INSIDE FWISD BRIEFS
EDITOR'S NOTE: Inside FWISD Briefs are quick-hit stories of activities and events happening locally and nationally.
City, County Announces This Week’s COVID-19 Testing Sites
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.
TEA, Texas DSHS Partners to Post COVID-19 Cases in Public Schools
The Texas Education Agency and Texas Department of State Health Services is partnering to post weekly statewide COVID-19 cases in Texas public schools.
COVID-19 cases for public school students and staff will be reported each Wednesday. Data by school district will be available starting today, according to DSHS.
To view Fort Worth ISD’s COVID-19 reporting protocols, click here.
“The data will provide an overview of the burden of disease in Texas schools over time and inform public policy decisions about COVID-19. School districts and other local authorities will continue to be the best source of the most current and specific information about cases in their schools,” a recent TEA statement reads. “Reporting this information to the state does not replace the legal requirement that schools notify public health officials in their area of all cases. Additionally, as per TEA guidance, schools will still be required to inform all parents, teachers, and campus staff of any positive cases tied to their on-campus instruction or activities.”
Additionally, Tarrant County Public Health launched a school data dashboard earlier this month “to help school leadership and residents better understand the COVID-19 metrics in the area,” according to the county health department’s recent statement. View the dashboard at www.tarrantcounty.com/schoolguidance. The dashboard is updated weekly on Monday.
Time Running Out to Complete 2020 Census
Time is running out to respond to the 2020 Census, and U.S. households are encouraged to complete it before it’s too late, according to the U.S. Census Bureau.
The quick and easy confidential 2020 Census asks households to answer questions about the area of the country in which they live and the number of people living in their households.
“The U.S. Constitution mandates a census of the population every 10 years. Responding to the 2020 Census is easy, safe and important, and is key to shaping the future of communities,” according to a recent U.S. Census Bureau statement released. “Census statistics are used to determine the number of seats each state holds in the U.S. House of Representatives and informs legislative district boundaries. They also inform how hundreds of billions of dollars in public funds are allocated by state, local and federal lawmakers to communities for public services and infrastructure like hospitals, emergency services, schools and bridges each year over the next 10 years.”
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 by month's end.
College Colors Day: FWISD teachers, staff and students dressed in college colors on Friday, September 18, 2020 as a way to promote the attainable goal of a college education.
Notable Presentations: Eight Paschal High School students recently presented four posters in the Turtle Survival Alliance Virtual Symposium on the Conservation and Biology of Tortoises and Freshwater Turtles. The Trinity River Turtle Survey at Paschal High was launched in October 2017 and is a three-year project that traps, weighs, measures and tags turtles for tracking before releasing them back into the Trinity River. The survey is funded with a grant from the Texas Christian University College of Education Andrews Institute and is executed by Paschal High School students and teacher Andrew Brinker.
Through the study, students research the algae on turtles’ backs, analyze their toenails for mercury concentration, determine growth rates, population and movement through the Trinity River via tracking devices. Turtle behavior and determining the sex of the reptiles is also part of the research collected. Pictured are images of some of the presenters from last fall and prior to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Trinity River Bash: Diamond Hill- Jarvis High School faculty and students worked hard last weekend cleaning up the Marine Creek area for the 2020 Trinity River Trash Bash.
Special Delivery: Bill J. Elliott Counselor Katrina Dodd has been delivering backpacks full of workbooks to students. Recently, St Matthew United Methodist Church donated backpacks for every student. The backpacks are filled with vital school materials, supplies and books.
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