Dear Nurtur Aveda Institutes Institute Family,
We would like to address questions and concerns that have been raised as we respond to the COVID-19 crisis. Thank you for your patience as we navigate through an evolving situation in a way that ensures the best possible outcome.
How is the Nurtur Aveda Institute Family making decisions?
Since the majority of our Institutes are in the State of Ohio, and because the State of Ohio currently has the most comprehensive guidelines with respect to the COVID-19 crisis, we believe it is in the best interest for all of our Institutes to mirror the Ohio State Department of Health and Ohio Governor Mike DeWine’s directives. Our Institute leadership team, led by Patrick Thompson and Sara Greider along with our onsite Directors, will continue to evaluate and respond to new information from local, state and federal health officials in all States in which our Institutes are located (Ohio, Indiana, North Carolina, and California). This is a dynamic situation, and we will continue to adjust and adapt accordingly.
Distance learning vs. on-site education?
We are taking every effort possible to ensure that our students have the ability to move forward in their education. We are temporarily utilizing distance learning for the first 4-10 weeks of the program, depending on the program attended.
Are there technology requirements for distance learning?
During the Coronavirus pandemic, our Institutes are currently in the re-opening process following the guidelines from our local, state and federal agencies. Distance learning will be conducted using iPads that are provided by the Institute as part of your student kit. Learning platforms include a combination of Learn Aveda, Zoom Video Conferencing and Google classroom.
IT Requirements: Wi-Fi Connectivity
Are we still conducting admissions tours?
We are passionate about connecting people to a rewarding career in the beauty industry and are taking every measure possible to ensure that your dreams remain on track during the COVID-19 crisis. Our team members are executing a rigorous sanitation protocol to ensure the safety and cleanliness of our facilities (see below for more information). In light of these protocols, we are offering both in-person tours at our facilities and virtual tours using Zoom video conferencing.
We are continuing to assess all available information and continue to follow the recommendations of the relevant state and local departments of health, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and other local, state and national educational professionals.
What are we doing to ensure the safety of our facility?
During this time, we will continue to implement preventive measures as recommended by the CDC, state and local health departments, as well as our own stringent health and hygiene protocols. The Nurtur Aveda Institutes have the highest standards of sanitation and cleanliness which assists with illness prevention. We employ rigorous sanitation standards and robust cleaning procedures, including:
- Extensive and ongoing training of Institute team members on maintaining a safe and hygienic community for our prospective students and team members.
- Increasing the frequency and extent of our cleaning practices, such as additional wipe downs of all hard surfaces including the clinic stations, treatment rooms, classrooms, bathrooms, and retail counters.
- Providing additional resources that are available to prospective students and employees including hand sanitizers, extra soap and paper towels in the restrooms.
- Implementing heightened sanitization and hand-washing procedures for all and employees.
How is the school being cleaned and disinfected?
The Nurtur Aveda Institutes are cleaned and disinfected regularly with hospital-grade disinfectants as a standard practice. Our buildings are now being cleaned and disinfected more often, and frequently touched surfaces such as door handles, clinic stations, treatment beds, water fountains, technology, etc. are cleaned multiple times daily. Soap and hand sanitizers are replaced frequently, and hand sanitizing stations are in shared spaces.
What about travel?
We recognize that some prospective students have been or are planning to travel at this time of year. If you will be traveling, please monitor the CDC travel advisories. Please monitor and follow current CDC travel recommendations here: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/travelers/index.html
What can staff and prospective students do to stay healthy?
- Please take the extra precautions that are recommended by the CDC, such as:
Wash hands often with soap and water or use alcohol-based hand sanitizer
- Stay home if you are sick
- Cover coughs and sneezes with your elbow or a tissue
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth with unwashed hands
Again, we appreciate your partnership and patience during this time of uncertainty. We will continue to provide regular updates as this rapidly changing situation evolves.