As a team and community, we are embracing the challenges of our new teaching, working, and learning environment. There is nothing easy about these circumstances, yet with positivity and purpose, we will continue to make the best of the circumstances we now face. We are appreciative of everyone’s patience and support as we are developing new procedures and processes, and as we are solving issues that none of us could have anticipated.
As we conclude week two of online instruction and learning, we are especially grateful to our faculty, students and parents. We know that this new environment has its challenges; however, we will continue to evolve together as we develop improved ways of working and learning. We also wholeheartedly feel our students’ disappointment in potentially having to alter or redesign important events that students have worked so hard to achieve. We have been listening to our students, and are currently considering various ideas and possibilities for these milestone events
Counselor Corner Newsletter
Consistency and routines help children and teens to stay on track and to maintain a sense of stability. However, establishing a new routine can be tough. In this week's Counselor Corner Newsletter #2, your school counselors provide helpful information for both parents and students on how to build a routine, manage your time wisely, and schedule all things necessary for your success. We hope some of these tips can help!
Student Quarter 3 Report Cards - Available Monday, April 13 in FOCUS
Due to COVID 19, Quarter 3 Report Cards will now be issued Monday, April 13, 2020 instead of Thursday, April 9, 2020. Replacing the hard copy of Quarter 3 Report Cards, parents and students will have the opportunity to log into their Focus account and download and print the report card from their Focus portal page. Instructions can be found here. If you experience issues downloading report cards, please email firstname.lastname@example.org for assistance
Virtual Security in Our New Learning Environment
As we continue to enhance virtual learning experiences for our students, we also continue to strengthen our security practices at A.D. Henderson & FAU High School. As a reminder, please review these recommended practices to ensure online safety, privacy and security.
Federal Assistance for Families in Need
As we weather this difficult time, our top priority continues to be the well-being of our students, families, and staff.
We wish to remind our families that if your income has been affected by this crisis, we strongly encourage you to complete a Free and Reduced Price Meal Application at https://www.applyforlunch.com/ . Should you qualify, it provides your child with additional benefits and services.
We are hopeful that this is a temporary situation and our economy bounces back quickly; however, we encourage you to seek all resources and support available to you in this time of need.
Florida Extends School Campus Closures Through May 1
Today, Commissioner of Education Richard Corcoran recommended that all Florida public and private K-12 school campuses extend campus closures due to COVID-19 through May 1, 2020. We are adhering to the recommended order and will be extending our school closure until May 1.
Learning continues to take place through our online instruction and virtual classrooms. We also have developed an Instructional Continuity Plan that we will continue to enhance as we gain more insight to improve processes for our faculty, students and parents.
Should you wish to follow additional Florida Department of Education announcements, visit the Florida DOE Newsroom.
We will continue to keep you informed as we receive information.
During this time, to ensure that we continue to provide support and stay attune to our students and families’ needs, the school counseling team will publish ADHUS & FAUHS Counselor Corner, a weekly newsletter, to share parent and student resources, relevant articles and videos, and Social Emotional Learning lessons.
Be on the lookout for the school counseling team weekly newsletter.
COVID-19 State Updates
The Florida Department of Education has published a press release with additional details about school closures and impacts to the school year. For clarification, the Department annually grades schools (A to F) based on a school’s standardized test results and several other factors. When the governor announced that there will be no school grades, he is referring to each individual school’s grade. Students will still receive grades from their individual teachers.
Field Trips and Events
At this time, all field trips and athletic events have been cancelled for the remainder of the year. We understand that for some of these trips and events, parents have already paid fees. We are navigating through the process of canceling the trips and events with vendors. This process may take some time, and we appreciate your patience.
Additionally, there are many meaningful events planned for May such as graduation, among others. We know how important these milestones are to our students and families. For that reason, we have delayed making definitive decisions on these events, and will continue to monitor the guidance from the Department of Education and the Governor’s Office; however, please be aware that given the circumstances, these events may be rescheduled or delivered in different manner. We will keep families updated as decisions are made.
Governor DeSantis Announces Delay in Opening K-12 School Campuses and Cancels State Assessments
This afternoon, Governor DeSantis announced that all K-12 public school campuses must remain closed through April 15, 2020. The governor also announced that all state-wide assessments have been cancelled; therefore, there will be no school grades for the 2019-2020 school year.
School districts will continue to provide virtual learning until such time that schools can reopen. Our teachers and administrative team will work together to ensure students have quality instruction and access to resources to maintain learning.
