COVID-19 Information and Updates for Students and Employees
June 16, 2020
CARES ACT / HIGHER EDUCATION EMERGENCY RELIEF FUND (HEERF)
VALLEY COLLEGE 30-DAY REPORT
This information is provided to comply with the 30-day reporting requirements issued by the Secretary of the United States Department of Education on May 6, 2020. The Certification and Agreement directs each institution applying for HEERF funds to comply with Section 18004(e) of the CARES Act and submit an initial report to the Secretary thirty (30) days from the date of the institution’s Certification and Agreement to the Department. Each HEERF participating institution must post the information listed below on the institution’s primary website in a format and location that is easily accessible to the public 30 days after the date when the institution received its allocation under 18004(a)(1) and updated every 45 days thereafter.
- An acknowledgement that the institution signed and returned to the Department the Certification and Agreement and the assurance that the institution has used, or intends to use, no less than 50 percent of the funds received under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act to provide Emergency Financial Aid Grants to students.
Valley College signed and submitted the U.S. Department of Education Certification and Agreement for Emergency Financial Aid Grants to Students under the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act on 5/20/2020. Valley College assures that the institution has used, or intends to use, no less than 50 percent of the funds received under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act to provide Emergency Financial Aid Grants to students. The U.S. DOE provided Valley College with an electronically signed Grant Award Notification (GAN) on 6/12/2020 for OPEID-0308400 (Beckley Campus) and on 5/25/2020 for OPEID-02609400 (Martinsburg and Cleveland Campuses).
- The total amount of funds that the institution will receive or has received from the Department pursuant to the institution’s Certification and Agreement [for] Emergency Financial Aid Grants to Students.
OPEID-0308400 (Valley College Beckley Campus) $115,052.00.
OPEID-02609400 (Valley College Martinsburg and Cleveland Campuses) $164,335.00.
- The total amount of Emergency Financial Aid Grants distributed to students under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act as of the date of submission (i.e., as of the 30-day Report and every 45 days thereafter).
OPEID-03084400 (Valley College Beckley Campus) distributed $115,052.00.
OPEID-02609400 (Valley College Martinsburg and Cleveland Campuses) distributed $164,335.00.
- The estimated total number of students at the institution eligible to participate in programs under Section 484 in Title IV of the Higher Education Act of 1965 and thus eligible to receive Emergency Financial Aid Grants to students under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act.
OPEID-02609400: Total Students: 211 (Martinsburg Students: 91 & Cleveland Students: 120)
OPEID 03084400: Total Students: 75 (Beckley Students 75)
- The total number of students who have received an Emergency Financial Aid Grant to students under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act.
OPEID 02609400: Total Students: 211
OPEID 03084400: Total Students: 75
- The method(s) used by the institution to determine which students receive Emergency Financial Aid Grants and how much they would receive under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act.
In order to receive Emergency Financial Aid Grants, students must meet the eligibility criteria as detailed by USDOE (only students who are or could be eligible to participate in programs under Section 484 in Title IV of the Higher Education Act of 1965, as amended (HEA), may receive emergency financial aid grants). Students enrolled exclusively in online programs are not eligible for emergency student grants. In addition, students must complete the Valley College’s Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF) Student Eligibility Acknowledgment under the CARES Act Form. All received Acknowledgement Forms were reviewed to confirm eligibility. Valley has chosen to use the even distribution model and award all eligible students who meet the specified criteria and who attest that they were negatively affected by the disruption of campus operations due to coronavirus. As defined in Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act, this includes cost of attendance items such as food, housing, course materials, technology, health care, and child-care expenses to which students attest.
- Any instructions, directions, or guidance provided by the institution to students concerning the Emergency Financial Aid Grants.
Valley College announced the availability of emergency grants in a message sent to all enrolled potentially eligible students. All potentially eligible students were emailed and invited to apply by signing the Acknowledgment Form attesting and confirming that they have been negatively impacted by the disruption of campus operations due to coronavirus. Additionally, Valley College sent follow-up emails and text messages, and placed outbound phone calls to student who had not responded.
