New Phase 4 Guidance and Update

A Message From Amy Bosley, Vice President, Organizational Development and Human Resources

As we prepare to move to Phase 4 of our Roadmap for Reopening on Sunday, August 1, 2021, we continue to monitor the spread of COVID in Central Florida. Like many of you, we have watched the growing number of COVID cases in our region over the past several weeks and have continued to talk regularly with Orlando Health while monitoring the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidance.

Throughout the pandemic, you have trusted us to make decisions that prioritize your health and safety and that of our students and ensure the continuity of our students’ learning. In light of the CDC’s recent guidance that all individuals (vaccinated and non-vaccinated) wear a mask indoors in regions where the spread of COVID is “substantial” or “high,” and in consultation with Orlando Health, we will continue to require masks indoors and accommodate physical distancing as we begin our Phase 4 operations.

The time to be vaccinated is today, and I strongly encourage you to do so as a measure to protect yourself and others. Notably, Central Florida health officials have reported that more than 90% of those hospitalized with COVID are not vaccinated, and they echo our guidance to get vaccinated immediately. We recognize that some of you may not be able to be vaccinated for medical reasons and are here to support you in keeping yourself healthy. Valencia is partnering with local health departments to provide COVID vaccines on our campuses, free of charge. In addition, Valencia continues to provide up to 12 hours of paid vaccine leave available to all employees so you can get the shot and, if needed, have a bit of additional time in case you have symptoms after vaccination.

We look forward to seeing you on campus as we prepare to serve our students and assure you that we will continue to monitor local, state and federal guidance regarding the protocols that help us maintain a healthy and safe environment. We strongly encourage you to take measures to protect yourself including being vaccinated, staying home if you don’t feel well and wearing a mask when you are indoors.

I welcome your questions and feedback directly at abosley@valenciacollege.edu or 407-299-5000, extension 8255.

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