COVID-19 Outbreak in the Greater Seattle Area



WEDNESDAY, MARCH 18

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.