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Staying Safe at School

UCEDA International is making progress toward resuming normal operations, and we are delighted to see our students in class again!

We continue to follow guidance from health authorities at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and other governmental agencies, as we are committed to the safety and well-being of the communities we serve. Thank you for your participation, patience, and understanding during these extraordinary times.

More tools than ever before are available to prevent COVID-19 from placing strain on communities and healthcare systems. With current high levels of vaccination and high levels of population immunity from both vaccination and infections, the risk of severe illness from COVID-19 is greatly reduced for most people.

 

Masks

Effective March 3, 2022, the CDC now maintains a map of COVID-19 Community Levels to help communities and individuals make decisions based on their local context and their unique needs.

UCEDA International sites are not located in any communities with High levels of COVID-19. This means masks are not required indoors.

Individuals may choose to wear a mask based on personal preference, informed by their personal level of risk. People with symptoms, a positive test, or exposure to someone with COVID-19 should wear a mask.

 

Vaccination

All individuals are encouraged to stay up to date with COVID-19 vaccines and boosters.

COVID-19 vaccines have been proven safe and highly effective. All adults and most children are now eligible for vaccination. There is no proof of residency or documentation required to be vaccinated.  If you do not speak English, you can still receive a vaccine. All points of dispensing are asked to make translation or interpretation services available.

If you have not yet received the vaccine and wish to do so, please visit: www.vaccines.gov.

 

In-person and Online Classes

We recognize that some people are at higher risk for serious illness, including the elderly, people who are immunocompromised, and people with disabilities. Therefore, UCEDA International continues to offer both in-person and online instruction at this time.

Students now have the option to temporarily count online classes toward a full course of study until April 2023. Students can maintain nonimmigrant F-1 status while engaging in in-person classes, or a hybrid program that includes both in-person and online classes.

Note: Nonimmigrant students who began prior to March 9, 2020 may continue to attend classes 100% online at UCEDA International until the end of 2022.

Any classes taken online must be approved by the school’s Academic Advisor, and will typically be communicated as part of the syllabus for each course.

 

Opt-in Agreement

Students who choose to participate in online classes must confirm and agree to the following:

1. I have basic computer skills and can manage email, documents, and PDF files.
2. I can log in to my Microsoft account @student.uceda.edu
3. I will connect using a computer or laptop with a complete keyboard (not a cell phone)
4. My computer meets the Zoom technology requirements
5. I will attend classes remotely, in a place where I can maintain my focus, and maintain a good internet connection
6. I will connect to the class on time
7. I will keep my camera on, with appropriate lighting to show my face during class
8. I will dress appropriately, not in pajamas or attire which would disrupt or distract the online class
9. I will mute my microphone when I am not speaking
10. I will not sleep, drive, or participate in other activities which may distract me or others from the class
11. If I fail to follow these rules, I may be marked absent
12. If I am placed on academic probation for failing grades or poor attendance, I may be required to attend classes in-person, not online

 

DO’S AND DON’TS FOR ONLINE CLASSES

This fun video shared by San Diego State University shows us what behavior is appropriate and inappropriate in online classes:

 

It’s time to take your life back.

We have taken enhanced health and safety measures—for you, our other students, and employees. An inherent risk of exposure to illness can exist in any public place where people are present. By visiting or attending classes at UCEDA, you voluntarily assume the associated risks. If you are feeling sick, especially if you are experiencing any symptoms related to COVID-19, please stay home. Get tested, and seek advice from a medical professional. We will continue to follow CDC recommendations and state guidelines for isolation and quarantine as applicable.

Let’s continue to work together to keep our communities safe and connected, while never giving up on our goals. UCEDA is here to help people improve their lives through education, today and always.

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