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NBISD extends school closure until April 3
03/17/2020

Learn More NBISD will be closed until April 3

 

NBISD schools will now be closed until April 3. Remote learning and education opportunities will commence by March 23. Parents and employees are encouraged to check their email for more details regarding the closure. All updates are being posted online at http://nbisd.org/page/Coronavirus_COVID-19


New Braunfels ISD is continuing to evaluate information regarding the coronavirus (COVID-19) that is being received from local and state health officials and from the Center for Disease Control at the Federal level.


Many of the metropolitan cities, including San Antonio, have declared public health emergencies and are prohibiting gatherings of more than 50 people. As of March 16, NBISD had received information that the number of confirmed cases in Hays County had climbed to three.  Bexar County and Travis County have multiple confirmed cases.


Because the number of cases is rising in Bexar and Hays County and out of an abundance of caution, New Braunfels ISD is joining other districts in the region in extending the school closure through Friday, April 3. This will allow parents to plan for the longer-term closure of the campuses.


In the meantime, NBISD has begun implementing remote learning and education opportunities for their families with their one-to-one initiative that allows every student access to a learning device. iPad distribution begins March 18 for elementary students. 


“Even though this is unchartered territory for remote learning, I want to assure parents that we are prepared and our staff is committed to provide remote instruction during the closure,” said Randy Moczygemba, NBISD superintendent of schools. “We want parents to know that we are committed to providing the resources they need during this time.” 

Secondary teachers began rolling out educational opportunities to their students on March 16 through remote online instruction.  All teachers will be providing educational opportunities for all students by Monday, March 23. Additional information will be posted online with links from our information page http://nbisd.org/page/Coronavirus_COVID-19.


This week, Governor Greg Abbott also announced that he has waived the State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness (STAAR) testing requirements for the 2019-2020 school year. The Department of Education (USDOE), however, must also approve waiving federal testing requirements for this school year, but that request has already been made by Governor Abbott.  NBISD will provide parents information on the USDOE decision once it becomes available.

All extracurricular activities are canceled during the time of school closure.  All field trips for the remainder of the school year are being canceled to reduce the chance of exposure when students do return to school.


“We understand that these decisions have put a strain on many families and these constant developments are stressful,” Moczygemba added. “We must work together to ensure the future success of all students and our community.”



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