Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions

Updated 7/30/20

PLEASE NOTE: The details on this page are subject to change as NISD receives guidance from state and local authorities or as conditions change.



Remote Learning


Question  Answer
Will Remote Learning in 2020-2021 be different from Emergency Remote Learning in the spring of 2020? Yes, based on state requirements, Remote Learning for the 20-21 school year will be more rigorous and structured than what we experienced during the emergency COVID closure last spring. Remote Learning instruction will be aligned to NISD in-person curriculum and students will engage in daily structured and flexible work times. Attendance will be taken daily and normal NISD Grading Guidelines will be followed.
Choosing between In-Person Learning and Remote Learning
How will we notify the school district if we plan to choose Remote Learning? On July 3, 2020, all families will receive an email with details for In-Person Learning and Remote Learning. Each family will be asked to complete a Preference Form for each child indicating their preference of In-Person or Remote Learning. This is a preliminary questionnaire and we understand that family decisions may change. We ask each family to complete the Preference Form for each child based on your current preference. Follow-up questionnaires will be sent later in July and families can indicate a different preference at that time if family decisions have changed.
When do I need to have the Preference Form completed?
Families are asked to complete the Preference Form by 11:59 pm on July 12, 2020. to help us finalize our plans for the 20-21 school year. We understand family circumstances and family decisions may change after this date. In accordance with state guidelines, parents will have until August 5th to finalize their decision, but it is important for the district to assess family preferences by July 12th to begin making important staffing decisions.
Why is the Preference Form required to be completed in such a short timeframe?
NISD understands that many questions remain regarding the new school year. Please understand that it is critical for NISD to prepare for the first day of school on August 20. Many decisions related to planning master schedules, identifying In-Person and Remote Learning teachers, and providing teachers and staff with training and support for the changes for the 20-21 school year, will be impacted by your decision. Therefore, this information is needed in a timely manner. In addition, teachers need additional time to make plans to meet the unique challenges our students will be facing when school begins, regardless of the learning model students select.
If we choose Remote Learning, will we need to do anything besides complete the Commitment Form?
Parents and students opting for Remote Learning will be required to complete an online “Getting Started” orientation to prepare them for Remote Learning. It will model how to access the technology that will be used, how to contact the teacher, how to turn in work, how to plan out each day, etc.
What will Remote Learning look like?
If we choose Remote Learning, what will my child’s day look like?
We believe that direct instruction from teachers and social interaction among peers are key to deep learning in any learning environment. Students will be required to engage in learning every day and attendance will be taken. Students will receive live instruction from their teacher(s) via Zoom at scheduled times and they will also receive lessons that could be in the form of videos or other teacher-directed activities that require students to complete assignments on their own. Please refer to the Return to Learn website to see the amount of time students can expect to be engaged in Remote Learning each day.
Will my child be taught by teachers at his/her home campus or by teachers from other schools?
Depending on the number of students enrolled in Remote Learning, students may be taught by a teacher not based on the child’s campus where they would attend in-person. Parents will be informed of their child’s schedule, including the teacher’s name(s) and contact information prior to the first day of school. The same curriculum is followed by all teachers in NISD, so students will be taught the same standards and content regardless of the campus the teacher is based.
If I choose Remote Learning, will my child have the option of taking some classes in person (i.e. welding) or will my child need to select an elective that is offered in a Remote Learning setting?
