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  • Inside FWISD-- September 16, 2021

    Posted by Fort Worth ISD on 9/16/2021

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    Colleagues,

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

    • FWISD Issues Mask Regulation Update
    • Fort Worth ISD Superintendent Points To Workforce Success Through Strong Community Partnerships: Collaboration Between Education and Business Seen as Key to Building a Vibrant Local Economy
    • FWISD Celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month
    • Let’s Talk! About Kindness In The Fort Worth ISD

    Look  for more stories and information about and for FWISD employees on the Inside FWISD blog

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  • FWISD To Host 2021 Bond Information Sessions September 16- October 27

    Posted by Fort Worth ISD on 9/15/2021

    Fort Worth ISD stakeholders are invited to attend upcoming information sessions about the Fort Worth ISD “Commitment To Classrooms” propositions.   bond

    Information sessions are being hosted at 14 District secondary schools September 16-October 27.

    The Fort Worth ISD Board of Education approved a resolution on Tuesday, August 10 calling for a bond election of $1,490,400,000. The election will be held November 2, 2021 and will not result in a property tax rate increase.   The proposal will, among other things, address renovations at the District’s middle schools and provide a new elementary school in Benbrook.

    Specifically, voters will consider four propositions:

    • Proposition A would provide $1,211,000,000 for the construction, renovation, acquisition, and equipment of school buildings in the District. This includes upgrades to middle schools as well as the construction of a new elementary school.
    • Proposition B allocates $98,300,000 for the construction, acquisition and equipment of existing Fine Arts facilities. This includes upgrades to auditoriums.
    • Proposition C would provide $104,900,000 for the construction, acquisition and equipment of stadiums in the District.
    • Proposition D would provide $76,200,000 for the construction, renovation and equipment of recreational facilities in the District. This includes the replacement of turf at existing athletic stadiums. 

    The following information sessions are scheduled:

    • September 16: 6 -7 p.m. Benbrook Middle-High School Auditorium, 201 Overcrest Drive, Benbrook
    • September 20: 6-7 p.m. Eastern Hills High School Auditorium, 5701 Shelton St.
    • September 22: 6-7 p.m. Diamond Hill-Jarvis Auditorium, 1411 Maydell St.
    • September 23: 6-7 p.m. I.M. Terrell Academy for STEM and VPA Auditorium, 1900 I.M. Terrell Circle
    • September 29: 6-7 p.m. Paschal High School Auditorium, 3001 Forest Park Blvd.
    • October 4: 6-7 p.m. Arlington Heights Auditorium, 4501 W. Freeway
    • October 6: 6-7 p.m. Carter-Riverside High School Cafeteria, 3301 Yucca Ave.
    • October 7: 5:30-6:30 p.m. Dunbar High School Auditorium, 5700 Ramey Ave.
    • October 13: 6-7 p.m. O.D. Wyatt High School Auditorium, 2400 E. Seminary Drive
    • October 14: 6-7 p.m. Southwest High School, 4100 Altamesa Blvd.
    • October 19: 6-7 p.m. South Hills High School Auditorium, 6101 McCart Ave.
    • October 20: 6-7 p.m. McLean Middle School Auditorium, 3816 Stadium Drive
    • October 25: 6-7 p.m. North Side High School Auditorium, 2211 McKinley Ave.
    • October 27: 6-7 p.m. Western Hills High School Auditorium, 3600 Boston Ave.

    The last major bond election in the Fort Worth ISD was in 2017 for $750 million and was passed by voters with a more than 70% approval rating.

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  • Fort Worth ISD Superintendent to be Featured Panelist At State of Education Luncheon

    Posted by Fort Worth ISD on 9/14/2021 12:00:00 PM

    Annual Event Sponsored by Fort Worth Chamber to Focus on

    Preparing the Future Workforce

     

    Fort Worth ISD Superintendent Dr. Kent Paredes Scribner will be a featured panelist as local leaders discuss preparing the current and future workforce today for tomorrow’s careers.

