CORONAVIRUS (COVID 19) PANDEMIC CONCERNS
Dear AAMI Community:
For the past several weeks, AAMI has been studying the issues related to the worldwide Coronavirus (COVID 19) pandemic concerns and the potential impact on AAMI. COVID 19 has spread quickly across the country and recently new cases of the virus have been reported in the greater New York City area with some schools shutting down to protect their students and staff.
AAMI senior staff has been meeting daily this past week to discuss the steps that AAMI would need to take if the pandemic worsens. Today, we determined that it was time to take “preventative steps” to protect our campus students, faculty and staff from the widening impact of COVID 19.
AAMI will temporarily close the campus facilities (classrooms and offices) for the next two weeks (March 9 through 20). We will constantly evaluate the impact of this decision to ensure that it is working well. We will reevaluate the COVID 19 threat and the success of our closure effort during the second week to determine if the closure should continue.
AAMI will continue to operate at full capacity during the office closure. All classes will continue and all services will be available to students.
Online classes will not be affected because faculty and students already do all their work online and remotely.
Campus classes will be conducted via our telephone conferencing system. Students and faculty will remain at home but attend their classes by telephone conferencing. Printed materials normally handed out in class will be sent to students by email or U.S. mail. Assignments will be submitted to the instructor by email or US mail. Campus students and faculty will soon receive more details on how this will work.
Finally, AAMI staff has worked out the details of how virtually all of their job functions can be performed at home. Those that cannot will require several staff to travel to campus for a few hours several times a week.
I will keep you updated as we work our way through the rapidly changing pandemic threat. Thank you for your patience as we work out all of the details of operating the school under the current constraints.
Tracy M. Lentz