To review the most current Specs Howard Covid-19 policy including the school’s five stages of operation, please click here.

April 2, 2021
Announcement

Michigan has been experiencing a significant rise in COVID-19 cases over the last few weeks, making it necessary for the Specs Howard School to return to our Stage 3 plan of operation, effective April 5, 2021.  As a reminder, Stage 3 will look like this:

STAGE 3

  • Classes will continue to be conducted online via Canvas Conferences, with in-person, face-to-face appointments available during your normally scheduled class time.
  • In order to physically sit in-person in the classroom with your instructor during class, you must schedule this time with them in advance.
  • If you opt to attend class virtually via the Canvas Conference, you must be visible to the instructor with your camera on. The instructor must be able to interact with you, visually and audibly, during the entire class period, or you may be marked absent.
  • The Canvas Conferences will continue to be recorded and will be available for viewing at any time for two weeks after the completion of the Conference.
  • Virtual office hours are also available with each instructor every Friday from 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM for individualized help and/or instruction.
  • Activities and requirements in the classroom often change week to week. Make sure you take note during class and also look for communication from your instructor via Canvas Messages for instruction on how the classes will run each week.
  • For those who choose to continue to attend class at the school, the following procedures will apply:
  • First and foremost, if you have been in direct contact with, or are concerned that you may have been directly exposed to, anyone displaying symptoms of COVID-19, DO NOT attempt to enter the facility. Please contact your instructor via Canvas to advise them of your situation.
  • All persons entering our building must wear a mask, sanitize their hands and respect a six-foot distance between themselves and other people.
  • Before being allowed to enter the building, you must be screened for symptoms of COVID-19 and have your temperature taken using a contactless thermometer. Please make sure you have contacted your instructor or other staff member to meet you at the door upon arrival, before entering the building.
  • Classroom seating is arranged to honor social distancing, in addition to other precautions taken to limit the spread of infection.
  • Station sanitation will be performed regularly. It is also recommended that you sanitize your station immediately before and after use. Each one of us is responsible for our own personal safety!
  • All production equipment being used by students will be sanitized between each use.

We will continue to monitor the latest recommendations and requirements daily, and if the situation warrants it, a change in our procedures will take place. As always, please monitor both our website and Canvas Announcements for the latest information.

– The Specs Howard School of Media Arts

January 29, 2021
ANNOUNCEMENT

The Specs Howard School is moving into Stage IV of its COVID-19 plan, which means that CLASSES WILL RESUME IN THE BUILDING FOR ALL STUDENTS on Monday, February 15, 2021.

Many of you have taken the opportunity to sit in a resident class with your instructor during Stage III. Those who have, have seen the protection measures taken in each of the classrooms and public areas. These measures include:

• Mandatory health screening and temperature check of each person that enters the building

• Availability of hand sanitizer and disposable face masks at all entryways for those that do not have them

• The mandatory use of face masks at all times when in the building – zero tolerance. If you need a mask, please take a complimentary face mask at the Student Health Screening Station

• Increased cleaning and sanitizing of high traffic areas and classroom workstations before and after each class session

• Availability of hand sanitizer and spray disinfectant in each classroom for anyone that would feel more comfortable cleaning their own station before and after they sit at a workstation

• Classroom seating at the recommended distance of 6 feet between each workstation

• Impenetrable plastic barriers in classrooms where needed, to decrease the likelihood of person-to-person viral spread

• Disabling of vending machines, microwave ovens and drinking fountains. You are encouraged to bring your own water/drink if you desire, but it must be in a bottle with a cap. Disposable cups with straws are not allowed.

If you need a snack to get you through your time in class, it may not be consumed in the classroom. You must enjoy it outside or in your personal vehicle during break. There is a zero-tolerance policy here, as well.

Class start times have not changed: 10:00 AM (morning session) and 6:00 PM (evening session). Please plan on arriving early as there may be a wait at the Student Health Screening Station. Completing the Student Health Screening Form in advance can help speed up this process.

