NHS Community Service Hours during COVID-19 4-23-20
I hope this update finds you and your families healthy and well. Safety is a critical priority, especially now. We want all students to be healthy and safe…always…even when meeting NHS requirements.
With the closure of schools for the remainder of the 2019-2020 school year and the social distancing programs implemented by the governor, Mr. Ruark and I wanted to address the issue of community service hours in regards to National Honor Society. In a normal school year, the last day of school is the last day for students to collect service hours for their current year. The first day of summer vacation is usually the first day for the next year’s requirements. We feel it necessary and prudent to extend these windows.
Freshmen and Sophomore windows for this year’s community service hours will be extended through summer vacation till August 31st. Hopefully, this will allow students to safely get their hours.
Sophomores, just a thought…As juniors you will be seeking membership into NHS. Normally, we distribute the consideration forms in early November and give you 5 to 6 weeks to fill the forms out, write an essay, obtain the required signatures, and finish your junior year service hour requirement. We collect everything in December before Christmas. We would be okay if we collected everything at the close of the first semester in January, giving you some extra time to meet next year’s requirements
Juniors have already turned in their hours for the current year. No adjustments are necessary.
I believe we can be creative in our service and remain safe. We can do things at home for others. A student wanted to prepare food for ER workers and have her dad take the food to work with him…what a great idea for community service. Maybe you could find an elderly neighbor and do some yard work for them. Or, call hospitals and nursing homes, find out what they need that can be made at home. If you have an idea for community service that can be remotely, please share. I think we can be creative and stay safe.
We are not sure how the next few months are going to play out, and if more adjustments need to be made then they will be made. Thank you for understanding. Please email us with any concerns.
Mr. Ruark and Mr. Wensel