New Horizon School

Dear NHS Families,

I hope that being at home with your family is going well for you. It is a big transition, and I’m sure we are all having some trying moments! I’m grateful that to the best of my knowledge, no one in our NHS school community has tested positive or fallen ill to COVID-19. That is good news! Please do let us know if you or someone in your family has tested positive. As always, all medical information will be kept confidential.

The faculty and I have been meeting daily, and the departments have been meeting daily to evaluate how remote learning is going for NHS. We have received a lot of positive feedback from students and families. Families have said that they appreciate the structure we are providing to support their child’s learning and the personal attention that we are giving to their child’s needs. We know that there have been struggles: a few students are having trouble logging on to Schoology, some are overwhelmed with understanding the tasks, and find it difficult. For the most part, however, the majority of our students are doing a great job, asking for help when they need it, and persevering.

As a result of the feedback that we have gathered over this first week, we are making some adjustments to our on-line learning program for the upcoming week. We are introducing more “Zoom” classes led by specific teachers at specific times, during which students will meet together with their teacher and their classmates. Teachers will “host” the class, give students some time to interact with each other, and then present the day’s lesson and activities. Teachers will help students during the remainder of the class. We hope that the “Zoom” classroom environment will provide even more structure and support to your child’s learning day.

Your child will check in to each class in Schoology every day, M-F, answer the question provided by the teacher and respond to one other classmate (in each class). Your child will click on the “Zoom” link at the top of each class on the day and time the “Zoom” class is scheduled. Your child will meet with the teacher during office hours, via “Zoom” to ask questions and get extra help. Your child will turn in daily assignments as soon as possible, with Sunday still being the final deadline. Please ask the teacher if you have questions. Our goal is to for your child to be increasingly independent with the on-line learning experience.

It’s hard to imagine that just a few short weeks ago we heard about the first life lost in Washington State as a result of COVID-19. Now we are hearing about dozens in our state, hundreds in our country, and almost 10,000 globally. Our lives are changing rapidly every day, as we see our local governments, the CDC, and the WHO responding to mitigate and slow the transmission of the virus. We see these agencies reaching out to us as and to our healthcare providers trying to help us prepare.

The same principles of personal hygiene and protection apply, along with social distancing, but the most noticeable change is that we can no longer gather together in restaurants or events. This is difficult for adults and children.

To limit the spread of COVID-19, King County Executive Dow Constantine and Health Officer Jeff Duchin announced a new Local Health Order that directed public health actions effective Monday, March 16.

  • All events with more than 50 people are prohibited until further notice
  • All events with fewer than 50 people are discouraged and prohibited unless organizers observe COVID-19 prevention measure.
  • All bars, dance clubs, fitness and health clubs, movie theaters, nightclubs, and other social and recreational establishments until at least March 31.
  • All restaurants and food service establishments cannot provide dining room service. They may remain open for drive-through, takeout and delivery.
  • All other retail – including banks, grocery stores, hardware stores and pharmacies – should and may remain open, provided they observe COVID-19 prevention measures.

Under the order, events include: community, civic, public, leisure, or sporting events; parades; concerts; festivals; conventions; fundraisers; and similar activities. I encourage you to follow the order and help slow the transmission of the virus.

I also encourage you to plan now so that you can be ready in case many people are sick and can’t go to work. Planning and preparing your household in case of illness is a proactive step. Make sure that you have a 30-day supply of any prescription medications needed. Talk to your family, and plan ways to care for those who may be at greater risk, those who are elderly, or those have underlying health conditions. Talk to your neighbors, learn about their emergency plans, and see how you might be able to help each other. Make an emergency contact list. Identify a specific room to care for someone in your family who may need to be isolated away from the rest of your family. Learn about organizations in your community that may have resources and may provide help in case you and your family are quarantined.

Your workplace should be making plans too. Ask about how your workplace can still operate if many workers are out sick or if they need to stay home to care of their family members.

Do your part to prevent discrimination. COVID-19 is not connected to any race, ethnicity, or nationality. Misinformation creates fear, harms people, and makes it harder to help people stay healthy.


Keep washing your hands!



Marla L. Veliz



March 21st, 2020

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