COVID-19 Updates

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National Aviation Academy continues to monitor the evolving situation regarding COVID-19 closely. The safety and wellbeing of our students, faculty, and staff are our highest priority, as our leaders work closely with local, state, and federal agencies to offer safe learning environments.

Please see important information and detailed updates below.

This is an evolving situation. Please refer to the most recent information presented.

6/2/2020 - Most Recent Campus Update
NEW ENGLAND CAMPUS: The New England campus will be resuming classes on Monday, June 8, 2020. NAA has been deemed an essential service and we will be following all CDC and local health guidelines to ensure the safety of our students and staff. An email to students is to follow that will outline all guidance and protocols necessary for returning to campus. We can’t wait to welcome you all back and look forward to helping you become an Aviation Maintenance Technician. If you have any questions please email [email protected].

5/30/2020
TAMPA BAY CAMPUS: We are pleased to inform you that we have been awarded additional funds via the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF). Please note, the Department of Education awarded these funds to the institution and National Aviation Academy (NAA) has decided to give 100% of our funds to our students to help you through these difficult times and not retain any funds for institutional expense(s). We (NAA) choose to pass the funds directly to our ELIGIBLE students in need.

We have a deadline to fill this out which is Tuesday, June 2, 2020 at 11:59PM EST. This deadline will NOT be extended for any reason in order to get the funds to you in a timely manner. Funds will be disbursed in the form of a check by the Business Office no later than Friday, June 5, 2020.

We are happy to have you back in school once again and want to thank you all for adjusting to our current protocols during these unfortunate times. If you have any question please email [email protected].
Here is the link to fill out the form if you are eligible – NAA HEERF Version 2 Form

NEW ENGLAND CAMPUS: Currently, this is ONLY for the TAMPA BAY campus, we will inform you when the New England campus is ready within the next couple of weeks.

5/22/2020 - HEERF Funding Update

HEERF Funding:

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 describe the use of funds distributed from the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (“HEERF”). Section 18004(c) of the CARES Act requires institutions to use no less than 50 percent of the total funds received from Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act to provide Emergency Financial Aid Grants to students for expenses related to the disruption of campus operations due to coronavirus (including eligible expenses under a student’s cost of attendance such as food, housing, course materials, technology, health care, and child care).

  1. National Aviation Academy has signed and returned to the Department of Education the Certification and Agreement and assured the Department of Education that the funds will be used in accordance with theCARES Act. The total amount of funding received by National Aviation Academy for the students was $975,208 for the Clearwater, Florida campus and $312,567 for the Concord, Massachusetts Campus. All of these funds have been distributed to eligible students that requested the grant funds.  The institutional portion of the CARES Act has been awarded but not yet received or distributed.  The total allocated for both portions of the CARES Act was $1,950,417 for the Clearwater, Florida Campus and $625,133 for the Concord, Massachusetts Campus.
  2. The total amount of funds that the institution has received from the Department of Education pursuant to the institution’s Certification and Agreement [for] Emergency Financial Aid Grants to Students was $975,208 for our Clearwater,Florida Campus and $312,567 for our Concord, Massachusetts Campus.  This is exactly 50% of the total CARES Act funding that was designated for emergency grants to students.
  3. The total amount of Emergency Financial Aid Grants distributed to students under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act as of May 20, 2020 was $975,209.26 for students in our Clearwater Florida Campus and $312,568 to the students at the Concord Massachusetts Campus.
  4. The 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 was 527 for our Clearwater Florida Campus and 165 for our Concord Massachusetts Campus.
  5. The total number of students who have received an Emergency Financial Aid Grant to students under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act was 526 for our Clearwater Florida Campus and 160 for our Concord Massachusetts Campus.
  6. The method(s) used by the institution to determine which students receive Emergency Financial Aid Grants and how much they would receive under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act is as follows:

