This plan has been reviewed by the State Council of Higher Education and has been found to be compliant in containing the required components of the ‘Higher Education Reopening Guidance’, which was developed in consultation with the Virginia Department of Health.

Vaccine Requirements

Please read the October Covid Letter for information around student vaccine requirements.

Updated COVID 19 Screening Procedures

Effective May 10, 2021

Active temperature checks are no longer required at the main entrance of the building. In place of temperature checks, all students, associates, and visitors are now required to SELF-ATTEST prior to entering the building that they do NOT have a fever.

Everyone will attest they have not knowingly had unprotected exposure to anyone positive for COVID-19 within the past 14 days and do not have the symptoms listed below:

One of the following:
• Fever greater than 100.0 degrees F
• Cough
• New onset difficulty breathing

Two or more of the following:
• Muscle aches
• Headache
• Sore throat
• New onset loss of smell/taste
• New onset diarrhea
• Chills

Please note that if have any of the symptoms listed above or have knowingly had unprotected exposure, please do not enter building and contact your healthcare provider. You are still required to wear a mask and continue to social distance

What to do if exposed or suspect COVID-19

If you are fully vaccinated, click below to learn more information on next steps concerning COVID-19.

If you are not fully vaccinated, click below to learn more information on next steps concerning COVID-19.

Guidelines for Fully Vaccinated People

Key Points from CDC

If you’ve gotten the vaccine, you’ve taken a big step to protect yourself and others against COVID-19.

We know that other safety steps – such as masking, handwashing and distancing – are effective and important to continue in certain situations. However, getting the vaccine may give you some more flexibility on how you can interact with other vaccinated people while keeping everyone safe.

The CDC published new guidelines on March 8 for fully vaccinated people. People are considered fully vaccinated once two weeks have passed since their final COVID-19 vaccine. For example, if you’ve received a two-dose vaccine (such as Moderna or Pfizer-BioNTech), you’re fully vaccinated two weeks after your second dose. If you received a single-dose vaccine (such as Janssen/Johnson & Johnson), you’re fully vaccinated two weeks after receiving your single dose.

This is the first set of public health recommendations for fully vaccinated people. This guidance will be updated and expanded based on the level of community spread of SARS-CoV-2, the proportion of the population that is fully vaccinated and the rapidly evolving science on COVID-19 vaccines.

The follow recommendations apply to non-health care settings.

Things you can do if you’re fully vaccinated
  • When you visit other people who have also been fully vaccinated, you can be indoors without wearing a mask or distancing.
  • When you visit unvaccinated people from a single household who are at low risk for severe COVID-19 disease, you can be indoors without wearing a mask or distancing.
  • If you are exposed to someone else who has COVID-19, you can forgo quarantine and testing if you have no symptoms.
What you should keep doing, even if you’re vaccinated

For now, it is recommended that fully vaccinated people continue to:

  • Take precautions such as wearing a well-fitted mask, distancing and other prevention measures when
    • in public
    • visiting with unvaccinated people who have a higher risk for severe COVID-19 or have a household member who is.
  • Avoid medium and large in-person gatherings.
  • Get tested if experiencing COVID-19 symptoms.
  • Follow guidance from your employer.
  • Follow CDC and health department travel requirements.

COVID-19 Resources

COVID-19 (Coronavirus) is an evolving situation. Please consult the following state and federal resources to stay current on the latest developments that could impact you and your family.

CDC Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) Situation Summary

The Centers for Disease Control will provide updated information on the emerging and evolving situation as it becomes available, in addition to updated guidance.

Virginia Department of Health Coronavirus Summary

The Virginia Department of Health provides updates on the status of COVID-19 in the Commonwealth, including the number and location of presumptive positive or confirmed cases.

CDC Travel Health Notices

The Centers of Disease Control has recommended that travelers avoid nonessential travel to severe nations. 

CARES Act – HEERF Application

Southside College of Health Sciences (SCHS) has applied for and has received Higher Education Emergency Relief Funds (HEERF), authorized by Section 18004 of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act.

Per federal requirements, SCHS acknowledges and assures that it has used, or intends to use, no less than 50% of the HEERF received under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act to provide Emergency Financial Aid Grants to students.

Students must meet the following requirements: (1) eligible to receive Title IV Funds, (2) enrolled in course(s) in the Pre-Licensure ASN program during the Spring 2020 Semester and (3) experienced financial hardship or incurred expense as a result of the disruption of SCHS on-campus operations due to COVID-19 as of March 13, 2020, are encouraged to apply for HEERF.  Eligible expenses include items such as food, housing, course materials, technology, health care, child care, etc. as included in the student’s Cost of Attendance.

Please note that the Department of Education (ED) continues to publish guidance regarding HEERF both for institutions and students.  These funds may be taxable.  SCHS is required to report certain information to the ED regarding recipients and the amount awarded and disbursed.  Students can obtain further information here or contact the FAO for additional information.

Cares Act Student HEERF Funds – October 20, 2020 FINAL REPORT 

SCHS allocation of total (student and institutional) HEERF$137,088
HEERF received from the Department of Education (ED) for Emergency Financial Aid Grants to Students$68,544
Estimated number of students eligible to receive HEERF138
Actual number of students who have received HEERF58
Actual HEERF amount disbursed to eligible students$71,482

Quarterly Budget and Expenditure Reporting under CARES Act as of January 5, 2021

Sections 18004(a)(1) Institutional Portion, 18004(a)(2), and 18004(a)(3), if applicable

Institution Name: Petersburg Hospital Company, LLC             

Date of Report: 01/05/2021                    

Covering Quarter Ending:      December 31, 2020

Total Amount of Funds Awarded:

Section (a)(1) Institutional and Student Portion: $ 137,088.00   

Section (a)(2):

Section (a)(3):

Final Report?

CategoryAmount in (a)(1) institutional dollars Explanatory Notes
Campus safety and operations.[1]$ 6206.52Webcams & headsets with microphones, additional equipment to social distance students
Quarterly Expenditures for each Program$ 6206.52   
Total of Quarterly Expenditures$ 6206.52

[1] Including costs or expenses related to the disinfecting and cleaning of dorms and other campus facilities, purchases of personal protective equipment (PPE), purchases of cleaning supplies, adding personnel to increase the frequency of cleaning, the reconfiguration of facilities to promote social distancing, etc.

Quarterly Budget and Expenditure Reporting under CARES Act as of October 28, 2020

 Sections 18004(a)(1) Institutional Portion, 18004(a)(2), and 18004(a)(3), if applicable

Institution Name: Petersburg Hospital Company, LLC             

Date of Report: 10/28/2020                    

Covering Quarter Ending:      September 30, 2020

Total Amount of Funds Awarded:

Section (a)(1) Institutional and Student Portion: $ 137,088.00   

Section (a)(2):

Section (a)(3):

Final Report? ☐

Campus safety and operations.[1]$7,594.91    IT equipment/supplies for distance learning, lockdown browser, sneeze guards
Quarterly Expenditures for each Program$7,594.91     
Total of Quarterly Expenditures$7,594.91  

[1] Including costs or expenses related to the disinfecting and cleaning of dorms and other campus facilities, purchases of personal protective equipment (PPE), purchases of cleaning supplies, adding personnel to increase the frequency of cleaning, the reconfiguration of facilities to promote social distancing, etc.