Parent Email 4-17-20, 6 p.m.
Dear Forney Family Parents & Staff,
Thank you for sharing your great virtual learning stories! We’ll be sharing a 2nd virtual learning behind-the-scenes video next week. Please keep sharing your great stories with us.
Gov. Abbott Announces School Facility Closures For Remainder of 2019-2020
This afternoon Gov. Abbott announced that Texas school facilities will remain closed for the remainder of the current school year, but learning will continue.
We know this extended facility closure is not how any of us wanted to wrap up the 2019-2020 school year, and we truly miss all of our students and the families we serve. Virtual learning will continue through May 22, 2020. We know you have many questions, and we continue to ask for your grace and patience as we work next week to finalize plans for how we can safely close out the 2019-2020 school year. More information will be shared late next week. You can send us your questions here https://bit.ly/EndofYearQuestions through Friday, April 24.
We are committed to supporting our Forney Family, academically or with other needs. Please take a moment to visit www.forneyisd.net/virtual and click “Where can I get help?” if you’re needing resources. We hope our Forney Family stays safe and healthy.
UIL Cancels Remaining Spring Activities and State Championships
With Governor Abbott’s announcement on Friday, April 17, the UIL announced they would cancel all remaining 2019-2020 spring activities and state championships. Please read their full press release here. Our hearts break with our students, and we are so proud of our students that participate in so many UIL activities from athletics to fine arts to academics, but we want to keep them safe and healthy. We will continue to evaluate all summer activities with the guidance of health officials.
2020 Graduation & Regalia Pick-Up
With Gov. Abbott’s announcement, the Texas Education Commissioner will address graduation ceremonies later in April. We are awaiting their guidance. We know these unprecedented circumstances have taken away many special opportunities from the Class of 2020. We are committed to finding a time when we can come together and celebrate the end of your high school education. As soon as we can come together safely, we will update our commencement plans for all of our graduates.
Also, we’re working with Josten’s to coordinate a date for a drive-through graduation regalia pick-up in alignment with the governor’s orders.
Forney Family Reading Night & National Library Week
We love seeing your pictures and videos from our Forney Family Nights! April 19-25 is National Library Week, with April 22 being National Librarian Day. So we’re asking you to join us Saturday for a Forney Family Reading Night! Please share your pictures with us using #ForneyFamilyReads. A list of sites that offer free downloadable and audio books is provided at www.forneyisd.net/forneyfamily. And next week, please share pictures of your student reading their favorite book using the same hashtag as a way of thanking their campus librarian.
School Nurse Resources
School nurses have created Canvas pages filled with resources from healthy tip videos to immunization requirements. Links to their campus pages may be found here under each nurse’s name.
Grab & Go Meals at Blackburn, Lewis, Rhea or Smith from 7-11 a.m., Monday-Friday.
The menu is available on their website. Meals for all students and First Responders.
Technology Hub at Rhea or Smith from 7-11 a.m., Tuesdays & Fridays.
Community Resource Hub at Blackburn, Lewis, Rhea or Smith from 7-11 a.m. on Fridays only. Resources (food, school supplies, personal hygiene items, etc.) available for anyone in our community.
National Volunteer Appreciation Week
Next week is also National Volunteer Appreciation Week, and we are so grateful for all of our volunteers! Please thank them for their service to our Forney Family!
Food donations: Lake Pointe (2-5 p.m.), C Life (2-4 p.m.), Free Life (2-5 p.m.) and Mustang Creek (2-5 p.m.) are accepting donations of non-perishable foods on Sunday afternoons. The food is packed into boxes that include food for a family of 4 for a week and distributed at our Community Resource Hubs to anyone from our community in need. Items needed: pasta, canned pasta, mac and cheese, snack bars, crackers, canned fruit, peanut butter, jelly, cereal, canned food.
PERSONAL CARE: First United Methodist Church is collecting personal hygiene and care items, such as shampoo, conditioner, soap, toothpaste, deodorant, baby wipes, diapers, etc. from 2-4 p.m on Sundays.
SCHOOL SUPPLIES: May be dropped at food or personal care drop-off locations (Lake Pointe, C Life, Free Life, Mustang Creek, or First United Methodist Church.)
MONETARY DONATIONS: Forney Community Ministries is accepting donations online designated for coronavirus support. Click here to donate.
Community Resource Hotline, 8 a.m.- 4 p.m., 469-762-4500
or email firstname.lastname@example.org
(Open to any community members needing food or other supplies.)
Mental Health & Counseling Hotline (Now Open 24 Hours), 469-762-4501
If you have questions regarding class changes or for guidance counseling, please email your campus counselor. The 24 hour hotline is for urgent issues.
Student Technology Help Line, Hotline, 8 a.m.- 4 p.m., 469-762-4502
Translation Services, 8 a.m.- 4 p.m., 469-762-4503
To reach a teacher, please call 469-762-4155 and enter their extension.