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Inside FWISD July 1, 2020

Important Updates Regarding Fort Worth ISD Office Hours and Student Meal Distribution

This is a reminder that Thursday, July 2, is a holiday for Fort Worth ISD. As a result, Fort Worth ISD offices will be closed on that day and will reopen on Monday, July 6. District offices are already closed on Fridays during the summer months.

Also, there will be no student “Meals to Go” distribution on Thursday, July 2. Instead, student meals will be available for pickup today, July 1, (3 meals).

Monday and Thursday distribution will resume on Monday, July 6. Meal distribution locations can be found at www.fwisd.org/mealstogo.

FWISD District-Wide Online Registration Underway

All Parents/Students Must Complete this Process

Online registration for the 2020-2021 school year launched today, and registering early is more important than ever. Parents and students are being asked to choose a preference for either in-person or virtual, online learning.

Beginning at midnight, July 1, registration opened to all Fort Worth ISD parents at www.fwisd.org/register. Online registration is for all students –both new and returning – and is a “must do” in order to be enrolled in the Fort Worth ISD.

The process for returning students is fast and should take less than 10 minutes to complete. Using your student’s individual Snapcode, simply go to www.fwisd.org/register, click the Returning Student registration button and confirm the information you’ve previously supplied or update any new information.

Families of new students will find the process easy as well – with instructions for uploading any necessary documents. On July 1, parents can visit www.fwisd.org/register, click the New Student registration button, and create an account.

Have a question? Call Fort Worth ISD’s Parent Information Hotline at 817-814-2070, email parentinfo@fwisd.org or visit the District website at www.fwisd.org/register to read a list of Frequently Asked Questions.

Now, we want to share some special details about the coming school year, so you can make an informed choice:

  • Families selecting virtual instruction will experience daily teacher/student interactive lessons in each subject area.
  • Internet access and a technology device (computer, Chromebook, lap top) must be available for student use daily. (It is recommended that students in middle or high school utilize their District-issued 1-to-1 Chromebook.)
  • It is also recommended that the home or environment the student will engage in virtual instruction have reliable internet service.
  • For elementary students who do not have a 1-to-1 device or a device in the home, FWISD will prioritize the issuance of a student Chromebook.
  • Families requesting virtual instruction but who do not have reliable internet service will be prioritized for the issuance of District hot spots.
  • Students will be expected to participate in virtual daily instruction with follow-up assignments.
  • Students will be responsible for submitting assignments to the teacher through their virtual classroom environment.
  • Grades for virtual instruction will follow all District grading policies. Numeric grades will be assigned for each 6-weeks and semester basis. There may be situations where courses selected by the student cannot be delivered in a virtual environment. In those situations, school counselors will work with the student to select an appropriate course that will be delivered virtually.
  • Families who select the virtual instruction model for their student will commit to remaining in a virtual instruction setting for the entire semester.

In-Person Instruction

  • Families selecting in-person instruction need to be prepared for a school environment that is socially distanced, limited in movement, and differentiated in instructional delivery methods.
  • Depending on classroom capacity guidance that will be released from TEA and the federal government, some classes may take place in non-traditional classroom spaces.
  • Some classes will be delivered by an in-person teacher while others may be delivered by a virtual teacher. All classes will have adult staff supervision.
  • Students who attend class in-person will be required to wear a face mask in all indoor environments.
  • Students will not be able to congregate in large groups and will be required to adhere to the 6-foot socially distanced requirement.
  • Student work spaces in classrooms will also be socially distanced at the 6-foot requirement.
  • Breakfast and lunch will be served through alternative means, limiting the number of students in the cafeteria at one time.
  • Restroom facilities will be monitored and cleaned on an ongoing basis and student access to facilities will need to be organized to ensure safe and healthy environments.
  • In-person instruction will remain in place as a District and campus option as long as health and safety guidance allow.
  • Families who select in-person learning will commit to remaining in a school setting for the entire semester. However, families electing in-person instruction must also understand that there may be the need to close schools and transition to virtual instruction for periods of time during the school year.

Online registration is a time-saving tool that can be done from the convenience of your own home, at any hour, day or night, using your smartphone, laptop, or any digital device.

Who: All Fort Worth ISD students – either new or returning

What: Online registration for the 2020-2021 school year

When: Starts Today

Why: It’s easy, it’s convenient, and parents no longer have to fill out form after form with the same information.

How: Parents of returning students use an assigned Snapcode, which can be found on the 2019-2020 final report card on your Parent Portal account.