FAU University Students (Grades 10-12) and ADHUS & FAU High Update
The State University System has officially determined that for the remainder of the spring semester, all university students (FAU High students grades 10-12) will complete their coursework online. While we await guidance from the Florida Department of Education regarding the status of K-12 schools beyond March 30th, A.D. Henderson and FAU High School (grades K-9) will continue to provide virtual/online instruction this week, and as planned, will be closed the week of March 23rd-27th for Spring Break. As information is provided and decisions are made regarding the status of schools, we will communicate them promptly to our families.
We thank you for your cooperation
Food Service Information
The Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, and the Division of Food, Nutrition, and Wellness activated their Summer BreakSpot website, where families can find free meals for children under 18 during the current coronavirus school closures. The meal locations and distribution times may be found at SummerBreakSpot.FreshFromFlorida.com . You can find a site in your area by selecting a preferred distance from “Sites Within” and type an address or zip code into the search bar. Select the correct address or zip code from the list that populates under the search bar.
Please note: Meals will only be served during unanticipated closures. If the school was scheduled for spring break, meals will not be served during this time. As stated in the previous communication, we recommend that the children be present with a parent/guardian in order for the staff to verify that the meals are for the students. It is also recommended that students bring their valid school identification. Also, please be aware that the breakfasts and lunches provided for families may contain allergens and we ask those adults picking up the food to be diligent to ensure they do not take food if allergies may be a concern.
For more information, please visit this link.
Final Opportunity to Sign-Out Technology
Thank you for supporting your child as we transition to temporary virtual instruction. Parents/guardians of children who are in need of a device have one last opportunity tomorrow, Tuesday, March 17th, to sign out a device.
In order to be prepared for the distribution of the equipment, parents/guardians who complete the Technology Survey tonight before 7:00 pm (March 16th) will have an expedited process tomorrow for the device sign out. If the survey is completed past 7:00 pm or the survey is incomplete, there will be a longer wait time. Please come to the Media Center through the (west side) black gate to sign out the device between 9:00 am-2:00 pm.
In addition, Comcast & AT&T are supporting families by taking immediate steps to connect more families to the internet, including increased internet speed for new and existing members. Visit the links below to take advantage of these opportunities:
- Comcast - https://www.internetessentials.com/covid19
- AT&T - https://m.att.com/shopmobile/internet/access/
Delay in State Assessments
The Florida Commissioner of Education has directed that state testing begin two weeks later than the original April 1 st start of the testing window. Therefore, the earliest the two-week window will open is April 15. More specific information on the official start date of this testing window will occur in the coming weeks.
During this time, you and your child may experience higher than usual stress levels. Resources for parents on how to speak with your child/children concerning the coronavirus can be found on this webpage. Additional helpful resources to support your child’s social and emotional well-being can be found on our counselor webpage. In the event of an emergency, please be aware that there are avenues of assistance. Below are emergency and well-being hotlines available to support our families and students.
Mobile Crisis Teams: In the case you are concerned a child may be having thoughts of self-harm or suicide, call your area Mobile Crisis:
- Mobile Crisis South Team is south of Southern Blvd. to Boca Raton: 561-637-2102
- Mobile Crisis North Team is Loxahatchee and north of Southern Blvd. to Jupiter: 561-693-8681
- Mobile Crisis Broward County is Henderson and south of ADHUS: 954-463-0911
- Mobile Crisis Belle Glade and surrounding areas: 561-382-3555
- For any other surrounding areas, please call 211 directly, and they can link you to your area’s Mobile Crisis. 211: is a free, confidential referral and information helpline and website that connects people of all ages and from all communities to the essential health and human services they need, 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
- Suicide Prevention Hotlines: 1-800-SUICIDE (1-800-784-2433) (English) | 1-877-SUICIDA (1-877-784-2432) (Spanish)
No cases of the coronavirus (COVID-19) have been reported at A.D. Henderson University School, FAU High School, or Florida Atlantic University.
Palm Beach County School District has closed their schools. Given our geographic location in relation to Palm Beach County and in an abundance of caution to keep our school community safe and healthy, the A.D. Henderson & FAU High School campus will be closed beginning Monday, March 16th until at least Monday, March 30th.
Each grade level and teacher has a digital plan; teachers will be in contact with students and parents/guardians in order to provide virtual instruction with lessons, assignments, and support. If you indicated on the technology survey that you need a device, you will be contacted no later than Monday, March 16th.
A.D. Henderson and FAU High School continues to monitor coronavirus (COVID-19) emerging developments. The health and safety of students, faculty, and staff is our highest priority as we work closely with the university, local, state, and federal agencies to share the most updated information.
For the most up-to-date information and resources regarding the coronavirus (COVID-19) response at A.D. Henderson & FAU High School, please continue monitoring this website.
