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Inside FWISD September 17, 2020

In this edition:

FWISD Board Affirms Plan To Begin Option Of In-Person Instruction On October 5 | Parent Survey Ends Soon | Fort Worth ISD Voter Approval Tax Ratification Election Called for November 3 FWISD Offers K-8 Teachers Virtual Sample Lessons | Trimble Tech HS Art Teacher Reviews First Week Of Virtual Instruction | Community Conversation Sponsored by the FWISD Racial Equity Committee: Watch the Live Stream on Facebook |District Issues Important Message For Employees Set To Retire December 31: Retiring Employees Must Complete First Semester to Earn TRS Creditable Service Year | FWISD Observes Hispanic Heritage Month |Madeworthy Magazine Names 5 FWISD Educators Top Teachers Of 2020 Brookins Cover Of Latest Madeworthy Magazine |College Colors Day (Virtual Edition) Set For Friday | FWISD’s Annual College Night (Virtual Edition) | Food Available At Multiple Sites Through November | Inside FWISD Briefs | Community Resources | Calendar | View more stories throughout the week on the Inside FWISD Blog

FWISD Board Affirms Plan to Begin Option of In-Person Instruction on October 5

During a special board meeting this week, the Fort Worth ISD Board of Education affirmed the plan to offer in-person instruction for students beginning October 5 in addition to the virtual education option that began on September 8.

A proposal to extend online instruction exclusively until November 2 failed by a vote of 5 to 4. Trustees Tobi Jackson, Daphne Brookins, Anne Darr, C.J. Evans, and Norman Robbins voted against the measure. Board members Quinton Phillips, Anael Luebanos, Ashley Paz, and President Jacinto Ramos, Jr. were in favor.

The vote came around 1 a.m. Wednesday, following a meeting which lasted 7 and ½ hours.

Earlier Tuesday evening, trustees heard a presentation from Superintendent Kent P. Scribner discussing possible timelines for return to in-person learning. They also received a briefing from Tarrant County Public Health Director Vinny Taneja. This was followed by two hours of public comment from more than 50 individuals. Board members then met in executive session until 12:42 a.m.

The decision and plan for offering optional in-person instruction to students, beginning October 5, was shared with campus principals on Wednesday. View the Fort Worth ISD >> Forward Return to Learning plan here.

Pre-Kindergarten/Kindergarten, sixth, seventh and ninth graders will return earlier than other students just to get acquainted with the process at the new facility.

The Board decided several weeks ago to begin school on September 8 but postponed a return to in-person learning at school campuses until at least October 5 because of the ongoing community spread of COVID-19. During the next several weeks the Board and District leaders will continue to monitor the impact of the virus on the local community.

The Fort Worth ISD is currently conducting a parent survey in an effort to determine how many students would remain in the virtual learning environment or could be expected to return to school campuses, when local conditions allow it.

The survey, found on the District website at www.fwisd.org, only takes a few minutes to complete and is essential to helping the District plan for the return to of students to in-person learning.

Parent Survey Ends Soon

Fort Worth ISD's parent survey window is closing soon. The survey gathers feedback from parents about the 2020-21 school year.

“In a year like no other” the first four weeks of school -- which started September 8 -- will be online only. But FWISD parents recently received a survey asking about their preference for continuing instruction once our campuses open for in-person learning October 5.

This feedback – whether parents want their child to continue in a virtual environment or would like to return to the campus -- helps the District prepare to meet all students’ needs. The District will also continue to follow government guidelines and health experts’ advice.

The survey was sent by email to parents from Fort Worth ISD schools. It has also been featured on the District website --- www.fwisd.org and on its social media platforms.

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

Fort Worth ISD Voter Approval Tax Ratification Election Called for November 3

At the August 17, 2020, workshop meeting of the Fort Worth ISD Board of Education, trustees approved an order calling for a Voter-Approval Tax Ratification Election on Tuesday, November 3, 2020.

If approved, the new tax rate will give Fort Worth ISD an additional $44 million. That, in turn, would trigger another $22 million for our District from the state for a total of approximately $66 million.

