AVTEC UPDATE GOVERNOR HEALTH MANDATES 03.15.2020

By
Cathy LeCompte

AVTEC is open for business and all classes (with the exception of the Alaska Maritime Training Center courses) will be in session on Monday 03.16.2020 as we continue to assess and monitor this rapidly evolving situation.  Please see below for some action that we are taking now and possible next steps. 

The health and safety of our students, staff and the community is our highest priority. As a division of the Department of Labor and Workforce Development (DOLWD) and the State of Alaska, AVTEC takes direction and guidance from the Governor and the Commissioner of DOLWD and we are conferring on a regular basis as this situation evolves. On Friday March 13 the Governor issued health mandates for K-12 schools to impose non student contact days between March 16-30 with "no change in the residential boarding schools at this time but they are being evaluated".  AVTEC is not a K-12 school but residential school that is currently being evaluated. See the Governor's press conference here https://livestream.com/govdunleavy/events/9038827

The leadership team at AVTEC are meeting Monday March 16 to discuss options and make recommendations to the Commissioner and Governor; we are actively monitoring the SOA DHSS website http://dhss.alaska.gov/dph/Epi/id/Pages/COVID-19/monitoring.aspx to find the current status of the virus in Alaska and encourage others to do so as well. 

We are suspending programs and activities where possible to limit contact and continue to encourage students and staff to practice healthy habits such as maintaining social distance (6 FEET) if limiting contact is not possible as in the day to day operations and instruction at AVTEC and promoting the practice of healthy habits according to the CDC guidelines specific to institutions of higher education found at this website:  https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/community/colleges-universities/