Our Response

Update 10/29/2021:

All students coming to campus will be required to be fully vaccinated for COVID -19. Exceptions will be made for medical situations only and require documentation. Students must follow any guidelines set down by the Antigua government, or AUACOM. Failure to do so will result in not being able to participate in the educational program.

In general, people are considered fully vaccinated:

  • 2 weeks after their second dose in a 2-dose series
  • 2 weeks after a single-dose vaccine

If you don’t meet these requirements, regardless of your age, you are NOT fully vaccinated.

For more information, please visit the full guidelines provided by the CDC here.

Please visit https://visitantiguabarbuda.com/travel-advisory/ for the latest information from the Travel Advisory.

Update 8/14/2021:

The government of Antigua and Barbuda has issued a Tropical Storm Warning for Antigua and Barbuda. The system is projected to come near us late Saturday evening into Sunday morning. We do not expect this system to intensify while it is in our area but we will monitor the development and will provide updates.

Update 8/6/2021:

Addendum to Catalog Relative to Distance Learning

The College is continuing its hybrid model for delivering education for the Fall 2021 semester due to the continuing COVID pandemic as many students have found it difficult to travel. Students enrolled in semesters 2, 3 and 4 on island are welcome to attend classes as they are being delivered online as long as government-issued social distancing protocols, hand-washing and mask use are adhered to. The College also requires regular COVID testing (details of the latter will be offered at orientation). Students enrolled in semester 1 will be offered only online instruction.

 

All lectures will be offered live with synchronous transmission using Microsoft Teams and/or ECHO 360. Laboratories will be supervised by the appropriate faculty member using virtual labs or demonstrations. Major exams will be offered through ExamSoft and Examplify (details of the latter will be offered at orientation).

 

You will be issued a username and password to access AD (Active Directory), we have combined that with 2FA authentication (require SMS or authentication app) at AICASA. Basically, when you log on, you will be sent a SMS text message to confirm your login. To use this system, you would need to remember the username and password issued at registration (so make sure you keep this information somewhere where it can easily be retrieved), plus enter the code from your phone. Your privacy is protected because the username/password and authentication process is unique to you.

 

Please note that the admissions requirements for the distance learning modality are the same as the admissions requirements for the college in general. No additional testing for admission is required nor are there additional fees imposed to access distance learning.

 

6/23/2021

Dear Friends of AICASA:

As promised, here is our final decision regarding a return to campus for Students in Fall 2021.

In-person learning will be given for Pre-Med 2, 3, 4 students on campus in Antigua for the Fall 2021 semester. All students in these semesters are required to attend. Pre-med 1 students will receive remote learning in the residence of their choice, although they may attend classes if they are on the island. Laboratories for pre-med students will be offered remotely.

Students from pre-med semesters 2, 3, 4, may learn remotely if they are unable to travel because the government of their country prohibits travel. New AICASA students taking upper-level premed courses need to be on campus unless they meet one of the provided exceptions.

At the moment all students are expected to be vaccinated when they come to Antigua.

I encourage you to read the points below carefully.

  • Everyone, regardless of vaccination status, will need to take a PCR test no more than 7 days prior to boarding their plane to Antigua. All travelers also will receive a PCR test upon arrival in Antigua.
  • All travelers arriving in Antigua will be subject to quarantine, the terms of which vary based on their individual vaccination status and PCR test results.
    • Fully vaccinated travelers should receive their PCR test results in 48 hours.
      • Those who test negative for COVID-19 can end quarantine immediately. Results are returned within 48 – 96 hours. Visitors may be asked to await at the port of entry during this time.
      • Those who test positive will need to quarantine for 14 days and must be tested again before release.
    • Unvaccinated or partially vaccinated travelers should receive their PCR test results in 5 days.
      • Those who test negative can end quarantine within 7 days following arrival.
      • Those who test positive will need to quarantine for 14 days and must be tested again before release.

Please refer to the FAQs above if you have further questions, and visit https://visitantiguabarbuda.com/ for new updates.

At least two (2) weeks must have passed since the administration of the full vaccine dosage to be considered FULLY vaccinated.

Students and others on campus will need to follow routine rules for social distancing and masking while on campus.

Some of these rules may change over the coming months before the start of the semester. We will keep you updated if any of these changes affect you.

JORGE MORENO, PhD
Dean, AICASA

Our Response to COVID-19

What precautions are in place at AICASA to prevent exposure to COVID-19?

AICASA staff have been working around the clock to diligently follow recommended guidelines provided by the CDC, WHO/PAHO, and Antigua’s Ministries of Education and Health. This includes:

  • Increasing routine cleaning and sanitizing by housekeeping
  • Increasing hand sanitizer stations throughout campus
  • Closing campus to all non-AUA visitors
  • Providing information to the student body about COVID-19 symptoms and safety procedures
  • Creating a special area away from the clinic with personal protective equipment (PPE) for healthcare personnel and potentially affected individuals to be safely evaluated
  • Limiting class sizes
  • Providing and requiring masks for everyone entering campus; along with COVID testing for all within the AUA community.

Will the college be providing face masks on campus?

Yes, reusable face masks will be provided for everyone on campus.

How is AICASA monitoring updates on the novel coronavirus?

We currently have a task force designated to monitor updates on COVID-19 and disseminating that information to students promptly.

What should I do if I start showing COVID-19 symptoms in Antigua?

If you start displaying symptoms, call the 24/7 COVID-19 hotline at Mount St. John’s Medical Centre at 268-462-6843. Medical staff answer calls at any time and can direct you to the appropriate resources. You can also contact the AUA/AICASA Health Clinic via email at clinic@auamed.net for guidance.

Will COVID-19 testing be provided for students?

All students that opt to continue their students on campus will be required to provide a certificate, that is no more than 7 days old prior to travel, showing they have tested negative for COVID-19. Secondary testing may be conducted on campus later in the academic period.

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