Valencia College to Close for Students and Employees

Saturday, March 14, 2020 – 4 p.m.

A Message from Sandy Shugart, Valencia College President

We appreciate your continued patience and flexibility as we navigate these uncharted waters. Our senior leadership team has continued to meet to review new information from local, state and federal leaders, as well as feedback from our employees.

Based on this new information, we are revising our plan as follows:

– All Valencia College locations will remain closed following Spring Break for both students AND employees, and will reopen on Monday, March 30, 2020. Classes that are already online will continue without interruption. School of Public Safety-sponsored law enforcement and corrections academy programs will continue as scheduled. The majority of classes that are not already online will resume on Monday, March 23, 2020, in an online format. Plans for any classes that are unable to be moved to an online format will be made during the week of March 16, 2020, and direction will be communicated to students by Monday, March 23, 2020

– All exempt employees are asked to work remotely for the next two weeks. Exempt employees are those who do not complete a timesheet and include, in part, all faculty (full- and part-time), administrators, deans, directors and many managers.

– Non-exempt full- and part-time staff may need to work remotely based on emerging operational needs and will be contacted by their supervisors about work assignments. In limited circumstances, non-exempt full- and part-time staff may need to work from a campus location.

– In the event that remote work is not possible or practical, employees will continue to be paid based on their regularly scheduled hours.

– If you need to come on campus to pick up materials to facilitate remote work, you must coordinate with your supervisor for approval and with security for access by calling your campus or location security team. If your campus or location security team is helping another colleague and therefore is not available, call 407-582-1000. Should you be in a self-isolation protocol, please coordinate with your supervisor to have items picked up and delivered to you.

– All employees will continue to be paid based on their scheduled hours throughout the closure of our campuses.

– We may need to contact you during the college closure and ask that you please update your contact information with your supervisor.

We empathize deeply with each of you as this is a stressful and taxing situation — not just with work but in our communities and our world. Please use the resources provided by Valencia College’s Optum Employee Assistance Program if you need any support in coping with this stress.

Though we’ve worked to anticipate as many of the circumstances and issues as we can, we recognize that there is much we don’t know and many surprises and challenges down this path. Our deans and faculty leadership are gathering virtually on Monday, March 16, 2020, to review and address as many issues related to courses as possible. Our senior team continues to meet regularly to address emerging issues. We ask for your patience, flexibility and understanding as we move through unprecedented challenges while we keep our unwavering focus on student learning and success.

We hope these changes will help and ask that you please take good care of yourselves and your families during this challenging time.

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