New Horizon School

June 7, 2022

Dear NHS Families,

NHS 100% Remote Mon., 6/6, through Fri., 6/10:  Due to the impacts of the current uptick in numbers of new COVID-19 cases in our county and our community, NHS will follow our Online Learning Schedule all week.  We currently have a staff shortage due to COVID-19 related impacts such as an ill family member, a closed school, or a closed daycare. 

COVID-19:

Vaccinations:  74.4% of Washingtonians are fully vaccinated, meaning have their first two shots and any boosters for which they are eligible.  Ages 5 and up are now eligible for the booster.

Uptick:  King County has been experiencing an uptick in numbers of new COVID-19 cases since Spring Vacation.  In addition to new cases, the rate of hospitalization due to COVID is also up.

Treatments:  Several treatments are available if COVID is diagnosed early.  Contact your health care provider if you have questions.

Protect Yourself and Your Family:  Get vaccinated and boosted, mask when indoors and around the public, wash hands, use hand sanitizer, avoid touching eyes/nose/mouth, avoid close contact (less than 6 ft), cover your coughs and sneezes, and stay home if you are sick.

Variants:  According to the CDC, the Omicron lineages and sublineages make up the majority of new cases in the US right now.  In January/February, we experienced the large surge of the BA.1 variant of Omicron.  Currently, we are experiencing the uptick of the BA.2 variant of Omicron.  During the week of May 28th, 49% of new cases were BA.2, 38.1% of new cases were BA2.12.1, and 5.6% of cases were B.1.1.529.

Transmissibility:  According to the CDC, all of the Omicron lineages and sublineages are highly transmissible.  They spread more easily than previous variants.  Symptoms appear to vary from one person to another.

Symptoms of BA.2:  Most commonly reported symptoms of BA.2 are sore throat, cough, congestion, fatigue, and headache.  Occasionally people are also reporting shortness of breath, difficulty breathing, muscle or body aches, and fever or chills.

Data:  The current available data is thought to be an underestimation of the actual numbers of new cases, since many people are using rapid antigen tests at home.

Contact us at School:  Please remember to contact us at school immediately if your child or anyone in your household tests positive for COVID-19, so we can take the necessary steps to prevent transmission or a potential outbreak at NHS.  Your information will remain confidential.

Annual Meeting:  Thank you to those who were able to attend the Annual Meeting of the Members of the Corporation (parents of enrolled students) on May 18th.  Your participation is greatly appreciated!

Spring Carnival:  Thank you to all who were able to attend at yesterday’s Spring Carnival, and a big thank you to Taryn Hudgens for coordinating and to all who volunteered!

Progress Reports:  The last progress reports prior to the 4th Quarter report card were distributed last week.  Please be sure to check your email, review your student’s progress report, and email the teacher with any questions or concerns.

Social Coaching Groups:  Our Social Coaching groups continue to meet weekly, although we lost internet connection at school on Friday, causing a disruption.  Our connection has been restored.

Seniors’ Last Day:  The Seniors’ last day is June 10th, unless a student has either attendance or work concerns.

Conferences:  Conferences are scheduled for the week of June 13-June 17th.  Please contact each teacher with whom you wish to meet to schedule a conference via Zoom.

Last Day of School:  The last day of school is Friday, June 17th.  Please make sure that your child has returned his/her laptop, charger, headset, mouse, and any books to school by that date.  More details to follow.

Senior Graduation:  Senior Graduation is scheduled for Friday, June 17th.  It will be held in person, with only seniors, their immediate and extended families, and staff/faculty in person, due to COVID precautions.  Graduation will also be live streamed for those who wish to view it in real time.  More details to follow.

4th Quarter Report Cards:  Will be distributed on June 24th.

Summer School:  Summer School begins on July 6th and runs through August 2nd, 8 AM – 12 PM, M-F.

Sincerely,

Marla

Marla Veliz

Administrator

June 6th, 2022

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