    The Fort Worth Chamber’s State of Education event will be held at the PalmWood, Frost Tower on Wednesday, September 15. Lunch will be served at 11:30 a.m., followed by the panel discussion from 12:30 – 1:15 p.m. The theme for the discussion is “Education and the Rapidly Changing Needs of Businesses.”scribner

    Dr. Scribner will join the following panelists, who represent education and business:

    • Commissioner of Higher Education for the State of Texas Dr. Harrison Keller
    • Chief Diversity Officer of Elevate Dion Harrison
    • Director of Talent Development of Elbit Systems of America Lisa Northup

     

    The panel will be moderated by Daniel Pullin, the John V. Roach Dean of the Neeley School of Business at TCU.

    This year’s theme and discussion topics are a follow-up to last year’s virtual meetings between Fort Worth ISD and local business partners. This year’s in-person discussion will allow panelists to take a deeper dive about meeting the challenges that educators and business leaders face in preparing a homegrown workforce. 

    Topics will include the continued impact of COVID-19; training our existing workforce to remain competitive; equipping students with “soft skills” in addition to specific industry training; and keeping pace with changing technological requirements. Panelists will explain the role their organizations play in workforce preparation and training, and they will discuss how they can collaborate to ensure Fort Worth maintains a vibrant local economy.

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  • FWISD Issues Mask Regulation Update

    Posted by Fort Worth ISD on 9/14/2021

    To All Fort Worth ISD Colleagues:

     

    A new court ruling has sidelined the mask requirement we implemented today.

    We very much appreciate your support and willingness to be part of the solution.  However, this new court order means we will once again strongly urge students and employees to wear protective face covering rather than be able to require a mask mandate. logo

    Here is the legal summary of what has happened over the last ten days:

    On September 3, 2021, the 141st District Court of Tarrant County, entered a temporary injunction in the proceedings in Cause No. 141-327449-21, styled Treger, et al. v. Scribner, et al., which prohibits the District from denying “any student or parent access to Fort Worth Independent School District facilities based on a face covering” and from acting “in derogation of any right enjoyed by a person wearing a face covering.” 

    That order was paused pending an appeal with the Court of Appeals - Second Appellate District of Texas.  Thus, the District could follow the Board’s directive and legally enforce the mask requirement. 

    However, based on a ruling by the Court of Appeals today in the District’s appeal of the temporary injunction, the temporary injunction is in effect and will remain in effect during the pendency of the District’s appeal. The temporary injunction requires that the District inform its employees about the existence of the temporary injunction and its contents and notify them that violations of the temporary injunction are sanctionable.

    Please be advised that while the temporary injunction is in effect and until further notice, the District’s official policy is to comply with the temporary injunction and not deny any student or parent access to District facilities based on a face covering and not act in derogation of any right enjoyed by a person wearing a face covering. 

    Again, thank you for all you have done and will do to keep our children, your colleagues and yourself safe during this COVID pandemic.

     

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  • COVID Vaccine Clinic Set for Wednesday at MedStar Headquarters

    Posted by Fort Worth ISD on 9/13/2021

    MedStar, the ambulance service provider to Fort Worth, is hosting another COVID Vaccine Clinic, Wednesday, September 15.medstar

    Open to individuals 12 and older, the clinic will operate from 2-8 p.m. at MedStar Mobile Healthcare headquarters, 2900 Alta Mere Drive in Fort Worth. Minors must have a parent or guardian present to receive the vaccine and must show documented proof of age. 

    Vaccinations will be administered by first responders. Individuals 12 and older are eligible for the vaccine’s first and second doses.  Pfizer third-dose booster shots are available for individuals 16 and older who qualify.

    While registration is not required, it’s encouraged. Save time and pre-register here.

    Insured and uninsured individuals are welcome. Those who are insured must provide proof of insurance when registering and must present their insurance card along with identification for the on-site vaccination.

    To learn more about additional COVID vaccine opportunities, visit the FWISD COVID Vaccination and Testing Info page

     

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  • Join FWISD’s Instructional Materials Committee: Nominations Due by September 20

    Posted by Fort Worth ISD on 9/13/2021

    Nominations Due by September 20

    Are you a Fort Worth ISD teacher interested in reviewing instruction materials and making recommendations for districtwide adoptions?

