Recent Updates

Updated on Sunday, March 15, 2020 – 10:30 a.m.


Message from our Executive Director


At DAVE School, the safety of our students, faculty, and staff is our first priority. We have been closely monitoring the coronavirus (COVID-19) situation. Based on recommendations from federal, state, and local governments and to stay consistent with the closures of public state colleges and universities, as well as Universal Studios Orlando, DAVE School has made the following decisions regarding a modified course delivery:

All ON-GROUND Students are asked to report to campus on Monday, March 16th for the first day of classes.

Starting Tuesday, March 17th and until further notice, all face-to-face classes will then be replaced with virtual learning alternatives.

DAVE School is prepared to ensure all students will have the necessary tools and software available to complete coursework during this temporary disruption. This is why attendance is necessary on Monday, March 16th to ensure student success.

Additionally, all ONLINE Courses will continue uninterrupted and as currently scheduled.

The DAVE School campus will remain open for administrative activities only and staff will be available to address concerns from 9a-6p daily. Student access to the backlot is restricted at this time.

However, Virtual Student Services will be readily available to students who need assistance. We are here to support your transition and help guide you as you continue to engage in your classes — Please feel free to contact your faculty member directly or reach out to the school at 407-385-1100.

It is important that you pay close attention to Canvas notifications, phone, and email messages to stay informed as the situation is being monitored daily.

Thank you for your cooperation and understanding as we continue to evaluate and respond to this rapidly changing situation, guided by our priority to safeguard the health and well-being of our school family #OnlyatDAVE.


Gina Rhodes
Executive Director
The DAVE School


Saturday March 21, 2020

Message from our VP of Academics Leiby Adames-Boom

During this temporary interruption of ground classes, our faculty and staff are available for you to help you complete your assignments using our online learning management systems.  You can attend virtual classes, conferences and access the resources you need to complete your class successfully for this term.  We will schedule sessions in the labs once we are able to return to the campuses.  I want you to be confident and do not give up!  Our priority is that you are able to continue your education during this global emergency.

Engaging in your classes is important!  We have available for you a Live Chat staffed with Student Services team from Monday through Friday from 9am to 9pm and on Saturdays from 9am to 5pmduring this emergency.  Enter your name and password is student.

Visit our social media pages for updates.

We are truly in this together and want you to reach out to anyone of us for assistance during these difficult times.

Engage. Learn. Succeed

Leiby Adames-Boom
Vice President of Academic Affairs

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Updated on Friday, March 13, 2020 – 5:00 p.m.

Message from our President Dr. James M. Burkett

At DAVE School, the health, safety and well-being of our students and faculty is our priority. Over the past weeks, we have been actively monitoring the outbreak of the COVID-19 virus. We are closely following recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and U.S. Department of State, as well as state and local health officials.

At this time, our campuses will remain open for students and employees. More information will be shared here as it is developed.

Prevention is a key strategy with any virus, such as influenza or this coronavirus, so it is important to both protect yourself and take measures against spread to others.

The safety of our campus community is always our number one priority. I thank you for your patience and understanding, as we navigate this rapidly evolving situation.


Dr. James M. Burkett






  • What is coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19)?

    Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) is a respiratory illness that can spread from person to person. The virus that causes COVID-19 is a novel coronavirus that was first identified during an investigation into an outbreak in Wuhan, China.

  • How does COVID-19 spread?

    The virus that causes COVID-19 probably emerged from an animal source, but is now spreading from person to person. The virus is thought to spread mainly between people who are in close contact with one another (within about 6 feet) through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes. It also may be possible that a person can get COVID-19 by touching a surface or object that has the virus on it and then touching their own mouth, nose, or possibly their eyes, but this is not thought to be the main way the virus spreads. Learn what is known about the spread of newly emerged coronaviruses at

  • What are the symptoms of COVID-19?

    Patients with COVID-19 have had mild to severe respiratory illness with symptoms of:

    • fever
    • cough
    • shortness of breath
  • How can I help protect myself?

    People can help protect themselves from respiratory illness with everyday preventive actions.

    • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
    • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth withunwashed hands.
    • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol if soap and water are not available.
  • If you are sick, to keep from spreading respiratory illness to others, you should:

    • Stay home when you are sick.
    • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
    • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objectsand surfaces.