COVID-19 Updates

Quick Guide to What Parents and Students Should Know About COVID-19’s Effects on ACCESS and Your College Journey:

 

This Q & A is being updated to reflect latest developments at ACCESS in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. It was last updated October 16, 2020, at 12:19 pm EDT.

 

Q: Is ACCESS College Foundation being proactive to offer services to students?
A:
The ACCESS Program Management Team and the Advisors are doing several things to lessen the stress of this unprecedented situation.  ACCESS College Foundation is still fully operational and working remotely to serve students and families in our community.

Q: Are the ACCESS headquarters and its school-based offices currently open for in-person visits?
A:
No.

This, of course, may change based on the health situation in our community, the decisions mandated by our government, and the practicality of re-opening our offices on that date.  ACCESS staff is available via phone, email, and Skype/FaceTime communication. High School Advisory Staff contact information can be found below and all staff contact information can be found on our “High School Advisor"  page.

Q: How are ACCESS Advisors currently assisting students?
A:
Depending on what resources are available in each school district and for each Advisor at his/her home, ACCESS High School and College Success Advisors are serving students virtually using various platforms such as Skype, Group Me, Remind, Email, and Google Phone.  Each platform enables a two-way exchange of information between both the student and Advisor ensuring that each student receives an advisory experience comparable to an in-person meeting.

Q: Are ACCESS Advisors still assisting students with filing their FAFSAs?
A: Yes, ACCESS Advisors are still assisting with the filing of the FAFSA.

Q: Are ACCESS Advisors still assisting students with the verification process?
A:
Yes, currently our Advisors are assisting students with the verification process including resolving issues with admission status and financial aid for the upcoming school year.

Q: Are ACCESS Advisors still reviewing and explaining financial aid award letters that students have received?
A:
Yes. There are still deadlines to meet for accepting financial aid awards to ensure that the funds are there to begin classes in Fall 2020.

Q: What are ACCESS Advisors doing to promote SAT/ACT preparation?
A:
ACCESS Advisors are encouraging high school juniors to continue working on SAT prep in the College Board’s online Khan Academy. The SATs/ACTs in March and April have been cancelled, and College Board will be refunding money to all students who have prepaid for the exams.  Currently, SAT is offering a June 6th exam and ACT is offering a June 13th exam to give juniors a jump on the process for next year.  If students need assistance with registering, ACCESS Advisors are available to assist virtually with registration and payment.

Q: Are ACCESS Scholarships still available?
A:
Yes, ACCESS Scholarships are still available. To apply for an ACCESS Scholarship, visit our “Scholarship Application” page.

Q: What effects are the current closures having on high school seniors’ college journey. 
A:
When examining the effects of the current closures on the class of 2020 it is clear that the process of completing the final details associated with admission and financial aid is going to be very different—and sometimes difficult depending on what is missing from the file the college has on the student.  For example, if students have been selected for verification, all the verification documents will need to be completed and submitted to the college financial aid office by their deadline before students will receive any type of financial aid for next year.  Students in verification should contact their ACCESS Advisor right away!

Q: What are the colleges saying?
A:
Currently, colleges and universities are working to create and establish new deadlines for final transcripts, acceptance confirmations, and everything in between. ACCESS is compiling that information for our Advisors so they can disseminate to their students.

 

ACCESS College Foundation
Virtual Advising Contact Information

Our Access Advisors have been working hard to meet the higher education needs of our students virtually. As a result, we have created virtual offices where students can interact with their advisors via Zoom, attend financial aid workshops, find a listing of virtual college tours, schedule a FAFSA appointment and more!

Norfolk Virtual Advising Contact Information

High School

Lake Taylor High School
Arthur
Kelly
REMIND App Instructions:
Text @lthsclasso to 81010
Norview High School
Mary
Carter Scott
REMIND App Instructions:
Text @2020pilots (for Seniors) and @2021 (for Juniors) to 81010
Maury High School
Darius
Blount
Granby High School
Megan
Ulanich
REMIND App Instructions:
Text @granbycl (Seniors) to 81010
Booker T. Washington High School
Jacqueline
Whitehead
REMIND App Instructions:
Text @btwschol or @34344h to 81010
Text or Call:
757-524-0127

Middle School

Academy for Discovery at Lakewood

Jessica McClenney

ACCESS Email
jmmclenney@accesscollege.org

Southside STEM Academy at Campostella

Peggy Johnson

ACCESS Email
pjohnson@accesscollege.org

Lake Taylor Middle

Peggy Johnson

ACCESS Email
pjohnson@accesscollege.org

Ruffner Academy

Peggy Johnson

ACCESS Email
pjohnson@accesscollege.org

AOIS @ Rosemont

Peggy Johnson

ACCESS Email
pjohnson@accesscollege.org

Azalea Gardens Middle

Peggy Johnson

ACCESS Email
pjohnson@accesscollege.org

Northside Middle

Peggy Johnson

ACCESS Email
pjohnson@accesscollege.org

Crossroads School

Jessica McClenney

ACCESS Email
jmmclenney@accesscollege.org

Blair Middle

Peggy Johnson

ACCESS Email
pjohnson@accesscollege.org

Norview Middle

Peggy Johnson

ACCESS Email
pjohnson@accesscollege.org

Portsmouth Virtual Advising Contact Information

High School

Woodrow Wilson High School
Mindy
McCoin
REMIND App Instructions:
Text @879f8b to 81010
Text or Call:
757-550-1592
I.C. Norcom High School
Joanne
Forbes
REMIND App Instructions:
Text@k2296b2 to 81010
Text or Call:
757-550-0858
Churchland High School
Christian
Howton
Text or Call:
757-606-0080

