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COVID VIRUS AND VACCINE REQUIREMENT

DATE:     July 30, 2021

TO:          FVI STUDENTS

FROM:  OFFICE OF THE SCHOOL PRESIDENT

CC:          ADMINISTRATION, FACULTY AND STAFF

RE:           COVID VIRUS AND VACCINE REQUIREMENT

 

The 7-day average of new positive COVID cases continues to rise at an alarming rate. The high positivity rate in our counties indicates the Delta variant is circulating widely. As School and member of the community, we have strongly encouraged all students, faculty, and staff to get the COVID vaccine.  We are happy to report that more than 80% of faculty and staff are fully vaccinated. We had hoped that we would see the same success with the student body however unofficial counts appears to be roughly 50%. According to the CDC, the best way to prevent illness or death is to protect yourself by getting the COVID vaccine.

All nursing and allied programs require students to complete a number of clinical, simulation or lab hours in order to complete each course or program.  In Nursing, a student who misses more than two days in unable to successfully complete all course requirements.  Most clinical sites will be requiring proof of COVID vaccinations or a weekly negative COVID test in order to participate in any clinical rotation.

Logistically, the School of Nursing cannot accommodate unvaccinated students on campus or in labs nor clinical rotation next semester. Student attending on campus instruction will need to provide proof that he/she is fully vaccinated before September 1st.

As a school leader, it is my responsibility to establish policies to protect the health and safety of entire faculty and student body.  Unvaccinated students pose a greater health risk to vaccinated students, faculty, and patients.  To that end, we MUST require all students, faculty and staff who come to class and attend clinicals must provide proof of both the flu and COVID vaccine before the start of the Fall semester. The only exemption that will be considered will be medical exemption that must be signed by a licensed physician. Those approved will a medical exemption be required to provide weekly negative COVID test every Monday to participate at his own expense.

Given the fact that it takes 6 weeks to become fully vaccinated, this memo serves as formal notification advising students that of this policy to allow everyone time to become fully vaccinated before the start of the Fall 2021 semester.

Nursing students should direct any specific questions to the Director of Nursing, Dr. Maria Walwema.

 All allied health students should direct specifically questions to the Director of Education at his/her respective campus.  Miami:  Jorge Gomez, jgomez@fvi.edu   Miramar: Bronson Boufford, bboufford@fvi.edu.

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Campus Crime Reports

Annually, FVI School of Nursing and Technology publishes the Clery (Annual Campus Security and Campus Crime Statistics) Report for both the Miramar and Miami campus. You may view the annual reports on the Consumer Information page on our website:

https://fvi.edu/consumer-information/

If you would like to request a hardcopy, please email info@fvi.edu.  

Anualmente, FVI School of Nursing and Technology publica el Informe Clery (Estadísticas Anuales de Seguridad y Crimen del Campus) para los campus de Miramar y Miami. Puede ver los informes anuales en la página de Información al consumidor de nuestro sitio web: 

https://fvi.edu/consumer-information/

Si desea solicitar una copia impresa, envíe un correo electrónico a info@fvi.edu.

Hurricane Elsa

We are following the weather reports regarding the first named storm, Elsa.  Please continue to check our website for news of any closures. As of today, classes are scheduled to resume on Tuesday, July 6th. If it is determined that we are in the path of the storm we will alert students, faculty and staff via the school website and via e-mail should the campus need to close.

Hurricane Weather Alert:  Please prepare for the hurricane season by purchasing water, canned foods, batteries, etc.

More information here: https://bit.ly/3wdt4Y6 

Please seek shelter until after the storm has passed. Protect yourself by staying away from doors and windows, flying debris, and protect your head. Call 911 for any life threatening injuries. Weather emergencies can happen very quickly. Remember to seek shelter and stay safe.

Denyse Antunes,
Campus President 

Huracán Elsa

Estamos siguiendo los informes meteorológicos sobre la primera tormenta con nombre, Elsa. Continúe visitando nuestro sitio web para conocer las noticias de los cierres. A partir de hoy, las clases están programadas para reanudarse el Martes 6 de Julio. Si se determina que estamos en el camino de la tormenta, avisaremos a los estudiantes, profesores y personal a través del sitio web de la escuela y por correo electrónico en caso de que el campus deba cerrar.

Alerta meteorológica de huracanes: prepárese para la temporada de huracanes comprando agua, alimentos enlatados, baterías, etc.

Más información aquí: https://bit.ly/3wdt4Y6

Busque refugio hasta que haya pasado la tormenta. Protéjase manteniéndose alejado de puertas y ventanas, escombros voladores y protéjase la cabeza. Llame al 911 por cualquier lesión que ponga en peligro la vida. Las emergencias climáticas pueden ocurrir muy rápidamente. Recuerde buscar refugio y mantenerse a salvo.

Denyse Antunes,
Presidenta del Campus

COVID Update

Students, Faculty & Staff,
 
Our main priority continues to be the safety of all our FVI community as we closely monitor the changes of this virus. We are still following the advice from health officials and continue to require masks on campus.
 
We also encourage everyone to get vaccinated and to join the #B4MayEnds Challenge! 
 
