COVID-19 Update 8

September 23, 2020

5:00 pm EST

TALK English Schools will not reopen schools for face-to-face instruction through the month of October 2020. We will continue to provide online instruction for all levels.

According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) guidelines, new viral infections are increasing and too high for schools to safely reopen in all the cities where we have schools.

We will review and analyze the medical data as it becomes available to make informed and responsible decisions as to when schools can safely reopen. Our priority remains the safety and welfare of our students and staff.

COVID-19 Update 7

August 24, 2020

5:00 pm EST

TALK English Schools will not reopen schools for face-to-face instruction through the month of September. We will continue to provide online instruction for all levels.

According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) guidelines, new viral infections are much too high for schools to safely reopen in all the cities where we have schools.

We will review and analyze the medical data as it becomes available to make informed and responsible decisions as to when schools can safely reopen. Our priority remains the safety and welfare of our students and staff.

COVID-19 Update 6

July 24, 2020

5:00 pm EST

TALK English Schools will not reopen schools for face-to-face instruction through the month of August. We will continue to provide online instruction for all levels.

According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) guidelines, new viral infections are much too high for schools to safely reopen in all the cities where we have schools.

We will review and analyze the medical data as it becomes available to make informed and responsible decisions as to when schools can safely reopen. Our priority remains the safety and welfare of our students and staff.

COVID-19 Update 5

March 27th, 2020
5:00 pm EST

Over the past weeks TALK English Schools was able to help students needing to return home, ensure that students in our care are safe, successfully train about 26 teachers to teach online, launch our online Interactive Distance Learning Program, and continue to operate in full compliance with all local, state and federal government requirements.

Today TALK English Schools completed its first week of online teaching, providing English classes at Levels 1 to 10, Business English and TOEFL Preparation Classes.

At this time, we have no reliable information as to when we will be able to reopen the schools.

COVID-19 Update 4

March 22nd, 2020
3:00 pm EST

TALK English Schools will begin the Temporary Interactive Distance Learning (TIDL) program tomorrow, Monday March 23rd, at 09:00 EST.

All enrolled students should have received 2 e-mails as follows:
1. The first describing the TIDL program; and
2. The second providing instructions on how to log in to your class.

Please contact your school director immediately if you have not received these 2 e-mail.

For those students who have already contacted your school director in this regard, you will receive your login information before 21:00 EST March 22.

COVID-19 Update – Atlanta, Aventura, Fort Lauderdale, Miami & Miami Beach

March 17th, 2020
5:00 pm EST

TALK English Schools, Atlanta, Aventura, Fort Lauderdale, Miami and Miami Beach – the physical schools – will be closed from tomorrow, Wednesday, March 18th until at least April 7th, 2020, to comply with the directive issued by State and Local officials.

Virtual classes will begin at all levels on Mon, March 23rd. The classes will be in the format of online interactive distance learning. Please check your e-mails for comprehensive information in this regard.

It is imperative that you attend the virtual classes to maintain your attendance records and to comply with the requirements of F-Student Visa status.

COVID-19 – San Francisco 2

March 17th, 2020
2:30 pm EST

This bulletin is for students who are registered to start English studies at TALK San Francisco between March 30th and April 9th, 2020.

Unfortunately, due to COVID-19 and the directive of the local authorities, TALK San Francisco is now temporarily closed until April 7th (but this is date subject to change). For this reason we will not be able to provide you with the proper orientation and levelling test, so you will need to change your study plans.

To follow, are your next steps and options:

For students already in the USA on an F1 visa:
As the school is closed, new students are no longer able to begin their studies. Depending on your start date and when you entered the country, you may or may not be able to continue your stay in the USA. Please contact our TALK Admissions team at admissions@talk.edu to discuss your options as soon as possible.

For students not yet in the USA:
You should immediately postpone your trip and inform TALK Admissions at admissions@talk.edu of your future plans.

Please contact TALK Admissions if you have questions and to discuss your options.

COVID-19 Update – San Francisco 1

March 16th, 2020
5:30 PM EST

TALK English Schools, San Francisco – the physical school – will be closed from Wed, March 18th, 2020, to at least until April 7th, 2020, to comply with the directive issued by the mayor of San Francisco.

Virtual classes will begin at all levels on Mon, March 23rd. The classes will be in the format of online interactive distance learning. Please check your e-mails for comprehensive information in this regard.

