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Inside FWISD July 9, 2020

In this edition:

FWISD Asks for Teacher and Principal Input for New School Year | Fort Worth ISD Announces New Hires And Appointments | Fort Worth ISD Forward >> District Shares More Information About Virtual Instruction in the 2020-2021 School Year | TEA Issues Comprehensive Guidelines for a Safe Return to On-Campus Instruction for the 2020-21 School Year: Agency to Ensure Remote Instruction is Available to All Who Need It or Request It | Statement from FWISD Superintendent Regarding TEA Public Health Guidance | Benefits Open Enrollment Postcards Hit Mailboxes Starting Next Week | Food Available At Multiple Sites Through September | Fort Worth ISD Board Member Ashley Paz Elected to Secretary-Treasurer Post of the Council of Great City Schools | FWISD to Expand Cradle-to-Career Vital Link Program This FallCommunity Resources | Calendar | View more stories throughout the week on the Inside FWISD Blog

FWISD ASKS FOR TEACHER AND PRINCIPAL INPUT FOR NEW SCHOOL YEAR

The Fort Worth ISD is asking teachers and campus principals to provide their input on exactly what will help ensure a successful reopening of classes for the new school year.

Teachers will be asked a series of questions to collect their thoughts about Spring online learning and what they feel will improve the process going forward. They will be asked their personal assessments on how they feel about returning to teaching, if they are ready for in-class, virtual, or both types of instruction and what support they need to make the 2020-2021 a successful school year.

Principals will be asked much the same topics but in a series of open-ended questions that allow them to respond from a campus leadership perspective.

“We know our teachers and campus leaders are the front line for quality instruction,” said Jerry Moore, Chief Academic Officer. “By sharing their experiences with us we can learn what support they need from us to ensure a successful new school year.”

The surveys will be distributed over the next day or two in individual emails to both teachers and principals from Qualtrics.

Educators with questions about the Teacher or Principal Survey are encouraged to email AskEval@fwisd.org.

Fort Worth ISD Announces New Hires and Appointments

Recently the Fort Worth ISD Board of Education approved administration recommendations for campus principal new hire appointments and campus principal lateral transfers.

Most will start in their new roles July 27, 2020:

Nakita Brewer, Rosemont ES Principal

Angelica Castañeda, Manuel Jara ES Principal

Drew Farr, J.T. Stevens ES Principal

Hilda Herrera, Glen Park ES Principal

Elizabeth Kelz, Alice Carlson ALC Principal

Daniel McAlister, Como Montessori Principal

Naomi Salas, Bonnie Brae ES Principal

Delain Sandifer, Luella Merrett ES Principal

Crystal Culton, Meadowbrook MS Principal

Mandi Murphy, Leonard MS Principal

Melissa Rincón, Williams James MS Principal

Melissa Rincón, Williams James MS Principal

Cassandra McAlister,Carter Park ES Principal

Miguel Del Toro, W.A. Meacham MS Principal

Amelia McMillen, Jo Kelly School Principal

Xavier Sanchez, Rosemont MS Principal

Tremayna Thomas, Jean McClung MS Principal

Fort Worth ISD Forward >> District Shares More Information About Virtual Instruction in the 2020-2021 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 virtual instruction will work. Under the banner of Fort Worth ISD Forward, we will provide answers to the questions you are asking.

This fall will be significantly different than it was this spring when District educators put together a rapid response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Online instruction for the 2020-21 school year will be robust, organized, and a consistent experience for all students.

There are four areas that will be our guiding lights for delivering high-quality virtual instruction for students across the District.

A Culture of Building Virtual Student-Teacher Relationships

  • 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.
  • Students who have an IEP (Individual Education Plan) will have their plan supported and followed, regardless of the learning environment. Students with disabilities will receive a Free and Appropriate Public Education (FAPE.)
  • The academic work performed by a student who participates in virtual learning will equal the work that is performed by a student in a normal school year. The work will also match –or even exceed – the daily minimums of four hours a day.

Accessible Learning Materials

  • Fort Worth ISD has adopted a curriculum that can be used in a virtual classroom and is aligned with the TEKS (Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills) standards.
  • These materials include resources and accommodations that support students with disabilities and English language learners
  • Students who are learning virtually are guaranteed access to the right instructional materials at the right time.

