Safety

COVID-19 (formerly known as Coronavirus) - UPDATED 4/1/2020

Arizona State Governor Doug Ducey and State Superintendent Kathy Hoffman have announced that all Arizona schools will now be closed through the end of the 2019-2020 school year. 

  • Horizon Honors Schools will continue to provide distance learning through our last scheduled day of school, May 22. 
  • The school year will NOT be extended and the last day of school is still Friday, May 22.
  • Club Horizon will continue to be open so our first responders and healthcare workers have childcare options.

Schools Calendars:
As a result of the recently-announced school closures extension, the following school-sponsored activities are CANCELED for the 2019-2020 school year:

Club & Student Council Meetings & Activities
Field Trips
Spring Sports
All State Band & Choir Festivals
State Standardized Testing
Spring Theatre Arts Show - Freaky Friday
Prom
High School Spring Extravaganza
Middle School Party
High School Study Night
Concerts
Summatives
The Arts Show
National Geographic Bee
Water Day
8th Grade Celebration to Main Event
8th Grade Promotion
Disney Grad Trip
SAT & ACT until Fall

For the Secondary School, the following activities are POSTPONED at this time:
NJHS - National Junior Honor Society Membership Announcements & Induction Ceremony
NHS - National Honor Society Membership Announcements & Induction Ceremony
HS Student Council Elections
Jostens Distribution to seniors
Senior Spirit Week
Senior Brunch
Commencement for Class of 2020

For the Secondary School, the following activities have ALTERNATIVE PLANS that are being developed at this time and will be shared as soon as they are finalized:
AP Testing (College Board announcing new plan by Friday)
Finals
Community Service Hours Accumulation & Collection

We know that these changes create further disappointment for our students. We wish the circumstances were different, as we also miss sharing in these important events and milestones. However, we must follow the Governor's mandate and do what is best for all our community members. Your child’s safety and health are our top priorities, and we will continue to work hard to minimize the impact to their education.

Regarding Club Horizon:
We understand that some Horizon Honors families with students in grades PreK-6 are struggling to find a daycare solution while our schools are closed. We also want to honor the Governor's request that schools attempt to offer childcare for those in need, in particular our healthcare workers and first responders. For that reason, Club Horizon is open for students that have been enrolled in Club Horizon this school year. 

  • Club Horizon will be open weekdays from March 23 - May 22 from 6:15 a.m. to 6 p.m. 
  • Cost is the normal rate of $31 per day.
  • No field trips will be offered.
  • Note that county, state, or federal guideline changes may determine if Club Horizon will need to close again.

If you want to sign up for Club Horizon:
Please complete the form at  https://horizonhonors.org/clubhorizon/vouchers. You can also drop-in at Club Horizon at the normal rate.

Safety Protocols for Club Horizon:

  • All staff and students will practice mandatory social distancing including allowing as much physical space as possible between persons.  
  • Only staff-members and participating Club Horizon students will be allowed beyond the check-in area.
  • Frequently-touched surfaces will be cleaned at minimum twice during Club Horizon hours. This includes door handles, desk surfaces, counters, tables, desks, chairs, and all bathroom surfaces. 
  • Frequently-used items including the check-in desk, craft/activity supplies, computers, and headphones will be wiped down between each use.
  • All students will be required to wash their hands before eating snacks or lunch.
  • Any student showing symptoms of illness will immediately be isolated and must be picked up by a parent/guardian or emergency contact within 60 minutes of notification.
  • Staff will only be permitted to report to work if they are symptom-free and without known exposure. 

We hope the opening of Club Horizon will minimize the burden for some of our families, especially our first responders and healthcare providers.  

 


OTHER HELPFUL LINKS:
Arizona Department of Health Services Website
Maricopa County Public Health Website
Letter to Horizon Honors Families Sent on 3/28/2020
Letter to Horizon Honors Families Sent on 3/20/2020
Letter to Horizon Honors Families Sent on 3/16/2020
Letter to Club Horizon Families Sent on 3/16/2020
Letter to Horizon Honors Families Sent on 3/15/2020
Letter to Horizon Honors Families Sent on 3/13/2020
Letter to Horizon Honors Families Sent on 3/11/2020
Letter to Horizon Honors Families Sent on 3/4/2020
Letter to Horizon Honors Families Sent on 1/30/2020





The safety of our community is a top priority at Horizon Honors Schools.

Some of our many security protocols include:

  • All exterior doors and gates, with the exception of the schools' offices, are locked before and during school hours.
  • All visitors to campus are required to show ID and sign in at a school office.
  • Students in grades 7-12 are required to wear a lanyard and ID when on campus.
  • Safety drills are conducted monthly.
  • Staff members are trained regularly on emergency operations planning.
  • Emergency parent/guardian communication channels include phone calls, emails, and text messages.



    Reporting a Concern

  • Effective September 23, 2019, Quick Tips has been disabled.  Community members may now submit a concern via the Horizon Honors Anonymous Tipline at 480-659-3010. 

    This tipline will be monitored between the hours of 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. on school days. Any reports submitted outside of these hours will be responded to during the following school day. Do not use this tipline for issues requiring immediate assistance. If it is an emergency, please call local law enforcement or 911. Also, understand that false reporting will be taken seriously, reported to law enforcement, and will be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.



    Safety Protocols