Good afternoon Stone Academy Community:
As you know, we continue to monitor COVID-19 positivity rates via the Johns Hopkins Coronavirus Resource Center to ensure your safety. In addition, we consistently monitor the recommendations of the CDC while remaining in compliance with recommendations from our regulators as well as industry best practices.
We have been successful with the recent roll-out of specific schedules that included all programs. The Return to Campus Plan has been created to ensure an enriching academic experience, in addition to a safe work environment. We will provide sufficient notice to each cohort as to when you will be asked to return to campus. Please note that we may need to revise the current plan, should any unforeseen circumstances arise.
Patient Care Specialist and Medical Assisting
Patient Care Specialist and Medical Assisting students will continue attending classes on campus. We have developed protocols with guidance from the Connecticut Office of Higher Education and the Center for Disease Control for resuming classes on campus in a manner that will provide safeguards to students and faculty alike. These protocols are provided on the COVID-19 page of the Stone Academy website and posted throughout each campus. Notably, we will require and enforce the utilization of masks for any scenario outside of working alone in a closed space on campus.
We currently have designated cohorts on campus completing specific fundamental lab courses. These classes are closely monitored by the Site Administrator, Clinical Director, Clinical Supervisor, and faculty. We continue to communicate with all established clinical sites to increase the number of students that can attend clinical. The restrictions regarding practical nursing students completing clinical hours at specific sites continue to drastically affect the quality of life for residents of these facilities and your presence is so much needed. Increasing clinical experiences for you has been and will continue to be our priority, as we recognize the completion of clinical hours may have an impact on upcoming graduation dates. We currently have students participating in guided practice clinical experiences, virtual clinical, and on-site clinical. As simulation labs are being developed at each campus, students will be able to complete additional clinical hours.
Once again, I would like to thank you all for your dedication and patience as we continue to endure these trying times.
I wish you continued health.
Dr. Linda Dahlin
Executive Vice President
Questions About Blackboard
Stone Academy has entered into a partnership with Goodwin University to use their learning management systems (LMS) for the sole purpose of avoiding academic disruptions that have arisen due to the spread and containment of COVID-19.
Goodwin University will provide Stone Academy with the hosting of our coursework on Blackboard, assistance in transitioning existing coursework into the online modality, training of personnel and students, as well continuing support on the platform. We retain full academic oversight of the curriculum and faculty. This arrangement is intended to stay in place until the abatement of the current health crisis and the resumption of our regular academic activities.
- When am I able to access Blackboard?
We anticipate that you will commence online classes by March 19, 2020. To access the website, go to goodwin.blackboard.com
- How do I gain access to Blackboard?
Stone Academy will send your username and password to you through iGrade. If you have not received this information by 03/19/2020, please reach out to the Institution.
- How do I learn how to use Blackboard?
Once you gain access to Blackboard, a training video is available.
- What devices can I use to access Blackboard?
You can use any web-enabled device including smartphones, tablets and computers. The Blackboard app is located in both the Android and Apple stores. We have contingency plans in place for students who may not have access to web-enabled devices.
- What if I do not have internet at home?
Below is information about internet connectivity that might be helpful for students who don’t have it (collected in part by Colorado College).
- Spectrum (Charter): Call 1-844-488-8395
- Altice USA: Call 1-866-200-9522
- FCC agreement stating that providers will waive late fees, not cutoff service for lack of payment, and open hotspots.
- Altice COVID-19 response: Offering Altice Advantage 30 Mbps broadband solution for free for 60 days to any new K-12 and College household within their footprint.
- AT&T COVID-19 response: offers open hot-spots, unlimited data to existing customers, and $10/month plans to low income families
- Charter Free Internet offer for 2 months: Free access to spectrum broadband and Wi-Fi For 60 days for new K-12 and College student households.
- Comcast COVID-19 response: offers free WiFi for 2 months to low income families plus all Xfinity hot-spots are free to the public during this time
- Sprint COVID-19 response: follows FCC agreement, provides unlimited data to existing customers, and, starting Tuesday, 3/17/2020, will allow all handsets to enable hot-spots for 60 days at no extra charge.
- T-Mobile COVID-19 response: follows FCC agreement, plus unlimited data to existing customers, and, coming soon, will allow all handsets to enable hot-spots for 60 days at no extra charge.
- Verizon COVID-19 response: no special offers but following the FCC agreement.
- Can I use a tablet to complete Blackboard?
Yes, you can use a tablet to engage in Blackboard. Should you have any difficulty, please reach out to your instructor, Site Administrator or Campus Director
- I called out today due to my travels to NY over the weekend, what can I do to be covered for the hours that I have missed?
At this time, all clinical rotations have been suspended due the 03/09/2020 directive issued by the CT Department of Public Health (DPH) to restrict visitors. By the end of the day Friday, March 20th further information will be available as the Board of Nursing plans to offer some direction specifically on clinical rotations.
- Everyone does not have computers or access to one. Also, I am not computer savvy and would hate to fail my class due to this mess. Will somebody train us?
Students will be offered a tutorial via Blackboard. In addition, students will be supported by their faculty member, Site Administrator, and Campus Director. The learning experience for students will be engaging and will allow ample time for students to complete the required work.
- How will we get our assignments?
All assignments will be clearly posted on Blackboard. Students are encouraged to ask as many questions as needed. Modifications will be made accordingly as long as communication is maintained amongst student-teacher and teacher-student.