Opening Phases

Our focused efforts on carefully planning to resume College operations has been named The Roadmap for Reopening. This nomenclature represents a framework for thinking about the rationale and the logistics of expanding operations beyond our current state. The framework is designed to represent a college-wide perspective on both the needs for various programs and departments, as well as the ability of the College to meet those needs and support the employees and students who come to a Valencia location or campus.

We recognize that the coronavirus is still with us, and our Roadmap for Reopening includes increased cleaning and sanitizing protocols, as well as changes to our work and learning spaces to enable physical distancing. The phases and considerations included in the Roadmap for Reopening are not a checklist but rather, a guide to decision-making about the timing for reopening campuses, locations, departments and the offering of on-campus courses and programs of study.


For questions related to the plans for reopening or COVID-19, contact Organizational Development and Human Resources at HR4U@valenciacollege.edu or call 407-299-5000, extension 4748.


Roadmap for Reopening

This document contains the four phases of our reopening plan and considerations for each phase.




Phase 1: March – July 31, 2020

Though the large majority of College operations, teaching, learning, student affairs and learning support have moved online, there are critical programs, services, and departments where on-site engagement has not ended. Currently, the School of Public Safety continues to operate with students and employees (following the guidelines for operations under Phase 1. Many custodial, maintenance, grounds, security, campus stores, courier services, information technology and other operations are working on-site (under physical distancing and population density-reducing conditions). 


Phase 2: August 1 – at least December 31, 2020

Though the majority of College operations, teaching, learning, student affairs and learning support would continue online in Phase 2, there are limited programs, services and departments where on-site engagement must be restored. These areas include academic and continuing education programs where on-site demonstration of skills and/or experiences are required for successful program completion, programs where academic momentum has been disrupted for students in Spring and Summer 2020, and for departments that are integral to preparing our facilities for wider-scale opening. 

 Phase 2 Infographic

For a list of academic programs that will be offered on campus, view the Fall 2020 Course Offerings 

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Phase 3: Broader Opening

Though some College operations, teaching, learning, student affairs and learning support would continue online in Phase 3, there are programs, services, and departments where on-site engagement can be restored. These areas include academic and continuing education programs where on-site demonstration of skills and/or experiences are required for successful program completion, programs where academic momentum has been disrupted, programs and courses where faculty and/or students prefer an on-site experience, student support services including learning support, lab experiences, student services, student development and other College operational departments for which on-site work is practical and preferred. 


Phase 4: Return to Full Business Operations

All departments, programs, facilities, locations, campuses, and services are fully operational, have adapted to new paradigms and protocols for social engagement, and no extraordinary measures are needed to protect health and safety.

A full reopening of Valencia College campuses and locations will occur based on the guidance of federal, state and local agencies, as well as our ability to provide a safe and healthy environment for faculty, staff and students.