TO: Northwest ISD Parents, Caregivers, and Staff
FROM: Ryder Warren, Superintendent of Schools
SUBJECT: Coronavirus Plan Update - May 2, 2020
As always, we are hoping and praying all NISD stakeholders (and everyone else) are safe and well. I continue to be amazed by the efforts of our students, our staff members, and all our families. This is an update that provides important information to share. Governor Abbott has provided new COVID-19 guidelines, and we now feel comfortable making some very important decisions that many of our students and families have been waiting for. I know this is not how we planned to spend the rest of our school year, but I am very proud to see how all NISD stakeholders are managing the challenges and keeping our students safe.
Graduation and Alternative Graduation Dates
As I stated during my Facebook Live presentation this week, let me apologize to all of our seniors and their families for taking so long to nail this down. We were working with many different entities to make our graduation ceremonies happen, so there were a lot of moving parts to this decision. Despite all the disappointments and unknowns our senior class has dealt with this year, our young men and women are performing with excellence in everything they are doing right now to prepare themselves for the next chapter of their lives.
I know our seniors and their families have been waiting for graduation news, and we are excited to share that we will be able to move forward with the ceremonies thanks to Texas Motor Speedway.
- Steele Accelerated High School: 8:30 a.m.
- Byron Nelson High School: 11 a.m.
- Eaton High School: 3 p.m.
- Northwest High School: 7 p.m.
With the current social distancing recommendations and safety requirements, we were unable to hold our traditional ceremonies at the University of North Texas. However, we will still get to honor our graduates as they walk across the finish line at Texas Motor Speedway. Our seniors and their families will be getting specific instructions regarding their ceremonies from our high school principals, and we are grateful that the Class of 2020 will be able to be together in person to walk and receive their diplomas on this special day. I want to thank Texas Motor Speedway for making this possible. I know families have planned and made travel arrangements for graduation for months, and it’s a blessing to have the opportunity to hold our ceremonies on the same date as originally planned (with the exception of Steele Accelerated high School which was scheduled for May 22). We are committed to honoring our graduating seniors during this unprecedented time, and we will have an alternative graduation plan if safety protocols take an unexpected turn.
Final Grades and GPA
Along with graduation news, many students, parents, and caregivers have been waiting for more information about final 9-week grades, semester averages, and final grades for the school year. The NISD Curriculum and Instruction Department has been working on creating a conversion system to replace the current letter grades with normal numeric grades. The system we are looking at is as follows:
- Students in grades 1-12 will receive a Fourth Quarter grade of 100 (“P” for passing) or 69 (“F” for fail) based on the work submitted during Remote Learning.
- In grades 1-5, the Fourth Quarter grade will be averaged with Quarter One, Quarter Two, and Quarter Three grades to determine the student’s final grade for the class.
- In grades 6-12, the Spring Semester Final Grade will be an average of the Third Quarter and Fourth Quarter. No semester tests will be given. The numeric grades for Semester 1 and Semester 2 will be used to calculate the course final grade.
- Grade Point Averages (GPA) and Class Rank will be calculated as provided in the NISD Academic Planning Guide.
Process for Item Retrieval and Returns
Beginning the week of May 4, NISD campuses will begin sending instructions to their staff and their families regarding the process of returning students’ personal items left at school (jackets, athletic shoes, personal items left in lockers, etc.), while at the same time collecting district items that need to be returned to the school (library books, athletic uniforms, etc.). This retrieval and return process will occur at designated times over the month of May to maintain proper social distancing and restrictions.
To ensure everyone’s safety, strict protocols will be emailed to you prior to your school’s retrieval and return time. We are closely monitoring any changes and developments from our health and government officials on social distancing and personal protective equipment recommendations. Our item retrieval and return process and protocols will be updated with the latest recommendations and will be shared prior to your school’s event. Again, we appreciate your patience as we safely work through this process together.
District-issued Chromebooks will not be returned during this time as we know that students will continue to use them through May 22, the last day of school. Returning students will keep all district-issued Chromebooks through the summer.
Students who purchased yearbooks will have an opportunity to pick up their yearbooks at their school prior to the end of this school year. We expect all students’ yearbooks to be available for pick-up by the end of May. Since our schools’ yearbooks are printed and produced independently, some may be ready for distribution before others. If a school’s yearbook is ready in early May, distribution will be included in that school’s retrieval and return event as mentioned above.
A separate yearbook distribution event will be held by the end of May for all high schools and all other schools whose yearbooks are not ready for distribution when students are allowed to collect personal items from the school. If a separate yearbook distribution event will be held at your child’s school, your campus will provide you with the date, time, and safety procedures prior to the event.
Our school buildings may currently be closed, but we are busy preparing for the next school year. All students who plan to attend Northwest ISD schools during the 2020-2021 school year will need to complete Online Enrollment. Families of returning students received an email the week of April 20, with a link and instructions on Returning Student Enrollment. Please log into
Home Access Center
. Snapcodes are not needed. Students new to Northwest ISD, including incoming Pre-Kindergarten and Kindergarten students, can complete Online Enrollment by visiting
Online enrollment, including current proof of residence, should be completed no later than July 15. Families who need assistance or who do not have reliable internet access can contact their campus or our enrollment hotline at 817-698-1099.
Thank you for supporting our children and each other!
Ryder Warren, Superintendent
Northwest Independent School District
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