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Inside FWISD September 3, 2020

In this edition:

Board Approves Full-Time Employee Salary Increases | FWISD To Observe Labor Day | Wellness Self-Check Starts Tuesday At Central Administration BuildingPrepare For FWISD’s First Day With Virtual Learning Checklist | Fort Worth ISD Forward: Students, Parents, Teachers Encouraged to Use Social Media for “First Day of School” Photographs -- Use #FWISDFirstDay or #FWISDForward to Share on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter | Meals To Go Summer Service Will Continue For Many Weeks To Come: Rules Changes by Department of Agriculture Benefit FWISD familiesFort Worth ISD Launches New Parent Survey: Feedback will help District Prepare for the Rest of the Year| Fort Worth ISD Forward>> Set For Safety: Watch the Video! | FWISD Announces This Week's Athletic Events | ‘Fort Worth After School’ Secures Major Donation: Six FWISD Schools Will Offer Virtual Programming | Food Available At Multiple Sites Through October | Inside FWISD Briefs | Fort Worth ISD Snapshot | Community Resources | Calendar | View more stories throughout the week on the Inside FWISD Blog

Board Approves Full-Time Employee Salary Increases

The Fort Worth ISD Board of Education recently approved the 2020-2021 Compensation manual that includes a salary increase of at least 2% for full-time employees.

The compensation package “includes a 2% increase in pay calculated on the mid-point of the salary range or 2% of current salary, whichever is greater. The Board also approved raising the beginning teachers salary [to] $55,000 and the adjustment of various steps on the teacher salary schedule,” said Mike Ball, FWISD chief financial officer, in a recent memo to full-time employees.

The salary increases will be reflected on paychecks in September.

The 2020-2021 FWISD Teacher Salary Schedule and FWISD Compensation Manual can be viewed on the District website.

Full-time employees with questions are encouraged to contact the Compensation Department at compensation@fwisd.org.

FWISD To Observe Labor Day

All Fort Worth ISD facilities are closed Monday, September 7 in observance of Labor Day. The day is a holiday for all FWISD employees.

The District starts the school year Tuesday, September 8 with online instruction the first four weeks.

Observed nationally the first Monday in September, Labor Day celebrates the American worker and their achievements.

Wellness Self-Check Starts Tuesday At Central Administration Building

Dear Central Administration Building Employees:

On the first day of school, Tuesday, September 8, all employees working in the Central Administration Building will transition to a self-administered wellness check. The nurses who previously have been conducting those checks will no longer be available in the lobby.

All staff will pre-screen for COVID-19 symptoms daily prior to arrival at work. A QR Code will be provided for daily pre-screening.

Staff will be required to complete the self-screening process prior to entering the Administration Building. Please note, the District may require further screening of employees at any time based on current state and federal guidelines.

Staff who do not pass the self-administered wellness check must abide by a certain protocol and not enter the Central Admin Building if any of the following symptoms apply:

  • They are sick or have been sick in the past 14 days. Symptoms to watch for include fever (100°F or higher), cough, shortness of breath/difficulty breathing, chills, muscle pain, headache, sore throat, new loss of taste or smell, shaking or exaggerated shivering, diarrhea.
  • They have a confirmed case of COVID-19 or have been in close contact with people with confirmed cases of COVID-19. These individuals must follow all isolation and quarantine guidelines from local health authorities or their physicians.
  • They have a household member who is awaiting COVID-19 test results, or they are awaiting their own test results.
  • They have traveled internationally or on a cruise in the past 14 days. These individuals must follow current CDC recommendations.

Staff will be permitted to return to work when the following three conditions are met:

  • They are 1-day (24 hours) fever-free without using fever-reducing medication;
  • They have improved symptoms (cough, difficulty breathing, etc.);
  • 10 days have passed since symptoms began.

Additional screening may be conducted upon arrival to Admin and during the work day.

If you have any questions concerning this procedure, please contact your immediate supervisor.

