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.
MONDAY, MAY 4, 2020
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.
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:
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.
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:
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:
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.
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.
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:
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:
MONDAY, MARCH 9, 2020
Please find below the list of additional courses that have been moved online starting on March 7, 2020:
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:
2) All other group classes can discuss the following options directly with their instructors: moving to an online course or staying
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:
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:
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.