AATI continues to closely monitor the spread of COVID-19 and we are making the necessary preparations in case the COVID-19 becomes more prevalent in our community. As of today, there have been no cases of COVID-19 in our school.
Should we determine at some point in the future that it is necessary to close school for a period of time, we will implement a temporary, computer-based distance learning program for all programs and courses. Once we set everything to start, we will be training all faculty and staff to implement the program and students will receive training as well. In the event of such a situation, you will receive further communication from us outlining the plan.
For the time being, we urge you to report to Human Resources if you have travel or will travel to the following countries:
- South Korea
- any Europe country
- Hong Kong
You will need a doctor's note indicating you and your family are not contagious and are medically cleared before you are permitted to return to school. This list could change at any time based on the spread of the virus.
If you decide to travel to other international locations not listed above, be aware that health resources in those areas may become affected by coronavirus. You may be subject to governmental travel restrictions with little or no notice, and airlines may limit or cancel flights without warning. Should the country to which you travel become a CDC Level 3, 2 or 1 destination, you will be subject to any restrictions in place at the time of your return, not only at the time of departure. Returning to the U.S. may be difficult, and after your arrival you may be required to stay away from campus for 14 days.
We all play a role in reducing the likelihood of any illness spreading in our school community. Symptoms of the COVID-19 coronavirus include and usually begin with:
- High fever
- Shortness of breath
If the above symptoms appear for anyone within your home, you should seek immediate medical attention. Please do not send your child(ren) to school unless authorized and cleared by a medical professional. If you have any doubt, please exercise caution and stay at home.
On premises, we continue to take extra care to maintain a clean environment. Desks, door knobs, water fountains and handrails are being cleaned more frequently. Hand sanitizer is being made available in classrooms and we have ordered a number of free standing hand sanitizer dispensers for the common areas and restrooms.
The CDC recommends following steps to protect yourself and your family:
- Take everyday preventive actions to stay healthy.
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
- Stay home when you are sick.
- Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
- Follow public health advice regarding school closures, avoiding crowds and other social distancing measures.
- Stay informed. CDC's COVID-19 Situation Summary will be updated regularly as information becomes available.
- CDC does not recommend that people who are well wear a facemask to protect themselves from respiratory illnesses, including COVID-19. You should only wear a mask if a healthcare professional recommends it. A face mask should be used by people who have COVID-19 and are showing symptoms. This is to protect others from the risk of getting infected.
We will continue to communicate with you in the days and weeks to come. As always, the safety of our students, staff, and families remains our top priority.
Thank you all for your cooperation,
Nayibe M. Fondeur