Our Commitment to Safe In-Person Learning: What You Need to Know

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As we resume offering in-person learning in the U.S., we’re ensuring that students are set up for success in a safe learning environment. Below is everything you need to know about our policy, including answers to questions you might have. For individuals who will not be enrolled in a full-time immersive or part-time course when they visit, please scroll down to the section titled For Class and Workshop Attendees and Other Visitors.

For Full-Time and Part-Time Students

Vaccinations

All enrolled GA students in the US must be fully vaccinated prior to starting their in-person program. The CDC defines fully vaccinated as:

  • 2 weeks after an individual’s second dose in a 2-dose series, such as the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines, or
  • 2 weeks after a single-dose vaccine, such as Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen vaccine.

Students will have to declare their vaccination status during the admissions process and will be required to show proof of vaccination on or before their first day of class. We will not be saving any vaccination records. 

Masks

Regardless of the latest CDC announcement or other national and/or local health authority guidance regarding masks or face coverings, we will be requiring all students to wear a face covering on campus.

Students may remove their masks if they are actively eating or drinking.

All students will also be required to follow any building-specific public safety guidance as outlined by each campus’s property management company. Students must adhere to any mask policies set forth by the building for public areas, such as elevators, building lobbies, public restrooms, parking garages, bike storage facilities, communal workspaces, public cafeterias, snack bars, or restaurants, etc.

Check-in Procedure

All students will need to be registered ahead of time and submit a health declaration form using the Envoy workplace management platform prior to entering campus.  

This form will attest that each individual is not exhibiting any COVID-related symptoms; that they have not been exposed to someone with COVID or exhibiting COVID symptoms; and that they have not tested positive for COVID themselves. This questionnaire will need to be submitted prior to visiting campus each time via an app or when arriving at campus via a QR code displayed on a tablet at the campus entrance.  

After their initial registration on Envoy, all entrants to the space (staff, instructors, students, and visitors) will be required to sign-in and out using the Envoy workplace management platform and submit the health questionnaire each time they plan to come to campus. Individuals can do so via an app or by using the tablet at the campus entrance.

  • If on any given day an individual experiences a change to their health and/or answers “yes” to any of the COVID-related questions on the health questionnaire, they will be asked to stay home, inform their Student Success Specialist, and consult a medical professional.  

Social Distancing

Students must adhere to social distancing guidelines (6 ft.) while on a GA campus. All of our classrooms and common spaces will be set up for adequate social distancing of at least 6 feet and at 50% maximum capacity.

Exposure Management Guidelines

Please stay home and contact your Student Success team if:

  • You have tested positive for COVID-19.
  • You are exhibiting symptoms and/or have been exposed to COVID-19, or have been tested but have not yet received results.
  • You have been in close contact in the last 14 days with a person who has tested positive for COVID-19 or is suspected to have COVID-19.
  • You have been advised by a healthcare professional or the health department within the last 14 days of exposure to COVID-19 and should self-quarantine.
  • You are exhibiting one or more of the symptoms of COVID-19 as defined by the CDC.
  • Following travel, including cruise ship/river cruise travel, you have been exposed to COVID-19, are symptomatic or tested positive for COVID-19.  

If you come to campus and are experiencing symptoms consistent with COVID-19 you will be asked to go home. Please reference the most up to date COVID-19 information on the CDC website. You are encouraged to contact your medical provider if you have any medical related questions or concerns regarding exposure or are exhibiting symptoms.

If a staff member, student or visitor tests positive for COVID-19, we will inform fellow employees, students and visitors to campus within the previous 14 days of their possible exposure to COVID-19. We will maintain confidentiality as required by the Americans with Disabilities Act. Those who have symptoms should self-isolate and follow CDC recommended steps. Those potentially exposed but with no symptoms will be asked to remain at home and practice social distancing for 14 days.

Student Enrollment and Withdrawal Policy

  • Students will not be permitted to switch their enrollment between in-person and online learning once the program has started. Any requests to change delivery format will follow our standard withdrawal and refund policy as outlined in the Student’s Enrollment Agreement and Student Course Catalog.

For Class and Workshop Attendees and Other Visitors

Vaccinations

Full vaccination is a requirement for anyone who visits a GA campus. Campus visitors will be required to show proof of vaccination or complete a self-attestation through Envoy depending on state and local guidelines. We will not be saving or storing proof of vaccination.

Check In Procedures with Envoy

All visitors to a GA campus will need to have a scheduled appointment with a GA staff member or be registered for an event or workshop. All campus visitors will be asked to submit a health declaration form using the Envoy workplace management platform prior to entering campus. 

This form will attest that each individual is not exhibiting any COVID-related symptoms; that they have not been exposed to someone with COVID or exhibiting COVID symptoms; and that they have not tested positive for COVID themselves. This questionnaire will need to be submitted prior to visiting campus each time via an app or when arriving at campus via a QR code displayed on a tablet at the campus entrance.

After their initial registration on Envoy, all entrants to the space will be required to sign-in and out using the Envoy workplace management platform and submit the health questionnaire each time they plan to come to campus. Individuals can do so via an app or by using the tablet at the campus entrance.   

