Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) Updates & Resources

June 30, 2020 Updates

2020-2021 School Year Update

Dear Noah Webster Schools Families:

Governor Ducey provided additional guidance with an executive order on June 29, 2020 to delay the start date for Arizona schools. Based on this information, Noah Webster dates have been adjusted by 2 weeks. The first day of school is now projected to be August 19, 2020. Noah Webster Schools has been working on a comprehensive plan for reopening for the 2020-2021 school year.  Based on the health and safety information available to Arizona schools as this time, Noah Webster’s up-to-date information on the 2020-2021 school year is detailed below.

We are pleased to announce the options for our families so they may make informed decisions about what is best for their student(s) based on personal preferences, comfort level and health of their families.  For the 2020-2021 school year Noah Webster Schools, Mesa and Pima Campuses, will be offering the following options to our students and families:

  • In-person, on-campus instruction 5 days a week (PK-6) for students, with increased safety precautions
    • In Person
      • Pre-K-6th grade, 5 days a week, full day
      • Increased physical distancing in the classroom
      • Classroom materials will not be shared, unless disinfected between uses
      • Increased hand sanitizer stations on campus
      • Classrooms stay together at recess and lunch
      • Enhanced deep cleaning and regular disinfection of frequently touched surfaces
      • Student and Staff training on health and safety protocols
      • Signage posted throughout campuses with health and safety reminders
      • Students may participate in afterschool activities and before and after care, following safety measures
      • Face coverings may be required, per local guidelines and mandates at the time of reopening
  • An on-line distance learning option (K-6) for students unable to attend school on campus.
    • Distance Learning
      • Kindergarten-6th grade, 5 days a week
      • Students may choose to transition to in-person learning at semester break
      • All distance learning classes are conducted by Noah Webster School teachers
      • Access to on-line “specials” such as PE, Music, Art and Library accessA parent, family member, or other adult who is at home with the student will act as a Learning Coach and provide guidance and support throughout the online school day
      • The special education team will work directly with families of special education student(s) to schedule required on campus or virtual therapies

There are additional details about the in On Campus/In-Person Safety Measures available by clicking the link below

Noah Webster Schools’ Distance Learning Program (NWSDLP) will include a comprehensive on-line model with instruction in core subject areas including lessons, assignments, homework, assessments and grades, along with daily attendance requirements.  Please understand, this on-line program is drastically different from the remote learning offered in Spring 2020. Additional details of the distance learning model, including information about the program, the at home support and learning coach requirements, as well as a sample daily schedule, are located on

As we all know, the COVID-19 guidelines currently in place are fluid and ever changing.  There are likely to be adjustments and updates to specific details of the plan as we move toward the start of the school year on August 19th, 2020 and as the year progresses.

Family communication is essential during this time. We are excited to announce our new immediate communication app through Flyer Connect. Our new app will deliver essential information through instant notification, allow you to send direct emails to Noah Webster, and be the center for our school’s resources.  On July 1st, you should receive an email with download and verification instructions, as well as an email with your personal verification code.

Our focus continues to be educating all of our students while promoting the health and safety of all our students and staff.

Thank you,

Noah Webster Schools

 

June 2, 2020 Updates

2020-2021 School Year Update

Dear Noah Webster Schools Families:

On Thursday, May 28, 2020 Governor Ducey declared that schools in Arizona can re-open for the 2020-2021 school year. Noah Webster’s top priority is student, staff, and family safety as we look at the upcoming school year.

We will update families with Noah Webster’s plans for the 2020-2021 school year by June 30, 2020.

Thank you,

Noah Webster Schools

 

April 6, 2020 Updates

Zoom Meeting Expectations

Dear Families,

With the remote learning opportunities now extending through the remainder of the year, we want to take a moment to establish some baseline expectations for the daily Zoom Meetings as we want the meeting time to be effective and beneficial to all in attendance.  Please know that these are school-wide expectations and individual teachers may have additional or more specific expectations based on their own class.

