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Inside FWISD September 10, 2020

In this edition:

FWISD Special Board Meeting Set For September 15: Timeline for a Return to In-Person Instruction Will be Discussed | FWISD Flags To Half Staff For Patriot Day | FWISD Superintendent Welcomes Back Students Online, for Now | FWISD Superintendent Tailors His Convocation Video Message for an Online Start to School | FWISD Releases 2020-2021 Bulletin Number One | FWISD Board Of Education Names TAD Board Appointee | FWISD Announces 2020 Football Ticketing Policy | FWISD Extends New Parent Survey: Feedback will help District Prepare for the Rest of the Year | New Teacher Academy Social Media Challenge Winners Announced | College Colors Day (Virtual Edition) Set For September 18 | The College Application Boot Camp Series (Virtual Edition) Begins September 19 | FWISD Announces Recent Retirees | Fort Worth ISD Healthy Food Pantries Change Gears With Drive-Up Distribution | Volunteers Needed For TAFB Mega Mobile Market Events | Food Available At Multiple Sites Through November | Inside FWISD Briefs | Fort Worth ISD Snapshot (Including #FWISDFirstDay Photos and Video) | Community Resources | Calendar | View more stories throughout the week on the Inside FWISD Blog

FWISD Special Board Meeting Set for September 15

Timeline for a Return to In-Person Instruction Will be Discussed

The Fort Worth ISD Board of Education will hear a presentation outlining a timeline for a return to in-person instruction and also consider action on the matter at a special meeting on September 15.

Public comment on this subject will be heard, as well.

The meeting will take place at 5:30 p.m. and the public will be allowed to join virtually to express their opinions. If you wish to address the Board of Trustees in Open Session, please contact Amanda Coleman at 817-814-1956 before 5:30 p.m. on September 15.

If you wish to watch the meeting from a PC, Mac, iPad, iPhone or Android device, use this URL:

https://zoom.us/j/97197439698?pwd=dTJDSkdEWGlSMGdQMitKR1FDWlV6Zz09 with the Passcode: 722440

Or the public may join by phone:

Dial(for higher quality, dial a number based on your current location):

US: +1 346 248 7799 or +1 253 215 8782 or +1 669 900 9128 or +1 301 715 8592 or +1 312 626 6799 or +1 646 558 8656

Webinar ID: 971 9743 9698

International numbers available: https://zoom.us/u/ammknyOsV

Meetings are televised live by EdTV, the District’s TV station, on Spectrum/Charter Cable Channel 192, AT&T U-Verse 99 and via live streaming video on the District Website’s Video on Demand. You may also watch on the Fort Worth ISD Live YouTube channel.

FWISD FLAGS TO HALF STAFF FOR PATRIOT DAY

Friday, September 11th, 2020 marks the 19-year anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center in New York City, the Pentagon, and United Airlines Flight 93 which crashed in suburban Pennsylvania. Patriot Day serves as a remembrance of the lives lost on that September morning.

By a joint resolution approved December 18, 2001, (Public Law 107-89) has designated September 11th of each year as "Patriot Day," which also directs the flags be lowered to half-staff for the entire day on September 11.

The Fort Worth ISD will comply with Public Law 107-89 and lower all flags to half staff for the business day. Flags will be returned to full staff on Monday, September 14.

Additionally, the FWISD JROTC Department has set up a memorial display in the lobby of the FWISD Central Administration Building in observance of Patriot Day. 

FWISD Superintendent Welcomes Back Students Online, for Now

“I want to welcome you, students and families, back to school – not on a campus, but in your own home,” says Fort Worth ISD Superintendent Kent P. Scribner in his first-day-of-school video message for students.

Watch his brief video and hear his encouragement and expectations for a productive start to the 2020-21 school year – online until it is safe for students to be back on campus.

FWISD Superintendent Tailors His Convocation Video Message for an Online Start to School

Just as Fort Worth ISD’s start to school on September 8 was like no other, Superintendent Kent Scribner’s video Convocation message to teachers covers new ground.