The institution determined the students eligible for receipt of this emergency grant as follows: All Title IV eligible students who completed a FAFSA form in the 19-20 award year, the number of Title IV eligible students as defined in section 484 of the HEA within this cohort, the cohort was defined by the institution to include students who were Active or on an Approved Leave of Absence as of the institution’s calculation date on 05/18/2020. Check request completion date was 05/19/2020 and the check distribution was 5/20/2020. Students did not need to complete an application but completed the HEERF Form in item #7 below, notating any hardship as a result of COVID-19.  The students were notified via email, text, telephone calls and the institution’s website as to the availability of these HEERF funds and the request for HEERF form completion.  The total amount of the HEERF student portion was distributed in one check as follows:  the total funds received were divided equally among all students who were eligible that submitted a request.  The amount of HEERF Funds distributed were rounded up to the nearest penny based on the total number of students.

Note: Any unclaimed funds are subject to reallocation. Any student omitted as of the calculation date in error may be subject to receive HEERF Institutional Funding.

  1. Any instructions, directions, or guidance was provided by the institution to students concerning the Emergency Financial Aid Grants.  Please find the HEERF Form sent to the students here.

For more information on the HEERF, please visit the Department’s CARES Act: Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund page.

Contact Information

If you have questions about the information in this announcement, contact [email protected]

5/16/2020

NEW ENGLAND CAMPUS: We are working with Governor Baker’s office on a reopening plan, but we do not have a current date at this time. We will not be opening on May 19th. Please note, the building is prepared with the necessary supplies and precautions; we are ready to open once approved.

TAMPA BAY CAMPUS: As previously stated we will be open starting Monday. Please see our Guidance and Protocols page for information about what to expect and class schedules.

5/11/2020
TAMPA BAY CAMPUS: We will resume classes on Monday, May 18, 2020 for current students. Our new class start will begin on Wednesday, May 27, 2020.

  • MISSED TIME – Students with missed time prior to March 16th may make up time starting this Wednesday (5/13) through Friday (5/15) from 7:30 AM to 11:40 PM and this Saturday (5/16) from 8:00 AM to 3:00 PM. Students will need to check-in at the main front desk and will be asked to wear Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) which will be provided upon arrival. No appointment is necessary.

EXPECTED PROTOCOLS FOR STAFF AND STUDENTS:

  • Classes will be divided to maximize social distancing; your instructor will contact you with specific information.

  • Classes will have staggered start times and break times; your instructor will contact you with specific information.

  • PPE (masks and glasses) will be provided to you when you enter the building.

  • Hand sanitizer will be available throughout the building.

  • If you feel ill, it is imperative that you stay home.

  • To ensure safety, communal items such as microwaves and water/ice dispensers are not available for use at this time. Please plan accordingly.

  • We have employed additional facility staff and will be cleaning surfaces on breaks and throughout the day.

NEW ENGLAND CAMPUS: We still tentatively plans to resume classes and normal business operations on Tuesday, May 19, 2020.

ALL STUDENTS: NAA has received funding from the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF), in accordance with 1800 (a) of the CARES ACT, which will be disbursed to eligible students.

Thus, May stipend checks will not be disbursed by NAA. NAA only receives federal funding as students satisfactorily progress in the program, earning hours and academics. NAA issued stipends in April which was prior to earning all hours and academics as classes were temporarily paused on 3/15/20.

IMPORTANT: In order to receive the aforementioned HEERF funds, you must complete the NAA HEERF Form and it must be submitted no later than Monday, May 11th, 2020. The Business Office will disburse the HEERF in the form of a check. Your immediate completion of the HEERF form is appreciated so that we can process timely. We will notify students via text message when checks have been processed and are ready. If you have questions about HEERF please email the Business Office at [email protected].


5/1/2020

ATTENTION NAA Students:

  • The NEW ENGLAND campus still tentatively plans to resume classes and normal business operations on Tuesday, May 19, 2020.
  • The TAMPA BAY campus still tentatively plans to resume classes and normal business operations on Monday, May 11, 2020. However, we are working with the Governor’s office to attain permission to do so.

We continue to monitor this constantly evolving situation. We will provide updates if there are any changes to the above dates as soon as possible.

In the interim, per the Department of Education’s directive, all NAA Students have been placed on an Approved Leave of Absence due to the current COVID-19 Pandemic.

