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 mveliz@new-horizon-school.org if you have any questions.

Sincerely,

Marla L. Veliz
Administrator

March 13th, 2020

Posted In: School News

March 12, 2020

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Gov. Jay Inslee announced today that all public and private K-12 schools in King, Snohomish and Pierce counties will close for the next six weeks. This decision impacts 43 school districts throughout the three counties. Public health officials hope the science-driven decision can help minimize COVID-19 exposure in Washington counties hit hardest by the virus.

Schools will close from Tuesday, March 17 through Friday, April 24.

View full announcement here.

March 13th, 2020

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As communities within our state prepare for and respond to the COVID-19 outbreak, we will share information on our website.

 

At New Horizon School (NHS), we have received no reports of a student, staff member, family member of a student, or family member of a staff member who is suspected of having been exposed, being tested, or diagnosed with COVID-19 at this time. Therefore, school is currently open and in session. Should this change, we will notify NHS families and update here on our website.

 

Prevent the Spread of Germs:

 

The best way to prevent the spread of germs is to use good hygiene practices. Take simple steps to reduce your risk of getting and spreading viral respiratory infections like the flu, common cold, and COVID-19.

 

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid contact with people who are sick.
  • Stay home when you are sick and avoid close contact with others.
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when coughing or sneezing, then throw the tissue in the trash and wash hands.

 

In addition, Washington State Governor Inslee and King County Executive Dow Constantine have recommended that people avoid large events and gatherings whenever possible during the COVID-19 outbreak.

 

COVID-19 Resources:

 

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Washington State Department of Health, Public Health – Seattle and King County, World Health Organization, and the Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction and other agencies have provided resources to communities and schools.

 

These resources are included below:

 

CDC Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19), Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

COVID-19 Prevention & Treatment, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

DOH 2019 Novel Coronavirus Outbreak (COVID-19), Washington State Department of Health (DOH)

PHSKC Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19), Public Health – Seattle & King County (PHSKC)

Anti-Stigma Resources, Public Health – Seattle & King County (PHSKC)

Coping with Stress During the 2019-nCoV Outbreak (PDF), World Health Organization

Helping Children Cope with Stress During the 2019-nCoV Outbreak (PDF), World Health Organization

 

Please contact Marla Veliz, New Horizon School Administrator, if you have any questions.

 

 

March 9th, 2020

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