April 2, 2020
Reminders on district response plans for coronavirus
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As we continue to work through this unforeseen situation regarding the coronavirus pandemic, please remember that all information regarding Northwest ISD's response can be found at www.nisdtx.org/coronavirus. This webpage will include links to previous district communication, resources, answers to frequently asked questions and more.
iNvest2Learn provides remote-learning courses
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Students began learning remotely this week through our new iNvest2Learn website. This website will be updated weekly, with class information posted each Sunday. Grading will use a pass/fail structure, and information about remote learning grading guidelines can be seen here.
New meal policy requires enrollment verification beginning April 6
Northwest ISD will continue offering grab-and-go breakfast and lunch meals from Monday to Friday during its facilities closure, and beginning April 6 families will be asked to verify student enrollment to comply with new guidelines required by the United States Department of Agriculture and the Texas Department of Agriculture. For full details of the new requirements, click the button below. Please be aware there will be no meals on April 10 as it is a district holiday.
Student Help Desk now available for technology support
Are you having issues with online resources or your district-issued Chromebook? Please visit the new Student Help Desk for support from district technicians and other technology staff. This new resource is also available on the left sidebar of the district's coronavirus response webpage.
Watch recording of Facebook Live from Wednesday
Dr. Ryder Warren, superintendent of schools, yesterday hosted a Facebook Live video chat with the latest news of the district's facilities closure and answers to top questions. Topics included Chromebooks, grading remote learning, class rank and more. To watch the recording, click the button below.
Reminder from Texas Education Agency: Use social distancing during closure
The most important thing you can do right now is stay at home! If that’s not possible, practice social distancing by staying at least 6 feet from others. Wash your hands with soap and water for 20 seconds, and disinfect frequently touched surfaces such as doorknobs and countertops. Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth, and cover a cough or sneeze with your elbow. If you have symptoms of COVID-19 (such as a fever, dry cough or shortness of breath), call your doctor. Remember, by staying apart now, we can all be together again faster!
AP exams to take place at home
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The College Board is now providing online resources for students in AP classes as well as online testing for students who take AP exams. Exams will be structured in a 45-minute, open-answer format and will take place online. Students can use various devices – including computers, tablets or smartphones – or they can write their answers on paper and take a photo to upload. Exams will focus on content that most schools were able to complete by early March.
Enrollment now reopened for new students
For families who wish to enroll their children in Northwest ISD during the district’s school closures because of the novel coronavirus pandemic, the registration process is available through a solely online process. Please note this is only for the 2019-20 school year; enrollment for the 2020-21 school year will take place in the coming weeks, and families will be contacted when it opens.
Provide support to students in need through iNvest2Serve
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The Northwest ISD Education Foundation is committed to serving NISD students and families during this challenging time. With the overwhelming desire to serve by many in our community, NEF has partnered with the district to develop opportunities for support during the extended closure. Many students do not have access to basic school supplies, books or the food being served at other locations. Donations will go directly to students in need of food and school supplies. Thanks to volunteers with MV Reliant, these items will be delivered on a weekly basis to student homes. For more information, visit www.nisdtx.org/serve. If you are an NISD family in need of assistance, please email nef@nisdtx.org.
2020 U.S. census now available
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Once every decade, the United States government conducts a census to create an accurate count of people living in the United States. This count is vital in determining how federal resources are allocated to areas across the country, from representation in Congress to how much federal funding is directed to communities. This year's census is the first time it will be available online or via phone responses as well as the existing paper option.