April 2, 2020
National English Honor Society
NEHS Enrollment During COVID-19
National English Honor Society Chapter Advisors:

With the ongoing developments with COVID-19, the National English Honor Society leadership and staff are committed to continuing our work by supporting NEHS chapters while also ensuring resources are available and comply with any safety precautions put into place. We acknowledge that for many, NEHS may not be a priority right now. We will be flexible as you develop your plans for membership selection and induction ceremonies.

You may still invite eligible students for NEHS Membership and enroll them in NEHS Connect without hosting an induction ceremony due to the ongoing limitations on social gatherings. Our top priority is your health and safety.

Chapter Advisors have multiple responsibilities that fluctuate throughout the year, and so, if you planned on a spring induction, rescheduling your induction ceremony to the fall semester may be necessary. Please know that an in-person ceremony is NOT required. You can instead invite new members to a virtual meeting, distribute their membership certificates and membership cards when schools are back in session, and/or create a "mini version" of your ceremony at a meeting later in the year. Whatever works for you will be fine! Please let us know how we can assist.

We are unable to mail certificates and membership cards at this time due to the shelter-in-place order in the state of Illinois, but plan to mail them to Chapter Advisors after May 1, 2020, if memberships were recorded in NEHS Connect. If this changes, we will notify you.

Chapters Currently In-Process of Enrolling Students

With the rapidly-evolving COVID-19 health pandemic, chapters may have been in the process of inviting and inducting students. Wherever you are in the enrollment process we will help you finalize enrollment. You can wait until a later date to have a ceremony and distribute certificates and membership cards, or hold a virtual induction ceremony.  

Have you completed an induction cycle process and submitted payment to the Central Office?

New members will be activated in NEHS Connect once we receive the induction fee payments. We plan to mail certificates to Chapter Advisors after May 1, 2020, if at all possible.

Chapters Unable to Enroll Students this Semester

If your chapter was in danger of going inactive due to no new members enrolled in the last year or you have not been able to submit the annual $65 affiliation fee, the deadline to enroll new members or pay fees has been extended to September 30, 2020.

Contacting the Central Office

Again, your health and safety are our top priority; however, please do not hesitate to reach out if you have any questions. Contact the Central Office staff, currently working remotely, via email. Please do not call the Central Office at this time. If you have general questions and are not sure who to contact, please email

Thank you for all you do; it’s truly appreciated!
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