COVID-19 Response

All Horizon Honors Schools are utilizing CDC guidelines, as well as recommendations and requirements from both the Arizona Department of Education and the Maricopa County Department of Public Health, for COVID-19 campus protocols and mitigation plans. Even during the pandemic, the Pre-K at Horizon Honors classroom is welcoming, exciting, and safe.

PRE-K AT HORIZON HONORS COVID-19 HEATH PROTOCOLS INCLUDE:

health check form

Home Health Screenings:
Limiting COVID-19 exposure begins at home. Staff and students are required to complete a Daily Home Health Screening and must remain at home if they exhibit any of the symptoms listed below.  Anyone coming to school with these symptoms will be immediately sent home.

  • fever of 100.0 degrees or higher, or chills
  • shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • muscle aches
  • sore throat
  • headache
  • congestion or runny nose
  • cough
  • vomiting
  • diarrhea
  • new loss of taste or smell

 

Additional symptoms to check for include:

  • Symptoms consistent with a contagious rash or communicable disease, such as chickenpox, measles, fifth disease, ringworm, pertussis (whooping cough), conjunctivitis (pink eye), etc. These conditions require a medical release to return to school.
  • Prolonged pain, discomfort, or other condition that inhibits the ability to concentrate and learn.
  • Altered level of consciousness or syncope. 
  • Head lice. Please notify Health Services if lice has been identified.  Children with lice and/or nits must remain at home until treated and cleared to return to school by Health Services. Students may not attend school until all nits and lice have been removed.

Campus Signage:
Signs are posted throughout campus reminding community members of safety protocols and handwashing procedures. Stickers and small signs will be used on floors and furniture to maximize social distancing.

Campus Visitors:

  • School front doors will be locked.
  • No visitors will be allowed on campus without an appointment. Vendor deliveries will be subject to all in-person protocols.
    If you have an appointment:
  • Upon your arrival, please contact us via telephone and we will come to the door and let you into the building. You will be required to wear a face covering.
  • Do not bring anyone else with you to your appointment. It is too warm for them to wait outside and there is nowhere inside they will be allowed to wait.
  • If you are not feeling well or have a temperature, or if you believe you have been exposed to any individual with COVID-19, please stay home, contact us via telephone or email and reschedule your appointment.
  • If you do not have an appointment, you will not be allowed to enter the building.
  • School events will publish protocols for attendance by each event.

COVID-19 Reporting Procedures:

Should a Horizon Honors student or staff member test positive for COVID-19, they must contact the Health Office immediately.

Elementary School Health Office
(480) 659-3112
Fax: (480) 659-3082
[email protected]

In accordance with state and local laws and regulations, the executive director will notify local health officials, staff, and families immediately of any case of COVID-19 while maintaining confidentiality in accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) to facilitate tracking and communication.

COVID-19 Exposure Procedure:

  • Using Maricopa County guidance and regulations, students and staff in close contact with the COVID-19 positive individual will be contacted as soon as possible and may be required to stay home and quarantine to self-monitor for symptoms.
  • Ill and/or quarantined students may attend class via remote classroom learning until cleared to return to campus. Medical documentation may be required.
  • In accordance with state and local laws and regulations, the executive director will notify local health officials, staff, and families immediately of any case of COVID-19 while maintaining confidentiality in accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) to facilitate tracking and communication.
  • If you believe your child has been exposed to another person with COVID-19 OFF CAMPUS, please contact the Health Office for guidance on if and when it is safe to return to campus. 

Drop Off & Pick Up:
Please use the Traffic Flow Maps for pick up and drop off.

  • Face coverings are required prior to exiting vehicles and/or arriving on campus.
  • No visitors will be allowed inside campus.
  • No group gatherings anywhere on campus (including sidewalks or parking lots) will be permitted.

For drop off, adults will need to park and walk their child to Club Horizon. Please park in the Mountain Park Church Parking Lot for drop-offs and NOT in the Horizon Honors Parking Lot. We hope to offer drop off via vehicle for PreK students in the near future and will let you know if and when it becomes available.

 

For PreK pick up, you will drive through the Horizon Honors Parking Lot and pick up your Pre-K student near the Elementary School Front Office. Please use the Traffic Flow Maps for information on how to enter the Horizon Honors Parking Lot. You will pick up your child where it says “Kinder Pickup” on the map.

mask

Face Coverings:
Face coverings are required for all students (age 2+) and staff when inside school buildings, anywhere on school grounds, inside school vehicles, and at school-related activities, whether indoor or outdoor. 

