Due to the cancellation of classes for Friday, September 14, 2018, the Farmville Area Bus (FAB) Campus Line will run on a weekend schedule with the first pick-up at Lancer Park at 10:15 a.m. and the first pick-up at Longwood Village at 10:30 a.m. The entire weekend schedule will then remain the same unless issues arise from the weather.
Update: Classes now canceled starting at 12:30 Thursday; Convocation moved up to 1:30
The overall storm forecast for Longwood and Virginia has improved substantially over the last day. However, it remains uncertain and constantly evolving. We’ve heard from the SGA and others how important it is to students and families both to participate in Convocation and also to have ample time, if they choose to leave campus, to get home safely.
Convocation is one of the main ceremonies of the year and cannot feasibly be rescheduled. But in light of student feedback and the constantly updating forecast, classes will now be canceled starting at 12:30 Thursday, and Convocation will be moved ahead to 1:30 p.m. Students should gather in Willett starting at 12:45, and faculty at 1 p.m.
Longwood remains well prepared for the storm. Students should make the best decision for their circumstances, but are welcome and encouraged to stay on campus through the weekend. An updated list of facilities hours and other information can be found in the FAQ on Hurricane Florence.
Am I safe staying on campus?
Longwood staff is well prepared to deal with severe weather, and has been preparing for Hurricane Florence while closely monitoring its track. We are confident that campus is a safe place for students during the storm.
What if I need to leave campus before classes are canceled beginning at 2 p.m. on Thursday?
First, students are encouraged to read their syllabi for their courses to understand their professor’s attendance policy for absences; many professors also have a policy for inclement weather. While the university is open, it is up to individual professors to determine whether an absence is excused or unexcused, according to the parameters set by the university attendance policy. If students feel they need to miss classes, then they must communicate with their professor about their absence as they would in other circumstances and ask the professor if they may make up any work missed. Many professors will also communicate with their classes about their plans, so please check Canvas and your email for potential updates from your instructors.
What happens if I lose power in my residence hall?
If you lose power, hall staff are trained to help. Emergency generators will provide power to life and safety systems in the building (fire alarms and sprinklers) and emergency exit lighting. Please be sure to keep your phones well charged and flashlights handy if the power does go out. If your building does lose power, facilities and power company crews will begin working to restore power.
If power is out on campus, will I be able to eat at the dining hall?
Yes, there will be food available at the dining hall, though it may operate on limited hours. Please check alerts.longwood.edu for updated information and D-Hall hours.
If the power is out, how do I get into my residence hall?
If the power goes out, the key to your room will also work on the outside entrances to your residence hall.
Is there a place I can go to get up-to-date information?
All information we send out will be kept at alerts.longwood.edu.
What are hours for on-campus facilities while classes are closed?
Amended hours for on-campus facilities are as follows:
Health & Fitness Center:
Thursday 6:30 a.m.-10 p.m.; Friday 10 a.m.-8 p.m.; Saturday 9 a.m.-8 p.m.; Sunday 1 p.m.-10 p.m.
Dorrill Dining Hall:
Thursday closing at 8 p.m.; Friday 11 a.m.-1:30 p.m., 4-7 p.m.; Saturday 11 a.m.-1:30 p.m., 4-7 p.m.; Sunday 11 a.m.-1:30 p.m., 4-8 p.m.
Thursday closing at 5 p.m.; Friday 10 a.m.-11 p.m.; Saturday closed; Sunday open at 5 p.m.
Thursday 7:30 a.m.-10 p.m.; Friday 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Saturday 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sunday 1 p.m.-2 a.m.
University Health Center:
Thursday 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m.; Friday closed; Saturday closed; Sunday closed
Thursday 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m.; Friday closed; Saturday closed; Sunday closed
If I need to move my car, where can I park?
There is ample parking in the Wynne lots, behind the Health & Fitness Center near the athletic fields on main campus.
Will Family Weekend be rescheduled?
We will still hold the scheduled Casino Night event on Friday from 7-10 p.m. in Lankford, and host a magician Saturday at 8 p.m. in Jarman, but the rest of the Family Weekend events can’t be rescheduled. Parents are of course welcome every weekend, including a campus favorite Oktoberfest weekend coming up.
Who do I call if I have a problem?
Your first point of contact for non-emergencies is your Resident Assistant. In an emergency, dial 9-1-1. Here are some helpful numbers to keep handy:
Farmville Emergency Communications Center
Student Health & Wellness
Technology Help Desk
(434) 395-4357 (HELP)
Hurricane Florence’s projected landfall timing has slowed and remains several days away, and the forecast is evolving considerably. We’re in close contact with public officials and monitoring the latest timeline projections. However, we also know the Longwood community is eager to plan ahead. So we’re making the following announcements.
We plan to proceed normally until Thursday afternoon.
Classes will be canceled starting at 2 p.m. Thursday through the weekend.
Based on the current forecast timeline, we plan to go ahead with Convocation, but move the event ahead one hour. It will now begin at 3 p.m. Thursday.
Family weekend will be canceled.
On Friday, the university will ask employees to report on an essential personnel basis.
Longwood’s maintenance staff, police, residence hall staff and food services are preparing thoroughly for the storm. Even when class is canceled, Longwood’s campus, including residence halls, dining halls and the library, expects to remain open and functional for students, and many campus activities will continue.
We will continue to communicate over the coming days as we learn more about the forecast and road conditions around Virginia. All students should make the best decision for their own circumstances. However, we encourage students to consider that staying at Longwood may be their best option.
Watch these channels and alerts.longwood.edu for further updates.
Along with our fellow universities and state agencies, Longwood is closely monitoring Hurricane Florence, and preparing for wind and substantial rain later this week. This is a serious storm and everyone should exercise care, but we want to reassure students that Longwood has lots of experience getting through severe weather events. We will be as prepared as possible and are confident that campus will be a safe place for students during the storm. For now the university continues to operate as normal, but as the forecast becomes clearer, we’ll continue to communicate regularly, including updates on campus events scheduled for the weekend. You can find info and any alerts at alerts.longwood.edu.
UPDATE Longwood will cancel classes starting at 2 p.m. Thursday. See alerts.longwood.edu for further updates.
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