• GM Financial Parade Of Lights Celebrates Three FWISD Teachers As Hometown Heroes

    Posted by Fort Worth ISD on 11/24/2020

    Three Fort Worth ISD teachers were recognized as hometown heroes over the weekend at the 38th edition of the  GM Financial Parade of Lights.paradeoflights

    This year’s virtual parade theme is “Hope and Joy for the Holidays” and celebrated essential workers, first responders, teachers, front-line utility workers, restaurant owners and chefs. The Parade of Lights is the Fort Worth kickoff to the holiday season.

    The event celebrated  FWISD teachers:

    • Sendy Casas, Cesar Chavez Elementary
    • Tim Brendler, I.M. Terrell Academy for STEM and VPA
    • Nettie Scott, Glencrest 6th

    The event will re-broadcast Christmas Eve on TXA-21 and is available on-demand through January 2 on  Downtown Fort Worth’s YouTube channel and the Parade of Lights Facebook page.

     

     

     

     

    Signature floats, musical artists and entertainers pre-recorded at locations around downtown Fort Worth made up this year’s lineup.

    There are no in-person areas to view this 2020 parade. However, parade organizers will treat the public to a socially distanced Downtown Showcase of Floats, today, November 24 from 6 to 8 p.m. on Main Street. The public will have opportunities to take social distanced photos with the floats. Throughout the duration of the showcase, Main Street from First to Ninth streets will be closed to vehicular traffic.

    For additional details, visit www.fortworthparadeoflights.org.

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  • Thanksgiving Safety Tips

    Posted by Fort Worth ISD on 11/24/2020

    Editor's Note: The following content was prepared by MedStar, the ambulance service provider to Fort Worth

    As we approach the Thanksgiving holiday, please follow these recommendation from the CDC and plan your activities with the pandemic in mind!thankful

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    Traditional Thanksgiving gatherings with family and friends are fun but can increase the chances of getting or spreading COVID-19 or the flu.

    The safest way to celebrate Thanksgiving this year is to celebrate with people in your household. If you do plan to spend Thanksgiving with people outside your household, take steps to make your celebration safer.

    Wear a mask

    • Wear a mask with two or more layers to stop the spread of COVID-19.
    • Wear the mask over your nose and mouth and secure it under your chin.
    • Make sure the mask fits snugly against the sides of your face.

    Stay at least 6 feet away from others who do not live with you

    Wash your hands

    • Wash hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
    • Keep hand sanitizer with you and use it when you are unable to wash your hands.
    • Use hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol.

    Attending a Gathering

    Make your celebration safer. In addition to following the steps that everyone can take to make Thanksgiving safer, take these additional steps while attending a Thanksgiving gathering.

    • Bring your own food, drinks, plates, cups, and utensils.
    • Wear a mask, and safely store your mask while eating and drinking.
    • Avoid going in and out of the areas where food is being prepared or handled, such as in the kitchen.
    • Use single-use options, like salad dressing and condiment packets, and disposable items like food containers, plates, and utensils.

    Hosting a Thanksgiving Gathering

    If having guests to your home, be sure that people follow the steps that everyone can take to make Thanksgiving safer. Other steps you can take include:

    • Have a small outdoor meal with family and friends who live in your community.
    • Limit the number of guests.
    • Have conversations with guests ahead of time to set expectations for celebrating together.
    • Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces and items between use.
    • If celebrating indoors, make sure to open windows.
    • Limit the number of people in food preparation areas.
    • Have guests bring their own food and drink.
    • If sharing food, have one person serve food and use single-use options, like plastic utensils.

    Thanksgiving Travel

    Travel increases your chance of getting and spreading COVID-19. Staying home is the best way to protect yourself and others.

    If you do travel

    • Check travel restrictions before you go.
    • Get your flu shot before you travel.
    • Always wear a mask in public settings and on public transportation.
    • Stay at least 6 feet apart from anyone who is not in your household.
    • Wash your hands often or use hand sanitizer.
    • Avoid touching your mask, eyes, nose, and mouth.
    • Bring extra supplies, such as masks and hand sanitizer.

    Consider Other Thanksgiving Activities

    Host a virtual Thanksgiving meal with friends and family who don’t live with you

    • Schedule a time to share a meal together virtually.
    • Have people share recipes and show their turkey, dressing, or other dishes they prepared.

    Watch television and play games with people in your household

    • Watch Thanksgiving Day parades, sports, and movies at home.
    • Find a fun game to play.

    Shopping

    • Shop online sales the day after Thanksgiving and days leading up to the winter holidays.
    • Use contactless services for purchased items, like curbside pick-up.
    • Shop in open air markets staying 6 feet away from others.

    Other Activities

    • Safely prepare traditional dishes and deliver them to family and neighbors in a way that does not involve contact with others (for example, leave them on the porch).
    • Participate in a gratitude activity, like writing down things you are grateful for and sharing with your friends and family.

    Source: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/daily-life-coping/holidays/thanksgiving.html

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  • Donors Needed For FWISD’s Annual Angel Tree Drive

    Posted by Fort Worth ISD on 11/23/2020

    Bring joy to a child this holiday season.

    Fort Worth ISD employees are encouraged to participate in the Early Learning Department’s annual Angel Tree drive underway now and through December 3. Ensure Christmastime is merry and bright for children who attend the District’s Pre-K Satellite Centers by adopting an angel today.

