Home / LIFE AT EIC / EIC Restart Plan

UPDATED RESTART PLAN- NOVEMBER 4, 2020

Table of Contents

I. General Safeguards

1. Restart Phases and Instruction

  • Phase I
  • Phase II
  • Phase III
  • Phase IV

2. Health, Safety, and Protection: Students, Faculty, and Employees

  • Social Distancing
  • Face Cover
  • Covid-19 Symptoms
  • Temperature Screening
  • Self-Assessment COVID-19 Questionnaire Tool

II. Meetings

III. Library

IV. Clinical Rotations in Externship Sites

V. COVID-19 Positive Test

VI. Exposure to People with Known, Suspected, or Possible COVID-19

VI. Accommodating Persons Identified as At-Risk

VIII. Contact Tracing

IX. Cleaning and Sanitization of Facilities

  • Classrooms and laboratories
  • Common Spaces (Lobbies, elevators, hallways, waiting areas)
  • Offices and Workstations
  • Computer Labs
  • Restrooms
  • High Touch Areas

X. Student Services

XI. EIC Contact Information

XII. Additional COVID-19 Resources

EASTERN INTERNATIONAL COLLEGE OPERATING GUIDE

UPDATED RESTART PLAN- November 4, 2020

General Safeguards

Eastern International College (EIC) is taking all the steps necessary to bring the EIC community back on campus safely. Some limitations are strictly implemented to protect our students, faculty, and staff, and to comply with local and state regulations and guidelines.

The objective is to gradually reopen the College. To achieve this, EIC developed a four-phased plan with the purpose of bringing in employees and students gradually with caution, and reduce the risk of transmission of the virus following guidelines set by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

PHASE ONE (July 1-17, 2020)

Since May 26, 2020, all summer semester classes have been conducted online through synchronized learning, and Department Chairs and all faculty members have been working remotely.

The following offices were opened on July 1, 2020:

  1. Administration (CEO, VPAA, Dean, Campus Directors, Director of Information Technology and eLearning).
  2. Nursing and Dental Hygiene Department Chairs
  3. Registrar/Bursar and Financial Aid
  4. Admission Officers
  5. Library (with restrictions)

On July 1, 2020, a mandatory seminar on COVID-19 posted in the Student Services Canvas was to be completed on or before July 10, 2020 by each student and faculty as a requirement for Phase two of the reopening plan.

PHASE TWO (July 20, 2020 – August 17, 2020)

The College began to allow Diagnostic Medical Sonography, Cardiovascular Technology, and Medical Assistant students to complete laboratory requirements for Spring 2020 that were suspended due to the State-mandated closure of classes in March 2020. Dental Hygiene students who were currently registered for the summer semester 2020 were allowed on campus in batches to perform and complete their laboratory requirements.

The number of students who were allowed inside each laboratory was controlled and a schedule was created to allow students on campus by batch to comply with social distancing.

Prospective students were allowed on campus to take the HESI entrance examination for Dental Hygiene and Nursing – and the Accuplacer for Diagnostic Medical Sonography and Cardiovascular Technology. A maximum of 30 student applicants a day were allowed on campus, 15 students in the morning and 15 in the afternoon. Six-feet social distancing and wearing a face mask at all times while on campus was strictly enforced.

Only assigned faculty and staff members were allowed on campus. All didactic/lecture courses continued to be delivered online through synchronous learning.

PHASE THREE (August 10, 2020 – September 5, 2020)

Nursing students were required to take the Summer 2020 HESI examination on campus. All major course final examinations were taken on campus. The classrooms and testing rooms were utilized at social distancing protocol. Six-feet social distancing, wearing of face mask and face shield, and a temperature check were strictly enforced.  Health Assessment final examinations and head-to-toe assessment skills were done on campus in week 14 and 15.

Update as of August 12, 2020: Governor Murphy issued an Executive Order giving students an option to complete instruction online including examinations or take them on campus.

PHASE FOUR (September 14, 2020 – December 23, 2020)

Didactic instruction for the Fall 2020 Semester will be delivered online through synchronous learning with most professors teaching from either the Belleville Campus or Jersey City Campus.

