Sunday, March 22, 8:50 a.m.
A Special Message From Sandy Shugart, Valencia College President
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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.
P.S. Wash your hands and don’t hoard toilet paper.