O: Northwest ISD Students, Parents/Caregivers, and Staff
FROM: Ryder Warren, Superintendent of Schools
SUBJECT: Superintendent Update
Northwest ISD families (and most especially our students), on behalf of our school board members and the entire faculty and staff of NISD, I just want to thank you for being a part of our lives and a part of the Northwest team. I know our emotions are all over the place because of COVID-19, but the strength we have together as the NISD team will see us through all of this. At this time, we truly feel we are creating the best plan to attack the beginning of our school year in order to position us to have the best academic year for our students. And working together we can make this happen.
I know many families are concerned about beginning our school year in Remote Learning, but as I did my best to explain in this week’s Facebook Live presentation, we all have to be centered on the main goal for the 2020-2021 school year – we must get our kids and our staff back to In-Person, Campus-Based Learning. That must be our primary focus. Our students, our families, and our staff (especially our teachers) have done an amazing job coping with the fallout of COVID-19 in relation to school, but we have to get back into our classrooms as soon as we can.
As a school community, we feel strongly that if our students, our parents and caregivers, and our teachers and staff can give us 26 days of Remote Learning – a Remote Learning program that will be deep in instruction and learning – we can have a plan to bring many of our students back into our schools on September 28. The two months between now and then gives us time to immerse our teachers in professional development for Remote Instruction, continue our preparations (as we always do this time of year) for In-Person Learning, and train every campus staff member on the COVID protection protocols designed to keep every person on our campuses as safe as possible. That is why this time period is so important – it gives us the opportunity to fully prepare and implement every aspect of our school year plan so we can be set to have an amazing, on-campus experience for the vast majority of the school year.
If you have not already done so, I would recommend that you watch
my last Facebook Live chat
. Many times, I feel I can communicate better talking to everyone than I do in my written reports, but we enjoy both modes of communication to provide you the most up-to-date information we have. You can also review
the PowerPoint presentation
I discussed during the chat, which goes into detail about the Remote Learning Plan and provides a sample of a student’s remote learning schedule. I ask all students and parents/caregivers to review it to truly see the commitments we are making to our families with this plan.
The main point I tried to make during that talk is that we must work together to save our school year. To get our students and our staff back in school, we must put a plan into action that will keep the kids learning, but give NISD time to safeguard our schools from COVID as best we can. We also must do whatever it takes to get the Coronavirus out of our lives.
Now – having stated and explained all this, please know this is our plan TODAY, and I emphasized this to our staff this week as well. This is our plan right now, but please be aware that our lives and our plans are changing almost day to day. We are excited that this plan will put us in position to have a wonderful school year for our kids, but we might be talking about a totally different plan next week – that has been our reality for the last several months. Washington, Austin, or any of our local governments could come back to us with new plans of their own any day and alter everything we have done. The main need is that we all improvise and adapt with each other through this entire situation, so we can continue to work in unison for our children. Again, together we are so much stronger.
As always, thank you for supporting our children, our teachers and staff, and our schools in general. We will get through this!
Ryder Warren, Superintendent
Northwest Independent School District