Across degree programs, all laboratory courses will be performed on campus including dental hygiene clinics. The nursing requirement for head-to-toe assessment will be performed on campus. Nursing clinical sessions, and laboratory sessions, will be conducted on campus to utilize the high-fidelity mannequins and laboratory equipment.  In addition, virtual simulations and case studies will be used to complement the on-campus clinical experience. Upon official approval of EIC’s clinical agencies to permit students on their sites, students will immediately transition to the clinical facilities.

To provide more structure, technical support, fewer distractions, and access to professors during assessments, tests, midterms and final examinations (across all degree programs) including the HESI/Kaplan and HESI/Kaplan retakes, will be completed on campus. Nursing students who have not already completed the QBanks and Integrated Testing in NUR 206 and NUR 207 will be required to do them on campus.

The plan for the resumption of on-campus lab, clinicals and testing includes several precautionary measures to help safeguard students, faculty, and staff as outlined in the Health, Safety, and Protection part of this plan.

Health, Safety, and Protection: Students, Faculty, and Employees

Following the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) guidelines on how to protect oneself and others from contacting the COVID-19 virus, Eastern International College has created this policy. The CDC recommends that the best way to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed to the virus which is believed to spread mainly from person-to-person.

1. Social Distancing

All staff, students and visitors must stay at least six feet (about two-arms length) from each other at all times. This includes worksite meetings, orientations and other activities that would require individuals to be present in a single room or space and in close proximity including when exiting and entering the workplace.

2. Face Cover (mandatory) and Face Shield

All employees, students and visitors must wear a face cover (mask) before entering the building, when around others, and while on the premise, except where it is impracticable for an individual to wear a face mask, such as when the individual is eating or drinking. Employees may remove their face masks when situated at their workstations or when alone in a walled office. Employees may use a face shield, in addition to the face mask, if they wish. Wearing a face mask is not a substitute for social distancing.

When an employee cannot wear a mask because of a disability or illness, the employee may be provided with reasonable accommodation unless doing so would cause an undue hardship to EIC’s operations. EIC will require employees to produce medical documentation supporting claims that they are unable to wear a face mask due to a disability or illness.

Students are required to wear a face shield and a mask inside the lab or dental station. One reusable face shield is provided to each student by EIC. Students with no face shield will not be permitted in clinicals, labs or dental stations. When a student cannot wear a mask or shield because of a disability or illness, the student may be provided with reasonable accommodation unless doing so would cause an undue hardship to EIC’s operations. EIC will require students to produce medical documentation supporting claims that they are unable to wear a face mask and/or shield due to a disability or illness.

While everyone is expected to enter the building wearing a mask, face masks are available for employees and students at the receptionist’s desk.

3.Be alert of COVID-19 symptoms

The CDC has listed the following: fever, cough, shortness of breath, fatigue, muscle or body aches, headache, new loss of taste or smell, sore throat, congestion or runny nose, nausea or vomiting, and/or diarrhea as the main symptoms – though other symptoms, in positive cases, have occurred.

Employees and students who appear to have COVID-19 symptoms, as defined by CDC, or who become sick during the day, will be sent home and advised to consult a healthcare provider.

4. Temperature Screening

Employee, student and visitor temperatures will be taken upon entry into the building using a thermometer gun and/or any similar infrared body temperature measuring device. The CDC considers a temperature of 100.4 as fever. Anyone whose temperature reading is 100.4 or higher will be advised to go home and contact their healthcare provider.

5. All dental hygiene students, faculty and staff must follow the safety protocol implemented by the Dental Hygiene Department as outlined in the Dental Hygiene Clinical Manual.

6. Eastern International College will implement a self-assessment COVID-19 questionnaire tool for faculty and students. It is adapted from the CDC Facilities Covid-19 Screening tool.

EIC recommends the following CDC preventive measures:

  1. Wash hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds especially after blowing nose, coughing, or sneezing.
  2. Cover coughs and sneezes
  3. If soap and water are not readily available, clean hands with a hand sanitizer that contains at least 70% alcohol.
  4. Avoid touching eyes, nose, and mouth.
  5. Avoid sharing personal items like drinking glasses, cups, eating utensils, etc.
  6. Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces daily.
  7. Check the CDC website (www.cdc.gov) regularly for more information and updates on the COVID-19 virus.

