College Update: Planning for Summer 2021

Tuesday, February 9, 2021

A Special Message from Sandy Shugart, Valencia College President

It’s been just over a year since we first shared information related to the pandemic, and it is mind-boggling to reflect on the incredible ways we have all adapted and served our students and one another since Spring Break of 2020. We have moved smoothly from our first phase of operations to the second phase in our Roadmap for Reopening and continue to prioritize the health and safety of you and our students as well as the continuity of our students’ learning. As we continue to partner with Orlando Health to aid us in implementing a science-based approach for our plans, and, with a successful launch of our Spring 2021 semester, it’s now time to begin thinking about summer.

I invite you to watch this video to learn more about where we are in our planning for the summer.

As we move into a conservative Phase 3 of our operations on Monday, May 10, 2021, we will utilize the full flexibility provided in our Phase 3 guidelines to ensure a safe and thoughtful summer plan. Our first experience in operating in a broader way will be an “opt in” experience, meaning that anyone who is currently working remotely and is unable or does not prefer to work on-site will be allowed to remain remote. We know, however, that some of you are ready to return and look forward to engaging with students in person.

We will begin the process of making those determinations by first planning the summer course schedule. We need to make decisions about summer in order to allow students plenty of time to register.

Our full-time faculty members who have a contracted assignment to teach classes in the summer will receive a survey later today asking for their preferences in teaching on-site in summer. If you receive this survey, it’s important that you complete it as soon as possible, but no later than Monday, February 15, 2021, so that we can plan accordingly. We are also surveying our students to determine their level of interest in taking courses online or in person. For those faculty members who do not have a contracted assignment to teach classes in the summer, we’ll be seeking your preferences for teaching on-site later this month if we have capacity to add additional on-campus sections.

After planning the summer course schedule, we will have a better sense of what else we might be able to safely accommodate on campus, including making determinations about student services that may be offered on-site.

I recognize that you might have many questions and concerns as we begin the transition to Phase 3. Please know that there are many questions to which we do not yet have answers, and we will work with you to develop plans and answer your questions over the coming months. In the meantime, feel free to join members of the Conditions to Reopen team in sessions about the Roadmap for Reopening on Learning Day or in one of the following open town hall meetings:

Date: Wednesday, February 17, 2021
Time: 7 – 8 p.m.
Location: Zoom

Date: Thursday, February 18, 2021
Time: 1 – 2 p.m.
Location: Zoom

Date: Tuesday, February 23, 2021
Time: 10 – 11 a.m.
Location: Zoom

I also welcome your outreach to me directly at sshugart@valenciacollege.edu.

I remain in awe of our team in this extraordinary time. Please stay safe and healthy.

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