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Inside FWISD August 6, 2020

In this edition:

Fort Worth ISD >>Forward Another Virtual Town Hall On Return To Learning To Be Held August 11: Information on How to Attend or Ask A Question or Make A Comment Below | FWISD Announces Employee Report Start, End Date Changes | FWISD Chief Academic Officer Provides Answers and Support for Teachers in Preparation for Fall Online Learning | Introduction to FWISD Virtual Instruction Overview for Parents and Community Members | Fort Worth ISD Revises 2020-21 School Calendar to Show New Start Date | Open Enrollment Sessions By Phone Underway | Free Walk-Up COVID-19 Testing at Diamond Hill-Jarvis HS Through Saturday | Texas Observes Tax-Free Holiday This Weekend | TXU Energy and Comp-U-Dopt Give 250 computers to FWISD Families | Fort Worth ISD Thanks Retiring Employees For Decades Of Service | West Nile Virus Warning for Tarrant County | Meals-To-Go Service Begins At Most FWISD Campuses September 8 | Partnership Offers Recent FWISD Grads Access To Job Opportunities | FWISD Tech Assistance Available | Kronos Upgrade Slated August 13-16 | FWISD Issues Re-Image Requirement To Campus Staff With District Laptops | FWISD Policy Alert For August 2020 | Food Available At Multiple Sites Through September | Inside FWISD Briefs | Fort Worth ISD Snapshot | Community Resources | Calendar | View more stories throughout the week on the Inside FWISD Blog

Fort Worth ISD >>Forward Another Virtual Town Hall on Return to Learning To Be Held August 11

Information on How to Attend or Ask A Question or Make A Comment Below

The Fort Worth ISD will hold a virtual town hall meeting on Tuesday, August 11, 2020 for parents, teachers, students and community stakeholders to ask questions and hear from District leaders on plans for the 2020-2021 fall semester. The two-hour session will begin at 5 p.m. and conclude at 7 p.m.

FWISD Board President Jacinto Ramos, Jr., representing District 1, will host the meeting and be joined by fellow Board members Representative Daphne Brookins, District 4; Representative Anne Darr, District 6; Representative Ashley Paz, District 9; and Superintendent Kent. P. Scribner.

If you would like to submit a question or comment for the Virtual Town Hall or speak live, please visit www.fwisd.org/Aug11 and look for “Submit a Question.”

Your message can be submitted anonymously via the web application and the community will have the chance to “vote up” all submissions. If you prefer to speak live during the event, you may do so via the Zoom link on the page. While in Zoom, please enter your name and your topic of discussion in the “Chat” section. Attendees will be called on in the order of submission.

And, if you just want to watch, you may do so via the Zoom address above, Slido, the Fort Worth ISD Facebook page, or the Fort Worth ISD YouTube channel (The channel is called Fort Worth ISD Live.)

Check out frequently asked questions from the District's previous virtual town hall meetings here.

FWISD Announces Employee Report Start, End Date Changes

Fort Worth ISD’s report start and end dates for the 2020-2021 academic year have been modified for employees who work less than 240 days annually. The change aligns with the Board of Education’s recent decision to delay the opening of the 2020-21 school year until September 8 and offering at-home online instruction the first four weeks. If you have any questions, please consult your immediate supervisor.

District employees will report to work for the new academic year on the following dates:

  • August 10: High school counselor clerks, admission advisers, Child Nutrition Services specialists, middle school counselors and data clerks and all other 198-workday personnel
  • August 17: All 193-workday personnel
  • August 24: Elementary counselors, middle school counselor clerks, elementary clerks, all other 188-workday personnel, librarians, nurses, campus monitors and all other 187-workday personnel
  • August 31: Classroom teachers

The Fort Worth ISD New Teacher Academy for new teachers and educators new to the District is slated for August 24-28. Registration for the academy opens Monday, August 10.

Report start and end dates for Early College High School classroom teachers are to be determined. Teachers must contact their immediate supervisor for their start and end contract dates.

