Coronavirus FAQ

ACADEMICS

What will the impact be on AP tests?

AP released a statement as of March 20, 2020 regarding how AP Testing for the 2019-2020 year will work. You may find the link here for the full statement. In summary, AP Testing will move online via your personal device. The full exam schedule, specific free-response question types that will be on each AP Exam, and additional testing details will be available by April 3. Students and their teachers will be provided with more information as more information is released. To be fair to all students, some of whom have lost more instructional time than others, the exam will only include topics and skills most AP teachers and students have already covered in class by early March. Collegeboard will be hosting free, live AP Review courses. You can find that link here.

What will the impact be on IB tests?

The IB will be taking the following actions for the May 2020 Examination session:

  • The May 2020 examinations scheduled between April 30 and May 22 for Diploma Programme and Career-related Programme candidates will no longer be held.
  • Depending on what they registered for, the student will be awarded a Diploma or a Course Certificate which reflects their standard of work. This is based on student’s coursework and the established assessment expertise, rigor and quality control already built into the programmes.

More information will be made available as it is released by the IB. If you have any questions, please contact Mike Wheeler at mwheeler@fairmontschools.com

Parents and students can also keep up with the latest updates from International Baccalaureate at www.ibo.org

What should a student do if their Wi-Fi connection drops/disconnects during an online test?

Students are encouraged to be hard wired during testing if at all possible. If students are taking a quiz or test in Canvas, the answers are auto-saved. If students lose connectivity, they can go back into the quiz and click the resume quiz button. If the test or quiz is timed, however, they need to contact their teacher since the timer will continue to run, even if the student is offline.

How can you support students who fall behind, struggle, or become ill?

Students should be in communication with their teachers and counselor(s) should they fall behind or become ill.

What is the plan for graduation?

At this time, Fairmont hopes to reopen our schools as of April 20, 2020, which would allow for graduation to continue as planned. However, we will not open our campuses until it is deemed safe to do so. We follow the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the World Health Organization (WHO), and the Orange County Department of Public Health for our guidance. We will continue to communicate and update you as we learn more. For international families making travel arrangements, we recommend delaying booking flights for the time being or purchasing travel insurance for a full refund in the event that there are travel restrictions imposed, including self-quarantine.

Fairmont is currently set to have graduation at Pearson Park Amphitheater in Anaheim. Each student will receive 4 tickets. There will be a reception from 4:30-5:30 pm. Doors will open at 5:30 pm to anyone who would like to attend the ceremony. The ceremony begins at 6 pm.

A virtual ceremony is being considered in the event that guidance from the CDC, the WHO, and the Orange County Department of Public Health prevents us from being able to continue as planned.

How can I contact my counselor?

Counselors may be contacted via email. See www.fairmontprepacademy.com/academic-college-counseling for information.

You may also schedule a Zoom meeting with any of the counselors for a video conference by emailing them a request.

What can I do if I am missing community service hours?

Mrs. Kunkle is working on service projects that can be done at home. Students are welcome to reach out directly to Mrs. Kunkle via email at akunkle@fairmontschools.com.

How long will school closure be?

Fairmont hopes to reopen our campuses on April 20, 2020, though this date is dependent on many factors outside of our control. We will continue with remote learning until we have been advised by the governing authorities that it is safe to resume school activities.

For additional questions regarding academics and student’s use of Canvas, please refer to this link.

INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS

Can overseas parents come to the United States to visit their children during this time of school closure?

We would refer any international family considering travel at this time to contact their embassy for up-to-date guidance and restrictions. We caution parents traveling overseas, as they may potentially be stranded in transit, which would potentially require them to self-quarantine for 14 days before reuniting with their child.

What does the international student insurance cover? Can my student get a flu shot?

Flu shots are not covered under international student insurance. Emergency medical services are covered, so long as the student remains in the country. Health Insurance for international students will be voided if students travel to areas of high risk.

Flu shots are offered at most local pharmacies at a very low cost.

Can students return to their home country?

Please see our F-1 Student Travel Advisory: www.fairmontschools.com/f1-student-travel-advisory-march-13-2020

What if my F-1 student visa expires during this time?

A student can remain in the United States on an expired F-1 visa as long as their I-20 is active and they are enrolled in a full time program of study. If the student leaves the country with an expired visa they will need to return to their home country to renew their F-1 visa prior to re-entering the United States.

What if I travel home for the time school is closed, and then come back after it opens again? Will there be any difficulty returning to the United States?

We advise you to please contact your home country’s embassy before making any travel arrangements. If a student has traveled to a high-risk area, they must return to the United States for mandatory self-quarantine for 14 days prior to returning to campus. Per Fairmont Schools policy, self-quarantine must be with an approved guardian outside of the Boarding and Homestay program. Additionally, due to travel bans that have been put into place, there is a chance that a student may be denied re-entry to the United States if they leave the country.

BOARDING STUDENTS

How will our daily schedule be impacted during school closure and online distance learning?

During school closure, on distance learning days, Boarding will provide a continental breakfast, and catered lunch and dinner will be delivered. Students are expected to be online and will not be allowed to leave the facilities during normal class hours.

The boarding house is staffed with our boarding parents and resident advisors only. Every precaution has been put into place to limit the number of individuals inside the boarding houses during this time.

The boarding houses have increased the Wi-Fi connectivity during this time to allow students faster access during this time of remote learning.

GENERAL

Can students travel domestically within the United States?

No, all domestic travel has been restricted by the United States government. Everyone, including students, are expected to stay at home unless absolutely necessary (such as for grocery shopping or medical appointments), and practice social-distancing of keeping 6-feet between yourself and others. Students should not be visiting with their friends in person, but are highly encouraged to spend time with their friends via FaceTime, Zoom, or other video chat means.

What do I do if I have symptoms of COVID-19 or think that I might have it?

Per the Orange County Department of Public Health, if someone shows symptoms of COVID-19, they should call their medical provider who will telephonically screen them and determine if testing is necessary. If it is deemed necessary, the patient will be sent to the appropriate lab. DO NOT go directly to your doctor’s office or urgent care as they cannot test on-site.

Our housing staff has been trained on the signs of the COVID-19 virus and are prepared to act should a student present with any signs.