It is absolutely mandatory that if you believe for ANY REASON you have had close contact in the last 14 days with anyone diagnosed or showing signs and symptoms of COVID-19, YOU MUST REMAIN AT HOME AND CONTACT THE STUDENT SUCCESS DEPARTMENT AND YOUR INSTRUCTOR BEFORE RETURNING TO THE BUILDING.

If you have any concerns or questions, please reach out to us by calling, texting or emailing Student Success, or reaching out to us via the Student Help Request link.

Thank you for your help and cooperation, and please stay safe and healthy!
– The Specs Howard School of Media Arts



Effective Monday, January 11th, 2021

Happy New Year and welcome to 2021!

As the State of Michigan has begun distributing and administering COVID-19 vaccines, the Specs Howard School is moving forward into Stage 3, which is where we were mid-October 2020.

Transitioning into Stage 3 will look very similar to the way we have been operating recently, with a change to the virtual Canvas Conference class sessions.

Here are the important points of Stage 3:

  • Your classes will continue to be conducted online via Canvas Conferences, with in-person, face-to-face appointments available during your normally scheduled class time.
  • In order to physically sit in-person in the classroom with your instructor during class, you must schedule this time with them in advance.
  • If you opt to attend class virtually via the Canvas Conference, you must be visible to the instructor with your camera on. The instructor must be able to interact with you, visually and audibly, during the entire class period, or you may be marked absent.
  • The Canvas Conferences will continue to be recorded and will be available for viewing at any time for two weeks after the completion of the Conference.
  • Virtual office hours are also available with each instructor every Friday from 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM for individualized help and/or instruction.
  • Activities and requirements in the classroom often change week to week. Make sure you take note during class and also look for communication from your instructor via Canvas Messages for instruction on how the classes will run each week.

As more of you return to the Specs Howard School building, we are aware of the recommended precautions necessary to reduce exposure to COVID-19. We will be utilizing the following safety protocols to do our part in protecting all who enter our facility.

  • First and foremost, if you have been in direct contact with, or are concerned that you may have been directly exposed to, anyone displaying symptoms of COVID-19, DO NOT attempt to enter the facility. Please contact your instructor and the Student Success Department via Canvas to advise them of your situation.
  • All persons entering our building must wear a mask, sanitize their hands and respect a six-foot distance between themselves and other people.
  • Before being allowed to enter the building, you must be screened for symptoms of COVID-19 and have your temperature taken using a contactless thermometer. Please make sure you have contacted your instructor or other staff member to meet you at the door upon arrival, before entering the building.
  • Classroom seating is arranged to maintain social distancing, in addition to other precautions taken to limit the spread of infection.
  • Station sanitation will be performed regularly. We also recommend that you sanitize your station immediately before and after use. Each one of us is responsible for our own personal safety!
  • All production equipment being used by students will be sanitized between each use.

The coronavirus situation can change rapidly. We monitor the latest recommendations and requirements daily, and if the situation necessitates a change in our procedures, we will respond accordingly. Please monitor both our website and Canvas Announcements for the latest information.

We value your input, and we encourage you to reach out if you have any questions or concerns! If you would like to talk with someone regarding our plan, please follow this link and we will be happy to respond by the next business day:
https://www.specshoward.edu/student-help-request/

A THANK YOU goes out to each of you for your patience and understanding as we continue moving through this together.

The Specs Howard School of Media Arts

Monday, November 16, 2020

As I’m sure you’re all aware by now, the number of COVID-19 infections is soaring, with record numbers of cases across not only Michigan, but the entire country. Health experts and other scientists are predicting a dangerous winter ahead of us, and they tell us that wearing a mask, washing your hands and keeping your distance are effective ways of slowing the spread of the disease.

At a news conference today, Governor Whitmer announced an order issued by the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) calling for a three-week pause in indoor gatherings and other activities. Among the restrictions are the closing of high schools, colleges and universities to in-person instruction, which means that the Specs Howard School will be moving back to Stage 2, as follows:


ALL CLASSES WILL BE TAUGHT ONLINE

Classes will be taught online, synchronously, and will be recorded so students can view the recordings after the class period.