Payroll dates do not change as a result of modifications to the instructional calendar, and veteran teacher payroll checks will remain consistent with the payroll schedule for many Texas school districts, according to FWISD officials. Teachers will be paid monthly, beginning in September 2020 and through August 2021.

District officials are currently finalizing plans for a partial payment to first-year teachers who would not receive an August paycheck.

“We recognize our new teachers have questions about compensation due to the delay start and are committed to providing relief to the extent we are allowed by law,” said Karen Molinar, FWISD deputy superintendent.

All 202, 217, 215 and 210-workday personnel returned to work July 27, followed by 202-workday employees on Monday, August 3. The District’s 198-workday employees report to work on Monday, August 10.

FWISD 220, 217 and 215-workday employees must report to work for Fall Break (October 12, 2020), Cesar Chavez and Dolores Huerta Day of Service (March 29, 2021) and scheduled snow days (February 15 and April 19, 2021). Employees who work 210, 198, 193, 188, 187 and 183 days respectively are off work those days. If snow days are used, make-up days will be added to the end of contracts for employees who work less than 240 days annually.

Employees who work 220 days must report to work on Good Friday, April 2, 2021, and Memorial Day, May 31, 2021.

The 2020-2021 academic year concludes for students on June 18, 2021.

Most employee contracts will end between June 21 and 30. The District has finalized the following report end dates:

  • June 21, 2021: Librarians; nurses; campus monitors; 187-workday personnel; classroom teachers and all 202-workday personnel
  • June 22, 2021: Elementary counselors; middle school counselor clerks; elementary clerks; high school counselor clerks; admission advisers; Child Nutrition Services specialists; middle school counselors and data clerks; and all other 188, 193 and 198-workday personnel
  • June 24, 2021: Elementary assistant principals; high school counselors, Licensed Specialists in School Psychology (LSSPs); dyslexia evaluators/ assessors; and all other 210-workday personnel
  • June 25, 2021: Secondary assistant principals; elementary and middle school secretaries; high school data clerks; and all other 215-workday personnel
  • June 29, 2021: All 217-workday personnel
  • June 30, 2021: All elementary and middle school principals, Family Communications specialists and all other 220-workday personnel

For additional details, click here to view the updated 2020-2021 report start and end date calendar for employees who work less than 240 days annually.

FWISD Chief Academic Officer Provides Answers and Support for Teachers in Preparation for Fall Online Learning

With Fort Worth ISD’s plan for all-online learning the first four weeks of school, the focus is on making sure students stay on-track academically and engaged in their learning. No one will be doing more to make that happen than our teachers. In this video message, In Support of Teachers, FWISD Chief Academic Officer Jerry Moore has a special word for teachers about their work leading up to the first day of school, September 8, and beyond.

Introduction to FWISD Virtual Instruction Overview for Parents and Community Members

The return of Fort Worth ISD students to learning will be very different this fall, as our top priority continues to be the safety and health of children, their families, teachers, and District staff during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

This Virtual Instruction Overview details what parents need to know about the first four weeks of school, when all instruction and learning will be online, and includes:

  • An explanation of how our asynchronous, or self-paced, model of instruction will work
  • A “Virtual Instruction At-A-Glance” guide that includes information about the technology and platforms teachers and students will use, how teachers will consistently engage with students at specific times, and how student progress will be measured.
  • An FAQ section that provides answers regarding a variety of topics, including technology and internet access, participation in non-core courses, and grading and attendance
  • A Special Education and Section 504 Guidance section
  • A Dyslexia Guidance section

Parents, check back frequently to this Overview, as it will be updated as needed.

Fort Worth ISD Revises 2020-21 School Calendar to Show New Start Date

Parents, a new version of the 2020-21 Fort Worth ISD school calendar is available online. The calendar was revised to show the new start date of the school year, September 8. The calendar also shows grading periods, testing days, spring and winter breaks, holidays and other observances.

