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COMMUNITY PUBLIC HEALTH UPDATE

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AMDA Community

Over the last 6 months, we have made your health and safety – and that of our faculty and staff – THE primary focus when making decisions about how to proceed with our return to campus. We have remained strong as an AMDA community and we have been inspired to see you grow as artists and conscientious citizens of the world!

We would like to share with you our current plans - as of today - regarding our Fall Semester. We will continue to abide by best health practices and guidance from our health experts as to whether we will have to adjust our plans.

We can’t wait to see you again!


New York Campus

The following options are available for your Fall semester on the New York Campus:

  1. In-Person on AMDA's NYC Campus
    1. This will be a Hybrid model of instruction which will be a mix of in-person instruction and online hours
  2. Online Only
    1. This means that you will conduct your Fall semester in AMDA’s online learning environment from your own residence (off campus)
  3. I will delay my return to AMDA until the Spring 2021 semester
    1. This means you will take the Fall semester off and return to AMDA in-person for the Spring 2021 semester

While we are so thrilled to have the opportunity to be back on campus together, it is very important to note the following adjustments to AMDA’s campus and academic life. These changes have been put into place in order to comply with New York’s government regulations, guidance, and laws regarding the reopening of our campus:

  1. All class sizes will be limited to 10-12 students per class
  2. All learning will be a hybrid of in-person hours and online hours
  3. All residence hall rooms will be limited to one person
    1. Due to the limit of one student in a room, AMDA will be securing additional housing
    2. For more information on housing policies and procedures please click HERE.
  4. Students must commit to remaining on campus during the brief Thanksgiving holiday
    1. We understand that Thanksgiving is a family holiday, but given the risk of infection while traveling, it is in the best interests of the health of our community to limit unnecessary travel for short periods of time.
    2. AMDA will be hosting a Thanksgiving Dinner (socially distanced, as appropriate) for all students.
  5. For the Winter Holiday Break (Dec. 19 – Jan. 4), students will be permitted to leave AMDA’s campus, but students who spend time in a state that is on the New York State Travel Advisory list (found HERE) will need to return to campus by December 27 in order to quarantine for 14 days prior to resuming in person classes.
    1. Please note that, as with all of our plans, if the New York State Travel Advisory list changes, we will certainly adjust our plans regarding those who are traveling. This means that if states which are currently on the Travel Advisory list are removed from the list, the need to quarantine upon return from those states will not be necessary.
  6. All students will be required to abide by the following health and safety measures:
    1. Face Covering Policy +

      1. New York State requires face coverings for all people upon entering any indoor spaces. Therefore, when on AMDA’s campus, students, faculty, and staff will be required to wear face masks inside all campus buildings, at all times, unless specifically instructed (voice lesson, singing in a musical theatre class, etc.). When students, faculty, and staff do take off face masks to sing, for example, other solutions for safety will be provided. Face masks are not required inside individual residence hall rooms or apartments, but are required in all public and common spaces. If you have a disability or medical condition that prevents you from wearing a face mask, please contact Accessibility Services. We will evaluate your documentation and work with you to find a long-term solution. While this evaluation is in progress, you must wear an alternate face covering such as a clear face shield.
    1. Physical and Social Distancing Policy +

      1. AMDA recognizes that physical distancing is an important aspect of mitigating the risk of spreading COVID-19 by reducing the opportunities for close contact between people. When able, all AMDA community members should maintain a distance of at least six feet (two meters) from each other. AMDA facilities have been modified, where possible, to promote physical distancing. In all other locations, it is asked that AMDA community members do their part to distance themselves from each other.
    1. Notification of Positive COVID-19 Test Results or Exposure Policy +

      1. All AMDA community members are required to report the following within 24 hours to the AMDA NY Emergency Response Team (NYERT@amda.edu):
        1. A positive laboratory confirmed case of COVID-19
        2. Known exposure to COVID-19
        3. If you are experiencing any symptoms they may be related to COVID-19

We are planning for a phased residence hall move-in to begin on October 2 and continue throughout the month. Students who are currently enrolled in the Summer Semester will be among the first students to move back into the Residence Halls. We will be following up with specific dates and times over the coming weeks.

Questions? Please contact as follows:

Continuing Students: NYEducation@amda.edu

Incoming Students: AdmissionsNY@amda.edu


Los Angeles Campus

The following are our current plans for the Fall Semester. Please note that if the public health situation improves and if we are permitted to do so by LA County and CA State, we will begin to welcome students back on campus to live in our residence halls and utilize AMDA facilities in October, November and/or December while taking online classes:

  1. November 2 – December 18
    1. Online instruction
  2. December 19 – January 3
    1. Winter Holiday Break
  3. January 4 – 10
    1. Online instruction continues for those students returning to campus. Students will take all classes online from their assigned AMDA Housing/LA residence. Note: Students will be asked to return to campus beginning December 27 to allow for a staggered return.
  4. January 11 – February 26
    1. Begin a hybrid model of in-person and online instruction

Of course, this plan is dependent on the public health situation in LA improving to the point that it is safe and reasonable to follow this timeline.

The following options are available for your Fall semester:

  1. Begin the semester with online instruction with the hope of returning to campus as soon as we receive approval to reopen
    1. When we resume in-person instruction, it will be a Hybrid model of instruction which will be a mix of in-person instruction and online hours
  2. Online Only
    1. This means that you will conduct your Fall semester in AMDA’s online learning environment from your own residence (off campus)
  3. I will delay my return to AMDA until the Spring 2021 semester
    1. This means you will take the Fall semester off and return to AMDA in-person for the Spring 2021 semester

Questions? Please contact as follows:

Continuing Students: LARegistrar@amda.edu

Incoming Students: AdmissionsLA@amda.edu


RETURN TO CAMPUS PLAYBOOK

AMDA has developed a plan for returning to each campus in a way that enables us to maintain a safe and healthy environment for everyone. We invite all of our community members – students, parents, faculty, and staff – to read the AMDA Return to Campus Playbook for your campus. The AMDA Return to Campus Playbook covers all areas of health and safety including the use of masks, other personal protective gear, residential life, the daily self-health checks that will be required of all students, faculty, and staff, and many other important pieces of information that will be necessary for you to know prior to arriving on campus.

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 and events are being rescheduled for future dates yet to be determined. Please note that we are encouraging our applicants to submit a video audition or sign up for a live virtual audition with one of our faculty members.

Either digital audition will in no way impact the outcome of your audition. In fact, we encourage you to 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 accordance with the latest guidelines set by the U.S. Center for Disease Control (CDC) we have officially cancelled the Gap program, and all in-person sessions for the High School Summer Conservatory in LA & NYC. For specific program updates and enrollment information, please go to the following links:
High School Summer Conservatory
Gap Program

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