COVID-19 Update – Boston 1

March 16th, 2020
2:00 pm EST

TALK English Schools, Boston – the physical school – will be closed from tomorrow, Tue, March 17th until April 7th, 2020, to comply with the directive issued by the Governor of Massachusetts.

Virtual classes are planned to begin at all levels on Mon, March 23rd. The classes will be in the format of online interactive distance learning. Please check your e-mails for comprehensive information in this regard.

It is imperative that students attend the virtual classes to maintain your attendance records and to comply with the requirements of F-Student Visa status.

Student COVID-19 Update 3

March 15th, 2020

TALK English Schools continue to closely monitor the impact of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) and its’ impact on our community, our schools, our students and our staff. This bulletin is to provide students with the most up-to-date information.

A. Decisions Regarding Schools Being Open. Based on current data and information, we have made the following decisions:

  1. TALK Schools will remain open for the week March 16th to March 20th. At this stage we have decided NOT to close any of our classes or any of our schools. This decision is subject to immediate change based on new information we may receive. Also, we realize that compromised students, teachers and staff may not show up – see paragraph C below, which may affect our decision to keep one or more schools open;
  2.  We intend to provide Temporary On-line Interactive Distance Learning, starting Monday, March 23rd. During the week of Monday March 16th to March 20th TALK English Schools will prepare students for the possibility of school closings and the delivery of online interactive distance learning – see additional details below – see paragraph D2. below.

B. News. We have integrated the following important details and information into our considerations, including:

  1. Some public schools and universities have closed (or plan to close) for a period of up to 4 weeks;
  2. There have been some, but not large numbers, of patients that have tested positive for the coronavirus in most of the counties in which we have our schools;
  3. There have not been statewide emergency orders issued that prevent any of the TALK Schools from operating;
  4. TALK has no knowledge of any TALK student or staff member that has tested positive for the coronavirus;
  5. USCIS will allow Interactive Distance Learning on a temporary basis in place of face-to-face classes;
  6. TALK will allow students that may have been in contact with someone with the coronavirus or who have other compromises associated with the coronavirus (including the need to take care of a child / children whose school has been closed) to take a discretionary absence of up to 2 weeks without adversely affecting their attendance records.

C. Compromised Students, Teachers and Staff. Students who are compromised and believe that attending classes at school presents too great a risk to themselves, their families or the community, are eligible for special consideration, as follows:

  1. Temporary Notified Absence. Students, teachers and staff may take a temporary Notified Absence (and not come to school) for a period of up to 2 weeks. This discretionary absence is not considered vacation and will not adversely affect your attendance records. Students wishing to take this temporary Notified Absence must provide written notification to the School Director and provide the dates of absence.
    Note: The attendance records WILL be adversely affected for students who DO NOT provide notice for Notified Absence and do not attend classes.
  2. Vacation. Students who are eligible for vacation, may take their vacation at this time. In this case, students will not pay for their classes (as described in the TALK Vacation Policy);
  3.  Termination or Withdrawal. Students may terminate their studies and return to their home country and request a refund. In this case, TALK will process the refund (as described in the TALK Refund Policy);
  4.  Other Options. There may be other options that we are not aware of and are not listed above. These will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

D. Health & Safety. Our priority continues to be the health and safety of our students, staff and members of the community. As the situation with COVID-19 evolves, our administrative task force meets daily to assess our processes and protocols in light of information from the World Health Organization, Centers for Disease Control, and the State Departments of Health.

1. Protecting Our Campuses

a) Students (and staff) should stay home if they are not well and/or feel their health has been compromised by the coronavirus. Students are eligible for a Temporary Notified Absence and should notify the School Director of their condition – see C1. above;
b) Increased sanitation of high-touch areas;
c) Student and staff education of best virus protection and safety protocols.

2. Preparing for Temporary Interactive Distance Learning

Our Educational Design and Technology teams are in the final stages of the development of an interactive distance learning plan. We expect this plan to be ready for deployment by Monday, March 23rd. The purpose of this Temporary Interactive Distance Learning is to reduce social contact, maintain learning progress and ensure F-Student Visa compliance.

a) TALK will attempt to collect accurate e-mail addresses from all students during the week of March 16th.
b) Also, during the week of March 16th, school staff will help students’ set-up online accounts based upon Student ID Numbers and accurate e-mail addresses, for online interactive distance learning;
c) It is important that these accounts are set-up properly because attendance will be associated with Student ID numbers recorded in the attendance reports of the online software.

