Updated: August 1, 2020
Dear App Academy community,
Like you, App Academy has been following reports on Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) and is considering the ways this may impact our lives and our community in the near term. Recently, the World Health Organization declared the coronavirus outbreak a global pandemic. Our federal government has issued sweeping measures to prevent its spread. Local government officials have also started taking measures to protect us and our communities.
App Academy prioritizes the health of our students above all else. Accordingly, we have made the decision to move all classes currently held on our campuses to fully-remote live. We are actively working towards creating a safe environment on-campus and if we are able to open our campuses early, we plan to make them available for optional use for students while we continue to provide instruction remotely. We will continue to monitor the situation daily and adjust our decision accordingly for when to resume in-person learning based on new information.
As you may know, App Academy has been running fully-remote live immersive programs since January 2019. We’ve carefully designed our remote live format to yield the same experience as our on-campus programs and, most importantly, the same successful outcome. We feel fortunate to have this effective alternative to quickly turn to so that we can preserve all of the progress our students have made so far and see them through to a new career in software engineering.
As you can imagine, this decision was not made lightly. The way we pair program in our in-person classes brings students into close proximity with each other for prolonged periods of time. In considering the recommendation of leading health officials on how to limit the spread of COVID-19 and our responsibility to help protect those members of our community who are most vulnerable, we are choosing to make student and staff health and safety our top priority.
We know the App Academy community will continue to thrive during these challenging times – we’re looking forward to returning to our campuses when we can safely and responsibly do so.