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Navigating COVID-19 at New Horizon Academy

Our top priority at New Horizon Academy will always be the health and safety of the children entrusted to our care, their families, and our staff. We have partnered with leading health care experts and are closely monitoring the latest updates from the CDC and World Health Organization. Using information from these leading experts, we have created guidelines to ensure the safety and well-being our of children, their families, and staff.

Current Guidelines – April 1, 2020

All New Horizon Academy locations will be open during regular scheduled hours. 

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Classroom Protocol

  • Providing a safe and secure environment for children
  • Wash your hands or use hand sanitizer (to the extent it is available) before entering your child’s classroom.
  • If you are notified that your child has any symptoms of illness, please pick up your child immediately.
  • Please ensure that your child is fever-free for at least 24 hours without the aid of fever-reducing medicine before returning to school.
  • Please consider social distancing and limiting events such as birthday parties with other families enrolled in our program.
  • Whenever possible, our teachers will meet you at your child’s classroom door for pick-up and drop-off. Please do not enter your child’s classrooms unless absolutely necessary.
  • We are limiting the number of adults in our classrooms. We have suspended our enrichment program specialists, photographers, and other visitors to our classrooms.
  • We have removed the end-of-day take-home snack to reduce the risk of spreading germs.
  • We will stop using our muscle/great rooms to help reduce exposure to other children not in your child’s classroom.
  • We will allow only one classroom at a time on the playground.
  • Our teachers are role modeling and reviewing handwashing procedures and curriculum with children.
  • We will reduce class size as much as possible.
  • We have lowered our exclusion guidelines to 100.4°F.
  • We have enhanced our efforts to sanitize our classrooms and all other high touch areas.
  • As an extra precaution, we ask that you take your child’s temperature and your temperature prior to coming to school. If you or your child has a fever of 100.4°F or higher, we ask that they stay home in order to protect the health and safety of our children and staff. Thank you for taking this extra step to protect the health and safety of every child in our care.
  • We have also asked staff and families to notify us if they have any upcoming travel to an area where the virus is widespread and have told them that they must not enter the school for at least two weeks upon their return.
  • We have also asked staff, families, and any other person to notify us prior to entering our school if they have had any recent travel to any state outside of the state in which they reside. Depending on where they have traveled and the current CDC travel health notices, we may tell them that they and their children must not enter the school for at least two weeks upon their return.

 

Child Illness Exclusion Policy

To protect your child, other children, and our teaching staff from illness, we will continue to enforce our established guidelines of excluding ill children and appreciate your support in upholding these important policies.

 

Frequently Asked Questions

For more information, please visit our Frequently Asked Questions.
International and Domestic Travel
  • If you are returning from international travel from the CDC’s Level 3 areas, a cruise, or any area where the virus is widespread, please do not enter the school for at least two weeks upon your return.
  • Please notify us if you have any upcoming travel to an area where the virus is widespread and do not enter the school for at least two weeks upon your return.
  • We have also asked staff and families to notify us if they have any upcoming travel to an area where the virus is widespread and have told them that they must not enter the school for at least two weeks upon their return.
  • We have also asked staff, families, and any other person to notify us prior to entering our school if they have had any recent travel to any state outside of the state in which they reside. Depending on where they have traveled and the current CDC travel health notices, we may tell them that they and their children must not enter the school for at least two weeks upon their return.
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Suspected or Confirmed Cases

Should your center have a confirmed case of COVID-19, we will follow the leading public health officials recommendations for exclusion periods. In the event that a school may be required to close, below are the key points you need to know:

  • You will be notified as quickly as possible, either by phone, e-mail, or through our parent communication app if our center is required to temporarily close. Please be sure that we have your current and preferred method of contact on file. Also, please be sure that we can reach you through your preferred method of contact at any time of the day.
  • We will follow all guidelines as outlined by the CDC, local government, and health officials.
  • If our center would be required to temporarily close, you would not be charged tuition during that period of time.
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Family Communications

Please know that as we make decisions, your child, your family, and our staff are top of mind, and we promise to stay in close communication with you on all new developments and updates.

We cherish the relationship we have with your family, and we promise constant vigilance against this virus. These are unprecedented times yet, we are confident that together, we will weather this storm, protect the children, support our teachers, and emerge strong and healthy on the other side for better days ahead.

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