If you are a Veteran student and have any questions regarding your VA benefits during these unprecedented times, please contact VA Education Services at 1-888-442-4551.

On behalf of your VA School Certifying Officials, Alicia Goodman at the Tampa Bay Campus and Russell Cephas at the New England Campus, and the entire National Aviation Academy family, we wish you and yours all continued health and wellness.

The VA is posting updates to its website regarding benefits, you can see them at http://www.gibill.va.gov. GI Bill® is a registered trademark of the U.S. Department of Veteran’s Affairs (VA). More information about education benefits offered by VA is available by going to benefits.va.gov/gibill

5/7/2020

ALL STUDENTS: NAA has received funding from the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF), in accordance with 1800 (a) of the CARES ACT, which will be disbursed to eligible students.

Thus, May stipend checks will not be disbursed by NAA. NAA only receives federal funding as students satisfactorily progress in the program, earning hours and academics. NAA issued stipends in April which was prior to earning all hours and academics as classes were temporarily paused on 3/15/20.

IMPORTANT: In order to receive the aforementioned HEERF funds, you must complete the NAA HEERF Form and it must be submitted no later than Monday, May 11th, 2020. The Business Office will disburse the HEERF in the form of a check. Your immediate completion of the HEERF form is appreciated so that we can process timely. We will notify students via text message when checks have been processed and are ready. If you have questions about HEERF please email the Business Office at [email protected].


  • The NEW ENGLAND campus still tentatively plans to resume classes and normal business operations on Tuesday, May 19, 2020.
  • The TAMPA BAY campus will NOT resume classes on Monday, May 11, 2020. We have submitted a request to the Governor’s office to open on Wednesday, May 13, 2020, and will be updating you on the progress.

We continue to monitor this constantly evolving situation. We will provide updates if there are any changes to the above dates as soon as possible.

As a reminder, per the Department of Education’s directive, all NAA Students have been placed on an Approved Leave of Absence due to the current COVID-19 Pandemic.

If you are a Veteran student and have any questions regarding your VA benefits during these unprecedented times, please contact VA Education Services at 1-888-442-4551.

On behalf of your VA School Certifying Officials, Alicia Goodman at the Tampa Bay Campus and Russell Cephas at the New England Campus, and the entire National Aviation Academy family, we wish you and yours all continued health and wellness.

The VA is posting updates to its website regarding benefits, you can see them at http://www.gibill.va.gov. GI Bill® is a registered trademark of the U.S. Department of Veteran’s Affairs (VA). More information about education benefits offered by VA is available by going to benefits.va.gov/gibill

4/28/2020

NEW ENGLAND STUDENTS: The New England campus will not be resuming classes or normal business operations on May 5th as previously planned due to Gov. Baker’s extension of the stay-at-home order until May 18th. However, NAA is prepared and hopes to resume classes and normal business operations on Tuesday, May 19th. As always, we will continue to monitor this constantly evolving situation and update you as soon as possible.

TAMPA BAY STUDENTS: The Tampa Bay campus will not be resuming classes or normal business operations on May 4th as previously planned. We are now planning and prepared to resume classes and normal business operations on Monday, May 11th. However, we are awaiting Gov. Desantis’ announcement scheduled for tomorrow, Wednesday, April 29th, with his plan on reopening the state. We will provide an update thereafter.

ALL STUDENTS: We have received many questions regarding how the school will operate when students return, and we would like to inform you of the precautionary measures we are taking:

  • Social Distancing – The education department has a plan in place for the classrooms that will allow students to maintain a distance of six feet from one another. Student breaks will also be staggered to reduce congregating in the hallways and common areas.
  • Supplies – NAA has purchased and will provide to each student upon return masks and safety goggles.
  • Cleaning – Along with the above mentioned we will have continuous cleaning throughout each day, increased availability of hand sanitizing stations, and sanitizing commercial sprayer will be utilized across campus to keep students and staff safe.
  • Wearing a Mask – We request that everyone that enters the building to wear a mask at this time.
4/25/2020

