COVID-19 Updates

Any updates concerning NEO operations amid the COVID-19 (coronavirus) situation may be found on this page. The latest updates are provided first.

Please remember to use qualified resources for information about protecting yourself during this time:

Should you need resources during this time (housing, food, etc.), we recommend you check the following websites:

Lake County United Way 

Porter County United Way

 

 

For internet: 

 

FREE Internet Provider Offers The Federal Communications Commission has released an agreement stating that providers will waive late fees, not cut off service for lack of payment, and open hot-spots.

 

  • Comcast - Comcast is offering an internet essentials package for free. To sign up for a free internet essentials package for 60 days, applicants can simply visit www.internetessentials.com. The accessible website also includes the option to video chat with customer service agents in American Sign Language. There are also two dedicated phone numbers 1-855-846-8376 for English and 1-855-765-6995 for Spanish.

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  • Spectrum - Spectrum is offering free internet access for students. Beginning March 16, Spectrum is offering free internet for 60 days to households with K-12 or college students who don’t already have a Spectrum subscription. To enroll, call 1-844-488-8395. 

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  • AT&T - AT&T COVID-19 response. AT&T will offer open hot-spots, unlimited data to existing customers, and $10/month plans to low-income families

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  • Verizon - Verizon is offering free international calls to countries identified by the CDC, waived late fees if impacted by Coronavirus, and waiving new line and service activation fees.

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  • Sprint - Sprint is following the FCC agreement, providing unlimited data to existing customers, and, starting Tuesday, 3/17/2020, will allow all handsets to enable hot spots for 60 days at no extra charge.

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  • T-Mobile - T-Mobile is following the FCC agreement, plus unlimited data to existing customers, and, coming soon, will allow all handsets to enable hot-spots for 60 days at no extra charge.

March 27, 2020

 

The NEO building is currently closed to all students and staff, and will remain closed until the state-mandated stay-at-home order is lifted.

 

  • All in-person classes are cancelled.

    • New Vistas will not return until after May 1.

    • Adult Education classes do not have a new date to begin at this time.

  • New Vistas High School students will complete e-learning Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday each week

    • Thursday and Friday of these weeks will be waivers and will NOT need to be made up later in the year. Please catch up on any incomplete e-learning that you did not finish on these days.

    • If you need internet access or a device, please contact principal Swope at aswope@neoadulted.org.

 

You can call our main line at 219-850-4448 to leave a message for administrators. Members of our admin team will be continuously checking their messages from home and returning calls as quickly as they can.

 

If you have questions regarding E-learning, please email your teacher directly. Emails are at the following links: 

New Vistas High School Staff

Adult Education Staff

If you need help with a class schedule, contact guidance counselor Christina Rose by email or by completing this form.

All questions about HSE and ParaPro testing (or retests) should be sent via email to rreiner@neoadulted.org

Student health and safety remains our top priority. Please don't hesitate to reach out to us should you have questions or concerns.

STAY SAFE AND HEALTHY.

March 16, 2020

Beginning Tuesday, March 17 there will be NO adult education, ESL or citizenship classes. Adult education teachers will be available throughout the day on Tuesday to answer questions via phone.

At this time, adult classes will resume again on Monday, April 6. Please check back here for any updates regarding this start date.

 

Testing for the HSE is still currently scheduled. Any changes to the HSE testing status will be updated here on our website first.

March 13, 2020

Dear New Vistas High School students and families,  

In response to the COVID-19 situation, NEO is making the following decisions regarding NEO’s New Vistas High School.

Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday (March 16th, 17th, and 18th) will be E-Learning Days. The  building WILL be open on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday to students from 9:00 AM – noon for students who do not have a device or wi-fi/internet.  There will be NO SCHOOL on Thursday and Friday.  These will be waiver days as approved by the Governor and will not need to be made up.  If students need a make-up day for one of the E-Learning Days, Thursday and Friday can be used for those purposes.

We HAVE NOT made a final determination about extending the school closure beyond Spring Break which will occur as scheduled March 23-27.  We are aware that other schools in Porter and Lake County HAVE closed schools through April 10th, but we are waiting for more information to make this decision at this time. 

We are asking All New Vistas students to take home all personal belongings and class materials (designated textbooks, notebooks, etc.) so we can empty lockers for thorough cleaning and disinfecting.      

Any New Vistas student who does not have access to a device and wifi/internet should have notified Mrs. Swope by now.  If not, they or their parents must contact her to arrange for e-learning options.   

 

It is essential that during this challenging period, we stay in close communication with you and you with us.  We will be posting updates on our website, Facebook, and through emails and all-calls.  If you are not receiving information, please call the school at 219-850-4448.

 

Any student or employee who developed the following symptoms must stay home. We also ask that you notify the school if you have these symptoms:

  • A fever of 100 degrees or higher

  • A persistent cough

  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing

  • Other related symptoms (chills, body aches, sore throat, headache, diarrhea, nausea/vomiting, and runny nose)

 

If you develop fever or any of these symptoms, call your healthcare provider right away. Please call ahead so the provider can take appropriate precautions to prevent the spread of infection.

 

I want to stress that at this time, we have no reported cases of COVID in our school community.  I am in close communication with health officials and other school corporations and am monitoring this situation daily (even hourly!)

In the meantime, please take care to take these everyday precautions seriously:

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.

  • If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60-percent alcohol.

