An update from Dr. Woods

Dear Northside families,

Our thoughts are with our students, parents, and staff as we all continue to recover from the effects of this past week’s historic weather event. My hope is that your family is gaining access to essential resources so you may begin to return to a sense of normalcy.

I want to reassure you of our commitment to safely reopen our buildings and classrooms, provide nutritious meals, and resume instruction for both in-person and virtual learners. Like so many in the area, NISD has had to address multiple facility issues as a result of the weather. We have been fortunate that in most cases repairs were completed quickly with no major damage to District property. 

While the majority of our campuses will open Monday morning with electricity and water restored, two campuses will need to operate in a full virtual model. Mora ES and Harlan HS will conduct all-virtual learning on Monday, Feb. 22, due to ongoing repairs. We anticipate both campuses will be fully prepared to welcome in-person learners by Tuesday, Feb. 23. Each of these schools will be reaching out to their respective families with more information. 

As of Sunday afternoon, the majority of our schools no longer fall in the areas where the boiling of water is recommended. However, as a precaution, bottled water will be available at each of our campuses. Water bottle refill stations will also be made accessible as soon as possible. We do continue to recommend that in-person learners and staff members bring drinking water if they have it available to them.

Our Child Nutrition staff have prepped all campus kitchens and will be able to prepare and serve nutritious meals beginning Monday morning as well as provide curbside meals for virtual learners.

We recognize that some families and staff may still be addressing continued issues as a result of last week’s weather and we fully respect that the needs of your family should be your priority. We urge you to reach out to your school if extenuating circumstances will prevent engagement in either in-person or virtual instruction. 

Thank you for your continued support and be well.


Brian T. Woods, Ed.D.