COVID-19 Outbreak in the Greater Seattle Area

WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 14, 2020

Exam Center. Our Exam Center is re-opening for TEF certification exams with limited dates. Priority registration for WA and OR residents. Read our policies and register here.


MONDAY, OCTOBER 12,  2020

Exam Center. Due to the pandemic, there will be no DELF Prim in 2020, and June and December sessions are canceled for DELF/DALF, DELF Junior, and DAEFLE. Should you need an official evaluation of your level for immigration to Canada, French citizenship, or admission to a Francophone university, TEF will be organized with one candidate at a time. Please check the TEF page for further details. Some employees and universities in France accept an Ev@lang result; please check with them. If you need TCF-DAP, please send us an email at info@afseattle.org 


WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 30, 2020

Exam Center. On September 22, 2020, the Washington state authorities published new guidance for exams and tests that cannot be organized virtually. Be advised that we are preparing for the reopening of our exam center under strict conditions. A limited number of sessions for TEF will be organized starting the end of October, with one candidate at a time. The TEF policies are updated to reflect the COVID-19 safety measures for both candidates and AFSeattle personnel. In an effort to limit the spread of the virus, residents of the states of Washington and Oregon are given priority to TEF enrolments. Please make sure to sign up to our exam center mailing list so that you receive an email when we open registrations.

Please do not email us for additional questions or requests at this time; you will receive all our updates in due time via the exam center mailing list. Keep in mind that we are a small team, managing a language center, cultural programs, and now the exam center entirely remotely since March 2020. We know that the tests are essential for your life projects and we are doing our best to serve you. However, we cannot accommodate special requests. The TEF will be sold on a first come first served basis.

For residents of other regions in the USA: please check with the Alliances Françaises of Pasadena, Philadelphia, Minneapolis, and New York, who are also offering TEF or TCF sessions. 


WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 5, 2020

1) The fall 2020 term will take place 100% online, as AFSeattle continues to follow the safety measures recommended by King County Public Health. The schedule will be available on our website on August 10, and we have an early-bird special from August 13 to 16 on all group courses.

2) Our youth classes start in September 2020 and go until June 2021 (3 terms). Youth classes will be conducted online all academic year—fall, winter, and spring. The program will be announced on our website on August 10.

3) There will be no exams held at AFSeattle until King County enters into Phase 3 of Washington's Safe Start Reopening Plan. In the meantime, we are preparing guidelines for the potential reopening of our exam center. TEF and TCF-DAP tests could be offered under strict conditions.

4) All events on site are canceled until further notice. We will continue offering our free, open-to-all e-gatherings, which we launched in April. Details here

5) Follow us on Instagram for our French Fridays series launched in November 2019, which introduces interesting words, expressions, and dialects, and the recent Ce jour-là / On That Day, presenting diverse historical events of francophone countries. Since April, each Wednesday we publish on our Facebook page a portrait of a francophone personality. Our past curated conferences—in English—are available on our YouTube channel.  

Read our August e-newsletter.  


TUESDAY, MAY 5, 2020

Due to the COVID-19 outbreak and the latest announcements from the Governor of Washington regarding the phased out approach to reopening the state of Washington, the Alliance Française de Seattle is moving its French youth summer camps online.

Discover our new virtual summer camps program here.


MONDAY, MAY 4, 2020

Due to the latest announcements from the state of Washington and the Governor Jay Inslee, the Summer Term will take place online.

The adult Summer Term course program will be available on May 18, and the registration will launch on May 21 with an Early Bird sale from May 21 to 24, 2020. All adult group courses purchased at this time will benefit from a 15% discount (valid for online registration only).

Stay tuned for updates on the summer camps program.

Read our complete May e-newsletter here.


MONDAY, APRIL 6, 2020

On April 6, 2020, Washington Governor Jay Inslee announced the extension of school closures for the remainder of the 2019-2020 school year. The proclamation prohibits in-person instruction through June 19.* What does this mean for the Alliance Française de Seattle? Don't worry, we have been preparing for this possible development! We are therefore confirming the following:

  • All Spring courses will continue to take place online until the end of the Spring term (group, private, and corporate courses – no exceptions).
  • Session 2 of the DELF/DALF and the DELF Junior/Scolaire, originally scheduled in June 2020, are canceled.
  • There will be no TEF or TCF certification exams scheduled until further notice.
  • All events are canceled until further notice.

