New Home Independent School District

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COVID-19 Updates

April 1, 2020

To Parents of New Home ISD Students,

By now each of your students should have had an opportunity to “Zoom” with their teachers. If you are experiencing any technical issues with this or Google Classroom please contact Shane Moore or one of our campus administrators.

As a final note, the Governor has extended the school closure date until May 4. I greatly appreciate the work being done at home and understand that parents are experiencing many challenges. Please let us know if we can help in any manner.

Go Leopards!!!
Shane Fiedler


March 25, 2020

To Parents of New Home ISD Students,

Our faculty have been diligently working this week in preparation of going live on-line. I know there are many questions and hopefully I can answer some of the more pressing matters. First, I understand that you, the parents, are dealing with multiple issues at the home-front and we want to recognize that we are all being challenged in a variety of ways. After hearing from some of you, it is apparent that our parents have a wide range of expectations. Some have voiced a considerable amount of concern at juggling school and work, and others are looking for ways to supplement what we do. Our goal from the beginning, has and continues to be, that our students are prepared to begin school next August on pace and that we do not have to spend a six-weeks doing remediation on what they should have learned this year. If you feel that your home setting allows for more time than we have allotted, please feel free to extend your school day. There are many great resources available and many of them are free.

Our principals have worked to provide a schedule that, hopefully, does not have an overlap of the times that we will be using the live Zoom conferencing software or app. Again, this technology can be accessed using a laptop, iPad, or any Smartphone. The Google classroom can be accessed at any time and should allow for flexibility in your family. The expectation is that students do the work assigned in Google classroom and then use Zoom to ask questions and have an opportunity for discussion. We hope to keep things simple and flexible. Many of our elementary classes will have small groups on Zoom to allow for more specificity and allow for more individualized instruction.

Friday, March 27 will be designated Instructional Material Pick-up Day and we will have staff on location from 9 AM to 7 PM. Pre-K through 6th, with no secondary age siblings will pick up pre-packaged materials, technology devices, and on-line information on the East side of our school where drop-off and pick-up are located. Please enter from the South and use the drive-through. Please remain in your vehicle and pre-sorted materials will be brought to you. All other students, secondary and those siblings in elementary, will use the front drop-off/pick-up location located at the circle drive cafeteria entrance. Again, please remain in your vehicle and materials will be brought to you. If you need to enter the school please park and use the main entrance. Students will be allowed to enter one to three at a time and social distancing rules will be enforced. All seventh grade students will be given a packet of materials that they will need for instruction.

Unless your 8th - 12th grade student needs to get instructional materials such as backpack or calculators, or needs to check out Technological Devices, you will not need to come to the school on Friday, March 27th. All 7th Grade students will need to pick up materials on this day.

Each student will receive an email address for Google classroom, grades 7-12 will be mailed to your home address and will also be available during the Friday pick-up. Pre-K through 6 emails will be packaged with their materials for Friday pick-up. If for any reason you do not receive your email address by Monday afternoon please check with your campus administrator. All students will need this to access the Zoom conference.

Your campus principal have provided more detailed instructions and guidance in the videos located below.

I am sure there will be many more questions to come as we work through this process. Our first week back will be treated much like the first week of school and will be a time for us to work through any issues that may arise before we jump headfirst into instruction. As always we appreciate each of you and are here to answer questions.

Go Leopards!!!
Shane Fiedler


Message from Baum

 

Message from Abney


March 23, 2020

Parents,

I would like to address a couple issues that we are experiencing at this moment. First, technology devices will be issued on a per need basis. We do not have enough devices to provide at a one-to-one rate. We will issue equipment based on economic need and students per home and will have a limit of one device per household.

Second, instruction will be provided using Google Classroom. This can be accessed at any point during the day. We will also use Zoom conference to provide a opportunity for questions and as a check for understanding. Zoom will initially be used once or twice per week and only for a brief time per class. It is possible that both of these pieces of software can be accessed with nothing more than a smartphone.

Finally, we understand that this is stressful for both teachers and parents. I can promise you that there will need to be adjustments made as we work our way through this process. So many of you have reached out and provided much needed prayers. We greatly appreciate this outpouring of support and thank you in advance for your patience and understanding.

Go Leopards,
Shane Fiedler


March 20, 2020

All New Home ISD facilities will be closed due to COVID-19 (Corona Virus) until further notice. This is in accordance with Governor Abbott’s decree. This includes the school, community center, agriculture farm, football field, weight-room, baseball fields, and any other facilities not specifically mentioned.

All school related activities will be postponed until further notice. This includes all UIL activities, cheerleader auditions, prom, and any other activities not specifically mentioned.

New Home ISD is dedicated during this difficult time to continue serving our students and community. If you qualify for free or reduced meals and would like to continue to receive meals please contact Brady Webb at bwebb@esc17.net or call 806-924-7543 ext 208. Meals will be available beginning March 30.

If there is anyone in our community that needs assistance either with food or other necessities, even if they do not qualify through our free or reduced program, please contact Brady Webb at the aforementioned contacts. Our goal is to be a resource for our community and to help in any manner possible.

Go Leopards!!

Thank you,

Shane Fiedler


March 19, 2020

To Parents of New Home ISD:

Today, March 19, 2020, Governor Abbott declared that all schools will be closed until April 3rd, 2020. New Home ISD will extend our spring break by one week in order to transition our school into a distance learning instructional setting. New Home ISD will continue instruction beginning March 30, 2020 via distance learning and will operate in this manner until we are instructed to resume courses as normal.

Regardless of your personal feelings on the COVID-19 outbreak, the safety of our students and community are our top priority. Please join us as we work to stop this from spreading any further through the washing of hands, social distancing, and staying home if you feel less than 100 percent healthy.

We will provide more communication as to how distance learning will take place, as well as issuing computers/laptops to those students that need them. I am sure that many of our students have personal items that they need to gain access to and I will provide instruction on how that will occur in a future memo.

Please assure our students, that while it may be stormy weather today, I believe the sun will shine again, and as always, “it’s a great day to be a Leopard!”

Thank you,

Shane Fiedler


March 18, 2020

To the Parents of New Home ISD,

By now I am sure you are aware of the closing of multiple schools in our area. I want to take a moment to let you know that our administration team has been in constant contact with multiple districts in our area, state school officials, and members of our medical community in order to provide the best education possible in a safe and secure setting. We have called for an emergency board meeting this Thursday evening to address some of the issues that we are currently facing. I ask that you please be patient as we work through these un-chartered waters. You can expect an announcement regarding our plans for Monday at the conclusion of our board meeting.

Thank you,

Shane Fiedler


March 15, 2020

New Home ISD, the Texas Education Agency, the Texas Department of State Health Services, and the CDC are monitoring the spread of the Coronavirus Disease. Information on this disease and how to prevent the spread of germs can be accessed at: https://dshs.texas.gov/coronavirus

Our staff members are working carefully to encourage simple and effective habits of frequent hand washing, covering every cough/sneeze, and cleaning classroom tables/surfaces frequently. This is important not just to help prevent the spread of coronavirus, but to help prevent the spread of other infections (common cold, flu, strep) that can lead to illness and absences. We are increasing the usage of our Victory electrostatic sprayers in all school areas. The sprayers utilize Clorox 360 and are an effective weapon in fighting diseases in our school. New Home ISD will continue to monitor and follow the recommendations of the TEA, Department of State Health Services, and the CDC. Any updates will be posted on our school web-site and through our App.

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