The additional revenue would be allocated to:

  • Increased compensation for teachers, which would allow the District to be more competitive in attracting and retaining the best teachers
  • Safety, health, and security on campuses, by providing Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) and additional measures to clean and sanitize all spaces
  • Connectivity and Devices such as Chromebook computers, hot spots and additional methods to provide broadband internet access for students

A significant benefit to FWISD is the extra state funding that more local tax collections would generate. Each dollar of additional local tax collected brings in an average of fifty cents of new state revenue to the District. If voters approve the Fort Worth ISD VATRE, that extra fifty cents per dollar will add up to $22 million from the state.

State law requires that school districts seek voter approval to raise their tax rate above a prescribed amount.

In order to fund the 2020-2021 District budget, the Board adopted a tax rate of $1.0864 for Maintenance and Operations (day-to-day costs, which includes the three allocation areas outlined above) and a rate of $0.2920 for Interest and Sinking (debt service) resulting in a Total Tax Rate of $1.3784 per $100 of property valuation. The adopted tax rate for the 2019-2020 budget was $1.282 per $100 property valuation.

This proposed tax rate for 2020-2021 would effectively raise taxes for the Maintenance and Operations fund by 7.53%. The proposed I&S tax rate would not increase. For a $100,000 home that would mean an additional $96.50 in taxes. Homeowners age 65 or older would see no increase to their total tax amount.

Early voting begins Tuesday, October 13 and continues through Friday, October 20, 2020. Election day is Tuesday, November 3. The deadline for registering by mail to vote is (postmarked by) Monday, October 5, 2020. The deadline to register in person to vote is Monday, October 5, 2020.

For more information about voter registration in Tarrant County, please visit the Tarrant County Elections website.

FWISD Offers K-8 Teachers Virtual Sample Lessons

Sample lessons for use the first few weeks of virtual instruction are available for Fort Worth ISD teachers.

As part of the District’s fall 2020 virtual instruction plan, team members from the FWISD’s Teaching and Learning Department have developed and provided teachers with short prerecorded videos to use for delivering instruction to their students. Lessons are available for all content areas from Kindergarten through 8th grade.

“These lessons not only serve as a model for our teachers but they also provide high quality virtual instruction for our students,” said Jerry Moore, FWISD chief academic officer. “We want to share a few examples of these lessons so you can see the type of learning your students are receiving.”

Click here to view the sample lessons.

Trimble Tech HS Art Teacher Reviews First Week of Virtual Instruction

Dave West, an art teacher at Fort Worth ISD’s Trimble Tech High School, recently debuted a YouTube video reviewing his first week teaching virtually and his takeaways for teachers like him.

In the 7-minute video, he shows viewers around his makeshift classroom/studio that’s been set up in his home garage. Overall, he said he gives virtual teaching “1.25 thumbs up.”

“It is definitely a learning curve. The first few days I totally felt like I was a brand new teacher,” Mr. West said. “This is kind of nice. It kind of shakes me up. It kind of forces me to rethink how I teach.

“It makes me rethink what I’m doing, so in some ways I’m kind of glad this is happening. In other ways , not use to it.”

Check out Mr. West’s video here.

FWISD’s 2020-2021 academic year started September 8 with online instruction the first four weeks. On Tuesday, the Fort Worth ISD Board of Education affirmed the plan to offer in-person instruction for students beginning October 5 in addition to the virtual education option that began last week.

Community Conversation Sponsored by the FWISD Racial Equity Committee

Watch the Live Stream on Facebook

What: Racial Equity Committee Community Conversation

When: Thursday, September 17, 2020; 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Where: Facebook page of the Division of Equity and Excellence

Summary: On Thursday evening, September 17, 2020, from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. everyone is invited to join a Community Conversation sponsored by Fort Worth ISD Racial Equity Committee (REC).

The REC Leadership and the Division of Equity and Excellence team will share information about the goals and work of both groups. Then, participants will be asked: “What does the community believe are the topics of greatest importance around racial equity in FWISD?”

Members of the public will be able to provide input to that very important question to help guide the work of the REC in the future.

District Issues Important Message for Employees Set to Retire December 31

Retiring Employees Must Complete First Semester to Earn TRS Creditable Service Year

Fort Worth ISD’s recent instructional calendar change may impact employees who’ve recently submitted documents to retire from the District. Employees who’ve recently submitted documents to retire prior to January 31, 2021 must work until the end of the first semester to earn a year of creditable service for the 2020-2021 school year.