Student Engagement and Progress

Student engagement will be tracked daily to ensure students are progressing. Academic progress will be measured several ways:

  • Daily data
  • Teacher/student interactions
  • The completion and submission of assignments

Fort Worth ISD will measure the academic progress of all students. The data will be used to continuously improve instruction.

Instructors will give feedback to students at least every week. This check-in will tell students what steps to take or what academic remediation is needed to improve their performance.

Grading policies for remote work will be the same as those that were used for on-campus learning before COVID-19.

Continuous Teacher Training

Campuses will create professional development calendars with specific supports for educators that will:

  • Focus on remote instructional delivery
  • Include content-focused, job-embedded training linked to selected remote learning resources
  • Cover all grade levels and content areas that are part of remote learning
  • Develop content knowledge of the virtual classroom curriculum and help teachers analyze and respond to data through the use of the instructional materials

Parents will play an important role in the virtual learning experience of children. Fort Worth ISD will provide clear communication with families to help them support their child’s learning at home.

TEA Issues Comprehensive Guidelines for a Safe Return to On-Campus Instruction for the 2020-21 School Year

Agency to Ensure Remote Instruction is Available to All Who Need It or Request It

EDITOR's Note: The following statement is from the Texas Education Agency.

AUSTIN, Texas – July 7, 2020 – The Texas Education Agency today announced comprehensive guidelines for students to return to school, prioritizing their health and safety while ensuring that students receive quality instruction, whether they choose to learn in a safe on-campus environment or remotely.

“Both as Commissioner and as a public school parent, my number one priority is the health and safety of our students, teachers, and staff,” said Texas Education Commissioner Mike Morath. “That is why the guidance laid out today will provide flexibility to both parents and districts to make decisions based on the ever-changing conditions of this public health crisis. The state is and remains committed to providing a high-quality education to all Texas students, while ensuring the health and safety of students, teachers, staff, and families.”

Morath added that, despite what will be a challenging budget year, Governor Greg Abbott, Lt. Governor Dan Patrick, Speaker Dennis Bonnen, and other legislative leaders are committed to fully funding in-class and remote instruction for every child in the upcoming school year. As a result, parents will have more choices than normal this year as they decide which school setting is best for their children, including:

  • Daily on-campus learning will be available to all parents who would like their students to learn in school each day.

o In addition, all parents will have the option to choose remote learning for their children, initially, or at any point as the year progresses. Parents who choose remote instruction for their students may be asked to commit to remote instruction for a full grading period (e.g. 6 or 9 weeks), but will not have to make that commitment more than two weeks in advance, so they can make a decision based on the latest public health information.

  • Health and safety procedures will be in place to support student and teacher safety.

o Some health procedures are mandated for every school in the state. For example, all students, teachers, staff, and visitors coming to campus must be screened before being allowed on campus. Consistent with the Governor’s most recent executive order, and assuming that order is still in place, masks will be required while in school buildings, with certain exceptions made, as noted in the order. Schools will also be required to follow any forthcoming executive orders issued by the Governor.

o Additional health procedures are recommended for every school that can reasonably implement those procedures. 2

o Districts have the option to establish a phased-in return to on-campus instruction for up to the first three weeks of the school year, to ensure all appropriate health and safety procedures are fully in place.

  • TEA is providing school systems with resources to ensure a strong start. This includes:

o Reimbursement for extra COVID-19-related expenses incurred during the 2019-20 school year;

o Tens of millions of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) supplies provided to school systems at no cost to Texas schools;

o Free online, TEKS-aligned learning tools to deliver remote instruction;

o Teacher training provided at no cost to the school system; and

o Statewide efforts to help bridge the digital divide for students at home, along with other ongoing support.

For more information, please visit TEA’s Coronavirus website: https://tea.texas.gov/coronavirus

A link to the Texas Education Agency’s comprehensive public health guidance can be found here.

This framework was developed based on the most current science with input from: Governor Greg Abbott’s Coronavirus Medical Advisory Team; the Governor’s Strike Force to Reopen Texas; Texas school system leaders; ongoing global analysis of school operational practices; ongoing global analysis of research on viral spread in schools; and the latest peer-reviewed viral research studies.

Due to the nature of this pandemic, parents and educators should expect to see some campuses close for brief periods during the upcoming school year. If there are significant changes to the public health situation, there may need to be additional changes to the framework as well.