Still very much a celebratory, motivational message, this video also sets the expectations for teachers and staff to connect with students and instruct effectively in new ways in the first weeks of all online learning.

Watch the video and get a look at the new FWISD Teaching and Learning Center. This facility opened this past spring in east Fort Worth to provide teachers with a larger, updated space for professional development and to move a large portion of central administration closer to the schools that need support the most.

FWISD Releases 2020-2021 Bulletin Number One

Editor's Note: The following communication from Deputy Superintendent Karen Molinar refers to the 2020-2021 Bulletin No. 1

View Bulletin No. 1 here.

FWISD Board of Education Names TAD Board Appointee

The Fort Worth ISD Board of Education has selected the District’s appointee to the Tarrant County Appraisal District Board of Directors (TAD Board). The FWISD Board appointed Joseph Ralph (J.R.) Martinez to the TAD Board at a special meeting today, September 10.

The TAD Board oversees the function of the Tarrant County Appraisal District.

Taxing units (the districts within its jurisdiction) appoint TAD Board members to two-year volunteer terms. The TAD Board consists of five directors and the county assessor-collector, who is not a voting member of the Board.

Prior to today’s vote, Mr. Martinez shared with FWISD trustees experience that he believes qualifies him for the TAD Board appointment.

“As a 15-year realtor and past Fort Worth ISD trustee, I understand the TAD appraisal process and its effects on both the governmental entities that use the data and the taxpayers,” Mr. Martinez said. “As a realtor, working with appraisals and understanding how properties are evaluated is definitely a regular part of my business. My service as a Fort Worth ISD trustee provided me the knowledge of how to handle the knowledge on behalf of a diverse district to achieve the best outcome of all.

“I’m confident I have the skills and experience to be a benefit to the Tarrant Appraisal Board of Directors representing the Fort Worth ISD. “

Mr. Martinez replaces John Molyneaux who is no longer able to serve in the capacity, according to a resolution approved by the FWISD Board on August 10. Mr. Molyneaux was first appointed to the TAD Board in 2002.

FWISD Announces 2020 Football Ticketing Policy

By Art Garcia

Inside FWISD Contributor

Updated ticketing procedures for Fort Worth ISD football games will reflect health and social distancing guidelines promoting a safe and enjoyable experience for all fans this season. Among the changes are online ticketing, face covering requirements and a clear bag policy.

All ticket purchases are only available online at fwisd.org/tickets and will not be offered on site at District stadiums. Fans are also required to wear face coverings and only allowed to bring clear bags into stadiums. These policies are available at fwisd.org/Page/25322.

“In order to stay within the UIL guidelines and all the other health guidelines, we have to minimize the amount of contact within people, therefore everything is designed to move people in and out of stadiums as quickly as we can without contact,” said Todd Vesely, FWISD executive director of Athletics.

Stadium seating capacities will also be limited to accommodate social distancing. Online ticketing also allows District officials to keep an accurate count of fans inside stadiums. Clear bags aide in the flow of fans entering.

“We are trying to minimize contact and not have people standing in line to get it,” Mr. Vesely said. “We’re trying to keep people moving, so with the clear bags, it’s much easier to identify and keep everyone safe. We’re trying to do everything we can to try to provide as safe an environment as we can for as many people as we can.”

Mr. Vesely added that the current procedures could be modified with the safety of the District community in mind.

“If there’s one thing we’ve learned through all this process is things are going to change, so we’re trying to stay flexible and nimble to adjust our processes as needed,” he said.

Week three of the 2020 FWISD football schedule opens Thursday with the following games:

  • Western Hills vs. Lake Worth (Junior Varsity), 6 p.m. at Lake Worth High School
  • Dunbar vs. Life School Oak Cliff (Junior Varsity), 6 p.m. at Oak Cliff
  • Diamond Hill-Jarvis vs. Eastern Hills (Varsity), 7 p.m. at Farrington Field
  • Benbrook vs. Wichita Falls Hirschi (Varsity), 7 p.m. at Memorial Stadium, Wichita Falls

Three varsity games at set for Friday:

  • Carter-Riverside vs. Crowley Atlas, 7 p.m. at Farrington Field
  • Western Hills vs. Lake Worth, 7 p.m. at Bullfrog Stadium, Lake Worth
  • Dunbar vs. Life School Oak Cliff, 7:30 p.m. at Clark Stadium

Most Volleyball Games To Stream Online; No Tickets Sold

No tickets will be sold for volleyball games, and all matches will air live via Facebook.

