Dec. 15, 2020: Winter/Early Spring Clinical/Practicum Information

Dear Students,  

You are receiving this note because you may have opted into the early spring 2021 clinical/practicum experience over the upcoming winter break (December/January).

In advance of potential inclement weather this week, if UMB is closed, group clinicals will be canceled.  Precepted experiences may still be attended based on the judgment of students, and should you decide to proceed with completing hours in this circumstance, we encourage you to monitor weather conditions to prioritize your safety. 

Our agreement with our clinical partners to make this opportunity available to you includes the assurance that you will complete a daily COVID-19 symptom monitoring screening. As such, the University of Maryland School of Nursing requires you to complete the episodic SAFE COVID-19 online symptom monitoring survey every day you plan to be at a clinical/practicum site. Ensuring students with certain symptoms do not access campus or a health care facility, such as a hospital, for a learning experience and, instead, be evaluated by a health care provider is a critical infection control tool during the COVID-19 pandemic.   

Failure to complete the episodic SAFE COVID-19 online symptom monitoring survey every day you plan to be at a clinical/practicum site may result in disciplinary sanctions up to and including dismissal from the program.  Additionally, if a trend of noncompliance is noted, you will be removed from the clinical experience.  

Please know that we are committed to your safety and the safety of the patients and clinical partners you will be working with during your clinical/practicum experiences.   

I opted for the early clinical/practicum experience; what does this mean for me?  

If you have questions or concerns about the SAFE process or the episodic online symptom monitoring survey, please contact UMSON infection control specialist Dr. Kelsey Comeaux at  


Jane Kirschling, PhD, RN, FAAN
Dean and Professor

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