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AMDA Los Angeles: July 20th – Summer Semester will begin online

AMDA’s Los Angeles campus will begin our Summer Semester with online classes on July 20. However, we hope to be able to return in person 6-8 weeks later, in September. Our hope is that the last half of the Summer Semester will be in person. We will hope for the best and plan for a return while at the same time, understanding that we must follow our city and state guidance for reopening. AMDA has developed a plan for returning to 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 LA Return to Campus Playbook. The AMDA LA 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.

If you have any questions at all about returning to campus, please email LAStudentAffairs@amda.edu.

AMDA New York: July 20th – Summer Semester will begin Online

AMDA’s New York campus will begin our Summer Semester with online classes on July 20. It is our hope that we will be able to resume in-person classes sometime during the Summer Semester, but we do not have enough information yet from our city and state agencies to know when that will be. Please know that it is a possibility that the entire NY Summer Semester will be online. We will hope for the best and plan for a return while at the same time, understanding that we must follow our city and state guidance for reopening. Although we are not certain yet when our NY campus will reopen for in-person classes, AMDA has developed a plan for returning to 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 NY Return to Campus Playbook. The AMDA NY 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.

AMDA NY Playbook

If you have any questions at all about the NY Summer Semester starting online, please email NYEDServices@amda.edu.

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 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 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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