Aug. 17, 2020: Fall 2020 Semester Updates and COVID-19 Testing Information

Dear Students,

We are busy planning for the fall 2020 semester in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic. I wanted to take this opportunity to share a few updates with you as they relate to our timeline for the start of the term.  I appreciate your careful review of the below information. 

COVID-19 Testing, Training, and PPE

You have received information from the University about requirements for COVID-19 testing and training. The requirement for COVID-19 testing will be restricted to students who will be physically present in UMB/USG buildings during the fall semester, based upon course enrollment, or if you need to come to the School for any other reason. Impacted students will receive a message from UMSON’s registrar, Ms. Lori Harris. If you do not receive an email from Ms. Harris, you are not required to obtain a COVID-19 test as it relates to your course enrollment.  If you do not receive an email, but plan to utilize any form of in-person simulation experiences at UMSON in Baltimore or USG, you will be required to obtain a COVID-19 test.

Students who are participating in in-person learning activities (including clinicals, labs, and/or simulation) will be required to have the relevant personal protective equipment (PPE) to remain as safe as possible. You will receive a message in the next few days about how to obtain your PPE prior to entering the in-person learning environment. For students in any in-person learning environment, in addition to the COVID-19 trainings that you should already have completed (see STEPS), you will also be required to adhere to the Requirements for Students During the COVID-19 Pandemic (see the attached document – COVID-19 Requirements for Students). 

You should not come to UMB, USG, or a clinical site if you have symptoms or meet exposure criteria on the screening form. This is essential to reducing the possibility of COVID-19 transmission in the UMB, USG, and health care communities. 

Wear a cloth face mask when indoors at any UMB or USG building or clinical site and able to maintain 6 feet of physical distance.

New Student ID Cards

For new students, we will mail your student ID, called a OneCard, to you. Considering postal service delays, you may not receive your ID by the first day of classes; however, you can print a copy of your student ID (see attached directions – Online Student ID Instructions). If you are accessing the UMB or USG campuses in person for classes, please keep this paper ID with you until you obtain your official ID.

Course Schedules

We are finalizing our schedules for didactic (lecture), lab, simulation, and clinical courses. At the latest, we will release final schedules by Aug. 24, one week prior to the first day of classes, Aug. 31.   

We greatly appreciate your continued patience and flexibility as we navigate together your nursing education during a global pandemic. 

Best,

Larry Fillian
Associate Dean, Student and Academic Services
Chair, Judicial Board