ALL STUDENTS: Though we are still on track to resume classes in early May, please know that our management team is actively monitoring the constantly evolving COVID-19 situation. We’re seeking guidance from state representatives in FL and MA, and thoughtfully considering safety concerns. If a change is made to the current orders affecting Higher Education, we will reevaluate our schedule as we have continued to do throughout the pandemic. We are dedicated to providing a safe facility for your continued training and are performing the necessary cleaning and sanitizing of the building and all equipment. Finally, a plan is being discussed for how students and staff will return to the campuses and interact. Please be on the lookout for that update before our return. We hope you are all staying safe and wish you well.

Please be advised the order issued by Governor Baker on April 21st, 2020 to extend school closures applies only to public and private K-12 schools, and does not apply to NAA.

3/30/2020

NEW ENGLAND STUDENTS:

    • As of today, Monday 3/30/2020, we plan to resume classes for current students and the new class start on TUESDAY 5/5/2020.

Education will update all current students regarding hours and moving to the next term when we return to normal operation.

TAMPA BAY STUDENTS:

    • As of today, Monday 3/30/2020, we plan to resume classes for current students on MONDAY 5/4/2020.

Education will update all current students regarding hours and moving to the next term when we return to normal operation.

  • The new class start is planned to begin on WEDNESDAY 5/13/2020.

ALL STUDENTS: While NAA continues to work out the logistics of returning to normal business operations, we want to let you know that we are working diligently and exploring options for online learning in the interim. While we do not have a launch date at this time, we feel it is important to let you know that the NAA faculty and staff are working hard to accomplish this alternative timely and effectively. We are dedicated to making sure you are successful while continuing your education at NAA. As conditions change rapidly please check back here often for updates.

SAFETY MEASURES: Both campuses have or are currently undergoing thorough cleanings and sanitization.

FINANCIAL AID: If you have questions regarding your financial aid you may reach out to the team at your campus via email.

STUDENTS WHO RECEIVE STIPENDS: These checks will begin to be mailed out on April 8th.

VA STUDENTS: The VA is posting updates to its website regarding benefits, you can see them here: http://www.gibill.va.gov.

GI Bill® is a registered trademark of the U.S. Department of Veteran’s Affairs (VA). More information about education benefits offered by VA is available by going to benefits.va.gov/gibill

4/28/2020

NEW ENGLAND STUDENTS: The New England campus will not be resuming classes or normal business operations on May 5th as previously planned due to Gov. Baker’s extension of the stay-at-home order until May 18th. However, NAA is prepared and hopes to resume classes and normal business operations on Tuesday, May 19th. As always, we will continue to monitor this constantly evolving situation and update you as soon as possible.

TAMPA BAY STUDENTS: The Tampa Bay campus will not be resuming classes or normal business operations on May 4th as previously planned. We are now planning and prepared to resume classes and normal business operations on Monday, May 11th. However, we are awaiting Gov. Desantis’ announcement scheduled for tomorrow, Wednesday, April 29th, with his plan on reopening the state. We will provide an update thereafter.

ALL STUDENTS: We have received many questions regarding how the school will operate when students return, and we would like to inform you of the precautionary measures we are taking:

  • Social Distancing – The education department has a plan in place for the classrooms that will allow students to maintain a distance of six feet from one another. Student breaks will also be staggered to reduce congregating in the hallways and common areas.
  • Supplies – NAA has purchased and will provide to each student upon return masks and safety goggles.
  • Cleaning – Along with the above mentioned we will have continuous cleaning throughout each day, increased availability of hand sanitizing stations, and sanitizing commercial sprayer will be utilized across campus to keep students and staff safe.
  • Wearing a Mask – We request that everyone that enters the building to wear a mask at this time.
3/25/2020

TAMPA BAY STUDENTS: The Tampa Bay campus will be closed on Wednesday, March 25th. Staff will be onsite on Thursday, March 26th.

