• Inside FWISD -- September 24, 2020

    Posted by Fort Worth ISD on 9/24/2020 6:00:00 PM

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    Colleagues,

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

    • Fort Worth ISD Trustees Approve Return To Campus Phase-In Schedule; Also Approves Hybrid Instructional Model For District High Schools
    • FWISD Announces Campus In-Person Transition Communication Timeline
    • Update Regarding Guidelines For Teachers Who Wish To Bring Their Children To Campus With Them 
    • FWISD Forward >> Return To Learning Face Covering Guidance
    •  TABS Named 2020 National Blue Ribbon School

    • Absence Reporting System Password Reset Notice Goes Out to Employees

    • FWISD Voter Approval Tax Ratification Election Website Goes Live
      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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  • Voter Registration Deadline Approaches

    Posted by Fort Worth ISD on 9/24/2020 9:00:00 AM

    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.vote

    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.

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  • Time Running Out to Complete 2020 Census

    Posted by Fort Worth ISD on 9/24/2020

    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.census

    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.

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  • Fort Worth ISD Voter Approval Tax Ratification Election Called For November 3

    Posted by Fort Worth ISD on 9/23/2020 2:00:00 PM

    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.

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  • Board Extends Virtual Learning By Two Weeks

    Posted by Fort Worth ISD on 9/23/2020 12:17:00 PM

    EDITOR's NOTE: The following message to employees from Deputy Superintendent Karen Molinar references the Board of Education's decision earlier today to extend virtual learning by two weeks and the District's in-person transition plan.  

     

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  • Madeworthy Magazine Names 5 FWISD Educators Top Teachers Of 2020

    Posted by Fort Worth ISD on 9/23/2020 12:00:00 PM

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

    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.

     
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  • District Issues Important Message For Employees Set To Retire December 31

    Posted by Fort Worth ISD on 9/23/2020 9:00:00 AM

    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.”trs

    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.

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  • FWISD Offers K-8 Teachers Virtual Sample Lessons

    Posted by Fort Worth ISD on 9/23/2020

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

    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.

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  • FWISD Regular Board Meeting Set for Tonight

    Posted by Fort Worth ISD on 9/22/2020 2:00:00 PM

    Fort Worth, Texas – The Fort Worth ISD Board of Education will hold a regular meeting tonight, September 22webinar

    Public comment on this subject will be heard, as well.

    Here is the agenda.

    The meeting will take place at 5:30 p.m. and the public will be allowed to join virtually to express their opinions. If you wish to address the Board of Trustees in Open Session, please contact Amanda Coleman at 817-814-1956 before 5:30 p.m. on September 22.

    If you wish to watch the meeting from a PC, Mac, iPad, iPhone or Android device, use this URL:

    https://zoom.us/j/97197439698?pwd=dTJDSkdEWGlSMGdQMitKR1FDWlV6Zz09 with the Passcode: 722440

    Or the public may join by phone:

        Dial(for higher quality, dial a number based on your current location):

            US: +1 346 248 7799  or +1 253 215 8782  or +1 669 900 9128  or +1 301 715 8592  or +1 312 626 6799  or +1 646 558 8656

        Webinar ID: 971 9743 9698

        International numbers available: https://zoom.us/u/ammknyOsV

    Meetings are televised live by EdTV, the District’s TV station, on Spectrum/Charter Cable Channel 192, AT&T U-Verse 99 and via live streaming video on the District Website’s Video on Demand. You may also watch on the Fort Worth ISD Live YouTube channel. 

      

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  • FWISD Observes Hispanic Heritage Month

    Posted by Fort Worth ISD on 9/22/2020 12:00:00 PM

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

    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 tonight's 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.

     
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