Letter from the Dean

Dear School of Allied Health Students,

We are so excited about your return to on-campus labs for Fall 2020 and truly appreciate your patience and grace as we are all experiencing this disruption in our lives very deeply. You have entered programs to prepare you to serve your communities, and this health crisis highlights the critical nature of these positions. The responsibility for deep and thorough training also rests heavily on each of us here at Valencia College. We ask for your continued partnership in helping us to honor the college’s first commitment to prioritizing health and safety for all as we return. Please be conscious of following CDC guidelines both on and off campus.

Also, please make sure to read all communications from the college and your faculty to ensure you are aware of any changes in our processes. There are several high-level requests I will make, and your faculty will reinforce.

Valencia College – Safety App – please continue to complete the CDC Self-Checker self-assessment every time you come to campus to ensure that you are cleared to be on campus. Please know that all faculty are also completing the same self-checker. As you complete the Self-Checker, one of the options will ask if you have cared for or been in close contact with someone diagnosed with COVID-19. If you answer yes, it then continues to prompt questions about long-term care living, and a third question about if you have worked or volunteered in a healthcare facility (including dental) in the past two weeks.

As you are actively engaged in clinicals, you should answer ‘YES’ here if you have come into that contact within your clinical work. Then it will ask if you wore appropriate PPE. Please answer honestly as this will guide for instructions based on your role at that time as a Health Care Provider (HCP). Please ask your clinical faculty if you have any questions.

You can also download the CDC Self-Checker from the website and simply bookmark in your phone browser. Your responses are not collected, nor tracked.

Mask On – We are all committing to remain masked while we are on campus (and off)! Please make sure to mask up before you approach the buildings and unless you are alone, it needs to remain on. There are places designated for mask relief and eating outside for the programs that are on-campus for longer labs, but you should be seated by yourself and remain six feet apart. We do want to make sure to remind you to hydrate as often as you can, and pre-hydrate before labs and clinicals. Clinical Requirements – All clinicals will have daily self-check requirements. Please follow the faculty directions and continue to monitor your emails and Canvas shells for any last-minute adjustments. These will be tracked by your clinical faculty in compliance with our clinical site requirements. If Sick, Stay Home – We are not only facing COVID, but also the flu season. Make sure to stay healthy (sleep, eat well, hydrate, exercise) but if you do feel ill, do not come to labs or clinicals. Reach out to your faculty immediately for support and options! Roadmap for Reopening – Please make sure to visit and explore our Roadmap for Reopening Website. All of the college and program plans are living documents, meaning that they will be updated in response to new guidance as we continue to monitor the coronavirus and consult with our local planning partner Orlando Health. Valencia College will keep you informed of the most up-to-date plans on this website.

We have an opportunity, together, to rise above these times! We do not choose to serve in our community because it is easy, but because we are called to serve. Each person, faculty and student, is so valuable and together we will meet the challenges of this fall semester.

From all of our faculty and staff – welcome back! We are excited to be back in these critical labs serving you, and hope you also carry that excitement and confidence with you into the semester.

Stay safe, stay healthy,

Marie Vasquez-Brooks, B.S., M.Ed., PhD (ABD) Dean, School of Allied Health
Valencia College
West Campus, MC: 4-44
1800 S. Kirkman Rd., Bldg. 3, Rm. 136
Orlando, FL 32811
Office: 407-582-5687
Mobile: 419-350-9486 (text ok)
mvasquezbrooks@valenciacollege.edu