COVID-19 Updates for 2021-2022
Curriculum & Instruction Update from NBISD

Dear Parents,

We are excited to have your child as part of New Braunfels ISD! As we embark on this new school year, we are optimistic that the students will not only thrive academically but feel supported and empowered to learn. 

After 26 years in education, I can safely say that no school year is the same. Over the past several months we have watched decisions being made at the state and national level that could directly impact what we do here in New Braunfels ISD. With that said, I would like to share with you some of the potential changes and opportunities that are on the horizon with regards to instruction. 

Yesterday, during the Texas Legislature’s Second Special Session, our lawmakers passed a virtual learning bill (Senate Bill 15), that now heads to the Governor’s desk for consideration to become law.  Before this legislation was passed, school districts would not be allowed to get attendance funding for students in virtual learning; therefore, limiting most school districts from offering this option to families.

A variety of stipulations surround the bill including:

  • 10% cap based on current enrollment;
  • students must have taken and passed all of their STAAR exams or equivalent assessments from the previous year;
  • students must have earned a C grade or higher in foundation curriculum courses;
  • students cannot have unexcused absences that exceeded 10% of the number of instructional days the previous year;
  • teachers cannot teach in person and remotely at the same time, therefore additional staff would be needed which is not funded by this bill.

As we anticipate additional guidance from TEA, our team continues to engage in discussion on ways to meet the requirements of the bill and any additional funding implications, while continuing to provide a quality education to all students of NBISD.  In addition, we will take into consideration the feedback provided by our parents over the summer and as school has started in regards to remote learning. Thank you, in advance, for your patience and flexibility as we work to determine if this is a viable option for NBISD.

Kara Bock
Assistant Superintendent of Curriculum and Instruction

Return-to-School Update for July 29, 2021

On July 28, NBISD district personnel presented the Back-to-School Plan to the Board of Trustees. In this plan, NBISD aimed to find the best way to ensure the safety of our students and staff while providing the best educational experience possible.  You can find the complete details of that plan here. Below are some of the brief highlights of the plan:

  • Per Governor Abbot’s Executive Order, face coverings will not be required for students or staff.  Parents/guardians of students will have the choice of whether or not they want their child to wear a face covering. Staff will have that same option.
  • NBISD will continue to notify our parents and community of COVID-positive cases.
  • A process map to help guide parents on decisions regarding their child(ren) can be found here. In Spanish here(Updated: 8-26-21)
  • This past spring, our lawmakers did not pass a bill that funds remote learning for the upcoming school year during the legislative session. In addition, a survey of parents that ended the year with their child in remote learning revealed only 3% of our students would choose remote learning if offered.  Therefore, NBISD has decided only to provide in-person learning for the 2021-22 school year.   
  • NBISD will communicate vaccination opportunities that are available or on the horizon.  One opportunity is August 11th. A flyer for that opportunity can be found here.

Our district will continue to monitor the state of this pandemic as it impacts our school year and will adjust and adapt to any significant changes. If changes are needed, we will communicate those with you immediately.

We look forward to seeing all of our Unicorns back on August 23rd!

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