COVID-19 Update

March 13, 2020

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to evolve, the Arbor Community, unfortunately, has not been spared. We at the Alumni Association are taking proactive steps to ensure that we help “flatten the curve” of transmission.  While many of us are at very low risk for serious health consequences from the virus, we are all potential carriers and, therefore, play important roles in how quickly it spreads. A steep spike in cases will threaten the viability of our health care system and endanger the health and lives of people we know. Therefore, we have decided that members of our staff will work remotely and we will only engage in virtual meetings. This temporary arrangement will begin on Monday, March 16, and likely continue for about 30 days. The exact end date will depend on the future direction of the COVID-19 outbreak. for the foreseeable future. The Alumni Association expects that all events or upcoming gatherings will be cancelled or postponed.  You can continue to find the latest status of all our programs and events below and on our Facebook pageDespite the precautions we are taking, we will continue to be responsive to your needs and to work hard on your behalf. So please continue to phone and email us as you normally would.  As always, we appreciate the support that our proud alumni provide the school and association. And we hope that you fare well during this very challenging time.

Scott, President
Arbor Alumni Association

March 14, 2020

To Arbor College|School of Massage Students, Guests, Alumni, Employees, and the East Tennessee Community:

As the effects of Coronavirus-19 (COVID-19) continue to expand, our prayers and thoughts go out to the people who have been affected by this unprecedented event and we appreciate the healthcare workers, local communities, and governments around the country and world who are on the front line working to contain the Coronavirus. We want to assure you that although we must remain vigilant over the next few weeks, life as we know it will go back to normal very quickly.

Please know that we are vigilantly monitoring the COVID-19 situation around the clock and have precautions in place to ensure your massage and education is delivered in a safe and enjoyable manner. At the present time we have determine that it is safe for our operation to remain open for the foreseeable future without any modifications to our current schedule. In the event that modifications become necessary or mandatory, we will notify you immediately.

This is a rapidly-changing situation that is impacting countries, states and cities differently. Sanitation is of the utmost importance. We have and always will follow strict sanitation and cleaning procedures, but we have intensified and increased our daily and hourly cleaning and sanitation efforts.

We are also diligently following WHO, CDC and TDH guidelines and do not anticipate any interruption in our business. Your health and wellness are our top priority and we look forward to serving you as we have for the past 20 years.  We know that the uncertainty of COVID-19 is concerning, and we will continue to monitor the impact of the situation in our region. We will provide further updates as they become available by email and on social media.

Thank you for your support and cooperation in this trying time.

Ed Bolden, President
Arbor College|School of Massage

March 20, 2020

I received word today, that due to COVID-19 and the nationwide effort called “15-DAYS to Slow the Spread” Arbor College|School of Massage has voluntarily postponed classes until March 31, 2020, effectively extending spring break. Dr. Bolden believes that only through the implementation of stricter social distancing at all levels of society will we flatten the curve of transmission.  

John Scott, President
Arbor Alumni Association

March 23, 2020

Today, I announce that we would be temporarily closing the organization, due to the COVID-19 Crisis. Because our first and foremost concern is for the health, safety, and well-being of our students, employees, and guests, we did not take this decision lightly.  We will re-open as soon as we believe it is safe to do so. 

We originally believed that this situation would be short-term, however we have recently come to believe it will be several weeks until we can even possibly think about reopening.   Unlike our Tribe, most of America did not take the crisis serious and did not observe any of the precautions first recommended.  Understand, we are not at the apex of this crisis, however I believe we all have to do our part until the crisis begins to crescendo.   We currently believe that because of the lack of action in Social Distancing, as a nation we will have to take further measures to flatten the increase in transmission.  As we receive more information, we will continue to share this information with you.  Stay safe and know that you are loved.

Ed Bolden, President
Arbor College | School of Massage

March 27, 2020

I spoke with Dr. Bolden today and he gave me an update on the school.   Effective March 23, 2020, all employees were placed on a temporary furlough due to the COVID-19 Crisis.  As a result  of the temporary school closure, Dr. Bolden has petitioned the Tennessee Higher Education Commission and the Tennessee Board of Massage Licensure to allow Arbor to temporarily conduct online classes for non-hands on course. Currently the school will be closed through April 30, 2020 in order to comply with local, state, and federal recommendations and mandates.  Stay safe!

John Scott, President
Arbor Alumni Association