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Nederland ISD shares details of all-digital platform instruction

NEDERLAND — Nederland Independent School District is launching its all-digital program April 20.

District administrators said the plan to return to campus on May 4 has not changed, but the decision to switch to an all-digital platform allows for more efficient two-way communication between students and teachers during this homebound learning period.

“At this time, our plan is to return on May 4, but we understand this may change. Using digital platforms is part of the long-range plan for Nederland ISD,” a district statement read.

NISD officials said this impacts students from prekindergarten through 12th grade. There are provisions in place for households that do not have Internet access.

As of today (April 9), parents, students and teachers can start becoming familiar with Google Classroom, Dojo and Seesaw tutorials that are posted at nederland.k12.tx.us.

Prekindergarten through second grade students will use Dojo and Seesaw. Third graders through high school seniors will use Google Classroom.

NISD officials said the week of April 13-17 will be used as a training period to become familiar with the programs. New learning in all core areas will be posted to give families practice using each program and allow ample time for questions or concerns.

All communication and coursework launches fulltime April 20.

Students are required to check-in on their assigned digital platform every day and submit all final coursework by each Friday afternoon.

Families are encouraged to set their own schedules and pace. As long as all assignments are turned in by deadline, coursework will be marked as completed.

Teachers are also available for assistance via email at any time.

“We realize that every situation is different and we encourage families to make this online program work with their schedule. We have teachers, administrators and counselors ready to assist in any way we can,” a district statement read.

Printed packets will no longer be distributed on any campus.

Students enrolled in special education or dyslexia courses will have equal access to all educational opportunities, and will be provided additional enrichment activities and resources.

Admission Referral and Dismissal committee meetings will continue to occur via conference call or virtual consultations.

Those identified as gifted and talented will be engaged in independent study in the Texas Performance Standards Project. This program includes independent study activities providing a topic of interest, research, presentation and findings.

Advanced Placement students can access courses via the Flexible Education Program. They can also access AP courses through their personal College Board account.

At this time, administrators are working on grading guidelines.

For additional questions or concerns, email your campus principal and check for daily updates via email, social media, district website or Remind 101.

No Internet

Prekindergarten through fourth grade families that do not have Internet access in their home are asked to contact their homeroom teacher for future instruction. The individual schools can also be called.

Students in fifth grade through 12th grade that do not have Internet access can request weekly packets be mailed to their home by completing an online survey each Thursday by noon.

The survey can be completed found at the Nederland ISD website.

For printed coursework, the preferred method is to submit assignments to the corresponding teachers via email. If this option is unavailable, coursework will be dropped off at the child’s campus for weeks April 13-May 4 on Mondays. There will be a box labeled for each grade level.