May 26, 2020
Valley College remains committed to serving its students and helping them in their educational pursuits while we all work our way through this pandemic. On March 16, 2020 all campus-based programs were transitioned to distance training exclusively. Beginning May 26, 2020 all theory training will continue at a distance while select hands-on lab skills training lessons will begin on campus. This will allow students, all of which are studying in essential worker training programs, to avoid interruption in completing their studies and enter the medical field which needs them dearly. The college is following guidelines established by local, state and federal agencies in the continuing effort to protect the safety and well-being of our students and staff. This includes sanitizing all campuses before limited reopening, daily cleaning, staggering schedules to maintain small, occupancy limit-compliant student groups, entry screening, issuance of cloth masks to staff and students, delivery of detailed guidelines regarding social distance protocols, sanitizing stations set up around campus, physical distance requirements everywhere, simulations to replace personal contact where possible and additional Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) including physical barriers for absolutely essential skills exercises. We ask our students and staff to please remain vigilant in following all safety guidelines.
April 14, 2020
Please continue to check back for updates. Our goal is that you can remain safe and continue your education with no break in learning as much as possible.
March 20, 2020
Effective March 23, 2020, Valley College will implement work at home operations for all academics, operations and administrative staff at Valley College. We care deeply about the immediate safety and long term well-being of our staff and appreciate how all Valley College’s employees have exhibited that special Valley spirit and contributions to get us to this point.
March 13, 2020
Effective March 16, 2020, all Valley campuses will be temporarily closed for students, however all ground programs will continue through the instructor-guided at-home studies to allow the students to carry on in their program of study during the campuses’ temporary closure.
Valley is taking these precautions to allow our students, especially our student-parents whose children will be out of school during the state of West Virginia and the state of Ohio public-school shutdown, to be able to continue in their program of study. In addition, closing school campuses has been found to greatly limit and/or flatten the spread of infectious diseases and it is our communal duty to take care of our most vulnerable by doing our part.
Faculty looks forward to working with our students to help them continue to achieve their educational and career goals with accommodations developed under guidelines from the U.S. Department of Education and our accrediting agency, ACCSC.
The management team will continue overseeing all aspects of school’s operations. Valley College will stay in contact with and provide updates to our students regarding using telephone, text messages, emails, and social media. Your faculty and/or campus director will contact you and give you detailed instructions on remote classes, textbooks, assignments and methods of contacting your instructors and campus personnel.
March 11, 2020
Valley College is closely monitoring all aspects of the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) outbreak. At this time, Valley will continue monitoring public health guidance from the CDC and local health departments.
Please note that there are no known cases of COVID-19 in West Virginia as of this date, however, there are a few confirmed cases in Ohio. The situation, however, is rapidly evolving, much remains unknown about the potential impacts of COVID-19, and we take very seriously the responsibility to protect the well-being of our community.
We are taking the necessary precautions to ensure a safe environment for all students, staff and visitors. As part of the prevention plan we need every campus to be vigilant in reminding students and staff to practice routine hygiene etiquette. The most effective way to stay healthy and minimize the spread of infectious disease is to follow best health practices and infection prevention:
- Wash your hands with soap and water (20 seconds or longer) or use alcohol hand rub regularly, especially after coughing or sneezing.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth with unwashed hands or after touching surfaces.
- Clean and disinfect “high-touch” surfaces such as doorknobs, faucets, handheld electronic devices, and bathroom surfaces.
- Cover your mouth and nose when you sneeze or cough with a tissue or something other than your hand.
- Avoid close contact with people that are sick.
- Stay home if you don’t feel well. If you’re seriously ill, seek immediate guidance from your physician.
Inform Valley College if you test positive for COVID-19
Valley College continues to proactively monitor the situation on a daily basis and will keep you apprised of any changes if they become necessary.
In the event of a campus emergency, Valley College notifies students, faculty, and staff via a combination of phone calls, text messages, and emails.
Students: if you have recently updated you home or mobile phone numbers, you will need to notify your campus director immediately.
Faculty and Staff: if you have recently updated you home or mobile phone numbers, please reach out to Sasha Rinker at [email protected] to update your contact information.
Resources Available to Valley College Community
CDC’s website about COVID-19: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html
West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources website: https://dhhr.wv.gov/COVID-19/Pages/default.aspx
Ohio Department of Health website: https://coronavirus.ohio.gov/wps/portal/gov/covid-19/home