URGENT UPDATE FROM ASA PRESIDENT
Published on March 16, 2020
Dear ASA Hialeah Community (Staff and Students):
As I have been stating for the past two weeks, the Coronavirus crisis is fluid and changes day-by-day. I convened an emergency Executive Staff meeting today to consider the latest, up-to-date developments about this crisis. After much deliberations, the team concluded that the events during the last few weeks have been stressful, especially on the students. In fact, I have received numerous emails from Hialeah students urging ASA to switch the Florida operations to an online format. For this reason, the executive committee and academic management overwhelmingly decided to do just that–switch the operation to an online format. The transition will be as follows:
– On Tuesday, March 17, 2020, the Hialeah staff will use this day to train staff and students to transition to the online format. Information about access and detailed tutorials on the distance learning format will be presented this day.
– All Classes, including all levels of ESL, will resume on Wednesday, March 18, 2020 via ONLINE FORMAT until further notice. ASA management will continue to monitor the situation on a daily basis and will keep you advised when the classes will resume in the traditional, on-ground format.
We are taking this situation with a high degree of caution. This crisis is so unpredictable that things can change several times during a day. Please note, we will be advising you of any changes via ASA email. It is important for you to check your ASA emails, as well as the College’s social media, for updates on how we are handling the overall COVID‐19 situation. We strongly advise you to check your ASA email frequently, on a daily if not hourly basis. ASA will continue to rely upon the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and the U.S. Department of Education among others for information and updates. We will share these resources with you, and will endeavor to be transparent with you as the Coronavirus runs its course.
Again, I would like to reiterate that, if anyone feels sick, has fever or signs/symptoms of respiratory illness, please see a doctor immediately and please move to self-quarantine as soon as possible for at least 2 weeks as recommended by the CDC. If you have a confirmed case of Coronavirus, kindly inform Jose Valencia, President of ASA at email@example.com so that we can address the possible exposure to the ASA community at large. Of course, your personal medical information will remain confidential and would only be shared with the governmental agencies and/or the CDC for as required by law.
Finally, please know that the well-being of all of you, students, faculty, and staff, are foremost in my mind. I believe we can weather this crisis because we at ASA are a community made stronger by the hard work, dedication, and faith of each and every one of you. You and your well-being are at the core of all of the decisions we are making. It may not always be perfect, but we are striving to be. And with your cooperation, communication, and patience we will come through this challenge more united than ever ready to realize a much brighter future at ASA. Stay well, stay informed, stay positive, and stay with us. We will get through this together.
Jose F. Valencia, CPA
Published on March 12, 2020
Dear ASA Community (Staff and Students):
In an email to all of you yesterday, I informed you that ASA College was listening to all of your concerns and your feedback regarding the coronavirus (COVID-19). ASA and its management know that this is a serious time for all of us across the country. Maintaining vigilance and compliance with Federal, State and City mandates is very important to us. Although there are no reported coronavirus cases at any ASA campuses, I have received over the last couple of days numerous emails from students and staff expressing anxiety and concerns regarding the current coronavirus situation.
It is for this reason that the College is suspending NY CLASSES ONLY at the end of business today, March 12, 2020 thru Sunday March 15, 2020.
The Florida campus remains the status quo. NY classes will resume on Monday, March 16, 2020 via an ONLINE FORMAT. This online format will continue thru Sunday, April 5, 2020. Again, Florida classes will remain without changes for now.
Over the next three-week period, ASA management will continue to monitor the situation here in NYC and in FL on a daily basis and will provide you with guidance whether the College will continue using the online instruction after Sunday, April 5, 2020 or resume residential instruction. For those of you who may not have a computer at home, please be aware that ASA is making available laptops for $150 and one can be picked up at the Hialeah Campus.
We ask that you please utilize and review your ASA email to keep updated with the COVID-19 situation at the College. We are taking this situation with a high degree of caution, however, we cannot do it alone. ASA is going to need the help of staff and students. Furthermore, if anyone feels sick, has fever or signs/symptoms of respiratory illness, please see a medical practitioner immediately.
Lastly, ASA will continue to rely upon the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the U.S. Department of Education (DOE) among others for information and updates. We will share these resources with you, and will endeavor to be transparent with you as the Coronavirus runs its course. Please keep reading your ASA emails, as well as the College’s social media, for updates on how we are handling the overall COVID‐19 situation.
Jose F. Valencia, CPA