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Inside FWISD April 15, 2021

In this edition:

Texas Plus Policy Fellowship Looking For Great Teachers |District Issues Central Administration Building Update | Online Community Forum To Discuss New Partnership At J. Martin Jacquet MS | What You Need To Know About Pre-K/K Registration Customer Service | FWISD District Advisory Committee Nominations Due By 5 p.m. Friday: Voting begins April 19 | FWISD HCM To Host Pre-K Career Fair April 27 | Healthy Relationships, Behaviors Focus Of April FWISD Staff Webinar | Fort Worth ISD Kicks Off The 50th Anniversary Of Week Of The Young Child: District Calls Attention to Importance of Pre-K; Registration is Underway Now | FWISD Needs Your Help In How This Year’s Summer School And Next Year’s Regular Terms Will Be Structured: Don’t Miss This Chance to Have Your Voice Heard | NCAA Gymnastics “Readers Become Leaders” Program Announces FWISD Winning School | Fort Worth ISD’s Music Education Program Receives National Recognition For The 7th Year In A Row! | Inside FWISD Enforces Content Deadlines | Do You Still Need Help Recovering From The February Winter Storm? : Here’s How You Can Get Help – But The Deadline is Quickly Approaching | Food Available At Multiple Sites For FWISD Families, Community | Inside FWISD News Briefs | Fort Worth ISD Snapshot | Community Resources | Calendar | View more stories throughout the week on the Inside FWISD Blog

TEXAS PLUS POLICY FELLOWSHIP LOOKING FOR GREAT TEACHERS

Fort Worth ISD teachers have the opportunity to become part of the fifth cohort of the Teach Plus Policy Fellowship.

This fellowship is a paid, 12-month commitment that trains educators to confidently share their voice and experiences in the education policy world, from the local level all the way up through the national level. Teachers will have the opportunity to meet face-to-face (or Zoom camera to Zoom camera) with state legislators, policy experts, and other Texas decision-makers through their monthly meetings.

They will also have the opportunity to testify on policy issues that are important to them and their students and work with peers across the state to strategize for systemic growth and advance the teaching profession as a whole.

This opportunity is open to any and all classroom teachers and there is no policy experience required! Teachers can apply using this link on the Policy Fellowship website. Anyone can nominate an excellent teacher by applying here. The deadline is April 19, 2021.

Additional information is available by completing the form here.

District Issues Central Administration Building Update

Editor's Note: The following memorandum from Deputy Superintendent Karen Molinar offers an update about the Fort Worth ISD Central Administration Building

Online Community Forum To Discuss New Partnership at J. Martin Jacquet MS

Editor's Note: The following content provides details about the upcoming online community slated for next week to introduce the community to the Phalen Leadership Academy at J. Martin Jacquet Middle School and an exciting new partnership.

What You Need to Know About Pre-K/K Registration Customer Service

Editor’s Note: In an effort to equip FWISD employees with essential information for a successful registration process, Inside FWISD will run “What You Need To Know” segments throughout the month of April. The following information provides front-office staff and data clerks with information for best supporting families in registering their children for the upcoming academic year.

This year’s Pre-K/Kindergarten registration period, which began April 1, is the first time some families are enrolling their children for school.

With that in mind, it’s important that campus front-office staffs and data clerks are engaging with families and letting them know their child’s best interest is the priority for the Fort Worth ISD. Customer service, providing a welcoming experience is key to a smooth and successful registration process for all.

“Building a relationship with families is important in this process,” said Family Communications Director Jennifer Perez. “Great communication, deep explanation of what to do and expect, gentle and timely follow ups about the documents needed are some of the important things to keep in mind, especially for our first-time parents.”

Office staff are encouraged to share information about Pre-K and K registration with campus visitors and people they’re assisting by phone. A limited supply of registration T-shirts are available for campus staff looking to promote registration, and can be obtained by contacting FWISD Branding Coordinator Erica Weaver at Erica.weaver@fwisd.org.

Here are a few tools office staff can reference when assisting families with the registration process:

Online Registration Reference Guide

Recently, District Student and School Support executive directors delivered three to four copies of the FWISD News Student Online Reference Guide to each campus. It is a step-by-step guide for front office staffs to utilize when assisting families in registering for the 2021-2022 academic year.

Schools that need additional copies of the guides or that did not receive copies are encouraged to contact Ms. Perez at Jennifer.perez@fwisd.org to request them.

