Answering your Covid-19 questions for this fall

You may be wondering how Covid-19 will impact your student’s experience at Longwood this fall.

The university has updated its guidelines for students, faculty and staff, and visitors, and you should be able to find the answers to your questions here. This information has also should have been emailed to all students who are expected to attend Longwood this fall. If your student didn’t receive it, they can let us know by emailing

Below are a few highlights that may be of particular interest to parents. If you still have questions after reviewing the available information, just send them to


Classes and Academic Issues
Longwood will offer a full slate of in-person classes this fall. Longwood typically offers very few online-only classes. Going forward, the university will not make accommodations for students to attend scheduled in-person classes remotely.

Students who are quarantining due to a positive Covid-19 test (see next paragraph) are responsible for informing their professors and making a plan to join classes remotely or to make up missed work. They also should  let the Care Team know when they test positive by emailing

Students who test positive for Covid-19 should follow current CDC guidance and quarantine for 5 days. There will not be dedicated isolation space on campus. Students will be expected to isolate at home or in their rooms, and we’ll work with students who have extenuating circumstances or who require additional support.

Masks/Face Coverings
Students who are returning to campus/class after the 5-day Covid-19 quarantine period need to wear a face covering for an additional 5 days when around others.

For everyone else, including visitors to campus, masks are optionalboth inside buildings and outside. Of course, everyone is welcome to wear a mask if they choose, and members of the Longwood community are expected to be respectful of others’ decisions about wearing a face covering.

According to state guidelines, Virginia public universities cannot require that students be vaccinated for Covid-19 in order to enroll. However, we strongly encourage all students who can safely receive the vaccine to do so. If the University Health Center has vaccines available, students can make an appointment by calling 434-395-2102 and receive a vaccine there.

Covid-19 vaccinations also normally are available locally at
Walmart (general immunization information)
Farmville Walmart pharmacy

Covid-19 Testing
The University Health Center can provide Covid-19 testing. Your student can make an appointment by calling 434-395-2102.

Financial Impact of Covid-19 on Your Family
Longwood understands that some family finances have been negatively impacted by the Covid-19 pandemic. If that is the case for your family, we want to work with you. Contact the Office of Financial Aid at or 434-395-2077 to request a Change of Income form to reflect your current financial situation.

—Sabrina Brown

The Circle of (College) Life: Seniors graduate, new freshmen get oriented

First of all, a belated—but no less heartfelt—congratulations to all of you whose Lancers graduated in May! I personally know what it’s like to have a child complete their college degree, and there aren’t many occasions that are happier. You have good reason to be proud.

For others of you, your son or daughter is just beginning their college journey. I hope Orientation went well for all of you. Most of all, I want to welcome you to the Longwood family—and to Parent Pipeline. My name is Sabrina Brown, and I work in the Office of Marketing, Communications and Engagement. I want the blog to be helpful and informative for parents, so please let me know if there are topics/issues/questions you’d like to have addressed. Feel free to email me at

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Finally, it’s time to start thinking about the fall semester. Here are some quick tips for getting your student off to a good start.


For students living on campus, move-in is just a few weeks away. Freshmen will move in Aug. 17-18; continuing students in main campus residence halls, Aug. 19-21; continuing students in apartments, Aug. 19-21; transfer and readmitted students, Aug. 18-21. Student-athletes, student employees, international students and students in the Cormier Honors College may have different move-in schedules. Members of these groups will who have an early move-in date will receive that information from their group leaders.

All other students who will be living in Longwood-managed housing in the coming year should have already received specific information about their individual move-in schedule and instructions via email. You can also find general information online from the Office of Residential and Commuter Life here.


Students can submit the information for their Lancer Card ID online—no later than Aug. 8—to have their cards included in their move-in packets.

Here are the steps for them to follow:
—Go to and sign in using their LancerNET ID and password.
—Upload their photo. Under Account Management, select Photo Upload and follow the steps, including the requirement to upload a photo of their government-issued ID (for example, their driver’s license) in addition to the photo your student wants to use on their Lancer Card.
—Pick up ID at move-in. Your student will receive a “photo approved” confirmation email immediately after completing the online process, which means their ID will be in their move-in packet when they arrive on campus. If they don’t receive a confirmation email right away at the address they provided, they should call the Lancer Card office at 434-395-2715.

Missed the Aug. 8 deadline? No worries. Your student can still submit their photo online and pick up their Lancer Card in the Lancer Card Center located in Eason Hall Room 204.

Parking Permit $25 Discount

Students can save $25 on the cost of a parking permit by ordering the permit online by Aug. 1. Any student who will have a car on campus needs to purchase a permit.

To order a permit, students should go to and sign in using their LancerNet ID and password. Click Order Permit and agree to the terms and conditions. Then follow the instructions on each page.

Permits ordered by Aug. 8 will be available during the check-in process during move-in. Permits ordered after Aug. 8 will be available for pick-up in the Parking Services Office located in Eason Hall Room 206.

—Sabrina Brown