A Message from Amy Bosley, Vice President, Organizational Development and Human Resources
Thank you to the nearly 500 of our colleagues who responded to Dr. Shugart’s invitation in April to share your thoughts on the conditions under which Valencia College would consider reopening. Your feedback aligned in four key themes:
- Alignment to guidance from public health professionals, consideration of diagnostic testing availability and our ability to implement physical distancing guidance in College facilities;
- Sanitization of our facilities and the availability of protective equipment and supplies;
- Ability of employees and students to remain at home when they feel sick without penalties; and
- Consideration for unique needs of employees and students who may be in a vulnerable population, care for someone in a vulnerable population, and are thus, unable to return to a face-to-face setting.
This feedback was carefully considered by the Senior Team, and a small work group called the “Conditions to Reopen” team was commissioned and charged with:
- Creating a phased approach to reopening the College facilities, programs, locations and campuses that is informed by employee and student feedback as well as input and guidance from community leaders and partners;
- Receiving regular reports on various aspects of pandemic response including supply chain updates and Valencia community experience with COVID illness so that plans may be adjusted;
- Receiving, evaluating and prioritizing requests for adding a program or course to a particular phase in the Roadmap and make a recommendation for approval or disapproval to the college president; and
- Recommending to the college president a plan to move the College to a new phase of operations.
The team has created a Roadmap for Reopening plan that identifies four phases of a gradual return to on-campus operations. The Roadmap is a framework for use by the Senior Team in making decisions about moving the College to a new phase of operations and is not intended to be used as a checklist or by individual programs, departments or campuses to determine operational status. Though the Roadmap is still in development, your feedback on our current draft is welcome. Please share your feedback with me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
In order to fulfill this charge, four interdisciplinary task forces were formed to develop detailed plans for preparing our facilities, our workforce, our workplace and our learning environment. The task forces launched last week, and their draft plans are due back to the Conditions to Reopen team by Friday, May 29, 2020.
We look forward to sharing our plans with you as they are developed and anticipate your helpful feedback in crafting a plan that supports our two main priorities: the health and safety of all members of our community and the continuity of student learning.