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LATEST NEWS - EXTENDED CLOSURE

Dear HSES Parents,

We pray that your family is healthy and well. After careful consideration and because your safety is our main concern, we have decided to comply with federal guidelines and continue with social distancing until the end of April to assist in slowing the spread of COVID-19. In response to this effort, remote learning for Primary 3 through 8th Grade will extend until Friday, May 1. Classes on campus will resume Monday, May 4. Early Childhood will be closed until May 1 and return to school Monday, May 4. 

During this extended period of distance learning, we commit to providing students with the same quality of instruction as in a regular classroom setting. Teachers are working harder than ever to create interactive content and age-appropriate materials, aligned with their revised and condensed curriculum. Their main priority is to meet the academic and social needs of each student by developing a nurturing environment for remote learning. Their dedication is remarkable!

Just as teachers work relentlessly to enhance distance learning, we ask for parents to prioritize tuition. April tuition represents the last payment for the 2019-2020 school year. For any families that desire to honor tuition but are currently facing financial hardships, please contact Mrs. Johnson in the Business Office. We rely on your tuition commitment and patronage to sustain financial obligations, including the salaries and benefits of our talented and beloved teachers.

We appreciate your unconditional support as we face this challenge and we treasure your partnership as we take these precautionary measures for the safety of our community. May the Lord bless you, be gracious to you, and give you peace.

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Dear HSES Parents,

In light of the latest federal, county and city requirements in response to COVID-19, and after careful consideration, we have decided to extend campus closure until Friday, April 10. We want to ensure every student, teacher, parent, caregiver, and the entire HSES community feels safe by providing the most accurate and latest information; especially during uncertain times.

Early Childhood (infants and toddlers)

To follow the advice of health experts and local officials, the school will remain closed until Friday, April 10. Classes will resume Monday, April 13 unless otherwise instructed. After spring break, we will provide age-appropriate learning tools and resources to use during this extended period at home.

Primary, Lower and Middle School (Primary 3-8th Grade)

The extended Spring Break will continue until Tuesday, March 24. Distance learning will begin Wednesday, March 25. We will continue with online instruction until Friday, April 10 or until officials determine it is safe to return to school. Our plan is to resume classes on campus Monday, April 13 — previously assigned as a holiday.

Each student has been assigned a school email account with a profile to access Google Classroom. Parents of Primary and Lower School will receive — if not already — a form with the log-in credentials. Middle School students already use these accounts and should have their profiles set-up.

We will also send a video with instructions on how to access and navigate through this user-friendly platform. If a student needs technology support or has limited access to technology, contact Brian Smith or Kelly Broaddus.

Teachers, students and parents will learn how to connect through Google Classroom and other online resources for instruction and social interaction during this extended period of time.

Events

We will cancel or postpone all events included in the calendar before Monday, April 13. We will share an updated calendar once revised.

We are committed to serving our families by placing their health and safety as our top priority. We hope that by joining other public and private schools in extended closure, we will help flatten the curve to overcome COVID-19. As a local, national and global community, we will prevail to defeat this unprecedented disease.

It takes courage and resilience to confront uncertain challenges, but with the strength of our community, we will endure this difficult situation. Please know we are all in this together and if you need extra guidance do not hesitate to contact us. We are truly grateful for your flexibility and patience.

Due to recent school closure announcements in response to the latest COVID-19 news, we have decided to close school effective immediately.

Primary, Lower and Middle School (P3-8th)

The extended Spring Break will continue until Tuesday, March 24. Distance learning for Primary 3 to Eighth Grade will begin Wednesday, March 25. We will continue with online instruction until officials determine it is safe to return to school. Our plan is to resume classes on campus Monday, March 30 unless advised otherwise.

As mentioned in the previous communication, teachers, students and parents will learn how to connect through Google Classroom, an online resource for instruction and social interaction.

Each student has been assigned a school email account with a profile to access Google Classroom. Parents of Primary and Lower School will receive – if not already – a form with the log-in credentials. Middle School students already use these accounts and should have their profiles set-up.

We will also send a video with instructions on how to access and navigate through this user-friendly platform. If a student needs technology support contact Brian Smith or Kelly Broaddus.

To follow city and county recommendations, PSIA is officially canceled. We plan to recognize the hard work of students within our community. Other field trips, excursions and school events have been canceled or postponed. We will share an updated calendar soon.

Early Childhood (infants and toddlers)

The extended closure is scheduled until Friday, March 27. Our plan is to resume classes on campus Monday, March 30 unless advised otherwise.

We appreciate your flexibility and patience as we navigate through this unprecedented event!

After the pandemic announcement from the World Health Organization (WHO), the City of Houston canceling the Rodeo and other public events in March, Montgomery County confirming the first presumptive case of a local transmission, COVID-19 continues to raise anxiety within our community.

We want to reassure families that during these times of uncertainty, we rely on the knowledge of our staff, the wisdom of our parents, the strength of our students, and the faithful guidance of His Spirit to guide us and grant us patience as we navigate these ever-changing waters.

