A message from CVCC President Dr. John Capps

I am writing to provide you with an update on CVCC’s response to the emergence of COVID-19. CVCC has been closely monitoring the situation, with the safety of our students, faculty, and staff foremost in our planning. Guided by that priority, we will suspend face-to-face classes beginning on Monday, March 16, the date when students were supposed to return from spring break. Students should not report to campus that day. Spring break for both students and faculty will be extended through Friday, March 20, and instruction will be moved to an online or other format beginning on Monday, March 23, when all classes will resume. 

Instructors will be using the week of the 16th to transition coursework to alternate forms of delivery that do not require face-to-face interaction. We will follow this plan for the foreseeable future, perhaps even through the end of the semester, though we will reassess the situation after April 5 and continuously after that. We will return to face-to-face classes and regular operations once we believe the threat of the coronavirus has been mitigated. We intend for all current students to be able to complete the classes in which they are registered for this semester.  

CVCC’s Learning Commons, located in Bedford Hall, will remain open to accommodate students who need a computer or internet access to complete their coursework. Students who need academic support services or other student services should request help first by calling, emailing, or relying on online resources. They should come to campus only as necessary to conduct essential business, preferably after making an appointment. Contact information and descriptions of the available resources can be accessed at https://centralvirginia.edu/Student-Support and https://centralvirginia.edu/Student-Support/Learning-Commons.

For the time being, both full- and part-time staff should continue to report to work as usual, following recommended health protocols to prevent illness. No one should come to campus if they are feeling sick or if they have been exposed to the virus. Staff with questions or concerns about their workplaces and the possibility of telecommuting should speak with their supervisors.   

We are taking these steps out of an abundance of caution to protect members of the college community and the community-at-large. I realize these measures will cause disruption and even hardship for some, which I deeply regret. However, bringing students back to campus would create too much of a risk. Our situation is unique because our students come to us from throughout our service area; they then return to their homes. CVCC therefore plays an important role in controlling the spread of COVID-19 throughout the region. 

Our approach during this period is guided by three goals: (1) to protect the health of our students, faculty, and staff; (2) to help slow the spread of the virus in our area; and (3) to ensure the continuity of our teaching and classroom work. We know we cannot eliminate all possible risks, but we believe at this time that these steps will help mitigate the risks we face.

  • Check your email frequently for important messages. 
  • Maintain flexibility with students and each other as we collectively deal with this health crisis. 
  • For classes with special experiential learning needs such as internships, labs, or clinical sites, you will need to work with your associate vice president to develop alternate plans. 
  • Schedule appointments with Ed McGee if you need help adapting your course(s) to alternate forms of instruction.
  • You will continue to have access to your office on campus if you need to use your work computer.

I regret the necessity of these decisions and the resulting upset and inconvenience they will create, and I ask for your patience and flexibility. We find ourselves amid unprecedented circumstances in which we are being required to make rapid decisions and revisions that are admittedly less than ideal. But I have great faith in all of you—faith in your strength and resilience, your willingness to do your part to keep others safe, and your ability to help us persevere through this very challenging time.

John Capps

John S. Capps
Central Virginia Community College 
3506 Wards Road
Lynchburg, VA 24502-2498



World Health Organization

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Virginia Department of Health

Virginia Department of Emergency Management