Friday, August 28, 2020
A Message from Amy Bosley, Vice President, Organizational Development and Human Resources
As you know, the health and safety of our faculty, staff and students and preserving the continuity of learning remain Valencia’s highest priorities in responding to the COVID-19 pandemic. With the start of the fall term underway, Valencia has worked, in partnership with the University of Central Florida, to clear up questions regarding illness reporting at the Downtown Campus and integrate a seamless process for our students and employees.
Though most operations at the Downtown Campus are carried out in a way to create a common experience for students, the complexity of managing housing and other factors through the pandemic has required a temporary modification of that practice to ensure timely information and care.
To help simplify the process of illness reporting and contact tracing, all Downtown Campus employees and students will follow the same protocol as Valencia College’s other campuses:
Daily Health Assessment
All Valencia College Downtown Campus employees and students coming on-site — including students living in UnionWest at Creative Village — are required to perform a Daily Health Assessment by completing the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) Self-Checker for COVID-19 symptoms prior to arriving to campus, and, if appropriate after a self-assessment, stay home and contact a medical professional for evaluation.
When you or a student take the Self-Checker, if you receive any results other than “sounds like you are feeling ok,” please notify us of your results as soon as you are able to. You can report your results by emailing COVIDillness@valenciacollege.edu or by calling a special Downtown Campus COVID-19 hotline at 407-582-3452. The phone line will be monitored from 7 a.m. until 10 p.m. daily.
Please also email or call us immediately if you test positive for COVID-19 or come into contact with someone who has tested positive for the virus.
Valencia College’s COVID-19 case management team will determine the next steps right for you or our students. This could include connections to resources for accessing medical attention, including a COVID-19 test. Additionally, if a Valencia student who resides in UnionWest needs to be isolated or quarantined, Valencia’s COVID-19 case management team will make that determination and communicate that decision to UCF who will implement their protocol to move individuals to isolation or to quarantine.
If the Valencia College COVID-19 case management team believes you or a student were in close contact with someone with a positive COVID-19 diagnosis, regardless of if it’s a UCF or Valencia College contact, we will contact you directly. This is consistent with our illness reporting and contacting tracing processes.
These protocols are specific to Valencia College employees and students. UCF employees and students follow different protocols specific to UCF.
We will install COVID-reporting signage in our Downtown Campus buildings and will be delivering a notice with these details to each Valencia College UnionWest resident.
For questions, contact Organizational Development and Human Resources at HR4U@valenciacollege.edu, or call the HR4U helpline at 407-299-5000, extension HR4U (4748).