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Inside FWISD October 15, 2020

In this edition:

Video Launches FWISD Gold Seal Information/Application Season | FWISD Division of Equity and Excellence to Present Community Conversation This Week: The Racial Equity Committee Discussion Will Be Conducted In Spanish | Tarleton State To Offer New Master’s Degree in Curriculum and Instruction With STEM Focus | FWISD Curates Virtual Professional Learning Pathways For Its EducatorsA Special Message For All Fort Worth ISD Educators | FWISD Announces Flu Vaccine Clinics For Employees | Oakhurst ES Principal Recognized As Fort Worth Outstanding Child Advocate | INA Teacher Receives Fulbright Award | FWISD Students Educate Peers, Public On Importance Of Voting: Inside FWISD Spotlights Student Voter Registration Efforts | Fort Worth ISD and Tarrant County Criminal District Attorney’s Office Create Partnership with High Schools to Offer New Criminal Justice Classes | FWISD Announces 28 Meals To Go Sites For Virtual Learners: Virtual Learners Can Pick Up Meals At Any Designated Site | FWISD Remembers Longtime M.H. Moore ES Teacher | Drive-Through Flu Clinic Set For October 31 : Free Flu Shots Available for FWISD Students | SBOE Recognizes FWISD Mentors | FWISD Announces Recent Retirees | Food Available At Multiple Sites Through December | Inside FWISD Briefs | Community Resources | Calendar | View more stories throughout the week on the Inside FWISD Blog

Video Launches FWISD Gold Seal Information/Application Season

It’s time to explore the many opportunities for the next stage of your child’s education. Watch this video for a tour of Fort Worth ISD’s Gold Seal Programs and Schools of Choice. These innovative journeys offer something for everyone (elementary, middle, and high school students), including:

  • Pathways that match students’ interests and learning styles (think Aviation, Culinary, Cosmetology, Cybersecurity, and more)
  • P-Tech (Pathways in Technology) Early College High School opportunities for hands-on learning, internships, certifications, and tuition-free college credits
  • I. M. Terrell Academy for STEM & VPA
  • Texas Academy for Biomedical Sciences
  • World Languages Institute
  • Young Men’s Leadership Academy
  • Young Women’s Leadership Academy

You’ll find all the programs and schools in the 2021-2022 FWISD Gold Seal Catalog.

Please make a note of these key Gold Seal dates:

  • November 6 – Gold Seal application available
  • November 9-12 – Virtual Gold Seal Open Houses
  • December 4 at 5 p.m. – Application Deadline

For more information go to www.fwisd.org/choice

You may also call the campus of the Gold Seal Program or School you are interested in.

FWISD Division of Equity and Excellence to Present Community Conversation This Week

The Racial Equity Committee Discussion Will Be Conducted In Spanish

The Fort Worth ISD Division of Equity and Excellence will host a Community Conversation in Spanish this Thursday, October 15.

The virtual event begins at 5:30 p.m. on Equity and Excellence’s Facebook Live page. “Una Conversación Comunitaria Con Nuestro Comité de Equidad Racial de Fort Worth ISD” will inform the community of the work the District’s Racial Equity Committee (REC) has engaged in the last four years.

Panelists will include FWISD Board of Education President Jacinto Ramos; Board Member Anael Luebanos and Racial Equity Committee members Aracely Chavez, Norma Garcia, Jonathan Perez and Mirgitt Crespo. Dr. Dorene Benavidez, FWISD Equity and Excellence executive director, will moderate the event.

Sherry Breed, FWISD Equity and Excellence chief, said the conversation not only informs the community about the REC’s work but allows them to ask questions of the committee and panelists and also offer feedback on what they believe should be the committee’s focus this academic year. The REC’s mission is to support the District’s goal of ensuring that all students are treated equitably and receive the resources needed to be successful.

“The FWISD Board of Trustees wanted to have a venue to hear from the community and empower them to share their thoughts on what students needed in order to be successful and address opportunities for growth for the District as it relates to serving our communities,” she said. “The REC has evolved in their work and I am proud to share that the Committee has been recognized for their work by receiving the Deshera Mack Family and Community Engagement and Empowerment Award for all of their collaborative work.”