It is possible that some elective classes may not be able to be offered in a Remote Learning setting. In this case, a student who has selected Remote Learning will be able to select a different elective that is offered remotely, if needed. NISD is finalizing the Remote course list and will publish it soon.
Can students who select Remote Learning still participate in athletics, fine arts or other co-curricular activities in middle school or high school?
Yes. Remote students may attend their athletic or fine art course(s) in-person. Participation in face-to-face group activities (such as concerts and performances) is limited to those who are enrolled in-person or who are enrolled in remote, but choose to attend their fine arts course(s) in-person daily. Students who choose fully remote learning, and do not choose to come to campus for their fine arts courses in-person, will be able to take all fine arts courses online with learning focused on the individual performer.
Can students who select Remote Learning still participate in extracurricular activities that do not have a required course in middle school or high school?
Yes. Students who are involved in extracurricular activities that take place outside of the school day and do not have a required course for competition practice, such as FFA or DECA, can be enrolled in Remote Learning and participate in extracurricular activities (before school or after school).
If my child is enrolled in an Academy, is Remote Learning an option?
Each academy has certain courses that may not be available through the Remote Learning option. Advanced courses (such as senior-year Culinary) would not be replicable in an at-home setting. Some courses may be modified, or offered only in an in-person setting. NISD is finalizing the Remote course list and will publish it soon.
If I choose Remote Learning, will my child still be enrolled in his/her home campus?
Students opting for Remote Learning will remain enrolled in the campus where they would attend in-person.
Switching Plans
If I choose Remote Learning and want to change later, can I switch?
Families will be able to change their preference until August 5th. After August 5th, families are asked to begin the school year under the selected learning model. After school is underway, if Remote Learning is not meeting the needs of your child, please schedule a meeting with your child’s teacher and principal. Together, you will determine the best option for your child. This could include changing to In-Person Learning. If this occurs, it is strongly recommended that the switch occurs at the beginning of a new grading period, if possible. 
If my child has to be quarantined and is attending school in person, will he/she be able to switch to Remote Learning?
If your child is required to quarantine, please contact your child’s school. An administrator or counselor from the school will contact you to discuss Remote Learning options.
If a class or a school has to be quarantined will they switch to Remote Learning with the same teacher(s)? Parents will be notified of the Remote Learning plan if this need arises.
Support
What support will students with special needs have in Remote Learning?
Students receiving Special Education, 504 or ELL support will receive support based on their individual plan.
Grades
How will grades be taken?
Based on state requirements, the NISD Grading Guidelines will be followed in full for students learning In-Person and students engaged in Remote Learning. Grades will be recorded in the Home Access Center as outlined in the Grading Guidelines.
Attendance
How will attendance be taken?
Based on TEA requirements, attendance will be taken daily for all students, including students participating in Remote Learning.
Is the state following the same attendance rules that were in place before COVID?
Yes, compensatory education rules will apply for the 20-21 school year for students participating in In-Person Learning and Remote Learning.
Meals
Will meals be available for pick-up for students choosing Remote Learning?
NISD is waiting on guidance from TEA and TDA regarding meal distribution for students choosing Remote Learning.
Technology
If I choose Remote Learning, will NISD provide my child with a Chromebook?
NISD will check out a Chromebook to any student selecting Remote Learning. Current Chromebook pick up times can be found on this link. After that, campuses may schedule additional pick up times. Individual Chromebook arrangements can also be made by contacting the student helpdesk.