Our office will remain closed until further notice. Our staff is continuing to work remotely according to the stay-at-home order. 

We are working on the Summer term (June 22 – Sept 4, 2020) while considering both online and on-site options, and will announce the program mid-May. The start of Summer registration is moving from May 7 to May 21, 2020.

More information can be found on the Governor's website.

Our policies during COVID-19 offer more flexibility. More information here.


WEDNESDAY, MARCH 18, 2020

Our Spring courses will start 100% online. READ OUR LATEST COMMUNICATION HERE.

More information on online courses can be found here!


THURSDAY, MARCH 12, 2020 at 4.30pm

Following the latest news from the state of Washington and the Governor's executive order to close all K-12 schools in King, Snohomish and Pierce counties, the Alliance Française de Seattle is taking the following measures:

1) All our courses in Winter 2020 are now moving online.

2) All our events scheduled in March and April are canceled. We will do our best to re-schedule them if possible.

3) We will send out an official communication about our Spring term on March 18. Any questions regarding online or on-site courses will be answered at that time, with both short-term and long-term plans moving forward.


THURSDAY, MARCH 12, 2020

Please find below the list of additional courses that have been moved online starting on March 12:

  • Les Tortues A1.1 SAT with Pauline
  • Les Tortues A1.1 TUE with Pauline
  • A1.3 SAT with Pauline
  • Oral Communication B2 DAY with Lusiné

Important: the following courses are canceled for the rest of the Winter term. The last session will be refunded or credited to your account, and additional resources and homework will be shared via the e-learning platform Apolearn for those wishing to study at home:

  • Les Têtards A1.1 with Pauline
  • Les Grenouilles A1.2 with Pauline

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 11, 2020 AT 4.30PM

Following the latest recommendations from King County's Public Health department (published on March 11), the Alliance Française de Seattle are taking the following measures:

1) All events scheduled in March are canceled. 

  • Dictée Gabrielle-Roy scheduled for March 19 -- we are currently analyzing the possiblity of offering an online event. Details to follow.
  • Three films to celebrate Francophonie scheduled on March 24, 25 and 26

Please note that the French-American Chamber of Commerce of the PNW has also decided to cancel French Fest, scheduled for March 22.

2) Over 50 of our classes (group, private and corporate) are now being held online and it's going well. We have taken precautionary measures to move a high number of classes online since March 6, and have received very positive feedback from both our students and our instructors. At this point, King County does not recommend proactively closing schools, but they ask schools to take steps to prepare to a prolonged mandatory closure. Therefore, we are preparing for the possibility of starting our Spring term classes fully online. The official decision will be communicated by email and on our website on March 25, 2020.

3) The Alliance Française de Seattle continues to follow reinforced hygiene measures.

  • Each classroom is disinfected after and before each class (tables, chairs, doorknobs, light switches, etc).
  • Our staff is disinfecting all surfaces in the office several times throughout the day.
  • We are informing our staff, instructors and students of all necessary hygiene measures.
  • We are staying informed of the King County Public Health recommendations and updates.
  • We are applying a flexible cancellation and re-scheduling policy for all our courses, including upcoming classes in March and April.
  • Our staff and instructors are being monitored for any illness symptoms and all given the option to work remotely.

Please refer to the Washington State Department of Public Health for more information.  Do not hesitate to get in touch with us if you have any further question. In the meantime, stay safe and wash your hands often.


WEDNESDAY, MARCH 11, 2020

Please find below the list of additional courses that have been moved online starting on March 11, 2020:

  • Book Club DAY with Danielle
  • B2.2 EVE with Cécile
  • B1.2 EVE with Cécile
  • B2.1 SAT with Cécile
  • B1.3 SAT with Cécile

All private courses with Cécile and Preson have been moved online.


