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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 June 3, 2022.

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.

 

Summer Academy

Academy will offer options for online and in-person courses in three two-week sessions over the course of the summer. 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 (3-9 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. All students will have physically distant 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 eligible students 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. This is in accordance with the change in federal, state, and local guidelines. If this guidance changes, masks may be required again in the future.

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, 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. 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, and may require a negative COVID-19 test prior to or upon arrival to camp from unvaccinated and/or vaccinated campers.

Other requirements for masking, social distancing, and cohorting are site-specific in accordance with the camp size, facilities, and recommended protocols when camp is held. Accepted campers will receive a full COVID prevention plan and Assumption of Risk waiver prior to arriving on site. We also encourage campers and their families to exercise a higher level of caution in days leading up to camp to reduce the risk of infecting others. If you have any questions or concerns, please reach out to yunasa@educationaladvancement.org

 

EXPLORE

IEA has made the difficult decision to indefinitely suspend the 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 us at ieagifted@educationaladvancement.org.

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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