In response to the rapidly evolving situation, we have decided to extend Spring Break for Primary 3 to Eighth Grade. Students will not have school Monday, March 23 and Tuesday, March 24. These two days are now assigned to conduct teacher training and prepare for online classrooms.

Transition to Online Learning

We continue to prepare for the possibility of a closure. On Wednesday, March 25 HSES will transition to distance learning ONLY if local public school districts (SBISD), the Houston Area of Independent Schools (HAIS) or city officials recommend closure to mitigate the spread of COVID-19. During this time, students will receive online instruction until officials determine the disease is contained.

Each student has been assigned a school email account with a profile to access Google Classroom, a user-friendly platform designed to conduct online learning for all age levels. Parents of Primary and Lower School will receive a form in Friday Folders with the student credentials. Middle School students already use these accounts and should have their credentials and profiles set-up. If a student is not able to access their profile, did not receive an assigned credential or needs technology support, contact Brian Smith or Kelly Broaddus (a.k.a. the techie gurus).

As we implement remote instruction, we embrace the inevitability of mistakes and the opportunity to discover the interactive tools of this virtual technology. Together, teachers, students and parents will learn how to connect through this online resource for instruction and social interaction.

Spring Break Travel

Spring Break is almost here and we are excited to welcome this time of leisure. Since international travel continues to pose a threat for transmission, consider a staycation and discovering local attractions. Many of us have reconsidered or modified travel plans based on local and CDC recommendations; however, if you still plan to travel, review the U.S. State Department Travel Advisories and the CDC travel restrictions and notices.

Families that travel to a country later identified (advisories change overnight) as Level 2, Level 3 or Level 4 – even for a connecting flight – agree to the expectation that they will not return to HSES and will follow the CDC guidelines of social distancing and self-quarantine for 14 days.

To protect our community, please notify us if you are traveling, need to self-isolate or experience any symptoms. We will work with families to provide assistance in their absence and overlook attendance.

Field Trips and Events

Since the City of Houston is under an emergency health declaration and Harris County is under a disaster declaration, all public events in March have been canceled or rescheduled.

To follow the same protocol, we have canceled field trips and Ecolink excursions in March. We are still evaluating other student and parent events on the calendar as we wait for city officials to release further details on social gatherings.

Stay Safe

The challenges presented by COVID-19 continue to change rapidly, yet our top priority remains the health, safety, and well-being of our community, while still fulfilling our mission to prepare students for academic success. We appreciate your flexibility and adaptation as we manage this evolving situation!

We continue to closely monitor COVID-19 and constantly communicate with local, regional and health officials. With your partnership, we hope our community can mitigate the spread of this disease so we can resume regular activities. In the meantime, we wish you a safe and healthy spring break!

Questions?

Contact the nurses or school administration for questions and concerns. For more information visit the resources section.

Early Childhood Flexibility Beyond Spring Break

At this time, we have decided to maintain the Spring Break schedule for Early Childhood. Students will not have school Thursday, March 19 and Friday, March 20; classes will resume Monday, March 23.

However, we expect changes during this dynamic situation and we appreciate your flexibility to ensure the safety of our students and staff. If any changes occur, we will make decisions accordingly and notify you immediately.

Latest News on COVID-19

We continue to closely monitor local, regional and international health entities and communicate with city and county officials.

There are a total of 12 COVID-19 cases (presumptive and confirmed) in Harris and Fort Bend County, yet officials continue to assure the disease is contained and does not pose a threat to our community.
 

Potential Exposure at The Parish School

This morning, The Parish School announced that an early childhood family may be indirectly associated with COVID-19. The teenage sibling of a preschool student, although asymptomatic, is currently under a two-week quarantine after coming into contact with someone who began to show credible symptoms related to the disease. 
Yesterday, our Early Childhood speech therapist was on campus and then visited The Carruth Center at The Parish School. Even though she was not in direct contact with the child in question, as an abundance of caution, she will not return to HSES this week or next.

For more information and details, contact the clinic director, Mimi Branham at (713) 935-9088, ext. 138.
 

Prevention is Key!

We are taking every necessary precaution to maintain a healthy environment for our students, staff, families and community.
We have placed antibacterial soap in every washing station and CDC-approved hand sanitizers throughout campus for everyone to access, along with constant reminders on the importance of washing hands.
Early Childhood and Primary School has temporarily closed sensory and manipulative bins that could potentially house unwanted bacteria.
Our qualified cleaning crew uses a variety of harmless disinfectants that effectively kill viruses and infections within 30 seconds. With the assistance of teachers and administration, they are proactively sanitizing all common areas and deep cleaning high-touch surfaces and objects.
The clergy is preparing students to apply common sense when gathering for worship. As suggested by the Bishop, Eucharist will exclude the intinction of communion (dipping wafer in chalice) and parishioners shall refrain from physical contact during the peace salutation. 
The school has implemented a protocol for visitors before entering our premises that includes travel screening, hygiene guidelines and expectations while inside, restricted access to the specific location of their visit, etc.
 

