BISD Launches COVID Central Website

COVID Central Dashboard and More!

To better organize COVID-19 information and resources for parents and staff, BISD created the “COVID Central” website. On COVID Central you will find the COVID dashboard and other important COVID-19 related information resources.   

The link to COVID Central can be found on the front of the District and campus websites, as well as on  the BISD mobile app, the QR code posted on entrances to each District facility, or at birdvilleschools.net/covidcentral. As updates become available, they will be posted on COVID Central. 

Health/Safety Protocols for the 2021–2022 School Year

Health/Safety Protocols for the 2021–2022 SCHOOL YEAR

Birdville ISD will continue to observe the following practices:  

  • Face Masks: Not required, but Strongly Supported 
    Per Executive Order No. GA-38 from the Governor, school districts cannot require masks to be worn. However, any child (or adult) in our schools is welcome to wear a mask to protect against COVID-19. This will be a personal choice for all families, and you are encouraged to take the action you feel is best for your child(ren) and your family. BISD supports all choices. 
  • COVID-19 Vaccinations: Not required, but Encouraged 
    For those eligible, the CDC has recommended getting the COVID-19 vaccine, but an individual’s vaccination status will not prohibit them from entering Birdville ISD facilities.  
  • Health Self-Screenings: Requested Daily 
    Students and employees should perform a self-check for COVID-19-related symptoms prior to boarding a bus or entering a Birdville ISD facility. Please do not come to school if you are sick or exhibiting COVID-19 symptoms. 
  • Social Distancing: Encouraged, where possible 
    When space and circumstances allow, students and employees are encouraged to maintain distance from others.  
  • Hand Hygiene: Continued Priority 
    Hand sanitizer will continue to be provided throughout Birdville ISD facilities, and students will be provided frequent hand-washing opportunities throughout the school day.  
  • Facility Cleaning: Frequent 
    Birdville ISD’s Facilities Management team will continue to focus on high-touch surfaces and deep cleaning any areas of concern, including using electrostatic applicators to sanitize classrooms no less than once per day and daily power washing of restrooms. 
  • Bus Cleaning: Frequent 
    At a minimum, buses will be cleaned after each route with an electrostatic applicator. A hand sanitizer dispenser is available at each bus entrance. 
  • Isolation: Required for those infected with COVID-19 
    Isolation is used to separate people infected with COVID-19 from those who are not infected. Isolation is required for BISD students and staff who are presumed to have COVID-19 or who have tested positive. (Additional criteria is available at birdvilleschools.net/covidprotocols) 
  • Quarantine: Optional  
    Quarantining is not required under current health guidelines.  
  • Visitors 
    Visitors will be allowed on campuses, including parents or guardians who want to visit their student for lunch. (See Face Masks above.) Please follow each campus’ procedures related to welcoming visitors back to campus.

Updates will be shared with parents and staff through the District’s various communications channels and posted at birdvilleschools.net/covidprotocols

Summer Feeding Program: No Cost Meals for ALL children age 18 and under

Sandwich and Fruit

Community Pickup for both breakfast and lunch.
Parent Meal Pickup: Proof of guardianship must be presented at all six Summer Feeding sites.
Monday–Thursday:  9–9:30 a.m.

Binion, Holiday Heights and West Birdville Elementaries
Monday–Thursday:  June 7 – July 1
Breakfast:  7:308:00 a.m.
Lunch:  11:00 a.m. 12:15 p.m.

North Richland Middle
Monday–Thursday:  June 7 – July 1
Breakfast:  7:308:00 a.m.
Lunch: 10:50 a.m. 12:00 p.m.

O.H. Stowe Elementary
Monday–Thursday:  June 1 – July 1
Breakfast:  7:30–8:00 a.m.
ESL Breakfast:  8–8:30 a.m.
Lunch:  11:00 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.

Richland High School
Monday–Thursday/ June 7 – July 14
Breakfast:  7:30–8:00 a.m.
Lunch:  10:15 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

School Closed July 59

For more information, call 211 or Text FOODTX to 877-877

In accordance with Federal civil rights law and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) civil rights regulations and policies, the USDA, its Agencies, offices, and employees, and institutions participating in or administering USDA programs are prohibited from discriminating based on race, color, national origin, sex, disability, age, or reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity in any program or activity conducted or funded by USDA. Persons with disabilities who require alternative means of communication for program information (e.g., Braille, large print, audiotape, American Sign Language, etc.), should contact the Agency (State or local) where they applied for benefits. Individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing or have speech disabilities may contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339. Additionally, program information may be made available in languages other than English.

