IEA STATEMENT REGARDING COVID-19 AND CURRENT PUBLIC HEALTH CONCERNS

*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  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.

As of March 21, 2022, Academy will continue to strongly recommend indoor mask wearing, but will no longer require them to be worn onsite. We will also be ending daily temperature checks and health clearance texts. This is in accordance with the change in federal, state, and local guidelines. If this guidance changes again, masks may be required again in the future.

We value our community’s health and safety and are taking this step because we feel it is justified by lower case numbers and transmission rates. Since reopening in-person classes last year, there has been zero transmission of COVID-19 in our programs. We predict that many students and teachers will continue to wear their masks through the remainder of the session, and our staff will continue to wear masks for the time being.

Please continue to monitor your child’s symptoms, keep them home if they’re not feeling well, and notify us of any potential exposures. We will continue to use HEPA air filters, and open classroom doors and windows whenever possible.

For any questions, you may contact the Academy team at academy@educationaladvancement.org.

 

Yunasa

The Yunasa Team will take preventative measures to ensure a safe and fun camp season this summer. We plan to follow the CDC’s guidelines for Overnight Summer Camps including their Large and Small Gathering regulations, which will be updated in the spring. We strongly recommend that campers are fully vaccinated for COVID-19 prior to camp. However, if your camper has a medical condition that restricts them from being vaccinated, unvaccinated students are required to submit a negative COVID-19 test from no more than 1 day prior to their arrival at camp.

Our host sites are currently following the resources provided by ACA’s (American Camp Association) and staying up to date with their local regulations. Once your camper receives their enrollment decision, more information will be provided regarding our hosts’ policies. Thank you for your understanding and support! Feel free to email us if you have any questions at yunasa@educationaladvancement.org.

 

EXPLORE

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 mfigueroa@educationaladvancement.org.

 

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

Pasadena Unified School District Statement

Los Angeles Unified School District Statement

CDC Coronavirus Information (COVID-19)

World Health Organization Coronavirus Information

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