Fort Worth ISD Forward >> District Shares Guidance on Services and Support for 2020-21 School Year
Over the coming weeks, Fort Worth ISD will share more information as we continue to develop and fine-tune plans for the fall, including how in-person and virtual instruction will look like for students. Under the banner of Fort Worth ISD Forward, we will provide answers to the questions you are asking.
Online instruction for the 2020-21 school year will be robust, organized, and a consistent experience for all students.
Here are some standards the Fort Worth ISD will follow regarding virtual learning:
Teachers will have planned availability for students – including scheduled office hours.
Direct instruction will be delivered by teachers – students will be able to get teacher support when needed, and students will know how and when they can interact with their teachers.
Students will receive clear, understandable directions on a daily basis on how to use academic materials.
In-person instruction for the 2020-21 school year will be safe, organized, and an engaging experience for all students.
Here are some standards the Fort Worth ISD will follow regarding in-person learning:
Staff and students will follow current face-covering guidance.
Position desks according to current recommendations and utilize barriers where appropriate.
Increase daily and weekly cleaning and disinfecting protocols.
For a detailed Fort Worth ISD Forward FAQ, click here.
INSIDE FWISD BRIEFS
EDITOR'S NOTE: Inside FWISD Briefs are quick-hit stories of activities and events happening around the District.
‘Snapcodes’ Being Sent Via Email to Fort Worth ISD Parents
Parents of returning Fort Worth ISD students who have an email address on file with the District in the student information system will receive their child’s Snapcode in their inbox.
While many parents have already registered their student, others have not – and may need a reminder about the Snapcode, the ID number that enables parents to enroll online.
Click here for more details.
Census Takers Gearing Up for Home Visits
Census takers will soon make visits to households where the 2020 Census has not been completed to ensure everyone in homes are counted, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. Households that have not completed the Census will receive reminder postcards to do so, July 22-28 and ahead of census taker visits.
The confidential 2020 Census may be completed online, by phone or mail. Households 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.
Residents may request a return visit if a census taker visits their home that does not speak their language, according to the City of Fort Worth. If no one is home when a census taker visits, the census taker will leave a notice confirming their visit and information for completing the 2020 Census online by phone or mail.
City officials say census workers will wear a valid identification badge with their photograph, a U.S. Department of Commerce watermark and an expiration date, They may also have Census Bureau bags and other materials with the bureau’s logo visible.
Click here for more details.
Volunteers Needed for City-wide Road to Readiness Events August 1
Help a Fort Worth child prepare for the 2020-2021 academic year. Volunteer sign-up is underway for drive-up Road to Readiness carnivals slated for August 1 at various locations around the city.
Energetic volunteers are needed for 2-hour shifts between 7 a.m. and 2 p.m. The Road to Readiness carnivals, hosted by the Best Place for Kids initiative and Read Fort Worth, will offer families information technology support, free community resources, food, fun and school readiness bags for pre-kindergarten to third grade aged children.
To volunteer, visit https://bestplace4kids.com/volunteer-community-hub/
Registration for Back to School Roundup Open Until July 24
Pre-registration is officially open for the 16th annual Tarrant County Back to School Roundup event.
Families have until July 24 to preregister for free school supplies and backpacks that will be distributed from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. August 7 at a drive-through event at the Tarrant County College South campus. This year’s drive-through event is condensed to prevent coronavirus spread and practice social distancing. Families must preregister to receive a voucher that admits them into the event.
Qualifications for the free supplies include:
- Valid photo identification
- Proof of Tarrant County residency (May, June or July 2020 utility bill with the applicant’s name and address)
- Proof of income (must meet 2020 federal income poverty guidelines)
The annual Back to School Roundup is a collaborative effort of the county, 20 area public school districts, the City of Fort Worth, public health department, state agencies, nonprofit organizations, corporations and volunteers. The one-stop event offers approximately 10,000 underserved Tarrant County school-aged children, ages 3-18, free school supplies, backpacks and additional community resources.
Superintendent Kent P. Scribner and Mayor Betsy Price are slated to participate in the August 7 event.
Pre-register today at backtoschoolroundup.org.
City, Salvation Army Open Cooling Stations
As outside temperatures inch toward the triple digits this 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.
- 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.
Kroger Backpack Booster Drive Underway
Kroger is collecting donations July 15-28 that will go toward purchasing school supplies for Fort Worth ISD students and other North Texas and Louisiana school children for the 2020-2021 academic year.
Through July 28, Kroger shoppers in North Texas and Louisiana can donate $1, $3 or $5 when checking out or $7.99 that will go toward a pre-packaged Backpack Boosters school supply kit including pencils, markers, notebook papers and other classroom essentials.
Through its Backpack Boosters drive, Kroger hopes to ensure thousands of students start the upcoming academic year prepared to succeed academically.
FWISD Family Action Center Family Food Box Distribution: The FWISD Family Action Center hosted its fourth Family Food Box distribution this summer on Tuesday. Approximately 1,000 boxes are distributed weekly. Within the last four events, families have received a total of 4,400 boxes of food.
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