Frequently Asked Questions - COVID 19

Travel Regulations, CPC COVID-19 Policy & the COVID-19 Status in Hawaii

Q1. What is the current guidance for traveling to the U.S?

1. Starting from 1/29/21, U.S. immigration requires all travelers to take a PCR test 1-3 days before your flight and submit negative results to your airline. Otherwise, you will not be able to board your flight.

2.Regarding the entry conditions to Hawaii, Hawaii started the safe travel program. All travelers will be required to take a PCR test from certified clinics in order to bypass the State of Hawai‘i’s 10-day mandatory quarantine. The State of Hawaiʻi will accept test results ONLY from TRUSTED TESTING AND TRAVEL PARTNERS.

3. The state of Hawaii requires all travelers to fill out the "Safe Travels Hawaii Form" before your travel.

Q2. What is CPC's policy regarding attending In-person classes?

CPC follows State of Hawaii and County of Honolulu guidelines in order to keep everybody safe and prevent the spread of COVID-19. You need to abide by the following regulations:

If you bring a negative result from the state of Hawaii's partner clinic:
You can avoid the self-quarantine (stay at home) for 10 days and can join lessons as soon as you arrive in Hawaii.

If you don't bring a negative result from the state of Hawaii's partner clinic:
You need to self-quarantine for 10 days after your arrival to Hawaii, before you start CPC's in-person classes.

Q3. What should I do before arriving to the USA/leaving my home country?

You need to take a PCR exam within 3 days of your departure from your country. Otherwise, you won't be able to board your flight. Please also submit your PCR result in English to CPC via email. You need to fill out the "Safe Travels Hawaii Form" before your travel.

Q4. For what period of time does the COVID-exception to the 5-month rule cover?

There is no 5-month rule during this pandemic period. As long as you have a valid I-20, you will be able to come to the U.S.

Q5. What should I do if my program is online, but I want to go to the USA now?

We will allow new students to take an in-person or hybrid class of your choice.

Q6. Do I need to fill out any forms before I arrive?

Yes, you need to fill out the "Safe Travels Hawaii Form" PRIOR to entering Hawaii.

Q7. If I have a student visa, can I come to the U.S. without a problem?

If you have a student visa (that is not expired) you can apply for a new I-20 and start a new program. Please check the travel restrictions for international travelers.

Q8. Can I come to the USA and attend online programs only?

No - according to SEVP regulations, overseas students entering on an initial I-20 must attend in-person classes.

Q9. What will happen if there is another lockdown in Hawaii?

We will follow the CDC instructions and switch to online programs if needed.

CPC during COVID-19

Q1. Does CPC offer online classes or in-person classes?

CPC offers both online and in-person classes. Students who came to the U.S. before 03/09/20 can take online classes or in-person classes. On the other hand, students who came to the U.S. with student visas after 03/09/20 are required to attend in-person classes. Thus, CPC offers in-person classes to fulfill immigration requirements for F1 students.

Q2. Do you offer the EPP: English Proficiency program in person?

Yes, we do offer in-person STEP/EPP: Short Term/English Proficiency and TOEFL®︎ classes.

Q3. Are CPC school events canceled?

All activities have resumed to normal, however, we follow the Phase 3 of the Oahu Reopening Strategy and follow CDC COVID-19 Safety Guidelines.

Q4. Have there been any confirmed COVID-19 cases at CPC?

Currently, no students or staff who attend our In-person classes have gotten COVID-19.

Q5. When will the school return to having fully in-person classes?

Since the beginning of the pandemic, CPC's top priority has been the safety and health of our students and staff. We strictly follow the state and city regulations, in addition to CDC instructions. CPC will re-open all classes when it is safe and allowed by the State of Hawaii. We are expecting to go back to fully In-person classes from around May or June, as long as the COVID-19 situation in Hawaii has improved and there are no safety concerns related to the pandemic.

Q6. How do I get textbooks?

You can purchase textbooks from our school or we can mail the textbooks to you. If you choose to have your textbook mailed, you will be charged a shipping fee.

Q7. How is your school managing in-person classes during the pandemic?

Class sizes are restricted, masks are required, social distancing is practiced, and temperature is checked daily.

Q8. What programs do you offer?

At this moment, we offer STEP/EPP: Short Term/English Proficiency and TOEFL®︎ programs in person. Online, we offer the Conversation Program.

Q9. Can I check into a student accommodation the day I arrive to the U.S?

As long as you have taken a PCR test within 3 days prior to departure and provide a negative result, we will be able to provide you with our accommodations/housing.

Q10. How can I take a vacation while taking online programs?

Please stop by the CPC front desk to do appropriate paperwork.

Admissions during the COVID-19 period

Q1. Can I defer my admission for reasons related to COVID-19?

Yes, you can change your program start date. Please inform us of when you want to start your program based on the start dates listed on our School Calendar. If you are an F1 student (Student visa), we will reissue your I-20 with a new program start date and send you a digitally signed I-20, so that you can print it out and take it with you when you enter the U.S.

Q2. How can I receive a copy of my I-20?

During the pandemic, all government agencies will accept a digital copy of your I-20. However, if you need the original I-20, we can mail it to you. In this case, you will be charged a shipping fee.

Q3. Do I have to pay a fee if I postpone my start date?

No, if you are an F1 student (student visa holder), we will simply email your new I-20 to you with the new program start date.

Q4. Does the PCR Result have to be the original?

No. You can bring a copy of your PCR test result.

Q5. Will there be any penalty fees for postponing the housing move-in date?

As long as you notify us 30 days prior to your move in-date, there will be no fees.

Q6. Which students are allowed to join in-person classes?

All students who come to the U.S. with initial I-20s (new students) must attend In-person programs due to SEVIS (U.S. immigration) requirements. If you are a transfer student who came to the USA. before 03/09/20, you will be able to choose either an online program or an In-person program. New Non-F1 students are also able to choose either In-person or online classes.

Q7. Can I join in-person classes via Zoom during my self-quarantine?

If you need to quarantine, you can temporarily join one of our online programs via Zoom for the duration of the quarantine period.

General Questions Related to COVID-19

Q1. How can I get a COVID-19 test?

If you take a PCR exam in Hawaii, the cost will be $125 ~ $300. Please feel free to ask CPC staff if you need to take it.

Q2. What if I test positive for COVID-19?

First, you must have Medical/Travel Insurance which will cover issues related to COVID-19. If you receive a positive result, follow the instructions provided by the State of Hawaii testing centers.

Q3. What should I do if I believe I may have been exposed to COVID-19?

You should take a PCR test. Please ask CPC staff if you don't know where the test center is.

Q4. What are the symptoms of COVID-19?

For details regarding COVID-19 symptoms, see the CDC (Centers for Diseases Control and Prevention) website. There is also a Coronavirus Self-Checker available.

Q5. What is the COVID-19 situation like in Hawaii?

COVID-19 numbers are decreasing and people are receiving vaccines very quickly, Hawaii is not as crowded as Asia and some other parts of the world. Most people wear masks at all times and take social distancing very seriously. Additionally, it is typically very easy to get tested for COVID-19 in Hawaii.


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