COVID-19 Updates

Any updates concerning NEO operations regarding COVID-19 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:

August 7, 2020

As of August 7, 2020, NEO plans to open for the 2020 school year utilizing a hybrid model. THIS MAY CHANGE BASED ON THE WEEKLY COVID POSITIVITY RATES IN LAKE AND PORTER COUNTY. School officials will communicate any changes to the plan as they happen. School starts on August 26.

The reentry document is a fluid document that may change.

You may view the full re-entry plan and/or the at-a-glance plan via the documents below.

As always, if you have questions about these procedures, please call our office at 219-850-4448 to speak with a member of our administrative staff.

Download the full re-entry plan here.

Download the at-a-glance table here

July 15, 2020

 

Dear NEO students, families, staff, and community:

 

We know many of you have questions about re-entry plans for the school year.

At this time, Neighbors’ Educational Opportunities (NEO) will offer a hybrid learning model to begin the 2020-2021 school year. We will reevaluate this plan continuously. This means the plan could change at any time based on the number of positive COVID cases in our area and the potential exposure of students and staff.

 

HIGH SCHOOL (NEW VISTAS STUDENTS)

High school students will attend an every-other-day schedule. Half of the students will be assigned to be in the building Monday, Wednesday. The other half of students will attend Tuesday, Thursday. Friday will be for online or in-person "office hours" where students can receive additional help.

On days students are not physically in attendance at school, they will complete distance learning as directed by their teachers. In other words, we have school every day, but students will only be in the building half of those days.

With our already small classes sizes of 15 students or less, having half of our high school students in the building means classes sizes will now be cut in half (an average of 7-8 students).

Masks will be required for all students when social distancing cannot be maintained and in public spaces like the entry way, restrooms, and hallways, including passing periods.

More information on the very specific details of this model will be available soon and posted on our website. ALL COVID UPDATES ARE AVAILABLE AT www.neoadulted.org/healthandsafety

 

ADULT EDUCATION

Students in the adult education program (both HSE and ESL classes) will be able to choose either online or in-person classes, either in the morning or evening. Registration will continue to be offered monthly. Students who plan to attend in-person classes will have a shorter schedule than typical years. Because each student’s schedule will be unique to their educational needs, teachers will work with students to create those schedules once registration has been completed.

Masks are required for all students when social distancing cannot be maintained and in public spaces like the entry way, restrooms, and hallways.

Like the high school, more specific details will be available soon on our website.

 

We want to thank our students, parents, and staff for being patient as we continue to make decisions that best serve our students.  If you have any questions, please contact a member of our administrative team at 219-850-4448.

 

Stay healthy and well,

 

The NEO Administrative Team

June 4, 2020

 

As NEO approaches the end of the school year, we realize many students and their families will have questions about what next year will bring.

 

Among those questions are whether NEO will have in-person classes, what safety measures we will implement, and how educational and instructional integrity will be maintained while adapting to a new normal.

 

Our administrative team has met and will continue to meet weekly to refine plans for next school year. We have outlined three potential plans for Fall 2020:

  1. A back to “normal” model in which all students will be in the building with a comprehensive list of health and safety regulations.

  2. A blended model in which students may be in the building half of the time while completing distance learning the other half.

  3. A fully distance learning model.

 

At this time, we await guidance from Governor Holcomb, state and local health officials, and the Indiana Department of Education regarding which model will be implemented.

 

Rest assured that once we know more, our team will be diligent about communicating that information in a clear, timely manner and with as many details as possible.

 

We will be offering remote learning for adult education beginning July 7. More information is available at www.neoadulted.org/distancelearning.

 

It is our belief that students have the best chance for success when they are provided direct instruction in the classroom and receive support services through our dedicated staff. We miss our students and hope to see them in the building this fall. However, we will put the health and safety of our community first in all decisions.

 

Thanks for being patient with us while we make decisions to best support our students.

 

Please call our building should you have any concerns or questions at 219-850-4448.

 

Sincerely,

 

Executive Director Rebecca Reiner and the NEO administrative team

April 7, 2020

HIGH SCHOOL UPDATE

 

As you know the Governor and the Indiana Superintendent of Schools announced all Indiana schools will remain closed for the rest of this school year. 

 

With that announcement came some changes.