Tarleton State To Offer New Master’s Degree in Curriculum and Instruction With STEM Focus

Tarleton State University has released a new graduate degree program in Curriculum and Instruction with a STEM Focus that begins in spring 2021.

Learn more about the program at virtual question and answer sessions scheduled for October 21, October 28, and November 5, 2020 from 5– 6 p.m. Sign up at https://bit.ly/2FtpBjK to participate.

Applications for the program are due November 15, 2020. The spring semester begins January 14, 2021.

Following virtual discussions with the Fort Worth business community, the need for STEM skills in the workforce is highly sought after and of utmost importance. In order for Fort Worth ISD students to be competitive upon graduation, they must be prepared. This requires learning in a STEM-focused environment and engaging with others using STEM skills.

With the increasing public attention on STEM education and Superintendent Dr. Kent P. Scribner’s goals aimed at middle years’ mathematics and college and career preparedness, this graduate degree is an opportunity for Fort Worth ISD staff and faculty to respond to the call for action.

STEM Education is an area of tremendous growth in the last few decades yet few educational degrees exist to address the need. The degree is designed to equip Fort Worth ISD educators with instructional skills in STEM.

“A team of Fort Worth ISD employees has been working with Tarleton State University in order to address the needs of Fort Worth ISD students. The work has resulted in building a framework and outlining the preparation needed to arrive at the goal,” said Stephanie Tennyson, a coordinator for FWISD's Career and Technical Education Department.

FWISD Curates Virtual Professional Learning Pathways For Its Educators

In support of virtual teaching and learning in the 2020-2021 school year, the Educational Technology Department partnered with various departments in the Division of Academics to curate professional learning pathways for Pre-K educators, K-12 educators, Administrators, and Instructional Coaches.

The pathways focused on increasing virtual teaching skills through exposure to district-supported digital classrooms, virtual communication platforms, formative assessment apps and tools, and best practices in blended environment pedagogy. Educators’ learning paths consisted of a minimum of 12 hours of professional learning in the form of self-paced eCourses.

Branded FWISD Forward Virtual Teaching and Learning, Educational Technology eCourses were made available beginning early summer 2020. By the end of teacher in-service week, over 51,000 hours of Educational Technology FWISD Forward professional learning credit was granted to approximately 5,900 individuals throughout the district.

Educators who are still interested or in need of completing the FWISD Forward eCourses can locate their grade-level curated learning path at bit.ly/fwisdedtechlearn

A Special Message For All Fort Worth ISD Educators

This academic year, Tarrant To & Through (T3)Partnership and FWISD introduced the official launch of the T3 Partnership Pledge.

Keep an eye out for emails coming from the T3 Partnership with resources and information about the Pledge program for students. All FWISD Juniors & Seniors are eligible to take the T3 Partnership Pledge. By taking the Pledge, students gain access to financial support and programmatic opportunities. Educators, we need YOUR help spreading the word! Learn more at www.T3partnership.org

FWISD ANNOUNCES FLU VACCINE CLINICS FOR EMPLOYEES

Passport Health/Staying Healthy Medical Services will be providing on-site vaccination clinics for Fort Worth ISD this fall for all eligible employees and their eligible immediate family members. A schedule of clinic locations and times is listed below.

To sign up for a clinic please visit: https://www.passageware.com/ClinicSignUp/FWISD/. Any questions regarding insurance should be directed to Passport Health at 469-241-1954.

If you have questions about this communication (excluding insurance information), please reach out to the Health Services Department at 817-814-2990.

They are able to accept the following insurances:

  • All TRS plans offered through Blue Cross Blue Shield – covered at 100%
  • Aetna*
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield*
  • Cigna*
  • Humana
  • United Health Care
  • Medicare Part B (Flu shots only - also, please provide a copy of any supplement plans)

They do not accept HMO plans other than BCBS Primary, Primary+ and Scott & White.

*They are unable to accept Aetna & Blue Cross Gold, Silver & Bronze plans and Cigna Local Plus. Please see the consent forms for other known exceptions of plans that do not cover vaccines at 100%.

The following vaccines will be available:

On the date of your vaccinations, you must bring a photo copy of both your insurance card and your driver’s license to receive your vaccinations at no charge. Electronic cards cannot be accepted. Cash or a check made out to Staying Healthy Medical Services are also acceptable.

