New Horizon School

Dear NHS Families and Friends,

NHS Online Learning

Please join us in welcoming two student visitors this week:
·Gracelyn Wadena, Gr. 6, visiting in Ms. Hillman’s class
·Symphony Gibson, Gr. 9, visiting in Mr. Robnett’s class
We hope you both enjoy your “great adventure” in the NHS Online Learning Program!

We know that we will be required to be online for Summer School 2020; however, we don’t know yet models will be recommended for schools in September.

The CDC released some expanded guidance regarding what needs to be in place for schools to re-open safely.  In response to those guidelines, we are currently:
·getting quotes on items like portable handwashing stations, cloth face masks, disinfectant, hand sanitizer, maintenance for our HVAC system, and a safety check for our water system;
·considering how to ensure that we have adequate supplies so that we can minimize use of high touch materials such as art supplies, keyboards and mice, and other equipment;
·considering how to limit non-essential visitors on campus;
·planning safe and effective ways to social distance in our classrooms and on our campus; and
·reviewing our square footage in various spaces and considering where small groups can meet, limiting mixing between groups, and how best to protect high risk populations in our school community.

With 21,702 confirmed cases and 1,118 deaths in Washington, and many of those occurring in King County, we know that we will be required to re-open carefully and slowly in order to be safe.  The number of new cases is going down, but has not flattened.  The true number infected exceeds the number confirmed.

Please note that public health officials have identified a multisystem inflammatory syndrome (MIS-C) occurring in some children who have had COVID-19 or have been around someone who has had the virus.  These children experience inflammation in various parts of the body.  If your child has any unusual symptoms due to inflammation, please contact your pediatrician right away.

At this time, thankfully we still have no reports of NHS students, parents, staff, or board members with the novel coronavirus.

Public health officials state that cloth face coverings help to slow the spread of the virus when combined with good hygiene and social distancing.  Improved case investigation and contract tracing continues to help slow and prevent the spread as well.

The Governor’s “Stay Home, Stay Healthy” order ends tonight, unless extended again, but the novel coronavirus continues to spread every day in King County.  Please stay home whenever you can, limit unnecessary interactions, keep 6 feet between you and others (outside of your household), wear a mask when you’re in public, and keep public interactions brief.  As a larger community, we must continue our efforts to prevent the spread of the virus.

I have attached a copy of the Public Health Seattle King County’s new key indicators dashboard, showing that we are making progress.  New cases are decreasing, the virus is reproducing less, the risk of people needing to be hospitalized is decreasing, our testing capacity is increasing, our speed of testing is increasing, and our health care system is increasingly ready.  Not all targets have been met, and we have not yet met any for the required amount of time, but we are making progress!
PHSKC Key Indicators.pdf
We know how hard this time is for families trying to work remotely as well as support their children’s learning at home.  I have attached a copy of the “Parenting Guide During COVID-19” from King County Best Starts for Kids, for your review.  The main message is give yourself grace and take some deep breaths!
A Parenting Guide during Covid-19.pdf

While sitting at my desk writing this letter, I am startled periodically by the emergency alerts on my phone.  I am reminded of a quote from Martin Luther King, Jr., who said, “Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.”  We’re stronger as a community when we stand together.

Peace, safety, and well-wishes,


Marla L. Veliz

June 2nd, 2020

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