OPEN ENROLLMENT SESSIONS BY PHONE Underway

Insurance benefits open enrollment sessions started today for Fort Worth ISD employees via phone. Employees will have a designated day to learn about the benefits available to them, ask questions and receive assistance completing enrollment based on FWISD’s geographic districts and departments.

Assigned open enrollment sessions are scheduled for FWISD schools and departments through August 18. Make–up sessions are scheduled August 19-21 for employees who miss their designated open enrollment session date.

Employees may enroll for the 2020-2021 benefits at www.mybenefitshub.com/fortworthisd through Friday, August 21, 2020. Coverage changes take effect September 1.

FWISD Employees may notice a few changes this enrollment year:

  • Health plans will change from Aetna to Blue Cross/Blue Shield. Benefits officials say the health plans are comparable with last year’s plans.
  • The new TRS-Active Care Primary plan offers lower premiums and copays
  • All employees will receive new identification cards for health benefits
  • Life insurance benefits for all active employees who pay into TRS will increase from $5,000 to $15,000

“To stay compliant with the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA), all employees should take action to either enroll, opt to keep the same coverage (with changes to the plans from Aetna to Blue Cross/ Blue Shield) or decline health coverage,” according to a recent letter sent to employees by the Benefits Department.

Employees currently enrolled that don’t wish to maintain health coverage beyond August 31 “are required to decline coverage during Benefits Open Enrollment or will have the same coverage as in the 2019-2020 school year.”

The 2019-2020 enrollment year nearly 7,300 enrolled for health benefits.

Employees will also notice that information needed for logging in to enroll for benefits is different this year. Instructions for logging in to enroll, and additional benefits information were emailed to FWISD employees in a July 15 letter.

Benefits officials say there will be no increases to vision, dental, disability or term life insurance premiums (other than the age bracket increases for term life and disability).

For additional details about insurance coverage available for the upcoming year, text “FBS FWISD” to the number 313131.

FWISD employees with benefits questions are encouraged to email Benefits@fwisd.org or call the Benefits office from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday at 817-814-2240.

Free Walk-Up COVID-19 Testing at Diamond Hill-Jarvis HS Continues Through Saturday

Fort Worth ISD’s Diamond Hill-Jarvis High School is the hosting site for free walk-up COVID-19 testing, through Saturday, August 8, 2020.

From 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day, residents can be tested for coronavirus in the DH-J gymnasium, located at 1411 Maydell St. No advance registration is required. However, residents being tested must have access to a telephone. Results will be returned via phone call or message.

The Texas Division of Emergency Management in conjunction with the City of Fort Worth is sponsoring the free community COVID-19 testing event.

"Individuals will be guided by site staff to self-administer a saliva-based ‘cheek swab’ test at this site. There is no age limit," according to a recent City of Fort Worth statement. "Minors can self-administer tests with permission of parents or guardians. Parents and guardians will also be allowed to administer guided cheek swabs to their very young children and infants, if desired."

Texas Observes Tax-Free Holiday This Weekend

The Texas 2020 sales tax holiday is set for this weekend, August 7-9.

Clothing, footwear, school supplies and backpacks sold for less than $100 at Texas stores or from an online or catalog seller doing business in the state is tax-free during the annual holiday. Texans have observed tax-free weekend since 1999.

“Even though significant uncertainty remains for our public and private schools as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, the sales tax holiday is a perfect opportunity to save money on school supplies and other tax-free items at a time when many Texans are carefully monitoring their family finances,” said Texas Comptroller Glenn Hegar in a recent statement about tax-free weekend. “Online shopping is covered, so I encourage all Texans to shop online or practice social distancing when making in-store purchases. We want folks to stay safe while saving money.”

For a complete list of eligible tax-free items, click here.