When you enroll online, a confirmation page will be displayed. Follow the link to print the consent form for vaccinations. Only one consent form is needed for all vaccinations. The B12 shot will require a separate form. If you have questions about any particular vaccination, please see the onsite nurse on the day of the clinic.

The new Shingles vaccine (Shingrix) will be available at this clinic for employees (age 50-64) that register for it. Please note that this vaccine is known to cause more frequent local reactions than other routine immunizations and cannot be given to anyone younger than 50 years old.

Individuals age 65 and over can only receive the flu shot, no other vaccines, if using insurance. Age appropriate vaccines can be administered to those 65 and over that are paying out of pocket for the vaccine.

If you received routine vaccinations from Staying Healthy Medical Services, other than flu, in previous years and need a copy of your records, please email them at info@stayinghealthymedical.com. In the email you will need to include your name and birthdate. Depending on the carrier, insurance claims may be filed as Community Health and Immunization Services or Staying Healthy Medical Services.

If you have questions (excluding insurance information) about this communication, please reach out to the Health Services Department at 817-814-2990.

Flu Vaccine Clinics - Schedule

Oakhurst ES Principal Recognized As Fort Worth Outstanding Child Advocate

Guadalupe Cortez, principal at Fort Worth ISD’s Oakhurst Elementary School, is the Children at Risk organization’s Outstanding Child Advocate for the Fort Worth area.

The nonprofit recently hosted its Texas Academy Awards of Child Advocacy via Facebook where it recognized the state’s Healthcare Heroes and Outstanding Childcare Advocates. View the broadcast at www.facebook.com/childrenatrisk.

Ms. Cortez was one of four nominees in the running for the Fort Worth Outstanding Child Advocate.

“You work so hard everyday to make sure the children at Oakhurst Elementary have the best educational opportunities and experience. You are making a difference for the children at Oakhurst,” said Devika Kornba, Children At Risk board president, of Ms. Cortez during the October 1 virtual award announcement.

Nominated by an unknown community leader, the nomination came as a complete surprise, Ms. Cortez said. It’s her life’s work to advocate for students and their families daily, she said, and “ensuring that all students receive a quality education by providing equitable experiences to our students.” Ms. Cortez said she’s thankful for the individual who nominated her, the Oakhurst Elementary school staff and parents for their support, Children At Risk and the Texas Academy for Child Advocacy.

“To be recognized for my contributions to something I am extremely passionate about by individuals outside of my school’s walls is such an honor,” she said. “I am deeply humbled to have been selected by the Children At Risk as the Fort Worth Outstanding Child Advocate. Receiving this award has been a highlight of my career. I will continue to serve as a catalyst for change to improve the quality of life for children within our schools and community. “

A Fort Worth native and Polytechnic High School alumna, Ms. Cortez joined the District as an educator in 1997. In that time she’s served as a tutor, bilingual teacher’s assistant, teacher, literacy and math coach and administrator. She’s worked at what is now Rufino Mendoza Elementary School, Polytechnic High School, Sam Rosen Elementary, W.J. Turner and Oakhurst elementary schools. She’s led Oakhurst Elementary since 2011.

INA Teacher Receives Fulbright Award

Whitney Peters, a sixth and seventh grade ESL/writing teacher at Fort Worth ISD’s International Newcomer Academy , is one of approximately 70 U.S. citizens selected for the Fulbright Teachers for Global Classrooms program.

The Fulbright Program, an international education exchange program sponsored by the U.S. Department of State and the J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board, awards grants to individuals “on the basis of academic and professional achievement, as well as record of service and demonstrated leadership potential,” according to a recent statement issued by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs Press Office.

“The Fulbright Teachers for Global Classrooms Program is a year-long professional development opportunity for U.S. elementary, middle, and high school teachers to develop skills for preparing students for a competitive global economy,” according to the statement issued by the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. “The program equips teachers to bring an international perspective to their schools through targeted training, experience abroad, and global collaboration.”

Ms. Peters said that she’s honored to participate in the program. She’s already more than a couple weeks into discussing global competency in the classroom, she said.