Fort Worth ISD and Tarrant County College Will Merge Advisory Boards

Decision Comes During Virtual Summit About Fort Worth’s Future Workforce

Fort Worth ISD Superintendent Kent P. Scribner and Tarrant County College Chancellor Eugene Giovannini have agreed to merge their respective advisory boards – the groups of industry professionals who provide valuable connections between educators and industry in preparing students to enter the workforce. The decision came during an hour-plus virtual summit discussing Fort Worth’s future workforce.

The merger of the advisory boards will increase collaboration between educators and industry as they create programs for students. It also represents a huge step forward for career and technical education as Fort Worth prepares for a new kind of workforce in a post-COVID 19 environment.

Fort Worth Mayor Betsy Price, who also participated in the virtual summit, hailed the decision as a way to make a difference in the future of Fort Worth. “Having one focus is always good. It allows for a better use of our resources as we come out of this COVID 19.”

Dr. Scribner referred to the adage, “form follows function” as he described this new alignment. “If in fact, we are looking toward a cradle-to-career initiative in Fort Worth, it would only make sense that we align that work and bring advisory groups together.”

Dr. Giovannini said the new alignment could help create “the opportunity for the business community to engage us seamlessly in a progression from high school to college. It will certainly pay great benefits.”

The decision to merge advisory boards was one of several highlights from the Zoom event. Titled “Fort Worth: Where the Best Begins,” it was part of a partnership between Fort Worth ISD, Tarrant County College, and the Fort Worth Chamber of Commerce to better understand how education and industry can work together to meet current and future workforce needs.

Mayor Price began the summit with breaking news about the new order issued by Tarrant County Judge Glen Whitley and mayors from various Tarrant County municipalities requiring masks be worn through August 3 as a way to stay safe while conducting business.

The summit, moderated by Fort Worth ISD Executive Director for Career & Technical Education Daphne Rickard, also allowed viewers to ask questions during the event which could be answered by the panelists.

In addition to Dr. Scribner, Mayor Price and Dr. Giovannini, the virtual summit featured nine guest panelists representing a cross-section of Fort Worth business and industry:

  • Fort Worth Metropolitan Black Chamber of Commerce President and CEO DeVoyd Jennings
  • Lockheed Martin Director for HR Economic Development Opportunities, Strategic Workforce Initiatives Jon Gustafson
  • Medical City Fort Worth Chief Medical Officer Dr. Terry Loftus
  • Fort Worth Chamber of Commerce CEO Brandom Gengelbach
  • Dig Contracting Owner Dante Williams
  • Cisneros Restaurants, Inc. President Vicki Cisneros
  • Fort Worth Hispanic Chamber of Commerce President/CEO Anette Landeros
  • T3 (Tarrant To and Through) acting executive director and Rainwater Charitable Foundation program manager Jay McCall
  • Bell Director of Workforce Planning and Strategy Cara Lundquist

The summit followed eight industry-focused virtual discussions, or mini-summits, held in early June. The individual sessions focused on aviation and aerospace; transportation, both distribution and logistics; hospitality and culinary; IT and cybersecurity business; small businesses: the construction industry: general business; and health care.

Organizers from FWISD, TCC, and the Chamber listened during the mini-summits as business leaders shared stories of how this pandemic has impacted their businesses.

Record Number Apply for Academic Chairs for Teaching Excellence Awards

A record 140 teachers applied across 16 categories for the chance to become a 2020-2021 Fort Worth ISD Chair for Teaching Excellence in their respective field.

Annually, about 100 teachers apply for the awards. The Fort Worth ISD Academic Chairs for Teaching Excellence Awards are sponsored by generous corporate and community partners. Each winner receives the title of Chair for Teaching Excellence for one year and a $5,000 honorarium.

Fort Worth ISD established the Chairs for Teaching Excellence program in 1994. It is modeled after the university-level Chair program and is designed to recognize and reward exemplary teachers. This program is unique because of its role in a public Kindergarten-12th grade setting and for its rigorous selection process that includes an application, teaching demonstration video, and personal interview.

This year’s applications included a question about how teachers engaged their students while working remotely this spring. This gave teachers opportunities to demonstrate how they rose to the challenge of teaching virtually, using creative and innovative tools and techniques to engage and motivate their students.

A panel of judges for each 16 categories, made up of a cross-section of the community, acts as selection committees. Judges include retired public school and higher education instructors, current higher education instructors, representatives from nonprofit organizations, and industry-specific experts for a total of more than 70 judges. The selection committees will carefully review applications this summer and select finalists in each teaching category. After school begins, the finalists will submit 20-minute teaching demonstration videos and then take part in panel interviews with committees this fall.

This fall, the teaching demonstrations and panel interviews may be virtual, because of the COVID-19 pandemic. The process will culminate in November with one teacher being named a Chair for Teaching Excellence in each of the 16 categories.

