Important Information Regarding Current, Incoming, Prospective Students & Parents:
F.I.R.S.T. Institute is closely monitoring the rapidly changing situation with the Coronavirus (COVID-19) and its impact on the community. The institution is constantly on the lookout for updates from the CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) as well as the Florida Department of Education.
The F.I.R.S.T. Steps Back to Campus, Updated 5/1/2020
The F.I.R.S.T. Steps Back to Campus
We are happy to know that everyone has been at home safe over the past month or so, but we are excited to take the first steps for our students to be back on campus.
We know that all of you are eager to get your hands on some gear and get back on campus, and we want to ensure you continue to stay safe in this process. For the coming weeks in May, we will continue to conduct our classes online, but we will be opening our doors Monday-Thursday from 9am-5pm for students to come in and use our facility and equipment.
It is not mandatory at this time for students to come on campus if they are unable to or do not wish to. Participation in online courses is still mandatory. For those students wanting to make use of our labs/studios, they can sign up for a 2-hour window via Microsoft Teams (see video in Canvas for instructions on downloading this app and signing up for a time slot). Students will be required to download Microsoft Teams on their mobile device.
RASP students can make use of voluntary lab time on Mondays and Wednesdays, and DFVP & GDWD students can come to campus Tuesdays and Thursdays. Time slots are extremely limited and on a first-come-first-serve basis. Students can choose either 9am-11am, 12pm-2pm, or 3pm-5pm. It is asked that each student only sign up for one time slot per week. Be aware that students will be required to stay in the room they signed up for. Lab instructors will be around periodically to answer questions and help with gear.
We want everyone to feel safe as they enter our doors. F.I.R.S.T. Institute is taking extra precautions to keep our campus safe for all students, staff, and guests:
- We have hand sanitizer stations across campus to be used throughout the day
- Reusable masks will be provided to you (when available this week) for the safety of you and those around you. Until the masks are provided, you are strongly encouraged to provide your own facial covering to be worn on campus.
- We will be practicing social distancing by separating workstations by 6 feet and practicing a single traffic pattern in and out of our campus
- Our facilities, workstations, and equipment will be cleaned in between time slots, as well as at the beginning and end of the day
- Our campus is cleaned and disinfected every night by a cleaning crew
- Student IDs are still required to come on campus
- No equipment, such as headphones, microphones, etc. other than those placed in the labs/studios by faculty will be loaned out
- Students will only be allowed to use equipment already provided in the labs/studios
- If using a microphone in a studio you are required to wear a mask/face covering
- Once inside a lab or studio you are asked to remain there until your time is up
- When lab or studio time is up you will be asked to leave by a faculty member coordinating exit traffic
- If you have questions for a lab instructor you will need to wait until they check in on your room or message them via Teams – do not leave a room to find a lab instructor
- The only time a student is allowed to leave their assigned room is to use the restroom, leave in case of an emergency (using the emergency exits) or when lab or studio time has expired
- You will be asked to leave if you are not practicing common sense social distancing measures in labs or studios
Last but not least, if you have been showing any signs of sickness please stay home. We are excited to begin the transition back to campus and want you to know we are here for you! If you have any questions or concerns, don’t hesitate to reach out to your Program Director. You can also reach the Student Success Coordinator, Ely Rivera, directly at firstname.lastname@example.org or (407) 316-8310 ext. 1115.
COVID-19 Prevention Tips
1. Wash your hands often. Whether you’re using soap and water, or hand sanitizer stations that we have around campus, be sure to clean your hands frequently.
2. Avoid touching your face. Even though you are cleaning your hands more often, keep your hands away from your face to stop the spread of Corona Virus.
3. If you feel sick, don’t ignore it. Many of us feel as though we can “tough it out” when we start to feel sick. Just to be safe, go consult your doctor if you begin to feel ill so you can nip any sickness in the bud.
4. Hang out in small groups. It is a good idea to avoid medium- to large-sized gatherings while the COVID-19 outbreak is still rapidly spreading. Even be cautious when going to restaurants or grocery stores as germs can be anywhere.
5. Refrain from traveling. Whether you’re wanting to go visit grandma or take a spring break trip with friends, wait until it is safe to do so! Traveling significantly increases your chances of coming in contact with germs.
Graduations & Other Events
**UPDATE** Our campus Open House originally scheduled for May 2, 2020 has been cancelled – any potential students can join our next open house on July 11, 2020. Our next graduation has been cancelled. Any students in these graduating classes may walk in a future graduation. The following graduation date is to be announced.
General Information on COVID-19
- For more information on the virus itself, visit the CDC’s website at https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html
- For information on managing stress and anxiety due to COVID-19, visit one of these websites:
- If you are experiencing concerns for your mental health or safety, please don’t hesitate to reach out to these mental health crisis resources:
- Crisis Text Line: 741741
- National Suicide Prevention Hotline: 1-800-273-8255
- To prepare yourself and your family for the COVID-19 outbreak, visit the website https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/community/home/index.html
- For any students facing housing issues locally, visit this page for information on eviction holds that are currently in place for Orange County: https://www.orlandosentinel.com/coronavirus/os-bz-orange-county-halts-evictions-20200316-35fjitbulbcwximgeqfwqchiuu-story.html
- For any students taking prescription medicine, make sure to plan accordingly with the outbreak. For recommendations on how to do so, visit this webpage: https://www.aarp.org/health/drugs-supplements/info-2020/prescription-drugs-coronavirus.html
- For students and their families who are uncomfortable grocery shopping in public, you can have your groceries delivered to your door. Find out more here: https://www.instacart.com
- Orange County residents, here are some additional resources: https://www.ocfl.net/EmergencySafety/Coronavirus/Coronavirus-ResidentResources.aspx#.Xos6zdNKhQI
- Any Central Florida residents needing help with rent/mortgage payments can apply for financial assistance here: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/ALICECOVID19
- Additional resources for students and families can be found here: https://www.benefits.gov/help/faq/Coronavirus-resources