• FWISD Announces Flu Vaccine Clinics For Employees

    Posted by Fort Worth ISD on 10/31/2020

    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:

     
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    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

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  • FWISD Issues Important Reminders For Employees

    Posted by Fort Worth ISD on 10/30/2020 5:00:00 PM

    Editor's Note: The following message is from the FWISD Office of Legal Services

    Dear Colleagues,

    Here are two important reminders for the upcoming week.

    First, daylight saving time ends on Sunday, November 1, 2020. Make sure to set your clock back one hour and adjust your schedule accordingly!

    Second, if you are planning to vote in the upcoming election you may be entitled to up to two hours of paid leave. You are eligible for this leave if:

    1. You will be voting on November 3, 2020,* AND

    2. Your contracted time does not allow you at least two hours to vote before polls close. For example, administrative staff whose work day ends at 5 p.m. with polling locations closing at 7 p.m. are not eligible for two hours of paid leave because they have at least two hours to vote outside of their scheduled work time. A few other examples:

     
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    *Please note: This administrative leave is ONLY available for those planning to vote on November 3, Election Day. If you have already participated in early voting or you are not planning to vote, you are ineligible for two hours of paid leave.

    ** The start of shift or split allows for at least 2 hours when the polls are still open

    Pursuant to Chapter 276 Texas Election Code

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  • Educators Encouraged To Spread Word About T3 Pledge

    Posted by Fort Worth ISD on 10/30/2020

    The Fort Worth ISD in partnership with Tarrant To & Through (T3) Partnership has launched the T3 Partnership Pledge for students.t3

    All FWISD junior and seniors who take the pledge by February 1, 2021, can gain access to:

    1. Last Dollar Tuition-Free Scholarships to Tarrant County College

    2. Mentorship, Internship, and Job Shadow Opportunities

    3. College Persistence Coaching + Resources

    4. Bridge Programming Between High School and Postsecondary Enrollment

    District educators are encouraged to share information with students about the T3 Pledge and its benefits. A one-page handout outlining the pledge and the T3 Scholar/Family Handbook is available for educators to share with students and the community.

    Additional program benefits are available here. Look for additional resources and information on District and campus social media pages and the T3 website.

    The T3 Partnership believes that educators play an integral role in the T3 mission towards equitable access and opportunity for all students. Completing the T3 Partnership Pledge is the first step students must take to receive support from T3 – including a last dollar tuition-free scholarship to Tarrant County College. By taking the pledge, the T3 team will help students build a customized plan focused on life after high school. We want to provide you with the resources and information to not just help your students graduate but realize the potential of their future through postsecondary education and training. Click here for a brief slide deck that gives more detail and we look forward to connecting in an upcoming information session. Register below for more information (30 minute commitment):

    SESSION 2 @ 10/29 - 4:30-5 p.m. - - https://zoom.us/meeting/register/tJAof-CtrjwjHtOiUCXLuLDAcX-8Zf-J4DzZ

     
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  • Early Voting Ends Today

    Posted by Fort Worth ISD on 10/30/2020

    Just a few hours remain to vote early in the November 3 joint general and special elections.vote

    Polls close at 7 p.m. today.

    During the early voting period, registered voters in Tarrant County may cast ballots at any of the 50 designated early voting locations. Election Day is Tuesday, November 3.

    This year’s election is breaking records in early voter turnout.

    Texas leads the nation in early voting turnout with more than 9 million mail-in and in-person ballots cast through Thursday, October 29, according to recent media reports. That accounts for more than 53% of the state’s registered voters, according to the Texas Secretary of State office.

    Nearly 54% of the nearly 1.2 million registered voters in Tarrant County have cast in-person or mail-in ballots, according to the Tarrant County Elections Administration as of Friday afternoon.

    The state not only leads the country in early voter turnout but youth voter turnout (ages 18-29), according to data recently released by Tufts University that compares youth in-person and mail-in early voting 11 days before Election Day in 2020 and 2016. The data indicates that 753,600 Texas youth have voted early.

    Last week, Inside FWISD reported that 53.79% of eligible Fort Worth ISD students are eligible voters.

    The 2020 ballot in Tarrant County includes U.S. president, congressional and senate; Texas representative, Railroad Commission and judicial; county judicial, sheriff and tax-assessor; city and school races.