Translation Services

Campus staff that find themselves assisting a family in which English is not their first language are encouraged to identify someone on their campus who can serve as a translator. If no one is available to translate, its recommended that staff call LanguageLine Solutions at 866-874-3972. LanguageLine Solutions offers professional linguists who speak more than 240 languages and are available around the clock.

Enrolling New Students

Children enrolling in Pre-K the 2021-22 academic must be 4 years old on or before September 1, 2021. Kindergarten students must be 5 years old on or before September 1, 2021 to enroll.

Parents or guardians are required to show fewer documents when registering a new student.

The Texas Education Agency only requires a birth certificate and immunizations, and the FWISD Board policy requires proof of address.

The following offers an overview of acceptable documentation:

The following are District priorities for enrolling a child at your campus.

Below are a few important dates front office staff and data clerks should keep in mind.

Additional Support

Campus employees needing additional technical support in helping families with registration can call Staff Support at extension 43080 for additional assistance.

Parents with registration questions that cannot be answered at the campus level are encouraged to call Parent Support at 817-500-0381 or submit questions via Let’s Talk at www.fwisd.org/feedback.

Looking for community outreach and ways to increase registration? Contact Ms. Perez at Jennifer.perez@fwisd.org for additional details.

FWISD DISTRICT ADVISORY COMMITTEE NOMINATIONS DUE BY 5 P.M. FRIDAY

Voting begins April 19

The Fort Worth ISD is currently accepting staff nominations to join its District Advisory Committee (DAC) in Places 1-12.

The DAC is a 21-member group that meets four to six times a year advising the superintendent and Board of Education on educational plans, goals, performance objectives, and major classroom instructional programs. The committee annually evaluates the District’s academic progress and assists staff in making appropriate changes in the District Educational Improvement Plan, according to FWISD Policy and Planning officials.

Nominations are being accepted April 1-16. District employees will vote for DAC members, in their peer groups, April 19-30 here. Nominations and self-nominations are due no later than 5 p.m. April 16 here.

The committee includes representatives from the District’s professional staff, parents with children enrolled in the FWISD, and business and community partners. Terms on the committee are two years.

Have additional DAC questions? Contact Dr. Amanda Coleman, director of Board policy, governance and strategic support/elections officer in the Policy and Planning Department at 817-814-1956 or email amanda.coleman@fwisd.org.

FWISD HCM TO HOST PRE-K CAREER FAIR APRIL 27

Fort Worth ISD employees—Do you know someone ready to spring into a new career?

The District is looking for qualified individuals ready to leap into success.

Human Capital Management will host a Pre-Kindergarten virtual career fair event April 27 for teachers and teacher's assistants. The fair, which will take place from 4:30-6:30 p.m. is open to all prospective candidates.

Prepare for upcoming HCM career fairs by attending the FWISD Networking Event. Hosted twice monthly, this virtual event offers prospective employees and current employees looking to enter a new District role an exclusive 15-minute one-on-one session with Central Office Staffing Coordinator Patrick Taylor or a HCM representative to discuss what to expect when applying to FWISD, a resume review and feedback, insights for a future career and much more. The next FWISD Networking Event is from 1-2 p.m. Thursday, April 29.

Limited slots are available and are first come, first serve. Visit the Fort Worth ISD Careers pages on Facebook and Twitter for additional details on how to register for a future network event.

FWISD offers many career paths to help you spring into success. Hop into a career with FWISD today.

Healthy Relationships, Behaviors Focus of April FWISD Staff Webinar

Registration is open for the April wellness FWISD staff webinar.

From 4:30-5:30 p.m. Thursday, April 29, Dr. Emily Spence will present on the importance of “Healthy Relationships and Behaviors.” Her presentation provides resources and will allot time for a live question and answer session following the presentation.

Dr. Spence is an associate professor and the associate dean for community engagement and health equity at the University of North Texas Health Science at Fort Worth.

The free monthly staff webinar series, a partnership between Fort Worth ISD and the University of North Texas Health Science Center at Fort Worth Fit Worth, is an initiative to build healthier and safer communities through lessons and activities for FWISD staff. Monthly, the webinar targets an area of wellness.

The FWISD campus with the highest percentage of participants in the staff webinar will receive a healthy lunch and recognition in a future edition of Inside FWISD. One webinar participant will be selected monthly to receive a prize up to $500 as well as recognition in Inside FWISD. Prizes include an Apple watch, spa package, cooking class gift cards and much more.

Register to attend “Healthy Relationships and Behaviors” at unthsc.edu/FWISD.