Statement from FWISD Superintendent Regarding TEA Public Health Guidance

The guidance we received today from the Texas Education Agency is right in line with the plans we have been making for the 2020-2021 school. In addition to PPE (Personal Protective Equipment) available for staff and students and day-long cleaning activities to keep down the potential exposure to any virus, we are also offering parents the choice of in-person or virtual instruction. The health and safety of our students and employees remain a top priority.

TEA Issues Comprehensive Guidelines for a Safe Return to On-Campus Instruction for the 2020-21 School Year

FWISD PLANS FOR NEW CLEANING PROTOCOLS IN 2020-21 SCHOOL YEAR

As the Fort Worth ISD continues to prepare for the option of “in-person instruction” this fall, strict new protocols are being put into place for every campus. New rules for the 2020-21 academic year will mean schools are cleaned multiple times during the daytime hours rather than in the evening as has been the practice for many years.

The District is also making a significant investment in both PPE (Personal Protective Equipment) --for both adults and children—as well as cleaning supplies for campuses and other FWISD facilities. That includes the purchase of cloth and disposable masks, face shields, and gloves. The see-through face shields will be utilized in situations where facial recognition and cues are essential, especially for younger children and those students who may have special needs.

Additionally:

  • Hand sanitizer and disinfectant wipes will be a staple in every classroom.
  • Custodial staff will use EPA-approved disinfectants to regularly and rigorously clean “high-touch areas” during the school day.
  • Each school will be cleaned again when classes conclude.

Parents are being offered two options in the 2020-21 school year: in-person instruction or virtual learning. They will make that decision during online enrollment, which began Wednesday, July 1. For more information, visit www.fwisd.org/register

Benefits Open Enrollment Postcards Hit Mailboxes Starting Next Week

Postcards detailing ways to get assistance completing the 2020-2021 insurance benefit open enrollment forms will begin appearing in Fort Worth ISD employees’ mailboxes next week.

FWISD employees are encouraged to check their mailboxes for the postcard. The cards are mailed to the home address employees have on file with the District.

Open Enrollment begins Tuesday, July 21 and continues through Friday, August 21, 2020. Coverage changes take effect September 1.

There will be no in-person benefit open enrollment sessions this year. However, employees will have opportunities to learn about the benefits available to them, ask questions and receive assistance completing enrollment for 2020-2021 benefits via phone and virtually.

Additional health, dental, vision and other insurance plan details will be available in the coming weeks.

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.summerfood.org or call the FWISD Child Nutrition Department at 817-814-3540 or 817-814-3500.

Food is available at these locations throughout September:

Food Distribution

1. Friday, July 10, 2020: 9-11 a.m.

Morningside Middle School

2751 Mississippi Ave., Fort Worth, 76104

Contact: Noah Drew, director of Community Education

817-966-8103

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

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.

Dairy and produce is provided through the USDA’s Farmers to Families Food Box Program.

2. Saturday, July 11, 2020: 10 a.m. to noon

Broadway Baptist Church

305 W. Broadway Ave., Fort Worth, 76104

817-336-5761

Free, fresh produce distribution. Drive-through, contact-free distribution. Everyone is welcome!

3. Thursday, July 16, 2020: 9-11 a.m.

Cowtown Neighborhood Farmers Market: South Fort Worth

Christ Lutheran Church

4409 Sycamore School Road, Fort Worth, 76133

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) for eligible items as well as credit and debit cards and cash are accepted. These markets support WIC (Women, Infants and Children) and FMNP clients, and are open to the public. Note: Access to parking will open no earlier than 8:30 a.m.

4. Thursday, July 23, 2020: 9:00-11:00 a.m.

Cowtown Neighborhood Farmers Market: Southeast Fort Worth

Grace Temple SDA Church

4200 E. Berry St., Fort Worth, 76105

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) for eligible items as well as credit and debit cards and cash are accepted. These markets support WIC (Women, Infants and Children) and FMNP clients, and are open to the public. Note: Access to parking will open no earlier than 8:30 a.m.

5. Tuesday, July 28, 2020: 9-11 a.m.

Cowtown Neighborhood Farmers Market: Haltom City

The Wisdom Center

4051 Denton Highway, Haltom City, 76117

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) for eligible items as well as credit and debit cards, and cash are accepted. These markets support WIC (Women, Infants and Children) and FMNP clients, and are open to the public. Note: Access to parking will open no earlier than 8:30 a.m.

