New Update: Campuses Closed Next Week

Thursday, March 12, 2020 – 7:38 p.m.

A Message from Sandy Shugart, Valencia College President

The last few hours have brought new information from local, state and federal leaders, and in light of that, Valencia College’s senior leadership team met again this afternoon and decided to close all Valencia campuses and locations to students next week. We will use the time next week to prepare to facilitate instruction and deliver other services to students in an online capacity wherever possible.

        • All Valencia College faculty and staff members should plan to report to work as scheduled during the week of March 16, 2020 (after Spring Break). Should you have any concerns about coming to your work location, are ill, care for individuals who are immunosuppressed, or need to self-isolate based on international or cruise travel, please work directly with your supervisor. We will need “all hands on deck” as we shift our business to support learning in an online format and look forward to working with you to support our students.
        • All Valencia campuses and locations are closed to students through Monday, March 23, 2020, at 6 a.m. ALL ONLINE CLASSES WILL CONTINUE WITHOUT INTERRUPTION, but all face-to-face classes are canceled for the week and many will resume in an online format on Monday, March 23, 2020. We will give special consideration to courses that require face-to-face interaction, such as science courses with a lab component and studio art courses, and we will provide updates on these courses as they become available. Once moved online, classes will remain online through the end of this semester. We will ask students to pay close attention to Canvas and Atlas email messages for any updates faculty may send regarding specific courses.
        • Continue to follow the guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention regarding preventative measures.

I sincerely appreciate your flexibility and attentiveness as we seek to address this unprecedented situation in a focused and thoughtful way. I will count on you in the coming days to help our students continue their learning through teaching, student services and operational support, and there isn’t a team I’d rather be sailing through these rough waters with than ours.

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