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Nacogdoches ISD

COVID-19 UPDATES

Nacogdoches ISD has now closed its schools to in-person classes indefinitely

March 31, 2020- Texas schools now closed through May 1

Gov. Greg Abbott today amended his earlier declaration and has now extended the closure of schools in Texas through Friday, May 1. The earliest classes in Texas could resume is now Monday, May 4, unless the closure is otherwise extended.

Continue to monitor NISD’s social media accounts [Twitter: @NacISD; Facebook: @nacogdoches.isd] for further updates. NISD will also communicate with parents and staff through email updates, and the district will provide updates to Nacogdoches-area media.


March 19, 2020 – UPDATE REGARDING COVID-19 (NEW CORONAVIRUS):

Today, Texas Governor Greg Abbott declared a public health disaster for the state. In this declaration all schools were ordered closed through April 3, 2020, because of the ongoing threat from COVID-19 (coronavirus). Nacogdoches ISD has now closed its schools to in-person classes indefinitely, pending action from the governor to lift or extend the existing closure. It is possible that conditions in Nacogdoches County could require NISD to extend the closure beyond the time the governor decides school can reopen statewide.

Continue to monitor NISD’s social media accounts [Twitter: @NacISD; Facebook: @nacogdoches.isd] for further updates. NISD will also communicate with parents and staff through email updates, and the district will provide updates to Nacogdoches-area media.

NISD Student Nutrition will continue to provide meals for students age 18 and younger. Also, online learning resources are available by going to www.nacisd.org. Beginning next week, paper learning resources for students lacking Internet connection at home will be available for parents to pick up. Information on pick-up times and sites will be released beforehand on the district’s Facebook and Twitter accounts and through email notification.

Sincerely,


Alton Frailey

Interim Superintendent of Schools



19 de marzo de 2020 - ACTUALIZACIÓN SOBRE COVID-19 (NUEVO CORONAVIRUS):

Hoy, el Gobernador de Texas Greg Abbott declaró un desastre de salud pública para el estado. En esta declaración, se ordenó el cierre de todas las escuelas hasta el 3 de abril de 2020, debido a la continua amenaza de COVID-19 (coronavirus). El Distrito Escolar Independiente de Nacogdoches ahora ha cerrado sus escuelas y las clases en persona indefinidamente, con la espera de que el gobernador tome medidas para levantar o extender el cierre existente. Es posible que las condiciones en el condado de Nacogdoches requieran que NISD extienda el cierre más allá del tiempo que el gobernador decida que la escuela pueda reabrir en todo el estado.

Por favor continúe monitoreando las cuentas de redes sociales de NISD [Twitter: @NacISD; Facebook: @ nacogdoches.isd] para más actualizaciones. NISD también se comunicará con los padres y el personal a través de actualizaciones por correo electrónico, y el distrito proporcionará actualizaciones a los medios del área de Nacogdoches.

El departamento de nutrición de NISD continuará proporcionando comidas para estudiantes de 18 años o menos. Además, los recursos de aprendizaje en línea están disponibles en www.nacisd.org. A partir de la próxima semana, los recursos de aprendizaje en copias de papel estarán disponibles para que los padres los recojan, para los estudiantes que carecen de conexión a Internet en el hogar. La información sobre los horarios y sitios de recogida se divulgará en las cuentas de Facebook y Twitter del distrito y mediante notificación por correo electrónico.

Sinceramente,

Alton Frailey

Superintendente Interino de Escuelas


March 16, 2020 – UPDATE REGARDING COVID-19 (NEW CORONAVIRUS):

While we continue to evaluate the rapidly developing situation regarding COVID-19 (new coronavirus), out of an abundance of caution, Nacogdoches ISD will remain closed through Friday, March 27.

Our initial determination, as it was with most school districts, announcing an initial closure was made to give as much advance notice as we felt safe in providing. At the time of our decision neither Texas nor federal officials had issued formal declarations of emergency.

As families return from travel and testing is made more readily available, there is an increased risk of reports of exposure and/or confirmations of positive coronavirus cases.

A decision of confirmation of the reopening or extension of closure of the school district will be made and communicated by 5 p.m. Thursday, March 26. Before settling on a decision, we will work with local health officials and follow guidance from Texas Education Agency and the Centers for Disease Control to assess our current exposure and potential for exposure.

Parents with concerns about exposure can contact NISD’s Director of Nurses Mary Whitten at mwhitten@nacisd.org or the Texas Department of State Health Services Region 04/05N Health Offices, which oversees Nacogdoches County, at 866-310-9698.

During the closure, the NISD Student Nutrition Department will continue providing free lunches for students age 18 and younger. For more information, go to this link:

http://www.nacisd.org/news/what_s_new/n_i_s_d_offering_students_free_lunches.

The extended time off raises questions about lost instruction time. We are working on provisions for a continuation of learning for our students, and you will hear more in the coming days from your child’s school. As we move farther into this, it is likely adjustments will be made to the 2019-2020 academic calendar.

