Our students are back! After they spent five long months away from campus due to state government COVID-19 stipulations, we are happy to share that our students returned to campus on Monday, August 17th.
To help curb the spread of the virus, our students did not return to the Holbrook Indian School (HIS) campus to finish out the 2019-2020 school year. Our Summer Experience program was also canceled. Many of our students live in the Navajo Nation, which had the highest coronavirus transmission levels in the country. This is primarily due to a lack of clean water, access to healthy foods, and adequate medical care, along with overcrowded homes.
For nearly 75 years, HIS has been a safe place for Native American children and youth to live, learn, and grow. As we begin the 2020-2021 school year, we look forward to continuing that legacy.
We have a detailed plan in place to keep our students and staff as safe as possible. We currently have 70 students enrolled for this academic year. It is vital to use the time that we have to serve and minister to our students, especially since many of their most basic needs are not being met at home. Please continue to pray for our students and staff.
Re-opening Plans Summary
Below is a summary of our re-opening plans to keep our students and staff as safe as possible:
• All students and staff tested for COVID-19.
• Students and staff will wear masks supplied by school.
• Frequently check for symptoms, including using infrared thermometers to check for fevers.
• Keep a 6-foot distance wherever possible.
• Hand sanitizer stations in strategic locations across campus.
• Instruct students on hygiene protocols, such as how to properly wash hands and how to manage masks.
• Barriers placed where necessary.
• Face shields provided for all students and staff during meals.
• There is a limit of 30 people in the cafeteria. Students will also eat in classrooms, gymnasium, and outside.
A more detailed list with visitor guidelines is available on the Holbrook Indian School website.
We are so grateful for everyone who made it possible for our students to return to Holbrook Indian School for the 2020-2021 school year.
We received gifts for school supplies, staff housing, and more than enough masks to keep our staff and students safe from contracting or spreading COVID-19 for months. We are hoping we won’t need them that long, but if we do, thanks to the generosity and thoughtfulness of our friends, we are ready!
Our most urgent need is our Worthy Student fund. Most of our students are unable to afford the $85 monthly cost for their portion of tuition. Without the help HIS is given from individuals throughout the U.S., our students would not receive a Christian education or the additional programs and services HIS provides, which include:
• Three nutritious meals a day.
• Individual and group counseling and mentoring.
• A variety of extracurricular activities like mountain biking and hiking.
• Vocational classes such as welding, auto mechanics, woodworking, horsemanship, and agriculture.
• Art and music programs.
We praise God for the many ways He provides for our students through the kindness of others.
New Outdoor School Video
HIS Outdoor School is one week of classes at the beginning of each year. We take our students to one of four national parks and one city trip to San Diego. For many of our students, the trip to San Diego is the first time they’ll get to see the ocean and learn to navigate a big city. The classes include photography, birdwatching, ecology, oceanography, painting, fire science, and so much more. Visit the HIS website to see the video about our past trips.