NO FACE-TO-FACE MEETINGS WILL BE AVAILABLE

During this time, you can still meet with your instructors online during regularly scheduled virtual office hours, and by appointment outside of those hours, but no in-person face-to-face meetings will be available.

EQUIPMENT CAN BE CHECKED OUT

Equipment can be checked out and returned curbside only and must be arranged in advance with an instructor.

Governor Whitmer said, “We are in the worst part of this pandemic to date. This is the moment that medical experts have been warning us about, and dreading since the beginning of this pandemic.”

And Dr. Joneigh Khaldun, the Chief Medical Executive and Chief Deputy for Health at MDHHS said, “If we do not act now, we risk thousands more deaths, and even more people having long-term health consequences. The actions we are taking today are the best opportunity we have to get this virus under control.”

So, the changes that we are making are in the interest of everyone’s health and safety. Remember, by following the recommended guidelines (masks, hand washing and social distancing), you not only help yourself, but you also help others in your household and community, and you help keep our healthcare systems from becoming overwhelmed.

Please stay safe and healthy, and we will keep you updated as things change.

Thank you for your cooperation and understanding.

– The Specs Howard School of Media Arts

 

October 8, 2020
Specs Howard School of Media Arts
Stage 3 Plan

Effective October 12, 2020

We appreciate your continued support during these challenging times and are pleased to begin welcoming small numbers of students back into the building. We hope to see more of you as we progress through the next few stages!

 Transitioning into Stage 3 will look very similar to the way we have been operating over the last few months, with a change to the virtual Canvas Conference class sessions.

 Here is a rundown of the important points of Stage 3:

  • Your classes will continue to be conducted online via Canvas Conferences, with in-person, face-to-face appointments available during your normally scheduled class time.
  • In order to physically sit in-person in the classroom with your instructor during class, you must schedule this time with them in advance.
  • If you opt to attend class virtually via the Canvas Conference, you must be visible to the instructor with your camera on. The instructor must be able to interact with you, visually and audibly, during the entire class period, or you may be marked absent.
  • The Canvas Conferences will continue to be recorded and will be available for viewing at any time for two weeks after the completion of the Conference.
  • Virtual office hours are also available with each instructor every Friday from 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM for individualized help and/or instruction.
  • Activities and requirements in the classroom often change week to week. Make sure you take note during class and also look for communication from your instructor via Canvas Messages for instruction on how the classes will run each week.

As more of you return to the Specs Howard School building, we are aware of the recommended precautions necessary to reduce exposure to COVID-19. We will be utilizing the following safety protocols to do our part in protecting all who enter our facility.

  • First and foremost, if you have been in direct contact with, or are concerned that you may have been directly exposed to, anyone displaying symptoms of COVID-19, DO NOT attempt to enter the facility. Please contact your instructor and the Student Success Department via Canvas to advise them of your situation.
  • All persons entering our building must wear a mask, sanitize their hands and respect a six-foot distance between themselves and other people.
  • Before being allowed to enter the building, you must be screened for symptoms of COVID-19 and have your temperature taken using a contactless thermometer. Please make sure you have contacted your instructor or other staff member to meet you at the door upon arrival, before entering the building.
  • Classroom seating is arranged to honor social distancing, in addition to other precautions taken to limit the spread of infection.
  • Station sanitation will be performed regularly. It is also recommended that you sanitize your station immediately before and after use. Each one of us is responsible for our own personal safety!
  • All production equipment being used by students will be sanitized between each use.

The coronavirus situation can change rapidly. We monitor the latest recommendations and requirements daily, and if the situation necessitates a change to our procedures, we will respond accordingly. Please monitor both our website and Canvas Announcements for the latest information.