“I applied for this opportunity to grow global competency within myself and my classroom because I believe in continually working on expanding the single narratives we often hold onto about others,” Ms. Peters said. “Yes, my classroom at INA each year reflects countries from around the world; however, I want to expand my understanding beyond thinking global means learning about an "other" or experiences at a distance. “

This year, Ms. Peters started her sixth academic year with the District at INA and as a teacher. Prior to becoming a teacher, Ms. Peters worked in Nicaragua with a local development agency where she learned Spanish and worked with local people and community members. Following her work in Nicaragua, she worked in North Carolina at a retreat center educating groups about poverty issues.

Alumni of the Fulbright Program include Noble Prize laureates, MacArthur Foundation Fellows, heads of state or government and Pulitzer Prize winners.

FWISD Students Educate Peers, Public On Importance of Voting

Inside FWISD Spotlights Student Voter Registration Efforts

EDITOR’s NOTE: In editions of Inside FWISD leading up to the November 3 election, we will spotlight efforts across the District encouraging FWISD students to be part of the election process.

Fort Worth ISD students are spending the last few weeks of this election cycle educating registered voters about candidates on the ballot and encouraging them to make a plan for casting their vote.

Early voting in the November 3 joint general and special elections is currently underway in Texas and continues through October 30. For polling location details, operating hours and other voter information in Tarrant County, visit elections.tarrantcounty.com.

Since the spring, FWISD students – some who will be first-time voters and others who are not yet eligible to vote -- have spearheaded campus groups of Voice of the Empowered or V.O.T.E., Tarrant County student-run groups supported by March to the Polls (MTTP), a nonpartisan group focused on increasing voter turnout in the 18-24 age demographic and educating young people about voter registration. V.O.T.E. groups on FWISD campuses in recent months have created a website with voter information, hosted a virtual town hall event on voting and social media campaigns focusing on voter registration, candidates on the ballot and making a plan for going to the polls to vote.

Ahead of the voter registration deadline in Texas October 5, FWISD students joined with other student groups of V.O.T.E. across Tarrant and Dallas counties to promote Empowerment Week 2020, a social media campaign encouraging young people and their families to register to vote. The weeklong social media event resulted in hundreds of new Tarrant County registered voters, according to the organizers, and offered daily giveaways including Dallas Mavericks swag.

Their efforts have been featured in The Dallas Morning News, by the local TV news and on MSNBC.

“They really have done an amazing job,” said Susan Wade, a High School Outreach liaison for March to the Polls and former principal at FWISD’s Daggett Montessori School. “While not surprised at all these students have accomplished so far, I am nonetheless both humbled and very proud of them. They give me, and I would think anyone reading this, much-needed hope for the future.”

Last fall, Ms. Wade and others with MTTP visited FWISD classrooms to present information on the importance of voter registration, what a registration card looks like and the voting process. When the COVID-19 pandemic hit in spring, MTTP pivoted and shared virtual presentations with teachers that could be taught in their classes.

Following those presentations, Ms. Wade said that a few former students reached out to her inquiring on how they could become involved. They later recruited their peers to participate and formed student groups of their own. The students have also put up posters in the community and assisted with a recent voter registration drive-through event.

In the time that Ms. Wade has worked with the students, she said they’re not just focused on national elections but local ones too. She describes their work as inspiring and exciting to see and said that she believes their involvement will be a life-long commitment.

“The ultimate goal is to change our culture around voting. It risks our democracy when only a few vote,” Ms. Wade said. “They are determined to turn that around, so we have high hopes for this generation.”

Paschal High School student Peter Quinn is a V.O.T.E. volunteer and first-time voter. He said that the youth population at the polls is underrepresented across the nation, state and county leaving older voters to make the decisions impacting the nation. That’s something worth fixing, he said.

“To me, voting is the foundation of what makes a government work and thus voting is the foremost responsibility of any good citizen,” Peter said. “Voting is my real power as a legal adult, and I most certainly intend to exercise it.”

Zoe Price, a Western Hills High School student, said that seeing students her age “get involved in democracy” was inspiring and one of the reasons she joined V.O.T.E. While she is not eligible to vote in the November 3 election, she said she wants students like her to know that they can still get involved in the voting process by joining groups like V.O.T.E., becoming a poll worker or political campaign volunteer. Zoe added that for those students who are eligible to vote, it’s “incredibly important.”