  • If on any given day an individual experiences a change to their health and/or answers “yes” to any of the COVID-related questions on the health questionnaire, they will be asked to stay home, inform their manager, and consult a medical professional.  

Alumni or other GA guests will also need to have a scheduled appointment with a GA staff member in order to visit a campus. In advance of their appointment, they must register and submit a health declaration form using the Envoy workplace management platform prior to entering campus. 

Campuses will not be open to unscheduled public traffic, walk-ins, alumni, or any other visitors during this phase. This includes Online students, unless they have an appointment. 

Visitors may be required to submit a release and waiver prior to entering campus. 

Mask Protocols

  • Regardless of the latest CDC announcement or other national and/or local health authority guidance regarding masks or face coverings, we will be requiring all visitors to wear a face covering while entering or walking around campus.
  • Visitors must wear a mask while they are visiting campus. 
  • All visitors will also be required to follow any building-specific public safety guidance as outlined by each campus’s property management company. Visitors must adhere to any mask policies set forth by the building for public areas, such as elevators, building lobbies, public restrooms, parking garages, bike storage facilities, communal workspaces, public cafeterias, snack bars, or restaurants, etc. 

Social Distancing

  • All visitors must adhere to social distancing guidelines (6 ft.) while on a GA campus.

Visitor Policy

  • Any and all visitors to a GA campus will need to have a scheduled appointment with a GA staff member, be registered on the Envoy platform ahead of time and submit a health declaration prior to entering campus. This form will attest that each individual is:  
    • Not exhibiting any COVID-related symptoms.
    • Has not been exposed to someone with COVID or exhibiting COVID symptoms.
    • Has not tested positive for COVID themselves.   
  • Campuses will not otherwise be open to public traffic, walk-ins, or any other visitors during this phase, unless during pre-scheduled Open Houses.  
  • Subsequent visits to campus: After the initial visit and submission of the health declaration form, all entrants to the space will be required to sign in and out using the Envoy workplace management platform each time they plan to come to campus. By signing in each day, individuals are declaring that there has been no change to their health since the initial submission of the form. Individuals can sign in and out with the app or tablet at the campus entrance.
  • Visitors may be required to submit a release and waiver prior to entering campus.   

Other Precautions

  • Signage: All campuses will display COVID-19 and social distancing-related signage throughout the space in compliance with requirements of our parent company, The Adecco Group, and our global campus operations.  
  • Safety Supplies: All campuses will be required to have virus protection and general health safety supplies installed and available. These supplies include: disposable face masks, disposable Nitrile gloves, hand sanitizer, temperature kits, disinfectant wipes, and potentially plastic dividers for the front desk and classrooms.
  • Cleaning: All campuses will ensure that a thorough cleaning of all spaces occurs at least once a day and/or in between use cases. A thorough cleaning will consist of wiping down all desks and surfaces with a COVID-effective disinfectant, in addition to daily janitorial services. Disinfectant wipes will also be provided for staff, students, and instructors to clean their workspaces, any communal spaces used (i.e. kitchen table), and their personal belongings. 
  • Food & Beverage: Campuses will not be allowed to offer any shared cutlery, food, or beverage on campus (including, but not limited to: coffee, tea, snacks, oatmeal, vending machine items, and etc.). Students must bring and leave with their own food, beverages, and cutlery. Social distancing will apply when eating meals. Kitchen guidelines will be specified on clearly marked signage.
  • Capacity: Campuses will adhere to either their local health authority guidance on capacity restrictions for businesses and educational institutions or be limited to 50% capacity in classrooms and common spaces — whichever restriction is greater.
  • Classrooms: Students will be assigned specific desks in their classroom for the entirety of the program.

FAQ’s

Will GA staff be vaccinated?

We take the rules seriously. Employee vaccination status is protected medical information that cannot be disclosed by employers, so we are unable to publicize the vaccination status of a GA employee.

What if I’m not feeling well or am exhibiting COVID symptoms or have been exposed to COVID?

Safety first — everything else can follow. The GA Student Success team will work with students to ensure they can make up for missed lessons and know how it will impact their absence record. You should inform your Student Success Specialist immediately and stay home if you either:

  • Are exhibiting COVID-19 symptoms.
  • Have been exposed to someone exhibiting COVID-19 symptoms or who has tested positive for COVID-19.
  • Have been advised by a health professional to quarantine or isolate.  

If you’ve been exposed to COVID-19 and/or someone exhibiting COVID-like symptoms please do not come to campus and follow CDC guidelines around quarantine.  

Can I access campus if I’m not enrolled in a course or scheduled to attend an event?

No, only students enrolled in an in-person course or registered for a scheduled, on-campus event or workshop may access our space. Visitors will be permitted on campus only for the duration of their meeting, event or workshop.

If I’m enrolled in a remote program, will I be required to attend campus at some point?

Students enrolled in a remote program will not be required to attend campus at any point.

Will GA offer hybrid learning options?

Right now, we’re focused on reopening our campuses to safely offer in-person learning experiences. However, our team is currently researching the best ways to launch a hybrid modality for our courses while considering safety and health protocol.