Fort Worth ISD is live streaming volleyball games. Most games can be viewed at the following links. There will be no spectators at games and no tickets are being sold.

Benbrook Volleyball- https://www.facebook.com/groups/915329708989823

Carter-Riverside Volleyball- https://www.facebook.com/groups/732216930924644

Diamond Hill Volleyball- https://www.facebook.com/groups/786390328844900

Dunbar Volleyball- https://www.facebook.com/groups/319888192532110

Eastern Hills Volleyball-https://www.facebook.com/groups/759317088159142

Western Hills Volleyball- https://www.facebook.com/groups/615146649377596

YWLA Volleyball- https://www.facebook.com/groups/714968399062927

FWISD Extends New Parent Survey

Feedback will help District Prepare for the Rest of the Year

Fort Worth ISD is continuing to gather feedback from parents about the 2020-21 school year and has extended its new parent survey.

“In a year like no other” the first four weeks of school -- which started Tuesday -- will be online only. But FWISD parents recently received a survey asking about their preference for continuing instruction once our campuses are open for in-person learning.

This feedback – whether parents want their child to continue in a virtual environment or would like to return to the campus -- helps the District prepare to meet all students’ needs. The District will also continue to follow government guidelines and health experts’ advice.

The survey is being sent by email to parents from Fort Worth ISD schools. It will also be featured on the District website --- www.fwisd.org and on its social media platforms.

The survey, which started August 28, has been extended from two weeks to three and concludes, Friday, September 18.

Parents, if you have any questions, please contact your campus principal or AskEval@fwisd.org.

New Teacher Academy Social Media Challenge Winners Announced

Fort Worth ISD’s Division of Student and School Support has announced its campus winners for the 2020 New Teacher Academy social media challenge.

The week of the academy, August 24-28, FWISD campuses were encouraged to post fun and engaging social media messages highlighting the New Teacher Academy and the various opportunities available to new teachers on each individual campus during the week. Participating campuses had to use the hashtag #FWISDForward in posts which were to clearly communicate to FWISD parents and students that the District is welcoming new teachers.

The Division of Student and School Support awarded $25 Kroger gift cards to schools in five categories. The 2020 social media challenge winners are:

  • Region I- Benbrook Middle-High School, Best Visual
A fun video that incorporated our students, while social distancing.
  • Region II- Milton Kirkpatrick Elementary School, Best Use of Hashtags
The post identifies the first day of school, pyramid, and #FWISDForward.
  • Region III- Greenbriar Elementary School, Best Communication of Brand Positivity
The brand was incorporated in a celebration in every way. Great visual communication on achievements through Common Sense and TEA banners.
  • Region IV- Atwood McDonald Elementary School, Best Use of PPE in a Caption
The caption easily communicated that we are keeping our teachers safe, and we are supplying them with free PPE gear in a fun basket.
  • Innovation- World Languages Institute, Top Caption for Audience
WLI identified that their campus has a bilingual community, so they provided an English and Spanish translation. Great use of Mascot, and funny visuals.

The New Teachers Academy, a five-day event, was offered to teachers new to the profession and the District hired after January 1, 2020. It offered educators professional learning essentials focused on topics including content, technology, social/emotional learning, equity and much more. Campus Days, focused on campus-based professional learning at individual schools, were hosted August 27 and 28.

Campus social media teams looking to enhance their captions, photos and overall posts throughout the school year are encouraged to check out tutorials at fwisd.org/socialmedia or contact FWISD Social Media Coordinator Kiana King at kiana.king@fwisd.org.