“By voting we have the ability to take charge of our future, and create a country that we are proud to live in. When we as young people come together and vote, we can make a difference,” she said. “I think that some people my age think that their vote and their voice does not matter, but I would like them to know that it does. That they have the ability to affect change in the world, take control of their future, and make their voice heard by voting.”

To learn more about V.O.T.E., visit http://mttp.vote or follow the group on Facebook and Instagram @MTTPVote.

Fort Worth ISD and Tarrant County Criminal District Attorney’s Office Create Partnership with High Schools to Offer New Criminal Justice Classes

More than 700 Fort Worth ISD high school seniors enrolled in government classes have a new way to learn about possible criminal justice careers directly from community and professional leaders through a new partnership with the Tarrant County Criminal District Attorney’s Office.

"Prosecutors in High Schools” brings virtual programming to students through their government classes. The program’s goal is to build trust between students and criminal justice partners through education about the criminal justice process, knowledge of career opportunities, and through the exchange of information about the impact of criminal justice actions.

“We are very pleased to announce and celebrate this new partnership,” said Fort Worth ISD Superintendent Kent P. Scribner. “Many of our seniors who are enrolled in Government classes will interact with professionals in the Tarrant County District Attorney’s Office in a way most people never do. It is exciting to have our local industry practitioners coming to our classrooms and showing students how what they are learning in class is used daily in our community.”

Various team members from the DA’s office will provide four virtual webinars for students each semester beginning October 27:

  • What are Your First Amendment Rights?
  • Arrest, Search and Seizure
  • Introduction to a Jury Trial
  • Evidence, Investigations, Digital Forensics and Technical Services and Trial Art

“We want to help students learn more about the criminal justice system and how it works,” Tarrant County Criminal District Attorney Sharen Wilson said. “We are proud to partner with the Fort Worth school district to offer these classes virtually and reach as many students as possible.”

The participating schools are Dunbar, Poly, Diamond Hill – Jarvis, O.D. Wyatt, Eastern Hills, and Western Hills high schools.

The schools selected for "Prosecutors in High Schools” will be part of the Tarrant To and Through (T3) Partnership, an initiative launching soon that informs students and their families about college and career pathways. Students are not graded for their participation. However, teachers may provide extension activities for a grade. The four virtual webinars will be offered throughout the fall and spring semesters, reaching 758 students.

FWISD ANNOUNCES 28 MEALS TO GO SITES FOR VIRTUAL LEARNERS

Virtual Learners Can Pick Up Meals At Any Designated Site

Meals To Go breakfast and lunch for Fort Worth ISD virtual learners are now available at 28 convenient District curbside sites.

Meals may only be picked up at the28 designated curbside locations. Times vary by location for pickup.

Twice weekly on Monday and Thursday mornings, FWISD students participating in virtual learning may pick up a combination of breakfast and lunch meals at any of the 28 designated meal pickup sites. On Monday, meals for the week’s first three days will be distributed. To-go meals for Thursday and Friday will be distributed on Thursdays. On days in which the District is closed for holidays, pickup service will resume the next open school day.

The FWISD Board of Education has approved a hybrid model of in-person instruction for the District’s high schools in which students are split into two groups that will alternate two days of in-person and two days of virtual education. The two cohorts would then attend school every other Friday.

High school student cohorts attending class are eligible for breakfast and lunch meals and may pick those meals up on campus or at curbside Meals to Go sites. Specific instructions are available at each high school campus.

For more information, please contact the FWISD Child Nutrition Services at 817-814-3500 or your child’s home campus.

Roxanne Martinez's children are photographed with a banner celebrating Ms. Bosquez's years of service.

FWISD REmembers Longtime M.H. Moore ES Teacher

The Fort Worth ISD is saddened by the recent death of retired M.H. Moore second-grade teacher Cynthia Rodriquez Bosquez.

Ms. Bosquez died Sunday, October 4. She was 72.

Loved ones paid their final respects to Ms. Bosquez at a funeral service Thursday, October 8 in Fort Worth.

Ms. Bosquez’s career with the Fort Worth ISD spanned more than 40 years. She joined the District as a teacher’s assistant in 1974. In 1977, she went on to become a teacher at M.H. Moore Elementary where she worked until her retirement in May 2020.