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.

  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.

  • Stay home when you are sick.

  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue and throw the tissue in the trash.      

  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.

 

We will continue to monitor information from health authorities as it is updated and share this information with you via emails, letters, all calls and on our website and social media.  I also encourage you to visit these websites for continually updated information:

 

Thank you for all you do to help keep our children and schools safe and healthy.

 

 

Rebecca Reiner

Executive Director

NEO New Vistas High School and NEO Adult Education

March 13, 2020

 

Dear NEO Adult Education Students,

 

In response to the COVID-19 situation, NEO is making the following decision regarding NEO’s Adult Education program.

 

NEO Adult Education will be open to the students on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday (March 16, 17, & 18). There will be no school on Thursday.

 

We HAVE NOT made further determination about extending school closure beyond Spring Break at this time. We are well aware that many schools in Porter and Lake County HAVE closed schools through April 10th, but we are waiting for more information to make this decision.

 

We understand that many of our adult education students do have children at home; however, your education is important. If you are unable to attend because you need to be with your children, please let us know and we can send you distance assignments so that you can continue your education. If you need packets to take home, please contact your teacher so that they can create packets for you to pick up.

 

It is essential that all students stay in contact with us as this situation is changing daily. We will be posting all communication on our Website and Facebook pages. Please check these resources regularly and call the school at 219-850-4448 if you have any questions that are not covered on these two websites.

 

Any student or employee who developed symptoms of COVID-19 must stay home and notify the school. These symptoms are:

  • A fever of 100 degrees or higher

  • A persistent cough

  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing

  • Other related symptoms (chills, body aches, sore throat, headache, diarrhea, nausea/vomiting, and runny nose)

 

If you develop fever or any of these symptoms, call your healthcare provider right away. Please call ahead so the provider can take appropriate precautions to prevent the spread of infection. The Center for Disease Control and Protection (CDC) has just decided that as testing becomes available, it will be provided free of charge to those who display these symptoms or have been exposed to this virus. At this point we do not have further information.

I want to stress that at this time, we have no reported cases of COVID in our school community. I am in close communication with health officials and other school corporations and am monitoring this situation daily (even hourly!)

 

In the meantime, please take care to take these everyday precautions seriously:

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.

  • If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60-percent alcohol.

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.

  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.

  • Stay home when you are sick.

  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue and then throw the tissue in the trash.

  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.

 

We will continue to monitor information from health authorities as it is updated and share this information with you via our website and social media.

 

 

 

 

Rebecca Reiner

NEO Executive Director

MARCH 10, 2020

Dear NEO students, families, and staff,

Last week Neighbors’ Educational Opportunities (NEO) sent out our first communications letter to you regarding the COVID-19 virus.  As this situation continues to evolve, I want to provide you with updates on our efforts to keep our school community safe and informed.

The health and well-being of NEO’s New Vistas and Adult Education students, staff, and community are a priority and we are taking all reasonable steps to prevent and prepare for any potential impact that may result from the COVID-19 virus. 

 

Here is what we are currently doing:

 

1. NEO administrators are monitoring daily updates from Indiana Department of Health officials and following their recommendations on precautions, communication, and response-readiness.

 

2. All members of our school community are being reminded to practice preventative actions recommended by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to stop the spread of respiratory-related diseases such as COVID-19:

  • Avoiding close contact (within 6 feet) with people who are sick.

  • Avoiding touching your eyes, nose, or mouth with unwashed hands.

  • Staying home when you are sick.

  • Covering your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.

  • Cleaning hands often by washing them with soap and water for at least 20 seconds

  • If soap is unavailable, using alcohol-based hand sanitizer with 60%–95% alcohol.

  • It is especially important to clean hands after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after coughing, sneezing, or blowing your nose.

 

3. We are monitoring absence rates and symptoms in our building.

4. Our custodians are cleaning and disinfecting the building daily.

5. We are finalizing our Emergency Operations Plans to prepare for extensive absences and possible school closure.

Currently, there are no reported cases of this virus here in our school community and NEO’s New Vistas High School and Adult Education. Should a member of our school community develop symptoms suggestive of COVID-19 or have contact with someone who has been confirmed for COVID-19, we will follow direction from public health officials, which may include closing school for a recommended period of time until public health official advise us that it is safe for students and staff to return to school.

 

We are asking for your help to ensure all members of NEO’s New Vistas High School and Adult Education are safe and prepared. 

The most important thing you can do is to stay informed, practice preventative measures listed above, self-monitor for signs of fever, cough, or difficulty breathing, and stay connected to us.

If you or your student develops a fever, cough, or has difficulty breathing, please stay home, limit contact with others, and seek advice by telephone from a healthcare provider or your local health department to determine whether medical evaluation is needed.

 

Here are some important resources for your benefit:

The Centers for Disease Control (CDC): https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/

 

The Indiana State Department of Health: https://www.in.gov/isdh/28470.htm

 

This guidance is likely to change as this situation evolves, so please know we are committed to providing you with timely updates and guidance aligned with the best recommendations and guidance from our public health authorities.

 

 

Sincerely,

 

Rebecca Reiner

Executive Director

NEO’s New Vistas High School and Adult Education

NEO's New Vistas High School and Adult Education

5201 US Hwy. 6 | Portage, IN 46368

219-850-4448

info@neoadulted.org

Fax: 219-850-4445

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