College Colors Day (Virtual Edition) Set For September 18

Whether in-person or cyberspace, Fort Worth ISD teachers, staff and students are encouraged to dress in college colors on Friday, September 18, 2020 as a way to promote the attainable goal of a college education.

The District is asking schools and families to get creative. While some may dress in gear from his or her favorite institution, others may decorate learning at home spaces or virtual Google classrooms to showcase school spirit. Still, others may incorporate the vision or mission statement of a particular school into a lesson plan. Your limitation is your imagination!

“Even in these uncertain times, it is important for us to continue to foster a culture that expects students to become life-long learners,” said Dr. Anita Perry, executive director of FWISD Collegiate Programming and Advisement. “I know that many of our campuses and students will do great and exciting things to celebrate College Colors Day.”

Please be sure to share your College Colors Day originality on social media by using the hashtag #FWISDCollegeColors and tag @FortWorthISD on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram. We’ll share as many photos and videos as we can on our District platforms!

And also, don’t forget to register and attend our virtual College Night 2020! This event promises “one-stop shopping” for all things higher education. Students will learn how to navigate college options during COVID-19 and beyond.

Click here to begin the registration process.

The College Application Boot Camp Series (Virtual Edition) Begins September 19

What: The 2020 College Application Boot Camp Series

When: Saturday, September 19, 10 a.m. to Noon

Saturday, September 26, 10 a.m. to Noon

Saturday, October 3, 10 a.m. to Noon

Where: Virtual event

Summary: The Fort Worth ISD, in collaboration with Tarrant County Community College, Texas Christian University, Texas Wesleyan University, The University of Texas at Arlington, The University of North Texas and Texas A&M University invites high school seniors to participate in the upcoming College Application Boot Camp Series.

This year’s College Application Boot Camp Series, consisting of three interactive preparation sessions, will be held on three consecutive Saturdays starting September 19 and culminating on October 3. Each session begins at 10 a.m. and ends at noon.

Sessions will focus on filling out college applications, finding scholarship opportunities, effective essay writing, managing senior year and college timelines. Students who attend all three sessions are eligible to win college scholarships, fee waivers and book vouchers provided by our higher education partners.

All interested students must complete the College Application Boot Camp Series registration. The registration deadline is September 16.

For a detailed listing of all three sessions, click here and select College Application Boot Camp under the upcoming events tab.

For more information, please contact your student’s senior counselor, College and Career Readiness Coach or TCU adviser.

FWISD Announces Recent Retirees

The following are FWISD employees that have recently retired, according to Human Capital Management, listed by years of service.

They are:

1. Jeffrey Shadowen, health associate, Health Services – 9 years

2. Donna Smith, high school attendance clerk, Eastern Hills High School- 11 years

3. Edna Culpepper, inclusion teacher, Dunbar High School- 12 years

4. James Mathis, security monitor, Safety and Security- 14 years

5. Rosalinda Salinas, teacher’s assistant I- pre-kindergarten, Harlean Beal Elementary School- 14 years

6. Maria Cervantes, teacher-second grade, Sagamore Hill Elementary School- 18 years

7. Vicki Coburn, teacher’s assistant I- pre-kindergarten Westcliff Elementary School- 18 years

8. Maria Buendia, administrative associate IA, Response to Intervention- 24 years

9. Janie Rodriguez, nutrition service worker, Bruce Shulkey Elementary School- 24

10. Delores Murray, nutrition service worker, Westpark Elementary- 31 years

11. Charles Seals, campus monitor, South Hills Elementary- 26 years

12. Patricia Furst, teacher-kindergarten, Versia L. Williams Elementary- 31 years

13. Phillis Johnson, teacher- vocation and business, Wyatt High School- 35 years

14. Anita Jones, teacher- first grade, Hazel Harvey Peace- 40 years

15. Cathy Gott, occupational therapist- 41 years

Fort Worth ISD Healthy Food Pantries Change Gears with Drive-Up Distribution

Editor's Note: The following story is from Blue Zones Project Fort Worth, an Inside FWISD contributor.

Fort Worth ISD and Blue Zones Project Fort Worth are meeting student and family needs during this challenging pandemic. Two innovative healthy food pantries piloted in FWISD schools last fall are shifting from indoor to drive-up distribution.

