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Broward College Town Hall on Coronavirus
Listen to Broward College’s useful information for the student community and the community in general, regarding the coronavirus crisis. Although some information may not be relevant to non-degree students, you will hear pertinent information from the College and other community leaders about the Coronavirus crisis on the following Town Hall recordings:
A Message From Our School Director
July 8th, 2020
Dear Lingua F-1 Students:
Lingua is aware of the ICE/SEVP mandates that were communicated yesterday, regarding new Fall term requirements for F/M visa international students. This latest government mandate orders international students to return to physical classes by August, for 18 hours per week.
We recognize that these new regulations were announced very suddenly and have caused much alarm and concern among our student body, and that many of you have questions. Please do not hesitate to contact me by phone or email and I will answer all of your questions to the best of my ability at this time.
Lingua would like to reassure all of our international students that we are working diligently on putting plans in place so that no student is required to leave the U.S. or to be obligated to transfer to another school. We will ensure that all students remain in status, and we are currently following the SEVP mandates by preparing to return to in-person classes full-time for the August-November term.
That said, SEVP has informed us that there will be additional guidance communicated to us within the next 36-48 hours, and it is always possible that something may change or be modified, therefore we ask for your patience while we wait on the rest of the SEVP guidance, and be assured that we will follow the guidelines set by SEVP to ensure that all of our F-1 students remain in status and do not experience any interruption to their programs.
Please check your emails frequently, as we will continue to communicate additional information to you and will shortly be providing you with more detailed instructions regarding the Fall schedule and program.
I will also be issuing new I-20 forms to all international students by August 4th, as we have been instructed to do by SEVIS.
A Message From Our President
March 30th, 2020
Dear Lingua Students, Faculty and Staff,
We sincerely hope that this email finds you and you families in good health! I would like to praise our courageous students who have unequivocally shown your capacity to adapt to change. I am confident that your commitment in pursuing your academic goals during the crisis will be rewarded by success. Likewise, I would like to thank our faculty and staff for your immeasurable efforts during this unconventional transition to remote learning in record time. You have been extremely supportive of each other and of your students. Altogether, I praise the Lingua community for collaborating from your different spheres to make this transition possible and successful. I urge all of you to keep working together as we shape our remote learning program with indelible quality. This is a work in progress, and I assure you that we are restlessly working to improve the challenges that we face. Our disposition to work with compassion and support towards each other will play a major role in the overall Lingua community success.
As an institution with high values and a track record of success since 1998, we have adopted the challenge of delivering the remote IEP program using a variety of components both, human and technological, that in our consideration as linguist experts will yield high results. After thorough deliberation during the week we closed, Lingua Language Center was ready to take the first step in the transition. The school decided to devote all its efforts to the IEP program as the main object of the emergency plan of the school. Aiming to keep our ability to deliver our mission of providing excellent language education leading to the mastery of a new language, it was decided that IEP would transition to a blended virtual format as of March 23rd, 2020. Please check your emails periodically as we will continue to inform of new developments that arise as we test results and adjust the program further under the new format, as well as the details thereof. IEP is a program where multiple components interact to yield the results expected.
As we focus on improving and expanding our IEP remote learning program, we have to bear in mind the fact that many of our students have expressed their lack of time for further work -a major component of the new format- because they need to attend to family issues and duties typical of the crisis. We hope this is a short-term format and that we can resume our regular schedule in the short run, but we are not giving up should conditions deteriorate. We are getting better. It is an honor to serve you as part of the grand Lingua Family!
Andreina B. Ojeda
President & CEO
Broward College Town Hall on Coronavirus
March 21st, 2020
Lingua Language Center at Broward College and Lingua Orlando will begin distance learning for the Intensive, Semi-Intensive and Part-Time English Programs on Monday, March 23, while Lingua Doral will begin distance learning for the same programs on Monday, March 30, in observance of Spring Break. If Doral students are interested in classes during spring break, they must contact Lingua Doral so arrangements can be made. Elective, Supplemental and Foreign Language Programs are postponed until further notice. Lingua’s staff is currently working from home and is available for students through phone or online. Students are hereby advised to check emails and phone messages frequently.
The method of instruction for the Intensive English Program (IEP) and its modalities, Semi-Intensive and Part-Time English, has been temporarily altered for classes to be delivered remotely until it is safe to return to Lingua’s Centers which remain closed for the time being. Should this situation continue for a longer period, and continued “social distancing” be necessary, Lingua is prepared to take steps to expand upon this interactive distance learning program delivery, and extend hours as needed.
We hope that this information is helpful. Please do not hesitate to contact us for any additional information that you may require. We hope that you and your families remain healthy and safe during this unprecedented time!
March 11st, 2020
On behalf of our President and CEO, Andreina Ojeda, and the Lingua management staff, we would like to express the following with regard to monitoring of the Coronavirus.
First and foremost, please know that we consider your health and safety to be of paramount importance and that we are very active in monitoring the progress and potential spread of this virus in the U.S. and we are taking the necessary steps to prevent the spread of the virus to our school community.
Our leadership team is in continuous communication, in order to analyze and implement action plans that are pertinent to the safety of our academic community. As we receive more updates from our academic partners, health organizations and local, state and federal entities dealing with the handling of the Coronavirus crisis, we will communicate those to you, along with school action plans to minimize the negative effects of this potential business disruption.
You can help support this priority by continuing to review and relay information from this and future announcements and by accessing the links provided in this email for more information on how to remain healthy.
The Florida Department of Health has extended its guidelines to include individuals who recently have been on a cruise or traveled through Port Everglades. We ask that you note the following updates to the self-isolation protocol.
Previous self-isolation protocol remains the same and includes anyone who has traveled recently to or from China, Iran, Italy, South Korea, and Japan.
1) recently visited one of these countries,
2) returned from a cruise,
3) traveled through Port Everglades, or
4) were exposed to someone with symptoms,
We request that you self-isolate for 14 days and notify one of Lingua’s staff by email to Carolyn Hernandez, Erwin Richter, Angela Lucente, Fausta Lucente, or Luis Ramirez.
We recommend that you follow the guidelines provided by the Centers from the Disease Control and Prevention and the Florida Health Department. Another useful reference for student travel and general hygiene is Guidance for Institutes of Higher Education.
Lingua Safety Measures
Lingua will continue to monitor developments and make decisions to maintain a healthy and safe environment for our students and employees. Our team is in contact with local and state authorities, including SEVP, who are leading the response on COVID-19.
For all F-1 students, DHS has sent us this notice:
“SEVP-certified schools may need to adapt their procedures and policies to address the significant public health concerns associated with the COVID-19 crisis. SEVP is focused on ensuring that nonimmigrant students are able to continue to make normal progress in a full course of study as required by federal regulations. SEVP intends to be flexible with temporary adaptations. In all cases, schools and students should document any decisions made and be able to provide this information to SEVP upon request.
While Lingua is taking every possible measure to safeguard the welfare of its students, employees and contractors, we recommend that you follow the practices provided by the CDC to help prevent the spread of respiratory diseases:
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick, including handshaking.
- Stay home when you are sick, contact our staff regarding your absence.
- Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.