6. Tuesday, August 11, 2020: 9-11 a.m.

Dan Dipert CTE Center

Cowtown Neighborhood Farmers Market: Arlington

2201 Browning Drive, Arlington, 76010

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) for eligible items as well as credit and debit cards, and cash are accepted. These markets support WIC (Women, Infants and Children) and FMNP clients, and are open to the public. Note: Access to parking will open no earlier than 8:30 a.m.

7. Thursday, August 20, 2020: 9-11 a.m.

Cowtown Neighborhood Farmers Market: South Fort Worth

Christ Lutheran Church

4409 Sycamore School Road, Fort Worth, 76133

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) for eligible items as well as credit and debit cards, and cash are accepted. These markets support WIC (Women, Infants and Children) and FMNP clients, and are open to the public. Note: Access to parking will open no earlier than 8:30 a.m.

8. Thursday, August 27, 2020: 9-11 a.m.

Cowtown Neighborhood Farmers Market: South Fort Worth

Christ Lutheran Church

4409 Sycamore School Road, Fort Worth, 76133

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) for eligible items as well as credit and debit cards, and cash are accepted. These markets support WIC (Women, Infants and Children) and FMNP clients, and are open to the public. Note: Access to parking will open no earlier than 8:30 a.m.

9. Tuesday, September 1, 2020: 9-11 a.m.

Cowtown Neighborhood Farmers Market: Haltom City

The Wisdom Center

4051 Denton Highway, Haltom City, 76117

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) for eligible items as well as credit and debit cards, and cash are accepted. These markets support WIC (Women, Infants and Children) and FMNP clients, and are open to the public. Note: Access to parking will open no earlier than 8:30 a.m.

10. Tuesday, September 15, 2020: 9-11 a.m.

Cowtown Neighborhood Farmers Market: Haltom City

The Wisdom Center

4051 Denton Highway, Haltom City, 76117

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) for eligible items as well as credit and debit cards, and cash are accepted. These markets support WIC (Women, Infants and Children) and FMNP clients, and are open to the public. Note: 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:

Call 817-534-0814 to speak with a live Tarrant Area Food Bank representative information on pantries near you and access to nutritious food.

FORT WORTH ISD BOARD MEMBER ASHLEY PAZ ELECTED TO SECRETARY-TREASURER POST OF THE COUNCIL OF GREAT CITY SCHOOLS

Fort Worth ISD Board Member Ashley G. Paz has been elected to the secretary-treasurer post of the Council of Great City Schools’ Board of Directors.

Ms. Paz has served on the policy body’s Executive Committee and in this new role succeeds Michael O’Neill of Boston Public Schools, who becomes chair of the national leadership group.

“As the nation’s urban public schools rise to meet the challenges caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, the Council’s board is in capable hands with…[this] leadership team. Their energy, knowledge and experience will be crucial as big-city school districts face the herculean task of reopening schools and providing for the safety and well-being of the 8.2 million schoolchildren they serve,” says Council Executive Director Michael Casserly.

Read more here.

FWISD to Expand Cradle-to-Career Vital Link Program This Fall

Under the leadership of Superintendent Kent P. Scribner and the Board of Education, the FWISD Office of Innovation is undergoing a series of cradle to career initiatives to redesign, transform, and revitalize Fort Worth ISD Schools.

One of those initiatives is the refreshed and expanded Vital Link – Connecting Students to Careers. Vital Link is a unique business and education partnership program designed to give students and their teachers the opportunity to gain real world work experience and apply the skills learned at school to the workplace. In addition, the recent merger of the FWISD and TCC advisory boards will increase collaboration between educators and industry as they create as Fort Worth prepares for a new kind of workforce in a post-COVID 19 environment.

The Fort Worth Chamber of Commerce, the Fort Worth Metropolitan Black Chamber of Commerce and the Fort Worth Hispanic Chamber of Commerce view collaboration by employers with our school district as a best practice for talent development, attraction, and retention. Other community partners include Tarrant County College, Workforce Solutions for Tarrant County, Texas Wesleyan University, and others.

Visit or Contact the Office of Innovation website to learn more about Vital Link and how to impact your future workforce by supporting this educational initiative.

www.fwisd.org/innovate

E-mail: vitallink@fwisd.org

COMMUNITY RESOURCES

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

More LinkedIn Learning Opportunities

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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.

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.

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.

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 is underway 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 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. through Friday.

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.

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

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

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

Open Enrollment for Employee Benefits begins, July 21

Board of Education meeting, July 21

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