We value your input, and we encourage you to reach out if you have any questions or concerns! If you would like to talk with someone regarding our plan, please follow this link and we will be happy to respond by the next business day:

https://www.specshoward.edu/student-help-request/

A THANK YOU goes out to each of you for your patience and understanding as we continue moving through this together.

 – The Specs Howard School of Media Arts

 

August 4, 2020

As the world adapts to a “new normal” with COVID-19, we are taking proactive steps to implement Specs Stage 2 of our “Return to the Classroom” operating strategy. While there are still significant unknowns about the future of COVID-19 and its impact on Michigan, we have, and always will, regard your health and safety as a top priority at the Specs Howard School of Media Arts.

Like other schools, organizations and businesses around the world, we are slowly getting back to work, but for now, it will not be business as usual. You’ll see your friends, classmates and instructors, but you will be required to wear a mask at all times and remain at least six feet apart from other visitors and staff. With an understanding that moving from one stage to the next is a fluid movement, many considerations are taken before making such a move. As we progress further into any Specs Stage, there may be a need to slow down and possibly even revert to a previous stage under certain conditions, as recommended by state and local officials, to ensure the health and safety of our staff and students.

Please note that the Specs Stages are specific to the Specs Howard School and are not the same as the phases outlined by the State of Michigan, although they are dependent on the State of Michigan phases as set forth by Governor Whitmer.

 

Specs Stage 2 of the Plan (effective August 17th):

 

Please keep in mind that each class is unique. Your instructor will let you know ahead of time what to expect in each class, each week. Stay tuned to Canvas messages and class announcements for the quickest communications. Below is a list of general expectations during Specs Stage 2:

 

  • Lectures and assignment demonstrations will be delivered asynchronously, if required. This means you can view them at any time during the week, but we prefer that you view the content during your scheduled class time, if not before. This does not count toward your resident attendance.
  • At your regularly scheduled resident course time (10 AM or 6 PM), your instructor will be live online via the Canvas BigBlueButton conference to cover the week’s assignments and expectations. This counts toward your resident attendance; please be on time!
    • You may attend class online via the BigBlueButton (this will still be recorded) at the class start time, or you may schedule to attend face to face, which will be limited to six students at a time.
    • Your instructor will remain online via BigBlueButton for the duration of the scheduled class. In the event that you have any questions while working on the weekly assignments, log back into the conference.
    • Your instructor will also be available face to face in your scheduled classroom for the duration of the class. If you would like to attend for additional assistance, please schedule an appointment to come to the school.
    • Please note that you may be required to complete an assignment before the end of class in order to count toward your resident attendance.
  • Students are allowed to request and pick up production gear for any class assignment. The gear will be sanitized using a 99% isopropyl alcohol solution before you pick it up.
    • Gear is to be used during your “class” time and must be returned immediately after class.
    • Upon return, the equipment must be wiped down with a 99% isopropyl alcohol solution, assisted by your instructor.
    • You MUST submit an online gear request via your Canvas module and receive confirmation from your instructor.
  • Students are allowed to request studio time for any class assignment. Students will be limited to a maximum of five at a time, which means that some time slots may be outside of the scheduled class time to accommodate all students. The equipment will be sanitized before and after use.
  • Students are allowed to use the matte room to print and assemble any projects required for class. The use of the room will be limited to your scheduled class time.

 

As we implement our strategy to safely welcome all of you back to the building, I want to invite each of you to return with an understanding that we will be utilizing safety protocols and sanitizing procedures to do our part in protecting all who enter our facility. It is CRITICAL and EXPECTED that if you have symptoms, are concerned that you have been in direct contact with anyone displaying symptoms of COVID-19, or have traveled outside of Michigan in the last 14 days, you DO NOT attempt to enter the facility. Please contact your instructor or the Student Success Department via Canvas and advise them of your situation.

 

As we progress from stage to stage, your questions and concerns are valued and encouraged. If you would like to ask a question or talk with someone regarding this plan, please follow this link and we will respond by the next business day. https://www.specshoward.edu/student-help-request/

As of right now, the Specs Howard campus is only open to students and staff. Any visitors will need to make an appointment with the appropriate staff member to enter our facility. Please check back to this page regularly for updates on our visitor policy.