“The fall semester now ends on January 29, 2021. The calendar contains 87 workdays for the first semester,” according to a recent message sent to employees who’ve submitted retirement documents. “Therefore, a retiree would need to work the entire semester in order to earn a year of service credit for the fall semester of the 2020-2021 school year.”

Employees planning to retire from Fort Worth ISD on December 31, 2020 and begin receiving annuity from the Teacher Retirement System of Texas are encouraged to look at the requirements of earning a year of Creditable Membership Service.

These requirements begin on page 14 of the TRS Benefits Handbook. A relevant quote from page 14 of the handbook is as follows:

“To earn a year of membership service credit, you must work in a TRS-eligible position or receive paid leave from a TRS-eligible position at least 90 days during the school year. In the last year of employment before retirement, you may earn a year of service credit by working and/or receiving paid leave for each day of the full fall semester, even if that semester is less than 90 days.”

A link to the current handbook on the TRS website is available here.

In July, the Fort Worth ISD Board of Education voted to delay the start to the 2020-21 school year until September 8 and to offer online instruction the first four weeks, which also modified the instructional calendar. The July decision embraced a “safety first” measure for students and employees during the coronavirus pandemic. On Tuesday, the Board affirmed a District plan to offer in-person instruction for students, beginning October 5, in addition to the virtual education option that began on September 8. The fall semester will now end on January 29, 2021.

Employees planning to retire are also encouraged to consult the Teacher Retirement System of Texas about how these rules may apply to their unique situation.

FWISD Observes Hispanic Heritage Month

Fort Worth ISD joins the nation in celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month, September 15 to October 15.

National Hispanic Heritage Month celebrates the rich history, culture and contributions of Hispanic Americans, who are descendants of individuals from Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean, Central and South America. The observance originated in 1968 as a weeklong celebration and expanded into a 30-day commemoration in 1988, according to hispanicheritagemonth.gov.

Banners and a display celebrating the significant Hispanic contributions and influences of local and national figures are being placed at the Board of Education Complex on Shotts Street in commemoration of National Hispanic Heritage Month. The Board will acknowledge Hispanic Heritage Month at its September 22 meeting, which is also slated to include a special FWISD Wall of Fame announcement.

Throughout the month, the District and its schools are sharing grade-level books, activities, information about national leaders and local history on its social media pages in celebration of National Hispanic Heritage Month.

Also this month, the City of Fort Worth is presenting a series of online discussions and programming to celebrate Hispanic identities, art and heritage with local influencers. The programming is being presented by the Fort Worth Public Library, the Diversity and Inclusion Department and the Hispanic Heritage Employee Committee. Click here for more details.

For more details on Hispanic Heritage Month and its significance, visit hispanicheritagemonth.gov.

Madeworthy Magazine Names 5 FWISD Educators Top Teachers of 2020

Five Fort Worth ISD educators are among the Top Teachers of 2020 featured in Madeworthy Magazine’s September.

The list, featuring Fort Worth teachers from both public and private schools, celebrates outstanding educators selected by the magazine’s readers.

Representing FWISD on the list are:

  • Pam Hulsey, Alice Carlson Applied Learning Center
  • Sarah Chance, McLean Middle School
  • Lori Werth, Lily B. Clayton Elementary School
  • Michael Stephens, Tanglewood Elementary School
  • Dev'n Goodman, I.M. Terrell Academy for STEM and VPA

Learn more about Madeworthy Magazine’s Top Teachers of 2020 here.

Brookins Cover of Latest Madeworthy Magazine

Daphne Brookins, Fort Worth ISD District 4 trustee, is Madeworthy Magazine’s September cover story.

The article, written by Edward Brown, covers Ms. Brookins’ upbringing, education, her career in social work and how her experiences and mentors have prepared her for her current role serving District 4.

Ms. Brookins was elected to the Board in 2019, after garnering the majority of votes in a three-person special election to fill a trustee vacancy. District 4 represents the following FWISD schools: Harlean Beal Elementary, Briscoe Elementary, Carroll Peak Elementary, Carter Park Elementary, Clifford Davis Elementary, W.M. Green Elementary, Van Zandt-Guinn Elementary, Morningside Elementary, David K. Sellars Elementary, I.M. Terrell Academy, Versia Williams Elementary, Glencrest 6th Grade, Morningside Middle and O.D. Wyatt High School.

