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.
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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.
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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.finpath
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.
Equity and Excellence, Restorative Practices Offer Social, Emotional Wellness Resources
Take care of your social and emotional wellness during this pandemic. Log onto the FWISD Restorative Practices Community Facebook page weekly for self-care lessons. Tune in Monday, Wednesday and Friday for live check-in sessions.
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Tarrant Area Food Bank offers Grab and Go Dinners for Children
Fort Worth YMCA Grab & Go Meals- Schedule & Locations For Families Impacted By COVID-19
EDITOR'S NOTE: The following content is from the The YMCA of Metropolitan Fort Worth
The YMCA of Metropolitan Fort Worth is continuing to serve the growing needs of the community with free Grab & Go meals with updated service locations and times. Pick up times are Mondays and Wednesdays from 4pm – 6pm at the following locations.
- Airport Area YMCA - 3524 Central Drive Bedford, TX 76021
- Amon G. Carter, Jr. Downtown YMCA - 512 Lamar St, Fort Worth, TX 76102
- Benbrook Community Center YMCA - 1899 Winscott Rd, Benbrook, TX 76126
- Eastside YMCA - 1500 Sandy Lane, Fort Worth, TX 76112
- Hood County YMCA - 1475 James Road, Granbury, TX 76049
- Joshua Community YMCA - 1009 Joshua Station Blvd, Joshua, TX 76058
- William M. McDonald YMCA - 2701 Moresby Street, Fort Worth, TX 76105
- YMCA Sports Complex - 4320 Altamesa Blvd, Fort Worth, TX 76133
Pick up times changed to support the City of Fort Worth requests to limit food distribution to only 3 days/week or less and to comply with “stay-at-home” recommendations on social distancing. It is important to note that families will still receive up to 5 days of food when they go to pick-up their Grab & Go Meals.
Mondays, families will be able to pick up meals for 2 days (Mon-Tue)
Wednesdays, families will be able to pick up meals for 3 days (Wed - Fri)
This change reducing the number of times people are asked to leave their homes and risk exposure, thus helping to support “flattening the curve.”
“By providing these meals to children who need them most, Fort Worth area Y’s are truly fulfilling their mission of healthy living, social responsibility, and youth development. I’m proud of their continued community outreach despite their temporary facility closures.” Julie Wilson, Chair, Board of Directors at YMCA of Metropolitan Fort Worth.
Meals are provided by local vendors including Purple Hearts, Inc. and Tarrant Area Food Bank and they come complete with protein, fruit or vegetable, snacks and more. Together with the support of community leaders, volunteers, staff and donors, the Y wants to ensure that every child is safe, healthy and fed.
“For over 130 years, the YMCA has served the ever-changing needs of our local community. Today is no different as we continue to find ways to support Fort Worth, Benbrook and surrounding counties by partnering with local organizations to provide grab-and-go meals at our branches.” Tony Shuman, President and CEO of YMCA of Metropolitan Fort Worth.
In addition to the Grab & Go initiative, the Y is continuing to support the community by providing pre-schools and childcare to the families of essential employees and first responders and connecting with seniors to check on their wellbeing to help avoid isolation.
For questions or additional information or visit www.ymcafw.org
The YMCA of Metropolitan Fort Worth branches have been temporarily closed for traditional health and wellness activities due to the COVID-19 public health mandates by city, county and state authorities. Staff and volunteers have continue to be vigilante in continuing to serve the community outside of the walls of the Y.