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URGENT UPDATE FROM ASA PRESIDENT
Published on March 25, 2020
Externship Training Updates
YOU ARE NOT MANDATED TO GO TO YOUR EXTERNSHIP SITE UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE, please note:
1. New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced, at a press conference Friday morning, that workers in nonessential businesses across New York state are required to stay home in an effort to combat the spread of the Coronavirus pandemic. This executive order takes effect Sunday, March 22, 2020.
2. There is no need to panic, once we are able to resume work, we will ensure all approved externs are placed at a site, and we will grant the necessary extension for you to complete your training. Focus on your classes, which are scheduled to launch online, MARCH 30, 2020. UNLESS YOU ARE ESSENTIAL WORKER WHO AGREED TO WORK, please remain home. Stay safe, knowing that no ASA student will be left behind.
We are here for YOU all the way!
Published on March 13, 2020
Dear ASA Community (Staff and Students):
Yesterday, I informed all of you via email that ASA College was suspending classes at NY’s Manhattan and Brooklyn Campuses ONLY beginning Friday, March 13, 2020 through Sunday March 15, 2020. As I have been stating for the past two weeks, the Coronavirus crisis is fluid and changes day-by-day. I convened an emergency Executive Staff meeting today to consider the latest, up-to-date developments about this crisis. After much deliberations, the team concluded that the events during the last few weeks have been stressful, especially on the students. For this reason, the executive committee and academic management overwhelmingly decided to implement a two-week Spring Break from Monday, March 16, 2020 through, Sunday, March 29th, 2020. Again, this spring break is only applicable to the NY campuses (Manhattan and Brooklyn).
All Classes, including all levels of ESL, will resume on Monday, March 30, 2020 via ONLINE FORMAT until further notice. (Information about access and detailed tutorials on the distance learning format will be sent via email.) ASA management will continue to monitor the situation on a daily basis and will keep you advised when the classes will resume in the traditional, on-ground format.
We are taking this situation with a high degree of caution. We are going to need the help of staff and students. We have been in constant communication with Catherin Corrales, President of the ASA Student Government Body, seeking advice from the student perspective. We have pledged to strongly cooperate with her by providing her with office, email, and a telephone extension so that you can call her with any questions or concerns you may have. Her information is as follows:
President of the Student Government Body
This crisis is so unpredictable that things can change several times during a day. Please note, we will be advising you of any changes via ASA email. It is important for you to check your ASA emails, as well as the College’s social media, for updates on how we are handling the overall COVID‐19 situation. We strongly advise you to check your ASA email frequently, on a daily if not hourly basis. ASA will continue to rely upon the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and the U.S. Department of Education among others for information and updates. We will share these resources with you, and will endeavor to be transparent with you as the Coronavirus runs its course.
Again, I would like to reiterate that, if anyone feels sick, has fever or signs/symptoms of respiratory illness, please see a doctor immediately and please move to self-quarantine as soon as possible for at least 2 weeks as recommended by the CDC. If you have a confirmed case of Coronavirus, kindly inform Jose Valencia, President of ASA at firstname.lastname@example.org so that we can address the possible exposure to the ASA community at large. Of course, your personal medical information will remain confidential and would only be shared with the governmental agencies and/or the CDC for as required by law.
Finally, please know that the well-being of all of you, students, faculty, and staff, are foremost in my mind. I believe we can weather this crisis because we at ASA are a community made stronger by the hard work, dedication, and faith of each and every one of you. You and your wellbeing are at the core of all of the decisions we are making. It may not always be perfect, but we are striving to be. And with your cooperation, communication, and patience we will come through this challenge more united than ever ready to realize a much brighter future at ASA. Stay well, stay informed, stay positive, and stay with us. We will get through this together.
Jose F. Valencia, CPA
Published on March 13, 2020
Starting Monday, March 16, all in-person classes scheduled in New York campuses will resume but will be conducted online. This means that your professors will be posting instructional materials, assessments, and further guidance on our college’s learning management system, Blackboard Learn. To get guidance from your professors as to what you need to study and work on in your respective classes, you must log in to Blackboard Learn on Monday, March 16.
We also expect that you check your ASA College e-mail account as frequently as possible.
Here are some tutorials and resources that will help you along your journey:
- How to Log In Handout (http://bit.ly/asalogin) – this resource has the steps required to log in to your ASA College e-mail account and Blackboard Learn. It also contains the contact information you need to get technical support.
- Online Campus tutorials (http://onlinecampus.asa.edu/oc/tutorials-and-resources/) – this section of the Online Campus website contains video tutorials and a quick guide on how to log in, navigate, and use Blackboard Learn.
- YouTube Playlist from Blackboard Inc. (http://bit.ly/bblforstudents) – this YouTube playlist curated by Blackboard Inc. has lots of videos that show how to use the features of Blackboard Learn.
- For the time being, we kindly ask that you continue to obtain your information directly from government agencies and ASA College to make sure that you have the most up to date and correct information.
Thank you for your understanding and cooperation during this challenging time!
Published on March 12, 2020
Dear ASA Community (Staff and Students):
In an email to all of you yesterday, I informed you that ASA College was listening to all of your concerns and your feedback regarding the coronavirus (COVID-19). ASA and its management know that this is a serious time for all of us across the country. Maintaining vigilance and compliance with Federal, State and City mandates is very important to us. Although there are no reported coronavirus cases at any ASA campuses, I have received over the last couple of days numerous emails from students and staff expressing anxiety and concerns regarding the current coronavirus situation.
