In order to ensure the safety and health of our students and staff we have developed a Covid-19 Plan that utilizes online training protocols, in conjunction with our hands-on projects at the school and at home.
Zoom lectures and demonstrations, email assignments and quizzes provide valuable curriculum content, as well as preparing each student with the knowledge they’ll need for the work done on their project acoustic and electric guitars and repair tasks. This method will be used if necessary.
The school’s large indoor workshop and outdoor Ramada area allow enough space for up to 25 to 30 students to work with reasonable social distancing. If necessary, the school will conduct workshop classes in shifts to ensure that physical distancing allows plenty of space between student benches and any work with power tools, gluing and assembly operations.
Our main objective is to continue close communications with all students, to engage, inspire and meet their goals for obtaining a solid, fundamental education in guitar making and repair.
Below is a summary of the outline we will follow, until local and state leaders and health officials determine that it’s safe to resume regular school operations.
Student Notification Plan
- We are using the Remind App and email sends to keep all students up to date, with notifications of Zoom lectures, demos, educational videos, assignments, and quizzes when necessary.
- When needed the school will reach out to students directly, to discuss individual concerns and to make sure they are current with any and all updates.
Distance Education Delivery
- If needed the school will use Zoom Video Conferencing as a means of delivering lectures and demonstrations. Q & A sessions that follow, allow student participation and feedback.
- The school has converted tests and quizzes using Google forms in order to administer them online.
- The school is taking roll call at Zoom lectures and demonstrations to verify student engagement.
Hands-on Practicum Delivery and Precautionary Safety Measures
- While on campus students and staff are required to wear face coverings, and maintain a reasonable social distance to greatly minimize the potential transmission of any virus or germs.
- Upon entry students are required to take temperatures and sanitize hands. Hand sanitizer supplies are provided in the bathrooms, work sink, and key locations throughout the shop.
- Student designated work areas are positioned and spread throughout the campus to ensure maximum physical distancing.
Cares Act Funding and HEERF Emergency Grants
- The Coronavirus, Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act includes the one-time Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF) for higher education institutions to help address the immediate and urgent impacts on our students and colleges.
- These grants will range between $400 and $850, based on a student’s financial need and the number.
- We are committed to supporting students who have acute financial needs. Students may also be eligible for other federal funds from the CARES Act, as part of its Assistance for American Workers and Families program. View the full Consumer Financial Protection Bureau guide to COVID-19 economic stimulus relief funds and see what steps you can take to access funds if you haven’t already.
- For information see the CARES Act Disclosures & Reporting Requirements
- View our Quarterly Budget and Expenditure Report under CARES ACT Sections 18004(a)(1) Institutional Portion
February 13, 2023 – June 30, 2023
August 31, 2023 – February 2, 2024