Thursday, August 26, 2021
A Message From Amy Bosley, Vice President, Organizational Development and Human Resources
With our Fall 2021 term underway, it is important to know what to do if a student reports feeling sick. As we return to campus during Phase 4 operations, faculty members have an important role in ensuring Valencia’s protocols for illness reporting are followed to help maintain safe spaces for learning.
If you think a student in your in-person class is sick, or if a student reports feeling ill, has a positive COVID-19 diagnosis or has come in contact with someone who is ill, please follow the protocols listed below:
Reporting Illness for Students in Classes On Campus
An illness must be reported to Valencia College’s COVID-19 case management team if:
- A student reports feeling ill, and has been or is scheduled to be on campus for classes;
- A student tests positive for COVID-19;
- A student comes into contact with someone who has tested positive for the virus; or
- A student is providing care for someone with COVID-19.
If you become aware of one of the situations above, immediately ask the student email Valencia College’s COVID-19 Case Management Team at COVIDillness@valenciacollege.edu.
Your Role in Reporting the Student Illness
Next — even if the student reports — please contact Valencia College’s COVID-19 Case Management Team with the student’s name at COVIDillness@valenciacollege.edu.
What Happens Next?
After reporting the illness, the COVID-19 case manager, with the support of Organizational Development and Human Resources, will direct the person who is ill on quarantine or isolation procedures as needed, as well as connect him or her with additional resources and support services.
Following the initial contact with the COVID-19 case manager and the student, contact-tracing protocols will initiate based on when the person was on campus, what activities the person participated in, who was in close contact with the individual and what rooms or spaces the person visited.
Returning to Campus
The COVID-19 case manager will provide authorization and clearance for the student to return to campus and notify faculty members and deans when the student is able to return to campus for in-person instruction and on the proper protocols.
Working together, we can have a safe and successful on-campus experience for our students and employees.
For questions on illness reporting and contact-tracing, click here. For additional questions on COVID-19 and COVID-19 procedures, please email COVIDillness@valenciacollege.edu.