Welcome Back for the Spring Semester!

Friday, January 7, 2022

A Message from Melissa Pedone and Stanton Reed, Interim Presidents, Osceola, Lake Nona and Poinciana Campuses

We hope everyone enjoyed a restful Winter Break and took time to slow down and be present. As the spring semester starts, we have some updates and reminders about the continuing COVID-19 protocols.

  • We are continuing the “masks expected” procedure for our campuses, and KN-95 masks will be available for faculty and staff in the security offices on each campus, in academic department offices and available for delivery via interoffice mail. To request masks by interoffice mail, send your request including the number of masks requested, contact person and location to be delivered to Courier Manager Larry Fox at lfox10@valenciacollege.edu. Medical masks will continue to be available in classrooms.
  • Illness reporting and contact tracing continues in alignment with Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidelines. The COVID case management team continues to support our college community with illness reporting and contact tracing. Following the CDC’s guidelines, the case management team should be notified at covidillness@valenciacollege.edu if you test positive, have symptoms that could be COVID, or are exposed to someone who tests positive for COVID-19. The team will assess your unique circumstances and provide directions for isolation, quarantine and return to work/class.
  • Additionally, many faculty members continue to teach in mixed-mode and fully-online modalities. With different types of online classes available, students may have questions about their course modality. To help facilitate conversations with students about course modality types, visit the Valencia College Modality Descriptions website. Also for if you are looking for assistance in making the most of your mixed-mode classes, check out LCTS 3221 Designing and Delivering Your Mixed Mode Course, which has a section beginning on Tuesday, January 18, 2022.
  • Finally, for faculty members looking to include a statement about COVID-19 in their syllabus, we include a sample:

The COVID case management team will inform faculty of documented COVID-19 related absences, and these documented absences for COVID-19 quarantine, isolation or illness will not be penalized. During periods of quarantine, students will continue to attend or watch recordings of classes if possible, unless they are unable to do so as a result of symptoms of COVID-19. If a student is in isolation but is able to attend class virtually or watch recordings of class, he or she will do so. Students will contact the professor upon return to class following documented COVID-19 absences and work with the faculty member to develop a plan to complete any work missed during the illness

2 Comments

  • Deidre Holmes DuBois said:

    We have an "Office of Student Life"? Can you please clarify?

    PMFri, 07 Jan 2022 16:28:13 +0000Fri, 07 Jan 2022 16:28:13 +0000pm22,4:28 pm

    • Stanton G Reed said:

      Thank you for bring that to our attention.

      PMFri, 07 Jan 2022 16:41:38 +0000Fri, 07 Jan 2022 16:41:38 +0000pm22,4:41 pm

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