3/26/2020

TAMPA BAY STUDENTS: Due to the Pinellas County Commissioner’s enactment of the “Safer At Home” policy the NAA testing center will be closed until the order is lifted. We will be sure to update this website when we will be back open for testing. Please feel free to email Michelle Carter at [email protected] for any questions. Thank you for your patience and stay safe.

3/23/2020

NEW ENGLAND STUDENTS: All tests that were scheduled to take at the Test Center are currently postponed until we return to normal operations.

ALL STUDENTS: If you have questions regarding your financial aid you may reach out to the team at your campus via email.

VA STUDENTS: The following information came to us from the US Department of Veteran Affairs. Please take the time to read it and if you have questions there is a phone number to reach out to the VA directly.

We want our partners working with Veterans and their families to be aware that if COVID-19 is affecting someone’s ability to repay their debt with the DMC, they can reach out to the DMC to request assistance. Please feel free to share this message widely within your organization.

We’ve also placed this message on our website:

Attention Veterans and Family members who have a VBA overpayment.

If you are affected by the COVID-19 (CORONA VIRUS), have a VBA benefit debt and need temporary financial relief, please contact DMC at 1-800-827-0648 to request assistance.

3/20/2020

ALL STUDENTS: As of today, it is NAA’s intent to issue previously scheduled monthly stipends on schedule.

TAMPA BAY STUDENTS: The testing center will have testing for NAA students only on 3/23/20, 3/24/20, 3/30/20, 3/31/20. Test times will be discussed at the time of scheduling. To schedule, students must come to the test center in person between 10am to 11am the day before they wish to test. Test center staff will only be on site the days of testing. Thank you for your patience and understanding during this time.

VA STUDENTS: The following information came to us from the US Department of Veteran Affairs. Please take the time to read it.

Over the past two weeks, VA has worked with Congress to preserve GI Bill benefits for impacted students during this difficult time. The Senate and House passed S.3503 and the bill will be headed to POTUS to sign, which will give the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) the authority to continue GI Bill payments uninterrupted in the event of national emergencies. The new law allows for VA to continue to pay benefits regardless of the fact that the program has changed from resident training to online training. Also, students will continue to receive the same monthly housing allowance payments that they received for resident training until January 1, 2021, or until the school resumes normal operations of resident training. VA is working to immediately implement the new changes to address current and future school terms to ensure students continue to receive their education benefits.

What should GI Bill Students know?

There is no action required from a GI Bill student. VA has scheduled several training sessions with all VA approved schools and training facilities over the next couple of days to provide further guidance. We will work closely with schools to ensure enrollments are accurately certified and processed timely. We are committed to providing regular updates to you through direct email campaigns and social media about VA’s effort to implement these new changes.

3/18/2020

ALL STUDENTS: We have implemented text messaging in an effort to keep everyone notified of any and all updates. If you did not receive a text message, please email [email protected] so we can add you to the list.

VA STUDENTS: The following information came to us from the US Department of Veteran Affairs. Please take the time to read it.

Legislation is still pending regarding COVID-19 and how it may impact GI Bill students. We continue to ask your support in not reporting any enrollment updates due to COVID-19 at this time. Our processing offices will be making no adjustments to student’s awards regarding COVID-19 until further notice.

As a reminder, Education Service has determined that students who have started their enrollment period and attended at least in part as resident training are eligible to continue to receive the MHA at the in-resident rate for the entire enrollment period.

We will provide guidance to you in the coming days based on Congressional action.

At this time we are waiting on directions from the VA. If you would like to reach out to the School Certifying Official for the VA please email the following:

ALL STUDENTS: If you have questions regarding your financial aid you may reach out to the team at your campus via email.

3/19/2020

Here is a message from the President of National Aviation Academy – CLICK HERE

NEW ENGLAND STUDENTS: As of right now, we will resume classes for current students and the new class start on WEDNESDAY 4/8/2020.

Education will update all students regarding hours and moving to the next term when we return to normal operation.

TAMPA BAY STUDENTS: As of right now, we will resume classes for current students on MONDAY 4/6/2020 and new students will start class on WEDNESDAY 4/15/2020.

