COVID-19 Information and Updates for Students and Employees

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.

Emergency Notifications

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