    Nominations are currently being accepted through Monday, September 20 for the Fort Worth ISD Instructional Materials Advisory Committee.logo

    The committee will convene beginning at 4:30 p.m. Thursday, September 30 to review instructional materials for the following subject areas:

    • Elementary Health
    • Elementary Physical Education
    • Middle School Health
    • Middle School Physical Education
    • High School Health
    • High School Physical Education

    Committee nominees must meet the following criteria to participate:

    • Have knowledge of the applicable Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS); and
    • Be currently teaching health or physical education as appropriate to the specific grade-level committee; and
    • Have expertise/experience with a diverse student population; and
    • Have experience or willing to learn about the process for evaluating and utilizing digital resources; and
    • Possess a working knowledge of integrating digital tools and resources into instruction practices; and
    • Confirm that they have not performed any work or received any payment during the past three years from any publisher submitting instructional materials for adoption; and
    • Agree to attend all arranged committee meetings. The first meeting is at 4:30 p.m. Thursday, September 30, 2021. The meeting will be virtual.

    FWISD educators interested in being considered for the committee are encouraged to email the following materials to maria.phillips@fwisd.org and susan.hyman@fwisd.org no later than Monday, September 20:

    1. Candidate’s first and last name

    2. Name of IMA committee(s) in which candidate is interested in serving on

    3. Candidate’s current campus, job position, and grade/subject taught

    4. Number of years the candidate has served in his/her current position

    5. Candidate’s total number of years of experience in the subject matter

    6. Candidate’s total number of years with FWISD

    7. Candidate’s total number of years at his/her current campus

    8. Any specialized certificates, endorsements, industry certifications, licenses, specialized training, and/or experience (i.e., GT, ESL, ELL, Bilingual, AP, Spanish reading & writing) the candidate has obtained

    9. Any work performed in any capacity for a publishing company in the past three years by the candidate; include the name of the publishing company, the nature and extent of the work, and any pay or benefit received

    Nominees will be notified of their status by September 24, 2021.

    For more details, call 817-814-2465.

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  • Know the Plan: FWISD Stakeholders Encouraged to Prepare for Emergencies

    Posted by Fort Worth ISD on 9/10/2021

    September is National Preparedness Month, and the Fort Worth ISD encourages its stakeholders to equip themselves and their families with necessities for facing a disaster or emergency.ktp

    Weekly, throughout September, the Fort Worth Office of Emergency Management is offering residents preparedness tips on social media.

    Among the city’s recently shared tips are:

     

    • Make a Plan: Talk to your family and friends about how you will communicate before, during and after a disaster; involve your household in the planning process for a disaster or emergency so that everyone is on the same page
    • Build An Emergency Supply Kit: Equip your kit with 72 hours of supplies for you, your family and pets to survive several days following an emergency

     

    Additionally, sign up for the city’s free alerts sent via text, phone call or email. Alerts, issued by the Office of Emergency Management, provide general and emergency notifications. Optional severe weather warning notifications issued by the National Weather Service are also available through the alert service. 

      This year’s National Preparedness Month theme is “Prepare to Protect.”

    “During National Preparedness Month, we encourage all Americans to take the important steps to prepare for natural and human-made threats and to ensure that all our communities are ready for any emergency,” according to a recent presidential proclamation issued. “By working together today, we can ensure that our Nation is prepared for the natural and human-made threats of tomorrow.” 

    For additional preparedness tips, visit the Federal Emergency Agency’s Ready Campaign at www.Ready.gov.

     

     

     

     

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  • Fort Worth ISD Will Institute Mask Requirement Beginning Monday, September 13

    Posted by Fort Worth ISD on 9/9/2021

    At the direction of the Fort Worth ISD Board of Education, Superintendent Kent P. Scribner will implement a mask requirement for employees, students, and visitors of the Fort Worth ISD.mask

    The directive – which begins Monday, September 13 – requires all staff, parents, students, and visitors to wear protective facemasks at all Fort Worth ISD indoor facilities, absent a medical exemption.

    The decision to wear a mask at outdoor activities and events is up to the individual.

    This resolution also directs the Superintendent to review the necessity for maintaining the mandate on a monthly basis by using CDC guidelines, medical guidelines and local hospital capacity.  He is to advise the Board on his conclusions.

    The District will implement the same indoor mask protocol staff and students followed during the 2020-21 school year.

    Board of Education trustees approved the resolution at a special board meeting on August 26, but implementation was halted by a temporary restraining order and subsequently a temporary injunction filed by four parents and granted by Tarrant County District Judge John Chupp. Attorneys representing the District filed an appeal to Second Court of Appeals. As a result of this action, the temporary injunction is paused and not enforceable against the District until further notice.