It’s safe to say, as a nation, we’re in uncharted waters. While this is not solely a Nacogdoches problem, or an even a Texas problem, how we move forward from here requires a communal effort. I know this continues to be a challenge for many families; we don’t make these decisions lightly. Please be sure that every decision made by NISD is guided by an overriding concern for the safety of students, staff and extended district family.

In the meantime, continue to monitor NISD’s social media accounts [Twitter: @NacISD; Facebook: @nacogdoches.isd] for further updates. NISD will also communicate with parents and staff through email updates, and the district will provide updates to Nacogdoches-area media.

Sincerely,


Alton Frailey

Interim Superintendent of Schools


16 de marzo de 2020 - ACTUALIZACIÓN SOBRE COVID-19 (NUEVO CORONAVIRUS):

Mientras continuamos evaluando la situación de rápido desarrollo con respecto al COVID-19 (nuevo coronavirus), por precaución, el Distrito Escolar Independiente de Nacogdoches permanecerá cerrado hasta el viernes 27 de marzo. Nuestra determinación inicial, como sucedió con la mayoría de los distritos escolares, al anunciar una extensión de las vacaciones de primavera se hizo para dar la mayor anticipación posible en cuanto era seguro proveerla. En el momento de nuestra decisión, ni el Estado de Texas ni las autoridades federales habían emitido declaraciones formales de emergencia.

A medida que las familias regresan del viaje y las pruebas del virus se hacen más fácilmente disponibles, ha habido un incremento de casos de exposición y / o confirmaciones de casos positivos del coronavirus. La decisión de confirmación de la reapertura, extensión, o del cierre del distrito escolar se tomará y se comunicará antes de las 5 p.m. Jueves, 26 de marzo. Antes de tomar una decisión, trabajaremos con los funcionarios locales de salud y seguiremos las instrucciones de la Agencia de Educación de Texas y los Centros para el Control de Enfermedades para evaluar nuestra exposición actual y potencial de exposición.

Los padres con que tengan inquietudes sobre la exposición del virus pueden comunicarse con la Directora de Enfermeras de NISD, Mary Whitten, con su correo electrónico a mwhitten@nacisd.org o con la Región 04 / 05N del Departamento de Servicios de Salud del Estado de Texas, quien supervisa el Condado de Nacogdoches, al 866-310-9698.

Durante el cierre, el Departamento de Nutrición Estudiantil del NISD continuará brindando almuerzos gratis para estudiantes de 18 años o menos. Para más información, vaya a este enlace:

http://www.nacisd.org/news/what_s_new/n_i_s_d_offering_students_free_lunches.

El tiempo libre prolongado ha creado preguntas sobre el tiempo perdido de instrucción. Estamos trabajando en disposiciones para una continuación del aprendizaje de nuestros estudiantes, y en los próximos días escuchará más información de parte de la escuela de su hijo/a. A medida que avanzamos en esto, es probable que se realicen ajustes en el calendario académico 2019-2020.

Es seguro decir que, como nación, estamos en aguas desconocidas. Si bien esto no es solo un problema de Nacogdoches, o incluso un problema de Texas, la forma en que avanzamos desde aquí requiere un esfuerzo comunitario. Sé que esto sigue siendo un desafío para muchas familias; no tomamos estas decisiones a la ligera. Tomen por seguro de que cada decisión tomada por NISD ha sido guiada por una preocupación primordial en mantener la seguridad de los estudiantes, el personal y la familia extendida del distrito.

Mientras tanto, continúe monitoreando las cuentas de redes sociales de NISD [Twitter: @NacISD; Facebook: @ nacogdoches.isd] para más actualizaciones. NISD también se comunicará con los padres y el personal a través de actualizaciones por correo electrónico, y el distrito proporcionará actualizaciones a los medios del área de Nacogdoches.

Sinceramente,


Alton Frailey

Superintendente Interino de las Escuelas



3/12/2019


UPDATE REGARDING COVID-19 (NEW CORONAVIRUS):

Nacogdoches ISD will extend its spring break by two days for staff and three days for students. For now, NISD teachers and staff should plan on returning to work on Wednesday, March 18, and students would be back at school on Thursday, March 19.

I don’t make this decision without an understanding of the problems it will create for parents. But the health and safety of students and staff are paramount, and because of that, I have decided to delay the restart of classes.

During this delay, the district will have time to plan for what comes next as Texas and national officials react to the spread of COVID-19. District custodians will continue to ensure rooms and commons areas are thoroughly cleaned, and we are also taking additional cleaning precautions on our buses.

For staff and parents, here is a link to the Centers for Disease Control website and more information about COVID-19: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-nCoV/index.html.