TXU Energy and Comp-U-Dopt Give 250 computers to FWISD Families

Approximately 125 excited families lined up in their cars Tuesday, August 4, at William James Middle School to receive a free refurbished laptop, with two years of tech support. Principals, TXU Energy employees and Comp-U-Dopt employees gathered in an assembly line to distribute the laptops, with all of the components.

The lucky families were from J. Martin Jacquet, Leonard, and William James middle schools, and the winners were selected randomly from an online registration for the computers. The refurbished laptops include the Windows 10 operating system, two years of technical support, and information on free and low-cost internet options, all furthering efforts to bridge the digital gap for FWISD students.

Many of the students were with their parents in the cars, and they expressed how much they couldn’t wait to get home and try out the laptop. All recipients received a text with instructions on how to set up user names and passwords.

The donation was made possible through the partnership between TXU Energy and Comp-U-Dopt. An additional 125 pre-selected families will pick up their laptops today, August 5.

Fort Worth ISD Thanks Retiring Employees for Decades of Service

Fort Worth ISD has more than 10,000 employees who dedicate themselves to serving more than 84,000 students annually. We are lucky to have them and want to especially thank 268 employees who recently retired after many years of service.

While we were not able to host the annual spring retirement recognition reception in their honor, we want to acknowledge their years with us and wish them well as they begin this new chapter in their lives. Some were with us a short time and others were with us for decades. FWISD thanks you for your service and wishes you nothing but the best for the future.

Some FWISD students have some sage advice for our retirees.

Look out for the names of FWISD's recent retirees in future editions of Inside FWISD.

West Nile Virus Warning for Tarrant County

Positive West Nile Virus mosquito activity is now at record high levels, prompting Tarrant County Public Health to issue a public health warning to the general public. In light of the elevated risk, Tarrant County Public Health is reminding residents to take the proper protective measures to protect themselves against the West Nile Virus.

The Fort Worth ISD has prepared a short, informational video on how to best combat West Nile virus. You can watch the video here.

The first West Nile Virus human case and death of the 2020 season was reported on July 21. Symptoms of West Nile Virus include headache, fever, muscle and joint aches, nausea and fatigue. People typically recover on their own, although symptoms may last for several weeks. Here is a list of mosquito repellents endorsed by the FDA and CDC. Tarrant County Public Health also has more information about West Nile Virus and other preventive measures residents can take at Be Mosquito Free.

Meals-To-Go Service Begins At Most FWISD Campuses September 8

Student Meals-To-Go service will be available at nearly all Fort Worth ISD campuses at the start of school, Tuesday, September 8.

Twice weekly on Monday and Thursday, beginning the first week of school, FWISD students may pick up a combination of hot and cold breakfast and lunch meals from 8 a.m. to noon. On Monday, meals for the week’s first three days will be distributed. To-go meals for Thursday and Friday will be distributed on Thursdays. On Mondays in which the District is closed for holidays, pickup service will take place on Tuesday.

FWISD’s 2020-2021 academic year begins September 8 with four weeks of at-home online instruction.

Pickup locations for Meals-to-Go will generally take place in front of a campus or an area of the school that minimizes foot traffic through the building. Adjustments to Meals-To-Go services will be evaluated each four weeks based on the number of meals served. Meal service is available only for student meals. However, meals are available for teachers and administrators to purchase.

When the District decides to offer in-person classes, meals will be available to students on campus. The District will continue providing Meals-To-Go for students participating in online instruction.

For additional information, contact FWISD Child Nutrition Services at 817-814‐3500 or your child’s home campus.

Partnership Offers Recent FWISD Grads Access to Job Opportunities

The Fort Worth ISD and Workforce Solutions for Tarrant County are partnering to match recent graduates with job opportunities.

The FWISD Board of Education recently approved a three-year memorandum of understanding (MOU) between the two entities that connects recent graduates to workforce opportunities and employment. In June, the partnership launched with virtual job and career events for graduating students between the ages of 18 to 21 that offered discussions about job opportunities, internships and resources. The virtual events focused on three “Es” in a young adult’s transition to self-sufficiency-- empowerment, education and employment.

