COVID-19 Vaccination Requirement
As a school, the best thing that we can all do to keep our staff and students safe is to make sure that everyone is vaccinated.
Therefore, all students taking in-person classes at ALPS are required to be vaccinated against COVID-19.
1. If at all possible, get vaccinated before you travel to Seattle to begin classes.
- If you are fully vaccinated before you travel to Seattle, you do not need to quarantine or take a COVID test after arrival.
- Please bring proof of vaccination with you to ALPS on your first day of class.
2. If it is not possible for you to get vaccinated before you travel to Seattle:
- Get your first vaccine immediately after you arrive in Seattle. Free vaccines are widely available in Seattle. Please contact ALPS staff if you need help finding a place to get vaccinated.
- You will need to self-quarantine for 7 days after your arrival in Seattle before beginning in-person classes, and you will need to take a COVID test 3-5 days after arrival. If you do not take a COVID test, you will need to self-quarantine for 10 days before beginning in-person classes. Please make your travel plans accordingly.
- After you arrive and begin in-person classes, you must begin the vaccination process right away in order to continue in-person classes at ALPS. You must show ALPS staff proof that you have begun the vaccination process before you begin your second week of class.
- If you do not show ALPS staff proof that you have begun the vaccination process before Monday of your second week of class, you will need to begin showing negative COVID test results twice weekly (on Mondays and Thursdays) to ALPS staff in order to attend in-person classes. It is your responsibility to arrange for these tests in a timely manner in order to ensure that results are available on Mondays and Thursdays. Please ask ALPS staff if you need help finding a place to get tested.
- If you are not vaccinated, and you wish to claim a religious or medical exemption, please talk to ALPS staff. You will need to complete paperwork to apply for an exemption. For a medical exemption, you will also need a doctor to fill out an exemption form. For a religious exemption, you will also need a religious leader to fill out an exemption form.
- If you can’t continue classes due to inability to comply with the vaccination requirement, you may be due a tuition refund according to the terms of the ALPS cancellation and refund policy. If you have an F-1 visa, you will need to take IMMEDIATE action such as transferring to a new school in order to remain in the USA.
ALPS is open, and all of our part-time and full-time course options are available.
Depending on your visa type, you can choose to attend in person at our school or online via Zoom. However, most students with F-1 visas must study in person.
Bimodal Classes - In Person or Online
Many ALPS classes will be bimodal (hybrid) style during the pandemic. That means that some students will attend face-to-face and some students will attend online. This will allow non-F-1 students who feel more comfortable staying home to continue studying online.
Bimodal / online classes at ALPS are all live (synchronous) and feature the same interactive ALPS teaching style, with lots of speaking practice and opportunities for feedback.
The total number of students in each group class, combining online and in-person students, is still 8 students maximum.
live (synchronous) Online Classes
Any eligible student can study 100% online. (Most F-1 students cannot study online–contact us about your specific situation). For students who feel more comfortable studying from home, we will continue to offer online classes through the end of the pandemic. All online classes are live (synchronous) and feature the same interactive ALPS teaching style, with lots of speaking practice and opportunities for feedback.
F-1 Transfers and Initial I-20s
We can accept both transfer F-1 students and initial F-1 students. We are issuing I-20s so that students can make visa appointments as soon as embassies and consulates reopen. We process transfer applications quickly.
If you apply to ALPS as an initial F-1 student from outside the United States, you must study in person. You cannot enter the US on an F-1 visa to take online classes at ALPS.
We want to have as safe an environment for our students and staff as possible given the circumstances.
For that reason, we will be following strict safety protocols in addition to requiring vaccinations for all ALPS staff and students:
- Everyone in the building must wear a mask and practice social distancing. You must wear a mask even if you are fully vaccinated.
- ALPS has installed MERV-13 filters in its ventilation system, as well as a PHI cell air purifier.
If you would like to know more about the additional safety precautions that we are taking, please contact us!
Last updated: August 18, 2021