Meetings

Staff/faculty meetings will be done virtually using Google Meet. Meetings will be recorded. If they are done on campus, six feet social distancing must be strictly observed.

Library Use

The library will only be used for HESI entrance exams, Accuplacer testing and other exams with prior arrangement with the Librarian. A total of 26 students will be accommodated each day with 13 students from 9-1 PM and 15 students from 2-6 PM. The room and computers will be disinfected daily between 1 PM – 2 PM and again prior to the next morning. Students can access the online library 24/7 and contact the Librarian for technology inquiries, research aid, and bibliographic instruction from 9-6 M-TH & 9-5 Fridays by email (kelsey.gallagher@eicollege.edu) or phone, 201.630.2077.  The physical items in the library collection will continue to circulate.  Students will have to contact the Librarian at least 24 hours in advance and the item will be available for ‘outside pickup’ in the lobby.  Upon returning a book, please do not use any disinfectants or cleaners on the item; the library has its own policy for ensuring items are properly disinfected before returning them to the collection.

Students will be able to make in-person appointments to use the Library facilities and the Librarian’s services.  Students must contact the Librarian at least 24 hours in advance; the Librarian or designee will confirm a specific day and time slot for the student to come into the library.  This decision will be based on a shared calendar, that all staff have access to, in order to keep the capacity below 13 students.

More information about the Library’s Policy for reopening is available on the Student Services shell in the College’s Learning Management System, Canvas.

Clinical Rotations in Externship Sites

Students will be allowed to resume clinical rotations in an externship site on July 20, 2020 –  provided the site follows CDC guidelines for health, safety, and protections. Pending directive from the NJ State and OSHE, Dental Hygiene clinical treatments, including community outreach activities (rotation), will resume to normal in Fall of 2020. Each student will be expected to attend specific clinical sessions or rotation schedules based on their clinical calendar which will be determined by the Dental Hygiene Department. All on-site Nursing clinicals remain suspended until further notice. Clinical and laboratory courses continue to utilize virtual simulations and case studies. When clinical rotations and externship sites allow students to be on site, and in compliance with State and OSHE directives, EIC may assign students to clinical and externship sites.

COVID-19 Positive Test

An employee, faculty member or student who tests positive for the COVID-19 must not report on campus and contact the Campus Director/Campus Manager (employee) or instructor/s (student). They will be strongly advised to stay home, isolate themselves and contact their healthcare provider immediately. They should follow strictly their healthcare provider’s advice. Proof of the lab confirmed positive test must be submitted to the Campus Director/Campus Manager. To be able to return on campus after full recovery, proof of a lab confirmed negative COVID-19 test must be submitted to the Campus Director/Campus Manager. A student who tests positive will be given a chance to complete all missed requirements after recovery, dependent upon the length of absence.

No employee is allowed to work from home without a written confirmation and permission from the designated committee. The committee will evaluate the employee’s request to work from home and will notify the employee if this request is approved or not. The decision for approval or disapproval of the request is done on an individual basis considering the need of the college at this given time.

From the first day of absence due to COVID-19 related circumstances (testing positive or quarantine due to contact with a positive tested person) the employee has to determine what benefits they are entitled to. To confirm eligibility, employees should visit https://covid19.nj.gov/faqs/nj-information/assistance-and-benefits/am-i-eligible-for-sick-leave-family-leave-or-temporary-disability-insurance-if-i-or-a-family-member-have-been-impacted-by-the-outbreak and select the “benefits eligibility” tool.  https://getstarted.nj.gov/labor/

The CDC recommends the following guidelines for persons who are sick of COVID-19:

1. Isolate- Isolation keeps someone who is infected with the virus away from others, even in their home. People who are in isolation should stay home until it is safe for them to be around others. In the home, anyone sick or infected should separate themselves from others by staying in a specific “sick room” or area and using a separate bathroom if available.

Who needs to isolate?

