Our COVID-19 Response

COVID-19 has given us all a unique understanding of the deep and lasting impacts of a pandemic on students, families, and educators. It also showed us how students could thrive in these unprecedented times.

In Summer 2020, every Horizons site across the country provided Horizons at Home, a high-quality, whole-child centered learning experience blending at-home, hands-on projects with virtual classrooms and community building. Sites also pivoted to address the immediate needs of students and families, providing additional mental health supports and addressing food security for the first time. In 2021, sites continue to provide opportunities for academic, social-emotional, and mental health support, as well as virtual and in-person programming options, grocery and meal pickups, and year-round community connections, aiding in students' and families' ongoing recovery from the pandemic and the COVID Slide.

I value the determination of the community. The Horizons community cared about us students so much that they put forth the utmost effort to coming here and setting up to provide us with the Horizons experience. Was it tough? Yes, but that didn't faze them because they cared about us getting here even with masks and all the protocols.

- Horizons student

In the attached report, we share four key promising practices that emerged from Horizons at Home in Summer 2020 - and, check out some of the numbers below.