In a typical year, winners are recognized at an awards luncheon. Because this year is anything but typical, the committees and sponsors are aware of the need to be flexible in case processes change on short notice. Whatever the circumstances, the 16 Chairs for Teaching Excellence will each be recognized and awarded a $5,000 honorarium for their outstanding work and dedication to the students of Fort Worth ISD.

INSIDE FWISD BRIEFS

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

P-EBT Online Application Extended

The online application deadline for P-EBT has been extended to July 31, 2020.

P-EBT is for children 5-18 years old who received SNAP food benefits for the month of March 2020 and children up to 21 years old who were certified for free or reduced-price meals at school in Texas during the 2019-20 school year. Children that attend a school that offers free meals to all students (Community Eligibility Provision or CEP) are also eligible. Click here for more details.

City Opens More Facilities

More Fort Worth city facilities are opening this week. Visitors to City of Fort Worth facilities are required to wear face coverings, per city and county orders.

For a complete list of facilities opening this week, click here.

Most city facilities that have reopened are closed Friday, July 3, in observance of Independence Day.

County, City Issue Face Covering Ordinances to Fight COVID-19

Tarrant County and the City of Fort Worth recently passed ordinances requiring residents wear face coverings while visiting businesses and attending outdoor gatherings of more than 100 people. Additionally, residents are asked to maintain social distance rules, keeping six feet distance between themselves and others outside their homes.

The ordinances are effective from 6 p.m. June 26 through 6 a.m. August 3.

To align with the order, Trinity Metro is requiring that all employees and customers wear face coverings on all its modes of transportation.

Learn more about the city ordinance here. The city has also prepared an FAQ on the mandatory face covering order.

Early Voting for Primary Runoffs, CCPD Special Election Underway

Early voting has begun for the Democratic and Republican primary runoff races and a special election for the City of Fort Worth's Crime Control and Prevention District. Election Day is July 14.

Early voting is open across Tarrant County from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. today and Thursday; 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. July 5 and 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. July 6-10. Polling places are closed July 3 and 4 in observance of Independence Day.

On the Democratic Party Primary runoff ballot is the U.S. Senator; U.S. Representative District 24; Railroad Commissioner and County Constable Precinct 5 races. The Republican Party primary runoff ballot includes races for the Justice Second Court of Appeals District Place 7 and Precinct Chair (Precinct 3390). The City of Fort Worth is asking voters to consider continuing the Crime Control and Prevention District and its sales tax for 10 years.

For more details on voting locations, sample ballots and more, visit the Tarrant County Elections website.

Everyone Counts: 2020 Census Underway

Additional reminder cards are going out to households July 22-28 that have not completed the 2020 Census, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. The postcards go out ahead of census takers visiting homes.

The confidential 2020 Census may be completed online, by phone or mail. Americans are encouraged to complete the Census online at 2020Census.gov, by phone in English or 12 other languages at 844-330-2020 or via mail.

Nearly 60 non-English language guides and videos are available on 2020Census.gov for completing the survey.

Click here for more details.

VITA Offers Fort Worth Residents Free Curbside Tax Filing Services

Free curbside tax filing services are available to Fort Worth residents through July 15 by the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program.

The free curbside service is available to residents "who make less than $58,000 per year and need to file or amend returns for 2019, 2018, 2017 and 2016," according to a City of Fort Worth statement.

The Internal Revenue Service tax filing deadline is July 15. The deadline was extended earlier this spring because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Click here for more details.

FWSO Slates Virtual July Fourth America Strong Concert

A special July Fourth America Strong concert featuring the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra will air live on WFAA-TV (Channel 8) at 9 p.m. Saturday, July 4 and the orchestra website.

The concert will is being filmed at Dickies Arena. The orchestra will be joined by guest artists from the Fort Worth Opera, The Cliburn and Texas Ballet Theater, with a special appearance from Broadway star baritone, Arlington Heights High School alumnus and 2019 FWISD Wall of Fame honoree, Major Attaway.

Click here for more details.

Dunbar HS Senior Celebration:The celebration was hosted Friday at Farrington Field. A special thank you to Sodexo Magic for donating the 18,000 bottles of water for guests attending this week's in-person commencement celebrations across the District.

Western Hills HS Senior Celebration: The celebration was hosted Thursday at Farrington Field. A special thank you to Sodexo Magic for donating the 18,000 bottles of water for guests attending this week's in-person commencement celebrations across the District.

A Community Conversation: Real Talk with FWISD Leaders: Fort Worth ISD's Division of Equity and Excellence hosted the virtual town hall meeting, Thursday, June 25, via Zoom and YouTube.

