UPDATED: March 18, 2020 AT 7:05 P.M.
To Ohio Real Estate Broker and Associate Degree Students:
I trust and hope this email finds you all healthy and tucked safely in your homes with your loved ones! Life as we know it is changing rapidly on a daily basis. As we each manage the personal impact of COVID-19, I wanted to ensure you all know that the associate degree and real estate broker teams are ‘in the office’ as normal, but just working from our homes. We can be reached at:
Our program, courses and services are available online. Therefore, at this time, we anticipate little to no interruption in our operation. The Winter term is wrapping up and our Spring term begins April 6. Over the next few weeks, feel free to call or email and we can assist you with your schedule, transcript requests, payments, questions or concerns.
Westerville, Ohio Broker EXAM PREP Classroom Classes: The Broker Foundations Class and The Broker Review classes have been moved online (March 19-22, 2020). Once you are registered, you will receive an email with instructions on how to access the courses.
Wishing you safe and health!
The Hondros College of Business Degree Team
The College leadership continues to monitor the ongoing coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. Our main goal is to protect the health and safety of our staff, faculty and students. To learn more about COVID-19 and ways to prevent its spread at: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/ or https://coronavirus.ohio.gov/wps/portal/gov/covid-19/
We encourage everyone to do their part by following the guidelines of the Center for Disease Control (CDC) to prevent the spread:
Daily, we can expect new information and safety protocols from the CDC and Ohio Governor Mike DeWine. Most recently, we have learned that all K-12 schools will close in Ohio for the next 3 weeks. The impact of which, will impact each of our lives differently. We recognize the need to support our students, staff and faculty during this time and for this reason, we will remain fluid in our approach to daily operations of the program.
We are fortunate that the Associate Degree and Ohio Broker Program classes and services are already available online. Therefore, we do not anticipate any disruption to our daily operation of the program, or online classes. Our office hours and staff continue to be available as normal. Classes end this weekend and the faculty and staff will wrap up the quarter as normal. Grades will be sent out over the next 2 weeks from the Registrar’s office. Our spring break is scheduled March 16-April 5, 2020. We are fortunate to have this time to prepare for next steps in all areas of our lives. We will continue to communicate updates to you over the break, so you are well informed and prepared to start classes Monday, April 6, 2020.
Classroom Broker Pre-Licensing Classes in Westerville, Ohio: (Human Resource Management, Business Law, Business Economics and Financial Management)
We have scheduled these classes back in the classroom, offering a new class every 3 weeks, starting with Financial Management Friday, April 10th. We will let you know if these classes will be cancelled no later than Wednesday, April 1st. This will give you time to switch to the online classes that begin on Monday, April 6.
For students taking EXAM PREPARATION classes for an Ohio Brokers License at the Westerville, Ohio campus of Hondros College: (Broker Foundations and Broker Review)
The Broker Foundations and Broker Review classes are scheduled Thursday – Sunday, March 19-22. These classes tend to be small (10-15 students) and we are planning to hold them as scheduled. If that changes, you will be notified by email ASAP.
Contact Us: If you have questions, or concerns, please contact us immediately. We are can be reached via phone and email.
A message from the ADRE:
In response to the growing concerns about COVID-19, commonly referred to as Coronavirus, the Division of Real Estate & Professional Licensing is providing this guidance in response to the virus’ potential impact on the real estate industry.
Our license examination vendor, PSI, has communicated to us that their top priority continues to be the health and safety of their staff, customers, clients, and the communities they serve. They have an internal task force that now meets each business day to monitor the situation with COVID-19 and are in close communication with their testing partners around the world, including the Division.
They want our license candidates to feel confident when going to take an exam with PSI. As a result, they have made some changes to their rescheduling guidelines and security procedures and have also enhanced their current site-cleaning program. Below are some highlights of the changes in operations in the interest of their customers’ and employees’ health and safety:
Please contact Candidate Support Services if you need to reschedule an exam due to illness, are exhibiting flu-like symptoms, or have been directed to self-quarantine by your local health authority. If a candidate arrives at a testing center and is exhibiting flu-like symptoms, the candidate will be denied admission to the test center and may be required to reschedule. PSI is monitoring test center capacity so that they can increase availability once COVID-19 has been contained.
Site Procedures and Cleaning
Test Center Administrators (proctors) have always cleaned candidate workstations, keyboards, and mice between use by all candidates. Currently, they are expanding their cleaning and disinfecting program. They have also set expectations for heightened hygienic practices within the testing centers and are implementing additional Quality Assurance audits to ensure the application of these new procedures. Additionally, PSI sites will provide and distribute antibacterial wipes and hand sanitizer to help ensure candidates have a safe and healthy experience.
Test Center Administrators and PSI employees have also been instructed to stay home if they are exhibiting flu-like symptoms. If they are sick with a fever, they will immediately be sent home and advised to seek medical attention by a doctor.
Following CDC and WHO guidelines, PSI will not allow candidates to wear facemasks at owned and operated test centers in the US. Third-party sites will determine and follow their policies and guidelines.
Closed test centers in affected areas will continue to be tracked and updated on our website https://www.psionline.com/important-notice-update-concerning-covid-19-coronavirus/. This information is updated Monday through Friday at 12 pm PDT.
Be sure to check coronavirus.ohio.gov for information on how to prepare for and prevent COVID-19, what to do if it comes to your community, and Ohio’s response. Also monitor the CDC’s website for up-to-date information about travel warnings and daily updates about the Coronavirus. Information is also available on the World Health Organization’s website.