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COMMUNITY PUBLIC HEALTH UPDATE

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We have been so inspired by our student’s resilience, creativity, and courage throughout our AMDA On Location! Spring 2020 semester! We can’t wait for that joyous moment when we can all be back on campus together.

We are very hopeful that we can begin our Summer 2020 semester in person!

Your Summer Semester for 2020 will have a new start date: Monday, July 20.

We made the decision to delay the start of the Summer Semester so that we can abide by the most up-to-date guidance from our government agencies and public health experts.

Here are the dates for AMDA’s Summer Semester 2020:

  • Monday, July 20 – Friday, October 23 (Los Angeles Campus)
  • Monday, July 20 – Friday, October 30 (New York Campus)

We understand that there will be many questions regarding how we will return to campus. We all have questions in our minds such as:

  • Will we all be required to wear masks on campus?
  • How will we ensure that our campus remains safe?
  • How will we ensure appropriate social distancing in the residence halls and in the hallways?
  • What will be done inside each classroom to ensure safety?

Please know that the AMDA staff is developing comprehensive plans to keep our community healthy and safe which will answer these questions and many others. We pledge to bring students back to a campus that has all proper precautions in place and where they feel safe and cared for.

Please be patient as we continue finalizing plans.

One final note for now: The above plan is made with the information we have currently. Our AMDA Community is flexible and creative and we will continue to be so over the next few months.

John Galgano

Chief of Staff

As AMDA transitions to a remote learning system due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Accessibility Services remains available for questions and appointments via email or videoconference. Students and faculty are strongly encouraged to reach out with any questions or concerns to LAAccessibility@amda.edu or NYAccessibility@amda.edu.

If you need to submit a document to Accessibility Services, please scan and send it as an email attachment. Do not fax it or drop it off in person.

Resources for Students and Faculty

  1. The AMDA Library’s Online Learning Resources Page (LA) (NY). This resource provides walkthroughs for accessing the Library’s thorough list of online colleges, curriculum support, distance learning guides, writing tips (including grammar, MLA format, and examples from writing on the topic of performing arts), a FAQ list, and much more.
  2. The COVID-19 Resource Page from the NCCSD (National Center for College Students with Disabilities). This page offers news, information, and resources specifically written for students with disabilities for whom COVID-19 might present unique challenges, and also for the professionals who support them.
  3. Explore Access’s resource sheet is an invaluable resource for faculty who would benefit from tools and tips for designing fully accessible online courses.
  4. For students with service or emotional support animals, the Humane Society has compiled a resource page for those who would like more information about caring for animals during this outbreak.
Students
  • What if I feel remote instruction causes new or different barriers for me, and I need to request new accommodations? +

    We understand that some accommodations may need to be adjusted for a remote environment, and new accommodations may need to be discussed. Please contact Accessibility Services via email and we will set up an appointment to discuss any barriers caused by remote learning.

  • How will extended time accommodations for written exams work? +

    Please communicate with your instructor directly about their plan for providing extra time, and CC Accessibility Services. The plan may vary from course to course. Your instructor and Accessibility Services will work together to ensure the provision of extra time is equitable.

Faculty
  • I have questions about how to implement my students’ accommodations in an online format. What should I do? +

    Please reach out to me to discuss your specific question. Many accommodations (for example, those that deal with seating arrangements, reduced distraction environments, breaks, or electronics use in class) will no longer be relevant. Others (movement modifications, alterations in delivery of critique, extended assignment/exam time) will still apply but may require slight changes in how they are provided. In cases where the adjustment will only affect logistics, it is fine for you and the student to work out the particulars – but please do CC your department chair and myself on the conversation.

  • A student of mine is requesting a new accommodation because the remote learning system presents a barrier for them. How should I respond? +

    If the student is requesting a completely new accommodation, and not a slight alteration of an existing, approved accommodation, please direct the student to contact Accessibility Services. Accessibility Services is still operating remotely at full capacity and is able to handle new accommodation requests.

At this time, all in-person auditions through May 31 are being rescheduled for future dates yet to be determined. Please note that we are encouraging our applicants to submit an online video audition. The video audition will in no way impact the outcome of your audition. In fact, we encourage you, at this time, to submit your video audition as soon as possible to not delay the process of joining the AMDA family. We are here for you, and are available to assist you with the entire process. If you have immediate questions, our team of admissions representatives are here and ready to help guide you.

In regards to the High School Summer Conservatory & Gap Program, we are attentive to the guidelines set by the U.S. Center for Disease Control (CDC) and will wait for their recommendations for Summer programs. Until that recommendation comes, the High School Summer Conservatory & Gap Program will continue enrollment procedures as usual. If there are any updates and changes, we will reach out to all students & families directly via phone and email to provide you with options.

We are committed to fully supporting your learning needs. If you are a current student, please use the form below to tell us about any technical support you might need.

Technical Form

IT Helpdesk hours, contact information, and internet troubleshooting tips can be found on the IT Helpdesk page.