“This is an opportunity for young adults to explore all the exciting, in-demand career opportunities available to them in the DFW region,” said Judy McDonald, executive director of WSTC and an O.D. Wyatt High School alumna. “Bringing our resources together with FWISD is a win for our future workforce and will allow us to focus on providing a competitive advantage for this group to network with some of the top employers and enhance their job skills so they are ready to climb that career pathway to success.

“I know we have talent in our area that businesses and industry count on. We look forward to working with FWISD to connect that talent to the employers in the DFW area.”

Workforce Solutions for Tarrant County (WSTC) “effectively links workforce development, community services, training opportunities and provides supportive assistance to help interested young adults obtain gainful employment,” according to the Board agenda item referencing the MOU.

This partnership “will build and provide impactful next step opportunities for recent FWISD graduates … [and] the focus will be to help students transition into self-sufficient and productive adults,” the board agenda item states.

Through its Rise Up Young Adult Program– which supports young adults ages 16-24 enhance their job skills, improve employability, identify career pathways and much more – Workforce Solutions for Tarrant County agrees to provide “ job readiness workshops, employment and training opportunities, referrals to community agencies and educational resources, and more,” according to the MOU. The organization will also offer outreach to recent graduates and their parent(s)/ guardian(s) and supply counselors, teachers, and staff with information about the Rise Up Young Adult Program.

Services will also be provided to FWISD’s Gold Seal Programs of Choice Health Science programs at Trimble Tech, North Side and O.D. Wyatt high schools, and the Business and Education programs at North Side, South Hills, Trimble Tech and O.D. Wyatt high schools.

Participation in the program for students and recent graduates is voluntary.

In turn, the District identifies potential students that may benefit from the program and distributes Rise Up Young Adult Program information and materials to those students and their parent(s)/ guardian(s).

“This partnership provides a solid bridge between high school and workforce for our graduating seniors. We are excited to see the impact that the Rise Up program will have on our young adults and Fort Worth community,” said Daphne Rickard, executive director of FWISD’s Career and Technical Education Department.

FWISD TECH ASSISTANCE AVAILABLE

Need technology help?

The Fort Worth ISD Technology Department is available to assist via phone at 817-814-7277 or by visiting help.fwisd.org.

Technology assistance is available for multiple topics including:

  • Student information support
  • Password assistance
  • E-mail support
  • Promethean support
  • Telecommunications assistance

And much more!

Contact the Technology Department from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Friday.

KRONOS UPGRADE SLATED AUGUST 13-16

The Fort Worth ISD Kronos system will undergo an upgrade August 13-16.

While District employees can still use the clocks to punch in and out for work, other functionalities of the system will be unavailable and offline during the upgrade, according to Business and Finance officials. The upgrade addresses Adobe Flash, which is being discontinued. Minimal changes will be made to the user interface.

Kronos will be back online, Monday, August 17.

Additional details about the upgrade will be shared with employees by Monday, August 10.

Employees with questions or concerns about the upgrade are encouraged to contact the District via Let’s Talk! and click on the Kronos Access/Questions tab.

FWISD ISSUES RE-IMAGE REQUIREMENT TO CAMPUS STAFF WITH DISTRICT LAPTOPS

EDITOR'S NOTE: The following memorandum issued by the Operations and Technology departments to FWISD campus staff with a District laptop is in reference to the District's laptop re-image requirement.

FWISD POLICY ALERT FOR August 2020

EDITOR'S NOTE: The following alert is from the FWISD Division of Policy and Planning

The FWISD Board Policy manual contains policies governing the operation of this District. Periodically the Texas Association of School Boards (TASB) provides updates to various policies based on changes in the law and Texas Education Agency (TEA) requirements. Occasionally revisions may be needed to meet the needs of the District as well.

As a courtesy and in an effort to keep you informed, a policy alert will be provided monthly so that you may be aware of changes specific to our District. Each employee is still expected to be aware of and follow all policies of the District.