“She enjoyed spending endless time with her loving family and her extended M.H. Moore family,” according to Ms. Bosquez’s obituary published October 7 in the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. “Those who had the privilege of her tutelage during her 43-year tenure will preserve her legacy as a positive and unending influence. She will be greatly missed and forever in our hearts.”

Former students and community members remembered Ms. Bosquez in recent social media posts.

Roxanne Martinez, a former student of Ms. Bosquez and a parent to one of her former second grade-students, remembers her as “ truly one of the best.”

“Mrs. Bosquez dedicated over 40 years to educating generations in the Diamond Hill community,” Mrs. Martinez said. “Mrs. Bosquez had a unique way with children. Her approach to teaching transcended generations and left a lasting impact on her students. Her legacy will live on through the many lives that she touched. She will be missed dearly.”

Left to cherish Ms. Bosquez ‘s memory are her five children, five siblings and numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

The Fort Worth ISD extends its deepest sympathy to Ms. Bosquez’s family and all who were impacted by her life.

Drive-Through Flu Clinic Set for October 31

Free Flu Shots Available for FWISD Students

Fort Worth ISD students can receive a free flu shot without leaving the car.

The Fort Worth ISD Bilingual/ ESL Department is hosting a drive-through flu vaccine event from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, October 31 at the Billingsley Field House, 1400 Foch St. in Fort Worth. Free pediatric flu shots are available for uninsured and underinsured Fort Worth ISD students under age 18.

The vaccines, made available by the University of North Texas Health Science Center, are first come, first serve. Flu shot registration, appointments and student ID are not required.

Snacks and giveaways will also be available at the event. Families will be provided with free books and information from local agencies such as the City of Fort Worth, JPS Health Network and other community partners.

The 2020 drive-through event replaces the department’s annual Family Health Celebration due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Like past events, the drive-through flu clinic promotes health and wellbeing in the community.

COVID-19 social distancing procedures will be observed.

Organizers for the drive-through flu vaccine clinic say that families are encouraged to attend because health is essential to a student’s academic achievement.

For more details, call the FWISD Student Placement Center at 817-815-7700.

SBOE Recognizes FWISD Mentors

Fort Worth ISD mentors Mari Mueller and Nicole Padron were recently recognized by the State Board of Education (SBOE). The two Academy 4 volunteers were recently awarded SBOE’s 2020 Heroes for Children Award for District 13 and the 2020 Student Heroes Award for District 11, respectively. These prestigious awards are presented to one of only 15 students and adults selected statewide for acts of kindness, charity, and selfless service toward others.

Academy 4 is a volunteer-based nonprofit organization that connects churches to schools and communities through mentoring fourth graders in leadership in Title 1 schools throughout Tarrant County and Austin.

Marti Mueller has served as an Academy 4 mentor for eight years at Daggett Elementary School, and this year will be her ninth. She serves in numerous organizations in the Fort Worth community.

Nicole Padron is a senior at Western Hills High School and part of Academy 4’s high school partnership. She was a fourth grader at Daggett Elementary in 2012, the first year of Academy 4, and now she has come full circle as a program mentor. She mentors at Western Hills Elementary. She carries various leadership roles at her high school and in the community.

“We are excited to have two Academy Mentors honored by TEA for their service. They are true heroes in our community, and both are inspiration to other volunteers and the at-risk fourth graders they mentor through Academy 4,” said John Shearer, Academy 4 executive director.

The SBOE read a resolution announcing this year’s award honorees at its September 11 general meeting. View footage from the meeting and the meeting agenda here. For additional information, visit https://www.academy4.org/.

FWISD Announces Recent Retirees

The following are Fort Worth ISD employees that have recently retired according to Human Capital Management:

1. Paul Shotwell, teacher, Arlington Heights High School- 15 years

2. Creola Stevens, teacher's assistant 1, Clifford Davis Elementary School- 21 years

3. Rebeka Gillilan, teacher for the hearing impaired, Western Hills High School- 16 years

Food Available At Multiple Sites Through December

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.

Food is available at these locations throughout December 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. Learn more here.

2. Monday through Friday

Boys and Girls Clubs of Greater Tarrant County

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. Other meal distribution options are also available.