Fort Worth ISD Kicks Off the 50th Anniversary of Week of the Young Child

District Calls Attention to Importance of Pre-K; Registration is Underway Now

Fort Worth ISD recently held a special kick-off ceremony for the 50th anniversary of the Week of the Young Child (WOYC) at Western Hills Primary School. Watch the video here.

The Week of the Young Child is an annual celebration sponsored by the National Association for the Education of Young Children. The purpose of the WOYC is to focus public attention on the needs of young children and their families and to recognize the early childhood programs and services that meet those needs.

The Week of the Young Child is also the perfect time for parents to register their children for FWISD Pre-K and kindergarten by visiting www.fwisd.org/prek.

This year, the Week of the Young Child is celebrated April 10-16. All of the early learners and teachers in Fort Worth ISD are engaged in daily thematic activities that integrate many subject areas. All Pre-K students in the District received a copy of The Misunderstood Shark, along with a week-long themed family calendar. In addition, all Pre-K teachers received a copy of The Very Impatient Caterpillar, with classroom activities.

Special guests at the celebration were FWISD Superintendent Dr. Kent P. Scribner and FWISD Chief of Academics Jerry Moore. Most importantly, a group of Pre-K students performed a special song for “Music Monday,” and added creative movement to the lyrics.

“Preparing for success in Pre-K and kindergarten starts at home,” said Dr. Scribner. “That is why we are celebrating our LITTLEST learners in a very BIG way.”

Mr. Moore emphasized that “Celebrating the Week of the Young Child presents a great opportunity to bring attention to our youngest learners. Outstanding learning opportunities start in Pre-K here in Fort Worth ISD, with our great teachers, students and schools.”

A photo gallery of this exciting event can be found on the FWISD website.

FWISD NEEDS YOUR HELP IN HOW THIS YEAR’S SUMMER SCHOOL AND NEXT YEAR’S REGULAR TERMS WILL BE STRUCTURED

Don’t Miss This Chance to Have Your Voice Heard

Monday, April 12, the Fort Worth ISD began collecting parent opinions about how the District should conduct summer school this year and how the 2021-22 school year will be organized.

This Fort Worth ISD Forward Parent Survey is an easy online tool that will only take a few minutes to complete. The rewards for students and parents are that District leaders will know how you feel about extended school days, summer learning sessions, and both virtual and in-person classroom instruction.

The survey will be open for two weeks, concluding on Sunday, April 25.

Three areas of questioning will guide District administrators in making important decisions: what kinds of resources does your family need, calendar options for summer school, and what it would take for you to feel comfortable to send your student to school for in-person instruction.

Time is of the essence in completing this survey. The sooner information is collected, the sooner important questions will be answered and educational plans will be finalized.

You can access the Parent Survey by going to www.fwisd.org/familysurvey.

Don’t wait to let your opinions be heard. Summer school starts soon and the new school year is only a few weeks away! Act now!

NCAA Gymnastics “Readers Become Leaders” Program Announces FWISD Winning School

Greenbriar Elementary Third Grade Class is Winner awards ceremony will be highlighted on ESPN Women's Collegiate Gymnastics Championship this Weekend

The 2021 NCAA National Collegiate Women’s Gymnastics Championships recently announced the winner of the Readers Become Leaders competition for elementary school children in the Fort Worth Independent School District. The winner was Mrs. Christy Van Ausdall’s third-grade classroom at Greenbriar Elementary School. Her students each averaged a total of 699 minutes –or 11 hours-- read over a five-week period.

You can view photos from the event on the Fort Worth ISD website.

Fort Worth ISD, in partnership with the NCAA, the Fort Worth Sports Commission and the Scholastic Book Company, completed its third year of the Readers Become Leaders program with area elementary students. The five-week program engaged 112 classrooms, which read a collective total of 148,124 minutes.

Mrs. Van Ausdall’s winning classroom was surprised by an outside visit from their principal, Ms. Lindsay Staros, the gymnastics host committee, and a BIG surprise visit from Clifford, the Big Red Dog. The class were honored with an inscribed trophy and will receive 500 books for the classroom library. Each student will also be gifted with three personal books --and the entire class will enjoy a pizza party.

The trophy presentation will be featured on the ESPN telecast of the NCAA National Collegiate Women’s Gymnastics Championship hosted at Dickies Arena, April 16-17.

Fort Worth ISD’s Music Education Program Receives National Recognition for the 7th Year in a Row!

