Please read about our recent vaccination reminder effective November 16, 2021 COVID-19 update.

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Horizon’s Response to COVID-19

Last updated on November 16, 2021

An update from the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services:

As the weather is getting cooler and the holidays are fast approaching, friends and family will be gathering together and spending more time indoors. Getting a COVID-19 vaccine helps to protect your friends and your whole family. It also helps to slow the spread of COVID-19 within your community. According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), getting a vaccine, which is available for those who are 5 years of age and older, can help:
  • Protect family members, including siblings who are not eligible for vaccination and family members who may be at increased risk of getting very sick if they are infected
  • Keep children from getting seriously sick even if they do get COVID-19
  • Keep children in school and help them safely participate in sports, playdates, and other group activities.

On November 4, 2021, in a press release from Governor DeWine, more than 850 Ohio children ages 5 – 11 have received the COVID-19 vaccine since the CDC and the FDA gave final authorization of the pediatric dose early this past week. Parents should contact their medical provider to learn about vaccination opportunities or visit gettheshot.coronavirus.ohio.gov to make an appointment.

Lastly, the CDC has updated their COVID-19 Guidance for Operating Early Care and Education/Child Care Programs (cdc.gov). Programs are encouraged to continue to follow COVID-19 guidance from the CDC and the Ohio Department of Health.

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.