“It’s an honor to serve with leaders like Daphne Brookins,” Superintendent Kent Scribner recently tweeted about the article. “Daphne and her fellow … trustees continue [to] help us overcome the challenges many students face as we prepare them for success beyond high school.”

Read the entire cover story on Ms. Brookins here.

College Colors Day (Virtual Edition) Set For Friday

Whether in-person or cyberspace, Fort Worth ISD teachers, staff and students are encouraged to dress in college colors on Friday, September 18 as a way to promote the attainable goal of a college education.

The District is asking schools and families to get creative. While some may dress in gear from his or her favorite institution, others may decorate learning at home spaces or virtual Google classrooms to showcase school spirit. Still, others may incorporate the vision or mission statement of a particular school into a lesson plan. Your limitation is your imagination!

“Even in these uncertain times, it is important for us to continue to foster a culture that expects students to become life-long learners,” said Dr. Anita Perry, executive director of FWISD Collegiate Programming and Advisement. “I know that many of our campuses and students will do great and exciting things to celebrate College Colors Day.”

Please be sure to share your College Colors Day originality on social media by using the hashtag #FWISDCollegeColors and tag @FortWorthISD on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram. We’ll share as many photos and videos as we can on our District platforms!

And also, don’t forget to register and attend our virtual College Night 2020! This event promises “one-stop shopping” for all things higher education. Students will learn how to navigate college options during COVID-19 and beyond.

Click here to begin the registration process.

FWISD’s Annual College Night (Virtual Edition)

What: 2020 annual College Night - a chance for students and parents to virtually meet with representatives of higher education institutions

When: 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Monday, September 21, 2020

Where: ANYWHERE with a device equipped with internet access

Summary: High school students and their parents, are invited to attend Fort Worth ISD’s 2020 annual “College Night” on Monday, September 21, 2020. This year, College Night will be held virtually from the comfort of your home using your favorite internet enabled electronic device.

With hundreds of universities and institutions from around Texas and across the nation constructing “virtual booths” to house YouTube videos, presentations, and opportunities for live chats, College Night will provide a wealth of educational opportunities at the click of a button.

This event promises to offer “one-stop shopping” for all things higher education. Students will learn how to navigate college options during COVID-19 and beyond.

Student registration is open now! Below are the steps to begin the process:

  • Go to www.fwisd.org/collegenight
  • Select the green Register Here For College Fair button
  • Select Student/Family Member as Registrant Type
  • Fill out all the required general information
  • Accept terms and conditions

LOG ONTO www.fwisd.org/collegenight ON SEPTEMBER 21

Kick-off is 6 p.m.

For more information, contact the FWISD Academic Advisement Department at 817-814-2575.

Food Available at Multiple Sites Through November

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.

Meals-To-Go service is available at most Fort Worth ISD campuses for FWISD students. Adults may pick up meals for students if they can show documents verifying FWISD students are in the household. For more information, contact the FWISD Child Nutrition Department at 817-814-3500.

Food is available at these locations throughout November 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, September 18, 8-11 a.m. (Held weekly through November 20)

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. Saturday, September 19, 2020: 10 a.m.-Noon

Broadway Baptist Church

305 W. Broadway Ave.

Open to everyone, this drive-through, contact-free event offers free and fresh food. No paperwork or qualification required.

Contact Peter Nelson at 602-397-6894 for additional information.

5. Wednesday, September 23, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. (every Wednesday)

Bethlehem Baptist Church

1188 W. Broad St., Mansfield

Free, drive-thru food distribution open to everyone

For additional information, call 817-473-1236

6. Thursday, September 24, 9-11 a.m.

White Settlement WIC Clinic

1638 S. Cherry Lane

Offers locally grown produce and artisan goods grown or produced within 150 miles of Fort Worth.

Farmers Market Nutrition Program (FMNP) vouchers and the Lone Star card (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program benefits) accepted for eligible items as well as credit and debit cards and cash. These markets support WIC (Women, Infants and Children) and FMNP clients, and are open to the public. Access to parking will open no earlier than 8:30 a.m.

7. Friday, September 25, 8-11 a.m. (Held weekly through November 20)

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.