The District policy manual consists of four (4) different components:

  • LEGAL policies compile federal law, state law, and court decisions, providing the statutory context in which all other policies should be read; these cannot be changed by District administration or the Board.
  • LOCAL policies reflect decisions made by the Fort Worth ISD board of trustees and are specific to our District.
  • REGULATION documents are administrative procedures that implement board policies.
  • EXHIBIT documents may contain forms, charts, and other kinds of supporting information.

The following policies have been revised and/or added:

CKC(LOCAL): SAFETY PROGRAM/RISK MANAGEMENT- Emergency Plans

CKE(LOCAL): SAFETY PROGRAM/RISK MANAGEMENT- Security Personnel

DFFA(LOCAL): REDUCTION IN FORCE- Financial Exigency

EHBB(LOCAL): SPECIAL PROGRAMS- Gifted and Talented Students

EHBC(LOCAL): SPECIAL PROGRAMS- Compensatory/Accelerated Services

EIC(LOCAL): ACADEMIC ACHIEVEMENT- Class Ranking

EIC(REGULATION): ACADEMIC ACHIEVEMENT- Class Ranking

Please disseminate to others, and if you have questions, contact Dr. Amanda Coleman in the Division of Policy and Planning at amanda.coleman@fwisd.org or 817-814-1956.

Food Available At Multiple Sites Through September

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.

The Fort Worth ISD continues to offer free breakfast and lunch Meals To Go to children under 18 twice weekly from noon to 1:30 p.m. at 18 District locations. Adults may pick up meals for students if they can show documents verifying students are in the household. For more information, please visit www.fwisd.org/mealstogo or call the FWISD Child Nutrition Department at 817-814-3540 or 817-814-3500.

Food is available at these locations throughout September 2020:

Food Distribution

1. Monday through Friday, Times vary throughout the summer

Tarrant Area Food Bank Grab-And-Go Meals for Children

Multiple Locations

The Tarrant Area Food Bank is hosting Grab-And-Go Meals for Children events and Mobile Food Pantries for Families throughout the summer at multiple locations.

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

2. Monday and Wednesday, Times vary throughout mid-August

YMCA of Metropolitan Fort Worth Summer Meals

Multiple Locations

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

3. Friday, August 7, 9-11 a.m.

Daggett Middle School

1108 Carlock St.

Drive-through food distribution includes dairy and produce provided through the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Farmers to Families Box Program. Masks must be worn when picking up food.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is partnering with farmers, ranchers, specialty crop producers, food processors and distributors and nonprofit organizations to ensure that all Americans have access to the fresh and wholesome food needed during the COVID-19 national emergency. https://www.ams.usda.gov/sites/default/files/media/FarmerstoFamiliesFoodBox.pdf.

The University of North Texas Health Science Center at Fort Worth’s FitWorth program is partnering with GoFresh to provide boxes of food to families.

Contact Noah Drew, director of Community Education, at 817-966-8103 for additional information.

4. Saturday, August 8, 9 a.m.

Christ Church of Fort Worth

5301 Alta Mesa Blvd.

Free groceries available while supplies last.

5. Saturday, August 8, 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.

6. Monday through Friday, 4- 5:30 p.m. resumes August 10

Boys and Girls Clubs of Greater Tarrant County

Eastside Branch, 4651 Ramey Ave.

Main Branch, 608 N. Elm St., Arlington

Martin Branch, 3123 Avenue G

NFW Branch, 2000 Ellis Ave.

Panther Branch, 1500 Hemphill

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.

Contact LaToyia Greyer at LGreyer@bgcgtc.org for more information.

7. Tuesday, August 11, 9-11 a.m.

Dan Dipert CTE Center

Cowtown Neighborhood Farmers Market: Arlington

2201 Browning Drive, Arlington

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.