The Fort Worth ISD has been honored with the Best Communities for Music Education designation from The NAMM Foundation for its outstanding commitment to music education. This is the seventh year in a row that the District has received this honor.

Now in its 22nd year, the Best Communities for Music Education designation is awarded to districts that demonstrate outstanding achievement in efforts to provide music access and education to all students.

To qualify for the Best Communities designation, Fort Worth ISD answered detailed questions about funding, graduation requirements, music class participation, instruction time, facilities, support for the music program and community music-making programs. Responses were verified with school officials and reviewed by The Music Research Institute at the University of Kansas.

"We know from research that music has a profound impact on brain development academic success, and social-emotional learning,” said Dr. Marcey Sorensen, Assistant Superintendent of Teaching & Learning. “There are lots of studies that tell us the impacts that music has on our student's brains. But what we don't quite emphasize enough is the sheer joy that music brings to all of us. It brings out our humanity, our shared emotions, struggles, and triumphs. That is the real reason we all need robust music programming in our schools. Just the sheer joy..."

Since the passage by Congress in 2015 of the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) and a stated emphasis on a well-rounded education, many school districts have re-committed to music and arts education programs and found that in this time of a national pandemic, provides a valuable way to keep students engaged in school. ESSA provides designated funding for well-rounded educational opportunities through Title IV Part A Student Academic Success and Achievement grants. NAMM Foundation research has revealed that these grants are being widely used by school districts to address instructional gaps in access to music and arts education.

About NAMM

The NAMM Foundation is a nonprofit supported in part by the National Association of Music Merchants and its approximately 10,400 members around the world. The foundation advances active participation in music making across the lifespan by supporting scientific research, philanthropic giving and public service programs. For more information about The NAMM Foundation, please visit www.nammfoundation.org.

INSIDE FWISD ENFORCES CONTENT DEADLINES

Inside FWISD has implemented new content deadlines. Because Inside FWISD has become such a widely read publication we have had to make some adjustments as we grow.

All content submitted for inclusion in the newsletter must be sent to the Inside FWISD inbox, Inside@fwisd.org, no later than 10 a.m. Friday. Exceptions are only made after the deadline for content approved by the superintendent or a department chief.

If the content submitted is not time sensitive, it will be considered for a future edition of the newsletter. Content that is time sensitive will be forwarded to the FWISD social media and web coordinators for possible publication sooner.

Persons interested in submitting content for Inside FWISD must complete a News Release Worksheet and return it to Inside@fwisd.org.

Additional questions about the content deadline may be emailed to the Inside FWISD team at Inside@fwisd.org.

DO YOU STILL Need HELP RECOVERING FROM THE FEBRUARY WINTER STORM?

Here’s How You Can Get Help – But The Deadline is Quickly Approaching

The City of Fort Worth wants to help you if you are still suffering the affects of the February 2021 Winter Storm.

The Cities Neighborhood Services (NS), Code Compliance, VOAD, City Communications and Public Engagement, Fire OEM can provide Fort Worth residents the information and assistance to apply for Individual Assistance (IA) through FEMA before the deadline on April 20, 2021.

The disaster declaration that covers the winter storm from February 11 – 21, 2021 includes public and individual assistance. Individuals affected by the winter storm can apply for assistance through https://www.disasterassistance.gov or by phone 1-800-621-FEMA (3362). Currently there are no Disaster Recovery Centers available to apply in person.

If you still need help please visit the City of Fort Worth website which outlines your federal benefit opportunities, disaster assistance loans, and other winter storm recovery resources.

https://www.fortworthtexas.gov/news/2021/04/Winter-Storm-FEMA-Assistance

FOOD AVAILABLE AT MULTIPLE SITES FOR FWISD FAMILIES, COMMUNITY

Multiple organizations across Fort Worth are offering food to help families through the COVID-19 pandemic.

Since March 2020, the Fort Worth ISD has partnered with multiple organizations to share information and organize food distribution events for families.

Curbside Meals To Go breakfast and lunch service is available at more than 20 designated FWISD locations for FWISD virtual learners. Meals To Go is available three times weekly on Monday, Wednesday and Friday. FWISD students participating in virtual learning may pick up a combination of breakfast and lunch meals for the week and weekend at any of the designated meal pickup sites. For more information, contact the FWISD Child Nutrition Department at 817-814-3500.

The Fort Worth ISD has compiled a list of locations to find free and nutritious food here.

