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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 of our children, their families, and staff.

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Coronavirus Health and Safety Measures

As always, the health and safety of the children entrusted to our care, their families, and our staff are our top priority.

We have partnered with leading health care experts and follow CDC guidelines to ensure the safety and well-being of children, their families, and our staff.

Using information from these leading experts, we have created the following health and safety guidelines.

Coronavirus Health and Safety Measures

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Drop-Off and Pickup

As you arrive, we will greet your family, take your temperature, and your child's temperature. Then we will escort your child to his or her classroom. At the end of the day, we will also bring your child to you.

We ask that you wear a face covering when dropping off and picking up your child. We recognize that this may add a few minutes to your drop off and pickup, and we ask for your cooperation in social distancing and patience as we all adapt to these important precautionary measures.

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Additional Health and Safety Training

All teachers receive specialized training on coronavirus health and safety practices.

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Installation of Ionization Systems

We have installed an ionization system to help purify the air, kill viruses and bacteria, control allergens, and help prevent the spread of germs. Learn More

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On-Site Health Screening and Temperature Checks

Upon arrival, we are checking the temperatures of children and their families. Throughout the day, we conduct regular health checks of children and our staff. We will not be able to provide care for a child if either you, your child, or someone who resides in your household has a temperature of 100.4°F or higher or other symptoms outlined by the CDC.

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Increased Handwashing

To protect your child, other children, and our teaching staff from illness, all visitors to our schools are required to use hand sanitizer and/or wash their hands upon arrival. Our teachers are role modeling and reviewing handwashing procedures and curriculum with children.

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Limited Access to Our Classrooms

Only children and staff are allowed in our classrooms. We have suspended our enrichment program specialists, photographers, and other visitors to our classrooms.

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Reduced Class Size and Social Distancing

We have reduced class size and implement social distancing as much as possible.

Children will sleep six feet apart whenever possible and be positioned alternating head to toe or toe to toe.

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Playground Restrictions

Outdoor play structures are utilized by one class at a time and sanitized twice a day during nap time and at the end of the day.

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Food Preparation and Meal Service

We have adjusted family-style dining to limit the spread of germs. Our meals are plated and served to children. Children still eat together.

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Increased Sanitizing

We have enhanced our efforts to sanitize our classrooms, toys, playground equipment, and all other high-touch areas. We have removed stuffed animals, dramatic play clothing, and other difficult-to-sanitize items from our classrooms.

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Protective Equipment

All teachers, staff, and children over five years of age are required to wear masks indoors and while on the playground. Families are required to wear a mask during drop-off and pickup, or anytime they are in our schools.

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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 implement exclusion guidelines outlined by the CDC.

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Stringent Compliance with CDC Travel Guidelines

All staff, families, and any other person visiting our school must 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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Stay Home If Ill

In accordance with the CDC guidance, we require ill children to remain home for at least 10 days or for 72 hours with no fever (without the aid of fever-reducing medication) and improvement of respiratory symptoms whichever is longer.

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Field Trips and Special Guests

We have canceled field trips and special guests until further notice.

Frequently Asked Questions

We updated our FAQs on August 12, 2020. 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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Additional Resources

“During the time of COVID-19, I just want to say thank you to all my children’s teachers and the directors at New Horizon Academy. I have three kids who have attended for over 2 1/2 years. The teachers and leadership has been great. I am a front line worker, single mom, and need child care. New Horizon Academy has come through and ensured my children and I could succeed during these difficult times. I wholeheartedly recommend New Horizon Academy and will continue to send my children knowing they are in good hands. Thank you!”

— Parent at New Horizon Academy

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.

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