    The Early Learning Department is looking to supply gifts such as clothing, shoes and toys for approximately 200 children this holiday season.

    Adopt one angel or one for each member of your family at www.fwisd.org/angeltree.

    Unwrapped gifts are being accepted at the Early Learning Department offices, located on the second floor of the FWISD Teaching and Learning Center, 1050 Bridgewood Drive.

    For additional details, call 817-814-2450.

     

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  • FWISD Cancels Multiple COVID Testing Events This Week

    Posted by Fort Worth ISD on 11/23/2020

    FWISD employee COVID-19 testing scheduled for Monday, November 23 and Wednesday, November 25 has been canceled.

    However, COVID-19 testing for Maintenance and Operations employees, slated for Tuesday, November 24 from 10 a.m. to noon at 2808 Tillar St., will be held as scheduled.

    Testing is also canceled Thursday, November 26 and Friday, 27 because all District facilities are closed in observance of Thanksgiving. All scheduled testing will resume on Monday, November 30.

     

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  • Fort Worth ISD Superintendent Kent P. Scribner Shares Thanksgiving Message –With Some Help from Students

    Posted by Fort Worth ISD on 11/20/2020

    Kids instinctively know how to have a good time, as you will see in this quick video. It’s Fort Worth ISD Superintendent Kent Scribner’s Thanksgiving message to teachers, staff and anyone wanting an extra reason to smile.video

    Have a happy Thanksgiving, however different it may be for safety reasons. We will see you back on Monday, November 30, 2020.

     

     

     

     

     

      

     

     

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  • Inside FWISD -- November 19, 2020

    Posted by Fort Worth ISD on 11/19/2020

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    Colleagues,

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

    • Thanksgiving Break Is November 23-27
    • Thanksgiving Safety Tips 
    • Donors Needed For FWISD’s Annual Angel Tree Drive
    •  District Slates Online Health, Wellness Sessions For Employees Monday—Teachers May Earn FLEX Credit For Participating
    • FWISD Cancels Multiple COVID-19 Rapid Test Events Next Week
    • District Announces 2020-2021 SafeSchools Completion Deadline

    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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  • All FWISD Schools Will Remain Open

    Posted by Fort Worth ISD on 11/18/2020 9:25:00 AM

    Schools will reopen on Monday November 30

    This is an important message for parents, students and employees of the Fort Worth Independent School District. logo

    Despite information you may have read on social media, or elsewhere, all Fort Worth ISD schools will remain open for the remainder of this week. Additionally, all schools will reopen on Monday, November 30 after the Thanksgiving break. 

    Please share this information with others you know.

     

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  • FWISD Urges School-Based Employees to Participate In DFW COVID-19 Prevalence Study Before It’s Too Late

    Posted by Fort Worth ISD on 11/18/2020 9:00:00 AM

    There’s still time for Fort Worth ISD school-based employees to participate in the DFW COVID-19 Prevalence Study. The survey ends at 5 p.m. Thursday, November 19. covidtest

    FWISD is partnering with UT-Southwestern Medical Center and Texas Health Resources for this important voluntary study that examines the prevalence of COVID-19 infections and exposure in the Dallas-Fort Worth region and why certain people are more affected than others. Study results will be used to develop ways for reducing COVID-19 infections and deaths. The study is two-fold and includes a random, population-based sample of 30,000 households in Dallas and Tarrant counties and an occupation-based sample of 14,000 high-risk individuals working in non-medical jobs in both counties.

    FWISD school-based employees are encouraged to check their email inbox for additional information on how to participate. Only employees who’ve received an invitation may participate in the study.

    For additional information about the study, visit https://utswmed.org/covid-19/prevalence-study/.

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  • Kirkpatrick MS Video Picked As Reason To Smile

    Posted by Fort Worth ISD on 11/18/2020

    A music video by Kirkpatrick Middle School’s ELA teacher Leo Vaughns Jr. and Principal Jeffrey Bartolotta was recently featured on WFAA’s Reasons To Smile segment and Good Morning Texas.kms

    The song, titled “Do Your Part” encourages students and staff to take the necessary precautions to stay safe and healthy throughout the COVID-19 pandemic.

    Check it out here.

    WFAA’s Reasons To Smile segment features heartwarming stories to brighten the day of North Texas viewers.

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  • Cybersecurity Update

    Posted by Fort Worth ISD on 11/18/2020

    We are happy to report that we currently have a 90% completion rate with the Texas Cybersecurity Course assigned in SafeSchools as mandated by HB 3834.cybersecurity

    Why is this two-hour SafeSchools course important?

    Recent reports show that hackers attack a computer in the U.S. every 39 seconds. All employees in the District work with technology in some form. As everyone moves to using computers and the internet for everything, the chances of your personal data becoming exposed increases. Scams and other methods to get access to your computer are constantly adapting and changing. For instance, the COVID-19 pandemic has created new ways for fraudsters to try to access personal information or steal money by preying on anxiety or uncertainty caused by these changing times.

    FWISD’s Classified Learning will continue to contact employees if they have not completed the Texas Cybersecurity SafeSchools video that was assigned. We urge you to complete this very important course. We want to make sure that all our personnel data is secure and that our systems are not disabled.

    If you have any questions please contact aracely.chavez@fwisd.org.

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