Food is available at these locations:

Food Distribution

1. Every Tuesday and Thursday, 10 a.m. to noon

LVTRISE

8201 Calmont Ave.

Every Tuesday and Thursday LVTRise, a nonprofit organization dedicated to improving the lives of people living in the Las Vegas Trail area, distributes nonperishable food items to the community.

2. Every Tuesday, 3:45-5:30 p.m.

South Hills High School

6101 McCart Ave.

South Hills High School is offering free curbside, ready-made meals for children while supplies last. Meals are provided to families that show proof of children under age 18 in the household or if a child is present at pickup. Children do not have to be enrolled at South Hills High or a Fort Worth ISD school to obtain food.

3. Every Friday, 3:30-4:30 p.m.

Eastside YMCA – Centralized Youth & Family Programs

1500 Sandy Lane

The YMCA of Metropolitan Fort Worth is offering Grab and Go Meals at the Eastside YMCA until the end of the 2020-2021 school year. It is open to all youth ages 18 years and under ─ no qualifications required. For additional details, call 817-571-3371

4. Friday, April 16, 9 a.m.- Noon

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. Each family will receive 100 pounds of fresh produce, meat dairy and groceries. For additional information, visit https://tafb.org/megamobilemarkets/

5. Wednesday, April 21, 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 or visit https://www.bethlehemmansfield.org/events/

6. Thursday, April 22, 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Metro Opportunity High School

2723 Cullen St.

Food Boxes will be available for Metro Opportunity and Middle Level Learning Center families. The boxes include meat, produce, grains, beans and other groceries.

7. Friday, April 23, 9 a.m.- Noon

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. Each family will receive 100 pounds of fresh produce, meat dairy and groceries. For additional information, visit https://tafb.org/megamobilemarkets/

8. Thursday, April 29, 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Metro Opportunity High School

2723 Cullen St.

Food Boxes will be available for Metro Opportunity and Middle Level Learning Center families. The boxes include meat, produce, grains, beans and other groceries.

For the complete Tarrant Area Mobile Food Pantry Schedule, visit https://www.tafb.org/wp-content/uploads/mobile/mobile-pantry-schedule.pdf. Need food delivered? Call 817-857-7100 to speak with a live representative about how to access nutritious food.

Other food resources are also available:

https://www.facebook.com/tafoodbank

INSIDE FWISD NEWS BRIEFS

Editor's Note: Inside FWISD Briefs are quick-hit stories of activities and events happening locally and nationally.

Striping Middle School PTA hosts annual Spotlight fundraiser

Stripling Spotlight is an annual fundraiser for the students and teachers at Stripling Middle School. Each year, PTA volunteers organize the event with the help of SMS faculty and students. Spotlight is an evening activity where school programs, sports teams, clubs and organizations get to showcase their talents in an effort to encourage donations. This year, organizers have planned a virtual Spotlight event. Our theme is “Follow Your Yellow Brick Road”. The SMS PTA believes that each of us has a purpose and our very own yellow brick road. It is the path we walk as we journey through life.

Every day during the week of April 12- 15, the website www.striplingspotlight.com will unveil new content. As performances, athletic events and student work are added to the site, viewers will have an opportunity to watch live and make a donation to the program. For many programs at Stripling, Spotlight is the sole source of funding. We invite everyone to visit the site the week of April 12, and welcome donations of any size! Please tune in and watch us shine a “Spotlight” on Stripling Middle School!

Waverly Park Principal Finds After School Solution for Pre-K

Principal Baeta and his staff at Waverly Park have always been the school’s biggest champions. Understanding the challenge parents face when their Pre-K student’s school day ends 45 minutes earlier than their other children, the teachers and staff at Waverly Park found a simple solution.

They asked two after school providers who could support 4 year olds during the time Pre-K classes end and dismissal for all other grades.

YMCA coordinator Stephanie Johnson gladly re-tooled to be able to provide this much needed after school care to the Pre-K students at Waverly Park.

Thank you, Waverly Park staff for finding solutions for families and ensuring Pre-K at Waverly Park is accessible to all!

Terrell Student’s Video Among Top 20 In Smithsonian-Sponsored Contest

A two-minute video created by Priya Stamper of Fort Worth ISD’s I.M. Terrell Academy for STEM and VPA was recently selected as one of the top 20 submissions for the 2020 Teens Dream Changemaker Challenge.

The Smithsonian-sponsored contest challenged teens to select one of 17 United Nations Sustainable Development Goals and a solution for achieving it in a two-minute video, according to the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. Priya’s video “to craft a mental health curriculum for teenagers” was among more than 140 videos submitted from students in 10 states and eight countries, according to the paper. Learn more about Priya in this Star-Telegram story.

