Please read about our recent mask policy update effective August 2, 2021 COVID-19 update.

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Horizon’s Response to COVID-19

Last updated on August 3, 2021

We understand there have been unprecedented challenges and have appreciated your patience and cooperation as we have worked through the many changes to the child care industry. We would like to provide information regarding our updated COVID practices due to start on August 3, 2021:

In light of the COVID cases in our communities, we are updating the COVID policy for Horizon Education Centers, effective 8/2/2021. The consistent use of masks has proven to be an effective tool for reducing the spread of COVID. The safety of our children and staff is paramount.

Therefore, all SAC children and staff 5 years and older must wear masks in the sites and centers; this includes in Horizon vehicles. This policy includes staff who have been vaccinated, reversing the June policy.  Please make sure you are supplying your child with a mask to wear at the center.

Families are required to provide masks for their children. Staff should also provide their own masks. Social distancing is highly suggested when possible. (3 feet)

Children who are sick, or show any symptoms related to COVID19, are required to stay home or will be sent home from the center.

Parents and visitors are required to wear masks.

Cleaning and Sanitizing schedules and hand washing procedures will remain in place to comply with Ohio Revised Codes 5101: 2-12-13. We ask that only one adult/caregiver per family enter for pick up and drop off.

Thank you for your continued support of the Horizon Education Centers.

Soap
Use of soap/water or spray cleaner to clean hard surfaces – table tops, toys, doors, knobs, bathroom, counters, shelves and chairs.
Hand washing
Handwashing will take place upon arrival to the center, after breaks and after returning from activities that take place outside of the center.
Social distance
Increased space between learning areas of the classroom as much as possible – accommodate social distancing requirements.

COVID-19 Parent Video

Safety Procedures

Last updated on June 21, 2021
No Outside Items

Children are not permitted to bring anything from home except their learning devices. This includes water bottles and toys.

Removal of Material that Cannot Be Sanitized

We have removed all soft material that cannot be sanitized like stuffed animals, cloth dolls and puppets.

Individual Meals

Horizon no longer allows children to eat meals family-style. Horizon’s food specialist will bring individually-plated meals to the classroom door on a cart. Your child’s teacher will distribute the food to each child.

Social Distancing

Cots for napping will be socially distanced and children will sleep head to toe.

Large group activities like field trips, graduation ceremonies and assemblies have been postponed.

Scheduled Outdoor Play Time

Playground space outdoors will be scheduled by each classroom to maintain social distance between students.

Employee Pin Vaccination Program
Employee Pin Vaccination Program

COVID-19 masking requirements from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Ohio Department of Jobs and Family Services have changed. 

All verified, fully-vaccinated Horizon Education Center employees are no longer required to wear a mask. 

Unverified vaccinated, partially vaccinated, and unvaccinated employees will be required to wear masks at all times. 

Vaccinated employees will also receive a red and yellow ribbon pin. This is to let you and your children know that they are vaccinated and can safely go without a mask.  

Processes for Existing Families

Last updated on June 10, 2021
Hours of Operation

Horizon Education Centers pandemic hours of operation are 6:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Monday – Friday.

Drop Off and Pick Up

We will allow 1 parent in the building for drop off and pick up.

Parent Admittance

One parent is now allowed into the building.

Preparation

Please call prior to your arrival so that we can have your child ready to go when you arrive. This will limit your time inside the building.

Frequently Asked Questions

Last updated on June 10, 2021
What type of cleaning solution will be used at the centers?

A bleach solution will be used on all hard surfaces and will be allowed to air dry.

What happens if my child becomes sick at school?

If you child becomes sick while at the center, your child will be taken from the classroom to the staff lounge. A staff member will remain with him/her until a parent arrives to pick them up.

Are sanitation policies the same at every center?

For more information on our sanitation procedures please contact your child’s center directly.

If my child has a fever, when can they return to school?

If your child has a fever, we ask that your child stay home until they are fever-free for 24 hours without medication before they return to Horizon.

Is the Horizon staff trained on how to handle communicable diseases?

All staff have been trained in communicable diseases which is a licensing requirement through the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services.