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March 18, 2020
*Please read this imperative information through to the end.
Because circumstances are changing daily, we want to provide you with some important information and updates regarding our school.
First, we want to give a “shout out” to the teachers and principals. We are up to 99.9% of our student body online and ready to continue education. There is a large number of students already communicating and engaging with homework and assignments in our digital learning platform.
There have been many extra hours of work to provide a seamless educational process. If you are not getting assignments or teacher communication, please contact your teacher or principal, as others have already communicated with their teachers and are successfully learning online.
The second item deals with Governor DeSantis’s comment about grades not counting. His reference was to the state of Florida’s grading of individual schools, which relies on end-of-year assessments unique to public schools. Those assessments are concerning a school’s grade for state accreditation rather than individual students’ grades. For Highlands, school work done during this time of online education will be recorded and counted toward the state requirements for graduation or promotion to the next grade.
Third, Highlands will follow what the Governor said concerning schools continuing online education until April 15. Decisions beyond April 15 will be assessed as we get closer to that date. We are very intent on finishing this semester as strongly as we can. Our decisions will be based on how best to finish the year while maintaining integrity of grades and keeping all students and staff safe and healthy.
Our prayers are for you and your family’s health and prosperity. If we can do anything for you and your family, please let us know.
Steven Lawrence, Ph.D.
March 16, 2020 Update
We want to update you on where we are in providing online classes as we work together through the temporary school closing due to COVID-19.
Today, Monday, March 16:
This is the end of the 3rd marking period. Our teachers spent the day tallying and finalizing grades, and then began the process of putting together lesson plans and assignments on KnightsNet for all students.
Tuesday, March 17:
Students and parents may come in to get their books and materials from 7:30 AM until 3:00 PM. Everyone should check in at their building’s main office before proceeding to lockers/classrooms.
Wednesday and Thursday, March 18-19:
By Wednesday, begin to look for communication via KnightsNet from teachers to confirm that you are able to log into and access KnightsNet to view your student’s lesson plans and assignments. It is our desire to get our students back on their educational track as soon as possible and continue to prepare them for success.
Please continue to watch for communication from Highlands and from the teachers. Be assured that our prayers are with you and your family as we move through this transitional time.
March 13, 2020 / Evening Update
Broward, Palm Beach, and Miami-Dade counties have closed classes, athletics, and extra-curricular activities beginning Monday, March 16, because of the declared COVID-19 crisis. On Monday, Highlands teachers will be finalizing plans for digital learning. Families should expect mid-week communication regarding instruction and assignments for students while at home.
Students will be able to pick up books and materials to aid in this process. Plans at this point are to be out the week of March 16-20. The week of March 23-27 is our regularly-scheduled spring break. Highlands will continue to assess the situation. Based on information at that time, we will determine when to resume normal school activities.
Due to the sanitization and deep cleaning that will be ongoing on the Highlands campus, all facilities will be closed. Based on the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the US Department of Education (DOE) recommendations, any student, teacher, or staff that leaves the country must self-quarantine for 14 days from the day of arrival back in the United States.
We are praying for health and safety for Highlands and all of our community. We plan to send out additional information to parents on Monday.
March 13, 2020 / Afternoon Update
The health and safety of our students is a top priority at Highlands, and the administration continues to monitor the news on the coronavirus (COVID-19).
The Department of Education and the Department of Health have issued the following recommendation, and the Highlands Administration is putting this into effect for all our families and staff: Any students, faculty, or staff who travel abroad to any country or go on a cruise, must self-isolate for 14 days upon return.
We are following the CDC’s daily recommendations and listening to briefs from the Vice President’s Council each evening. Our decisions and activities continue to be directed by these recommendations.
We request that anyone within the Highlands family who thinks he or she may have been exposed to COVID-19 to self-quarantine and also to contact the school office at 954-421-1747 x1000. Individuals with other health concerns that would make the virus more complicated should self-quarantine as well.
If you missed last week’s email with details on how Highlands is responding to and what you can do regarding COVID-19, click HERE. If you have any questions, please contact the school office.
Our prayers are with you and all our Highlands families.