    • People who have symptoms of COVID-19 and are able to recover at home
    • People who have no symptoms (are asymptomatic), but have tested positive for infection with COVID-19

2. Steps to take

    • Monitor symptoms. Seek emergency medical treatment for emergency warning signs like trouble breathing
    • Stay in a separate room from other household members, if possible
    • Use separate bathroom, if possible
    • Avoid contact with other members of the household and pets
    • Do not share personal household items, like cups, towels, and utensils
    • Wear a mask when around other people, if you are able to
    • Follow strictly the advice of your healthcare provider

Exposure to People with Known, Suspected, or Possible COVID-19

Employees and/or students who have had close contact (within six feet for a total of 15 minutes or more in a 24-hour period) with a Covid-19 positive person, suspected Covid-19 person, or possible Covid-19 person must immediately stay home and inform the instructor (for students) and/or Campus Director/Campus Manager, and are required to quarantine and monitor symptoms for 14 days. The Department of Health recommends waiting for 5 to 7 days after the initial exposure to get a diagnostic test due to the incubation period of the virus. It is strongly recommended that they contact their healthcare providers for professional advice and guidance. To ensure the protection of students and employees from an asymptomatic carrier, it is required that those who have completed the 14-day quarantine period submit a lab confirmed negative Covid-19 test result to the Campus Director/Campus Manager before being allowed back on campus. A student on quarantine will be given the chance to complete all missed course requirements upon completion of the quarantine period and return to the campus.

The CDC recommends the following guidelines for persons who have been in close contact with someone who has COVID-19:

1. Quarantine- Quarantine keeps someone who might have been exposed to COVID-19 away from others to help prevent the spread of the disease that can occur before a person knows they are sick or if they are infected with the virus without feeling symptoms.

What counts as close contact?

Close contact is defined by a direct communication within 6 Ft. or less from the infected person for more than 10 min. It includes the following:

    • Provided care at home to someone who is sick with COVID-19
    • Direct physical contact (hugging or kissing) with a person sick of COVID-19
    • Shared drinking or eating utensils
    • The sick person sneezed, coughed, or somehow got respiratory droplets on another person

2. Steps to take

    • Stay home for 14 days after last contact
    • Watch for fiver (100.4F or higher), cough, shortness of breath, or other symptoms of COVID-19
    • If possible, stay away from others, especially people who are at higher risk for getting very sick from COVID-19.

An employee who is allowed to work remotely, or unable to work remotely, during the quarantine period must contact the Campus Director/Campus Manager.

If an employee cannot report to work due to the employee’s need to care for an immediate family member who has been diagnosed with COVID-19, or was directed by a medical professional or government agency to self-isolate or quarantine due to possible exposure to or diagnosis with COVID-19, the employee shall submit documentation verifying the family member’s COVID-19-related illness, exposure, and/or quarantine period to the Campus Director/Campus Manager who are tasked with receiving sick or leave documentation within two days of the employee’s initial absence. Per NJ State regulation,  employees may only take leave to care for immediate family members (parents/children/spouse) https://www.state.nj.us/csc/Coronavirus%20FAQs.FINAL.pdf

Accommodating Persons Identified as At-Risk

A. Faculty and students

All synchronous teaching for major courses is delivered on campus. Faculty members, who are at-risk based on CDC specifications, may request, in writing to the Campus Director or College Dean, permission to deliver instruction remotely (a physician’s note supporting the request must also be provided) . A student who is at-risk, based on CDC specifications, may request in writing to take the exams remotely. A note from the student’s doctor is necessary to grant this request. A request to complete lab or clinical requirements online is permitted based on availability of online materials and appropriate resources. Other accommodations may be offered subject to availability of resources.

B. Staff and Administration

No employee is allowed to work from home without a written confirmation and permission from the designated committee. The committee will evaluate the employee’s request to work from home and will notify the employee if this request is approved or not. The decision for approval or disapproval of the request is done on an individual basis considering the need of the college at this given time.

From the first day of absence due to COVID-19 related circumstances (testing positive or quarantine due to close contact with a positive tested person) the employee has to determine what benefits they are entitled to. To confirm eligibility, employees should visit https://covid19.nj.gov/faqs/nj-information/assistance-and-benefits/am-i-eligible-for-sick-leave-family-leave-or-temporary-disability-insurance-if-i-or-a-family-member-have-been-impacted-by-the-outbreak and select the “benefits eligibility tool” https://getstarted.nj.gov/labor/

After the quarantine period of 14 days, an employee may be allowed to come back to work upon presentation of a lab confirmed negative COVID-19 test.

