Tuesday, June 2, 2020
A Message from Amy Bosley, Vice President, Organizational Development and Human Resources
Valencia continues our work in developing a science-based approach to reopening the College as conveyed in our Roadmap to Reopening, shared two weeks ago in The Juice. Thanks to those of you who provided your feedback as your input strengthens our plan and helps us think through other perspectives and considerations.
Based on feedback from our COVID-19 healthcare partner, Orlando Health, we have modified the Roadmap in three ways:
1. In Phase 1, we are taking daily temperatures for employees and students who are on-site in our learning environments. Orlando Health recommended a cutoff temperature of 100.0 or greater, and we have aligned our standard to the recommendation.
2. In Phases 2 and 3, we have added daily self-screening for all employees, students and visitors coupled with extensive education on how to conduct a self-screening for COVID-related symptoms. Anyone with symptoms will be asked to stay home and seek medical care.
3. In Phase 2, and consistent with Orlando Health recommendations, we have added wearing a mask in settings where physical distancing is not possible.
We continue to consult with our Orlando Health partners for their input on our plans and protocols.
As we remain in Phase 1 operations for the remainder of this summer, we recognize that there are a limited number of programs and facilities that must be considered for adding to our current operational strategy. The Conditions to Reopen team met last week and deliberated on a number of proposals, reviewed them each in light of supplies and personal protective equipment available, our ability to ensure physical distancing and the impact of the program on students and unemployed adults in our community.
College President Sandy Shugart has approved adding several Accelerated Skills Training programs where students were in progress in the spring and need limited time in the face-to-face setting to demonstrate competency and be eligible for work (for example, welding and mechatronics programs). In addition, he has approved the on-site administration of the dental skill exam required for licensure of our dental hygiene students (and offered only once per year).
Finally, as you may know, Valencia College is a close partner with CareerSource Central Florida and actually hosts the CareerSource Osceola County office on our Osceola Campus. Because of the critical support CareerSource provides to unemployed adults in our community, Dr. Shugart has approved the reopening of the third floor of the Careers In Technology building at the Osceola Campus, as well as offering CareerSource a two-month lease for space on our West Campus to provide access for residents of West Orange County. We have developed a memorandum of understanding with CareerSource that outlines our Phase 1 operational guidelines and have assurance that they will provide their own personal protective equipment and supplies, and operate in a manner consistent with our expectations.
We will continue to update you on our plans as they develop and welcome your feedback and questions.