Online learning to continue through the end of the 2019-2020 school year

Governor orders distance learning through end of school year

Dear Northside families,

On April 17, Governor Greg Abbott announced that schools will be closed for the remainder of the 2019-2020 school year. As scheduled on our district calendar, the last day of school for Northside ISD is June 4. I know that this probably isn’t what most of you wanted to hear and I can tell you that it is not what Northside educators wanted to hear either.  However, through distance learning, we continue our focus on keeping our students and families safe. 

Online instruction will continue through the end of the school year. We have built robust structures to deliver learning in this way and we believe it will allow us to successfully complete the school year while we focus on our planning for summer offerings and the reopening of the next school year.  Our distance learning platform will continue to improve as we go through the last weeks of the school year.

We are also committed to ensuring students have access to nutritious meals during the week, just as they would if school buildings were open. Our Grab & Go Meals will continue during the regular school calendar. We encourage families to continue taking advantage of these meals through June 4. After June 4, we will have a schedule of summer feeding programs as well.

I am hopeful to have a decision regarding graduations soon. It is still my hope that we would be able to do in-person events later in the summer.  However, we are also discussing what virtual graduation ceremonies would look like. Ultimately, any decision we make will be one that honors and celebrates our graduates to the very best of our ability.

This has been an incredibly challenging time for our entire school district community. Thank you for your patience and understanding as we have dealt with this unprecedented situation. We look forward to the day that we are able to welcome our students and staff back into our buildings. In the meantime, stay safe and connected to us. We will all get through this challenge together.

 

Dr. Brian Woods
Superintendent