COVID Response

In the School of Education, we’re working to provide a fall semester that is flexible and responsive to student and faculty needs, maintains our high standard of educational excellence, and adapts as needed to an evolving public health situation.  

View the Healthy Together Checklist for steps that must be taken by all faculty, staff and students as we strive to keep the entire community safe.

Frequently Asked Questions

The Path Forward offers detailed information related to health & safety, as well as information for students and faculty and staff. The FAQs below offer additional details specifically related to the School of Education.   

Fall Courses 

Courses this fall will be offered in a variety of delivery modes to give students as much flexibility as possible in planning their schedule. Each course has been assigned an attribute in Banner designating the planned course delivery mode. View descriptions of the course delivery attributes 

When will in-person classes begin?
In order to allow adequate time for all students to participate in mandatory COVID-19 testing prior to the start of classes, the School of Education will delay the start of in-person classes until Wednesday, Sept. 2, 2020. Between Aug. 19 and Sept. 2, classes will begin in a remote format. Instructors will be communicating with students about expectations for the first two weeks of classes. This approach aligns with the 
phased return plan which delays the start of in-person undergraduate courses until Sept. 2 and brings sophomores, juniors and seniors back to campus in a phased approach in early September. 

What if a course I need to take is only offered face-to-face, but I’m not comfortable coming to campus 
Contact the course instructor to see what options are available. Many faculty will be capturing classes on video and offering alternative ways of participating in class sessions, even those held on campus.  

When will syllabi be available? 
Syllabi will include important information this year related to expectations about synchronous/asynchronous class participation and assignments. We are encouraging faculty to share their syllabi as soon as possible this year, as this information will be critical as students make their plans for the fall.  

What if I get sick or can’t continue coming to campus for face-to-face classes? 
Speak with your instructor to find out what options are available.  

Testing

All students — both graduate and undergraduate, residential and remote — must take a test to safeguard the health and well-being of the community. Students will not be permitted on campus if they do not receive a negative test result. Visit the COVID-19 testing website for more details.

How do I get a test?
Register at the Kallaco Portal and confirm your address. Your test will be shipped via FedEx within one day. Take the test and return your sample the same day you receive it using the enclosed FedEx envelope. Your test results will be available in the Kallaco portal within three days.

Do international students taking classes remotely need to take a test?
No.

What other options are there for testing?
Negative test results verified by providers other than Kallaco within 10 days before the start of classes are accepted. Negative results that were verified by providers other than Kallaco should be uploaded to the Student Health Center portal prior to your arrival.

Who should I contact with questions about testing?
Staff is available to assist you and discuss options to alleviate testing challenges. Complete the response form and a staff member will reach out to you. You may also call (757) 221-1565 between 8 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Building Use 

The university is developing guidelines to facilitate a safe and healthy return to campus, which must be strictly followed by every member of the community. In the School of Education, you’ll see new signage and new configurations of classroom, working and gathering spaces designed to maintain physical distancing.   

Will the school building be open during regular hours for individual student use?  
The school building will be open and accessible, but please bear in mind that physical distancing is critical in ensuring the safety of everyone in our community. As much as possible, we ask that you limit your time in the building. Masks are expected to be worn inside and out for all W&M community members. For a list of limited exceptions to this rule, visit the Path Foward website.

What cleaning and sanitizing procedures are in place?
All faculty, staff and students will receive a PPE kit with facemasks, wipes and hand sanitizer. Hand sanitizer stations have been added at all main entrances, and disinfecting wipes will be available in every classroom. Before class starts, faculty and students should wipe down their own workspaces. To protect the safety of all staff, housekeeping staff will not enter individual offices. Faculty and staff may wipe down surfaces in their offices with wipes from their kit or from one of the central distribution points. Restrooms will be sanitized twice per shift, and classrooms will be cleaned and sanitized each weekday.
 
Will staff be available to assist with issues related to registration, graduation, etc? 
In order to de-densify the building, most of our administrative staff will continue working remotely, but will remain available through phone, chat and Zoom. Visit our staff directory to get in touch with our staff members.   
 
Will the LRC be open? 
During the fall semester, the Learning Resource Center will be open on weekdays, but capacity and study space will be reduced.  If you need research assistance, you can make an appointment with Rebecca Beasley, director of the LRC, or any W&M librarian. 

How can I reserve a student locker?
Students who are interested in having a locker to use in the building should complete the Locker Request Form. A staff member will contact you to set up a time for key pick up.
 
Will the building be open to visitors and other community partners? 
For Fall 2020, use of space at William & Mary is dedicated to our core mission activities — teaching, learning, research, and student groups and activities — and restricted to the campus community. 

Will the PDC be available to external groups?
Because space in the building will need to be available both for academic purposes and to help facilitate physical distancing on campus, the Professional Development Center and other conference spaces will not be available to external individuals or groups through December. 

Graduate Assistants 

Will GA agreements continue as planned if campus must be closed again? 
We are committed to supporting our students and honoring these agreements. Since campus was closed in March, supervisors have been working with GAs to continue their work in a remote format. Assuming remote work is an option, we expect to be able to continue GA positions as planned for the coming year. 

Placements and Internships 

School placements, practica and internships will look different this year, and we’ll be working diligently with VDOE, CACREP, NASP and other governing bodies to modify field experiences as needed so that students can complete their programs and pursue licensure as planned.  

What will K-12 placements for student teaching, K-12 administration, school psychology and school counseling look like? 
The VDOE, CACREP, NASP and other accrediting bodies prioritize face-to-face field experiences when possible, but we will be prepared with other options if school systems decide to only open virtually. Most local school divisions will be announcing their fall plans by early August. Visit the following links for information on partner division plans: 

What safety precautions will be required of students working in K-12 schools? 
All students will be required to follow the safety protocols of the schools in which they’re working. Contact your cooperating teacher or designated supervisor in the school to learn more.  

What will practica and internships in clinical mental health counseling programs look like? 
Students will follow the practices in place at the sites where they’re working. This may include telehealth services and modifications of group counseling practices.  

Will counseling students receive training in telebehavioral health practices? 
We will ensure that all counseling students working in telehealth settings have access to telehealth training. 

Who should I contact with questions about field experiences? 
Teacher Education: [[ksclark,Kelley Clark]] 
K-12 Administration: [[meconstantino,Peggie Constantino]] 
School Psychology: [[lparris,Leandra Parris]] 
Counseling (on-campus): [[jmbren,John Brendel]] 
Counseling (online): [[nstgermainsehr,Noelle St-Germain-Sehr]]

More Questions? 

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