Planning Ahead

Mayor Sylvester Turner supports the decision for Rice University to cancel classes due to it's direct connection to COVID-19. However; he encourages schools and other organizations to resume regular activities.

We will continue with scheduled field trips, athletic events, academic meets and other events while the risk remains low, as stated by the Houston Health Department.
FAQ and Guidelines
The school leadership has developed a robust crisis plan and is prepared to respond with specific measures in the event of an extended closure due to local spread.
 

Spring Break Travel

The U.S. State Department continues to recommend travel only to destinations without a watch, alert or warning. 

Moving forward, if you or a family member living in your home have visited a country identified as Level 2, Level 3 or Level 4 (even for a connecting flight), we ask that you notify us to determine with health officials if quarantine is necessary.
Before traveling for Spring Break, review the CDC Travel Information and Travel Advisory Levels for places to avoid.
 

Tools and Tips

 

Resources

 

Questions?

Because information can become overwhelming and cause anxiety, we commit to providing facts to ensure our community is safe.

Contact Nurse Carrie, Nurse Larissa, Nurse Neely or school administration for additional information or concerns. We appreciate your collaboration to keep our campus healthy!
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COVID-19 Update

Dear HSES Community,
 
We continue to closely monitor local, regional, and international health entities and constantly communicate with city and county officials.
 
Today, Harris County Public Health (HCPH) confirmed two COVID-19 cases, located in the Northwest region, outside of the City of Houston.
 
The male and female are part of a group that traveled to Egypt in late February. The presumptive case in Fort Bend County is also part of this group; however, is awaiting official diagnosis from the CDC. City of Houston, Harris County and Fort Bend County officials are carefully monitoring and closely working with all people linked to the group and assure the disease is contained. At this time, individuals with potential risk are under vigilance and treatment as presumptive COVID-19.
 
Due to the city’s robust prevention and treatment plan, COVID-19 continues to pose a low threat to the HSES community. Nonetheless, we must practice healthy hygiene habits to minimize exposure and prevent any form of infection. Habits such as:
  • Washing hands frequently.
  • Covering coughs and sneezes.
  • Avoid touching eyes, nose and mouth.
  • Staying home if sick.
Mayor Sylvester Turner announced that the City of Houston now offers the ability to test and receive results within 24 hours for faster detection and treatment. As a result, health concerns remain minimal according to the mayor’s office and medical experts.

As an extra precaution, we are:
  • Educating students on proper handwashing techniques, following CDC guidelines.
  • Disinfecting all common areas, constantly.
  • Cleaning surfaces and objects to erase contamination traces.
  • Communicating with nurses and local health officials to follow proper protocols.
  • Training staff with best practices to avoid health risks.
The leadership team meets regularly to monitor and evaluate the situation. We will continue to send updates as news evolves. Because information can become overwhelming and cause anxiety, we commit to providing facts to ensure our community is safe.

We appreciate your collaboration to keep our campus healthy!

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Contact Nurse Carrie, Nurse Larissa, Nurse Neely or school administration for additional information or concerns.
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A Message from the School Nurses

Holy Spirit Episcopal School is closely monitoring information from the following organizations to protect our students, faculty and surrounding community from communicable diseases.

What is Coronavirus?

The World Health Organization (WHO) detected a new virus in Wuhan City, China and named it  Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19).

COVID-19 was declared a "public health emergency of international concern" due to its widespread to more than 30 countries throughout the globe.

Symptoms include fever, cough, shortness of breath and mild to severe respiratory illness.

Can Coronavirus Affect Us?

Currently, there are no confirmed cases in our school community or Harris County as reported by HCPH and Houston Health Department.
According to the CDC, COVID-19 is a person-to-person, highly-contagious virus.

Although the immediate risk to our population is low, we must be aware of the global efforts to contain the spread and reduce transmission.

HSES Prevention Tips

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
    • After using the restroom.
    • Before eating
    • After blowing your nose.
    • Use a hand sanitizer with 60% alcohol if soap and water not available.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Stay home when sick.
  • Cover a cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw it away.
  • Disinfect frequently-touched objects and surfaces with wipe or cleaning spray.

Planning Ahead

If local transmission occurs, we are prepared to respond with specific measures to support our community.
  • A detailed plan of action for extended closure.
  • Academic resources for all age-levels.
  • Clinical guidance to reduce risks of infection.

Safe Travels

The U.S. State Department confirms that traveling is safe for destinations without a travel watch, alert or warning. Check the Travel Advisory Levels to view recommendations and places to avoid. 
Travel Advisories

More Information

Our qualified nurses and leadership team will continue to monitor the situation and update families of any changes.

Contact Nurse Carrie, Nurse Larissa and Nurse Neely for additional information or concerns.
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