Education will update all students regarding hours and moving to the next term when we return to normal operation.

TAMPA BAY 6TH TERM (AM) STUDENTS: You may begin coming to the campus to pick up your certificates starting today, 3/19/2020 at 1PM.

We will continue to monitor this ongoing issue, so please continue to check back here for updates.

3/17/2020

ALL STUDENTS: We are asking that you please take the following survey to help us make more decisions as we continue to monitor the virus. The survey should take you no more than 90 seconds to complete. Please complete the survey no later than Wednesday, March 18, 2020. Click Here for Survey.

3/16/2020

The Tampa Bay graduation that is scheduled for Thursday, March 26, 2020, has been canceled. If a future date is determined for this graduation ceremony, updates will be provided as soon as possible.

Tampa Bay Campus – Spring Break that was originally scheduled for 4/13/20 to 4/17/20 is canceled for all current students to make up for this unforeseen closure.

VA Students – An email went out to all students with information that the VA has sent us regarding financial aid. If you have any questions please visit: www.gibill.va.gov

If anything changes we will be sure to keep everyone updated. If you have any questions please email [email protected] and we will get back to you as soon as possible. Please be aware given the situation it may take longer than usual for a response.

3/13/2020

We are currently assessing our options with the guidance of the FL & MA Department of Education and the Federal Aviation Administration on how best to deal with COVID-19 virus. As of right now we still plan on being open on Monday. As always, any decisions made are taken very seriously and with the best interest of our students and staff.

3/15/2020

We continue to assess the status of COVID-19 and monitor guidance from the Centers of Disease Control (CDC) and although the CDC guidance for schools does not definitively recommend closure for schools, we have made the decision to suspend all classes, including make-up, at our New England and Tampa Bay campuses starting Monday, March 16 through Friday, March 20, 2020. We plan to resume normal class schedules on Monday, March 23, 2020, however, we will continue to closely monitor the situation. Please check back frequently for updates.

We do understand that this closure will cause delays for future class schedules and graduation dates, however, the health and safety of the NAA community is of the utmost importance.

  • Anyone enrolled in the class start scheduled for Monday, March 16th at our New England campus will be contacted by school administration in the near future to provide the new class start date.
  • The New England graduation that is scheduled for Wednesday, March 18, 2020, has been canceled. If a future date is determined for this graduation ceremony, updates will be provided as soon as possible.
  • Please be advised that if you are a 6th term student on the day shift at the Tampa Bay campus, we will contact you individually to discuss completion of the program.
  • The on-site orientation scheduled at the Tampa Bay campus for March 17, 2020, is canceled. We will contact you individually to discuss how this orientation will be provided.

We truly appreciate everyone’s patience and understanding as we work through this situation and apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.

During the next week, both NAA campuses will be operating with staff and faculty only from 8am – 5pm. We are increasing the frequency of our normal cleaning and will be conducting a deep cleaning at both campuses to ensure the health and safety of our NAA community.

NAA urges everyone to follow CDC recommendations to protect themselves and others. If you are feeling ill, please stay at home until you have been without a fever, unassisted by fever-reducing medications, for at least 24 hours.

3/12/2020

We are actively monitoring the current public health situation and will provide updates as applicable. At this time, we are operating as normal.

If you are feeling ill, please stay at home until you have been without a fever for at least 24 hours, unassisted by fever-reducing medications.

4/23/2020

NEW ENGLAND STUDENTS:

    • As of today, Thursday 4/23/2020, we still plan to resume classes for current students and the new class start on TUESDAY 5/5/2020.

    Education will update all current students regarding hours and moving to the next term when we return to normal operation.

    Please be advised the order issued by Governor Baker on April 21st, 2020 to extend school closures applies only to public and private K-12 schools, and does not apply to NAA.

    TAMPA BAY STUDENTS:

    • As of today, Thursday 4/23/2020, we still plan to resume classes for current students on MONDAY 5/4/2020.
    • Education will update all current students regarding hours and moving to the next term when we return to normal operation.

    • The new class start is planned to begin on WEDNESDAY 5/13/2020.