What you need to know

To ensure that our campus environments remain safe and healthy, Valencia College officials are closely monitoring developments related to the rapidly changing Coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19) outbreak. We continue working with local and state health departments and are following the latest state and federal guidelines. As new information becomes available, we will update this site.

COVID-19 Vaccinations

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention indicates the combination of getting vaccinated and following the CDC’s recommendations is the best way to protect yourself and others from COVID-19. 

Roadmap for Reopening

Valencia College is planning a phased approach for reopening, in consultation with Orlando Health. Beginning May 10, 2021, Valencia College will transition to Phase 3 of our reopening plans and offer some courses on campus. For more information about our phased approach to reopening, visit our Roadmap for Reopening webpage.

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Respect and Understanding

As a reminder, Valencia College is an inclusive community that represents and welcomes all individuals. There have been media reports that indicate people of certain ethnicities or those from specific countries or regions have been the target of inappropriate statements and behavior. The Valencia community does not tolerate stereotyping, discriminatory or harassing behavior, and we expect all members of our community to engage in a manner that is respectful and inclusive of all.


Student and Employee Travel

Travelers should be aware that the U.S. Centers for Disease Control has issued a recommendation to avoid all non-essential international travel. If you choose to travel internationally, your travel plans may be disrupted, and you may have to remain outside the United States for an indefinite length of time.

All international travelers arriving in the United States should self-quarantine for 14 days after their arrival. At home, they are expected to monitor their health (take temperature twice a day and watch for cough or trouble breathing) and practice social distancing. To protect the health of others, these travelers should not to go to work or school for 14 days.

The Florida Department of Health has provided  guidance for those who have returned from international travel who are feeling ill – as well as those who’ve had contact with someone exhibiting symptoms of COVID-19.

The following sites provide for up-to-date information, resources and advisories:


International Students and Study Abroad

Valencia College officials are monitoring outbound and inbound travel for international students and study abroad students. At this time, there are no study abroad trips planned to the most affected areas, and other trips are being evaluated on a case-by-case basis. For college-related international travel, please register your trip with the Study Abroad and Global Experience office. More information can be found at: Non-Study Abroad International Travel and Faculty Exchange Registration.

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Protecting Yourself

While it’s unclear exactly how it’s transmitted, COVID-19 is thought to spread through person-to-person contact and through respiratory droplets when an infected person coughs or sneezes. Symptoms range from mild to serious and include fever, cough and difficulty breathing. Here are some tips from the CDC to reduce your chances of becoming ill:

  • Wash your hands frequently to help prevent the spread of respiratory viruses, including the Coronavirus.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Stay home if you are sick.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue away.
  • Clean and disinfect objects and surfaces.

If you are experiencing a fever, cough and/or difficulty breathing, contact a healthcare professional to determine whether testing or treatment is needed. More details on preventing coronavirus disease are available at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.


Baycare EAP provider
Valencia College Resources

Students feeling anxious about the virus can access free, confidential 24-hour phone counseling by calling BayCare at 800-878-5470 or visiting valenciacollege.edu/baycare. Optum, Valencia’s EAP provider, is offering a free, emotional support help line for all employees impacted: 866-342-6892.


Prevention and Treatment

If you are experiencing a fever, cough and/or difficulty breathing, contact a healthcare professional to determine whether testing or treatment is needed. More details on preventing coronavirus disease are available at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention


The Florida Department of Health has launched a dedicated call center for questions related to COVID-19. If you or someone you know is experiencing symptoms, please call 866-779-6121 or email COVID-19@flhealth.gov. The COVID-19 Call Center is available Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 12 a.m. (midnight).

Florida Department of Health
 COVID-19 Cases in Florida