Contact Tracing

Student attendance, taken by the professor for each lab and clinical on campus, will serve as documentation for contact tracing. All employees, including faculty, must use the sign-in sheet or the QR code in EIC’s mobile app upon entry into the building.

(Note: Eastern International College has one building at the Jersey City campus and one building at the Belleville campus).

All students and employees will be promptly informed of any known exposure to COVID-19 at the worksite or on campus following confidentiality requirements. The worksite and campus where an employee or student have been before diagnosis will be cleaned and disinfected in accordance with CDC guidelines.

For students and employees with lab confirmed COVID-19 test results, they will be contacted by the Campus Director/Campus Manager or designated personnel to gather more information about test dates, exposure, and patient wellbeing.

Cleaning and Sanitization of Facilities

Eastern International College implements cleaning and sanitizing procedures following CDC guidelines to reduce the risk of spreading the Coronavirus (COVID-19).

The Campus Director provides the overall leadership in campus cleaning, procurement and distribution of sanitizing products. Markers are installed in high traffic areas to assure social distancing and discourage unnecessary socializing. Faculty members understand that implementing the CDC precautions is a shared responsibility. Housekeeping staff are instructed to prioritize cleaning and disinfecting high touch areas/surfaces and making sure that hand sanitizer stations are consistently refilled and the machines are operable. Staff members are provided with sanitizing materials to clean their workspaces.

1. Classrooms and Laboratories

All didactic courses/lectures are delivered through synchronous online learning except during examination periods (tests, midterm and final exams) when students are required to be present on campus. The classrooms will be cleaned and sanitized after each use following the CDC guidelines, and the capacity of the rooms will be limited to ensure social distancing. Exam scheduling will be set in advance to accommodate this and students may be required to take exams outside their usual class schedule or campus.

Students are required to complete the laboratory and clinical components of their courses on campus. To comply with social distancing, laboratory sessions are divided by batches. Sanitizers like wipes are available inside labs for ready use. High touch machines like computers and ultrasound scanners are sanitized by the user before and after each usage. Students are required to wear masks, face shields, gloves, and gowns inside the lab. All other lab equipment are cleaned and sanitized following CDC guidelines.

2. Common Spaces (Lobbies, elevators, hallways, waiting areas)

Common spaces like lobbies, elevators, waiting areas and hallways are cleaned routinely and maintained throughout the day by housekeeping. High touch areas like elevator touch buttons, doorknobs, and tables are frequently disinfected with EPA-approved disinfectants. Hand sanitizer dispensers are constantly checked for refilling. The use of the elevator is limited to only two persons at a time.

3. Offices and Workstations

Employees are tasked to disinfect their respective offices and clean their work areas. The College provides EPA-approved cleaning and disinfecting products. Housekeeping provides routine cleaning including vacuuming and removal of trash.

4. Computer Labs

Computer labs are used for testing only. The College provides cleaning materials (alcohol-based wipes and/or sprays containing at least 70% alcohol) for lab staff and users to disinfect keyboards and computer stations before and after usage.

5. Restrooms

Restrooms are cleaned and disinfected by the cleaning staff throughout the day. Bathroom supplies like liquid soap are monitored frequently to make sure dispensers are refilled as needed.

6. High Touch Areas

High touch areas like tables, chairs, doorknobs, light switches, phones, desks, toilets, sinks are cleaned and disinfected daily and several times during the day by housekeeping. Employees with individual offices and workstations are responsible to clean and disinfect their spaces with disinfecting supplies provided by EIC.

Student Services

All student services are moved to remote/online delivery platforms. A Student Services Canvas shell is available and accessible 24/7 online. All active students are able to remotely access this information.

