• Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Health & Wellness Protocols Transition to In-Person Instruction School Announcements Reopening Plan

 

Current Update

October 23, 2020

(4:00 PM)

K-9 Phase-In Plan Update

We are grateful to have welcomed back on campus our Kindergarten through 9th grade students who have opted for in-person instruction. Your flexibility, support, and patience are truly appreciated as we navigate this new learning environment together. The dedication of our teachers is unmatched as they continue to provide synchronous quality instruction to all students. Please watch this brief video update to review health and safety protocols at our school as well as teaching and learning at the highest level.

 


PAST UPDATES

September 18, 2020

(2:00 PM)

Phased In-Person Instruction, Monday, September 21st

It is with anticipation and excitement that we begin to welcome our students back on campus on Monday, September 21st for our phased in-person instruction. Please visit http://adhus.fau.edu/announcements/phased-in-person-instruction-9-21-2020/  for more information.

 

May 29, 2020

(2:00 PM)

Dear Families,

As we put a close to this challenging school year, we will look back with pride on how our students, families, teachers, and staff committed their time, energy and ingenuity to ensure that we maintained teaching and learning, and honored the hard work of our students and teachers. We also congratulate our seniors and eighth graders moving on to new endeavors. You did not have the traditional send-off; however, while disruptive, these events provide opportunities to strengthen your perseverance and resolve for continued success.

Next school year will certainly bring changes to our school.  As we consider various options for reopening, please be assured that our team is working diligently to finalize a return plan, that first and foremost, reflects CDC and State recommendations, and considers the health and safety of all of our students, faculty and staff. When approved and finalized, the return plan will be shared promptly with our families.

In closing, we wish to thank our teachers, Rhea Francani and Elisia Francani Cimino, for organizing and producing this uplifting  video  showcasing our students and faculty. A.D. Henderson and FAU High is a school like no other! We wish you a safe and healthy summer.

Yearbook Signing: Socially Distanced Edition

We are excited to announce that the A.D. Henderson & FAU High School yearbook signing tradition is alive and it’s fully digital to suit our socially distanced students.  Jostens has just launched a new platform, Yearbook Digital Signing Pages,  that gives every student in our school the chance to create virtual signing pages, invite their friends to leave messages, and print out the final pages to keep with the yearbook as a permanent keepsake. This is free for every student whether they purchased a yearbook or not.

Register an account for your student at  yearbooksigning.jostens.com. Follow  this link  to view a video of how it works.

 

May 22, 2020

(10:00 AM)

Memorial Day

Please remember that there is no school on Monday, May 25  to observe Memorial Day and to honor those who have lost their lives serving our country. We appreciate and thank all who have served and continue to serve in the U.S. military.

Volunteer Appreciation Night

It is that time of year when we, as teachers and staff at A.D. Henderson and FAU High, thank our amazing volunteers for all they have done to make the school year a success. We welcome all of our families to show their support by joining in the celebration on Wednesday, May 27th at 6:00 p.m. via ZOOM! Please register in advance for Volunteer Appreciation Night using this Zoom link

Parent/Guardian Survey

We appreciate the responses we have received to the annual parent/guardian survey. We would love to hear from more of our families. Your feedback is invaluable to providing direction and guidance for continuous improvement. If you have not done so, please take a moment to complete the Parent/Guardian Survey . Thank you for your assistance.

Counselor Corner

Summer is almost here! We know you’ve been practicing many safety tips related to COVID-19, but in this week's Counselor Corner newsletter we wanted to share some general summer safety tips not to be forgotten. We hope you also check out our Counselor Coffee Talk webinar from last week , as we share more tips about transitioning into summer and even the following school year! 

 

May 15, 2020

(2:00 PM)

Technology/Textbooks and Related School Item Returns

As we close out this unique school year, we have begun the process of collecting all items from our students (e.g., technology, textbooks, Media Center books, classroom novels, uniforms, IDs, etc.). We will be doing a phased approach to our collection process.

