Recent COVID-19 Updates

April 28, 2020

In his most recent update, Governor Newsom announced new details about reopening businesses and public schools in California. We are continuing to take note of these announcements on an ongoing basis to determine our plans for the coming weeks and months.

April 10, 2020

The latest development in the COVID-19 crisis is that L.A. County Public Health Department has extended the Safer at Home Order Revised Order (04.10.20) through May 15, 2020.

Based on this new order, it is highly unlikely that we will return to campus before the end of the school year. Our aim is to reunite as a community on campus once it is safe for our students and teachers to do so. Should anything change in this regard, we would inform families at that time.

Learning Continuity Plan as of May 4, 2020

While the school campus remains closed, we remain focused on our learning continuity plan that consists of online synchronous learning and asynchronous independent learning. Currently, all grade levels have a combination of face-to-face instructional time, unsupervised and supervised independent learning, tutorial time, advisory or morning meeting, specialty sessions and/or electives, snack or lunch social time, and prayer time.

We are committed to safeguarding the learning for our students to the best degree possible under the current circumstances. We continue to work closely with our faculty and staff to ensure that students’ social and emotional needs are also addressed. We also believe that we must uphold our school values and culture through this situation with the preserving some school traditions and promoting school spirit.

Message from Head of School, Mrs. Amira Al-Sarraf

Friday, April 10, 2020

Just four weeks ago, we were carrying on our regular routines uncertain how the coronavirus outbreak would impact us. Here we are now facing unprecedented times with a pandemic affecting all parts of the world.

At New Horizon Pasadena, we have been riding the wave of change that has swept over our country — like everyone else, one day at a time. With student and staff safety as our priority, we moved our program and operations to an online platform starting the week of March 16. Our students remain at the center of our concerns on how best to support them academically, socially, and emotionally.

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I am so grateful for our teachers for learning and growing in record time to adapt to the changing needs of our school program. I am so proud of our students for rising to the challenge and building true resiliency. I am in awe of our parents who are balancing work and school at home.

We are in the process of assessing impact to our school now and in the future, financial and otherwise, but one thing we know is that we are resilient, and over our 36-year history, we have weathered other storms and passed through with God’s mercy and a dedicated community. We are in this together, and we are hopeful that life will return to a better normal, and we will all come out stronger, more patient and kind, and more committed than ever to what we value the most.

We will be sharing more updates in the coming days and weeks on the status of the school and ways that you can get involved and support our school. We sincerely appreciate your kindness and generosity.

May God keep us all in good health and in community supporting one another through this crisis.

With love and appreciation,

Amira Al-Sarraf, M.S.Ed.,
Head of School

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The school’s vision calls for our students to “succeed in a diverse and ever-changing world.” This current situation is definitely giving this next generation of New Horizon students new abilities and skills to adapt and flourish in this ever-changing world. Board Chair, Mrs. Hala Alfi

Contact the School Leadership Team:

Amira Al Sarraf
Head of School
aalsarraf@newhorizonschool.org

Faiza Seedat
Lower School Director
fseedat@newhorizonschool.org

Nahid Ansari
Middle School Director
nansari@newhorizonschool.org

Kim Klosterman
Director of Finance and Operations
kklosterman@newhorizonschool.org