National Merit Scholarship Program & College Board National Recognition Program
BISD is proud to announce it has one National Merit Semifinalist, five National Merit Commended Scholars, and four College Board National Recognition Scholars for the 2020–21 school year. Nearly 1.5 million juniors in 22,000 high schools across the country entered the National Merit Scholarship and College Board National Recognition Programs last year by taking the PSAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test.
The Texas Education Agency (TEA) has recognized that many students across the state are not experiencing academic success in a remote learning environment. When necessary, TEA has provided guidance for districts to be able to move a student that is unsuccessful in remote learning to face-to-face learning, which is what the District feels is the best learning environment for academic success. Beginning Nov. 30, Birdville ISD will notify families of the recommended change of learning environment based on their child’s lack of engagement in remote learning and/or lack of academic progress.
As we look forward to celebrating Thanksgiving next week across the nation, I want to take this opportunity to express how grateful I am for the BISD family. Our District staff, parents, and community members are the foundation of the education system we call Birdville ISD. Twelve months ago, we could not have imagined where we would be today. COVID-19 has brought on tremendous challenges in all aspects of our lives, but the BISD family has remained strong. Like any family, we have good days and challenging days. Overall, the good days far outweigh the bad.
During the holiday break, I ask our staff and families to continue to be diligent and make every effort to protect yourself from COVID-19. Experts on both sides of the fence have had a lot to say on this topic. Social distancing, wearing a mask, frequent handwashing, and avoiding others when you are not feeling well are ways to protect each other. With the possibility of a vaccine on the horizon, now is not the time for us to let our guard down.
As we prepare to resume school on Monday, Nov. 30, I want to remind staff to prescreen every day before coming to work. It is equally important that parents/guardians screen your child(ren) before sending them to school.
Students, staff, or visitors who exhibit symptoms of COVID-19, are ill, or have had contact with a COVID-19 positive person in the last 14 days, should stay home and not enter any District facility.
We ask that you, as always, watch for symptoms of COVID-19 in you or your child(ren).
Any of the following symptoms may indicate a possible COVID-19 infection:
Temperature of 100 degrees Fahrenheit or higher;
Cough that causes difficulty breathing (or, for students with a chronic allergic/asthmatic cough, a change in their cough from baseline);
Diarrhea, vomiting, or abdominal pain;
Severe headache, especially with a fever; or
Loss of sense of taste or smell.
If you or any of your family members begin experiencing any of these symptoms in a way that is not typical for you/your family member(s), we encourage you to contact your physician. If, after contacting your physician, you or anyone in your family is test-confirmed to have COVID-19, we request that you notify your school as soon as possible.
Thank you again for the vital role you play in the BISD family. We cannot do this without you.