TO: Northwest ISD Students, Parents/Caregivers, and Staff
FROM: Ryder Warren, Superintendent
SUBJECT: Superintendent Update
First, everyone did an excellent job yesterday with the weather. The vast majority of our district was spared the icing issues with which many of the Dallas-area districts had to contend. Our parents, caregivers, staff members, and student drivers did an excellent job navigating to and from school through the ice we did have, and I am proud of everyone. I also want to thank our bus drivers. We drive so many routes every day (twice a day) – that crew does an amazing job taking care of our kids.
In reference to our daily bus routes, parents and caregivers need to be aware that, especially during the morning routes, we will be facing colder weather than we’ve faced in years. Our drivers could also be slowed by road conditions, so please make sure the kids are not waiting too long outside for the buses to arrive. We will do our best to be on time, but the kids could possibly be in sub-zero temperatures (with the wind chill) while waiting to be picked up, so please plan accordingly.
Looking forward to next week, there are a couple of issues everyone needs to be aware of, which are: (1) remember we have a student/staff holiday on Monday, February 15, so please enjoy; and (2) according to weather reports, the challenging weather we’ve had this week could again be a factor next week. We could see sleet and freezing rain on Saturday, and that is predicted to turn into snow on Sunday and Monday. And it is still going to be very cold for most of the week after that. We will be watching the weather and the road conditions throughout the weekend and into Monday before we start school again on Tuesday.
Parents – we have sent instructional materials (including Chromebooks) home with all students this afternoon just in case. If we have to alter the school day next Tuesday, February 16, that will be a true “snow day” - meaning no in-person or remote learning that day. If road conditions require us to extend school closures beyond next Tuesday, we will switch to 100% remote learning for everyone beginning Wednesday, February 17. Hopefully we will not have to deal with these issues at all, but it is good to be prepared just in case.
Finally, parents and caregivers, please make sure you are up to date with NISD’s latest news releases, because we have one specific topic in which we need input. This last Wednesday, I gave a Facebook Live
update to our stakeholders, and part of that report centered around recommendations to change some attendance zones around the district. As a fast-growth school district, we usually have to adjust our school lines every two to three years to keep up with our expanding student attendance, and we need to do so for the 2021-2022 school year. We are creating a new attendance zone for our newest elementary school, Berkshire Elementary School, which is set to open next fall, and we will need to make some adjustments in certain areas of the district to combat over-crowding. One of the main areas we are looking at is the zone for Adams Middle School.
I encourage you to visit our website and review the recommendations
. As we discussed on Facebook Live, we are now in a time of taking community/neighborhood input to ascertain parent and caregiver perceptions of these recommended changes so we can take the final recommendation to the NISD School Board for final approval. The input you provide
will go into our final decisions on the new zones.
I will also be giving more Facebook Live updates and sending these Friday updates to all stakeholders as we go through the spring semester. We have many challenges in front of us, as usual, and we need us all to be aware of these challenges so we can hopefully work together for our children. We’ve been through so much since last March, and it seems our world and our country have been through so many challenges. But, the greatest truth about Northwest ISD is that we serve the best children and families in this world, and we have a phenomenal faculty and staff to do that.
Everyone be very safe as we continue to fight against COVID and in light of the weather challenges that may be coming. Thank you for everything you do for our children, and thank you for your support!
Superintendent of Schools