COVID-19 Health and Safety Protocols

Tuesday January 4, 2022

A Message from Amy Bosley, Vice President, Institutional Planning and Development and Chief of Staff

Happy New Year! On behalf of the Senior Team, we hope that each of you had a restful winter break. We are looking forward to starting our spring semester and write today with updates and reminders regarding Valencia’s COVID-19 health and safety protocols.

Valencia College has maintained conservative protocols throughout the pandemic, and as we look to the beginning of the semester, we are confident that our plans will enable us to maintain our two priorities: the health and safety of our faculty, staff and students and the continuity of our students’ learning.

Physical Distancing

Our spring semester plans maintain reduced capacities in on-site classes and for on-site student services. Classroom capacity limits enable students and faculty to remain at least 6 feet apart, and other areas where students seek services and support are arranged to enable distancing among staff and students.

Mask Protocol

We are continuing our “masks expected” protocols, as reflected in signage and messaging across campuses and in our classrooms and encourage you to wear a mask that covers your nose and mouth whenever you are with others.

We have more than 100,000 masks available for faculty, staff and students and will ensure that they are widely available throughout the campuses. Additionally, we have a supply of KN-95 masks available in security offices on each campus, in academic department offices and available for delivery via interoffice mail. To request masks by interoffice mail, send your request including the number of masks requested, contact person and location to be delivered to Courier Manager Larry Fox at lfox10@valenciacollege.edu.

We have placed an order for 10,000 additional KN-95 masks to be provided to students who are taking classes on campus and anticipate receiving the masks before classes begin next Monday. If you are teaching on campus and would like to make KN-95 masks available to your students, please stop by the security office on your campus before your class and pick up the quantity that you need. Please note that we will have regular medical masks available throughout the semester should someone need an additional mask.

We continue to monitor the Center for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) COVID county tracker transmission status to determine our mask protocol status. The CDC recommends masks in public, indoor settings regardless of vaccination status when transmission is “high” or “significant.” When transmission is at “low” or “moderate,” the CDC recommends masks in public, indoor settings for those who are unvaccinated.

When this status is at “moderate” or “low” for at least 30 consecutive days in both Orange and Osceola counties, we will transition to a “masks welcomed” protocol. We will communicate with you via a collegewide announcement when this protocol is changed and will continue to monitor conditions in the spring to determine when adjustments are needed to our protocols based on virus transmission in Orange and Osceola counties.

Illness Reporting and Contact Tracing

The COVID case management team continues to support our college community with illness reporting and contact tracing. Following the CDC’s guidelines, the case management team should be notified at covidillness@valenciacollege.edu if you test positive, have symptoms that could be COVID or are exposed to someone who tests positive for COVID-19. The team will assess your unique circumstances and provide directions for isolation, quarantine and return to work/class.

We look forward to next Monday as our students return to our physical and virtual classrooms and appreciate the role that each of you plays in supporting them in their learning. As we’ve learned so well over the past 21 months, flexibility with our students and one another is critical as we move through the next few weeks.

If you have any questions or concerns, please don’t hesitate to reach out to your supervisor, any member of the Senior Team or directly to Dr. Plinske.

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