The first priority is to collect only from students who are graduating from A.D. Henderson University School & FAU High School and students currently in 8th and 9th grades. Other students not returning to ADHUS & FAU High in the fall will be contacted directly to schedule a return date.  

8th Grade Parents/Students

The drop off dates for 8th grade students will be on Tuesday, May 26 and Wednesday, May 27 by appointment only .  Any identified items left in student lockers will also be distributed to parents during your scheduled time. Please visit this LINK for details on the drop off process and to sign up for an appointment. 

9th Grade Parents/Students

The drop off dates for 9th grade students will be on Tuesday, June 2 and Wednesday, June 3 and by appointment only . Please note: 9th grade students MUST BE PRESENT for the drop off. Please visit this LINK for details on the drop off process and to sign up for an appointment

After School Program 2020-2021 Registration Update

Families have inquired about our 2020-2021 aftercare program registration. We await definitive guidance from the Florida Department of Education as to next school year’s protocols to ensure a safe and healthy school environment. When the protocols have been established and communicated, we will provide more information on the aftercare registration process for 2020-2021 via Blackboard alerts and on our school’s website. We greatly appreciate your cooperation.

Counselor Corner

In this week's Counselor Corner newsletter, the school counseling team provides insight and helpful guidance for parents. With so many new changes and adaptations, staying up-to-date on how to help you and your children is important. In the event you missed the K-12 Counselor Coffee Talk conducted for parents via WebEx, you can view the session along with other webinars and resources in this week’s Counselor Corner newsletter.


 

May 8, 2020

(1:00 PM)

Parent / Guardian Annual Survey

Parent and community feedback is integral to our school’s continuous improvement. Your input is valuable in assisting us to assess our programs, processes and support for our students and families. We ask that you take a moment to complete the annual survey . Thank you in advance for your assistance.

Counselor Corner: K-12 Counselor Coffee Talk for Parents

In this week's Counselor Corner newsletter, the school counseling team invites parents to participate in an online webinar.

Topics include:

  • Supporting your child through the new changes
  • Identifying signs that your child may need additional support
  • Preparing students for the return to school

Hosts: Arielle Osman, Christine Abreu, and Maegan Renee  

Date: Friday, May 15, 2020 

Time: 9:00 am, Eastern Daylight Time

To register for this session:

Go to https://fau.webex.com/fau/k2/j.php?MTID=td209f0c5f8f5dc29e764b8019d1d55d6. Once you are approved by the host, you will receive a confirmation email with instructions for joining the session. 

To view in other time zones or languages, please click the following link: https://fau.webex.com/fau/k2/j.php?MTID=t968a89


 

May 1, 2020

(3:00 PM)

Principal Appreciation Day - May 1

On behalf of Mrs. Bees

I would like to thank the students, parents, faculty and staff for sending me well wishes and notes of gratitude today for Principal Appreciation Day. The outpouring of kindness and positivity is most appreciated. I am grateful every day to work in such a unique school community. You make it a pleasure to serve as your principal. Thank you again!

Teacher Appreciation Week (May 4 - May 8)

The week of May 4 - May 8 is Teacher Appreciation Week. As a school, we are planning several virtual activities and surprises to keep us connected and to show our teachers how much they are missed and loved. While our current situation is less than ideal, we want our teachers to know how much we value them.

Please join us in showing our appreciation to all of our amazing educators at A.D. Henderson and FAU High School by reaching out to them to share what they mean to you and your family. We have set-up a Kudoboard, an online appreciation site, to encourage our students and parents to post your thoughts and pictures/graphics of appreciation and thanks to our incredible teachers.

Senior Graduation in Final Planning Stage

Dear Seniors and Families,

We know that your final semester at FAU High School is definitely not what you had envisioned. Graduation is a milestone event for our students, families, and faculty/staff. Thus, we are working diligently behind the scenes on a special alternative graduation plan for the senior class. Approvals are being finalized and the event plans will be shared with you soon. Please rest assured that we have not forgotten about our 2020 seniors! Be on the lookout this weekend for something special from your FAU High School Family. 