Alice Contreras Elementary and Daggett Middle schools offer a safe, no-contact process that continues providing families and students with fresh vegetables, fruit and traditional shelf-stable items. A first of its kind in the Fort Worth ISD, the healthy food pantry program -- a collaboration of North Texas Healthy Communities and Blue Zones Project -- began in November 2019. The goal is for fresh produce to make up at least 50% of the food available through the pantries.

School staff and community volunteers – including basketball players from Texas Wesleyan University – serve as volunteers placing food boxes into vehicle trunks for families visiting the mobile food pantries. Prior to the pandemic and students transitioning to virtual learning, families could visit the two schools at designated times to select garden-fresh produce from refrigerated cases and other food staples.

Alice Contreras Elementary held two fresh food drive-through distributions in August, first serving 73 families and expanding to 123 families. Two more drive-ups are planned for September. The healthy food pantry at Daggett Middle School will offer drive-up food distribution beginning later this month.

Valerie King, Alice Contreras Elementary counselor, manages the school pantry and says it is part of a program that will include nutrition classes and other activities to promote well-being.

“This helps our families learn about nutrition and how to live healthier,” Ms. King said. “It’s hard for some of our families to afford fresh fruits and vegetables, and the pantry items supplement their dietary needs. This is especially important during the pandemic.”

A weakened immune system may increase severe illness risks from COVID-19, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Studies show that fruits and vegetables provide nutrients—like beta-carotene, vitamin C and vitamin E—that boost immune function. Incorporating a plant slant into an overall healthy diet can reduce the risk of some chronic diseases, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s ChooseMyPlate.org.

“We know that many families are facing increased struggles,” said Matt Dufrene, vice president of Blue Zones Project Fort Worth. “We want to continue to support our community from a health and wellness perspective while being especially responsive to acute food access needs.”

Orlando Carrillo, a physical education teacher who assists with the Alice Contreras pantry program, said it sends an important message to families.

“The food is a big help to them right now,” Mr. Carrillo said. “Our students see that we’re not just here to teach them, but also to help them in the broader perspective of life.”

Blue Zones Project® aims to help people live longer, happier lives and fosters simple changes linked to better well-being. Blue Zones Project in Fort Worth is under the umbrella of North Texas Healthy Communities, a nonprofit outreach arm of Texas Health Resources that facilitates community well-being improvement initiatives.

Volunteers Needed for TAFB Mega Mobile Market Events

Help your Tarrant County neighbors by serving as a Tarrant Area Food Bank volunteer.

Up to 75 volunteers are needed weekly through November 20 at TAFB’s Mega Mobile Market Events, hosted on Fridays at Herman Clark Stadium, 5201 CA Roberson Blvd. Volunteers will assist with no or low touch food distribution of high quality, nutritious foods including fresh fruits and vegetables, frozen meat, groceries and dairy to local residents impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Click here to sign up.

Last week, organizers planned to provide meals for 1,500 families, many of whom are dealing with unemployment due to the ongoing pandemic. However, they actually provided groceries for an additional 200, bringing the total to 1,700 families served.

Food distribution starts promptly at 8 a.m. and runs through 11 a.m. every Friday through November 20, 2020 at Clark Stadium. Volunteers are expected to arrive no later than 7 a.m. and stay until noon.

Food Available at Multiple Sites Through November

Multiple organizations across Fort Worth are offering food to help families through the COVID-19 pandemic.

Since March, the Fort Worth ISD has partnered with multiple organizations to share information and organize food distribution events for families.

Meals-To-Go service is available at most Fort Worth ISD campuses for FWISD students. Adults may pick up meals for students if they can show documents verifying FWISD students are in the household. For more information, contact the FWISD Child Nutrition Department at 817-814-3500.

Food is available at these locations throughout November 2020:

Food Distribution

1. Monday and Wednesday, Times vary

YMCA of Metropolitan Fort Worth Grab and Go Meals

Multiple Locations

The YMCA of Metropolitan Fort Worth is serving free meals to youth 18 and under at multiple branch locations. Learn more here.

