NISD to Begin 2020-2021 with Remote Learning
NISD to Begin 2020-2021 with Remote Learning
Posted on 07/21/2020
This is the image for the news article titled NISD to Begin 2020-2021 with Remote LearningOn July 21, 2020, Tarrant County Public Health and Human Services issued an order requiring school districts to begin the 2020-2021 school year with Remote Learning until September 28, 2020. This means that all NISD students (including those who live and/or attend school in Denton and Wise counties) will begin the school year as a Remote Learner. The first day of school is still scheduled for Thursday, August 20, and we hope to be able to safely re-open for In-Person Learning on Monday, September 28.

Following the county order, district officials are now adjusting the Remote Learning plan to provide Remote Learning to ALL students and to align with new state requirements. NISD staff are committed to providing high-quality instruction to students and ongoing support for staff.

Remote Learning in 2020-2021 will be more rigorous and structured than the Emergency Remote Learning program in the spring of 2020. The district will include academic and social-emotional supports to continue to meet the needs of students and staff, while also meeting state requirements for accountability and student academic progress. In addition, staff and students will adhere to NISD’s standard district grading guidelines. Additional details and sample schedules will be communicated soon.

There also is some flexibility in the county order to assist districts with serving students in specialized circumstances. NISD is working on implementation details and will provide additional information to families as soon as possible.

In addition to the order from Tarrant County, the University Interscholastic League (UIL) released modifications to the 2020-2021 UIL calendar and updated its COVID-19 risk mitigation guidelines. The district is reviewing this information and will communicate additional details for each of its campuses as soon as possible.

Dr. Warren says he and his staff continue to monitor guidance that is issued from local health officials, as well as the Texas Education Agency, the Governor, and the UIL. “We understand that these multiple changes are challenging for our students, parents, and staff. We thank you for your continued support, patience, and trust during this uncertain time and as we respond to these shifting requirements and plan for the return of our NISD students and staff,” said Warren.

Please continue to monitor the www.nisdtx.org/returntolearn webpage for updates and send questions or input to CovidQuestions@nisdtx.org. Dr. Ryder Warren, superintendent, also plans to share updated information during a Facebook Live chat at 6 p.m., Thursday, July 23.