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NHC 2020 – 2021

Welcome to the 2020 – 2021 school-year at NHC, 

Thank you for the privilege of working alongside you by teaching your student(s) this year. We want to assure you that we will be doing our best to ensure the safety of our students, teachers, and their families, while striving to provide your students with quality classes. 

We want to make you aware that we will be following the mandates issued by Governor Holcomb regarding best practices for COVID – 19. This means that we will be asking everyone over the age of 8 years old, who enters the building at NHC to please wear an appropriate face covering, when unable to maintain social distancing of at least six feet. We understand that some may be unable to wear a mask due to health issues. HIPPA privacy laws prohibit us from asking for proof of health conditions, therefore, if you are not wearing a mask we will assume that it is due to a health related condition. With that in mind, please know that we all participate in classes at NHC at our own risk and neither NHC or Epiphany Lutheran Church can be held responsible if someone contracts COVID – 19 or any other illness. We have updated our illness policy and Liability Waiver. Please take the time to review these carefully as we will require all students to bring a completed and signed waiver on the first day of classes. For everyone’s protection, students will not be admitted to class without a completed waiver. 

It is our hope and prayer that we will be able to hold in-person classes throughout the entire school year. However, in the event that this is not possible, please know that our teachers have been preparing to move to an online platform if necessary. 

Again, we look forward to working alongside you and your student(s) this year. Thank you for trusting us to help teach your students, especially in these uncertain times. If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to reach out to one of our Board Members (Olivia Augenstein, Becky Wilkins, Minde Pranger, Tracy Ramsour, or Tara McClure.)

 Respectfully, 

The NHC Board   

Our Response to COVID...

NHC has a new Covid-19 Policy in place. Please see more information below.

NHC COVID – 19 Policies / Procedures

In response to the COVID – 19 global pandemic, we have created a set of policies and procedures, as we strive to continue our mission to be a loving, Bible-based, conservative-Christian, homeschool cooperative. We will continue to seek to equip and challenge our students to love learning, think critically, and achieve academic excellence, while maintaining the safety and best interest of our students, teachers, and families.  

We will be operating in cooperation with Federal and State mandates with regards to public gatherings and social distancing. We will seek to follow the guidelines from the CDC with regards to good hygiene and sanitizing protocols. We will be following the Phases proposed by the State and Federal government. 

Our current illness policy as outlined below is still in place and should be adhered to regardless of which Phase we are in. We would also ask that if at any time, your student may have exposed other students or teachers to illness, that you notify a teacher or Board member immediately. Teachers will offer that same courtesy to their students’ families. If at any time we become aware of possible exposure to illness, we will notify anyone who may have been exposed. Of course the identity of the ill student/teacher will remain confidential and we will seek to protect your privacy while seeking to prevent further spreading of illnesses. 

NHC Illness Policy: (from the NHC Handbook)

If your student (or anyone in your household) is sick, please stay home. Students must be fever/diarrhea/vomit free for at least 24 hours. Students should remember to cough and sneeze into a tissue or their elbow, avoid touching their faces, and reduce physical contact with others who may be sick. They should practice good hand washing practices, washing with soap and water frequently or using an alcohol-based sanitizer.  It is their responsibility to contact teachers and make up any assignments missed in a timely fashion.

While we are in Phase One:

  • In person NHC classes will be suspended and replaced with classes via Zoom or another on-line platform. 
  • Drop-off / pick-up of assignments and materials will be arranged as necessary.

While in Phases Two & Three: 

  • In person classes may resume with limited class sizes (10 – 12 depending on the class), to allow for social distancing. 
  • Surfaces will be disinfected prior to classes beginning each day and frequently touched surfaces will be cleaned between classes.
  • Good hygiene by students and teachers will be expected: limit touching of the face, coughing and sneezing into a tissue or elbow, good hand-washing practices, use of hand sanitizer, etc. These practices will be posted in various locations at NHC as a reminder.
  • Restrooms and door knobs will be regularly sanitized throughout the day.
  • Hand sanitizer will be available upon entrance to NHC and in classrooms.
  • The wearing of protective masks will be optional.
  • The Common Area will be CLOSED, with the exception of students who are navigating between classes. These students (ages 10 and over) will be expected to practice social distancing by remaining in designated areas. Students under the age of ten should remain with their parents/guardians in their vehicles until classes begin. Immediately after class these students will need to be picked up by their parents/guardians and escorted to the parking lot.

While in Phase Four: 

  • In person classes will be held with limited class sizes (10 – 12 depending on the class), to allow for social distancing. 
  • Surfaces will be disinfected prior to classes beginning each day and frequently touched surfaces will be cleaned between classes.
  • Good hygiene by students and teachers will be expected: limit touching of the face, coughing and sneezing into a tissue or elbow, good hand-washing practices, use of hand sanitizer, etc. These practices will be posted in various locations at NHC as a reminder.
  • Restrooms and door knobs will be regularly sanitized throughout the day.
  • Hand sanitizer will be available upon entrance to NHC and in classrooms.
  • Masks will be required for anyone over the age of 8, with the exception of those who have a health condition that prohibits them from wearing a mask.
  • The Common Area will be made available at your own discretion.

Phases will be determined by State and Federal guidelines. Our hope and prayer is that we will be able to move smoothly into Phase Two and then Phase Three and remain there for the entire school year. In the event that this is not possible, we want you all to know that our main concern is for the safety and well-being of all of the families that NHC serves. We want to assure you that we have plans in place that will allow us to continue to serve you and your students despite the unusual circumstances we all face. We appreciate your patience and understanding as we all navigate this uncharted territory together. We will always do our best to communicate well and in a timely fashion. Thank you for allowing us to be part of your school journey and for being part of the NHC family.