2. Monday through Friday

Boys and Girls Clubs of Greater Tarrant County

Curbside individually packaged meals and snacks are available for free to children ages 18 and younger while supplies last at Boys and Girls Clubs of Greater Tarrant County branch locations. Weekly at home learn resources will also be distributed with each meal. Other meal distribution options are also available.

Click here or contact LaToyia Greyer at LGreyer@bgcgtc.org for more information.

3. Friday, September 11, 8-11 a.m.(Held weekly through November 20)

Herman Clark Stadium

5201 CA Roberson Blvd.

Fort Worth ISD is partnering with Tarrant Area Food Bank to host a Mega Mobile Market food distribution event. Approximately 1,000 boxes of nonperishable food will be provided to families on a first-come, first-served basis. Each family will receive 100 pounds of high-quality produce, meat dairy and groceries.

4. Saturday, September 12, 2020: 10 a.m.-Noon

Broadway Baptist Church

305 W. Broadway Ave.

Open to everyone, this drive-through, contact-free event offers free and fresh food. No paperwork or qualification required.

Contact Peter Nelson at 602-397-6894 for additional information.

5. Tuesday, September 15, 9-11 a.m.

Cowtown Neighborhood Farmers Market: Haltom City

The Wisdom Center

4051 Denton Highway, Haltom City

Offers locally grown produce and artisan goods grown or produced within 150 miles of Fort Worth.

Farmers Market Nutrition Program (FMNP) vouchers and the Lone Star card (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program benefits) accepted for eligible items as well as credit and debit cards and cash. These markets support WIC (Women, Infants and Children) and FMNP clients, and are open to the public. Access to parking will open no earlier than 8:30 a.m.

6. Wednesday, September 16, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. (every Wednesday)

Bethlehem Baptist Church

1188 W. Broad St., Mansfield

Free, drive-thru food distribution open to everyone

For additional information, call 817-473-1236

7. Friday, September 18, 8-11 a.m. (Held weekly through November 20)

Herman Clark Stadium

5201 CA Roberson Blvd.

Fort Worth ISD is partnering with Tarrant Area Food Bank to host a Mega Mobile Market food distribution event. Approximately 1,000 boxes of nonperishable food will be provided to families on a first-come, first-served basis. Each family will receive 100 pounds of high-quality produce, meat dairy and groceries.

8. Thursday, September 24, 9-11 a.m.

White Settlement WIC Clinic

1638 S. Cherry Lane

Offers locally grown produce and artisan goods grown or produced within 150 miles of Fort Worth.

Farmers Market Nutrition Program (FMNP) vouchers and the Lone Star card (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program benefits) accepted for eligible items as well as credit and debit cards and cash. These markets support WIC (Women, Infants and Children) and FMNP clients, and are open to the public. Access to parking will open no earlier than 8:30 a.m.

9. Friday, September 25, 8-11 a.m. (Held weekly through November 20)

Herman Clark Stadium

5201 CA Roberson Blvd.

Fort Worth ISD is partnering with Tarrant Area Food Bank to host a Mega Mobile Market food distribution event. Approximately 1,000 boxes of nonperishable food will be provided to families on a first-come, first-served basis. Each family will receive 100 pounds of high-quality produce, meat dairy and groceries.

10. Thursday, October 1, 9-11 a.m.

White Settlement WIC Clinic

1638 S. Cherry Lane

Offers locally grown produce and artisan goods grown or produced within 150 miles of Fort Worth.

Farmers Market Nutrition Program (FMNP) vouchers and the Lone Star card (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program benefits) accepted for eligible items as well as credit and debit cards and cash. These markets support WIC (Women, Infants and Children) and FMNP clients, and are open to the public. Access to parking will open no earlier than 8:30 a.m.

11. Friday, October 2, 8-11 a.m. (Held weekly through November 20)

Herman Clark Stadium

5201 CA Roberson Blvd.

Fort Worth ISD is partnering with Tarrant Area Food Bank to host a Mega Mobile Market food distribution event. Approximately 1,000 boxes of nonperishable food will be provided to families on a first-come, first-served basis. Each family will receive 100 pounds of high-quality produce, meat dairy and groceries.

