COVID-19 Information/Return to In-Person Instruction Plan
New Caney ISD is providing traditional, in-person educational services for the 2021-2022 school year and will not have a remote learning option based on current information and circumstances. In-person instruction is critical for the academic success, as well as the social and emotional well-being, of the vast majority of students.
With guidance from NCISD Health Services, the Texas Education Agency, local/state health authorities and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the district's Return to In-Person Instruction Plan outlines protocols for the 2021-22 school year. In accordance with Executive Order No. GA-36 prohibiting governmental entities and officials from mandating face coverings, all face coverings, including masks and shields, may be worn at the discretion of the individual student or staff member. Prevention of the spread of illnesses in our schools will continue to take all of us working together. The best way to prevent the spread of illness is to stay home when ill and practice appropriate hand hygiene and respitory etiquette. New Caney ISD asks parents to screen their children for illness each day and keep them home when they experience symptoms related to COVID-19 in a way that is not normal for them.
In accordance with state and local health authority requirements, New Caney ISD will report all positive case notifications received from parents, teachers or staff to the designated agency. In addition, upon receipt of an individual on a campus who tests positive for COVID-19, a classroom letter of notification will be sent out to all parents of students in the affected classroom(s).
Continuity of Services
Beginning August 2021, the district plans to return to a pre-pandemic academic schedule inclusive of in-person instruction and all extracurricular and cocurricular activities. The district's decision-process regarding continuity of services was informed by data from a stakeholder survey. The district will focus on high-quality instruction and utilize universal screeners, district learning assessments, and classroom formative assessment to measure student learning and growth. This data will also be used to determine the need for targeted support and accelerated learning. Interventionists are available on every campus to provide the prescribed supports for identified students. In addition to meeting the academic needs of all students, the district will continue to focus on the social and emotional wellness of our students and staff. Students will receive daily, or weekly instruction designed to promote healthy mindsets, social skills, and optimal behavior with our Texas Education Agency-approved best practice curriculum. Teachers and students will define behaviors that support their learning and work to strengthen and improve them through a goal setting and feedback process. Students who demonstrate a need for targeted support in this area will receive intervention by the school counselor or the district behavior support team. Our district will continue to partner with local mental health agencies (Tri-County Behavioral Healthcare and Yes to Youth) to further support our students and families. We recognize that a variety of circumstances may result in students needing to be out of school occasionally. When those occasions arise, students are encouraged to stay current through Canvas.
The district has set up a COVID-19 Hotline for parents and staff who have questions or concerns related to COVID-19 protocols and procedures. Please call 281-577-8619 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
COVID-19 Positive Test Reporting Form (Students and Staff)
Students and staff use this form to report to the school if you have received a postive COVID-19 test result.
January 18, 2022
Residential households in the U.S. can order one set of four free at-home tests from special.usps.com. Here’s what you need to know about your order:
- Limit of one order per residential address
- One order includes 4 individual rapid antigen COVID-19 tests
- Orders will ship free starting in late January
Sept. 24, 2021
New Caney ISD has updated the In-Person Instruction Plan. Changes to the plan officially go into effect Monday, September 27. Updates to the In-Person Instruction Plan include:
- The district will resume allowing visitors/parents and outside groups inside schools and facilities. Normal visitation and volunteer procedures will be in effect.
- Masks and face coverings will continue to be made readily available for students who request them in schools and on buses. The wearing of masks remains at the discretion of the individual.
Reports to the district of lab-confirmed cases of COVID-19 have diminished significantly over the last several weeks. Based on current information, the restrictions on visitation during the school day are being lifted. We greatly value the participation of parents and volunteers in schools, and we are happy to be able to resume this important aspect of the school experience at this time. We very much appreciate your assistance in helping us respond to the changing circumstances around COVID-19 so that we can maintain educational services and opportunities for our students. We will continue to monitor data and circumstances regarding COVID-19 and make decisions accordingly regarding protocols.
New Caney ISD continues to ask parents to screen their children for illness each day and keep them home when they experience symptoms related to COVID-19 in a way that is not normal for them. Frequent cleaning and disinfecting will continue to occur in all schools and facilities throughout each day. Students and staff may choose to wear face masks on campus at their discretion. We encourage employees, students, and families to take precautions to protect themselves and others.
Sept. 3, 2021
New Caney ISD has updated its self-reporting procedures for students and staff who test positive for COVID-19.
Rather than call your campus nurse, students and staff who test positive for COVID-19 will use an online form to notify the school of a positive test. Upon submitting the form, you will receive email confirmation with additional instructions and information.
This form is required for excusing absences related to COVID-19.
Please find this form on this page above entitled Positive COVID-19 Test Reporting Form.
The district has set up a COVID-19 Hotline for parents and staff who have questions or concerns related to COVID-19 protocols and procedures. Please call 281-577-8619 or email email@example.com.