A.D. Henderson and FAU High School continues to monitor the coronavirus (COVID-19) emerging developments. The health and safety of students, faculty, and staff are our highest priority as we work closely with the university, local, state, and federal agencies to share the most updated information.
As a reminder, please keep children home if they are exhibiting any symptoms of illness.
No cases of coronavirus have been reported at A.D. Henderson University School, FAU High School, or Florida Atlantic University.
A.D. Henderson & FAU High School campus remains open and important information, updates, and resources regarding coronavirus (COVID-19) can be found at http://adhus.fau.edu/coronavirus
Students Grades K-9
All A.D. Henderson University School students and FAU High School students in 9th grade should report to school and work as usual.
Students Grades 10-12
FAU High School students taking classes on the university campus should not return to campus from spring break for at least two weeks. FAU is transitioning to 100% remote instruction beginning Monday, March 16 (after spring break).
In-person classes are tentatively scheduled to resume on Monday, March 30 . Professors will provide information to students about their classes. Students in 10-12 grade should look out for future communications from FAU and their professors as well as monitor http://www.fau.edu/coronavirus/
In an effort to support FAU and the safety of students and personnel, upperclassmen should not come onto the A.D. Henderson & FAU High School Campus unless prior arrangements have been made with club sponsors and coaches.
As a precautionary measure, in the event of a widespread COVID-19 outbreak that would necessitate local school closures, we are finalizing an alternative instructional pla n.
Please note that the survey form has been updated to include additional information to best support virtual instruction. We are asking that all families complete one form per household. If you have already submitted the survey, please take a moment and resubmit the form. We apologize for any inconvenience. Please complete the Parent Technology Survey no later than Monday, March 16th. The Parent Technology Survey is available in three different languages for your convenience.
Field Trips & Activities
Due to the continued spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19), A. D. Henderson University School and FAU High School have suspended all out-of-state field trips. Please also note that as we monitor this situation, w e reserve the right to cancel any field trips, athletic events, or other travel that we deem may increase the risk to our students. These decisions will be made judiciously; however, in the event that we have to cancel a trip, we will provide families with notice as promptly as possible.
With spring break upon all A.D. Henderson and FAU High School families, we urge all travelers to carefully consider their intended destinations for personal trips.
During the wake of the Coronavirus outbreak, it is normal that you and your child may experience stress. Some signs of stress are normal, but it is important to monitor your child’s physical and mental health during this time. Please visit the school’s website to find resources regarding how to talk to your child about the Coronavirus and how to help your child manage stress surrounding this topic. If you need to speak to one of our school counselors, please visit http://adhus.fau.edu/counseling/.
- Don’t be afraid to discuss the coronavirus.
- Provide developmentally appropriate information.
- Don’t volunteer too much information, as this can be overwhelming. Instead try to answer any specific questions your child may have.
- Reassure your child that the coronavirus is rare (the flu is much more common) and that children actually seem to have milder symptoms.
- Help your child focus on what steps you can take as a family in order to stay safe (review CDC recommendations).
- Stick to a routine as much as possible. Routine can help decrease stress.
Students can look for lessons specific to their need(s). All students K-8 should have access to BrainPop via their ADHUS account. You can also sign-up to Nearpod for free as well as gain access to Center Vision and Scholastic for free.
In keeping with the best available information from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), we are imposing mandatory self-quarantine restrictions on any member of the community with known or potential exposure to the outbreak under the following criteria:
- Recent Travel to CDC Level 3 (China, Iran, Italy, South Korea) and Level 2 (Japan) Countries
- Close contact with a confirmed case of COVID-19 within the past 14 days
Self-Quarantine means you should stay in your place of residence and avoid contact with others for 14 days. All members of the university community are encouraged to review the additional self-quarantine information on the FAU Coronavirus website . Details are available for students and employees.
In the event of the A.D. Henderson and FAU High School campus closing, all students will receive information from their teachers regarding resources and materials to be used for core instruction. Since many of our resources are internet-based, there should be minimal interruption of education for students in grades K-9.
A.D. Henderson & FAU High School is increasing the number of hand hygiene stations around all buildings and increasing cleaning activities to help prevent the spread of germs. A few simple steps to protect yourself and those around you include:
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick
- Stay home when you are sick
- Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when coughing or sneezing
- Regularly wash your hands for at least 20 seconds with soap and water, particularly if you have been in contact with someone who is sick
- Use hand sanitizers with at least 60% alcohol content
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth with unwashed hands
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces
Although widespread use of face masks for asymptomatic people outside clinical settings is not recommended, remember that it is a social norm in many countries to wear a face mask during cold and flu season. Do not assume that a person wearing a face mask is infectious, or that they should be avoided.