As UCEDA International begins to resume in-class instruction, we are eager to welcome back our students, faculty and staff, with the safety and well-being of everyone at the forefront of all our planning efforts.
While we navigate through this unprecedented time as responsibly as we can, we have implemented a number of new safety measures based on guidance from health authorities such as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and other government agencies. UCEDA International is also regulated by the Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP) and nationally recognized standards. We are all committed to a responsible reopening at UCEDA.
UCEDA International will give all students an option to resume in-person instruction beginning on September 14, 2020. In-person instruction will be required for any new students entering the country after March 9, 2020. Continuing students who entered the country prior to March 9, 2020 may continue to have the option to temporarily count online classes towards a full course of study.
For all UCEDA faculty, staff and students, there are a few things to know about before arriving:
- – Temperature screenings prior to entry
- – Face coverings are required
- – Physical distancing practices in place, with limited seating and classroom capacity
- – Temporary schedule modifications, including reduced hours at select locations
- – An increased focus on disinfecting and sanitation, including the addition of hand sanitizers in key areas
Since many of these measures will be new, and may evolve, we want to be sure students, faculty and staff are aware of all these changes. You may also be invited to attend an orientation and tour of the facilities before in-class instruction resumes.
We have taken enhanced health and safety measures—for you, our other students, and employees. You must follow all posted instructions while present at UCEDA International or its affiliate institutions.
An inherent risk of exposure to COVID-19 exists in any public place where people are present. COVID-19 is an extremely contagious disease that can lead to severe illness and death. According to the CDC, elderly people and those with underlying medical conditions are especially vulnerable. By visiting or attending classes at UCEDA, you voluntarily assume all risks related to exposure to COVID-19.
If you know you have been exposed to someone with a confirmed case of COVID-19, or if you are experiencing any symptoms, please stay home and seek advice from a medical professional.
Let’s do our part to keep each other healthy.
All students will be required to undergo temperature screenings upon arrival at the school.
- – Student Screening: During this initial period, students will undergo temperature screening upon arrival. This temperature screening may be automated in some locations. Based on guidance from health authorities, anyone displaying a temperature of 100.4 F (38 C) or above will be re-screened by a trained supervisor. Those with temperatures above 100.4 will not be allowed entry; those in their family or who share the same residence will also be invited to return home.
- – Employee Screening: Faculty and staff will be required to complete a health screening and temperature check at home, prior to coming to work.
Face Coverings Required
According to guidance from the government and the medical community, the virus that causes COVID-19 spreads mainly through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs, sneezes, or talks. Face coverings provide an extra layer to help prevent the respiratory droplets from traveling in the air and onto other people.
- – No Mask, No Entry: All students, faculty and staff are required to wear an appropriate face covering at all times. This must cover the mouth and nose. Students must bring their own face covering to school, and wear it properly.
- – Clear Communication: As a language school, we understand the need for clear auditory and visual cues in verbal communication. In the classroom, students and faculty may have the option to use clear plastic “face shields” rather than cloth masks. If face shields are used without a mask, they should wrap around the sides of the face and below the chin.
Physical Distancing and Capacity Measures
Managing the number of students present at UCEDA has been a major consideration as we implement physical distancing guidelines based on recommendations from health authorities and government officials. We have made some temporary adjustments that include limited-contact instruction and student services to ensure a responsible and enjoyable environment for everyone. Additional measures include:
- – Schedule modifications: To ensure classrooms do not exceed 50% of normal capacity, classes may be divided into Group A and Group B.
- – Floor markings: Inside classrooms, floors will be marked to indicate appropriate spacing between student desks. Markings on the ground near the front desk will also promote proper physical distancing when queuing is needed.
- – Physical barriers: Physical barriers have been added in select places where it is difficult to maintain strict physical distancing guidelines. These may be visible in areas around the front desk, for example, to help ensure proper distances between people.
- – Signage: Health and safety signage has been installed to assist students to responsibly manage their attendance and hygiene practices.
- – Training: We are also training faculty and staff to appropriately engage with students and promote physical distancing guidelines in classrooms, common areas and queues.
Cleanliness and Sanitization
We’ve increased cleaning and disinfection in high-traffic and high-touch areas such as student desks, tables, chairs, handles, restrooms and more. Classrooms will be disinfected before and after each class.
Additionally, hand sanitizer will be available in the reception and common areas, and students are highly encouraged to wash and sanitize their hands frequently while visiting.
We can do this!
Though it may be different from the last time you came to class, these new measures are designed to deliver an effective and accessible learning experience in a responsible way.
As part of these efforts, students may see other changes to our classes and other programs and services. We understand that these times are challenging, and we appreciate everyone’s patience and understanding as we navigate as responsibly as we can.
We’ll continue to find new ways to learn and achieve our goals, while staying healthy together.
See you soon!