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Current Operations Status: Phase 1

The Darden School will be fully operational at its Charlottesville and UVA Darden DC Metro locations. Adjustments to schedules, spaces, meetings and other details will be made to ensure public health and safety and to comply with both Executive Orders and public health guidelines by the Virginia Department of Health, the Centers for Disease Control, and the University of Virginia.

At Darden, buildings will be open based on health guidance, and the School is modifying facilities in Charlottesville and Rosslyn to operationalize the essential elements that will help prevent the spread of the virus.

Phases of Return to Grounds

Currently, the Darden School is considered to be in Phase 1. 

The Darden School has designed phases to increase on-Grounds density levels as required for operations during ramp-up, with health and safety always the highest priority. These phases are iterative and may be adapted over time. It is possible the School will move back to earlier phases to ensure health and wellbeing. Any change in phase will depend on and adhere to guidance from the Commonwealth of Virginia, University of Virginia and other public health protocols.

Phase 0. Designated faculty and staff who are considered essential to academic operations and have been approved as such may work in Darden facilities using the appropriate personal protective equipment and maintaining proper social-distancing requirements. No other individuals are allowed on-site without an essential reason. Activities will include preparing for other individuals to return to facilities for educational programming. Core facilities will be prepared, needed supplies acquired, and business processes designed and deployed to ensure a smooth approval and monitoring process.

Phase I. Select students, faculty and staff members will be allowed back on Grounds, as long as they can adhere to health expectations and ongoing compliance with safety guidelines and based on organizational needs for on-site presence. At this stage, select individuals can return based on prioritization to the essential nature of the work. 

Phase II. On-Grounds density levels can increase when the Commonwealth of Virginia and the University of Virginia deem the disease spread is under control and effectively monitored, or management and treatments options are successfully advanced to acceptable levels. 

Phase III. Individuals will be allowed to work normally in all environments following any new and permanent implementation of safety guidelines. Faculty, staff and visitors will be allowed back in Darden facilities, subject to safety guidelines. 

Latest Status Updates

  • Darden Operations Status in Charlottesville

    Modified operation procedures are in effect for the Darden Grounds in Charlottesville. Modifications include:

    • Meetings are limited to meeting rooms and adhere to social distancing (allowing offices to be kept “single individual”).
    • Modified scheduling and cleaning protocols for meeting spaces and classrooms.
    • Signage on Grounds will help guide individuals on social distancing, entry points and flow in the buildings. Different groups may be limited to specific entry points and have scheduled arrival times at the building to limit density.
    • Outdoor spaces will be used in new ways. Additional guidance forthcoming.
    • Hand sanitizer stations are available throughout the facility and should be used regularly in conjunction with hand washing.
    • Use of library and study spaces is allowed with social distancing, wearing of face coverings, monitoring of maximum room capacities, and following of other health and safety precautions in place.
  • Darden Operations Status in Rosslyn

    Modified operation procedures are in effect for UVA Darden DC Metro in Rosslyn. Modifications include:

    • Meetings will be limited to meeting rooms and adhere to social distancing (allowing offices to be kept “single individual”).
    • Modified scheduling and cleaning protocols for meeting spaces and classrooms.
    • Signage on Grounds will help guide individuals on social distancing, entry points and flow in the buildings. Different groups may be limited to specific entry points and have scheduled arrival times at the building to limit density.
    • Hand sanitizer stations are available throughout the facility and should be used regularly in conjunction with hand washing.
    • Use of library and study spaces is allowed with social distancing, wearing of face coverings, monitoring of maximum room capacities, and following of other health and safety precautions in place.
    • Students, faculty, staff and visitors are expected to comply with the guidelines and policies in place throughout 1100 Wilson Blvd., which are set by Monday Properties, on their way to and from UVA Darden DC Metro.

  • Heating, Ventilation, and Air Condition Systems (HVAC) FAQ

    A UVA HVAC Standing Task Force comprised of registered professional engineers, a certified industrial hygienist, and building code officials was charged with compiling and responding to a list of frequently asked questions concerning building HVAC systems for non-healthcare facilities at UVA and continuing to monitor any changes in industry recommendations for managing these systems in response to the coronavirus pandemic. This UVA HVAC Standing Task Force is conducting ongoing reviews of CDC recommendations, industry best practices and standards concerning the design, maintenance, and operation of building heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) systems for the duration of the pandemic. 

    View the HVAC FAQ for Charlottesville

    View the HVAC FAQ for Rosslyn

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