STUDENT EXPECTATIONS:

  • Please have your student(s) attend the meeting by sitting in a quiet place with limited background noises.
    • If students are walking around or in a noisy area with their devices, it can become distracting to the class.
  • Remind students that the class expectations are the same as they would be at school.
    • Teachers will have behavior expectations and consequences in place so that he/she can run an effective meeting/class.  This may include:
      • Redirecting students
      • Shutting off a student’s audio and/or video as needed
      • Having a student visit the “waiting room” until they are ready to join the class with appropriate behavior
  • Have your child finish eating and drinking before the meeting, or have him/her wait until after the meeting.
  • Be sure to have your child dress appropriately as dress code applies.
  • Please have your child bring a paper and pencil, or white board and marker for the lesson.
  • During the meeting students may be muted during lessons as it helps with background noise and focus while the teacher is instructing or a student is speaking.
  • During the lesson portion of the meetings, it is helpful for you to put the screen on “speaker” view.  This will show a large picture of the instructor, and a smaller picture of the student. For group discussions it is fun to have the screen on gallery view so the student can see the entire class.

FAMILY EXPECTATIONS:

  • Appropriate conduct and dress that were applicable on campus for families are extended to Zoom Meetings and include the following:
    • Appropriate clothing
    • Appropriate language
    • Appropriate actions including but not limited to:
      • no smoking or alcohol

Once again, please know that teachers may have additional or more specific expectations based on their class as these are overall school expectations.  Teachers will be in contact with you to discuss any issues in the above areas.

Thank you for your support during this unprecedented time in education. Our families have been amazing with the transition.

Thank you,

Noah Webster Schools

 

April 1, 2020 Updates

We Miss You!

To all of our Noah Webster Wildcats…We are here for YOU! We’re all in this together, so stay safe, stay strong and stay positive!  Click on the link to view a special video message from the staff at Noah Webster Schools: https://youtu.be/wo3BWwxl3dY .

A big thanks to all of our NWS faculty and staff and a special thanks to Jake Johnson (aka Peter Parker) for his end-of-video message to our Noah Webster Wildcats.

 

March 30, 2020 Updates

School Closure Updates

Good Afternoon Noah Webster Families,

Today, March 30, 2020, Governor Doug Ducey and Kathy Hoffman, Superintendent of Public Instruction, have mandated that the school closures in Arizona be extended and schools will stay closed for the remainder of 2019-2020 the year. We will stay the course with our current learning opportunities being provided to families through both online resources and/or printed materials. Information regarding collecting personal items and refunds will be provided shortly.

If your child was on track to be promoted prior to the school closure, they will continue moving forward and advance to the next grade level for the 2020-2021 school year.

Please expect updates via email, our website www.noahwebster.org, and on social media.

Thank you for your ongoing support as we work together to support the health of our students, families, and community.

Thank you,

Noah Webster Schools

Governor & Superintendent Letter: School Closure for Remaining 2019-2020 School Year

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

March 25, 2020 Updates

Informational Update for Parents

Please view the message from Noah Webster Schools’ Principals regarding educational opportunities for student learning by clicking HERE.

 

March 24, 2020 Updates

Student Educational Information Update

Dear Noah Webster families,

At Noah Webster Schools, we will continue to provide our students with educational opportunities through learning materials and activities during this time of school closure.  Students are encouraged to participate in at home learning if feasible for families; however, they are in no way required nor graded.

In addition to the opportunities that are currently being made available through on-line resources, we will also be providing printed resources for families.  Classroom and Special Education teachers will send out curriculum information regularly to their families via email.  If you are not able to access the digital resources and would like your students to practice the learning opportunities we will be providing printed packets of review materials starting Monday, March 30, 2020

Printed materials will be available in the front parent pick up area on Monday, March 30, 2020 8:00-10:00 a.m. and 3:00-5:00 p.m. and April 6, 2020 8:00-10:00 a.m. and 3:00-5:00 p.m.

If your child can participate with the digital resources the printed work is not required, please use one or the other, not both.

Again, these activities are optional and not required. These do not need to be returned to the school.

We appreciate the support of our Noah Webster families.

Thank you,

Noah Webster Schools

 

March 20, 2020 Updates

School Closure Extended

Good evening Noah Webster families,

Today, March 20, 2020, Governor Doug Ducey and Kathy Hoffman, Superintendent of Public Education, have mandated that the school closures in Arizona be extended and all schools will remain closed through April 10. We have been instructed to make every effort to provide continued educational learning opportunities through online resources or materials that can be sent home.

At Noah Webster Schools, we will continue to provide our students with educational opportunities through learning materials and activities during this time of school closure.  Classroom and Special Education teachers will send out curriculum information regularly to their families to ensure these opportunities continue to be available to all students.  These emails will provide our families with at home learning options, so all students can continue learning while away from school.

Thank you for your continued patience during this time.

Sincerely.

