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COVID-19 | School Updates and Information

National Heritage Academies (NHA) is closely monitoring the outbreak of COVID-19, which is a form of the coronavirus. This disease creates a mild to severe respiratory illness that can easily spread from person-to-person.

NHA has a response team who meet daily to monitor the status of school communities throughout our network. We want to thank you for your patience and understanding as we continue to work through this fluid and ever-changing situation.

Please visit the FAQs below if you have questions. Additional questions or concerns may be directed to NHA Parent Relations at (877) 642-7471 or emailed to

Last updated August 5, 2020 at 4:30 p.m.

Back to School Plan

We are planning for a school year of learning together in an in-person classroom environment. However, we realize things can change between now and the first day of school. Take a moment to watch the video below to hear more about how we’re preparing for the 2020-21 school year. We created detailed plans around four learning model scenarios:

  • In-person – a return to our traditional classroom environment.
  • Remote – teaching and learning at home.
  • Hybrid – a combination of in-person and remote instruction.
  • Virtual – teaching and learning in a fully online environment.
These learning models, which you can read more about below, are in-line with the each state's department of education plan, which outlines required and recommended safety protocols for the 2020-21 school year based on the status of coronavirus in each community.

The wellbeing of your child remains our number one priority. We have been busy this summer planning for your scholar’s return to the classroom by creating cleaning and sanitization plans. In addition to regular cleaning services, our plan includes elevating the amount of sanitation in the building overall, while also focusing on high-touch point surfaces such as door handles, light switches, and railings.

All of these cleaning measures follow recommended safety protocols as outlined by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and local officials.

As we continue to navigate this new and challenging landscape, we realize you’ve likely had to make difficult decisions for your family about returning to normal activities. Rest assured we will be prepared to provide your scholar a welcoming learning environment that meets your family’s needs.

In the coming weeks, school leadership will share more detailed information. Thank you for your patience as we continue navigating this new path for the coming school year.

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School Visit Guidelines

While school offices will now be open during select times and by appointment throughout the summer, safety remains our priority. We will use precautionary measures to maintain social distance during this time.
Please keep in mind the following guidelines when planning to visit any NHA school.

  • Please check the school website for summer office hours or call ahead to confirm someone is available in-person if you need to drop off items or visit for any reason.
  • All families will be asked to wear masks and use hand sanitizer when entering the building.
  • School tours are by appointment only. We encourage families to schedule via Calendly (see school website for Tour the School link) or by contacting the school directly.
    • A maximum of 4 family members per tour are permitted.
    • Please follow the directions of the representative conducting the tour in order to only enter designated rooms and avoid two-way traffic in the halls.
    • Limited handouts will be provided in order to avoid too much touch-point interaction.


Prevention Tips

NHA leaders continue working under the guidelines provided by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and the World Health Organization (WHO). We recommend following the CDC’s recommendations, to prevent the spread of illness:

  1. Practicing good hand hygiene, including washing your hands with soap and water for the length of 20 seconds.

  2. Covering your coughs and sneezes

  3. Staying home if you are sick.


Helping Children Cope

The amount of change caused by these circumstances can be very overwhelming and difficult for children to understand. Here are a few tips for helping your child understand COVID-19.


  1. Stick to honest, simple, age-appropriate facts.
  2. Remain calm and reassuring.
  3. Encourage germ-fighting at home.
  4. Monitor your child's social media intake.
For details on these tips as well as more helpful information, resources, and at-home activities, download our COVID-19 Resource for Parents. We also recommend these healthy coping strategies for all ages.



Food Services During Summer

Nutritious free meals are available for children and teens ages 0-18 at many locations across the nation throughout the summer while school is out of session.

To find meal sites near you, call 1-866-453-FOOD (3663) or visit This online resource shows maps of summer food sites across the state, serving times, and local contact information.

Learn more about your school’s food service options by visiting your school's website.

Additional food service options:

  • Indiana, Louisiana, Michigan, New York, Ohio, and Wisconsinhave gained federal approval of the Pandemic Electronic Benefit Transfer Program (P-EBT)​ that will provide nutritious food to children who were affected by school closings due to COVID-19.
  • Texting hotline:
    • No Kid Hungry and MDE have launched a texting hotline to let families know about emergency food distribution sites in their neighborhoods. The Meet Up and Eat Up map will continue to be active.
    • Parents & caregivers can text the word “FOOD” or “COMIDA” to 877-877. Enter in a full address or zip code to find the nearest sites.

Frequently Asked Questions

How do I turn in enrollment documents while the school is closed?

Certain enrollment documents that we normally require to be physically handed in to the school office can be uploaded online during school closures. To find the upload link, please log in to the Parent Portal, select Forms, and click the Submit Paperwork Online link.

For more detailed instructions, take a look at the video below.

NHA Parent Tutorial - How to Upload Documents Online from NHA Schools on Vimeo.

How do I log into the Clever student portal from a non-NHA device using Chrome?

To log in to the Clever portal, using a non-NHA device, please follow these instructions from the Remote Learning parent folder. For further instruction, please view the video below.

CLEVER Login from NHA Schools on Vimeo.

My non-NHA device included content filtering services (such as Family Link) that won’t allow my student to access Google Classroom – what do I do?

Download the Google Classroom app from your provider’s App Store to log into Google Classroom directly, using your student’s NHA username and password.

How is my student’s remote learning being graded?

Students at each NHA school, except for our schools in Indiana, will not be formally graded on how they engage in remote learning, but may receive feedback on their work. Our goal is to simply provide our families learning options. We will continue to communicate with our school’ families as we learn more from our state and federal guidance.
Indiana remote learning will count toward academic progress per the Indiana state mandate, therefore, instruction at Andrew J. Brown Academy and Aspire Charter Academy will be graded.

Is my child required to complete the remote work assigned by their teacher?

As always, our goal is to provide students a quality education. Ensuring our students can continue their learning journey throughout this closure period is of the utmost importance to us. We encourage students to engage in the assignments provided by their teacher, however, remote learning assignments are optional supplementary learning and *won't count toward annual hourly requirements.

* Indiana remote learning will count toward academic progress per the Indiana state mandate, therefore, instruction at Andrew J. Brown Academy and Aspire Charter Academy will be graded.

What is the cleaning schedule during a closure?

Throughout the closure period, NHA’s facilities cleaning vendor, Aramark, will maintain their usual cleaning operations. In addition, Aramark will perform full-building disinfection and two full disinfections of all high touchpoints throughout the building, once at the start of the closure period and once before school resumes.

What type of cleaning products is NHA using to clean and disinfect the buildings?

We are following the recommendations put in place by the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), identifying antimicrobial products that are effective against COVID-19. Aramark currently uses the disinfectant product Virex II 256 in all our buildings, which is on the EPA’s recommended list of products.