  1. Academic and Course Advising – Course and academic advising are done remotely via email, Google Meet or phone.
  2. Counseling – Counseling is done remotely following privacy protocols.
  3. Tutoring – Most courses have built-in tutoring time that is integrated into the course schedule. Additional tutoring time is done remotely via Google Meet or phone. Scanning tutoring is available following social distancing and infection control.
  4. Disability resources are available online and application for academic accommodations can be requested through email.
  5. Information Technology – Canvas, EIC’s online Learning Management System, has 24/7 tier one support available.  EIC’s Helpdesk is during business hours and can provide assistance remotely.
  6. Financial Aid Services – Financial aid services and transactions are done remotely although a student may request a face-to-face meeting with a financial assistance advisor. When this happens, an appointment is needed, and all CDC protocols (face mask, social distancing) must be strictly observed.
  7. Admission advising and testing – Admission advising is done remotely but testing (for HESI and the Accuplacer) is done on campus. The protocol for sanitizing and cleaning high touch areas in the testing center is followed. The computer and the cubicle station are disinfected by the user before and after usage. Social distancing is implemented. Waiting areas are designed to comply with social distancing and markers are very visible. Only the student applicant who takes the test is allowed inside the building, and once the test is completed, the student should immediately leave the premises. Visitors are not allowed inside the building (EIC has one building in Jersey City and another one in Belleville).

COVID-19 Campus Contact Information

Jersey City Campus: Ms. Agnieszka Drupka, Campus Director
Email: agnieszka.drupka@eicollege.edu
Telephone: 201 – 942 – 0640

Belleville Campus:    Ms. Mayra Sanchez, Campus Manager
Email: mayra.sanchez@eicollege.edu
Telephone: 973-302-0020

Additional COVID-19 Resources

www.cdc.gov
www.state.nj.us/highereducation
https://www.nj.gov/health/


CARES Act Grant at Eastern International College

CARES Act Distribution Information:

Section 18004(e) of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (“CARES Act” or the “Act”)), Pub. L. No. 116-136, 134 Stat. 281 (March 27, 2020), directs institutions receiving funds under Section 18004 of the Act to submit (in a time and manner required by the Secretary) a report to the Secretary describing the use of funds distributed from the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (“HEERF”). To meet this reporting requirement, the Department of Education has requested the following information must appear in a format and location that is easily accessible to the public 30 days after the date when the institution received its allocation under 18004(a)(1) and updated every 45 days thereafter:

  • An acknowledgment that the institution signed and returned to the Department the Certification and Agreement and the assurance that the institution has used, or intends to use, no less than 50 percent of the funds received under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act to provide Emergency Financial Aid Grants to students.
  • The total amount of funds that the institution will receive or has received from the Department pursuant to the institution’s Certification and Agreement [for] Emergency Financial Aid Grants to Students.
    $1,015,504.90
  • The total amount of Emergency Financial Aid Grants distributed to students under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act as of the date of submission (i.e., as of the 30-day Report and every 45 days thereafter).
    $507,752.45
  • The estimated total number of students at the institution eligible to participate in programs under Section 484 in Title IV of the Higher Education Act of 1965 and thus eligible to receive Emergency Financial Aid Grants to students under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act.522 students are Title IV-eligible.The total number of students who have received an Emergency Financial Aid Grant to students under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act. 522 have been awarded as of September 30, 2020.
  • The methods used to determine which and how many students receive Emergency Financial Aid Grants are as follows:
    a. A Spring 2020 enrolled undergraduate student for term of disbursement
    b. Eligible for funding under a Title IV of the Higher Education Act of 1965
    c. Students with an EFC number at zero will receive the maximum amount of $1,100.
    d.  Students with an EFC greater than zero will receive $884.96.
  •  The instructions, directions, or guidance provided by Eastern International College to all students concerning the Emergency Financial Aid Grants were sent via College email, app and published on the College website.  Instructions are provided on the Eastern International College Financial Aid website at : test74.mlivehosted.com/campus-update-coronavirus
  • The grant appears with the following name CARES ACT GRANT.
  • The grant will be awarded through financial aid and disbursed directly to students via paper check.
  • The grant will be processed through Accounts Payable and will not be applied to or used to offset any charge, debt, tuition, fees, or other balance in a student account, nor will it be encumbered in any manner by Eastern International College.
  • Quarterly Budget and Expenditure Report (2021Q1)
  • Quarterly Budget and Expenditure Report (2020Q3)
  • Quarterly Budget and Expenditure Report (2020Q4)
  • Quarterly Fund Report for CARES Act – Student Portion