Showing Appreciation: A group of Fort Worth ISD teachers recently presented the District's trauma specialists with a portrait to show appreciation for the ConnectED courses the specialists are offering this summer. The courses include tools for teachers to use in their classroom and to use when reflecting on their own personal life and self-care. The focus on the effects of brain trauma, triggers, stressors, the use of attachment/connection to repair broken relationships, seeking joy and self-care.

The portrait received by teachers is being displayed in the trauma specialist workspace.

Pictured is the Manuel Jara Elementary School Art Teacher David Orona with the portrait.

FWISD Welcomes Newest Employees: Welcome, to FWISD's latest new hires. Recently, Human Capital management has hosted drive-in on boarding events for new employees.

Sweet Delivery: South Hi Mount Elementary students who recently completed summer learning opportunities were surprised with special deliveries from TAP room teacher Morgan Bethke including sweet treats and special notes.

Strength and Conditioning: The FWISD Athletics Department recently posted photos from the strength and conditioning workouts for student-athletes at Paschal High School. All FWISD campuses hosting strength and conditioning workouts are adhering to health and safety protocols per UIL guidelines.

COMMUNITY RESOURCES

Free Coronavirus Testing At LA Maude Logan ES July 6-8

Fort Worth ISD’s Leadership Academy at Maude Logan Elementary School will become a COVID-19 testing site Monday through Wednesday, July 6, 7, and 8. Hours of operation will be 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The Leadership Academy at Maude Logan Elementary School is located at 2300 Dillard St. in Fort Worth.

The Texas Division of Emergency Management, in conjunction with the City of Fort Worth, will offer the standard novel COVID-19 test at this site in an effort to making testing more accessible to the community.

The tests will be free of charge and do not require an appointment but you may pre-register at www.texascovidtest.org.

Tests will be administered in the school’s stand-alone gymnasium which has a private entrance and exit points.

FWISD's J.P. Elder MS Serves As Free COVID-19 Testing Site

The Fort Worth ISD is partnering with Kroger Health, the healthcare division of The Kroger Co. and the City of Fort Worth to offer a free drive-thru COVID-19 testing site on Fort Worth’s North Side.

Testing will be offered at Fort Worth ISD’s J.P. Elder Middle School from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. each Tuesday through Saturday. People needing a test will use a virtual screening tool based on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidelines to see if they are eligible.

Click here for more details.

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.

Technology Assistance

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Get access to online training in a variety of subjects with LinkedIn Learning!

Course examples:

  • Microsoft Teams Essential Training
  • Working Remotely
  • Learning to Teach Online
  • Teaching Techniques: Blended Learning
  • Managing Stress for Positive Change
  • Team Collaboration in G (Google) Suite
  • Time Management: Working From Home

and over 13,000 videos more...

A certificate of completion is given for each finished course.

Interested? Go to the link https://bit.ly/2K7c685 to request access to LinkedIn Learning. It may ask you to log in to active directory when clicking on the link.

A limited number of LinkedIn Learning licenses available; licenses will be given on a first come, first serve basis.

Questions? Email Classified Learning at aracely.chavez@fwisd.org.

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 fall, 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.

TAFB Offers Grab-And-Go Meals For Children, Mobile Food Pantries

The Tarrant Area Food Bank is offering Grab-And-Go Meals for Children and Mobile Food Pantries for families throughout the summer.

Click here for details on where Grab-And-Go Meals for Children are being served and here for Mobile Food Pantry sites.

Need Food Assistance? Call 817-534-0814 to speak with a live representative about access to nutritious food near you. Visit https://tafb.org/find-food/ for details on where to find food countywide.

YMCA Free Meals for Youth Continue Through August

The YMCA of Metropolitan Fort Worth is serving free meals to youth weekly on Monday and Wednesday though mid-August.

Click here for locations on where meals are being served.

Blue Zones Health and Food Resources

Since March, Blue Zones Project has responded to the COVID-19 crisis offering immediate resources for local communities in regards to health and food access.

Recently, the organization offered beginner gardeners ideas on easy starter plants to grow and making your next 10 years your best.

Check out more ways Blue Zones Project is working with local agencies to support Fort Worth residents here.

Families First Coronavirus Response Act

Check www.fwisd.org/COVID-19 regularly for District updates

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

FWISD “Meals To Go,” Available from Noon-1:30 p.m. today

Online Pre-K/ Kindergarten Registration Currently Underway

Gold Seal Programs and Schools of Choice Late Applications being accepted

Unidos Para Aprender, 7 to 8 a.m. Monday- Friday on UniMas 49

Early voting for July 14 Primary Runoff and Joint City Elections, Open July 1-2; July 5-10

Primary Runoff and Joint City Elections, July 14

Online Registration Begins, July 1

Open Enrollment for Employee Benefits begins, July 21

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