December 8, 2020
Return to Campus after Winter Break
Due to the rising number of COVID-19 cases in New Jersey, and the added risk the holidays pose, AIMS Education will be taking extra safety precautions before allowing students back on campus after the winter break. There will be no on-campus labs during the week of January 4th. All classes will be online. On-campus labs will resume the week of January 11th.
In addition, all students will be required to provide a negative COVID-19 test before returning to campus. The test date must be January 6th or later. Any tests taken prior to January 6th will not be accepted. Please email your instructors your test results before attending any on-campus labs.
AIMS Education has resumed in-person instruction for labs, exams, and certain classes. Our COVID-19 Health and Safety Plan details the return to campus protocols that we are following to keep our school community safe. If you are a current student, please contact your instructor for further information.
Online Instruction for Theory
The majority of theory-based classes will continue to be taught online through Google Classroom. Online instruction will continue until AIMS Education moves to Phase Two of the Return to Campus Plan. Administrative offices will continue to operate remotely and will be available during normal business hours. Limited staff will also be available on campus during lab hours for current students.
Instructors will continue to utilize Google Classroom as a learning management system (LMS) to conduct the online classes. Students will be able to participate in the online classes by accessing Google Classroom, along with other Google tools (e.g. Google Meet). In addition to Google Classroom, the following online resources may be used in certain classes: Evolve from Elsevier, Connect from McGraw-Hill, Cengage, and the Library & Information Resources Network (LIRN).
In order to participate in the online classes, students must have a computer, tablet, or smart phone, and a reliable internet connection. Speakers and a microphone, or a telephone, will also be required to participate in live sessions using Google Meet. Instructors and school administrators will be available to assist students with technology related issues.
Virtual School Visit and Enrollment
AIMS will continue to conduct virtual school visits for all prospective students. In order to participate in these virtual visits, you must have a computer, internet connection, and email account. During the virtual visit, our admissions specialists will discuss your programs of interest and show you a glimpse of the campus through images and videos. This will be an interactive experience so make sure you bring lots of questions. To learn more, please contact our admissions department at 908-222-0002, Ext. 553 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
We are still enrolling new students in upcoming start dates. If you have already visited the school, or completed a virtual visit, the next step is to schedule your application or enrollment appointment. Applications and enrollments are being done remotely. Prospective students should contact the admissions department to learn more about the process. Please note that all remote enrollments may require students to complete and sign duplicate enrollment documentation when they return to campus for face-to-face instruction.
To better assist and support our students, AIMS Education has set up a help desk for all technical and student related issues. Please contact email@example.com if you are having technical issues, difficulty accessing school resources, or any other general questions. If the help desk is unable to assist you, your question will be forwarded to the appropriate department.
What is the Coronavirus?
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is monitoring the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, also known as the coronavirus. The coronavirus is a respiratory disease that was first detected in Wuhan, China, and has since spread globally. The virus has become widespread throughout the United States. As this is an evolving situation, please visit the CDC website for further updates and risk assessments.
How it Spreads
The coronavirus is spread primarily from person to person, but it can also be spread from contact with infected surfaces or objects. Being in close proximity to an infected person who coughs or sneezes will increase the risk of the disease spreading. According to the CDC, infected individuals are most contagious when they are most symptomatic. It is also possible for non-symptomatic patients to spread the virus, but they are not believed to be as contagious.
The CDC has issued the following guidance to help limit the danger of this emerging public health threat:
- It’s currently flu and respiratory disease season and CDC recommends getting a flu vaccine, taking everyday preventive actions to help stop the spread of germs, and taking flu antivirals if prescribed.
- If you are a healthcare provider, be on the look-out for people who have fever and respiratory symptoms.
- If you are a healthcare provider caring for a COVID-19 patient or a public health responder, please take care of yourself and follow recommended infection control procedures.
- If you have been exposed to someone sick with COVID-19 in the last 14 days, you will face some limitations on your movement and activity. Please follow instructions during this time. Your cooperation is integral to the ongoing public health response to try to slow spread of this virus. If you develop COVID-19 symptoms, contact your healthcare provider, and tell them about your symptoms and your travel or exposure to a COVID-19 patient.
- For people who are ill with COVID-19, please follow CDC guidance on how to reduce the risk of spreading your illness to others.
In addition, The CDC also recommends following these preventive actions to help limit the spread of respiratory diseases:
- 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.
- Follow CDC’s recommendations for using a facemask.
- Wear masks in public settings when around people not living in your household and particularly where other social distancing measures are difficult to maintain, such as grocery stores, pharmacies, and gas stations. Masks may slow the spread of the virus and help people who may have the virus and do not know it from transmitting it to others.
- COVID-19 can be spread by people who do not have symptoms and do not know that they are infected. That’s why it’s important for everyone to practice social distancing (staying at least 6 feet away from other people) and wear masks in public settings. Masks provide an extra layer to help prevent the respiratory droplets from traveling in the air and onto other people.
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
- If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol. Always wash hands with soap and water if hands are visibly dirty.
Please review the information below to stay up to date on all CDC recommendations and guidance.