Prepare for FWISD’s First Day with Virtual Learning Checklist

In an effort to ensure students are ready for the first day or virtual classes, Tuesday, September 8, the Fort Worth ISD has created a Virtual Learning checklist.

Take a look at the checklist here.

Online instruction gets underway next Tuesday. The first four weeks of class will take place online.

Fort Worth ISD Forward: Students, Parents, Teachers Encouraged to Use Social Media for “First Day of School” Photographs

Use #FWISDFirstDay or #FWISDForward to Share on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter

September 8 is going to be a first day of school like no other!

Fort Worth ISD will begin the year with online instruction only, but that doesn’t mean we are tossing out time-honored traditions.

In fact, the District is encouraging parents, students, and employees to share their “first day of school” photos on the District’s social platforms.

As we all take Fort Worth ISD Forward, use the hashtags #FWISDFirstDay or #FWISDForward and show us how you are preparing to learn at home. Or, if you are a teacher or support staff, share a photo of how your day is beginning or what it will look like.

MEALS TO GO SUMMER SERVICE WILL CONTINUE FOR MANY WEEKS TO COME

Rules Changes by Department of Agriculture benefit FWISD families

Fort Worth ISD’s 2020-2021 academic years begins on Tuesday, September 8 with online virtual instruction for everyone.

With the start of school, Fort Worth ISD’s twice weekly free breakfast and lunch Meals-To-Go services for children under eighteen will continue for the foreseeable future. That means that any person under the age of 18 can pickup Meals-To-Go at any school, not just the school they are attending.

Because of federal rules the District had planned to only allow students attending specific schools to pick up meals at those schools. With the new change however, families with multiple children in multiple schools can get all their meals at just one location.

Twice weekly, on Mondays and Thursdays, students and parents may pick up a combination of hot and cold breakfast and lunch meals from 7 a.m. to 11 a.m. at any Fort Worth ISD school. On Monday holidays meal distribution will shift to Tuesday mornings.

On Mondays, meals for the week’s first three days will be distributed. To-go meals for Thursday and Friday will be distributed on Thursdays.

Under the Department of Agriculture announcement easing previous restrictions it is expected that this meal arrangement will continue through December.

Fort Worth ISD Launches 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.

“In a year like no other” the first four weeks of school –beginning September 8 – will be online only. But FWISD parents will soon receive 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 -- will help the District prepare to meet all students’ needs. The District will also continue to follow government guidelines and health experts’ advice.

The survey will be 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 will be available for two weeks, beginning August 28, and concluding on September 11.

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

Fort Worth ISD Forward>> Set For Safety

Watch the Video!

Fort Worth ISD is moving forward with a return to learning –virtual instruction --- on September 8.

For many teachers and staff members, it will also mean a return to school buildings and classrooms. And, we hope to reopen schools for optional in-person learning in just a few short weeks.

As we all adapt to our new environment watch the video on how we’ve taken extra steps to keep you safe.

FWISD Announces This Week’s Athletic Events

High School football and volleyball competitions are underway for Fort Worth ISD student-athletes.

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

The following football and volleyball games are scheduled today and throughout the weekend:

Ferris at Benbrook

JV Non-District 6-4A School

6 p.m. Thursday, September 3

NO TICKETS WILL BE SOLD. Admittance is by list only.

Space for 100 fans for each team has been reserved. For more information contact Coach Slater.

Western Hills at Castleberry

JV Non-District 6-4A School

6 p.m. Thursday, September 3

NO TICKETS WILL BE SOLD AT THE GAME. Link to on-line tickets: https://secure.payk12.com/school/castleberryhs/586/item/178515. Ticket prices are: $5 for adults and $3 for students. For more information contact Coach Moilan.

Benbrook at Ferris (1025 East 8th St. Ferris, Texas 75125)

Varsity Non-District 6-4A School

7 p.m. Friday, September 4

NO TICKETS WILL BE SOLD AT THE GAME. Link to on-line tickets: https://www.jacketnationathletics.com . Tickets are $5 for adults and $3 for students. For more information contact Coach Slater.