    Additionally, the Fort Worth ISD was granted a temporary injunction in Travis County that prohibits the governor from enforcing Executive Order GA-38, which prohibits governmental entities from mandating masks, against the District. The governor did not seek any injunction against the District in that lawsuit. Accordingly, at this time there are no court orders or executive orders that are prohibiting the District from implementing a mask requirement.

    Attached are the resolution in its entirety as well as the most recent court ruling.

     


     

    Fort Worth ISD Instituirá el Requisito de Mascarillas a Partir del Lunes 13 de Septiembre

     

    Bajo la dirección de la Junta de Educación de Fort Worth ISD, el Superintendente Kent Paredes Scribner implementará un requisito de cubrebocas o mascarillas para los empleados, estudiantes y visitantes de Fort Worth ISD.

    La directiva, misma que comienza el lunes 13 de septiembre, requiere que todo el personal, padres, estudiantes y visitantes en ausencia de una exención médica, usen mascarillas protectoras en el interior de todas las instalaciones de Fort Worth ISD.

    La decisión de usar una mascarilla en actividades y eventos al aire libre es decisión de cada individuo.

    Esta resolución también ordena al Superintendente que revise mensualmente la necesidad de mantener el mandato mediante el uso de las pautas de los CDC, las pautas médicas y la capacidad del hospital local. Él debe asesorar a la Junta sobre sus conclusiones.

    El Distrito implementara los mismos protocolos de mascarillas en interiores para el personal y los estudiantes usados durante el año escolar 2020-21.

    Los miembros de la Junta de Educación aprobaron la resolución en una reunión especial de la Junta el 26 de agosto, pero la implementación fue detenida por una orden de restricción temporal presentada por cuatro padres y otorgada por el juez de Distrito del Condado de Tarrant, John Chupp. Los abogados que representan al Fort Worth ISD presentaron una apelación ante el Segundo Tribunal de Apelaciones. Como resultado de esta acción, la orden judicial temporal se detiene y no se puede hacer cumplir contra el Distrito hasta nuevo aviso.

    Además, al Fort Worth ISD se le otorgó una orden judicial temporal en el condado de Travis que prohíbe al gobernador hacer cumplir la Orden Ejecutiva GA-38 contra el Distrito, orden que prohíbe a las entidades gubernamentales exigir mascarillas. El gobernador no buscó ninguna orden judicial contra el Distrito en esa demanda. En consecuencia, en este momento, no hay órdenes judiciales ni órdenes ejecutivas que prohíban al Distrito implementar un requisito de mascarillas.

    Se adjunta la resolución en su totalidad (ingles), así como el fallo judicial más reciente

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  • Inside FWISD -- September 9, 2021

    Posted by Fort Worth ISD on 9/9/2021

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    Colleagues,

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

    • Fort Worth ISD Will Institute Mask Requirement Beginning Monday, September 13
    • FWISD To Host 2021 Bond Information Sessions September 16-October 27
    • Vaccine Clinic Dates Set for Fort Worth ISD Employees and Their Families
    • Join FWISD’s Instructional Materials Committee: Nominations Due by September 20
    • FWISD Executive Director Delivers Instructional Materials to O.D. Wyatt Pyramid Elementary Schools
    • Community Leaders, Alumni Rediscover Fort Worth ISD At Renovated Eastern Hills High School  
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  • Fort Worth Public Library Launches Educator Library Card Program

    Posted by Fort Worth ISD on 9/8/2021 10:00:00 AM

    The Fort Worth Public Library has launched a new program for local educators. librarycard

    The Educator Library Card allows educators to checkout up to 100 items for more than 40 days. Among the items eligible for checkout are books, DVDs, Blu-ray Discs, CDs and magazines. Educators can reserve up to 25 items.  The Educator Library Card expires annually on June 30.

    Staffs from schools within the Fort Worth city limits may apply for an Educator Library Card in person at any city branch or register online by emailing digitallibrary@fortworthlibrary.org.

    Learn more about the Educator Library Card by visiting the Fort Worth Public Library website or checking out this recent Fort Worth Star-Telegram story.

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