COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Resources
- California Department of Public Health
- California Department of Education (CDE)
- Homeschool Inspiration By Heartland - Resource Website
COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Updates
May 25, 2020
With the news of some counties opening up for business, there has been an influx of questions regarding the resumption of in-person services and activities. While businesses may be coming back, our schools remain steadfast in our policy and in alignment with state mandates and guidelines for all schools, which is - virtual or distance services only, through this school year, and until further notice. We will provide updates to families and vendors here.
March 20, 2020
Together We Will Prevail
Family First. Over the past few years, you have become our family, and we love that you have welcomed us into your family. The last 24 hours have been extremely difficult as we have sought answers and guidance on the best course of action to serve you all during this time of emergency. We have conducted a resource/community needs analysis and feel like the underlying theme is that we need to put family first.
Thank you for your support. At this time it has become evident that temporary school closure is necessary in order to give space and time to you and to our community at large during this very difficult time. We will be closed from the end of business on Friday, March 20, 2020, and will plan to reopen no earlier than Tuesday, April 14, 2020. Please know that this decision was not made lightly, but was considered carefully with your needs at heart as well as the needs of the whole child and your family unit.
We are still committed to serving you to the best of our abilities. The COVID-19 situation has been escalating each day which prevents us from operating at full capacity. Governor Newsom’s most recent executive order guarantees ongoing school funding and calls schools to continue to provide high-quality learning opportunities to the extent that it is possible. During this time we will continue to offer:
- Enrichment Ordering:
- Product orders will continue to be processed when approved by your HST.
- Service orders will be approved for virtual services only. No service certificates for in-person activities or services will be approved at this time.
- Order requests for activities that require travel are prohibited until further notice (family-led trips or tours, for example, in accordance with state guidelines).
- Field trips and events are currently canceled or postponed during school closure. Many amazing virtual field trips are available on our new Homeschool Inspiration website.
- Curriculum orders and subscriptions will continue to be processed.
- Special Education Department: IEP services may need to change but case managers will be reaching out directly by phone with more information about possible changes and the supports that can be offered at this time.
- High School: We are working closely with the state to ensure that all high schoolers will earn credits for courses in progress.
- Students enrolled in online high school courses (CPA, Edgenuity, etc.) will receive additional information and updates following each class and as necessary.
- Pending Federal approval, all mandated state testing will be waived for California this year (CAASPP, ELPAC, PFT).
- Teacher support will stay consistent, although all meetings will be done virtually.
During the closure, we are continuing to plan and prepare for the 2020-2021 school year. New student open enrollment begins April 1, 2020, and will continue through April 30th.
During our temporary school closure, you will not be asked to submit attendance logs or submit work samples. Our hope is that this gives you needed time and space. Our hearts are with you, our families, wishing for your health and well-being during this unprecedented time. We look forward to returning to full capacity in better times ahead. We appreciate your partnership and understanding. Let’s continue to support one another, share ideas, and lead the way as our nation turns to homeschooling.
March 19, 2020
Heartland Charter: We Are Here For You
Dear Heartland Families,
Thank you for all of your support and collaboration during this time. The public health crisis created by COVID-19 is not something any of us could reasonably have expected to happen and we are in uncharted waters as we work to prevent the spread of the illness. We have been following the guidance of state and local public health experts on how we can keep all who are part of our school community—students, staff, family members and visitors—safe in the midst of a growing health crisis. We are also following the Executive Order from our governor and Guidance for K-12 Schools.
We recently had a Heartland Board meeting that granted me and the Heartland board president the ability to close our school temporarily should the need arise. Rest assured, whether we stay open or close, the service and support you receive from the Heartland staff will not change. However, in order to ensure the safety of our community, we will only be serving you virtually.
California has requested a waiver from the US Department of Education to suspend testing for the year. As soon as we have an official update, you will hear from your teacher.
The following supports are still in place:
- Homeschool Teachers (HSTs) will still be available for virtual support and will check-in frequently.
- Enrichment Ordering System (EOS) orders will still be accepted and placed.
- Student Support Services along with Outstanding Direct Instruction (ODI) will still be available for our students.
- A special website of open and free resources is available here.
- HQTs will hold their regular office hours for high school students and families.
- CPA courses will still continue for high school.
- If there are any changes needed to your special education services, you will be contacted immediately by your case manager.
These supports are designed to help families and student achievement during this time of crisis. Heartland provides amazing homeschool support and resources. This will continue. Our HSTs are experts and they are ready and able to help. Please feel free to share any of these online resources with your family and friends who are not in our charter.
We are always stronger together. We have the privilege to continue to partner with you in your students’ academic journey and will equip you and give you confidence that even through this difficult time, student achievement and growth remain in place. Please be patient with our vendors in our community that are transitioning to serving you virtually. Our homeschool community is strong and will prevail.
As promised, we will provide you with regular updates which will be shared through your HST in addition to updates posted on our main Heartland website. If you have any questions or concerns, please reach out to the Heartland family. We are here for you!
March 12, 2020
Dear Heartland Families,
As we are sure you are all aware, there is growing concern and attention being placed on COVID-19 (Novel Coronavirus) throughout our cities, state, country, and the world. Please know that our students, families, and staff are our top priority and we want everyone to stay safe through these uneasy times.
Despite our mostly independent settings, we are working closely with our local, state and national officials and taking direction from them regarding our best practices and protocols in these ever-changing times. As of right now, there is no local crisis and we are grateful for that. We have plans in place to alter current practices if the need should arise.
As always, we ask families to be diligent and cautious when attending all school-organized field trips and events. We ask that if you or your children are feeling sick, have any signs of impending illness, or are getting over an illness, that you take an abundance of caution and please stay home. Please also keep in mind that individuals are often still contagious for 24-48 hours after all symptoms are gone so we appreciate everyone respecting this timeframe and staying home even after you and/or your students feel well. We know it can be disappointing at times, but this policy is for the safety of yourself and everyone around you. In addition to these school policies, we suggest you reach out to any local businesses and/or vendors that you frequent and request their policies and practices as well.
Please keep in mind that one of the best defenses to COVID-19 and other viruses is to wash hands often. Here is a great graphic from Mount Sinai with more information on that and other ways you can help prevent viruses in your own home.
As homeschoolers who are learning from the world around us, please go over this chart with each of your children. We challenge you to come up with unique ways that your family is going to remember and practice each of these. Can you sing a song while washing your hands to make sure you wash long enough? Do you wash your hands after each transition to a new activity? Do you have extra clean tissues in your pockets to make sure you always have a fresh one to sneeze into? Can you come up with new chore practices to make sure all surfaces and objects are extra clean? Share your ideas in your local Heartland Facebook group! We’d love to hear about them and give each other some good ideas as well.
Also, BrainPop has put out some kid-friendly information to help you discuss the facts and current information with your children. Please look through their links and see what wonderful lessons you can make in your own home.
In conclusion, we would like to direct you to the California Department of Public Health and the county health department site in your area:
- Kern County Public Health Department
- San Luis Obispo Public Health Department
- Santa Barbara Public Health Department
Your Heartland Administration
Deputy Executive Director