A Message From LAFS: November 23, 2020
As the holiday season approaches, we remain grateful for you—our students, graduates, faculty and staff—as you continue to inspire, innovate and create while embracing remote learning and work environments. With the steadfast priority focused on the well-being and safety of our students and employees, we will continue to meet, support and work alongside you through multiple remote channels of engagement and interactivity. And just like you, we are all anxiously working toward and waiting for the time in which we can return to campus.
In-person Instruction Currently On-Hold
Our campus remains temporarily closed for in-person instruction, due to the current conditions of COVID-19. We are closely following updates and guidelines from the CDC, the state of California and Los Angeles County.
COVID-19 is increasing at high rates in California and we can all play an important part in slowing the surge by adhering to the safer-at-home guidelines. Per the California Department of Public Health, it is required that all non-essential work and activities stop between 10 p.m. and 5 a.m. Read more in the limited stay at home order.
Additional Information and Resources:
More information can be found at the CDC, World Health Organization and covid19.ca.gov websites as well as Los Angeles Film School’s list of frequently asked questions at www.lafilm.edu/alerts/faq.
As always, this is subject to change and reflects the most recent analysis of the current situation. We will communicate any updates or changes in the upcoming months.
UPDATE: September 8, 2020
Please see below for a message from Los Angeles Film School President, Tammy Elliott.
Dear LAFS Student:
It is with care, cautious consideration and growing optimism that we continue to work toward a time in which we can welcome your return to campus. While we have missed you, your energy and your creative spirit, it has been our joy to continue working alongside you each day through many different and various channels of connection. There is no doubt that this year has been challenging in both professional and personal ways. As our world continues to shift and reshape, I am reminded of your dedication to staying the course, lean into your education and remain steadfast in the pursuit of your dream. Just as every entertainment entity and production company on this planet, we are all embracing different ways to collaborate, connect and create and we remain grateful to do so with you.
Your LAFS faculty and staff have also remained devoted to the continuation of your education, as well as planning and preparing the campus for your return. While we anxiously wait for the Los Angeles County of Public Health for clearance to return to modified in-person instruction, the school has adopted health and safety policies and procedures that all faculty, staff and students will be required to follow. Upon review of current recommendations and operational plans from the Center for Disease Control Prevention, the California and Los Angeles Departments of Public Health, the LAFS’s “Return to Campus Guidelines” have been established. It is the goal of our LAFS community to stand together, implement and advocate for these new procedures with each of us serving as examples as to how all of us—staff, faculty and students—must work together to safeguard one another.
The student policies and procedures can be found in the “Return to Campus Guidelines” located:
- on the student community portal connect.lafilm.edu/student/covid-19-information/
- and will be sent to your school email account at the time in which we have secured clearance to resume modified in-person instruction.
LAFS will notify you as soon as the Los Angeles County’s Higher Education community receives clearance for modified in-person instruction from the Department of Public Health.
Thank you very much for your devotion and commitment to these important steps. We are truly looking forward to seeing you again!
The Los Angeles Film School
UPDATE: June 27, 2020
Based on the assessment of current trending of Covid-19 cases and updated guidance along with keeping the safety and health of every student, every employee and every loved one in mind, we will remain online for all classes in July.
All instruction for the July term, beginning Monday, July 06, 2020 will be offered through the LAFS’s Learning Management System (LMS), video communications and web collaboration platforms. Although the campus will remain closed and no students will be permitted on campus in July, we will continue to partner with our students; now in our digital environment and soon on our campus.
For additional information, please visit the FAQs page.
How is The Los Angeles Film School preparing for reopening the campus?
Upon review of recommendations and operational plans from the Center for Disease Control Prevention (CDC) and other governmental and higher education resources, the school has developed a plan for when we resume campus operations. Our hope is to be able to expand the number of on-campus labs in August and will monitor the progress and provide an update as the July term progresses.
The school has adopted health and safety policies and procedures that all faculty, staff and students will be required to follow. The policies and procedures will be sent to students via their school email account and students will be required to confirm their agreement to abide by them in advance of resuming any campus activities.
For additional information, please visit the FAQs page.
UPDATE: May 20, 2020
Due to the “Stay at Home” order issued by the Governor of California, Campus students will continue taking their campus courses online via Zoom and the LMS for the June Term. Please refer to the FAQs page for details.
