Academies and Pathways
Coronavirus Academies FAQ


ACADEMIES AND PATHWAYS
Agriculture

What is the status of Denton County Youth Fair?

The Denton County Youth Fair has been canceled for this year.


What is the status of the Guide Dogs statewide training conference for March 27-29?

The statewide training for guide dogs has been canceled.


What is the status of the NISD FFA CDE contest for March 25?

NISD FFA CDE contest has been canceled.


What is the status of Floral Certification that was scheduled for March 28?

The floral certification has been postponed until further notice. 


What is the status of the NISD plant sale that was scheduled for April 2 - 4?

The plant sale has been postponed to late April to early May.


What is the status of FFA CDE competitions?

All FFA CDE competitions through May 4 have been canceled. See Texas FFA statement. https://www.texasffa.org/covid-19 


What is the status of all Texas FFA district, area, and state events?

All Texas FFA district, area, and state events have been canceled through May 4. See Texas FFA statement. https://www.texasffa.org/covid-19 

Architectural Design / Interior Design No information at this time.
Aviation and Aeronautics Academy

How are we going to have maintenance classes?

TCC is moving all their classes to online format. They are working out a plan to facilitate CTE courses that have to meet for required hands on requirements. We will await guidance from them.


How are we going to have flight classes?

TCC is moving all their classes to online format. They are working out a plan to facilitate CTE courses that have to meet for required hands on requirements. We will await guidance from them.


If we ride a bus to TCC and they have classes there, will there still be a bus?

The District is working on a plan that may allow us to provide transportation for those who need it.  Please check back for updates as we get more information. 


I still have to take one of the TSI tests, are we taking them at  Eaton in the aviation lab again?

We are looking at several options for TSI testing including testing in small groups and/or offering a home testing option.  There may be a possibility of using your PSAT scores instead. We are looking at this option. Please let Mr. Pharr know if you still need to test and what sections you need and we will work with him to check the PSAT option for you.

Biomedical Sciences Academy

Who should I contact if I have any questions? 

Monica Valenta, MValenta@nisdtx.org


What about the projects we were working on in our Biomed classes?

These projects are currently on an indefinite hold. We may resume these if we return to a regular schedule. 


Will we take the PLTW End of Course Exam (EOC)?

PLTW has decided to suspend the PLTW End of Course Exam for this year. 


What is the status of HOSA?

At this time, the HOSA State Leadership Conference is cancelled and they are deciding if Nationals will take place this summer. Voting for next year's officers will occur next semester.


When will I be able to complete my “interest meeting” for consideration into BI, CMA, or EMT for next year? 

Those meetings will now be set up through virtual Zoom meetings. You will receive an email with details.


How do I withdraw from the Academy if I am no longer interested?

Your parents need to email the Academy Facilitator, Monica Valenta, with the following information: Student Name, ID, Counselor, Home Campus, reason for withdrawal, and alternate elective course you would like to take. 

Business and Marketing Courses
No information at this time.
Business Management and Entrepreneurship Academy

Who should I contact if I have any questions? 

Jake Browarski - jbrowarski@nisdtx.org


What is the status of the BME Academy year-end banquet?

The year-end banquet has been cancelled.  Alternative options to honor students may be considered at a later date.


What is the status of DECA?  

The 2020 ICDC competition has been cancelled. You can find out more information here.  All DECA activities related to campus are also postponed indefinitely. 


What is the status of the 2020 Youth Business Summit April 21-23?

The onsite 2020 Youth Business Summit in NYC has been cancelled.  During the week of 3/23 VEI will determine if they will hold online competition.


What is the status of the JA Company of the Year Event?

The event is currently postponed.  Junior Achievement is monitoring current circumstances and considering a date in May or June.  NISD district decisions will determine if students participate if the event is rescheduled.


How do I withdraw from the Academy if I am no longer interested?

Parents need to email the Academy Facilitator, Jake Browarski, with the following information: Student Name, ID, Counselor, Home Campus, reason for withdrawal, and alternate elective course you would like to take.

What is the status of letter jackets ordered from Balfour on the BME Academy letter jacket fitting day?

Here is the most recent response (4/6/2020) from the Balfour representative:

Our Waco factory is undergoing a mandatory shut down, as it is classified a non-essential business, that is currently scheduled through April 30th. I know that this will delay the orders. However, as soon as I get an updated time frame, I will pass that along. As for distribution, if the schools are open when we receive them, we will still deliver them directly to y’all. However, that may not be, in which case, since the students pay for the jacket entirely, we will be happy to call each student individually and let them know that their jacket is ready and have more options at that point.

Collegiate Academy How am I going to register for dual credit classes with NCTC?

Mrs. Langston has NCTC registration forms and will work with you to make sure your registration is correct. 


How am I going to register for dual credit classes with TCC?

If you have already taken a TCC class at Steele and are only needing to enroll in the course we recommend we will be able to take care of that for you.  If you plan to take an additional course please email Ms. Langston so she can work with College and Career Readiness to help you register.  

Cosmetology Academy Are we going to be able to get our kits to practice for our state exam if we continue with online learning?

The District is working on a plan for curbside pickup so you can get your kits. Ms. Fowler will email with details once that is arranged 


Are we allowed to complete our mock practical exams on campus since we have a group of less than 10?

We may use Zoom for mock exams.  We will know more in the next week or two.

 

How are we going to get hours if we move to online learning for the rest of the year?

Once we begin distance learning in the district, we may be able to move forward with TDLR Distance Learning for some of the required theory hours.


