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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:

November 16, 2020 Covid 19 Update-Letter from the Executive Director, Rebecca Reiner

Download the full re-entry plan here.

Download the at-a-glance table here


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.

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

  • 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.

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.

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