New Horizon School

March 12, 2020

Dear NHS Families,

I want to again reassure you that we have no reports of presumptive or confirmed cases of COVID-19.  All of our staff and faculty have been present at school and healthy, and although a few students have been absent this week, they appear to be home with mild cold symptoms only.  Today we implemented the CDC’s new recommendation for schools by checking temperatures and screening for COVID-19 symptoms with every staff member, student, and visitor on campus, and everyone is healthy!

As I’m sure you are all aware, the COVID-19 situation in King County and Washington State is changing daily, and new information is being shared very frequently.  Public health officials announced yesterday that there is an increasing risk to individuals in our larger community, and communities are now required to use mitigation strategies to slow the transition of COVID-19.

The NHS staff members have worked incredibly hard over the past few weeks to follow the public health department’s request for schools to stay open. Despite this effort, Governor Inslee has chosen to close public and private schools in the area. The campus will be closed March 13th – April 27th, and possibly longer.  I will monitor information and reevaluate during this time, and I will notify you immediately if there is a decision to close school for a longer period of time.

We are implementing our COVID-19 emergency plan, and we will be initiating on-line learning tomorrow, March 13th.  Please be sure that your student logs on to Schoology every weekday during this campus closure.  All teaching and learning will take place remotely, attendance will be taken, assignments will be due, teachers will grade assignments, and report grades throughout this time.

Please watch for emails from me throughout our campus closure, as I will be monitoring the situation in the community and updating you with regard to our on-line instruction as well as any potential changes to our date of re-opening.

I encourage you to continue personal protective measures within your household:  promote handwashing, avoid touching your face, avoid physical contact with others, cover coughs and sneezes, practice social distancing, and avoid large gatherings in the community.

I want to take this opportunity to thank all NHS staff and faculty for the hard work and effort they have put into preparing for our on-line instruction platform and resources.  I also want to thank you, our NHS families, for your patience and understanding.

The health, safety, and well-being of students, families, and staff is always my highest priority.

Please feel free to contact me at if you have any questions.


Marla L. Veliz

March 13th, 2020

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