Noah Webster Schools

Governor Letter: Extending School Closure

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

March 19, 2020 Updates

Student Internet Resources

During these unprecedented times and the possible challenges with accessing the internet, Noah Webster Schools is providing a list of internet/WiFi resources to our families. This may make it easier for you to stay connected and access digital resources and learning opportunities.

Information about Internet Services and Access

Cox Communications Response:
Cox Communications offers a range of services and packages for the next 60 days (for example, free access to over 650,000 Wi-Fi hot spots). Visit www.cox.com/residential/internet/learn/cox-hotspots.

Comcast COVID-19 Response:
Comcast offers free Wi-Fi for 2 months to low income families plus all Xfinity hot-spots are free to the public during this time.  Visit corporate.comcast.com/covid-19.

Charter Free Internet:
Visit corporate.charter.com/newsroom/charter-to-offer-free-access-to-spectrum-broadband-and-wifi-for-60-days-for-new-K12-and-college-student-households-and-more

AT&T COVID-19 Response:
At&T offers open hot-spots, unlimited data to existing customers, and $10/month plans to low income families. Visit https://about.att.com/pages/COVID-19.html

Verizon COVID-19 Response:
Visit www.verizon.com/about/news/our-response-coronavirus.

Sprint COVID-19 Response:
Sprint will provide unlimited data to existing customers. Starting Tuesday, March 17, 2020, Sprint will allow all handsets to enable hot-spots for 60 days at no extra charge. Visit newsroom.sprint.com/covid-19-updates-sprint-responds.

T-Mobile COVID-19 Response:
T-Mobile is providing unlimited data to existing customers. It will soon allow all handsets to enable hot-spots for 60 days at no extra charge. Visit www.t-mobile.com/news/t-mobile-update-on-covid-19-response.

We will continue to provide updates and information to help you maintain your academic knowledge.

March 18, 2020 Updates

Student Educational Information

At Noah Webster Schools, we are committed to continuing to provide our students with educational opportunities through learning materials and activities during this time of school closure.  These opportunities will be made available through online resources at this time.  Classroom and Special Education teachers will send out curriculum information regularly to their families.  These emails will provide our families with at home learning options, so students can continue learning while away from school.  Students are encouraged to participate in at home learning if feasible for families; however, they are in no way required nor graded.  Please know this situation is ever changing. We appreciate the support of our Noah Webster families while we navigate these uncharted waters in our school, community, state and nation.

 

March 16, 2020 Updates

Meals During COVID-19

While due to state restrictions Noah Webster Schools is not eligible for the summer food program that would provide lunch during this time, there are a few local resources that are available to our families for lunch and breakfast:

Mesa Public Schools:
http://www.mpsaz.org/beprepared/

Gilbert Public Schools:
https://www.gilbertschools.net/site/Default.aspx?PageID=204

Scottsdale Public Schools:
https://app.peachjar.com/flyers/969846/schools/148128

Tempe School District:
https://www.tempeschools.org/our-district/departments/nutrition-services/meal-information-during-school-closures

Phoenix Union High School District:
https://www.phoenixunion.org/coronavirusinfo

Salt River Schools:
https://saltriverschools.org/news/what_s_new/freemeals2020

We will be working on a plan for reimbursement for field trips and lunch orders once we are assured by the state that our plan for reopening is not being adjusted.

Sincerely,

Noah Webster Schools

Governor Letter: School Closure

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

March 14, 2020 Updates

School Closure Update

Dear Noah Webster Schools Families:

Thank you for your continued support as we work collaboratively with internal and external stakeholders to make informed decisions, on behalf of our students, staff and families, related to the COVID-19 outbreak. As we continue to monitor the situation, we have opted to take the proactive and cautious approach to protect our students, staff and families and close our schools.

Effective Monday, March 16, 2020, all Noah Webster Schools campuses will be closed for the two-week period of March 16– March 27, 2020 to support the effort to minimize the spread of COVID-19 and anticipate reopening Monday, March 30, 2020. Prior to March 30, 2020, additional communication will be sent out to families.

At this time, we have no known cases of COVID-19 with students or staff, and this decision is only a precaution to ensure the health and well-being of all of our students and employees.

There will be subsequent communication as we determine further details and provide updates via email, our website and on social media.

Thank you for your continued patience, understanding, and support as we work through this unprecedented time in education.

Sincerely,

Noah Webster Schools

Coronavirus & Schools

Schools are on the frontlines of responding to coronavirus and federal health officials are urging school districts to prepare. Click HERE to find the most relevant news, information, and resources about how schools should prepare and respond.

 

March 3, 2020 Updates

NWS COVID-19 Communication