FWISD District-Wide Online Registration Begins July 1

Fort Worth ISD offers in-person instruction or virtual, online learning.
All Parents/Students Must Complete this Process

Online registration for the 2020-2021 school year begins soon and registering early is more important than ever. Parents and students are being asked to choose a preference for either in-person or virtual, online learning.

Beginning at midnight, July 1, all Fort Worth ISD parents can complete registration by visiting www.fwisd.org/register. Online registration is for all students –both new and returning – and is a “must do” in order to be enrolled in the Fort Worth ISD.

The process for returning students is fast and should take less than ten minutes to complete. Using your student’s individual Snapcode, simply go to www.fwisd.org/register, click the Returning Student registration button and confirm the information you’ve previously supplied or update any new information.

Families of new students will find the process easy as well – with instructions for uploading any necessary documents. On July 1, parents can visit www.fwisd.org/register, click the New Student registration button, and create an account.

Have a question? Call Fort Worth ISD’s Parent Information Hotline at 817-814-2070, or visit the District website at www.fwisd.org/register to read a list of Frequently Asked Questions.

Now, we want to share some special details about the coming school year, so you can make an informed choice:

· Families selecting virtual instruction will experience daily teacher/student interactive lessons in each subject area.

· Internet access and a technology device (computer, Chromebook, lap top) must be available for student use daily. (It is recommended that students in middle or high school utilize their District-issued 1-to-1 Chromebook.)

· It is also recommended that the home or environment the student will engage in virtual instruction have reliable internet service.

· For elementary students who do not have a 1-to-1 device or a device in the home, FWISD will prioritize the issuance of a student Chromebook.

· Families requesting virtual instruction but who do not have reliable internet service will be prioritized for the issuance of District hot spots.

· Students will be expected to participate in virtual daily instruction with follow-up assignments.

· Students will be responsible for submitting assignments to the teacher through their virtual classroom environment.

· Grades for virtual instruction will follow all District grading policies. Numeric grades will be assigned for each 6-weeks and semester basis. There may be situations where courses selected by the student cannot be delivered in a virtual environment. In those situations, school counselors will work with the student to select an appropriate course that will be delivered virtually.

· Families who select the virtual instruction model for their student will commit to remaining in a virtual instruction setting for the entire semester.

In-Person Instruction

· Families selecting in-person instruction need to be prepared for a school environment that is socially distanced, limited in movement, and differentiated in instructional delivery methods.

· Depending on classroom capacity guidance that will be released from TEA and the federal government, some classes may take place in non-traditional classroom spaces.

· Some classes will be delivered by an in-person teacher while others may be delivered by a virtual teacher. All classes will have adult staff supervision.

· Students who attend class in-person will be required to wear a face mask in all indoor environments.

· Students will not be able to congregate in large groups and will be required to adhere to the 6-foot socially distanced requirement.

· Student work spaces in classrooms will also be socially distanced at the 6-foot requirement.

· Breakfast and lunch will be served through alternative means, limiting the number of students in the cafeteria at one time.

· Arrival and dismissal times may need to be staggered to account for maintaining social distance.

· Restroom facilities will be monitored and cleaned on an ongoing basis and student access to facilities will need to be organized to ensure safe and healthy environments.

· In-person instruction will remain in place as a District and campus option as long as health and safety guidance allow.

· Families who select in-person learning will commit to remaining in a school setting for the entire semester. However, families electing in-person instruction must also understand that there may be the need to close schools and transition to virtual instruction for periods of time during the school year.

Online registration is a time-saving tool that can be done from the convenience of your own home, at any hour, day or night, using your smartphone, laptop, or any digital device.

Who: All Fort Worth ISD students – either new or returning

What: Online registration for the 2020-2021 school year

When: Beginning at midnight on July 1.

Why: It’s easy, it’s convenient, and parents no longer have to fill out form after form with the same information.

How: Parents of returning students use an assigned Snapcode, which can be found on the 2019-2020 final report card on your Parent Portal account.

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FWISD, TCC to merge Advisory Boards

Posted July 7, 2020

Fort Worth ISD Superintendent Kent P. Scribner and Tarrant County College Chancellor Eugene Giovannini have agreed to merge their respective advisory boards – the groups of industry professionals who provide valuable connections between educators and industry in preparing students to enter the workforce. The decision came during an hour-plus virtual summit discussing Fort Worth’s future workforce.

The merger of the advisory boards will increase collaboration between educators and industry as they create programs for students. It also represents a huge step forward for career and technical education as Fort Worth prepares for a new kind of workforce in a post-COVID 19 environment.

Fort Worth Mayor Betsy Price, who also participated in the virtual summit, hailed the decision as a way to make a difference in the future of Fort Worth. “Having one focus is always good. It allows for a better use of our resources as we come out of this COVID 19.”

Scribner referred to the adage, “form follows function” as he described this new alignment. “If in fact, we are looking toward a cradle-to-career initiative in Fort Worth, it would only make sense that we align that work and bring advisory groups together.”

Giovannini said the new alignment could help create “the opportunity for the business community to engage us seamlessly in a progression from high school to college. It will certainly pay great benefits.”

The decision to merge advisory boards was one of several highlights from the Zoom event. Titled “Fort Worth: Where the Best Begins,” it was part of a partnership between Fort Worth ISD, Tarrant County College and the Fort Worth Chamber of Commerce to better understand how education and industry can work together to meet current and future workforce needs.

The summit followed eight industry-focused virtual discussions, or mini-summits, held in early June. The individual sessions focused on aviation and aerospace; transportation, both distribution and logistics; hospitality and culinary; IT and cybersecurity business; small businesses: the construction industry: general business; and health care.