This week’s update includes information about several resources for parents as well as confirmation of a waiver for Accountability. Just a reminder that this Friday, April 10, 2020, is a holiday for all students and staff. We hope you take this time to focus on what is important on this day with your family and take some time to breathe and rest for the days ahead. We appreciate all of you and your partnership with the district during this difficult time. Continue to do the best you can.
FISD updates include:
- Mental health resources
- Meals will be handed out on Good Friday
- Virtual Board Meeting
- Technology information
- We Are Mighty
- Share your needs
Accountability/Assessment – The federal government has accepted the Texas waiver for all assessments and accountability requirements.. All districts and campuses will receive the label Not Rated: Declared State of Disaster for the 2019-20 school year. All schools and districts will keep the accountability ratings assigned in 2019.
Mental Health Resources – COVID-19 is a focus for everyone right now and with the isolation and drastic environmental changes occurring mental health may be declining in your home. We encourage you to keep the lines of communication open with your loved ones. Do not hesitate to reach out for help. Here are some resources for you and your family https://myfisd.com/sel/sel-resources/.
Meals to go: Food Service will continue to hand out breakfast and lunch to Free and Reduced students on Good Friday, April 10, 2020 at the regularly scheduled time from 10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. at Bales Intermediate.
Virtual Board Meeting: The FISD Board of Trustees will hold our regularly scheduled board meeting Monday, April 13, 2020, at 6:30 pm. For more information or how to log on: https://www.smore.com/qvct5
Technology – FISD has distributed over 1,000 Chromebooks and provided several resources from local companies for internet access. We are grateful to this department for their tireless work during these first few weeks of distance learning. The Technology department has also distributed several resources for access by local vendors, also access to the internet is possible in parking lots of all FISD buildings. If your family is struggling with assignments because of internet access, please contact your child’s teacher to share the need. Teachers can then report the need for the technology department to try to assist with access.
We Are Mighty: The Friendswood Education Foundation has kicked off #WeAreMighty campaign in an effort to support FISD families in need. If you would like to purchase a shirt, yard sign or decal go to www.FISDFoundation.com. Funds from the sales of this merchandise will be used to support FISD staff and teachers.
Share your needs: If your family is struggling through this process academically, financially, mentally, and/or emotionally please communicate any issues with your child’s teacher, counselor or principal. There may be resources that FISD can provide to help. We cannot help if we do not know the need.
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.