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

3. Friday, October 16, 8-11 a.m.

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 high-quality produce, meat dairy and groceries.

4. Wednesday, October 21, 10 a.m.-1 p.m.

Bethlehem Baptist Church

1188 W. Broad St., Mansfield

Free, drive-thru food distribution open to everyone

For additional information, call 817-473-1236

5. Friday, October 23, 8-11 a.m.

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 high-quality produce, meat dairy and groceries.

6. Saturday, October 24, 2020, 8-10 a.m.

St. Peter & St. Paul Anglican Church

3900 Morris Lane, Arlington

Everyone is welcome to the Tarrant Area Food Bank Mobile Food Pantry event.

7. Wednesday, October 28, 10 a.m.-1 p.m.

Bethlehem Baptist Church

1188 W. Broad St., Mansfield

Free, drive-thru food distribution open to everyone

For additional information, call 817-473-1236

8. Friday, October 30, 8-11 a.m.

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 high-quality produce, meat dairy and groceries.

9. Friday, November 6, 8-11 a.m.

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 high-quality produce, meat dairy and groceries.

10. Friday, November 13, 8-11 a.m.

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 high-quality produce, meat dairy and groceries.

11. Friday, November 20, 8-11 a.m.

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 high-quality produce, meat dairy and groceries.

12. Saturday, November 21, 2020, 8-10 a.m.

St. Peter & St. Paul Anglican Church

3900 Morris Lane, Arlington

Everyone is welcome to the Tarrant Area Food Bank Mobile Food Pantry event.

13. Friday, November 27, 8-11 a.m.

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 high-quality produce, meat dairy and groceries.

14. Saturday, December 19, 2020, 8-10 a.m.

St. Peter & St. Paul Anglican Church

3900 Morris Lane, Arlington

Everyone is welcome to the Tarrant Area Food Bank Mobile Food Pantry event.

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 817-534-0814 to speak with a live representative about how to access nutritious food.

Other food resources are also available:

Inside FWISD Briefs

EDITOR'S NOTE: Inside FWISD Briefs are quick-hit stories of activities and events happening locally and nationally.

Global Handwashing Day Is Today

Today is Global Handwashing Day. For details on how to properly wash your hands to prevent the spread of germs and COVID-19, visit www.cdc.gov/handwashing.

City, County Announces This Week's COVID-19 Testing Sites

The City of Fort Worth and Tarrant County has expanded its free community COVID-19 testing sites. Locations for testing include two Fort Worth ISD sites.

The following are upcoming events where COVID-19 tests are available.

2020 Census Ends Today

Time is running out to respond to the 2020 Census, and U.S. households are encouraged to complete it before it’s too late, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. The bureau announced Tuesday that self-response and field data collection operations end at 11:59 p.m. Hawaii Standard Time today. 

The quick and easy confidential 2020 Census asks households to answer questions about the area of the country in which they live and the number of people living in their households.

“The U.S. Constitution mandates a census of the population every 10 years. Responding to the 2020 Census is easy, safe and important, and is key to shaping the future of communities,” according to a recent U.S. Census Bureau statement released. “Census statistics are used to determine the number of seats each state holds in the U.S. House of Representatives and informs legislative district boundaries. They also inform how hundreds of billions of dollars in public funds are allocated by state, local and federal lawmakers to communities for public services and infrastructure like hospitals, emergency services, schools and bridges each year over the next 10 years.”

Households are encouraged to complete the Census online at 2020Census.gov, by phone in English or 12 other languages at 844-330-2020 or via mail.

CBS Features FWISD Educator in Recent Salute to Teachers

Lillian Johnson, a first-grade teacher at Fort Worth ISD's Glen Park Elementary School, was recently featured in CBS 11's (KTVT) Salute to Teachers segment.

View the segment here.

Community Resources

Extended COVID-19 Coverage

No-cost COVID-19 Testing

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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.

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.

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

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

Early voting, October 13-30

Hispanic Heritage Month concludes, October 15

In-person or Virtual Leaning Choice begins (HS Hybrid, Full Schedule ES and MS), October 19

Election Day, November 3

Registration for January 15 Youth Mental Health First Aid Training Ends, December 16

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