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*In an effort to ensure the safety of both our students and our employees during this coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, beginning March 16, 2020, all District administrative offices are closed. We apologize for the inconvenience and will respond to your request for public information as soon as our administrative offices return to normal business operations. Please continue to monitor our website at www.fwisd.org to stay abreast of the latest information regarding our closing. Thank you.*
The Fort Worth Independent School District Office of Legal Services provides legal services to the Board of Trustees, Superintendent, and any other District employee in the course and scope of their employment. The Office of Legal Services CANNOT ADVISE PARENTS/GUARDIANS; It represents the District as a whole and not individuals.
The Office of Legal Services is responsible for the management of legal services for the District and for providing legal representation in all matters involving the District. The Office of Legal Services provides comprehensive legal services in the area of compliance with federal, state, and local law, Board policies, the interpretation of laws, employee training, contract review, compliance with the Texas Public Information Act, representation of the District in administrative hearings before the Board of Trustees and court hearings in a court of law.
The Office of Legal Services staff is comprised of a General Counsel, Staff Attorney, UIL and Title IX Compliance Officer, Public Information Coordinator, Administrative Assistant, and an Administrative Associate.
The information contained in this website is provided as a service to Fort Worth Independent School District staff, parents, and community stakeholders. This website provides general information only and cannot be relied upon as legal advice. Laws vary from state to state. Attorneys in the Office of Legal Services are licensed to practice law in the State of Texas. Fort Worth Independent School District expressly disclaims all liability with respect to actions taken or not taken based on any or all of the contents on this site. Transmission of information from this site is not intended to create, and receipt does not constitute, an attorney-client privileged relationship.
This site may contain links to other Internet sites. Such links are not endorsements of any products or services in such websites, and no information or materials in such website has been endorsed or approved by the Office of Legal Services or the Fort Worth Independent School District.
Unless otherwise expressly stated, the attorneys whose names appear on this website are NOT CERTIFIED BY THE TEXAS BOARD OF LEGAL SPECIALIZATION. The sole office for the Office of Legal Services is located in Fort Worth, Texas.
Fort Worth Independent School District – Public Information Act – Catastrophe Notice
On Tuesday morning, March 3, 2020, the Fort Worth Independent School District’s domain controller server was impacted by a malware attack. The District’s technology team are working very carefully and deliberately to bring the systems back online. As a result, the District has been offline this week, and may remain offline, quite possibly, throughout spring break beginning March 9, 2020 through March 13, 2020.
Pursuant to Section 552.233(b) of the Texas Government Code, a governmental body may suspend the applicability of the requirements of the Texas Public Information Act (“Act”) if the governmental body is currently impacted by a catastrophe and provides proper notice in accordance with the section. A catastrophe is defined as a “condition or occurrence that interferes with the ability of a governmental body to comply with the requirements of the Act.
As such, the District is suspending the applicability of the requirements of the Act for the following time period:
Beginning Date of Initial Suspension: 03/03/2020
End Date of Initial Suspension: 03/10/2020
For questions regarding this notice or a pending request please contact the District’s Public Information Coordinator, Ms. Joanna Talley, at 817-814-1980 once the telephone lines are restored. If you believe a violation of the Act has occurred, please contact the OAG Open Government Hotline at (512) 478-6736 or toll free at 1-877-673-6839. Thank you for your patience and cooperation.
Main: (817) 814-1980
Fax: (817) 814-1985
Office email: firstname.lastname@example.org
UIL and Title IX Compliance Officer
Public Information Coordinator
Fort Worth ISD
Office of Legal Services
100 N. University Dr., Suite SW 172
Fort Worth, TX 76107