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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 federal and local authorities and the 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.

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 federal and local authorities 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

When you arrive, we ask that you take you and your child’s temperature. If your or your child's temperature is above 100.4°F, please leave the building immediately and call and speak to a member of your school's management team.

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 and patience as we all adapt to these important precautionary measures.

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COVID-19 Vaccinations

All New Horizon Academy staff are required to be vaccinated or take weekly COVID-19 tests.

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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 ask that you take you and your child's temperature. 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 local and federal authorities.

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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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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 families 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 age five are not required to wear masks unless it is required to meet the policies set forth by local health authorities, however, if a parent requests that their child wear a mask, we would be happy to accommodate the request.

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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 federal and local authorities.

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Stringent Compliance with Federal and Local 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 federal and local 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 federal and local guidance, we require ill children to remain home for at least 10 days after symptoms subside or they receive a negative COVID-19 test result after 5 days of quarantine and can then return after 7 days. Children and family members are required to stay home until they are fever free for 24 hours without using fever-reducing medicine.

If your child tests positive for COVID-19, please speak to a member of your school's management team. If your child shows any symptoms or has a fever they need to remain home until they are symptom and fever free for 24 hours without using fever-reducing medicine.

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Enrichment Programs and Special Guests

Enrichment classes have resumed at New Horizon Academy on a limited basis. We require that all Enrichment Program Partners and Special Guests that may interact with our children, families or educators must be fully vaccinated with one of the available COVID-19 vaccines. This may mean that classes are not available at every school. All partners and guests must comply with the federal and local rules in terms of quarantining due to COVID-19 exposures.

Frequently Asked Questions

We updated our FAQs on January 5, 2022. For more information, please visit our Frequently Asked Questions.

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 federal and local authorities’ 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:

  • 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 health officials and the federal and local government.

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 federal and local authorities:

  • Wear a mask in public settings, including on public and mass transportation, at events and gatherings, and anywhere you will be around other people.
  • Avoid close contact by staying at least 6 feet apart (about 2 arm lengths) from anyone who is not from your household.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds or use hand sanitizer (with at least 60 percent alcohol).
  • Avoid contact with anyone who is sick.
  • Avoid touching your face mask, eyes, nose, and mouth.
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Additional Resources

Free At-Home COVID-19 Tests

Every home in the U.S. is eligible to order four free at-⁠home COVID-⁠19 tests.

Information and Resources on the Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Information and Resources on Best Practices

“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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