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Flu and Coronavirus Prevention and Control

 

**Read more about AJ Tutoring’s response to COVID-19 here.**

March 8, 2020

Dear Valued AJT Clients,

At AJ Tutoring, the health and safety of you, your families, and our team members is a top priority. With that in mind, we have been closely monitoring this rapidly evolving situation surrounding the COVID-19 (coronavirus situation).

Recently, the public health departments in both Santa Clara and San Mateo Counties issued updated guidance to businesses asking them to minimize or to cancel large in-person gatherings. As such, we will be limiting the enrollment in our weekend proctored practice exams and adding extra alternative testing options to accommodate your student test preparation needs. We have already made accommodations to limit the size of this weekend’s practice test.

Ways you can help going forward!

  • Work with your tutor to enroll in less full proctored test options. We currently offer multiple testing options on the most weekend including Saturday and Sunday am and pm tests on busy weekends (Saturday morning tests are often the most crowded and afternoon tests often only have a handful of students)
  • Have your student take the test at home. We can also have your students take practice tests at home under simulated testing conditions. We’ve found when students take the test at home in one sitting, follow the time limits, and minimize distractions these exams are just as predictive as proctored tests.

Your tutor will work with you to enroll your student in the appropriate test(s) and explore at-home testing options. We are grateful for your understanding.

At this time, all of our centers remain open for regular business and our 1-on-1 and small group tutoring programs are not affected by this change. We are constantly evaluating the situation and will keep you informed if our business operations change. We have been and will continue to follow the guidance of the California Department of Public Health and the CDC, and the lead of the local school districts, with regard to our operations.

Please continue to take proper enhanced hygiene and illness precautions. They are outlined below along with links to resources for more information and recent information on SAT test center closings.

Thank You,
Aaron Andrikopoulos & Joe Niederman
Co-Founders

COLLEGEBOARD TEST CENTER CLOSINGS

CollegeBoard sites administering the March 14 SAT are rapidly changing. Yesterday, the CollegeBoard announced that the test at Gunn High School in Palo Alto will be moved to Newark Memorial HS (39375 Ceda Blvd., Newark CA,94560).

This page links to the CollegeBoard website page with up-to-date SAT test center closings info.

ILLNESS AND HYGIENE PRECAUTIONS

STAY HOME IF SICK

  • Most important to keep your student home when sick and contact us to discuss possible accommodations.
  • If you or someone in your household is sick, or has been exposed to COVID-19, please stay home per CDC guidelines and refrain from entering AJ Tutoring locations.
  • If you have traveled to any of the countries identified by the CDC as having widespread sustained (ongoing) transmission of COVID-19, please refrain from coming into AJ Tutoring for 14 days.

ENHANCED HYGIENE

  • Remind students to wash hands regularly with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing their nose, coughing, or sneezing. If soap and water are not readily available, use alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol (hand sanitizer is readily available at all our offices).
  • Remind students to avoid touching their eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Remind students to cover their cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.

ADDITIONAL RESOURCES

If you are seeking more information about COVID-19, please refer to the following resources for the latest updates:

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
CA State Department of Health
Santa Clara County
San Mateo County Department of Health
Alameda County Department of Health


March 3, 2020

Dear Valued AJT Clients,

At AJ Tutoring, the health and safety of you, your families, and our team members is a top priority. With that in mind, we are taking additional steps to be extra vigilant amid peak flu season and growing concerns around COVID-19 (coronavirus).

Currently, we have taken a number of extra measures to help everyone stay healthy and minimize the spread of transmissible diseases. These include disinfecting all tutoring surfaces every day, making additional cleaning supplies and hand sanitizer available to tutors and students in our lobbies and 1-on-1 tutoring spaces, making good hygiene part of our staff’s everyday practices, and asking our staff to stay home when sick.

You can help! The most important way to keep the risk low for everyone in our community is to take proper precautions. These precautions include:

  • Keeping your student home when sick, especially if your student has experienced a fever or flu-like symptoms. We appreciate as much advance notice as possible for cancellations due to illness.
  • Remind students to wash hands regularly with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing their nose, coughing, or sneezing. If soap and water are not readily available, use alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol (hand sanitizer is readily available at all our offices).
  • Remind students to avoid touching their eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Remind students to cover their cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • At this time, all of our centers remain open for regular business. As the situation is evolving, we are constantly evaluating the situation and will keep you informed if our business operations change. We have been and will continue to follow the guidance of the California Department of Public Health and the CDC, and the lead of the local school districts, with regard to our operations.

If you are seeking more information about COVID-19, please refer to the following resources for the latest updates:

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
CA State Department of Health
Santa Clara County
San Mateo County Department of Health
Alameda County Department of Health

Thank you for your assistance in adhering to these important guidelines.

Thank You,
Aaron Andrikopoulos & Joe Niederman
Co-Founders

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