    Among items on the ballot is the Fort Worth ISD Voter-Approval Tax Ratification Election (TRE). If approved, the TRE will provide funds for:

    • Increased teacher salaries to attract and retain top educators
    • Expanded safety, health, and security on campuses, including more Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)
    • Chromebooks, hot spots and reliable connectivity to the internet for all students

    To learn more about the FWISD Voter- Approval Tax Ratification Election, visit www.fwisd.org/election.

    Visit the Tarrant County elections website for additional voter and election details.

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  • Inside FWISD -- October 29, 2020

    Posted by Britney Johnson on 10/29/2020

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    Colleagues,

    In our latest edition of Inside FWISD, you will find information about:

    • FWISD Issues Important Reminders For Employees: Some Employees May Be Entitled To Two Hours Paid Leave on Election Day 
    • Early Voting Ends Friday
    • District Announces Jeans Friday
    • FWISD Issues Messages Regarding Wi-Fi Connectivity, Maintenance
    • Mini Gold Seal Catalogs Mailed to FWISD Students
    • FWISD Celebrates Campus Principals 

    And more stories and information about and for FWISD employees

    Don’t forget to view stories throughout the week on the Inside FWISD blog

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  • Last Tax Rate Election Virtual Presentation Set For Tonight

    Posted by Fort Worth ISD on 10/29/2020

    Superintendent Kent P. Scribner will present one final Voter-Approval Tax Ratification Election virtual presentation at 6 p.m. today. Click here to RSVP to attend and learn more about the special election on the November 3 ballot.\ 

    The TRE, if approved, would generate $66 million in local and state revenue to support:

    • Increased teacher salaries to attract and retain top educators
    • Expanded safety, health, and security on campuses, including more Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)
    • Chromebooks, hot spots and reliable connectivity to the internet for all students

    Learn more about the Voter- Approval Tax Ratification Election by visiting www.fwisd.org/election or watching this video below where Dr. Scribner answers essential questions about the election.

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

    Posted by Fort Worth ISD on 10/28/2020

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

    Learn more about the program at virtual question and answer sessions scheduled for  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.

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  • Board Names M.H. Moore ES Auditorium For Longtime Educator Cynthia R. Bosquez

    Posted by Fort Worth ISD on 10/27/2020

    Second grade teacher Cynthia Rodriquez Bosquez’s legacy will live on in the hallways of M.H. Moore Elementary School, the campus she taught at for more than 40 years.bosquez

    Last week, the Fort Worth ISD Board of Education unanimously voted to name the M.H. Moore Elementary auditorium for the late Ms. Bosquez in remembrance of her commitment to the school. Ms. Bosquez died earlier this month at age 72.

    “This is really important for the Diamond Hill and M.H. Moore community, and this is a request that came directly from the community with an outpouring of support,” said District 9 Trustee Ashley Paz shortly before the October 20 vote.

    Following Ms. Bosquez’s death, the outpouring of messages from parents, former students and the community about her impact began to flood the M.H. Moore community and social media.

    “A former student … wrote: ‘she was my third-grade teacher. She put me in advanced reading and nominated me for the vanguard program. Were it not for her, I most likely would not be a lawyer today,” FWISD spokesman Clint Bond stated in remarks at the October 20 board meeting.

    Ms. Bosquez is remembered as “a beloved pillar of our community” who mentored new teachers, cheered on and supported the athletic games at M.H. Moore Elementary, organized the school’s Cinco de Mayo celebrations, served as a UIL coach and a lifetime PTA member, Mr. Bond said. In 2016, she received a lifetime achievement award for her commitment to children.

    Shortly after the Board’s vote Tuesday, Kristina Munoz – Ms. Bosquez’s eldest daughter – shared a few remarks about what the naming of the auditorium for her late mother means.

    “In the 43 years she taught, she didn’t waver from her commitment to her students or her school – her second family,” Mrs. Munoz said. “For those reasons and more, we those that are left to preserve and honor her memory, sincerely believe that the auditorium endowed with her namesake will serve as a guiding epitome to prior and forthcoming generations of her prominence of education and the vigor of her calling.

    “May every student, teacher, parent and school community member that walks through the M.H. Moore halls see her name and share her story to inspire and cultivate future generations like Ms. Bosquez did during her extensive tutelage.”

    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.

