YEAR-ROUND BOARDER CARE PLEDGE
Our Year-Round Care Pledge contains five promises to you as a family:
Our facilities will be superlatively maintained and our staff directed to provide a healthy and safe environment for your sons and daughters
We will be prepared to handle any health-related issues that may arise, appropriately separating and caring for anyone who does become ill
We will provide a year-round boarding experience without adding any extra fees
We will identify an “adopted” family for each international boarder to provide some comfort and diversion during breaks from school
We will support the learning of all boarding students on campus regardless of how the delivery of that education may shift over time
Our facilities will be superlatively maintained.
We will be doubling our cleaning and disinfecting protocols to ensure a healthy environment. Our Residential Life team includes staff that live in the dormitories with our students as well as a faculty group that lives on campus and are available 24-7 to assist as needed. All Residential Life staff will be focused on reminding students to wash their hands, wear masks as needed, and socially distance. You can be 100% confident that AOA will follow all necessary precautions and guidelines to keep your son or daughter safe.
We are prepared to separate and care for anyone who becomes ill.
We have plans to dedicate one dormitory specifically as a quarantine house. Should a student or staff member test positive for COVID-19 during the 2020-21 school year, we will safely and efficiently provide them with full medical support while lodged in the quarantine house.
We will offer continuous residential life programming without fees.
Students should not travel any more than necessary at this time. So, we are making an extraordinary commitment to all of our international families. From the moment your child arrives on campus until the conclusion of the school year, we are committed to providing continuous housing and meals at no additional cost, including all breaks and extensions.
Every international boarding student will be “adopted” by a local family.
A new and exciting addition at AOA next fall will be the ‘Adopt-a-Boarder’ program. This community-based initiative will ensure that every international boarding student is matched with an American family. Throughout the year, each family and student will connect in many ways, spending time together, enjoying meals, and growing a strong, supportive, relationship.
The Residential Life program will support students through any periods of remote or hybrid learning.
We know it is possible next year that schools will be required to teach either remotely or in a hybrid mode of both standard and remote learning. Regardless of how students are asked to learn, our boarders are guaranteed to receive:
Continuous housing on campus
Meals provided through a safe and secure delivery method
Structured support/supervision from AOA residential life staff
Real-time support from faculty
Access to campus facilities, including our walking trails, fitness center, gymnasium and green space
Opportunities for continued, safe engagement and increased socialization with other on-campus students
These five promises make up our Year-Round Care Pledge to you. We hope this commitment gives you some “peace-of-mind” concerning your son or daughter living on campus at AOA for the 2020 - 2021 school year.