Campus Update: May 11, 2020

The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund provides financial support to higher education institutions for the purpose of covering expenses related to the disruption of campus operations due to the COVID-19 public health emergency. At least 50 percent of CARES Act funds must be used to provide emergency financial aid grants to students whose lives have been disrupted by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Eastern International College has signed and returned the Certification and Agreement to the Department of Education, and intends to use no less than 50% of the funds to be received under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act to provide Emergency Financial Grants to students. The College is expected to receive $508,102 in Student Share funds of the CARES Act Grant which will be distributed directly to students through emergency financial aid grants to help cover expenses related to the disruption of campus operations due to COVID-19. The College has not yet received the payment of Student Share CARES Act Grant funds from the student and has therefore not yet distributed these funds to students.

Additional guidance has been provided that puts provisions on this funding. Students must be Title IV eligible and enrolled in an on-campus program. These funds also cannot be used to pay a student balance as owed to the College, and is to be solely used for unanticipated expenses due to the COVID-19 disruption.

To be eligible for a CARES Act Emergency Grant, a student must:

  • Be enrolled in (or accepted for enrollment in) as of the Spring 2020 Term.
  • Have been enrolled in at least one course in the Spring 2020 Term.
  • Have completed a 2019-2020 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) to verify the following general eligibility requirements. The student must:
    • Have a valid Social Security number.
    • Be a U.S. citizen or have qualifying non-citizenship status.
    • Have earned a high school diploma or GED.
    • Have registered for selective service (if the individual is male and under 26 years of age).
  • Fulfill the Satisfactory Academic Progress standards of Eastern International College at the beginning of the Spring 2020 Term.
  • Have a certified need of funding for eligible expenses incurred as a result of disruption to College operations and related to the coronavirus, such as food, housing, course materials, technology, healthcare, and childcare. This is completed by submitting the CARES Act Grant application at https://forms.gle/RKk1SkRUKsfBKYn47. All applications must be received by June 5th, 2020; students should anticipate a 2 week processing time following close of application submission, and will receive a notification to their @edu email with their award status. 

Note: A student enrolled in classes for a program that was offered exclusively online during the Spring 2020 Term is not eligible for an emergency grant. (DHBS Completion and HLBS Completion programs) A student who is in default on a Title IV loan (or who owes refund money on a Title IV grant), failing to maintain Satisfactory Progress, or is otherwise ineligible for Title IV funding is also ineligible for CARES Act funding.

To apply, go to https://forms.gle/RKk1SkRUKsfBKYn47

Applications are due June 5, 2020

For additional information on the evolving COVID-19 pandemic, please see www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html.

Campus Update: CARES Act at Eastern International College – April 17, 2020

Eastern International College acknowledges the devastating effect that the COVID-19 Coronavirus pandemic has caused on our local and global economies, and the lives of individuals throughout the world. To avoid a significant disruption in studies, the College transitioned to a distance education (online learning) model for the duration of the Spring 2020 semester, with plans to continue as such into Summer 2020 classes. In an effort to assist students during this time of uncertainty, the US Dept of Education passed the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act), giving additional funds to institutions to award to students with unanticipated expenses related to the current COVID-19 pandemic. This is “gift aid” from the federal government that does not need to be repaid by the student. 


About Coronavirus

CDC is responding to an outbreak of respiratory disease caused by a novel (new) coronavirus that was first detected in Wuhan City, Hubei Province, China and which has now been detected in 50 locations internationally, including cases in the United States. The virus has been named “SARS-CoV-2” and the disease it causes has been named “coronavirus disease 2019” (abbreviated “COVID-19”).

On January 30, 2020, the International Health Regulations Emergency Committee of the World Health Organization declared the outbreak a “public health emergency of international concern” (PHEIC). On January 31, 2020, Health and Human Services Secretary Alex M. Azar II declared a public health emergency (PHE) for the United States to aid the nation’s healthcare community in responding to COVID-19.

