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A Letter from the President
Date: September 3, 2020
From: Zoilo C. Nieto., President and Founder

Dear Agents, Students, Staff and Faculty members,

As expected, with our experience and vision we made it through these tough times! Also, as expected , we have risen  again stronger. All of our schools have  safely reopened!

I am excited to announce that  August 24th we were welcome back  to our facilities and  begin a new era of Zoni Language Centers 2020-21. Everything might look very different, but we are doing our best to bring it to normalcy, that includes our academic and extra-curricular experience for of all our students. Thank you for your understanding during the course of action as we keep adjusting and responding to the authorities’ ever-changing reopening guidelines.

I want to take this opportunity to thank our administrative team, tech support and custodial staff who has been working non-stop and getting our buildings ready for reopening. I also acknowledge the great number of teachers who helped us work through the challenges we have faced in developing instructional best practices in the new required model. It was a great collaborative experience.

Our teachers were aware that the reopening was to ensure we complied with United States requirements. The  USCIS latest changes to international students allowed F1 students to continue attending online and for new F1 status granted after March 9, 2020 are required  to attend in-person instruction criteria, as well as  also following requests from the community  wanting in-person classes. In consequence, Zoni has taken prudent steps to ensure proper reporting to SEVP regulations as per their Broadcast Message: Follow-up: ICE continues March Guidance for Fall School Term dated July 24, 2020. Amazingly, Zoni teachers are doing everything possible to ensure all of our students are having fun with this new learning model.

Now that we have a successful reopening, it is important for everyone to realize that the Zoni’s instructional model is a new frontier in education. Even though Zoni has core institutional teachers, one of the best faculty members in all the language organizations, it might take a few days to experiment and develop more effective instructional and assessment practices to face the new world reality. Therefore, despite their great knowledge and experience in methodology and in person instruction, we continue to train the faculty and staff this week to adapt in this new constant changing learning models that may be here to stay forever.

We have talented and knowledgeable staff, and I have confidence that they will work through the many issues that will certainly arise as they have built a brand-new approach from all governmental and social impositions. Administratively, our curricular and instructional experts have been aggressively working on approaches for months and at all levels . The institution have been acquiring additional support in technology, like advance computer systems, cameras, microphones and speakers.

Like always, the best way is to support our teachers and staff engage in this new life process and therefore, I ask you to join me to thank them for their unconditional services to you during these unprecedented times.

Thank you and if you have any questions or suggestions please contact us at our help desk at cpoon@zoni.edu

Sincerely,

Zoilo C Nieto

President and Founder

 

CORONAVIRUS HEALTH AND TRAVEL UPDATE 3/5
Date: March 5, 2020
From: Zoilo C. Nieto., President and Founder
 

Zoni language Centers continues to closely monitor the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. While there have been no confirmed cases on any of the Zoni campuses and communities, we want to reassure you that we have protocols in place, are taking steps to minimize the spread of viruses throughout campuses, and are prepared for a broad range of contingencies should the outbreak reach pandemic proportions.
Zoni continues to follow the guidance of the U.S. Department of State, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the New York State Department of Health, New Jersey State Department of Health and the World Health Organization (WHO). As always, Zoni’s top priority is the safety of our students, communities, faculty and staff members.

We remind all members of our Zoni community that there are everyday preventative actions they can take to help limit the spread of respiratory viruses, including COVID-19 and flu.

A few common measures the CDC advises for the general public include:
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water or alcohol-based hand rub for at least 20 seconds
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth
  • Avoid close contact with people who appear to have a respiratory infection
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe

At Zoni Language Centers we are reinforcing and doubling the efforts in cleaning and maintenance of its facilities across campuses to maintain hygienic environment. If you see something that requires more cleaning, please report to your manager. Please also notice that spraying in the air may be toxic for some people. This culture of self responsibility should always be promoted at Zoni as just the regular flu killed 61,000 people last year and many did not even noticed this.

It is also important that if you are having symptoms, please call your doctor to communicate travel history and symptoms before arriving, enabling the provider to determine the best setting for you to receive care. Staying home is your choice, yet Zoni cannot recommend this option for your risk.

 

Finally, it is critical that our Zoni communities know where to obtain the most accurate and current information from credible sources. Zoni may only follow authorities’ instructions.

https://www.health.ny.gov/diseases/communicable/coronavirus/
https://www.nj.gov/health/cd/topics/ncov.shtml
https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html
https://www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019

The New Jersey Department of Health has a 24-hour hotline at 1-800-222-1222 and  New York Department of Health Call 1-888-364-3065, where trained healthcare professionals are standing by to answer questions about COVID-19. The CDC and NIH are also excellent sources for the latest information.