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FWISD Closed Monday To Observe MLK Holiday

(Friday, January 15, 2021) -- The Fort Worth ISD will join the nation in observing the Martin Luther King Jr. federal holiday, Monday January 18. District facilities are closed Monday, and there are no classes.

Normal business and class schedules will resume Tuesday, January 19. Meals To Go curbside pickup service, originally scheduled for Monday, will be moved to Tuesday, January 19 because of the holiday. Free COVID-19 testing for employees will be suspended Monday but will resume Tuesday January 19 for Maintenance and Operations on Tillar Street. Employees are encouraged to visit https://virtualcarefamilies.com/fwisd-abbott/ for additional details.

On Monday, FWISD employees and officials will take part in the District’s third annual Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service, sponsored by the Equity and Excellence Department. Approximately 200 care packages consisting of food, winter accessories and toiletries, along with a boxed lunch will be distributed to the homeless in the city’s West Lancaster corridor. All volunteers will adhere to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) safety protocols.

The service event is one of two FWISD employees and students participate in during the school year. Students in years past have participated in service projects during the spring to observe the District’s Cesar Chavez and Dolores Huerta Day of Service.

For additional details, contact Mia Hall, a FWISD Equity and Excellence executive director and organizer for the employee service day, at 817-814-2339 or email mia.hall@fwisd.org.

Annually on the third Monday in January, the nation observes Martin Luther King Jr. Day, established to honor the birth of the late preacher, author, civil rights leader and Nobel Peace Prize winner who was assassinated in 1968. He is most notably known for his “I Have a Dream” speech delivered at the 1963 March on Washington in Washington, D.C. and leading a nonviolent movement in the fight for racial equality. Learn more about Dr. King at http://thekingcenter.org.

Since 1994, the U.S. Congress has commemorated the holiday as a national day of service, encouraging Americans to participate in service projects within their communities.

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