Are we going to be able to take our practical exam for licensing before “graduation?”

This is certainly what we are planning, but we may need to re-evaluate alternative scenarios based on changes with the state or district.


Are we going to have district-provided transportation for the licensing exam?

We are working on a solution that may allow this.

Creative Media Production Academy

When will refunds be made for those who aid to attend STN this year which was cancelled due to Covid-19?

The district is working on a plan for the refunds. We will advise once that plan has been communicated to us.


Is the end of year CMP Dinner and a Movie being cancelled?

We will wait until the proper time to make this determination. As of right now, all movie theatres are closed due to Covid-19 with no timetable for re-opening. Also, Disney has postponed the release date of Black Widow. In the likelihood the event is cancelled all students who paid will receive a full refund.


If graduation was to get cancelled what happens to the CMP stole I paid for?

Students will have the opportunity to receive the stole or opt to not get a stole and receive a refund.


Can I use my Adobe Creative Cloud license at home?

Yes!  If you have a computer (PC or MAC) that meets the recommended hardware requirements. The applications will not run on your district issued Chromebook.


I was preparing to get my Adobe Certified Associate certification.  Can I still do that?

Yes! Continue to study at home using the Adobe Creative Cloud software and study using Adobe ACA website. The district will provide testing opportunities when we return to school or potentially over the summer.   


How do I withdraw from the Academy if I am no longer interested?

Your parents need to email the Academy Facilitator, Jeremy Rawe with the following information: Student Name, ID, Counselor, Home Campus, reason for withdrawal, and alternate elective course you would like to take. 

Culinary Arts and Hospitality Academy

How will we complete the dual credit part of our classes this year?

We are anticipating guidance from DCCD/El Centro in the next couple of days. The Chefs have been discussing options on the NISD end as well. Once we get the expectations from the college we will be better able to guide you. 


I still need to take the ServSafe Exam. When will I have a chance to do that?

ServSafe will be rescheduled based on when we return to school. 

Education and Coaching / Early Childhood Development

Will my student return to their internship if we return to school?

Yes, when school resumes, your child will continue as normal with their placements and internship opportunities. 


Will my senior student still receive a priority interview?

Yes, all senior students who have achieved priority interview guidelines will continue to receive their priority interview certificate.  We will decide how those will be dispersed to students as plans continue to evolve for end of year activities. 


I miss my students in my internship class, can I contact the students in my internship class? 

No, high school students should not reach out to students in their internship sites per your NISD Education Internship Manual. You can reach out with a professional email to your workplace mentor teacher, but you must cc your education and coaching teacher. 


What will happen with my AlphaBEST paid internship?

AlphaBEST paid interns will follow all requirements and scheduling per AlphaBEST.  If NISD Campuses reopen, NISD AlphaBEST students will continue their internship as planned with their AlphaBEST, Questions regarding AlphaBEST interns can be sent directly to Kelley Broughton, Education & Coaching Coordinator at kbroughton@nisdtx.org


Will my FCCLA student be able to compete at State this April?

No, all travel has been suspended at this time and Texas FCCLA has cancelled our state conference. 


Will my TAFE student be able to compete at TAFE Nationals in June? 

We will follow all district, state and national guidelines regarding travel.  Correspondence with your Education and Coaching teacher and watching announcements on the EdRising/TAFE websites will keep you informed on news regarding this competition. 

Emergency Medical Technician

Will I still be able to obtain our EMT certification?

There are various components to be eligible to sit for the NREMT exam. As of right now, the National board is working on a Provisional EMT Certification with some revisions during these times. Two required areas our students are still needing:

  • Online Modules / Lessons completed 

  • Clinical Rideouts – Postponed by Medstar until at least the end of May

  • Psychomotor Skills Testing – Waived for provisional EMT license at this time

  • NREMT Exam - Pearson Testing Centers are closed until at least mid April *You must meet all other requirements prior to taking the NREMT exam


When will I be able to complete my “interest meeting” for consideration into the EMT for next  year? 

Those meetings will now be set up through virtual Zoom meetings. You will receive an email with details.

Engineering Dynamics
No information at this time.
Health Sciences

Will I still be able to obtain our CMA certification?

Yes, continue to complete the NHA and Moodle modules and practice tests. Testing centers are closed until further notice.


When will I be able to complete my “interest meeting” for consideration into the Health Science Practicum - Certified Medical Assisting (CMA) for next year? 

Those meetings will now be set up through virtual Zoom meetings. You will receive an email with details.

Information Technology / Software Design and Development
No information at this time.
STEM Academy

Who should I contact if I have any questions? 

Casey Helmick, chelmick@nisdtx.org 


What about the STEM events that are scheduled for April & May? 

All March events have been cancelled. Events in April & May are on hold until further notice. 


What about the projects we were working on in our STEM classes?

These projects are currently on an indefinite hold. We may resume these if we return to a regular schedule. 


Will the zoo field trip for Biology be rescheduled? 

Unfortunately, we will not be able to reschedule the trip. All refunds will be processed as soon as possible.  


Is the rocket launch cancelled? 

Currently, the rocket launch for Aerospace Engineering is on hold until we know more about our return date. The date has been pushed tentatively to mid-May. 


Will we take the PLTW End of Course Exam (EOC)?

PLTW has decided to suspend the PLTW End of Course Exam for this year. 


How do I withdraw from the Academy if I am no longer interested?

Your parents need to email the Academy Facilitator, Casey Helmick with the following information: Student Name, ID, Counselor, Home Campus, reason for withdrawal, and alternate elective course you would like to take.





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