To file a program complaint of discrimination, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form, (AD-3027) found online at: How to File a Complaint, and at any USDA office, or write a letter addressed to USDA and provide in the letter all of the information requested in the form. To request a copy of the complaint form, call (866) 632-9992. Submit your completed form or letter to USDA by:
1.     mail: U.S. Department of Agriculture Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights 1400 Independence Avenue, SW Washington, D.C. 20250-9410;
2.     fax: (202) 690-7442; or
3.     email: program.intake@usda.gov.

Planning for 2021-22: What we know today …

Note from the Superintendent

As the 2020–21 school year draws to a close, Birdville ISD is already in the midst of planning for the start of the 2021–22 school year. Like you, we are working hard to address the many questions regarding what school will look like this fall. Will we return fully in person? Will masks and other protocols remain? Will there be a remote learning option? These represent some of the questions we are hearing from our community and are the same ones we are considering as we work with the Texas Education Agency and our state and county leaders.  

On June 1, 2021, BISD will return to pre-COVID operations with face-to face instruction and masks being optional in classrooms and District facilities. As of today, our plans are to continue this practice when students return to school in August. 

BISD has received a few questions regarding the possibility of continuing the remote learning option into next year. The District is not planning to continue online learning next school year. We long to have our students back in the classroom, learning face-to-face with their teachers and having the much-needed social interaction we’ve all missed for since the pandemic began.  

This year has presented many challenges to us all. I cannot thank you enough for your flexibility and ongoing support as we continue to navigate the waters of constant change. No matter what modifications are needed for the future, our commitment to educational excellence and serving the needs of every child and family in BISD remains constant. 

BISD will continue gathering the information needed to make the best decisions for the fall semester, and will communicate those decisions to you as quickly as possible. Thank you for your patience and continued trust. 

Sincerely,
Dr. Darrell G. Brown 
Superintendent of Schools 

Pandemic Electronic Benefit Transfer (P-EBT) Benefits

This letter is for families with: 

  • Children who are certified for free or reduced-price meals through the National School Lunch Program (NSLP). 
  • Children who attend a Community Eligibility Provision (CEP) or Provision 2 (P2) school that offers free meals to all students.* 
  • Children born after Aug. 1, 2014, in families who received SNAP benefits for at least one month between October 2020 and June 2021.  

*Contact your child’s school if you have questions about the school’s participation in these programs.  

If you do not meet at least one of the requirements listed above, your child is not eligible for the P-EBT benefits described below. 

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Dear Parent or Guardian,  

Enrolled students (up to 21 years of age) in families that temporarily lost access to free or reduced-price school meals for the 2020–2021 school year due to the COVID-19 pandemic may be eligible to receive Pandemic Electronic Benefit Transfer (P-EBT). P-EBT benefits can be used to buy food from any retailer that accepts the Lone Star Card. 

The application for P-EBT will open June 2, 2021Go to yourtexasbenefits.com/Learn/PEBT to applyThe application link is casesensitive. The deadline to apply is Aug. 13, 2021
 

Who Needs to Apply? 

  • A parent/guardian must apply if eligible child is: 
  • Enrolled in K-12 and NOT part of a family who received SNAP benefits for at least one month between August 2020 and June 2021. 
  • Born on or before Aug. 1, 2014, and is part of a family who received SNAP benefits for the first time during the 2020–2021 school year in May or June 2021. 
  • A parent/guardian does not have to apply if eligible child is: 
  • Born on or before Aug. 1, 2014, and is part of a family who received SNAP benefits for at least one month between August 2020 and April 2021. 
  • Born after Aug. 1, 2014, and is part of a family who received SNAP benefits for at least one month between October 2020 and June 2021.  

For more information about eligibility, applying and getting your P-EBT benefits, visit hhs.texas.gov/pebt, or call the P-EBT Call Center at 833-442-1255, Monday through Friday, 8 a.m.–6 p.m. Central time.