Symptoms

For confirmed coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) cases, reported illnesses have ranged from mild symptoms to severe illness and death. Symptoms can include:

  • Fever
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath

Steps to Protect Yourself

The actions you take and plans you make today make a difference. Here are some important steps for protecting yourself and others from getting and spreading the flu at home:

  1. Stay home when you are sick.
  2. Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  3. Cover your coughs and sneezes.
  4. Wash your hands.
  5. Clean frequently touched surfaces and objects.
  6. Be prepared and informed.

Consult the NJ Department of Health hotline for questions and concerns regarding COVID-19 at 800-222-1222. More information at CDC.

We look forward to staying in communication with you as this situation unfolds.

The information below is directly lifted from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

People at Risk for Serious Illness from COVID-19

If you are at higher risk of getting very sick from COVID-19, you should:

  • Stock up on supplies
  • Take everyday precautions to keep space between yourself and others
  • When you go out in public, keep away from others who are sick, limit close contact and wash your hands often.
  • Avoid crowds as much as possible

During a COVID-19 outbreak in your community, stay home as much as possible.

Who is at Higher Risk?

Early information out of China, where COVID-19 first started, shows that some people are at higher risk of getting very sick from this illness. This includes:

  • Older adults
  • People who have serious chronic medical conditions like:
    • Heart disease
    • Diabetes
    • Lung disease

If a COVID-19 outbreak happens in your community, it could last for a long time. (An outbreak is when a large number of people suddenly get sick.). Depending on how severe the outbreak is, public health officials may recommend community actions to reduce people’s risk of being exposed to COVID-19. These actions can slow the spread and reduce the impact of disease.

If you are at higher risk for serious illness from COVID-19 because of your age or because you have a serious long-term health problem, it is extra important for you to take actions to reduce your risk of getting sick with the disease.

Get Ready for COVID-19 Now

  • Have supplies on hand
    • Contact your healthcare provider to ask about obtaining extra necessary medications to have on hand in case there is an outbreak of COVID-19 in your community and you need to stay home for a prolonged period of time.
    • If you cannot get extra medications, consider using mail-order for medications.
    • Be sure you have over-the-counter medicines and medical supplies (tissues, etc.) to treat fever and other symptoms. Most people will be able to recover from COVID-19 at home.
    • Have enough household items and groceries on hand so that you will be prepared to stay at home for a period of time.
  • Take everyday precautions
    • Avoid close contact with people who are sick
    • Take everyday preventive actions
      • Clean your hands often
      • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing, or having been in a public place.
      • If soap and water are not available, use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.
      • To the extent possible, avoid touching high-touch surfaces in public places – elevator buttons, door handles, handrails, handshaking with people, etc. Use a tissue or your sleeve to cover your hand or finger if you must touch something.
      • Wash your hands after touching surfaces in public places.
      • Avoid touching your face, nose, eyes, etc.
      • Clean and disinfect your home to remove germs: practice routine cleaning of frequently touched surfaces (for example: tables, doorknobs, light switches, handles, desks, toilets, faucets, sinks & cell phones)
      • Avoid crowds, especially in poorly ventilated spaces. Your risk of exposure to respiratory viruses like COVID-19 may increase in crowded, closed-in settings with little air circulation if there are people in the crowd who are sick.
    • If COVID-19 is spreading in your community, take extra measures to put distance between yourself and other people
      • Stay home as much as possible.
        • Consider ways of getting food brought to your house through family, social, or commercial networks.
      • Have a plan for if you get sick:
        • Consult with your health care provider for more information about monitoring your health for symptoms suggestive of COVID-19.
        • Stay in touch with others by phone or email. You may need to ask for help from friends, family, neighbors, community health workers, etc. if you become sick.
        • Determine who can provide you with care if your caregiver gets sick.

Watch for symptoms and emergency warning signs

  • Pay attention for potential COVID-19 symptoms including, fever, cough, and shortness of breath. If you feel like you are developing symptoms, call your doctor.
  • If you develop emergency warning signs for COVID-19 get medical attention immediately. In adults, emergency warning signs*:
    • Difficulty breathing or shortness of breath
    • Persistent pain or pressure in the chest
    • New confusion or inability to arouse
    • Bluish lips or face

*This list is not all inclusive. Please consult your medical provider for any other symptom that is severe or concerning.

Scroll to Top