In an effort to keep an open line of communication with families, this webpage will host all email blasts and information about the virus that has been sent out.
March 23, 2020
Good Afternoon North Hills Families,
As I’m sure most of you have heard, this afternoon Governor Roy Cooper announced he has signed an executive order that extends the closing of all North Carolina public schools until May 15th. In fact, his executive order extended mandatory closures to include several other categories of businesses. Just as before, we have made the decision to adhere to the same guidelines as the public school system. Our public officials, out of an abundance of caution and concern for public safety, continue to discourage large public gatherings in order to stop the spread of COVID-19 as quickly as possible.
These first two weeks have taught us a great deal regarding how to handle remote learning with our students and how to adjust our processes to make this transition as painless as possible for our families. I appreciate the patience and grace we all are giving one another during this time of transition. I am proud of our staff and students for the way they have embraced a positive attitude of working together creatively to navigate remote learning.
We have been actively working on plans to ease the instructional aspect of learning from home. Our staff’s goal is to continue to “equip hearts and minds of students to impact the world for Christ.” To that end, we will begin utilizing Zoom technology to ensure our students are receiving teacher instruction remotely. We will also utilize this technology to allow our students to connect remotely to enable community to continue. In addition, we will be utilizing Google Classroom for our upper school student assessment tool.
As for the time being, our administrative offices have remained opened to serve our teachers and our families. Our A.I.M. department has also continued to accommodate students with one-on-one instructional needs and will do so following CDC recommendations. Teachers are working their regular hours during this time and are available to accommodate questions and concerns with students and parents. Please be sure to reach out if you are struggling in any way. You will hear soon from your principals with further instructions for the next phase of remote learning.
We are praying with our entire NHCS family for the needs that may come in the weeks ahead. We are here to support and love one another along the way.
Blessings and Love to you all!
March 14, 2020
Good Afternoon North Hills Families,
We have just received word that Governor Roy Cooper has ordered all public schools to close beginning Monday, March 16th for a minimum of two weeks. I have been in contact with the administrators of the other private schools in the county and we have all agreed to follow the same protocol as the public schools to ensure the safety of our students and faculty. Our public officials, out of an abundance of caution and concern for public safety, continue to discourage large public gatherings in order to stop the spread of COVID-19 as quickly as possible.
We had begun preparations for this event as stated in my email on Wednesday. All students were instructed to take home all books/workbooks this past Friday. As a reminder, all communication regarding assignments will be via FACTS (formerly RenWeb) through lesson plans and emails from instructors. Students will complete all assignments as listed and turn in completed documents once we have returned to school.
Students were already scheduled to be out of class on Monday, March 16th, due to a planned teacher workday. We will still have the teacher workday where much of the time will be used to finalize plans for our closure. If your student by chance was not able to bring home all necessary materials for continued learning from home, you may come to the school on Monday, March 16th, and gather those materials. Please contact Sonya Parrish at firstname.lastname@example.org no later than 2:00p.m.this Monday to arrange pick up of needed materials. Monday will be the only day we will be able to accommodate this request.
I’m sure all of you understand that this is a very unique event that is changing rapidly. Each school year we typically build in 5 days to our calendar for unplanned closings, we fortunately have not used any of these as of today. We also do not know yet how this will affect the remainder of our calendar. We hope that continuing learning from home will avoid future calendar impacts.
I’m so thankful for the NHCS family and how we all encourage, love and support one another. Please be sure to check your email frequently during this closure. You will hear updates from faculty and administration throughout this time. You can count on us to respond to your questions and concerns in a timely manner.
Blessings to you all!