12. Friday, October 9, 8-11 a.m. (Held weekly through November 20)

Herman Clark Stadium

5201 CA Roberson Blvd.

Fort Worth ISD is partnering with Tarrant Area Food Bank to host a Mega Mobile Market food distribution event. Approximately 1,000 boxes of nonperishable food will be provided to families on a first-come, first-served basis. Each family will receive 100 pounds of high-quality produce, meat dairy and groceries.

13. Friday, October 16, 8-11 a.m. (Held weekly through November 20)

Herman Clark Stadium

5201 CA Roberson Blvd.

Fort Worth ISD is partnering with Tarrant Area Food Bank to host a Mega Mobile Market food distribution event. Approximately 1,000 boxes of nonperishable food will be provided to families on a first-come, first-served basis. Each family will receive 100 pounds of high-quality produce, meat dairy and groceries.

14. Friday, October 23, 8-11 a.m. (Held weekly through November 20)

Herman Clark Stadium

5201 CA Roberson Blvd.

Fort Worth ISD is partnering with Tarrant Area Food Bank to host a Mega Mobile Market food distribution event. Approximately 1,000 boxes of nonperishable food will be provided to families on a first-come, first-served basis. Each family will receive 100 pounds of high-quality produce, meat dairy and groceries.

15. Friday, October 30, 8-11 a.m. (Held weekly through November 20)

Herman Clark Stadium

5201 CA Roberson Blvd.

Fort Worth ISD is partnering with Tarrant Area Food Bank to host a Mega Mobile Market food distribution event. Approximately 1,000 boxes of nonperishable food will be provided to families on a first-come, first-served basis. Each family will receive 100 pounds of high-quality produce, meat dairy and groceries.

16. Friday, November 6, 8-11 a.m. (Held weekly through November 20)

Herman Clark Stadium

5201 CA Roberson Blvd.

Fort Worth ISD is partnering with Tarrant Area Food Bank to host a Mega Mobile Market food distribution event. Approximately 1,000 boxes of nonperishable food will be provided to families on a first-come, first-served basis. Each family will receive 100 pounds of high-quality produce, meat dairy and groceries.

17. Friday, November 13, 8-11 a.m. (Held weekly through November 20)

Herman Clark Stadium

5201 CA Roberson Blvd.

Fort Worth ISD is partnering with Tarrant Area Food Bank to host a Mega Mobile Market food distribution event. Approximately 1,000 boxes of nonperishable food will be provided to families on a first-come, first-served basis. Each family will receive 100 pounds of high-quality produce, meat dairy and groceries.

18. Friday, November 20, 8-11 a.m. (Held weekly through November 20)

Herman Clark Stadium

5201 CA Roberson Blvd.

Fort Worth ISD is partnering with Tarrant Area Food Bank to host a Mega Mobile Market food distribution event. Approximately 1,000 boxes of nonperishable food will be provided to families on a first-come, first-served basis. Each family will receive 100 pounds of high-quality produce, meat dairy and groceries.

For the complete Tarrant Area Mobile Food Pantry Schedule, visit https://www.tafb.org/wp-content/uploads/mobile/mobile-pantry-schedule.pdf.

Other food resources are also available:

INSIDE FWISD BRIEFS

EDITOR'S NOTE: Inside FWISD Briefs are quick-hit stories of activities and events happening around the District.

Where To Get A Free COVID-19 Test This Week

The City of Fort Worth and Tarrant County has expanded its free community COVID-19 testing sites. Locations for testing include two Fort Worth ISD sites.

The following are upcoming events where COVID-19 tests are available:

Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays: Tarrant County College - South Campus (8 a.m. - 4 p.m.) (saliva test), 5301 Campus Drive, Fort Worth

Thursday September 10: Beth Eden Baptist Church (2 - 5 p.m.), 3208 Wilbarger St., Fort Worth

Friday, September 11: Christ Church Assembly of God (8 - 11 a.m.), 5301 Altamesa Blvd. Fort Worth

Friday, September 11: Hillwood Commons I (2 - 5 p.m.), 9800 Hillwood Parkway, Fort Worth

Click here for more details.