Additionally, beginning Friday, all extra-curricular activities – athletic, academic and fine arts – for NISD will be canceled or postponed. Students already qualifying for state level competition will be able to participate, if the events take place. Here’s a link to a page with a list of cancelations:


https://docs.google.com/document/d/1brZM8HoqQmidBavZofVZwvHYFbNA1dvAge5B9-WAlWY/edit?usp=sharing

As the situation continues to evolve, there is the very real possibility that classes may be postponed beyond March 19. Monitor NISD’s social media accounts [Twitter: @NacISD; Facebook: @nacogdoches.isd] for further updates. NISD will also communicate with parents and staff through email updates, and the district will provide updates to Nacogdoches-area media.

While we do not want to overly react, I hope you understand that the many unknowns warrant extra considerations at this time.

Sincerely,

Alton Frailey

Interim Superintendent of School




ACTUALIZACIÓN SOBRE COVID-19 (NOTICIAS CORONAVIRUS):

Nacogdoches ISD extenderá sus vacaciones de primavera por dos días más para el personal y tres días más para los estudiantes. Por ahora, los maestros y el personal de NISD deberían planear regresar al trabajo el miércoles 18 de marzo, y los estudiantes regresarían a la escuela el jueves 19 de marzo.

No tome esta decisión sin comprender los problemas que creará para los padres. Pero la salud y la seguridad de los estudiantes y el personal son primordiales, y por eso, he decidido retrasar el reinicio de las clases.

Durante este retraso, el distrito tendrá tiempo para planificar de acuerdo a las reacciones y medidas tomadas por los funcionarios nacionales y de Texas en lo que respecta a la propagación de COVID-19. Los conserjes del distrito continuarán garantizando que las instalaciones y las áreas comunes se limpien a fondo, y también estamos tomando precauciones de limpieza adicionales en nuestros autobuses.

Para el personal y los padres, aquí hay un enlace al sitio web de los Centros para el Control de Enfermedades y más información sobre COVID-19: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-nCoV/index.html.

Además, a partir del viernes, todas las actividades extracurriculares (atléticas, académicas y de bellas artes) para NISD serán canceladas o pospuestas. Los estudiantes que ya califican para la competencia a nivel estatal podrán participar, si los eventos aun continúan. Aquí hay un enlace a una página con una lista de cancelaciones:


https://docs.google.com/document/d/1brZM8HoqQmidBavZofVZwvHYFbNA1dvAge5B9-WAlWY/edit?usp=sharing

A medida que la situación continúa evolucionando, existe la posibilidad muy real de que las clases se pospongan más allá del 19 de marzo. Por favor monitoree las cuentas de redes sociales de NISD [Twitter: @NacISD; Facebook: @ nacogdoches.isd] para más actualizaciones. NISD también se comunicará con los padres y el personal a través de actualizaciones por correo electrónico, y el distrito proporcionará actualizaciones a los medios del área de Nacogdoches. Si bien no queremos reaccionar demasiado, espero que entiendan que las muchas incógnitas justifican las consideraciones adicionales tomadas en este momento.

Sinceramente,

Alton Frailey

Superintendente Interino de Escuela


2/28/2020


Dear Nacogdoches ISD Family,

An outbreak of respiratory illness caused by a new coronavirus first identified in Wuhan, Hubei Province, China, has caused an outbreak of respiratory illness in other parts of the world. The United States has confirmed a handful of novel coronavirus cases, mostly related to travel. I want to assure you that our school district is keeping track of this situation through proven and trustworthy sources: our local health department, the Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS), and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). These health officials believe the risk to our school community is low at this time.

Updated information from the CDC on coronavirus in the United States can be found at: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html. The most recent information about coronavirus in Texas may be found at: https://dshs.texas.gov/coronavirus/.

Much is being learned about this newly emerged virus. Based on the current information, health officials are recommending local communities and schools should take similar steps to protect against coronavirus as we take to prevent the spread of everyday illnesses like the common cold or the flu:

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.

  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.

  • Stay home when you are sick.

  • Cover your mouth and nose with the inside of your elbow when you cough or sneeze.

  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.

The 2019 coronavirus is believed to be spread through the air when an infected person coughs or sneezes, much in the way the flu and other respiratory viruses spread. Symptoms can be fever, cough, or difficulty breathing. At this time, persons considered at risk are those with travel to China, or those in close contact with persons infected with coronavirus.

NISD Plant Services custodians properly clean and sanitize classrooms, restrooms and cafeterias on a daily basis, concentrating on contact points such as counters, desktops and door knobs, to minimize the spread of disease. Additionally, NISD school nurses notify Plant Services in the event of elevated absenteeism at a particular campus or classroom. Upon receiving that information, NISD custodians perform a deep clean, which includes use of a fogger to disperse disinfectant onto every surface possible.

While a new type of illness can be scary, we can protect our students, teachers, and the broader community by using simple everyday actions that protect people from other types of respiratory viruses. Our teachers, school nurses, and staff are working carefully to encourage these simple and effective habits of frequent handwashing, covering every cough or sneeze, and cleaning classroom tables/surfaces frequently, along with the involvement of custodians from the district’s Plant Services department.

Thank you for your support of our district, our schools, our students and our teachers and staff.

Sincerely,


Alton Frailey

Interim Superintendent of Schools


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