Please continue to visit FVI.edu, regularly check your email and remain in contact with your faculty and campus administration for the latest updates.
 
Denyse Antunes
Campus President 

Student Communication - HEERF

Dear Student,

Following the enactment of Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act, 2021 (CRRSAA), Public Law 116-260, the federal government has made supplemental emergency funds available to institutions of higher education, which can be used to make additional Emergency Financial Aid Grants to students.  The grants provided under CRRSAA are similar to the grants that FVI awarded previously using funding provided in the CARES Act. For ease of reference, we refer to the grants provided via the CARES Act as “HEERF I” grants, and the forthcoming grants to be provided using CRRSAA funds as “HEERF II” grants.

Apparently there has been some inaccurate information circulating among the school community regarding the availability of additional grants. At this time, FVI has distributed 100% of the funding it received for HEERF I grants  to eligible students.  Additionally, FVI School of Nursing and Technology (FVISNT) has not yet received its allocation of funding from CRRSAA. Therefore, we are not yet accepting applications for HEERF II grants at this time.  We anticipate that this process will begin in the near future and we will provide you with additional information to describe who is eligible for HEERF II grants and how you can apply. Please continue to monitor your school email account for updates on the status of the HEERF II grant distribution. Students should not submit or resubmit the application for HEERF I grants. You will be notified when the window for submitting an application for HEERF II has opened. 

Denyse Antunes
Campus President

Queridos Estudiantes,

Después de la promulgación de la Ley de Asignaciones Suplementarias de Respuesta y Alivio del Coronavirus, 2021 (CRRSAA), Ley Pública 116-260, el gobierno federal ha puesto a disposición de las instituciones de educación superior fondos de emergencia suplementarios, que pueden utilizarse para otorgar becas de ayuda financiera para estudiantes. Las becas proporcionadas bajo CRRSAA son similares a las becas que FVI otorgó anteriormente utilizando fondos proporcionados en la Ley CARES. Nos referimos a las becas proporcionadas a través de la Ley CARES como becas “HEERF I”, y las próximas becas que se proporcionarán utilizando los fondos CRRSAA como becas “HEERF II”.

Aparentemente, ha circulado información no correcta entre la comunidad escolar con respecto a la disponibilidad de becas adicionales. En este momento, FVI ha distribuido el 100% de los fondos que recibió para las becas HEERF  a los estudiantes elegibles. Además, la Escuela de Enfermería y Tecnología de FVI (FVISNT) aún no ha recibido su asignación de fondos de CRRSAA. Por lo tanto, todavía no estamos aceptando solicitudes para becas HEERF II en este momento. Anticipamos que este proceso comenzará en un futuro cercano y le proporcionaremos información adicional para describir quién es elegible para las subvenciones HEERF II y cómo puede solicitarlas. Continúe monitoreando la cuenta de correo electrónico de su escuela para obtener actualizaciones sobre el estado de la distribución de las becas HEERF II. Los estudiantes no deben volver a enviar la solicitud de becas HEERF I. Se le notificará cuando se abra la oportunidad para enviar una solicitud para HEERF II. 

Important Information about the Coronavirus

COVID-19 Precautions

Students, Faculty & Staff
 
Our main priority continues to be the safety of all our FVI community as we closely monitor the changes of this virus. We strongly encourage everyone to heed  advice from our state heath officials to follow good hygiene, avoid large gatherings and practice social distancing to help mitigate the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, and pay close attention to any other recommendations by the CDC, including getting vaccinated. 
 
Please continue to visit FVI.edu website, regularly check your email and remain in contact with your faculty and campus administration for the latest updates.
 
 

Denyse Antunes
Campus President

FVI recommends that you check the following sources for the most up to date information on the Coronavirus.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

Florida Department of Health

 

Additional Precautions

As part of our action plan, we have enacted an enhanced cleaning protocol that entails:

  • Required twice daily cleaning and disinfecting with and industrial-grade germicidal product in all areas of the campus.
  • Cleaning high traffic surfaces frequently touched by hands, including:
    • Bathrooms
    • Doorknobs, door frames and other frequently touched areas on the door
    • Light switches
    • Tables, chairs, and counter tops
    • Water fountains
  • Deploying hand sanitation stations at key locations on campus.
 

Prevent Respiratory Illness

There is currently no vaccine to prevent coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). The best way to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed to this virus. However, as a reminder, CDC always recommends everyday preventive actions to help prevent the spread of respiratory diseases, including:

  • Washing hands often with soap and water if  soap and water is not available, then use 60% alcohol based hand sanitizer.
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze or cough or sneeze into your upper sleeve or elbow, not your hands.
  • Stay at home if you are sick.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces.
  • Do not shake hands with people who are sick.
  • Try not to touch your face with unwashed hands.

Take the #B4MayEnds COVID Vaccine Challenge!

  • Wear a mask covering your nose and mouth.
  • Stay 6 feet apart from others who do not live with you
  • Wash your hands
  • Avoid crowds and poorly ventilated spaces
  • Get your COVID-19 vaccine

For more information of where to get vaccinated, visit this link.