Middle School

Cradock Middle

Jessica McClenney

ACCESS Email
jmmclenney@accesscollege.org

Churchland Middle

Jessica McClenney

ACCESS Email
jmmclenney@accesscollege.org

Waters Middle

Jessica McClenney

ACCESS Email
jmmclenney@accesscollege.org

Chesapeake Virtual Advising Contact Information

High School

Western Branch High School
Joshua
Mann
REMIND App Instructions:
Text @wb20a-i (Last Names A-I ), @wb20j-r (Last Names J-R) or @wb20s-z (Last Names S-Z) to 81010
Text or Call:
757-774-5871
Oscar F. Smith High School
Apollos
Hall
Text or Call:
757-550-1838
Indian River High School
Natasha
Sackey
Text or Call:
757-524-0499
Hickory High School
Kyle
Williams
Text or Call:
757-550-1947
Great Bridge High School
Meghan
Moorhouse
Text or Call:
757-550-0149
Grassfield High School
Meghan
Moorhouse
Text or Call:
757-550-0149
Deep Creek High School
Gabriel
Hall

Middle School

Crestwood Middle

Stephanie Carswell

ACCESS Email
scarswell@accesscollege.org

Oscar Smith Middle

Stephanie Carswell

ACCESS Email
scarswell@accesscollege.org

Deep Creek Middle

Stephanie Carswell

ACCESS Email
scarswell@accesscollege.org

Indian River Middle

Stephanie Carswell

ACCESS Email
scarswell@accesscollege.org

Suffolk Virtual Advising Contact Information

High School

Nansemond River High School
Charlene
Harvin
REMIND App Instructions:
Text nrhs202 to 81010
Text or Call:
757-301-1438
Lakeland High School
Shawn
Foster
REMIND App Instructions:
Text @20lakeland (Seniors), @21lakeland (Juniors), @22lakeland (Sophomores), @23lakeland (Freshmen) to 81010
Text or Call:
757.774.5122
Kings Fork High School
Adrienne
Miller
REMIND App Instructions:
Text @7kb2ff to 81010
Text or Call:
757-550-1672

Middle School

Forest Glen Middle

Jessica McClenney

ACCESS Email
jmcclenney@accesscollege.org

J.F. Kennedy Middle

Jessica McClenney

ACCESS Email
jmcclenney@accesscollege.org

Kings Fork Middle

Jessica McClenney

ACCESS Email
jmcclenney@accesscollege.org

Virginia Beach Virtual Advising Contact Information

High School

Tallwood High School
Sara
Gastler
Text or Call:
757-563-4630
Kellam High School
Sara
Gastler
Text or Call:
757-563-4630
Salem High School
Amy
Hall
Text or Call:
757-655-5937
Landstown High School
Jenny
Hechtkopf
Text or Call:
757-514-1473
Kempsville High School
Dylan
Altman
Text or Call:
757-550-0671
First Colonial High School
Charlene
Harvin
REMIND App Instructions:
Text @FCHS2020 (Seniors) or @FCH2020 to 81010
Text or Call:
757-301-1438
Princess Anne High School
Dylan
Altman
Text or Call:
757-550-0671
Ocean Lakes High School
Amy
Hall
Text or Call:
757-655-5937
Green Run High School
Cameron
Williams
Text or Call:
757.524.0786
Frank W. Cox High School
Adria
Phillips
Text or Call:
757-563-6603
Bayside High School
David
Kidd

Middle School

Bayside Middle

Stephanie Carswell

ACCESS Email
scarswell@accesscollege.org

Independence Middle

Stephanie Carswell

ACCESS Email
scarswell@accesscollege.org

Virginia Beach Middle

Stephanie Carswell

ACCESS Email
scarswell@accesscollege.org

Brandon Middle

Stephanie Carswell

ACCESS Email
scarswell@accesscollege.org

Larkspur Middle

Stephanie Carswell

ACCESS Email
scarswell@accesscollege.org

Corporate Landing Middle

Stephanie Carswell

ACCESS Email
scarswell@accesscollege.org

Plaza Middle

Stephanie Carswell

ACCESS Email
scarswell@accesscollege.org

Northampton Virtual Advising Contact Information

High School

Northampton High School
Devin
Allen
Text or Call:
757-276-1521

Middle School

 

Northampton Middle

Devin Allen

ACCESS Email
dallen@accesscollege.org

 

Western Tidewater Virtual Advising Contact Information

High School

College Success Advisors


Virtual Contact Information

Radford, Regent, TCCs, VCU

Mariah Benfield

ACCESS Email
mbenfield@accesscollege.org

GMU, LU, NSU, Other Scholars

Tiffany Palmer

ACCESS Email
tpalmer@accesscollege.org

ODU

Rachal Weaver

ACCESS Email
rweaver@accesscollege.org