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Helping Longwood students navigate the next week

Longwood University Vice President for Student Affairs Tim Pierson sent an email to Longwood students Thursday morning, March 12, offering helpful information for navigating the next week in light of the changes to the university’s operations brought on by a student testing presumptively positive for COVID-19 (coronavirus). 

Pierson affirmed what Longwood President W. Taylor Reveley IV communicated Wednesday night, March 11, that the university will remain open through at least Wednesday, March 18, but that all in-person classes and events have been canceled or postponed.

In terms of academics, Pierson said professors would be communicating with students via email. He instructed students with internships or student teaching responsibilities outside of Longwood’s main campus to coordinate with professors with regard to the status of those responsibilities.

He next detailed the status of the schedule for a variety of student dining options.

The Dorrill Dining Hall will now be open from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. and 4-7 p.m., representing a shift to a brunch-dinner schedule.

Pierson wrote that dining hall staff are using only disposable products and employee-served meals — preventative measures. He said housekeeping staff, who have ramped up cleaning and disinfecting efforts, will continue to make the dining hall a high priority.

The Provisions On Demand (P.O.D.) Market in the Brown Commons at Lancer Park will open on the same brunch-dinner schedule as the Dorrill Dining Hall. Pierson added that through March 18, the market will offer a meal exchange for brunch in addition to existing meal exchange options.

He stated Starbucks in Upchurch University Center will be open 8 a.m.-2 p.m., but all other dining options in the center will be closed.

The hours for Chick-fil-A will be 8 a.m.-8 p.m. except for Sundays when it will be closed.

Hours for Moe’s Southwest Grill will be 11 a.m.-8 p.m.

Pierson went on to highlight the hours for various campus facilities, including the Health & Fitness Center, which he stated will be open Monday-Friday from 11 a.m.-7 p.m. It will also be open 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday and closed Sunday.

Greenwood Library will be closed on the weekend but open weekdays from 8 a.m.-5 p.m.

The University Health Center will keep hours of 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday.

On weekdays, Upchurch University Center will be open from 8 a.m.-5 p.m., and on the weekend, it will be closed.

Pierson closed his email by noting that the Farmville Area Bus will transition to a weekend schedule through March 18. Campus Line service will run from 10:30 a.m.-8:30 p.m.