It is for this reason that the College is suspending NY CLASSES ONLY at the end of business today, March 12, 2020 thru Sunday March 15, 2020.
The Florida campus remains the status quo. NY classes will resume on Monday, March 16, 2020 via an ONLINE FORMAT. This online format will continue thru Sunday, April 5, 2020. Again, Florida classes will remain without changes for now.
Over the next three-week period, ASA management will continue to monitor the situation here in NYC and in FL on a daily basis and will provide you with guidance whether the College will continue using the online instruction after Sunday, April 5, 2020 or resume residential instruction. For those of you who may not have a computer at home, please be aware that ASA is making available laptops for $150 and one can be picked up at the Manhattan Campus.
We ask that you please utilize and review your ASA email to keep updated with the COVID-19 situation at the College. We are taking this situation with a high degree of caution, however, we cannot do it alone. ASA is going to need the help of staff and students. Furthermore, if anyone feels sick, has fever or signs/symptoms of respiratory illness, please see a medical practitioner immediately.
Lastly, ASA will continue to rely upon the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the U.S. Department of Education (DOE) among others for information and updates. We will share these resources with you, and will endeavor to be transparent with you as the Coronavirus runs its course. Please keep reading your ASA emails, as well as the College’s social media, for updates on how we are handling the overall COVID‐19 situation.
Jose F. Valencia, CPA
Published on March 12, 2020
Dear ASA Community,
We prioritize both the safety and the security of our students. Though we are following all procedures for proper hygiene to ensure student safety at this time, it is also our intention to make sure our students feel secure. Instructors have been given the flexibility to provide students with remote assignments via blackboard and other technologies so that students will be able to continue their studies remotely. To be clear, we want to ensure our students sense of security and safety. Complete coursework remotely if you feel that coming to campus will endanger your sense of security or health.
Published on March 11, 2020
Dear ASA Community,
We understand your concerns and are listening to your feedback regarding the coronavirus (COVID-19). The College knows that this is a serious time for all of us across the country, and we are maintaining vigilance accordingly. As of today, there are no reported coronavirus cases at ASA college’s three campuses: Manhattan, Brooklyn, and Hialeah. Therefore, we will continue to conduct our business as usual until further notice.
Furthermore, ASA is keeping abreast of notifications from various organizations including the New York City Mayor’s Office and the U.S. Department of Education (DOE). An announcement has already been made about NYC public schools remaining open. The DOE has released guidance for institutions to address compliance with Title IV Higher Education Act (HEA) policies for students receiving federal financial aid whose activities have been affected by COVID-19. The College is reviewing this guidance for all activities that are subject to Title IV policies and regulations.
Four weeks ago, the College formed a Coronavirus Task Force Committee to monitor the situation here at ASA, and to provide recommendations to ensure the safety of our students and staff. The committee has recommended and implemented a number of actions such as:
- A contingency plan in case the situation worsens and there is a need to modify the way we provide educational instruction to our students via online operations. However, we have the systems in place in case we need to go that route.
- Increased cleaning and sanitation services at our three campuses and dormitory facilities during the week, and on weekends.
- Ensured that any students showing unusual symptoms are referred to medical facilities immediately as precautionary measures. All of these referrals have come back with negative results.
- informed staff and students with up to date information provided to us by City, State and Federal authorities.
Here at ASA College, we are taking this situation with a high degree of caution. However, we cannot do it alone. We are going to need the help of staff and students to follow the guidance below:
You are NOT to come to the COLLEGE (ASA) if you have any of the following:
Fever with severe acute lower respiratory illness (e.g., pneumonia, ARDS) requiring hospitalization and without alternative explanatory diagnosis (e.g., influenza)
No source of exposure identified
Fever and signs/symptoms of a lower respiratory illness (e.g., cough or shortness of breath requiring hospitalization)
A history of travel from affected geographic areas within 14 days of symptom onset
Fever or signs/symptoms of lower respiratory illness close contact with a laboratory-confirmed covid-19 patient within 14 days of symptom onset (e.g., cough or shortness of breath)
Anyone who has had close contact with a laboratory-confirmed covid-19 patient within 14 days of symptom onset
IN ORDER TO RETURN TO CLASS, YOU MUST HAVE A NOTE FROM YOUR PHYSICIAN CLEARING YOU TO RETURN TO ASA.
Further, the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has issued the following recommendations and we are strongly recommending that all of us follow them:
- Wash your hand with soap as many times as possible
- If you feel sick, please stay home. This is highly recommended for you to get better. More importantly, this recommendation will prevent other people from getting sick.
- At all times, avoid close contact with people who are sick
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth
- Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue. Immediately thereafter, throw the tissue in the trash.
Download these simple steps to help stop the spread of COVID-19 and other viruses:
Lastly, ASA will continue to rely upon the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and the U.S. Department of Education among others for information and updates. We will share these resources with you, and will endeavor to be transparent with you as the Coronavirus runs its course. Please keep reading your ASA emails, as well as the College’s social media, for updates on how we are handling the COVID‐19 situation.