Dear Nurtur Aveda Institutes and Aveda Fredric’s Institute Family,
We would like to address questions and concerns that have been raised as we respond to the COVID-19 crisis. Thank you for your patience as we navigate through an evolving situation in a way that ensures the best possible outcome.
How is the Nurtur Aveda Institute Family making decisions?
Since the majority of our Institutes are in the State of Ohio, and because the State of Ohio currently has the most comprehensive guidelines around the COVID-19 crisis, we believe it is in the best interest for all of our Institutes to mirror the Ohio State Department of Health and Ohio Governor Mike DeWine’s directives. Our Institute leadership team, led by Patrick Thompson and Sara Greider along with our onsite Directors, will continue to evaluate and respond to new information from local, state and federal health officials in all States in which our Institutes are located (Ohio, Indiana, North Carolina, and California). This is a dynamic situation, and we will continue to adjust and adapt accordingly.
Are we still operating the student clinic classroom?
Classes are continuing as scheduled and the student clinic classroom remains open through Friday, March 13, 2020. Beginning on Saturday, March 14, 2020, student classes will continue and proceed as normal, however our student salon spa classroom/clinic will be closed to guests until Saturday, April 4, 2020.
During this time, we will continue to implement preventive measures as recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), state and local health departments, as well as our own stringent health and hygiene protocols. The Nurtur Aveda Institutes have the highest standards of sanitation and cleanliness which assists with illness prevention. We employ rigorous sanitation standards and robust cleaning procedures, including:
Extensive and ongoing training for students and Institute team members on maintaining a safe and hygienic community for our students, team members and guests.
Increasing the frequency and extent of our cleaning practices, such as additional wipe downs of all hard surfaces including the clinic stations, treatment rooms, classrooms, bathrooms, and retail counters.
Providing additional resources that are available to students, guests and employees including hand sanitizers, extra soap and paper towels in the restrooms.
Implementing heightened sanitization and hand-washing procedures for all students and employees.
When would the Institute close?
We are continuing to assess all available information and continue to follow the recommendations of the relevant state and local departments of health, the CDC, and other local, state and national educational professionals. Students need to prepare for the possibility the Institute facility could be closed as the outbreak continues. If the Institute is closed, you will receive notification with as much advance notice as possible as we more than likely, at that time, will be converting to web-based education.
How is the school being cleaned and disinfected?
The Nurtur Aveda Institutes are cleaned and disinfected regularly with hospital-grade disinfectants as a standard practice. Our buildings are now being cleaned and disinfected more often, and frequently touched surfaces such as door handles, clinic stations, treatment beds, water fountains, technology, etc. are cleaned multiple times daily. Soap and hand sanitizers are replaced frequently, and hand sanitizing stations are in shared spaces.
What about travel?
We recognize that some students have been or are planning to travel at this time of year. If you will be traveling, please monitor the CDC travel advisories. Currently, travelers to Italy, Iran, China and South Korea must self-quarantine for 14 days when arriving back in the United States. The CDC now recommends that travelers, particularly those with underlying health issues, defer all cruise ship travel. Governor DeWine shares that each traveler should ask themselves “is it necessary?” Please visit the CDC’s website
https://www.cdc.gov/ for more information about travel.
What can staff and students do to stay healthy?
Please take the extra precautions that are recommended by the CDC, such as:
Wash hands often with soap and water or use alcohol-based hand sanitizer
Stay home if you are sick
Cover coughs and sneezes with your elbow or a tissue
Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth with unwashed hands
Again, we appreciate your partnership and patience during this time of uncertainty. We will continue to provide regular updates as this rapidly changing situation evolves.