September 30, 2022

Our thoughts are with those in the USAHS family and all communities impacted by Hurricane Ian. We have assessed the St. Augustine campus property and are fortunate to report no major damages or flooding were sustained. Two actions helped keep the campus property intact during this week’s storms:

  • periphery preparation measures taken to manage water protrusion into both the Academic and Administrative buildings
  • past upgrades, repairs and major maintenance projects that were conducted to improve campus infrastructure

The St. Augustine campus will therefore return to normal hours of operations on Monday, October 3 as planned. All students and employees may access the St. Augustine campus beginning at 7 a.m. October 3. If for any reason you are unable to participate in your scheduled class, please contact your instructor and program director. All employees may access campus on Monday regardless of their usual schedule.

Additional St. Augustine campus updates:

  • The St. Augustine campus remains closed through end of day Sunday, October 2. Please do not attempt to access campus unless you have authorization and instructions specific to readiness preparations for Monday. Please contact me or the program directors if you need authorization.
  • On-campus lab activities canceled through Sunday, October 2 will be rescheduled.
  • Online resources including Blackboard remain unaffected. If you have Internet access, we ask that you do all you can to keep working and stay on track with coursework.

If you or someone you know at USAHS needs assistance:

  • Accommodations will be made for employees and students unable to return to campus due to travel or personal situations. Please contact your faculty, program director or supervisor.
  • If you or someone you know within the USAHS family have been impacted by the storm and need assistance, please contact the Campus Reentry Support line at 1-855-GOUSAHS (1-855-468-7247) or reentry@usa.edu. Information will remain confidential and will only be shared with the appropriate individuals.
  • Students on clinical rotations: Students currently on clinical rotations or fieldwork who were in the path of Hurricane Ian should check in with their assigned clinical instructor or fieldwork supervisor prior to returning to the placement site. If you are not able to return, please contact your assigned academic clinical education coordinator.

Supporting hurricane victims and responders: We continue to keep our entire Florida community in our thoughts, and USAHS will be coordinating University-wide support for hurricane victims and first responders, with more details to come.

Please continue to check your USA.edu email and MyUSA portal for updates. Faculty may also share important course information in Blackboard. Stay safe, and please do not hesitate to reach out if you have any questions or concerns.

University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences students have 24x7, confidential access to ComPsych to assist with current updates regarding weather resources, including how to get help, shelters, power outages, road conditions and more. After logging in, at the top lefthand side of the page is a bell icon for Breaking News and Information. You can also reach ComPsych by phone or on your mobile device.

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Additional Florida Resources:

  • Effective September 12, 2022, USAHS implemented reentry changes.
    • Vaccines/testing are no longer required.
    • A Daily Health Screening must still be completed prior to coming to campus each day you come to campus.
    • Visitors will continue to be limited to those on official University business or who support USAHS’ academic purpose.
    • Clinical Placements: Most clinical partners require students to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 to meet their Clinical Experience requirement. Clinical placements and experiences may be at risk for those students who are not fully vaccinated against COVID-19.
    • Refer to the Campus Reentry page for policies, procedures and FAQs. 
    • For the full announcement, visit https://www.usa.edu/blog/reentry-updates-for-students-phase-one/.
  • Vaccination Update: Impact on student and clinical experiences on the Return to Campus website
  • Quick Reference Guide to COVID-19 Links

  • For suspected exposure or presumed positive situations for faculty, staff and students who are currently reporting to campus, please contact reentry@usa.edu or 855-GOUSAHS.