8. Wednesday, August 12, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. (every Wednesday)

Bethlehem Baptist Church

1188 W. Broad St., Mansfield,

Free, drive-thru food distribution open to everyone

9. Friday, August 14, 9-11 a.m.

Leonard Middle School

8900 Chapin Road

Drive-through food distribution includes dairy and produce provided through the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Farmers to Families Box Program. Masks must be worn when picking up food.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is partnering with farmers, ranchers, specialty crop producers, food processors and distributors and nonprofit organizations to ensure that all Americans have access to the fresh and wholesome food needed during the COVID-19 national emergency. https://www.ams.usda.gov/sites/default/files/media/FarmerstoFamiliesFoodBox.pdf.

The University of North Texas Health Science Center at Fort Worth’s FitWorth program is partnering with GoFresh to provide boxes of food to families.

Contact Noah Drew, director of Community Education, at 817-966-8103 for additional information.

10. Saturday, August 15, 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.

11. Thursday, August 20, 9-11 a.m.

Cowtown Neighborhood Farmers Market: South Fort Worth

Christ Lutheran Church

4409 Sycamore School Road

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.

12. Friday, August 21, 9-11 a.m.

Meacham Middle School

3600 Weber St.

Drive-through food distribution includes dairy and produce provided through the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Farmers to Families Box Program. Masks must be worn when picking up food.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is partnering with farmers, ranchers, specialty crop producers, food processors and distributors and nonprofit organizations to ensure that all Americans have access to the fresh and wholesome food needed during the COVID-19 national emergency. https://www.ams.usda.gov/sites/default/files/media/FarmerstoFamiliesFoodBox.pdf.

The University of North Texas Health Science Center at Fort Worth’s FitWorth program is partnering with GoFresh to provide boxes of food to families.

Contact Noah Drew, director of Community Education, at 817-966-8103 for additional information.

13. Saturday, August 22, 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.

14. Thursday, August 27, 9-11 a.m.

Cowtown Neighborhood Farmers Market: South Fort Worth

Christ Lutheran Church

4409 Sycamore School Road

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.

15. Friday, August 28, 9-11 a.m.

William James Middle School

1101 Nashville Ave.

Drive-through food distribution includes dairy and produce provided through the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Farmers to Families Box Program. Masks must be worn when picking up food.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is partnering with farmers, ranchers, specialty crop producers, food processors and distributors and nonprofit organizations to ensure that all Americans have access to the fresh and wholesome food needed during the COVID-19 national emergency. https://www.ams.usda.gov/sites/default/files/media/FarmerstoFamiliesFoodBox.pdf.

The University of North Texas Health Science Center at Fort Worth’s FitWorth program is partnering with GoFresh to provide boxes of food to families.

Contact Noah Drew, director of Community Education, at 817-966-8103 for additional information.

16. Saturday, August 29, 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.

17. Tuesday, September 1, 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.

18. Friday, September 4, 9-11 a.m.

McClung Middle School

3000 Forest Ave.

Drive-through food distribution includes dairy and produce provided through the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Farmers to Families Box Program. Masks must be worn when picking up food.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is partnering with farmers, ranchers, specialty crop producers, food processors and distributors and nonprofit organizations to ensure that all Americans have access to the fresh and wholesome food needed during the COVID-19 national emergency. https://www.ams.usda.gov/sites/default/files/media/FarmerstoFamiliesFoodBox.pdf.

The University of North Texas Health Science Center at Fort Worth’s FitWorth program is partnering with GoFresh to provide boxes of food to families.

Contact Noah Drew, director of Community Education, at 817-966-8103 for additional information.

19. 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.

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.

Fort Worth ISD Says Students Should Enroll NOW for the 2020-21 School Year

All Fort Worth ISD returning students must be enrolled online before the school year begins on September 8.

And, WHEN parents enroll online they will be able to tell the District if they need assistance with online connectivity and a device for their child.

That enrollment process begins with a Snapcode – a distinct identification unique to each child.

For additional information, click here.