TUESDAY, MARCH 10, 2020

Please find below the list of additional courses that have been moved online starting on March 10, 2020:

  • A2.1 DAY with Preston
  • A2.1 EVE with Preston
  • A1.2 EVE with Preston
  • B1.2 SAT with Preston
  • A1.1 SAT with Preston

MONDAY, MARCH 9, 2020

Please find below the list of additional courses that have been moved online starting on March 7, 2020:

  • Les Orques B1 with Aurélia
  • Les Pingouins A2.1 with Aurélia
  • Les Caméléons A1.2 with Aurélia
  • A1.2 DAY with Isabelle
  • Oral Communication A2 EVE with Alina
  • C1.1 EVE with Pauline
  • One Week Intensive B1 Review with Pauline
  • Workshop "Making French Grammar Easy" with Pauline
  • Workshop "French for Travel" with Pauline

The Choir rehearsals of March 9 & March 16 are canceled


THURSDAY, MARCH 5, 2020

Following the latest recommendations from King County's Public Health department, the Alliance Française de Seattle are taking the following measures:

1) All courses with instructors at higher risk* are moving online starting on Friday, March 6. They will take place at the scheduled time via video on the e-learning platform Apolearn. Specific recommendations will be sent to concerned students of the following courses:

  • A2.2 DAY with Hailey
  • A1.3 EVE with Hailey
  • A1.2 SAT with Gabrielle
  • A1.1 EVE with Hailey
  • French Grammar Through World News B1+ DAY with Hailey
  • Pas à Pas [DAY] - 2 Weeks Intensive with Camille
  • French & Gastronomy A2+ DAY with Hailey 
  • One Week Intensive A1 Review with Camille
  • One Week Intensive A2 Review with Hailey 
  • One Week Intensive B2 Review with Aimie
  • Book Club 2 EVE with Aimie
  • Private classes with Camille, Hailey, Gabrielle, Janice or Aimie

2) All other group classes can discuss the following options directly with their instructors: moving to an online course or staying on-site.

3) Private classes can move online, stay on-site, or get postponed. Please get in touch with your instructor.

Please take note of the Alliance Française de Seattle's internal policy regarding reinforced hygiene measures:

  • Each classroom is disinfected after and before each class (tables, chairs, doorknobs, light switches, etc).
  • Our staff is disinfecting all surfaces in the office several times throughout the day.
  • We are informing our staff, instructors and students of all necessary hygiene measures.
  • We are staying informed of the King County Public Health recommendations and updates.
  • We are applying a flexible cancellation and re-scheduling policy for all our courses, including upcoming classes in March.

Please refer to the Washington State Department of Public Health for more information. 


*
 People at higher risk include people:

- Over 60 years of age
- With underlying health conditions including include heart disease, lung disease, or diabetes
- With weakened immune systems
- Who are pregnant


MONDAY, MARCH 2, 2020

Dear students and members,

We are monitoring the public health situation around COVID-19. As per Washington State Department of Health recommendations, we will take some extra measures to stop spreading the virus:

1) Any staff member, contractor, or student who has symptoms of acute respiratory illness are recommended to stay home and not come to AFSeattle until they are free of fever (100.4° F [37.8° C] or greater using an oral thermometer), signs of a fever, and any other symptoms for at least 24 hours, without the use of fever-reducing or other symptom-altering medicines (e.g. cough suppressants). Please call your doctor for guidance.

2) Staff members, contractors, and students who are:

  • Ill with a fever, cough, or difficulty breathing AND have traveled from an affected area in the last 14 days,
  • Ill with fever, cough, or difficulty breathing AND have been identified by Public Health as a recent close contact of a confirmed COVID-19 case or had recent close contact with someone who is being evaluated for COVID-19 infection,
  • Ill with a severe lower respiratory tract infection and unknown contact during known community transmission,

should be placed in a private room away from others and asked to wear a face mask (available at the office next to the emergency kit). The local health department will be then noticed and will provide guidance. 

3) Staff and students who are well but who have a sick family member at home with COVID-19 should refer to CDC guidance for how to conduct a risk assessment of their potential exposure.

4) Staff and students are invited to avoid touching their eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands, and to clean their hands often with an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60-95% alcohol, or wash their hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.

5) AFSeattle will increase the cleaning frequency of all regularly touched surfaces, such as workstations, countertops, and doorknobs.

6) In the event that a staff member or a student is diagnosed with COVID-19, AFSeattle will follow the local public health authorities’ recommendations regarding the potential closure of our facilities. In the event of a closure, we will transfer all the classes (group, private, and corporate) online, on the Apolearn platform, using Zoom and/or Skype.

Please refer to the Washington State Department of Public Health for more information. 

Do not hesitate to get in touch with us if you have any further question. In the meantime, stay safe and wash your hands often.

Thank you for your cooperation.