Western Hills at West (1008 Jerry Mashek Dr. West, TX 76691)

Varsity Non-District 6-4A School

7 p.m. Friday, September 4

NO TICKETS WILL BE SOLD AT THE GAME.

All tickets are $5 and are available for purchase in the main office of Western Hills High School. Ticket sales will end Friday September 4, 2020 at noon. For more information contact Coach Moilan.

Dallas Life School Oak Cliff at Carter-Riverside

Scrimmage 6-4A School

6 p.m. Friday, September 4 at Farrington Field

NO TICKETS WILL BE SOLD. Admittance is by list only.

Space for 100 fans for each team has been reserved. Names must be on the entry list in by Thursday in order to be admitted into the stadium. For more information contact Coach Murray.

Volleyball

Dunbar at Carter-Riverside

Non-District 8-4A School

Friday, September 4 – Junior Varsity at 5:45 p.m.; Varsity at 6:45 p.m.

Castleberry at Benbrook

Non-District 8-4A School

Friday, September 4- Ninth Grade/JV at 5 p.m., Varsity at 6 p.m.

Diamond Hill-Jarvis at Kennedale

Non-District 8-4A School

Friday, September 4- Ninth Grade/JV at 9:30 a.m., Varsity at 5:30 p.m.

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

‘Fort Worth After School’ Secures Major Donation

Six FWISD Schools Will Offer Virtual Programming

Fort Worth ISD’s After School (FWAS) program has been awarded $195,000 by the Fort Worth Crime Control and Prevention District for after school programming at Arlington Heights, Polytechnic, Southwest, and South Hills high schools as well as the International Newcomer Academy and Young Women's Leadership Academy.

The Crime Control and Prevention District (CCPD) provides revenue from a ½-cent sales tax dedicated to funding programs aimed at reducing and preventing crime in Fort Worth. The district was established in 1995 and in July was approved by voters for an additional 10 years.

With the new funding the FWAS sites have increased to 70, making FWAS one of the largest structured afterschool enrichment programs in the nation.

Virtual programming will take place each day starting Monday, September 21.

Students will choose age-appropriate programming including performing arts (drums, modern dance, Brazilian dance, among others,) coding classes, literacy (poetry slam, publishing their own book), mindfulness, yoga, meditation (in association with Blue Zones), wellness and health nutrition (Common Threads), college exploration, and sports (speed and quickness training, Quarterback school, etc.)

FWAS also offers "Tele-Teacher" live teachers who will provide academic support at the elementary and middle school level. This will be an option for FWAS participants for the first two weeks. Tele-Teachers will be available Monday through Thursday from 6:00- 8:00 p.m. each week and are also available Sunday, September 27th from 2:00 - 4:00 p.m.

Food Available At Multiple Sites Through October

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.

Beginning Tuesday, September 8, Meals-To-Go service will be available at most Fort Worth ISD campuses for FWISD students. Adults may pick up meals for students if they can show documents verifying 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 October 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. Children will receive meals for multiple days. Learn more here.

2. Monday through Friday, 4- 5:30 p.m.

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.

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

3. Friday, September 4, 8-11 a.m. (Held weekly through November)

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.

4. Saturday, September 5, 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. Wednesday, September 9, 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

6. Thursday, September 10, 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.

7. 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.

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. 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.

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.

City, County Expands 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.

Fort Worth ISD School Board and Dallas ISD School Board Approve Interlocal Agreement for Unidos Para Aprender, a Univision Partnership

Fort Worth ISD, the Dallas ISD and Univision, will continue broadcasting Unidos Para Aprender (Together to Learn) through the fall.

Initially announced in early May, this three-way partnership sought to support student academic progress by supplementing the at-home learning resources Fort Worth ISD and Dallas ISD are providing to Spanish-speaking families during the COVID-19 pandemic. Now, it will serve as an additional resource for families and the interlocal agreement, approved this week, allows the two districts to share hundreds of videos of fun, educational content on more platforms.

