekend
Oct. 30-Nov. 1, 2020: Family Weekend
May 21-23, 2021: Class of 2021 Finals Weekend
May 20-22, 2022: Class of 2022 Finals Weekend