Fort Worth ISD To Conduct Virtual Board Meeting

The Fort Worth ISD Board of Education will conduct a regular virtual Board meeting starting at 5 p.m. on Monday, August 10.

For additional information, visit www.fwisd.org/board.

COVID-19 Saliva Testing Available At J.P. Elder MS

The City of Fort Worth and Tarrant County is offering a free COVID-19 saliva test to residents J.P. Elder Middle School.

The pilot, which launched the week of July 20, had a successful turnout its first week with 1,339 Tarrant County residents tested, according to the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. Because of the pilot's success, a second testing site opened Tuesday at the the Dickies Arena parking garage.

Residents can register for the free tests online at covidtesting.tarrantcounty.com or by calling 817-248-6299. Bilingual personnel are available to assist patients at the site.

City officials say the testing site at J.P. Elder Middle School "addresses the need for more COVID-19 testing in the county’s Hispanic communities and specifically in the 76106 ZIP code.”

“Readily available testing with timely results plays a critical role in our continued efforts to prioritize public health and keep Fort Worth’s economy open,” Mayor Betsy Price said in a recent statement released by the city. “This saliva testing pilot program is a great opportunity to provide accessible testing alternatives to our residents to help slow the spread of COVID-19, while also increasing testing capacity in an area with increased positive cases.”

Click here for additional information.

City, Salvation Army Open Cooling Stations

With sizzling temperatures outdoors summer, the Salvation Army and City of Fort Worth have opened cooling stations, offering people a place to beat the heat and hydrated.

Fort Worth’s Andrew ‘Doc’ Session (201 S. Sylvania Ave.) and Sycamore (2525 E. Rosedale St.) community centers are operating as cooling stations from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday. Visits are limited to one hour per person daily, according to city officials. Temperature checks and screening questions will be given to people visiting the cooling stations.

The Salvation Army has opened three cooling station locations in Tarrant County, some of which offer bottled water and boxed fans.

They are:

  • The J.E. and L.E. Mabee Social Service Center, 1855 E. Lancaster Ave., Wednesday: 9am-11am; 2pm-4pm (the location includes an outdoor cooling station)
  • Northside Community Center, 3023 NW 24th St., Wednesday: 11am-2pm
  • Arlington, 712 W. Abram St., Arlington, Friday 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Between uses, areas will be cleaned frequently.

Both the city and Salvation Army are enforcing extra safety and sanitizing measures to prevent coronavirus spread. Patrons and staff must wear masks and practice social distancing.

Principal Kick-Off: FWISD hosted Day 1 of its 2020-2021 Principal Kick-Off Event today. The day started off with virtual meetings that included an online instruction overview and instruction planning followed by in-person, social-distanced instructional planning work sessions at FWISD's Teaching and Learning Center.

Getting the word out: Staffers at multiple Fort Worth ISD spent this week helping families register online for the new school year, making home visits to distribute flyers about registration and offering registration assistance via phone. The 2020-2021 academic year begins Tuesday, September 8 with four weeks of at-home online instruction.

Back to School Preparation: FWISD employees are at work preparing facilities and making plans for the 2020-2021 academic year.

COMMUNITY RESOURCES

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.

More LinkedIn Learning Opportunities

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.

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/forward regularly for District updates on Return to School and virtual learning

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. Mondays and Thursdays

Online Pre-K/ Kindergarten Registration Currently Underway

Online Registration 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

Benefits Open Enrollment sessions, August 6-18

Tarrant County Back to School Roundup, August 7

Free COVID-19 Testing at Diamond Hill Jarvis HS, Continues through August 8

Board of Education meeting, August 10

Virtual Town Hall Meeting, August 11

Summer School graduation, August 14

Board of Education Workshop, August 17

Benefits Open Enrollment Make-Up Sessions, August 19-21

Open Enrollment for Employee Benefits, Continues through August 21

New Teacher’s Academy, August 24-28

Board of Education Meeting, August 25

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