8. Saturday, September 26, 2020: 10 a.m.-Noon

Broadway Baptist Church

305 W. Broadway Ave.

Open to everyone, this drive-through, contact-free event offers free and fresh food. No paperwork or qualification required.

Contact Peter Nelson at 602-397-6894 for additional information.

9. Wednesday, September 30, 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

10. Thursday, October 1, 9-11 a.m.

White Settlement WIC Clinic

1638 S. Cherry Lane

Offers locally grown produce and artisan goods grown or produced within 150 miles of Fort Worth.

Farmers Market Nutrition Program (FMNP) vouchers and the Lone Star card (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program benefits) accepted for eligible items as well as credit and debit cards and cash. These markets support WIC (Women, Infants and Children) and FMNP clients, and are open to the public. Access to parking will open no earlier than 8:30 a.m.

11. Friday, October 2, 8-11 a.m. (Held weekly through November 20)

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. Friday, October 9, 8-11 a.m. (Held weekly through November 20)

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.

13. Friday, October 16, 8-11 a.m. (Held weekly through November 20)

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. Friday, October 23, 8-11 a.m. (Held weekly through November 20)

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.

15. Friday, October 30, 8-11 a.m. (Held weekly through November 20)

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.

16. Friday, November 6, 8-11 a.m. (Held weekly through November 20)

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.

17. Friday, November 13, 8-11 a.m. (Held weekly through November 20)

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.

18. Friday, November 20, 8-11 a.m. (Held weekly through November 20)

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.

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 around the District.

Voter Registration Deadline Approaches

Texans who want to be eligible to vote in the November 3 general and special elections have approximately two weeks to register. The voter registration deadline is Monday, October 5.

Approximately a month remains before early voting begins in Texas. Registered Texas voters can vote early October 13-30. Election Day is November 3.

View the early voting schedule and locations for Tarrant County here.

For more details, visit votetexas.gov or the Tarrant County Elections Administration website.

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:

Tarrant County Commissioner Launches Online Tutoring Pilot at Sunrise-McMillan

Project Aims to Help Students Affected by Learning Gaps Due to Pandemic

Precinct 1 Tarrant County Commissioner Roy Charles Brooks is piloting a program at Fort Worth ISD’s Sunrise-McMillan Elementary School aimed at closing the COVID-19 learning achievement gap.

Launched this week the online tutoring program offers first-grade students falling behind help with English language arts and mathematics. The pilot is launched by the National Organization of Black County Officials (NOBCO), which Mr. Brooks chairs, and is available to students twice weekly.

“I am excited to see the fruits of our labor during the 2020-2021 school year,” Principal LaTres Cole said in a recent City of Fort Worth media release. “It has always been said, ‘It takes a village…’ I am very thankful for NOBCO being a part of our village.”

Click here for more details.

Time Running Out to Complete 2020 Census

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 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.

COMMUNITY RESOURCES

Extended COVID-19 Coverage

Wear A Mask

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. Additionally, FWISD employees can receive free curbside rapid COVID-19 tests for them and their dependents, September 26-27 and October 3-4.

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.

Exclusive curbside rapid COVID-19 tests are available to FWISD employees at nine North Texas Urgent Care for Kids clinics. To schedule an appointment, visit virtsualcarefamilies.com/fwisd-staff.

Employee Assistance Program Resources for FWISD Employees

FinPath Offers FWISD Employees Tips For Managing Finances During Pandemic

FinPath, an employer-paid workplace benefit, is offering Fort Worth ISD employees financial wellness tips, coaching and resources for weathering the COVID-19 pandemic.

Launched by the District last year, FinPath offers employees tips for managing finances and much more. Recent webinars and courses offered by the service have included “Dealing with the Financial Shock of COVID-19” and “Breaking Down the CARES Act and What It Means To You.”

Not using FinPath yet? Click here to activate your account.

For more details on FinPath, visit the FWISD Employee Benefits Portal and click on the Financial Wellness tab.

Families First Coronavirus Response Act

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

School Board Racial Equity Committee Conversation, September 17

College Colors Day, September 18

College Application Boot Camp, September 19

Board of Education meeting, September 22

Youth Mental Health First Aid Virtual Training For Teachers Registration Closes, September 23

College Application Boot Camp, September 26

College Application Boot Camp, October 3

World Teachers Day, October 5

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