Counselor Corner

Maintaining friendships during this time is important for students and adults alike. However, Zoom or Facetime chats may be getting old. This week, in the Counselor Corner newsletter, your school counselors share some ideas for fun and creative virtual get togethers!

Technology Troubleshooting Tips

The technology department at A.D. Henderson & FAU High School provides remote technology assistance as well as online resources for troubleshooting devices. Here are some Troubleshooting Tips to assist our parents and students d uring this virtual instruction period.

High School Student Support for Grades 9-12

Weekly Wellness Meetup – Dr. Renee and Ari Osman

Date and Time: Every Thursday, 1:30pm-2:00pm, starting on May 7th

It’s a time to get together and ask questions, communicate needs and feelings, take a break from your academic load, and have a safe and fun place to talk. Please review this flyer for more information.

Login to Zoom using your full name. Code: 973 8670 0002 Password: FAUHS

Navigating Body Image in the Midst of COVID-19 Webinar

Date and Time: Wednesday, May 6th at 3 p.m. via WebEx.

FAU’s Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) is presenting Navigating Body Image in the Midst of COVID-19 . Go to https://tinyurl.com/FAU-bodyimage  to register. Email Alyssa Zajdel at azajdel@health.fau.edu for more information.

CAPS Anxiety and Stress Management Group - Ari Osman

Date and Time: 6-week group to start on June 9th and continuing on Tuesdays: 1pm-2pm, via WebEx.

Members participate in group discussions about their experiences of stress and anxiety, learn skills to handle difficult thoughts and feelings more effectively, and gain more control over their lives.

Please contact osmana@health.fau.edu to sign-up or for more information.

 

April 24, 2020

(12:00 PM)

Celebrations

Please join us in celebrating several recent recognitions and awards:    

Kendra Palumbo Named Volunteer of the Year

This year’s Region V (Broward, Miami-Dade, Monroe and Palm Beach) volunteer of the year is our very own Kendra Palumbo.  Mrs. Palumbo is an incredible force and influence at A. D. Henderson and FAU High. She is a volunteer extraordinaire. No challenge is ever too daunting for Mrs. Palumbo. Her support extends to our students, teachers and school. Employing her outstanding writing skills, she secures many grants for teachers and awards for our school. For our students, Mrs. Palumbo never hesitates in giving of her time and resources to support and develop teams from K-12 to serve as outstanding academic competitors in many local, state and national events. We honor, thank, and congratulate Mrs. Palumbo as the Region V Volunteer of the Year.

District Green School Recipient

The Florida Green School Network recognizes school districts that adopt practices to conserve natural resources, promote sustainability and reduce operating costs. FAU Lab Schools received the highest achievement level, Gold, for all our green initiatives. We are one of seven districts in the state recognized, and only one of three to be a Gold recipient.

Mid-Term Progress Reports

Quarter 4 Mid-Term Progress Reports are posted to the Student/Parent Focus portal as of Friday, April 24, 2020. To access your child’s Q4 progress report, log into your Focus account and click on the download link in the Messages box on your portal page. If you experience any issues, please email adhusrecords@adhus.fau.edu .

Counselor Newsletter

During these challenging times, we want to remind our parents and students that you are doing a great job. Please remember that practicing self-care and prioritizing our mental health is important. Our counseling team is available to offer support when needed. Remind your children that they can reach out to his/her school counselor via email for a check-in at any point. Please go to this week’s newsletter for resources and upcoming social emotional learning information.


April 18, 2020

(5:30 PM)

Governor DeSantis Announces School Closures for the Remainder of the Year

This evening, Governor DeSantis announced that all Florida schools will remain closed for the remainder of the 2019-2020 school year. We will continue our virtual instructional-delivery model . Updates will be provided regarding graduation, summer camps and other end of the year activities.


April 17, 2020

(12:00 PM)

When Are We Returning to School?

This is the prevailing question, and we certainly wish we had a definitive answer. Our school leadership participates in multiple Florida Department of Education (DOE) calls on a weekly basis. There has been no projected date other than the DOE has advised school districts that a decision will be made by May 1.

