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A Message from the Director
July 1, 2020
To Our Acalanes Adult Education Community,
Spring, 2020 brought about uncertain and unprecedented times. The health and safety of our students and staff are paramount. I am so proud of our staff, who jumped into action in March, and revamped their instructional practices. The students of Acalanes Adult Education (AAE) continued to support our programs and we came together, as a community, through Distance Learning.
We are eager to present our Fall class offerings, yet know there are still many questions as we move forward. Our staff have explored multiple options for class offerings, knowing that the traditional face-to-face instruction, for now, will no longer be available. As we prepare for our Fall courses, know that we will continue to follow the guidance from state and local health officials, and follow the guidelines established by our District.
During our school closure, many students reached out to me, letting me know how much they appreciated their courses in an online format. That said, for the Fall, some courses will be offered in a face-to-face, on-site fashion, but class sizes will be limited to not more than 15 students to allow for proper social distancing. Some classes may be offered in a hybrid face-to-face and online format, while others may be offered as strictly online/distance learning formats.
Enhanced Health and Safety Measures:
- Physical distancing and capacity measures: AAE will implement physical distancing guidelines based on guidance from health authorities, such as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and appropriate government agencies. For example, to allow for proper physical distancing, classroom capacity may be not more than 15 students per classroom.
- Cleanliness and sanitization: We are planning increased cleaning and disinfection, determining where that should take place (for example, in high-traffic areas), and the cleaning products and processes we will use. We are working closely with our District Custodial Department on these specific measures.
- Screening and prevention support: We will follow guidance from the government and the medical community regarding enhanced screening procedures and prevention measures, including those related to personal protective equipment (PPE), such as face coverings. Some measures, like adding hand sanitizers, have already been implemented.
Please note we will be adjusting our refund policy to properly address the current situation, so please refer Homepage on our website for our current, modified refund policy.
AAE will continue to offer online registration where students may enroll in classes and pay the course fees with Discover, MasterCard, or Visa. We encourage you to enroll early so that you reserve your space in a class that is popular, or keep from being cancelled due to low enrollment. Additionally, should your class be offered online, you will receive log-in information from your teacher.
Thank you for your ongoing support of AAE and I look forward to seeing you in our classes during our Fall, 2020 term.
Steven France, DirectorSteven France, Director