    Alexandra Flores, a fourth grade M.H. Moore Elementary teacher and a close friend to Ms. Bosquez, first met the second-grade teacher seven years ago. Ms. Flores was a new teacher then, and Ms. Bosquez welcomed her to the team with open arms, mentoring her, she said. The two soon became friends often spending their afternoons talking for hours and making memories to last a lifetime. Ms. Flores remembers Ms. Bosquez as a “positive light” in her life and said that while she wishes she had more time with her, she’s “blessed with many memories to remember her by.”

    Ms. Bosquez not only developed bonds with her colleagues but her students also, Ms. Flores added.

    “Ms. Bosquez was loved by all of us in the Diamond Hill community,” Ms. Flores said. “What all of her former students say is true. She was an incredible teacher who loved all of her students and made them all feel like the special people that they are.”

    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.

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  • Fort Worth ISD Monitors Cold Weather

    Posted by Fort Worth ISD on 10/26/2020 9:58:00 AM

    The National Weather Service (NWS) in Fort Worth, and the Fort Worth ISD Safety and Security Department, continue to monitor the arrival of a cold front and the possibility of wintry precipitation in the vicinity of the Dallas-Fort Worth area this week.iphone

    While the likelihood of an “wintry precipitation’ in the immediate Fort Worth area is slim, the Fort Worth ISD Safety and Security Department is monitoring this situation and will remain in contact with the Fort Worth City Emergency Operations Center. 

    Fort Worth ISD protocol calls for continued monitoring of the weather conditions with decisions being made by District staff as appropriate. 

    The best way to receive any Fort Worth ISD announcements concerning weather is to download the Fort Worth ISD Mobile App from the IOS or Google stores.

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  • Free rides for early voting and on Election Day

    Posted by Fort Worth ISD on 10/26/2020 9:00:00 AM

    EDITOR's NOTE: The following content is from Trinity Metro

    Throughout early voting and on Tuesday, November 3, Tarrant County voters will be able to catch free rides to the polls on Trinity Metro and other transit providers.tmflyer

    Riders can show their voter registration card or current Texas ID and ride for free during early voting October 13-30 and on Election Day, November 3.

    The Tarrant County Commissioners Court approved a partnership with transportation services in Tarrant County to pay for customer trips to voting locations, with an amount not to exceed $20,000.

    “We are trying to give every eligible voter in Tarrant County the ability to vote in the November 2020 election,” Tarrant County Judge Glen Whitley said. “We are offering free rides on as many public transit providers as possible, including accessible services for the elderly and mobility-impaired as well as on-demand service in Arlington and Fort Worth. These rides will be available during early voting and on Election Day.”

    Wayne Gensler, vice president and chief operating officer for bus and paratransit at Trinity Metro, said he is pleased for the opportunity this partnership provides.

    “Voting is an important right and we want to do our part to help voters get to the polls,” Gensler said. “We appreciate the Tarrant County Commissioners Court for funding this initiative.”

    The transit services included in the program are Trinity Metro’s bus routes, Near Southside ZIPZONE, Crowley ZIPZONE, Mercantile ZIPZONE, ACCESS paratransit, plus Tarrant County Transportation Services (TCTS), Northeast Transportation Services (NETS), and Arlington’s Via and Handitran. For ZIPZONE riders in Crowley, Mercantile and Near Southside, free rides will be determined by the pickup’s or destination’s proximity to a voting location.

    Trinity Metro is also offering free on-demand service from Fort Worth Central Station to the drop-off ballot location in northeast Fort Worth on Tuesdays (Oct. 13, 20, 27) and Fridays (Oct. 16, 23, 30) during early voting. Riders can request this option by calling customer care at 817-215-8600 before the close of business the day prior to the ride.

    Tarrant County has multiple locations for early voting and a list of locations for Election Day. Visit the list of polling places served by Trinity Metro.

    Those who qualify and want to ride to vote on ACCESS, TCTS, NETS or Handitran should call the provider at least 48 hours ahead of the trip to schedule their free ride to any of the voting locations.

    To use Via’s on-demand service in Arlington, riders simply download Via’s app and enter the address of a Vote Center within Via’s service area or call 817-784-7382 to schedule a ride by phone. The rider will not be charged for trips scheduled to or from a vote center location.

    For questions about Trinity Metro’s services, call 817-215-8600.

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