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September 4, 2020
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Modeling a culture of caring and compassion


Dear Parents/Guardians,

Last week I visited dozens of schools and witnessed the incredible efforts of teaching and learning and relationship building by our teachers and administrators, parents and students. All of us look forward to the day when we have all our students back on our campuses.

Until then, we have outlined and made public two important documents that, together, will guide our transition to in-person learning.

The first of these is our Public Health Transition Plan that details HOW our schools will operate during in-person instruction. 

The second is our Transition to In-Person Learning graphic that explains WHO will be returning in our tiered approach and as health metrics allow. (Spanish-version found here)We are working to balance the need to have students back in classrooms with the need to ensure student and staff safety. We fully understand that virtual learning is not the best model for all students but we also recognize that opening too soon and with too many students could have negative consequences if there is an increase in COVID-19 exposure and/or positive cases.

As we enter the Labor Day weekend, I encourage everyone to be mindful and keep taking our safety measures seriously. Opening our doors is easy, but keeping our doors open is the hard part. Let us model a culture of care and compassion as we go forward so we can all be “back, together, and better” soon.

Be well.

Brian T. Woods, Ed.D.
Superintendent

The latest news about Schoology
The school year is off and running and students and teachers have two weeks of learning under their belts. If your student is struggling with classwork during the school day, please reach out to their teacher. Who better than the expert to answer questions and provide support during the school day. You can reach your student's teachers via email or through Schoology.

If your student has questions in the evenings, don't forget about our Online Homework Support where you can chat with a certified teacher and receive homework help. Online Homework Support is available for elementary students from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Monday-Thursday and secondary students from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. Support is also available Saturday 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and Sunday 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. You can find the link to Online Homework Support in your student's portal.

Access codes for parent accounts will be sent the week after next. Please watch your student's email for the access code and instructions for creating your Schoology parent account. We thank you for your patience and flexibility as we work to support our students and teacher in Schoology. As a reminder, you may still view Schoology courses through your student's account.

As our students and teachers continue to learn, we are receiving questions related to the use of Schoology. We are working to establish a Schoology helpline that can provide assistance to parents and students. We will send out more information about the Schoology helpline in next week's newsletter.

Video shows safety measures for being in-person
As Northside ISD begins to welcome students back to in-person instruction, campuses will look a little different than when students left in March. It will be business as usual when it comes to learning, but as students enter a campus, new safety practices will be evident. This week’s video of the week takes a peek at some of the measures being taken to be “back, together, and better.”


MyNISD Portal will soon be back up & running
In response to technical issues on the first day of school, District Technology Services staff developed a temporary solution to allow students and staff a direct link to Schoology that did not involve the MyNISD Portal.

On Sept. 10, all users will be directed back through the MyNISD Portal when accessing Schoology and other District applications. This move back to the normal routine is critical as it adds additional security measures for District users. NISD has worked extensively with the portal vendor and does not anticipate any disruption to service. However, if the portal experiences any technical issues on Sept. 10, Technology Services will be prepared to re-activate the temporary work around once again.

Helpful Hotlines and Helplines

Be counted! Census 2020 is important
Visit www.2020census.gov to complete the Census questionnaire online or call (844) 330-2020, or (844) 468-2020 for Spanish, to speak with a live Census employee who can help you fill out the questionnaire by phone. There are only nine questions and responding is easy, safe and secure.

Remember, Census data helps decide how much federal funding our community receives for schools, hospitals, roads, public works, and other important programs.


Voluntary Student Accident Insurance available to all K-12 students
The voluntary student accident insurance is not just for football. The District makes available to all parents of NISD students the option to purchase accident insurance. For as little as $20 per year you can purchase coverage for at school injuries. There are also other options available. Please see flyer for plan options and how to register and pay for coverage.

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San Antonio, TX 78238
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