The interlocal agreement was approved by the FWISD School Board on August 25, 2020 and approved by the DISD School Board on August 27, 2020.

Students and parents alike acclaimed the 58-minute daily instruction program and Univision asked if the project could not only continue through the summer, but now the fall also.

Read more here.

Fort Worth ISD Forward: District Schools Receive Supply Boxes from Kroger

As campuses in Fort Worth ISD prepare for a return to online learning on September 8, they are receiving individual supply kits this week from the 2020 Kroger “Backpack Boosters” Campaign.

Fort Worth ISD has received over 7,700 supply boxes, delivered in 58 bins and pallets. Receiving schools will distribute the kits to their students during scheduled drive-through events prior to the September 8 start date of school.

Read more here.

South Hills High School Awarded COVID Relief Grant

Fort Worth ISD’s South Hills High School has been awarded a $3,750 technology grant that will help students and teachers stay connected despite the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the upcoming school year.

The pandemic revealed “gross inequities” in the resources low-income students draw on, including access to meals, access to technology and reliable internet, and access to the socio-emotional support offered by schools, said Assistant Principal Amanda Bradley.

“We need to make sure our educators have the tools they need to make the online platform engaging and rigorous,” she said.

Read more here.

Former FWISD Teacher Publishes Children’s Book on COVID-19

Kathryn Rosenthal, a former Fort Worth substitute teacher, recently debuted her first published children’s book.

The book, titled “COVID The Bad Germ,” explains coronavirus “in age-appropriate language, [emphasizing] safety measures everyone should know, [giving] recognition to front-line workers like doctors, nurses and teachers, [encouraging] dialogue between parents and children and give hope that COVID can be conquered,” according to a recent Fort Worth Business Press article.

View the entire Fort Worth Business Press article here.

District Walk:On Saturday, August 29, more than 100 Fort Worth ISD and community volunteers fanned out across several school pyramid zones to encourage families to register their students for the new school year, which begins with virtual instruction on September 8.

Pickup/Drive-Through Events Equip Students with Back-To-School Materials: Multiple FWISD schools have hosted pickup and drive-through events within the last week so that students can pick up devices, books and supplies for the start of school. FWISD starts the 2020-2021 academic year Tuesday, September 8, with the virtual instruction the first four weeks.

Helpful Honda Visits FWISD Schools: Families at Fort Worth ISD’s Clifford Davis, Hubbard Heights and Manuel Jara elementary schools recently received free school supplies from the North Texas Helpful Honda dealers’ campaign. About 200 school supply pouches were distributed to families at each school during the District’s Meals-To-Go service. Representatives from the Helpful Honda campaign travel North Texas all year doing acts of kindness that give back to the community.

Outdoor Classroom Space Coming To South Hi Mount Elementary: School staff and PTA members recently met to plan for an outdoor classroom space. Recently, the PTA was awarded a $5,000 grant COVID-19 relief for the project this summer by the National PTA. The grant is funded by Tik Tok, a short-form video application and National PTA sponsor. District 5 Trustee CJ Evans said the outdoor classroom is slated for completion this October. "The whole school is going to benefit from it," she said in a recent board meeting.

"This project will give South Hi Mount students and teachers a chance to get out of the classroom and breathe some fresh air this year," said Ken Kuhl, South Hi Mount PTA president in a recent media release. "The benefits of outdoor learning are well-established, but during this pandemic, learning outside has the clear and direct benefit of inhibiting the spread of the virus."

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

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/

Online Pre-K/ Kindergarten Registration Currently Underway

Online Registration Underway

Gold Seal Programs and Schools of Choice Late Applications being accepted

Labor Day, September 7

School Begins (first four weeks virtual), September 8

Board of Education meeting, September 8

Board of Education meeting, September 10

Board of Education meeting, September 15

Board of Education meeting, September 22

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