UPDATE: April 20, 2020
Due to the “Stay at Home” order issued by the Governor of California, Campus students will continue taking their campus courses online via Zoom and the LMS for the May Term (through 05/29/2020). Please refer to the FAQs page for details.
UPDATE: March 23, 2020
With the “Safer at Home” Order in effect through April 19, LAFS will continue online learning for our campus students through the April term. To be specific, after the conclusion of Spring Break (March 30 – April 05), our active campus students will continue in an online capacity as they move to their next course. Additionally, our new April students (beginning 04/06/2020) will also begin their education in an online fashion.
LAFS also has updated the policy for current students to receive Techkits and stipend checks. Please refer to the FAQ page for details.
UPDATE: March 17, 2020
Based on the latest guidance by our Federal Government regarding COVID-19 virus, commonly referred to as Coronavirus, we are limiting campus access for students, staff and faculty through April 5.
As of today, there have been no reported confirmed cases of COVID-19 on campus. Our actions are strictly preventative in line with Federal guidelines.
As of March 16, classes are now being offered online. Students can contact their instructor for any information regarding online class assignments and monitor their school email account closely for further information regarding classes.
Students who do not have access to a computer or have other questions or concerns should contact Student Advising (firstname.lastname@example.org) or at 1-323-860-0789.
UPDATE: March 11, 2020
European Travel Ban
On March 11, 2020 President Trump addressed the USA announcing a variety of actions being implemented by the Federal Government to combat the spread of the Novel Coronavirus/COVID-19.
Of immediate interest to the LAFS Community is the upcoming ban on travel from Europe to USA announced by the President. A 30-day suspension on travel from mainland Europe to the USA for all persons, excluding USA citizen and USA permanent residents and certain other exemptions, will commence on Friday March 13, 2020 at 11:59PM EDT.
The LAFS Community is strongly encouraged to avoid travel to or from Europe for the immediate future and until such time as these travel restrictions are lifted.
The exact verbiage of the President’s European Travel Ban can be viewed at the below link.
In the event that you were unable to view President Trump’s March 11, 2020 address, same may be viewed at the below link.
UPDATE: March 10, 2020
As recommended by Centers for Disease Control (CDC), we request that all faculty, staff, and students returning from travel from the affected countries: China, Iran, Italy, Japan, and South Korea, self-quarantine and not return to campus for fourteen days (14) after their return. Please reach out to your supervisor or academic advisor at 323-860-0789 to make any necessary arrangements.
The following information is provided by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) for those who must self-quarantine:
Los Angeles Film School is continuing to closely monitor this rapidly evolving situation and will continue to provide updates from the California Department of Public Health and the CDC as they are made available. Any staff member or student with immediate concerns or questions are encouraged to contact their supervisor or academic advisor.
In an effort to minimize impacts of the virus we encourage all students, staff and faculty to:
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
- Stay home when you are sick.
- Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
- Get adequate sleep and eat well-balanced meals to ensure a healthy immune system.
- Prepare to have items at home including clear liquids, canned soups and any required medications.
March 3, 2020
The Los Angeles Film School continues to closely monitor this rapidly evolving situation and is prepared to respond appropriately, as reported cases of COVID-19 continue to spread around the globe.
What we are doing to prepare:
To assist in minimizing the spread of COVID-19, as well as any potential impact to our campus and scholastic community, the Los Angeles Film School is taking the appropriate steps to implement precautions listed below:
• The School remains in contact with national and local agencies to stay up to date on planning and guidance from state and federal health officials, including the World Health Organization (WHO) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
• We will continue to provide the latest information for the awareness of our students, staff and overall community via our various communications platforms.
• The School will continue to perform routine environmental cleaning as recommended by the CDC.
• Any staff member or student with immediate concerns or questions are encouraged to contact their supervisor or student advisor.
What you can do:
• Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
• Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
• Stay home when you are sick.
• Cough or sneeze into your sleeve or into a tissue, throw the tissue in the trash and wash your hands soon after.
• Get adequate sleep and eat well-balanced meals to ensure a healthy immune system.
• Prepare to have items at home including clear liquids, canned soups and any required medications.
Additional Information and Resources:
More information can be found at the CDC and World Health Organization websites as well as Los Angeles Film School’s list of frequently asked questions at www.lafilm.edu/alerts/faq.