3. Rumors and Inaccurate Information

We recognize that students have concerns during this time of uncertainty – and it is precisely at times like this that rumors can take root and inaccurate information can be spread. We ask that you please refrain from listening to or spreading inaccurate information, as this only creates more stress and even panic among our student population.

E. Communication

TALK English Schools will continue to send frequent emails with updates to all students. Also, please check https://www.talk.edu/covid19-updates for the facts. Notifications should be sent to your
School Director as follows:

 

School                      School Director                E-mail address

Atlanta                        Shani Bastiany                       Shani.bastiany@talk.edu

Aventura                    Ana van Gilst                          ana.vangilst@talk.edu

Boston                        Nicole Barone-Williams       nicole.barone@talk.edu

Fort Lauderdale       Barbara Halwa                       Barbara.Halwa@talk.edu

Miami                         Carola Segnini                       carola.segnini@talk.edu

Miami Beach             Carola Segnini                       carola.segnini@talk.edu

San Francisco            Kristen Miller                       kristen.miller@talk.edu

We are committed to keeping students informed and ensuring your health and safety. We will communicate new and accurate information as it becomes available.

Student COVID-19 Update 2

March 13th, 2020

TALK English Schools continue to closely monitor the impact of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) and it’s impact on our schools. We are pleased to report that we have had no incidents related in any way to COVID-19 on any of the TALK English Schools campuses. We continue our school operations without interruption or compromise.

Our priority continues to be the health and safety of our students, faculty and staff. As the situation with COVID-19 evolves, our administrative task force meets daily to assess our processes and protocols in light of information from the World Health Organization, Centers for Disease Control, and the State Departments of Health.

Protecting Our Campuses

  • Students should stay home if they are not well. Students will be able to join interactive distance learning classes through a portal and will be marked present for F-Student Visa attendance purposes;
  • Increased sanitation of high-touch areas;
  • Student education of best safety protocols.

Preparing for Interactive Distance Learning

Our Educational Design and Technology teams are in the final stages of the development of an interactive distance learning plan. We expect this plan to be ready for deployment by Monday, March 23rd. This plan will be implemented for students on a case-by-case basis and if it is necessary to close one or more of our campuses. The purpose of this distance learning plan is to reduce social contact, maintain learning progress and ensure F-Student Visa compliance.

Rumors and Inaccurate Information

We recognize that students have concerns during this time of uncertainty – and it is precisely at times like this that rumors can take root and inaccurate information can be spread. We ask that you please refrain from listening to or spreading inaccurate information, as this only creates more stress and even panic among our student population.

Frequent Communication

TALK English Schools will be sending frequent emails with updates to all students. Also, please check back at this page https://www.talk.edu/covid19-updates for the facts. Should you have additional questions, please contact your School Director.

We are committed to keeping students informed and ensuring your health and safety. We will communicate new and accurate information as it becomes available.

Student COVID-19 Update 1

March 10th, 2020

As you are aware, the situation surrounding the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) evolves from day-to-day. Although this is a worldwide issue, we want you to know that we at TALK English Schools are closely monitoring the situation. We are implementing policies and practices to best manage the situation for students before they arrive in the USA and for students already studying at one of our schools.

Should you need to postpone your travels

  • We will waive our course change fees;
  • For those students with accommodations or other services including airport transfers and insurance purchased through TALK, we will work with our providers on a case-by-case basis but cannot guarantee that the fees will be diminished or waived if postponement is made less than 30 days of arrival.

Please inform us immediately if there is any disruption to your travel plans.

For students already studying, we have taken precautions to ensure a safe environment for students and staff.  We have implemented the following:

  • Additional sanitation options for students and have increased the cleaning and disinfecting rates at all TALK location;
  • We have asked students to report to us if they are feeling sick and/or showing symptoms, in which case we help arrange for medical testing and isolate the student;
  • We have instructed students who are feeling sick and/or showing symptoms of being sick, not to come to school and instead email their School Director concerning their absence.  In this case we will help arrange for medical testing for the student.

If you should have additional questions, please do not hesitate to reach out to your TALK representative or your School Director for guidance.

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