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Letter from the Director on COVID-19

To our ASC Community,

We are living through historic times. At ASC we hope that all of you in our community are keeping yourself safe and that no one is affected by the COVID-19 virus. There has never been anything like this in most of our lifetimes that has so thoroughly affected every part of our world community. In times like this, the safety of everyone is most important. We support our government and health organizations in the measures they’ve taken to keep us as healthy as possible.

There is no doubt this has greatly affected our school. For the first time, SEVP (The Student and Exchange Visitor Program/ICE) allowed international students to take online classes. This was important because ASC was forced to offer classes online only and there would be no way for all of you to continue your ESL education any other way.

As I said to many of you, while technology has a place in education, I believe that learning happens best in a physical classroom with a teacher and classmates. Unfortunately that is not possible right now. In the meantime, our ASC management team did an excellent job doing a significant amount of work getting the platform, the materials and the teachers ready to offer a consistently excellent online ESL program.

We are looking forward to having all of you return to the ASC campuses and live classes as soon as possible. We expect to be back in classes for the May session but cannot promise that until the MA State Governor allows businesses to open again. We know that the online experience is not as good as the live class experience but we will make the best of it until the schools are cleared to open.

In the meantime, please know that we still care about you and your education. If you are having any difficulties, please contact our office and we will help you solve them. We also available to you online and are offering many virtual events to keep engaged with you. We are looking forward to our community getting back to normal as soon as possible.

We are going to get through this. I have been through many other significant historical events and have wisdom that comes from being a bit older than most of you. This too will pass.

In the meantime, please know that we care about you all and we wish you the best possible health for you, your families and friends.

Carl Nelson
ASC English