Dear FISD Families,
Thank you for your hard work and support with distance learning. Another week of learning, frustration, joy, exhaustion and many more emotions have occurred this week and we are right there with you. With both the President of the United States and the Governor calling for an extension to social distancing through April 30th, we know we have to prepare for an extended period of working together to educate students.
Continue to do the best you can to support this learning at home while caring for your own needs. We join with the Governor and others in asking that you continue to take time to be outdoors and utilize the time without formal activities to be together as a family. All current operations related to serving lunch to free and reduced students and providing technical support will continue through the entire period of the closure.
FISD updates include:
- Health information from the State
- Distance Learning
- PreK/K Registration
- Activities / Graduation Update
- Communication with staff give 24-48 hours
- State and Federal food and non-food benefits services
- Friendswood Education Foundation Prize Patrol
- Technology Tips for managing notifications
Though we are apart right now for our health and safety, we at Friendswood ISD continue to support each other as a community, and right now we must work together to fight COVID-19. Friendswood ISD will be sharing vitally important guidance on social media and at https://myfisd.com/covid-19/ over the next couple of weeks.
This Guidance is based on what scientists know about how to prevent the spread of COVID-19, and it is our hope you will continue doing all you can to follow these practices and share them with your friends and family.
Thank you for what you are doing to educate your children at home and all the efforts you are making to keep your family healthy and safe. We know this is a difficult time. If we stand apart as a community during this stretch and continue to follow the public health practices we will be sharing on social media over the coming days, we will be back together soon.
Please continue to monitor your email for campus communication regarding weekly Distance Learning Plans from your principals every Sunday evening at 6 p.m. These messages are campus-specific and are updated each week.
FISD will be launching “Step 1” of Spring PreK and Kindergarten Registration starting April 15 to capture initial information about our incoming students for the 2020-2021 school year. A link will be shared via email, social media and on all campus websites starting April 15th. This is a very important process for us as we plan for next year.
Activities and Graduation Update:
Though we continue to have hope, much uncertainty remains as to the ability to return back to school or even gather in groups for activities after May 4th should we return to school. Venues are making cancellation decisions and securing new venues at different dates in this environment is problematic. Campuses will provide communication on future events as this situation continues to unfold. The high school is working on alternate graduation plans for later dates should the current date not be possible because of health concerns. We want to celebrate our seniors even if it is later in the year in the safest manner possible. These will be shared as plans finalize.
Communication with Staff:
Your emails are important to us and we want to answer any questions you may have with helpful responses and in a timely manner. Please allow FISD staff 24 – 48 hours to respond to your emails.
State and Federal Food and Non-Food Benefit Services:
Hunger Free Texans have continued to be in contact with both State and Federal Agencies regarding minimizing the impact of the CoronaVirus Emergency to our Texas Counties. Click HERE for important timely information regarding feeding and non-feeding programs and services.
Friendswood Education Foundation #WeAreMighty:
In the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey #FriendswoodStrong quickly became an anthem that echoed hope across our community. We saw our community rise up like never before to love and support our neighbors. We saw the power of a battle cry of hope. As we face the COVID-19 pandemic, we know we will get through this the same way…together. We’re not just strong. Together we are MIGHTY. Use #WeAreMighty on social media to be a part of the movement of hope, resilience, and strength across our community.
Virtual SurPrize Patrol:
FEF’s SurPrize Patrol is going virtual TOMORROW, April 3rd to award grants throughout FISD! Follow along on the Friendswood ISD Education Foundation Facebook Page and like, comment, and share to spread the SurPrize Patrol fun! Post pictures and videos of you and your family cheering on your teachers as we go. “RSVP” to the event here! All SurPrize Patrol videos will be posted on the FISD YouTube Channel tomorrow afternoon.
Technology Tips and Hints:
We have heard some of you are overwhelmed with the number of notifications regarding assignments coming from Canvas. The Technology Department has shared a very helpful video from FHS teacher Ms. Rizzi to manage your notifications from teachers in Canvas by clicking HERE.
While district buildings are closed, Friendswood ISD’s essential personnel for this evolving situation continue to consult with local health authorities and to convene virtually and regularly in order to conduct a full and ongoing assessment of risks for students and staff. As always, the safety of our students, staff, and families remains a top priority, and we will act out of an abundance of caution to protect everyone’s health and well-being.
For ongoing support during this rapidly changing situation, visit Friendswood ISD COVID-19 Updates.