Our spirits are lifted by the significantly improving conditions in the United States related to the Covid-19 pandemic. As such, we look forward to getting back to some semblance of pre-pandemic life with precautions.
Beginning July 1, 2021, vaccinated tutors and students will no longer be required to wear a face mask when meeting at our office.
However tutors and students are still free to wear masks—or request the other party to wear a mask—depending on their individual needs.
Covid-19 Office Precautions
- No one exhibiting COVID-19-like symptoms is allowed to meet in-person.
- All visitors to our office must wear a face mask until July 1, 2021
- HEPA air purifiers in every room help to improve indoor air quality.
- Students are spaced at least 6 feet from each other and must regularly use the available sanitizers.
- No one should eat or drink within 6 feet of another person.
- Tutors regularly wash their hands and sanitize tables after each student.
- Our custodial service cleans and sanitizes the office nightly.
- Our tutors have access to KN95 face masks and face shields.
Remote, Online Tutoring
Remote tutoring is safe, effective, and easy-to-use. We have been tutoring students online since our founding in a Rice University dorm room in 2003, back when we had to custom code our own whiteboards and when webcams were the size of a tennis ball.
Over the last 17-years, we have invested heavily in remote learning technology and training including our digital learning partner Piqosity. Our tutors are experienced with the most advanced software like Zoom Meetings and Google Jamboard, and we have equipped them with helpful hardware like iPads and drawing tablets.
In-Person Tutoring with Precautions
While remote tutoring is certainly the safest option, we understand that nothing can completely replace the intangibles of meeting in-person. Therefore, in-person tutoring (in-home or in-office) is allowed but only when the tutor, family, and local governing authorities agree.
But we cannot ignore science or force tutors to meet in-person. When tutors agree to meet in person, all precautions must be taken to ensure everyone’s safety including wearing face masks and following the precautions outlined above.
Before you decide on private, in-person tutoring, you should be aware of the current laws and guidelines plus assess your own risk tolerance. We strongly recommend keeping track of Houston COVID-19 cases using the Texas Medical Center tracker.