Important Message From Our CEO Regarding COVID-19
You are likely following the news related to the Novel Coronavirus/COVID-19. At Horizon, the wellbeing of our families and staff are our top priority. We are taking all necessary precautions to ensure the safety of our students, families, and staff. We are following closely the recommendations of the California Center for Disease Control (CDC), the California State/County Public Health (CCPH), and Western Placer Unified School District (our chartering district).
At this time, there are no confirmed cases of Coronavirus/COVID-19 within the Horizon community.
Below is a letter sent today to all Horizon Charter Schools families and staff. We will post new updates as they are available. Thank you for your patience and understanding as we work together to help stop the spread of this disease.
Monday, March 9, 2020
Dear Horizon Charter Schools Community,
With the cold and flu season upon us and concerns about the Coronavirus/COVID -19, we want to give you the most recent information from the California Center for Disease Control (CDC), the California State/County Public Health (CCPH), and Horizon Charter Schools about Coronavirus/COVID-19.
Please be advised that our school community is taking all necessary precautions for the well-being and safety of our students, families and staff. Since this concern of disease control is a new matter for our local schools, patience is needed while we address all Horizon community concerns. At this time, there are no confirmed cases of Coronavirus/COVID-19 within the Horizon community.
Northern California counties and educational institutions are partnering with the California Departments of Public Health (CDPH), state and local, to determine the most comprehensive intervention for community mitigation for the stoppage of potential contact or spread of the Coronavirus/COVID-19.
Yesterday I participated with a conference call of education and health care leaders to determine the necessary course of action for our school communities. While each school district and charter will choose from a variety of decisions for the best interest of their local education agencies, Horizon Charter Schools will begin the distancing from possible contact with symptoms for the month of March. During the last week of March, we will seek further consultation from public health officials to determine next steps.
Effective Wednesday, March 11, 2020 – For the Horizon Community:
- Students will continue their schooling through Virtual Learning Instruction and Independent Study. Regional Administrators will be in communication with teachers regarding the steps in working with the students and families. Meetings with the guidance counselors may take place through online resources.
- Students participating at the Roseville Learning Center will not be attending classes at the center. The students will be placed on Independent Study. Administrative direction will be given to teachers regarding steps for working with the students and families.
- Lincoln Montessori Community Cooperative students will not attend the school location. The students will be placed on Independent Study. Administrative direction will be given to teachers regarding steps for working with the students and families.
- Direct service school/center locations will not be available to Special Education students. Administrators will provide direction to teachers for virtual services or consult supports where appropriate, as related to the student IEPs (Individualized Education Plans).
- Lincoln main office — Preparation for staffing and work duty is currently under consideration. There will be another written communication and a voluntary meeting for updated information on Tuesday, March 10 from 3:00pm – 4:00pm in the Horizon main office HCS Board room.
- Lincoln Curriculum Resource Center, Information Technology, and the Warehouse — Preparation for staffing and work duty is currently under consideration. There will be another written communication and a voluntary meeting for updated information on Tuesday, March 10 from 3:00pm – 4:00pm in the Horizon main office HCS Board room.
- Vendor services — These services will not be available for student fund access for the time period of March 11 through and including March 31. Further communication will be forthcoming regarding when vendor services may resume.
- Friday Vendor Classes at Roseville Learning Center — There will be no Friday classes for the time period of March 11 through and including March 31.
- Study Trips — Study trips/student activities will be cancelled for the time period of March 11 through and including March 31.
- Meet-ups and other “IN PERSON” Parent Support & Family Engagement events will be cancelled for the time period of March 11 through and including March 31. However, Live Virtual Field Trips will remain in place.
- ELPAC testing is cancelled for the month of March — More information will follow.
- Attendance — We are in preparation for the steps to be taken for the P2 attendance. More information will follow.
Please, note the following tips to help you stay healthy this season and help prevent flu and other respiratory illnesses.
Facts about Coronavirus /COVID-19
What is the Novel Coronavirus (COVID- 2019)? The 2019 Novel Coronavirus is a new virus that causes respiratory illness in people and can spread from person to person. This virus was first identified during an investigation into an outbreak in Wuhan, China.
- Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses. Typically, human Coronaviruses cause mild-to-moderate respiratory illness. In some cases, COVID-19 can cause more severe respiratory illness, such as pneumonia.
- Most people sickened with COVID-19 have been adults.
- This is an evolving situation. The local departments of public health are advising that we work toward community mitigation through the distancing of contact with people having respiratory symptoms. This is the time to prepare for the potential disruptions that could come with increased spread of COVID-19.
What are the symptoms? Mild to severe respiratory illness with symptoms of: fever, cough, and shortness of breath. Many patients have pneumonia in both lungs.
Is there a vaccine? There is no vaccine available at this time.
How do I protect myself? There are simple everyday preventative actions to help prevent the contact and spread of respiratory viruses. These include the following safety precautions:
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick. Keep at least 3 feet between yourself and anyone who is coughing or sneezing.
- Stay home when you are sick.
- Cover you cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash. Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth.
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
- Seek medical care early. Individuals with chronic health issues and/or individuals experiencing severe symptoms should be evaluated by a medical professional.
- The California Department of Public Health does not recommend the use of face masks for general prevention and states handwashing provides better protection from infectious diseases.
It is important to remember that handling the spread of infectious diseases like Coronavirus/COVID-19 is primarily a task for public health agencies. Any directives from the World Health Organization, Center For Disease Control (CDC), or California/Local County Public Health should be followed, including travel restrictions.
Some of the websites you may visit for more information:
The safety and wellness of our students and staff are of top priority. We thank you for your cooperation and support in helping us to maintain a healthy and safe learning environment.
Dr. Cynthia D. V. Wood, Ed.D
Superintendent/Chief Executive Officer
Horizon Charter Schools
2800 Nicolaus Road, Suite 100