Students may not be required to wear face coverings when students can socially distance or are outside in playground settings with distancing. Students may be allowed breaks to remove their face-covering in a safe environment. However, please note that social distancing is not guaranteed.

Face coverings are to fully cover a person’s nose and mouth, ideally fitting snugly but comfortably against the sides of the face and under the chin. They are to remain affixed in place without the use of one’s hands. Face coverings may not have holes except for band-style masks when actively playing an instrument.

At this time, face shields may not be used as a substitute for a face covering, but may be used in addition to a face covering.  

Face coverings will not be supplied by the school. Face coverings should be laundered regularly or disposed of appropriately.

Hand Washing :
Staff will teach and reinforce handwashing with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, and increase monitoring to ensure adherence among students. 

If soap and water are not readily available, hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol can be used (for staff and children who can safely use hand sanitizer). 

Illness:
Students and staff exhibiting any of these symptoms will be sent to the Health Office immediately:

  • fever of 100.0 degrees or higher, or chills
  • shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • muscle aches
  • sore throat
  • headache
  • congestion or runny nose
  • cough
  • vomiting
  • diarrhea
  • new loss of taste or smell
hand washing
lunch box

Lunches:

  • All In-Person Learners must bring a lunch each school day.
  • There will be no lunch deliveries to students via a family member or service. 
  • The Horizon Honors Lunch Program is not operating at this time.

IF A COMMUNITY MEMBER PRESENTS SYMPTOMS CONSISTENT WITH COVID-19 WHILE AT SCHOOL:
Students presenting suspected COVID-19 symptoms will be isolated in the Health Office and must be picked up within 30 minutes by a parent/guardian or emergency contact. Staff members presenting suspected symptoms will immediately be sent home. Areas used by the sick person will be cleaned and disinfected. 

The community member may not return to school until ALL the following have been met:                                                             

1. No fever (without the use of fever-reducing medications) for at least 24 hours 

2. All other symptoms improving

3. At least 10 days have passed since symptoms first appeared. The 10-day requirement MAY be waived with a negative COVID-19 test and if the first two conditions are met. 

Medical documentation may be required to return to campus.

If your child has a chronic condition (for example:  allergies, asthma, chronic rash, IBS, migraines) that presents as COVID-19 symptoms, contact the Health Office to get the condition documented (this will require a health care provider notice.) Be proactive because if your child comes to school they will be sent home without documentation on file.

Medications:
Acetaminophen (Tylenol) will not be provided in the Health Office as to not mask COVID-19 symptoms.

Students that require medications during the school day should be given their doses on a schedule that permits as many doses as possible at home to prevent exposure. Medications given at school must be accompanied by documentation from a health care provider. Procedures that aerosolize, like nebulizers, cannot be done at school (ex: breathing treatments.) Families must make arrangements with the health office to drop off/pick up medications.

Respiratory Etiquette:
Students will be expected to cover coughs and sneezes with a tissue. Used tissues will be thrown in the trash, and hands washed immediately with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not readily available, hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol will be used.

Sanitizing Practices & Procedures:

  • Maintenance staff has received special training in disinfecting techniques and how to use equipment and supplies.
  • All staff received protocols on keeping their spaces clean and expectations for disinfecting frequently touched surfaces.
  • Hourly cleaning and disinfecting of high use areas (door handles, light switches)
  • Bathrooms cleaned 4 times per day.
  • Nightly cleaning and disinfecting of every room on campus, as well as playground equipment and frequently touched outdoor surfaces.
  • Student work areas, technology, and manipulatives are sanitized between each use. 
  • Chemical lists are always available in the offices. 

Social (Physical) Distancing:
Social distancing, with community members 6 feet apart, is not guaranteed. However, modifications to classroom setup and the creation of student behavior protocols will be utilized to maximize distancing. In addition, some classroom activities, like group projects, will be modified.  

Ventilation System:

  • Filters changed at least 8 times per school year.
  • Purchased room ventilation systems for high use areas, including all classrooms where students will be eating lunch inside.
  • Adjusted air flow for fresh air into air conditioning units.
  • Doorstops will be utilized to allow for outside air. 

Student Check-Out:

  • Parents/Guardians or emergency contacts checking students out early will call ahead to schedule the dismissal.  
  • Upon arrival, the responsible party will present a valid ID and the school will release the student for early dismissal.

Student Late Arrivals:

  • Students arriving late will be dropped off and checked into the front office.  
  • Parents/Guardians will need to excuse late arrivals by contacting the Attendance Office at (480) 659-3062 or [email protected].  
  • Parents/Guardians will not be permitted to physically sign students into a front office.