March 12 Mandel School Communication - Field Education Instructors

Dear Field Education Partner,

 The Mandel School has developed plans to address temporary disruptions in students’ field placement activities due to local, state or national emergencies or events. Although classroom instruction will be provided virtually until at least April 6, 2020, Mandel School students are expected to attend field placement as planned while exercising the appropriate health and safety precautions. The below guidance applies only during the closure of field placement sites or when the student is advised or required not to physically attend field placement. Students have been advised that they should first contact their assigned field instructor at the field placement site/agency to check if there are mandatory agency closures and follow the directives of the agency.

If students are advised/required by their field site or the Mandel School to not physically attend field placement for a period of time, or if safety concerns warrant a temporary disruption in field placement, students must immediately consult with both their Mandel School field faculty advisor and their assigned placement site field instructor to discuss and plan next steps.

In an effort to fulfill students’ field placement hour requirements and educational competencies in the event of a temporary field placement disruption related to COVID-19, the Mandel School is providing alternative field education learning activities that can be completed remotely or off site on a temporary basis. This policy is designed to address short-term field placement disruptions of a maximum of 21 calendar days. If the field placement disruption continues beyond a 21-day period, the Mandel School Field Education Department will determine the most appropriate response to support students in successfully completing their field placement requirements. No more than a total of 60 field hours will be approved for remote activities.

Field Education Remote Activities are meant as a supplement to the field placement experience and not in lieu of agency learning. Students must request this option in advance by emailing their Mandel School field faculty advisor and their field instructor. Students will not receive credit for any field activities that are not pre-approved. Additional guidance regarding remote field education activities is included in the attached policy, which was also distributed to all students.

We appreciate your continued support of our students during this time of uncertainty, which may be particularly stressful for many. Case Western Reserve University continues to monitor COVID-19 developments within our region and nationwide, and places the highest priority on the health and well-being of our students and the campus community.

If you have questions regarding this policy or the suggested learning activities for students, please contact your student’s Mandel School field faculty advisor directly. If you are aware of any planned disruptions in the operations of your organization that may impact the field placement experiences of your student, please advise the assigned field faculty advisor so that we may help to develop a plan to move forward.

We will continue to provide updates to our field education community in the coming weeks or as new information is available.


Grover C. Gilmore, PhD
Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel
Dean in Applied Social Sciences

Amy Korsch-Williams, MSSA, CNM, LISW-S
Assistant Dean of Academic Affairs, Field Education & Instruction