March 27, 2020
March 19, 2020
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March 13, 2020, 8 p.m.
March 13, 2020, Noon
Good afternoon, Forney Family.
Before and during spring break, Forney ISD has continued to actively monitor the coronavirus (COVID-19) developments in conjunction with local, state and CDC health officials. After receiving additional information from TEA today, Forney ISD will launch virtual learning for students early next week.
We will send additional information via email this evening with information for those that need alternatives to virtual learning due to internet access or that need school meals provided.
All school activities/events are cancelled until further notice. District 13-5A has unanimously approved suspension of all athletic activities until further notice.
If virtual learning is required beyond next week, the district will re-evaluate no later than March 20. This situation is fluid and may change with very little notice in the coming weeks. By providing virtual learning, we do not anticipate extending the school year in order to “make up” any days.
Staff will receive a separate email with more information later today. Forney ISD offices and campuses will be closed to outside visitors next week as well.
We understand that proactive measures are superior to reactive measures in terms of controlling the number of new cases, and shifting temporarily to virtual learning will help prevent exposure to students, staff and the community. We do not make this decision lightly and realize it presents significant difficulties to working parents who have young, school-aged children. But we are hopeful that these measures will better ensure the long-term health and safety of our Forney Family.
We will be updating www.forneyisd.net/healthupdate, as well as sending emails to the parent/guardian contacts in our system. Please make sure your information is updated in Skyward.
Please do your part to help prevent the spread of disease by limiting your travel and limiting attendance at social gatherings and public events. 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 wellbeing.
March 13, 2020, 8:30 a.m.
Good morning, Forney Family! We are waiting for the Texas Education Agency to release further information this afternoon. At that time we will release additional information from the school district in order to provide the most accurate information to our families.
March 12, 2020
We hope all of our Forney Families are enjoying spring break. We want to make you aware that our district team is in constant collaboration with local, state and national organizations, such as the CDC, health department, TEA and UIL. We are listening to the experts and awaiting their guidance, as we continually monitor the spread of COVID-19.
The health and safety of our students and staff is paramount, and we asked staff to self-report any travel to a CDC country with a level 2 or 3 Travel Health Alert prior to their return on Monday. We’re also asking for your help in self-reporting travel of parents, guardians and students here.
As of March 5, 2020, the CDC has identified four countries for which it has issued a Level 3 Travel Health Notice - China, Iran, South Korea and Italy - and one level 2 notice - Japan. A person who travels to or through those countries while a Level 3 Travel Health Notice is in effect is encouraged to stay home and monitor his or her health for 14 days after the person leaves that country.
Forney ISD is committed to the health and safety of our students and staff. At this time, no cases have been confirmed in Kaufman County. The majority of cases that have been confirmed in the U.S. are related to travel to/from countries where there is widespread community transmission of COVID-19.
We encourage everyone in our community to go to the CDC’s website for factual, up-to-date information regarding COVID-19.
This situation is fluid and may change with very little notice in the coming weeks.
As part of our continued efforts to ensure the health and well-being of our school community, we have established a Coronavirus (COVID-19) Executive Task Force. Each day, this group is monitoring the potential impact coronavirus could have on Forney ISD Schools.
Additionally, the district has launched www.forneyisd.net/healthupdate and will post district updates, resources and answers to your frequently asked questions as new information is made available, including information on preventative measures taken by the district.
- Over the break Forney ISD conducted an extensive sanitizing process of our schools and busses. Our custodians and Maintenance Department will continue to proactively disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces. For the next several weeks, we will also be adding supplemental custodial personnel in our buildings, after school hours, to assist with our extended sanitizing process. Our Learner Services Department is also developing a plan for continued learning should schools be closed due to the virus’ impact.
We are hopeful the coronavirus will not adversely impact our district but want to diligently prepare for any potential situations. Thank you for helping keep all of our Forney Family healthy.
March 10, 2020
Dear Forney Family,
We wanted to make you aware that our district is tracking the coronavirus situation and following the guidance and expertise of national and local health officials to help protect our students and staff from all communicable diseases.
Health officials believe the risk of exposure to our school community is low at this time. Families are encouraged to visit the CDC website for more information. Forney ISD will continue to monitor and provide updates when there are changes in the current situation or additional steps are needed.
The COVID-19 outbreak is a concern for anyone considering traveling at this time. Those with travel plans are strongly encouraged to closely monitor travel advisories and guidance from the CDC, available online.
Forney ISD has cleaning protocols in place for all district facilities, and we are taking some extra measures to deep clean throughout the district on a regular basis, but also providing additional deep cleaning over spring break.
What You Can Do to Help
Based on the current information, health officials are recommending local communities and schools should take the same steps to protect against coronavirus as we take to prevent the spread of everyday illnesses like the common cold or the flu:
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol if soap and water are not available.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
- If a student or staff member is sick, do not come to school. Stay home until fever-free for at least 24 hours without using fever-reducing medication.
- Cover your mouth and nose with the inside of your elbow when you cough or sneeze.
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
While a new type of illness can be scary, we can protect our students, teachers, and the broader community by using simple everyday actions that protect people from other types of respiratory viruses. Thank you for your support of our district, our schools, our students and our teachers and staff.