SVHEC COVID-19 Reopening

Please take the CDC Coronavirus Self-Checker Before Entering SVHEC Buildings

After COVID-19 caused a campus-wide shut down in March 2020, the Southern Virginia Higher Education Center (SVHEC) reopened to students, staff, and partners in August 2020. Thanks to our safety protocols and your vigilance, SVHEC did not experience any COVID outbreaks for the fall 2020 semester!

As of this writing, SVHEC will be open for the spring 2021 semester. We continue to take the threat of COVID-19 seriously, and we pledge to continue doing everything in our power to keep SVHEC buildings, classrooms, labs and workspaces clean and safe from COVID-19. 

We have developed a comprehensive Reopening Plan, and implemented new guidelines and protocols to help keep us safe. A few key points are noted below, but we encourage you to download and review the entire document to be fully informed of SVHEC COVID-19 safety protocols.

  • SVHEC is only open to staff, partners, students enrolled in classes at the SVHEC, and clients who have appointments with SVHEC staff or partners. We are remaining closed to the general public, and not accepting any facility rentals at this time. 
  • All students and clients must go through a check-in process. Upon entering the building’s lobby, SVHEC staff will verify your enrollment status or appointment time and provide an entry badge and armband so you may proceed to your destination. While we will not be conducting temperature checks, we’re asking everyone to complete the CDC’s Coronavirus Self Checker before entering the building.
  • Facial coverings are required to enter the building, and must be worn for the duration of your time in the building. This includes while you are in class, even if social distancing can be maintained.
  • SVHEC recommends the use of the Commonwealth of Virginia’s COVID-19 Exposure Notification App, COVIDWISE. This app securely alerts users if they have been in contact with someone who has been exposed to COVID-19 within the past 14 days. Use of COVIDWISE is not mandatory, but is highly recommended for members of the SVHEC community. Visit www.covidwise.org to learn more.

If you have any questions or concerns, contact:
Amy Cole, SVHEC COVID-19 Coordinator
434-572-5441 or email 

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