Coronavirus (COVID-19) School Update
Tuesday, April 21, 2020
Yesterday, Governor DeWine announced that schools will be closed for the remainder of the 2019-20 school year. While this announcement wasn’t a surprise to anyone, it was obviously disheartening.
Governor DeWine’s statement included, “It was a tough but necessary decision to ensure the safety of school children, teachers and others amid the pandemic, even as Ohio plans the gradual reopening of its economy on May 1. Schools were first shut down effective March 17, with the closures then extended through May 1 to accompany a stay-at-home order. Physical classrooms now will remain shuttered to nearly 1.7 million school children across Ohio. The White House reopening guidelines call for keeping schools closed in the first phase of re-openings. No call has been made on reopening schools in the fall.”
For now, we continue on just as we have for the past month. We are very pleased with the progress the students have made with the MobyMax and life skills curriculum we’ve been using. Keep up the great work!
The admin team here at NHA is working on additional plans for what this decision now means for all of us moving forward. We know you have many questions on topics such as: grade cards, awards day, graduation, collecting personal belongings and summer camp. We will continue to update you on these topics as final decisions are made. As always, if you have any questions, comments or concerns, please don’t hesitate to let us know.
The thoughts from an image that the admin team posted on social media this past week seem very apropos following this latest announcement: We can persevere. We will overcome. We are NHA!
We love you all and look forward to the day that we can be together again.
Monday, April 6, 2020
Thank you for working with us to help your child continue to learn and grow during this very difficult time of social distancing. This is obviously not what any of us envisioned or had planned for this school year; but together, we will do the very best that we can for your child’s education and development.
To continue to do that, the Ohio Department of Education created a new “Alternate Service Delivery” consent form last week for the Autism and JPSN scholarships that they are asking all parents to sign so we can continue to find creative and imaginative ways to reach your child online, over the phone, through resources, family activities, and therapies. To keep your child safe and healthy and to minimize trips out during the Stay at Home Order, we are trying very hard to avoid using paper packets while continuing to send you resources and activities that you can do together.
Katie Helberg will be emailing out the consent forms to each of you individually over the next day or so. Please keep an eye out for it, sign it, and email it back as soon as you can. We would like to have all the forms back by Friday to turn back in and upload to ODE. Thank you for helping us to continue to serve your child. We really look forward to the day that we can do that in person again! We really miss seeing our students!
Thursday, April 2, 2020
While it wasn’t what we wanted to hear, we are obviously not surprised by today’s news out of Governor DeWine’s office, extending Ohio’s Stay-at-Home order until May 1. Thankfully, the plan we had in place for remote learning supports this extended timeframe and can continue to provide positive educational and intervention services to all the kiddos. We know how difficult this is on all of you. However, we are so blessed by how hard your kids are working… and how hard you all have been working with them. We assure you that this plan is working and we will do everything we can to continue finding new and exciting ways to encourage and motivate the kids. We long for the day when we can all be together again. Be safe!
Monday, March 23, 2020
We just concluded a videoconference call with our staff regarding our educational plans moving forward into this two week stay-at-home order from Governor DeWine. Staff will start reaching out to you tomorrow with plans for your child’s education, instruction and therapies. Please be prepared for their calls. If you have any questions after speaking to your teachers, please email Mr. Marty and he will get back with you.
Friday, March 20, 2020
NHA Parents & Staff,
We wanted to update you on what is happening at the school as we move into the second week of Ohio’s extended break.
This coming Monday morning, March 23, we hosting a conference call with the staff from both campuses to finalize details for how we plan to deliver educational and intervention services to our students for the remaining two weeks of our state imposed break and beyond.
We are committed to delivering as many services as we possibly can while remaining compliant with the government’s mandate for social distancing for the safety of your children and our staff in order to flatten the curve in the spread of COVID-19. We have purchased a curriculum that will allow us to provide most of our students with the ability to receive home-based instruction, provide parents with valuable resources and provide the school with measurable tracking and reporting that will satisfy ODE’s educational requirements. For our other students, we will have modifiable, downloadable activities available. All online services will be accessible via all devices, including mobile phones, tablets and desktops. Starting next week, our teachers will begin reaching out to you to get you setup for online access and check-in on your child’s progress.
Is that it? In the words of Pete the Cat… “Goodness no!” We realize that we serve a population of kiddos that need far more than a simple home-based instruction plan can possibly solve. As soon as we are able, we plan to begin in-person small group instruction and intervention at both campuses, including the vital therapies that your children need, such as ABA, conductive education, speech and occupational therapy. This will be scheduled in a manner that will allow us to remain compliant with the government’s caps on how many people can congregate together. We would love to give you specific timelines, but as you know things are changing on a daily basis which makes that impossible to predict.
I’m sure that you, just like us, have more questions than we have answers for. Things are obviously changing on a daily basis as our state and national leaders work to ensure our safety and slow the spread of this virus. We will continue to provide you with updates as new information is made available to us that impacts how and when we are able to provide additional services to our students.
In the meantime, stay home, stay safe and enjoy these precious moments with your families. We can’t wait to see you all again… hopefully very soon!