AHHS Student-Athlete Featured In USA Today

Leslie Adindu’s story of perserverance in the face of adversity was recently featured in USA Today.

Read more about this amazing Arlington Heights High School student-athlete here.

The following content is from the Internal Revenue Service

Tax Day for individuals extended to May 17: Treasury, IRS extend filing and payment deadline

The Treasury Department and Internal Revenue Service announced March 17 that the federal income tax filing due date for individuals for the 2020 tax year will be automatically extended from April 15, 2021, to May 17, 2021. The IRS will be providing formal guidance in the coming days.

"This continues to be a tough time for many people, and the IRS wants to continue to do everything possible to help taxpayers navigate the unusual circumstances related to the pandemic, while also working on important tax administration responsibilities," said IRS Commissioner Chuck Rettig. "Even with the new deadline, we urge taxpayers to consider filing as soon as possible, especially those who are owed refunds. Filing electronically with direct deposit is the quickest way to get refunds, and it can help some taxpayers more quickly receive any remaining stimulus payments they may be entitled to."

Learn more here.

FWISD Launches COVID Vaccination Resource Page For Employees

As a service to our employees, the Fort Worth ISD is consolidating information about COVID-19 vaccine opportunities.

Visit https://www.fwisd.org/covidvaccine to view the COVID-19 vaccination opportunities available to District employees. The site is continually updated as more opportunities for employees become available.

Tarrant County Public Health also offers local vaccine clinics on a regular basis. Learn more by visiting its website.

FWISD Celebrates Campus Teacher of the Year Honorees: FWISD recognized 134 dedicated teachers as Campus Teachers of the Year in a big and unique way this week. The honorees were invited to attend a drive-through celebration featuring music, balloons, and special gifts from CTOY sponsor Central Market. Below is video from the two-day celebration and few images from the celebration hosted Thursday, April 8.

COMMUNITY RESOURCES

COVID-19 Vaccination Information

April Is Financial Literacy Month

April is National Financial Literacy Month. It’s a great opportunity to review and upgrade your knowledge of how to manage your money. In partnership with our Financial Wellness Program provider, FinPath, we have a few activities designed to improve your financial literacy throughout the entire month.

The Challenge: improve your financial confidence with simple and engaging content

  • Explore easy money management tips
  • Learn helpful financial life hacks
  • Unlock program features each week

On April 30, we will announce the winner for the Financial Literacy Month Challenge GRAND PRIZE. To enter, login each week to your FinPath account and unlock a program feature. Each week you unlock a new feature that will get you one ticket for the drawing, with the last week worth double points!

Register for your FREE account now at www.finpathwellness.com

Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Tarrant County Expanded Basic Needs Program for Families

Wear A Mask

CDC Tips on Properly Wearing A Cloth Mask

For more details, visit https://bit.ly/3aWGUVW.

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. Free COVID-19 testing is also available for select FWISD employees by visiting www.virtualcarefamilies.com/fwisd-abbott.

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.

FWISD is partnering with Virtual Care for Families to offer select employees with free Abbott BinaxNOW COVID-19 testing. All eligible employees must preregister to receive the test.

The following employees/departments are eligible for testing:

  • Teachers
  • Transportation
  • Maintenance and Operations
  • Custodians
  • Child Nutrition Services
  • Special Education personnel

District employees experiencing COVID-19 symptoms are advised not to arrive at a designated FWISD testing location and to contact their doctor or visit www.virtualcarefamilies.com to be connected with a provider.

Employees are encouraged to follow the instructions below to register for the free COVID-19 testing.

Employee Assistance Program Resources for FWISD Employees

Follow COVID-19 updates from the City of Fort Worth at fortworthtexas.gov/COVID-19/

Week of the Young Child, Continues through Friday

National and Public School Volunteer Week, April 18-24

Early voting for May 1 election, April 19-27

Snow Day/ Teacher FLEX Day (Workday for 240, 245 employees), April 19

Self Care Café, April 21

HCM Pre-K Teacher and Teacher’s Assistant Hiring Event, April 27

Board of Education Meeting, April 27

District Math Bee, April 29

HCM Networking Event, April 29

Share your story ideas, successes, calendar items, photos, questions and feedback with us at Inside@FWISD.org. Content submissions are due no later than 10 a.m. Fridays for the next edition. Check the Inside FWISD blog, www.fwisd.org/insidefwisd, regularly updated throughout the week with additional content and features.