March 16, 2020, 8:30 p.m. Parent Email
Good evening Forney Family Parents & Guardians,
We hope everyone is getting their green ready for St. Patrick’s Day tomorrow. Please share your pics wearing green with us on social media using #ForneyFamily. Tomorrow is also our monthly Future-Ready Day, so we encourage everyone to wear your college and career shirt either at home or in your community. We want to continue normalcy as much as possible for our students.
If you missed our Facebook live today, click here to view.
As a reminder, all district facilities are closed to the public. Students should not come to school. We have a lot of information to share this evening, and we will continue to provide daily updates. If your questions aren’t answered below, please bear with us, as we continue to share information.
STAAR Testing Waived
Forney ISD joined districts across Texas asking the state to waive all STAAR/EOC testing for students due to the challenges school districts face due to the Coronavirus. We are happy to share that Gov. Abbott announced this morning he was waiving tests.
Virtual Learning Site Launches Wednesday - www.forneyisd.net/virtual
This website will launch Wednesday morning, March 18 with virtual learning information. Information on Grab & Go Meals and FAQs will also be posted here. We’ll share updates via email, text message, phone call, mobile app and through our social media. Starting Tuesday, teachers and campus staff will begin reaching out to parents and students to open lines of communication and get the virtual learning process started. They will help explain what the virtual learning process looks like for your individual student.
Technology Plan - Wi-Fi, Resource Hubs, Technology Hotline Coming Soon
For those needing wi-fi access at home, many companies are offering free service for 60 days (AT&T, Spectrum, Comcast, etc.). There is also drive-through Wi-Fi access behind Smith and Rhea Intermediates. You can pull through by the awning at the back of the campus, and remain in your car to download information daily for offline work at home.
If you have a 3rd grade student that is needing a Chromebook, you may drive through and pick-up from Rhea and Smith during Grab and Go meals, 7-9 a.m. March 17-20.
If you have a 4th grade student that did not bring home a Chromebook, your campus will be reaching out to you with information on pick-up from your home campus.
If your student left a Chromebook or other item over the break on any campus, you may call the campus starting Wednesday, 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Campus staff will do their best to locate, and arrange a time for you to pick-up. Please do not leave your car. Campus staff will bring the item to you.
We’ll also be adding a technology hotline for support of student virtual learning soon later this week.
If your student left medication in the nurse’s campus clinic that they are needing, your campus nurse will be reaching out to you to arrange pick-up. You may also call the campus starting Wednesday, 8 a.m.-4 p.m. to arrange pick-up.
Resource Hotline - 469-762-4500
Please visit our website for information on Grab & Go Meals starting Tuesday, March 17 at Lewis, Rhea and Smith from 7-9 a.m. Some of our community partners will be providing additional food, toiletry and school supply resources on Friday, March 20 as well.
If you are in need of additional resources, please contact our hotline at 469-762-4500 and let us know. You may leave a message, or we have a call center setup to answer starting Wednesday, March 17 from 8 a.m.-4 p.m.
Counselor Hotline - 469-762-4501
We recognize there may be anxiety about the corona virus that may affect a student’s ability to function in their daily life. If you are feeling anxiety or stress, or just need our regular counseling services, please call our counselor hotline at 469-762-4501. If you have questions about academics or scheduling, please reach out to your campus counselor.
Campus Student Item Pick-Up Procedures
If you student left an item at school, don’t worry. You’ll have an opportunity to pick up the item soon. We’ll send out information in an upcoming communication on how to work with your campus to retrieve that item.
Resource Hubs - Locations, Times
Grab and Go Meals start tomorrow, Tuesday, March 17 from 7-9 a.m. at Lewis, Smith and Rhea. Please visit www.forneyisd.net/virtual to see traffic flow maps. If you are walking to campus to get meals, please use the sidewalk. At Smith and Rhea, those walking will be served from the front of the campus and drive-ups will be served in the bus lane. Please remain at a safe distance when walking up to the campus.