  • All assessments (ISTEP, ILearn Biology, ASVAB) are all canceled for the rest of the school year

  • Graduation requirements have changed for the class of 2020

    • Ms. Rose and Mrs. Swope will call all seniors directly to explain the graduation changes

  • Prom has been canceled for this year

  • We are waiting to see if crowd restrictions are lifted before we cancel graduation

For E-Learning

  • All students are expected to complete assignments daily for every class

    • Blank assignments do not count as submitted assignment

  • We will continue eLearning on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday

  • Parents and students should check PowerSchool for grade updates which is an indication of student eLearning progress

    • Keep in mind student who don’t complete assignments will fail their classes

Our school support staff will reach out to you weekly to do wellness checks and assess family needs.

Do not hesitate to call us or email should you need additional information or guidance throughout the remainder of the school year.

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

August 12, 2020

 

Weekly COVID positivity rates in Lake and Porter Counties are currently within the 5-10% range. Based on the NEO’s reentry plan, we will continue to open the school year via the hybrid model.

There are no changes to adult education classes. Students will attend according to the times given by their teachers. We will offer both in-person and online classes for adults.

There are two changes to the high school hybrid model:

  • Students may now opt to attend the hybrid model virtually. This means the student will log in live from home according to an assigned schedule. Teachers will have a Google Meet video session available while they are teaching the already in-progress, in-person class happening in their rooms here at New Vistas. When the student is not attending live sessions via Google Meet, they must complete their distance learning work during the school day. Fridays will be for distance learning and study sessions with teachers. Students who wish to be placed on this virtual hybrid model should contact Mrs. Swope directly at aswope@neoadulted.org

  • Students who normally attend the 3:30-5:30pm PLATO classes (Mrs. Fomby’s evening students) will be fully online at home. They will have scheduled weekly check-ins with Mrs. Fomby.

 

Our administrative team and board of directors continues to monitor data regarding COVID daily.

 

For more information about re-entry, please see our full plan and the at-a-glance guide located below. If you have questions, please contact our office at 219-850-4448.

DAILY SELF-MONITORING FOR COVID-19 SYMPTOMS

from CDC guidelines

 

What You Need to Know

  • Anyone can have mild to severe symptoms.

  • Older adults and people who have severe underlying medical conditions like heart or lung disease or diabetes seem to be at higher risk for developing more serious complications from COVID-19 illness.

  • People with COVID-19 have had a wide range of symptoms reported – ranging from mild symptoms to severe illness. Some people with COVID-19 have no symptoms! Symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure to the virus. 

 

 

Watch for Symptoms of COVID-19

  • Fever or chills

  • Cough

  • Shortness of breath Difficulty breathing

  • Fatigue

  • Muscle or body aches

  • Headache

  • New loss of taste or smell

  • Sore throat

  • Congestion or runny nose

  • Nausea or vomiting

  • Diarrhea

This list does not include all possible symptoms, nor does it mean that you have COVID-19 if you have any or all these symptoms.

 

  • All staff and students MUST self-monitor for these symptoms DAILY BEFORE coming to school.

  • If you have symptoms that cannot be explained by other reasons, you MUST stay home.

  • Any COVID-19 related absence MUST be reported to NEO’s COVID-Response Lead  

 

NEO will maintain strict confidentiality procedures. NEO’s Response Leads are:
 

Mr. Clifton Rhodes

NEO’s Director of Safety and Facilities

(219) 841-7047 or extension 7047

Ms. Rebecca Reiner

NEO’s Executive Director

(219) 841-8046  or extension 8046

 

 

When to Seek Emergency Medical Attention

The following is a list of possible emergency warning signs for COVID-19.  These symptoms do not necessarily indicate COVID-19 but do indicate the need to seek emergency medical care immediately when someone is showing these or other symptoms that are severe or concerning to you.

  • Bluish lips or face

  • Severe and constant pain or pressure in the chest

  • Extreme difficulty breathing (gasping for air or being difficulty talking due to breathing issues)

  • Severe and constant dizziness or lightheadedness

  • New serious disorientation (acting confused)

  • Unconscious or very difficult to wake up

  • Slurred speech or difficulty speaking (new or worsening)

  • Seizures

  • Signs of low blood pressure (too weak to stand, light-headed, feeling cold, pale, clammy skin)

Call 911 or call ahead to your local emergency facility

Notify the operator that you are seeking care for someone who has or may have COVID-19.

 

Not Sure?

If you remain unsure of what to do, call your doctor, 911, or the emergency room of your nearest hospital.  Here is a link to CDC Guidelines if you are symptomatic.

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/if-you-are-sick/quarantine.html

Download the full re-entry plan here.

Download the at-a-glance table here

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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