McLean MS Student Donates $5,000 to Local Food Bank

A sweet treat was just the recipe McLean Middle School eight-grader Sydney Ratner needed to help neighbors across the county.

Recently, Sydney was featured in a WFAA (Channel 8) story about her efforts to support the Tarrant Area Food Bank and local residents in need of food.

This summer, she baked desserts and donated proceeds from the sales of those treats and a matching contribution totaling a combined $5,000 to the food bank.

Click here to check out her story.

City Urges Residents To Get Flu Shot Early

The City of Fort Worth is urging residents to get this year’s flu shot sooner than later.

Click here for details on what to know about the 2020-2021 influenza season and where to get a flu shot.

FWISD First Day of School “Like No Other”:Fort Worth ISD Superintendent Kent P. Scribner visited several District schools Tuesday, September 8, the first day of the 2020-21 school year. As this video shows, everywhere he went teachers were joyfully engaging with their students online.

Fort Worth Mayor Betsy Price joined Dr. Scribner before the sun was up at the District’s new Teaching and Learning Center (TLC), where they were interviewed by local news media. Dr. Scribner then gave Mayor Price a tour of the TLC, where in the future, teachers will receive professional development.

#FWISDFirstDay: Fort Worth ISD's 2020-2021 school year got underway virtually for students Tuesday. Students will receive online instruction the first four weeks of the academic year. The Fort Worth ISD Board of Education will hear a presentation outlining a timeline for a return to in-person instruction and also consider action on the matter at a special meeting on September 15.

Rosemont Elementary Drive-Through Roundup: Rosemont Elementary School kicked off the new school year on a bright note with its back-to-school roundup for families, September 3.

Organized by Principal Nakita Brewer, and her long-time partners at University Christian Church and Kids Hope Ministry, the roundup offered students and their families support for a successful school year while complying with health and safety protocols for minimizing the spread of COVID-19. University Christian Church provided free school supplies and uniform polo shirts for every child. The University of North Texas Pediatric Unit offered free immunizations and fresh and canned food were provided by Tarrant Area Food Bank (TAFB). Information about city resources, voter registration and the 2020 Census was also be available. School-spirit shirts and delicious snacks were available for sale by the school PTO. Refreshing Kona Ice cones were also sold.

COMMUNITY RESOURCES

Extended COVID-19 Coverage

CDC Tips on Properly Wearing A Cloth Mask

FWISD Partners With Virtual Care For Kids To Offer Students Telehealth Services

In efforts to reduce COVID-19 spread, the Fort Worth ISD has partnered with Virtual Care for Kids to offer students and their families telehealth services.

Students can see a Texas-based pediatrician within minutes from home virtually via computer, smartphone or tablet for urgent care services including minor colds, the flu, sore throat, cough, ear concerns, headaches, sinus or allergy issues or pink eye. Additionally, Virtual Care for Kids is offering coronavirus screening and testing in English and Spanish. Visit https://urgentcarekids.com/fwisd/ to register for services.

Employee Assistance Program Resources for FWISD Employees

FinPath Offers FWISD Employees Tips For Managing Finances During Pandemic

FinPath, an employer-paid workplace benefit, is offering Fort Worth ISD employees financial wellness tips, coaching and resources for weathering the COVID-19 pandemic.

Launched by the District last year, FinPath offers employees tips for managing finances and much more. Recent webinars and courses offered by the service have included “Dealing with the Financial Shock of COVID-19” and “Breaking Down the CARES Act and What It Means To You.”

Not using FinPath yet? Click here to activate your account.

For more details on FinPath, visit the FWISD Employee Benefits Portal and click on the Financial Wellness tab.

Families First Coronavirus Response Act

Follow COVID-19 updates from the City of Fort Worth at fortworthtexas.gov/COVID-19/

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