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.
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.
Our staff have begun getting the COVID-19 vaccine as it becomes available to educators. Availability is based on local state regulations, and we are complying with those guidelines to vaccinate our teachers.
As you arrive, we will greet your family, take your temperature, and your child's temperature.
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.
All teachers receive specialized training on coronavirus health and safety practices.
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
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.
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.
Only children and staff are allowed in our classrooms.
We have adjusted family-style dining to limit the spread of germs. Our meals are plated and served to children. Children still eat together.
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.
All teachers, staff, and children over five years of age are required to wear masks indoors. Families are required to wear a mask during drop-off and pickup, or anytime they are in our schools. Children under five years of age are not currently required to wear masks, however, if a parent requests that their child wear a mask we would be happy to accommodate this request.
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.
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.
In accordance with the CDC guidance, we require ill children to remain home for at least 10 days or for 24 hours with no fever (without the aid of fever-reducing medication) and improvement of respiratory symptoms whichever is longer.
There will be no school-wide events or trips, but classes may participate in either trips or events if there is no close contact with children from other classrooms or the public. Additionally, all programs and services inside any of our schools must be fully vaccinated with one of the available COVID vaccines. In some schools, trips and events could be cancelled or postponed until further notice.
We ask staff, families, and any other person to notify us prior to entering our school if they have had any recent travel to any state or country 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 from travel.
Should your child’s classroom have a confirmed case of COVID-19, we will follow the leading public health officials recommendations for exclusion periods. In the event that your child’s classroom may be required to close, below are the key points you need to know:
Travel throughout the holiday season is a tradition for many families and individuals. However, it is important to note that travel increases the chance of getting and spreading the virus that causes COVID-19. Staying home is the best way to protect yourself and others.
If you do decide to travel, please follow these safety measures suggested by the CDC:
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“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!”
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.