IEA's Statement on COVID-19 (Coronavirus) - Institute for Educational Advancement



*We will be updating this landing page as new information is released. This page was last updated September 14, 2021.


Dear IEA Families, 


It is our sincere hope that you and your loved ones are safe and healthy as we face the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic together.


In response to California’s “Stay at Home” order, the dedicated and supportive team at IEA has moved to operating remotely. Our devoted staff is working to provide the best possible programs and services to assist our community in finding ways to connect and engage during this unique time. Here is a link to IEA’s staff roster with staff members’ program affiliations and direct contact information. Please reach out if you have any questions or comments. We will get back to you as soon as we can.


Spring Academy


Academy will offer options for online and in-person courses for 12 weeks from January 24 to April 25 (no classes on February 21 and April 4 through 9). Both online and in-person classes will be held for 60-90 minutes one day per week on Monday through Saturday for a total of 12-18 instructional hours. Courses will offer small class sizes, hands-on learning, and high-level content that fits with IEA’s mission to serve the whole gifted child.


Class sizes for in-person learning opportunities will remain small (3-6 students) to allow for sufficient physical distancing. All students, instructors and staff entering the Learning Center must agree to IEA’s COVID safety and wellness waiver and adhere to our strict on-site safety protocols including temperature checks, mask-wearing and handwashing. All students will have physically distant independent workstations. In addition to HEPA air filters in common spaces, classes will have open windows or be held outside when possible to maximize ventilation. High-touch surfaces are sanitized frequently and we may ask families to bring their own materials to reduce contact between students. In addition to these precautions, IEA Academy strongly urges any students age 12 and up to be vaccinated for COVID-19 and inform us of their vaccination status. All staff and teachers are fully vaccinated. IEA reserves the right to cancel in-person classes at any time. In the event that in-person classes are cancelled, we will move instruction online when possible. In the case where online instruction is not possible, we will issue prorated credits for the remainder of the session.


For any questions, you may contact the Academy team at




The Yunasa team continues to work with our hosts – YMCA Camp Shady Brook and YMCA Camp Copneconic – on safety procedures in accordance with the field guide developed by the American Camp Association , and guidelines from the Center for Disease Control. The safety of our campers is and will remain our utmost priority. We will be in touch with all families as soon as we have updates to share.


Our online application for 2022 will be available in the next few months.


In 2021, Yunasa West was held Saturday, June 5-June 12 at YMCA Camp Shady Brook in Colorado, and Yunasa Michigan was held from Sunday, July 25- Friday, July 30 at YMCA Camp Copneconic in Michigan. Dates for 2022 camps coming soon!


Thank you for your patience and understanding. Feel free to email us if you have any questions at




IEA has made the difficult decision to cancel the Summer 2021 EXPLORE program. We are deeply sorry that the current health crisis is preventing us from holding this exemplary program, however due to the unpredictable nature of the virus, changing policies and various protocols for each mentor site, it is in the best interest of our community to suspend the program this year. For any questions regarding the EXPLORE program please email Program Manager, Megan Figueroa at


IEA’s Online Resources


We are aware that the COVID-19 outbreak has created an extremely stressful time for our society and world. This is a new challenge for all of us, but working together we can create a safe space for our IEA community to continue to grow intellectually and personally, while still maintaining safe social distancing. We have developed the following online resources for your families to utilize while isolating at home.


  • Virtual Learning LABS on the IEA Blog: IEA will be sharing short virtual learning labs to our community on the IEA blog over the coming weeks.
  • IEA’s Social Media Pages: IEA posts academic activities on our Instagram and Facebook profiles. Follow us at @ieagifted on either platform to participate.
  • Gifted Support Group Meetings: Upcoming webinars and parent talks are listed on our website, and past recordings can be found on our YouTube channel.


As we continue to monitor and follow recommendations from the CDC, WHO, and state and local officials, we will share any developments that affect our students, families and staff. IEA is very thankful for your continued support and look forward to the time we can all be together in person. We appreciate your flexibility and understanding.


Wishing you, your family and friends well, 


Elizabeth Jones
IEA President


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