– Specs Howard School of Media Arts

 

June 22, 2020

A cautious congratulations to all in Michigan, as the statistics for COVID-19 are continuing to improve across the state and specifically in the Metro Detroit area.  As state and local officials have recently begun decreasing the regulations and requirements on local businesses, they remain rather firm for schools.  We have, and always will, regard your health and safety as a top priority at the Specs Howard School of Media Arts.

We have started reacclimatizing our staff to the building with hopes of students re-entering the facility as soon as it is deemed safe by state and local officials.  We will be utilizing safety protocols and sanitizing procedures to do our part in the awareness and protection of all who enter our facility.

We have developed a 4-stage plan for re-acclimatization back to the resident/online hybrid curriculum which you are used to.  It is with an understanding that moving from one stage to the next is a fluid movement. Many considerations are taken before moving into the next stage. As we progress further into any stage, there may be a need to slow down and possibly revert in certain conditions as recommended by the state and local officials to ensure the health and safety of our staff and students.  We are currently in stage 1 of the 4-part plan.

Specs Stage 1 of the Plan (effective immediately):

  • All regularly scheduled resident course times are being held live online via the Canvas “Big Blue Button”.
  • Students are allowed to request production gear for any class assignments and pick it up as a “curbside” pick-up.
  • The gear will be sanitized using a 99% Isopropyl alcohol solution before you pick it up.
  • Gear is to be used during your “class” time and must be returned immediately after class.
  • Upon return, the equipment must be wiped down with a 99% isopropyl alcohol solution assisted by your instructor.
  • Pick-up and drop-off of equipment will be scheduled with your instructor, and will take place at the east entrance of the building (covered parking side).
  • You MUST submit an online gear request via your Canvas Module and receive a confirmation from your instructor.
  • Any person entering the building will be screened for symptoms of COVID-19 and have their temperature taken using a contactless thermometer.
  • Any person entering the building must wear a mask, sanitize their hands and respect a six-foot space between other people.

 

Specs Stage 2 of the Plan (when metro Detroit reaches Phase 5 of the State of Michigan COVID-19 management guidelines)

  • ALL SPECS STAGE 1 ITEMS APPLY.
  • Allow students to make appointments with their instructors to utilize the radio studios, check out production equipment, utilize the Matte Room, and meet with faculty.
  • Any person entering the building will be screened for symptoms of COVID-19 and have their temperature taken using a contactless thermometer.
  • Any person entering the building must wear a mask, sanitize their hands and respect a six-foot space between other people.
  • OPEN LAB will be held based on a limited schedule with social distancing guidelines in place.
  • Station sanitation will be performed regularly, and it is recommended that you also sanitize your station before and after use.

 

Specs Stage 3 of the Plan (Date TBA):

  • ALL SPECS STAGE 2 ITEMS APPLY.
  • Faculty will begin teaching their regularly scheduled resident courses in the building; limited students will be allowed to attend live, while others may choose to continue attending online via the Canvas “BIG BLUE BUTTON”.
  • Classroom seating may be arranged to honor social distancing and recommended precautions to limit the spread of infection.
  • Any person entering the building must wear a mask, sanitize their hands and respect a six-foot space between other people.
  • OPEN LAB will be held based on a limited schedule with social distancing guidelines in place.
  • Station sanitation will be performed regularly, and it is recommended that you also sanitize your station before and after use.

 

Specs Stage 4 of the Plan: (Date TBA):

  • Return to normal following recommendations of state and local officials for sanitizing and social distancing in a career education facility.

 

As we progress from stage to stage, your questions and concerns are valued and encouraged.  If you would like to ask a question or talk with someone regarding this plan, please follow this link and we will respond by the next business day.

https://www.specshoward.edu/student-help-request/

– Specs Howard School of Media Arts