We will keep our families, faculty and staff apprised as we hear more details. In the interim, we are working on plans in the event we return or in the event that we do not physically return this school year. The plan will include how we will collect school items, and how students can retrieve any personal items left in classrooms. 

We thank you again for your support of our school, and most importantly, for supporting your children at home during this challenging time.

State Standardized Tests

As a reminder, due to the school closures, the DOE has canceled the Florida Standards Assessments (FSA), End-of-Course Assessments, and other remaining assessments for school readiness, voluntary prekindergarten and K-12 standardized examinations for this school year. The DOE has also indicated:

  • Requirements for graduation and promotion, and final course grades will be evaluated as though those assessments which were canceled did not exist.
  • Eligibility for Florida Bright Futures scholarships will be based on available data and results. Tests that were not available to be taken will not be counted.

Reimbursement for Canceled Activities

We continue to assess our planned events for the remainder of the year and summer to determine the viability and possible modifications for each event. For activities such as field trips, aftercare, and other related events that have been canceled, please be advised that due to the volume of activities requiring a detailed review, the process is delayed.

We are working with FAU, event organizers and vendors, and are currently finalizing the reimbursement process. Please be assured that every effort is being made to administer the refunds accurately and expeditiously. We appreciate your understanding and patience.

Counselor Corner

Right now may be a time you are able to help others and can find joy in doing so. However, it is equally as important for you and your children to acknowledge when you need help and who to go to! In this week’s attached newsletter, we share important information on ways to give and receive help. Also, keep in mind your child can reach out to his/her school counselor for a check-in at any point.


April 9, 2020

(4:00 PM)

Principal/Director Message

Our new teaching and learning environment continues to require adaptations to some of our standard practices. These changes are a result of a team effort and often include valuable input from our families. This week’s communication has many topics of interest for your review. We encourage you to delve into the details for each topic.

We wish all of our families, faculty and staff a Happy Passover and Easter. This Friday, 4/10 and Monday, 4/13 are planned holidays for our K-9 students and faculty. Please take time to rest and rejuvenate.

Technology Support

In an effort to streamline our processes for technology support, the A.D. Henderson & FAU High School Technology Department is requesting that all parents/students complete this Technology Support Request Form (Parent/Students) to receive assistance. The Technology Department will respond in a timely manner and process the requests in the order in which it was received. This process will help us to better capture technology needs as a school as well as provide parents/students with the necessary resources and support. 

Zoom Security Updates

A.D. Henderson & FAU High School has been fully immersed in online education, utilizing Zoom as a platform for virtual meetings. Safety is our number one priority. Please find the latest Zoom feature updates including password-protected meetings and “waiting rooms” to enhance the security of our virtual meetings here.

Student Attendance

It is a state requirement that all school districts monitor student attendance. In an effort to provide the appropriate level of flexibility while meeting accountability mandates, we have prepared these guidelines for student attendance:

Student/Family Responsibility

  • Students are expected to join all online meetings organized by their teacher(s), engage in learning during the school day, and complete all assignments.
  • If a student is sick or otherwise unable to “attend” or participate in school:
    • Elementary and Middle School: the parent/guardian should email the classroom teachers by 8:00 on the day of the absence.
    • High School: the student and parent should email all instructors and Mrs. Rick before 8:00am to report the student as absent.

Teacher Responsibility

  • Teachers will track students’ attendance and participation daily.
  • Teachers or administrators will call or email parents if a student does not appear to be participating in class (misses assignments, meetings, responses to discussion boards or emails, etc.).

Counselor Corner

Managing emotional wellness and developing healthy coping skills is important for everyone! During times of crisis or drastic change, it’s normal to experience feelings of anxiousness or low mood. However, there are ways to cope with these feelings. In this week's Counselor Corner Newsletter, we will share some helpful coping strategies and tips!

Third Quarter Report Card Reminder

Third quarter report cards will be issued on Monday, April 13, 2020. To access a report card, log into your Focus account, 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  adhusrecords@adhus.fau.edu  for assistance.

