New Horizon School

June 16, 2020

Congratulations NHS Graduating Class of 2020

Dear NHS Families and Friends,

As the school year comes to a close, I have a few reminders for you.

Today, June 16th, is the last day of classes.  Your student will need to log on to Schoology to answer discussion posts, and attend Zoom classes beginning at 12 PM.  All assignments should be turned in no later than Friday, June 19th, but the sooner the better so that teachers will be able to grade them.  Report Cards will be distributed on Friday, June 26th.  If you have any question or if you don’t receive your student’s report card on that date, please contact Vikki Colson at vcolson@new-horizon-school.org.

Wednesday, June 17th, we have conferences by appointment on the calendar for 1 – 3:30 PM.  Please contact any teacher with whom you wish to have a conference to schedule with him/her directly for a Zoom conference.

We were hoping to schedule a time for families to come by the school to pick up their students’ belongings and return books and other school items to us, but at this time we are still unable to allow gatherings of people on campus.  We will contact you during the summer to schedule a day and time, if public health guidelines allow it.

Summer School begins on July 7th and will be an online program due to continued concerns with the community spread of COVID-19.  We will send a letter to families whose students are enrolled in Summer School to explain the schedule for office hours and Zoom classes shortly.  Reminder, the theme is “Celebrate Community”, and we will be teaching math, reading, writing, and teambuilding (social skills) through the theme.  The teachers have planned a lot of fun and educational activities that promote community building, and they will be mailing summer school supplies for these activities to your home shortly, if your son or daughter is enrolled.

Please watch for our monthly newsletters the first week in July and again in August.  We will keep you informed as our planning goes forward for the fall.

Last week Chris Reykdal, OSPI, announced that schools will return to campus, face-to-face instruction, in September.  However, as we have learned over the past four months, this is a fluid situation with many changing regulations, guidelines, and recommendations.  We will prepare for on campus, face-to-face instruction, as required by OSPI.  However, we will also plan for continuous learning using other models as well:  1) online full time with improvements based on what we have learned this spring, 2) online part time with improvements combined with on campus part time, 3) some staff and students online and some staff and students on campus, or 4) some combination of all of the above.  In the meantime, we are preparing for on campus instruction:  having our HVAC systems inspected; purchasing Personal Protection Equipment (masks, face shields, gloves); purchasing hand sanitizer, disinfectant, and disinfecting wipes; installing portable handwashing stations; and studying the square footage in the classrooms to determine the student:teacher ratio that will allow the required 6 ft physical distancing that will be required in each of our classrooms.

With the number of newly diagnosed cases of COVID-19 continuing to increase in King County and elsewhere, it seems unlikely that we will be allowed to open school in September on campus full time.  As noted previously, this is a dynamic situation, with constantly evolving data, regulations, and guidelines.  We will keep you informed throughout the summer regarding our plans for the fall.

We look forward to “seeing” those of you whose students will be joining us for summer school on July 7th, and we look forward to staying in touch with all of you throughout the summer.

Please do not hesitate to contact me at mveliz@new-horizon-school.org if you have any questions or concerns.

Sincerely,

Marla L. Veliz

June 16th, 2020

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