In-Person Learning


Question  Answer
Safety / Social Distancing in School Buildings
What safety measures will be in place for social distancing? NISD is working to outline social distancing expectations. Please refer to the NISD Health and Safety Protocols outlined on the Return to Learn website. In addition to these protocols, the district will follow any additional guidelines or recommendations shared by the state and/or county.
Will students and staff be required to wear a mask?
For the safety of all stakeholders, face coverings will be required for everyone – students and staff – in our buildings.
How will lunch be distributed and where will students eat?
NISD is working to outline campus expectations for breakfast and lunch. Considerations include having lunches delivered to classrooms; staggering lunch times to provide opportunities for fewer students to eat in the cafeteria at one time; utilizing other spaces in the building for students to eat, preparing easy-to-grab lunches to minimize the time it takes for students to receive their meal, etc. Please refer to the NISD Health and Safety Protocols outlined on the Return to Learn website for more details. In addition to these protocols, the district will follow any additional guidelines or recommendations shared by the state and/or county.
How will passing periods be managed for social distancing?
Students will be expected to remain socially distant during passing periods and any other transition periods.
Will students go to specials (art, music, PE, library)? How will they be socially distanced?
Elementary students will continue to have specials. Campus expectations for art, music, PE and library classes at the elementary level have been established. These expectations include social distancing with instruments, art supplies and PE equipment set up and spaced out prior to students entering, holding PE classes outside when weather permits, limiting class sizes as much as possible, using hand sanitizer upon entry/exit, thorough cleaning between classes, etc.
How will restrooms be monitored?
Campuses have established protocols for restroom usage to minimize the number of students in the restroom at any given time. In addition, students will be expected to remain socially distant, to wash their hands, and to wear a face mask.
How will hand washing / hand sanitization be monitored?
All students will engage in appropriate hand washing lessons at the beginning of the school year and will be expected to wash or sanitize their hands on a frequent basis throughout the day. In addition, plans are in place for soap and hand sanitizers to be checked and refilled on a frequent basis. Please refer to the NISD Health and Safety Protocols outlined on the Return to Learn website for more details.
What measures will be put into place to minimize traffic flow into buildings?
Campus procedures and protocols have been established at each school to minimize the traffic flow into buildings. These procedures could include things such as: staggering bus loading/unloading, social distancing when walking in/out of the building, staggering the unloading/loading of cars, etc. Please refer to the NISD Health and Safety Protocols outlined on the Return to Learn website for more details. In addition to these protocols, the district will follow any additional guidelines or recommendations shared by the state and/or county. 
If a student or teacher tests positive for COVID...
If my child has to be quarantined and is attending school in person, will he/she be able to switch to Remote Learning?
If your child is required to quarantine, please contact your child’s school. An administrator or counselor from the school will contact you to discuss Remote Learning options.
Will a class be expected to isolate/quarantine at home if a student in their class, or their teacher, tests positive for COVID?
NISD will follow guidance from TEA, as well as state and local health officials on this matter. For more detailed related to quarantine guidelines, please refer to the NISD Health and Safety Protocols outlined on the Return to Learn website.
If a class or a school is required to isolate/quarantine, will they switch to Remote Learning with the same teacher(s)?
Switching to Remote Learning due to quarantine requirements will be handled on a case-by-case basis. Parents will be notified of the Remote Learning plan if the need arises.
Transportation
Will transportation be provided?
NISD will continue to provide transportation to and from school for eligible students. Parents are encouraged to drop off their child(ren) at school and pick up if possible to help NISD reduce the number of students on buses.
What safety measures will be put into place for bus riders?
NISD is waiting on guidance from TEA and local health officials. Safety protocols are being established based on the information we currently have and considerations include limiting the number of students sitting in each seat, determining PPE expectations, using hand sanitizer when entering and exiting the bus and thorough, frequent cleaning procedures. Please refer to the NISD Health and Safety Protocols outlined on the Return to Learn website for more details. In addition to these protocols, the district will follow any additional guidelines or recommendations shared by the state and/or county.
Elementary Specific Questions
In elementary, will students still switch classes between teachers, such as going to the math/science teacher?
As much as possible, students will remain in their homeroom classroom for instruction. Therefore, when feasible, teachers will move between classes to minimize the transitions students engage in between classes.
Will elementary students have recess?
Elementary students will continue to have recess.Campus expectations for recess have been established at each elementary school.
How will the school day/week be structured?
Is the district still considering a plan that would limit the days students attend in-person learning, such as an A-Week/B-Week model?
Based on the information received from TEA and further study by the District, NISD is no longer considering this option at this time. We are concentrating our efforts on in-person instruction and enhancing our Remote Learning model.
AlphaBest
Will AlphaBest continue to offer after school childcare?
NISD values the partnership we have established with AlphaBest and expects that AlphaBest will be able to offer after school childcare, following state child care requirements. This may limit the number of students who can participate and safety measures will be established.




General Questions


Question  Answer
STAAR
Since we did not have the STAAR test of end-of-year assessments, how will the district know where students are in their learning and how will they monitor student progress to close learning gaps that may have occurred during Emergency Remote Learning in the spring?
NISD will gather data on all students at the beginning of the school year to determine where students are in their learning and identify gaps that may have occurred during emergency remote learning. Progress monitoring tools will be used throughout the 20-21 school year to address any learning gaps that students may have and to monitor progress in closing them. 
Green Cord
Can students still earn Green Cord hours?
Yes. Students must earn at least 100 hours of approved community service per school year. Students meeting these requirements will be recognized as Green Cord award recipients in each high school year they complete 100 or more hours. The 2020-2021 Green Cord hours can be earned between May 1, 2020 and April 15, 2021.

Please refer to campus websites for guidelines and updates for the 2020-2021 school year.

NHS Green Cord
BNHS Green Cord
EHS Green Cord
SAHS Green Cord