COVID-19 Updates

2021-2022 Back to School Plan

COVID-19 UPDATE March28, 2022

As a result of the consistent decline in COVID 19 cases in Porter and Lake County and the two counties being in the Blue advisory level for the past four weeks, NEO is lifting our mask MANDATE although we do still encourage masks as one protective measure against this virus. The school will still provide masks to those that need them while they last.

​ However, and until further notice, masks WILL be required in the classroom when instructional activities require close (less than 3’) contact between teacher and student or between students is required for instructional activities. Teachers will have disposable masks to distribute for these occasions. All students are expected to comply with the school’s policy in these situations.

Please refer to the school’s Back to School Plan that is posted on the NEO website for other changes related to being in the Blue Level.

​ All of us at NEO and New Vistas High School will continue to closely monitor the situation and respond appropriately and ask that all staff, students, and families remain equally vigilant and take all recommended safety precautions seriously to stay safe and well.

​ Thank you.
Rebecca Reiner

COVID-19 Updates

Updates concerning NEO operations regarding COVID-19 may be found on this page with latest updates are provided first.

NEO COVID Screening Form [click here] The Coronavirus Self-Checker is an interactive assessment tool that can assist NEO students, staff, and visitors in determining whether or not they may have contracted COVID-19 as well as their status for in-person learning.
NOTICE – December 30, 2021 Due to the unprecedented rise in COVID-19 cases in Porter and Lake County, New Vistas High School is making the following changes to their school schedule:
  1. We are canceling school for Monday, January 3. We will replace this instructional day by having school on Presidents’ Day on Monday, February 2.
  2. Tuesday – Friday, January 4 – 10 will be e-learning days.​
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    • Students will log onto their Google classroom at their normal class time.
    • Students who need a loaner device for e-learning from home should call the school on Monday, January 3 to arrange a time to pick-up a device. Devices will need to be returned when we return to in-person learning.
    • If you or your student are unable to participate in e-learning days next week, please contact Principal Pryor to discuss your situation via email or phone (219-850-4448 – main office).
  3. All scheduled appointments with the school counselor will take place as scheduled. Currently, we plan to return to in-person learning on Monday, January 10.
Please call the school at 219-850-4448 for more information.
Please remember to use qualified resources for information about protecting yourself during this time:
  • Porter County Health Department Coronavirus Information
  • CDC – Coronavirus (COVID-19) Information
  • Indiana State Department of Health – Coronavirus (COVID-19) Information
  • BackTo School Guidance – Indiana Department of Heallth
  • Talking to Children About COVID-19: A Parent Resource
  NNVHS ESSER I, II, III Funding Plans

Latest Updates & Guidance from the Indiana Department of Health
Dr. Box – Supt and LHO – COVID Control
Measures_October 25 2021
LHD Guidance on Communicable Disease
Laws_October 26 2021.pdf
COVID-19 Control Measures under 410 IAC 1_October 26 2021

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.

For more information about re-entry, please see our full back to school plan. If you have questions, please contact our office at 219-850-4448.

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