Wrapping up Fall, Planning for Spring

As we wrap up the fall semester, I wanted to share with you some dates and a few pieces of information that may be helpful. Spring semester will be here before we know it!

Important Dates

—The university will be closed beginning tomorrow, Friday, Dec. 18, and will reopen Monday, Jan. 4.
—Residence halls and other Longwood-managed housing will reopen beginning Saturday, Jan. 9. Check-in will be noon-5 p.m. on Jan. 9 and Jan. 10, and 9 a.m.-5 p.m. on Jan. 11.
—Classes begin for undergraduates on Wednesday, Jan. 13.
—Spring break will be different this year due to public health and academic calendar considerations. Instead of 5 consecutive days off, students will have 5 days off spread throughout the semester. These days are: Monday, March 1; Thursday-Friday, April 1-2; and Tuesday-Wednesday, April 27-28.
—Martin Luther King Jr. Day—Monday, Jan. 18—is a Longwood holiday.
—The add/drop period ends at 5 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 21.
—The last day of regular classes is Monday, April 26.
You can find the full spring academic calendar here.


The last Covid-19 daily update for the fall semester will be Dec. 17, when the university closes for winter break. We will restart daily updates when the university opens on Jan. 4. If there are any urgent public health matters to communicate to the campus community while the university is closed, we will do so.

Covid-19 Practices and Precautions

The precautions and practices that have served us well this past semester will remain in place. Later this month, more specific guidance will be shared with students about returning to campus and public health precautions next semester.

Covid-19 Testing

Over the course of the fall semester, the University Health Center increased its testing capacity and has generally been able to offer appointments for peace-of-mind testing in addition to testing for those who are symptomatic or contact-exposed. We expect to continue to be able to continue testing on this basis in the new year. The University Health Center will be closed Dec. 18-Jan. 3.

Longwood Magazine

Finally, by now you should have received the latest issue of Longwood magazine. I hope you enjoy seeing some of the academic and extracurricular activities that kept your students busy this fall. Faculty and staff really put their hearts into making this a good semester for your Lancers. If you didn’t receive a copy and would like one, just send your mailing address to browncs2@longwood.edu.

 —Sabrina Brown