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.



Questions?

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

 

 

Valencia College Update

A message from:

Sandy Shugart

President of Valencia College

and 

Stanton Reed

Valencia College Faculty Association president and professor


March 22, 2020, 8:50 a.m.
Most Employees to Work Remotely Until at Least April 27

Dear Valencia Staff and Faculty,

We continue to monitor the circumstances and guidance related to COVID-19, and I am writing today with an update about the remainder of the spring semester. As you know, our K-12 partners will not return to campuses before Wednesday, April 15, 2020, and we have moved most of our courses online for the remainder of the spring semester. Due to these circumstances, and out of concern for the health and wellbeing of our community, we will remain primarily a remote team through at least the end of the spring term and will not consider returning to our normal patterns of work until at least Monday, April 27, 2020.

Over the past week, we have learned that most of us are able to work remotely. Equipment and resources have been deployed, new tools explored and, of course, some frustration experienced, but we are making it happen. We have also learned that some functions simply cannot be moved to a remote format due to technology structures and limitations or roles that provide support for our safety, security and facilities. Leaders in each area where remote work is not possible are partnering with their staff to maintain the services necessary for the College to operate while understanding the unique circumstances that each of our colleagues is facing including child care challenges and concerns about health.

I must also express my most sincere appreciation for the herculean effort by every member of the Valencia community to have our online classrooms ready for our students. Our faculty and staff continue to demonstrate the deepest commitment to our students and their learning — it is unparalleled. You are individually and collectively pushing boundaries that seemed immovable just three weeks ago to keep our students on track to achieve their academic goals. All the while, we are learning to work remotely — without access to our multiple screens, colleagues just down the hall and, thankfully, without the regular commute traffic and tolls. Your fidelity to our students, to one another and to our mission, which has been cultivated long before this time, has allowed us to move mountains. You have my admiration.

Stay tuned for more information about how we are supporting students and one another through new strategies, innovation and hard work. We commit to communicating with you regularly, keeping our webpage up-to-date and remaining available to connect with you personally to understand your experience and concerns. You may reach me personally at sshugart@valenciacollege.edu. You may also reach out to any member of the senior leadership team. I appreciate deeply all you are doing to serve our students and one another.

Be well,

Sandy Shugart
College President

P.S. Wash your hands and don’t hoard toilet paper.


March 19, 2020, 4:00 p.m.

MARCH 19, 2020

A message from:

Sandy Shugart

President of Valencia College

and 

Stanton Reed

Valencia College Faculty Association president and professor


 

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

Following guidance from Governor Ron DeSantis and State Surgeon General Scott Rivkees, the Florida Department of Education has asked that colleges and universities request that all students and employees who return from any international destination or from a cruise self-isolate and not return to campus for 14 days after their return. If you are a student returning from an international destination or cruise, please work directly with your faculty regarding any need to self-isolate. If you are an employee returning from an international destination or cruise, please work directly with your supervisor regarding any need to self-isolate.

Travelers should be aware that the CDC has issued a recommendation to avoid all non-essential travel to affected geographical areas to include China, South Korea, Japan, Iran and Italy.

As you prepare for travel, reference the following sites 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.

Globe on table International Education Week
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

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 www.baycare.org/sap. Optum, Valencia’s EAP provider, is offering a free, emotional support help line for all employees impacted: 866-342-6892.