Federal Assistance for Families in Need

For those families who are currently not receiving Free and Reduced Price benefits, 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.

Virtual Recycling Challenge

In order to celebrate Earth Day, we are asking our school community to be a part of a fun virtual recycling challenge. The Solid Waste Authority (SWA) launched a 10-Part Virtual Recycle Right Challenge this week. Participants who complete the 10-day challenge leading up to Earth Day can win different prizes, including one of the Earth Day/Great American Clean-up shirts. For information about the challenge visit this page.

3D Printing Community Initiative to Create Healthcare Equipment

We want to share with you two initiatives that support our local healthcare professionals and hospitals. The Cane Institute at ADHUS & FAUHS and Allan Phipps, our District STEM Coordinator, have been working feverishly making face shields and intubation chambers using 3D printers. The goal is to donate 25 intubation chambers and 1,000 face shields to local hospitals.  There are several ways that our school community can lend support:

3D Printing Healthcare Equipment Go Fund Me Campaign

If you are able and interested in lending support to assist our school in meeting the goal of creating 1,000 face shields and other Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) , please visit the 3D Printing Healthcare Equipment Go Fund page.

Do you have a 3D printer at home? Do you need service hours?

If everyone that has a 3D printer helps out, we can have a multiplier effect and truly have a positive impact. With a goal of donating 1,000 face shields to local hospitals as soon as possible, we need your help with 3D printing. Allan Phipps has all other supplies (elastic, clear face shield, etc.) and will do the final packaging for delivery to local hospitals. If you are able to 3D print face shields or ear savers, please complete this form.

Please go to this shared Google Folder of items that are being printed.

Instructions for Social Distancing Drop-off of your 3D prints:

  • Please place printed parts in a ziplock bag, labeled with your name, filament type, and number of parts.
  • The designated weekly drop off time and location will be on Fridays from 1pm to 2pm at the ADHUS second circle parent drop-off.
  • Please do not exit your vehicle.  This will be a drive-by drop off. Drop your sealed ziplock bag into the cardboard box that you will be able to reach from your car.
  • Allan Phipps will be using Remind to communicate with our 3D printing community. To sign up for the TCI 3D Printing for COVID-19 notifications, please visit https://www.remind.com/join/tci3d. Allan will send out a Remind on Friday mornings.  Please respond to let me know if you will be dropping off any prints. You must let me know via remind that you will be driving to drop off 3D prints at school.

We would LOVE to see photos of you 3D printing so that we may share them with the doctors, nurses, and social media.  Please add photos and videos of you and your work. If you have any A.D. Henderson & FAU High School spirit shirts, sports shirts, or club shirts, please wear them to show your school spirit! Include a message to the doctors and nurses by making a sign and including it in your photo or video! Create time-lapse videos of your printer and other creative ways to share what you are doing. Please add photos and videos to this shared Google Album.


April 3, 2020

(6:00 PM)

Principal/Director Message

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

We miss you terribly and are hoping that all of our families are staying safe and healthy. Please enjoy this video that we put together and be sure to submit your challenge photos here.

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 adhusrecords@adhus.fau.edu 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.


April 1, 2020

(5:00 PM)

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.


March 31, 2020

(4:30 PM)

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.


March 30, 2020

(5:00 PM)

Counselor Corner

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.


March 18, 2020

(5:30 PM)

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.


March 17, 2020

(7:00 PM)

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.


(3:00 PM)

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


 

March 16, 2020

(4:00 PM)

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:


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. 


Counseling Services

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) 

 

March 13, 2020

(2:30 PM)

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.


March 11, 2020

(4:00 PM)

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.


Proactive Planning

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.


Guidance Support

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/.

Parent Tips:

  • 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.

***For more resources on social-emotional learning and mental health, please visit BrainPop , Nearpod , CenterVention and/or Scholastic with your students.*** 

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.


Self-Quarantine

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: 

  1. Recent Travel to CDC Level 3 (China, Iran, Italy, South Korea) and Level 2 (Japan) Countries
  2. 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.


Instructional Continuity

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.


Prevention

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.