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