Important Health Information

Dr. Brown Letterhead

 Dear Birdville ISD Family, 

An outbreak of respiratory illness caused by a novel (new) coronavirus first identified in Wuhan, Hubei Province, China, has caused an outbreak of respiratory illness and the United States has confirmed a handful of coronavirus cases related to travel. I want to assure you that our school district is keeping track of this situation through proven and trustworthy sources: our local health department, the Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS), and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). These health officials believe the risk to our school community is low at this time. 

Updated information from the CDC on coronavirus in the United States can be found at: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html. The most recent information about coronavirus in Texas may be found at: https://dshs.texas.gov/coronavirus/

Much is being learned about this newly emerged virus. 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. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer. 
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands. 
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick. 
  • Stay home when you are sick. 
  • Cover your mouth and nose with the inside of your elbow when you cough or sneeze. 
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces. 

The 2019 novel coronavirus is believed to be spread through the air when an infected person coughs or sneezes, much in the way the flu and other respiratory viruses are spread. Symptoms can be fever, cough, or difficulty breathing. At this time, persons considered at risk are those with travel to China, or those in close contact with persons infected with novel coronavirus. 

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. Our teachers, school nurses, and staff are working carefully to encourage these simple and effective habits of frequent handwashing, covering every cough or sneeze, and cleaning classroom tables/surfaces frequently. This is important not just to help prevent the spread of coronavirus, but to help prevent the spread of other infections that can lead to student illness and absences. 

Thank you for your support of our district, our schools, our students and our teachers and staff. 

Sincerely, 

Darrell G. Brown

Darrell G. Brown, Ph.D.
Superintendent 

Winter Weather: Will you receive your call?

In the case of winter weather, Birdville ISD is prepared to call parents and staff to inform them if the District will be closed. Don’t miss your call. Please log in and verify the primary phone number listed for you in Skyward Family Access (for parents) and the main phone number in MUNIS Employee Self Service (for staff) on the staff web page. For these types of calls, the system will only dial one primary/main number. If the field is left blank, no call will be made. Please make sure the appropriate number is listed in the system.

Shot Clinics Canceled

Dear Parents,

We regret to inform you that Healthy Schools, our flu shot provider, notified the District this week that they have discontinued the program. Birdville ISD, therefore, will not be able to offer the free flu vaccine clinics this fall.

Healthy Schools told the District that low turnout across the country in previous years, combined with lower than expected parental consents for this year’s upcoming flu vaccine clinics and the growing cost of running these clinics, has made the program unsustainable. Consequently, it has become impossible for Healthy Schools to continue the program in Texas this year and in the future.

It is recommended that parents reach out to their local health department or child’s pediatrician to inquire about an alternative cost-free flu vaccine or visit the CDC flu shot finder website to locate local flu vaccine providers.

Regards,
Michelle Provence
Director of Health Services
Birdville ISD

Vaping and Your Student

Vaping and Your Student

THINGS YOU THINK YOU KNOW, BUT REALLY DON’T!

Please join us for an informative presentation by Challenge of Tarrant County

MONDAY, MAY 20 
6:30—8:00 p.m.

Birdville Fine Arts and Athletics Complex
9200 Mid Cities Blvd.
North Richland Hills

John Haenes from Challenge of Tarrant County will lead discussion: “Parenting Through the Haze: The Realities of Teen Vaping”

Officer Willie Watkins, BISD Safety & Security Specialist will share legal ramifications

JD Eddings, Assistant Principal Richland High School will display and discuss various paraphernalia

Parents, Guardians, Students & Community Members are invited to attend

2017 STAAR Results Information

Important Notice

The state of Texas will be releasing STAAR results during the summer. Student results will be available to parents beginning June 20 through Skyward Family Access. Parents should log into Skyward Family Access at birdvilleschools.net/skyward. Birdville ISD will not be mailing STAAR results as was done last summer.

 NOTE: Please try logging into Skyward to make sure you can access the system. If you need help logging into Skyward Family Access, please contact your child’s campus before June 8th.

Parent Notice: Delayed Delivery of STAAR Results

Important-information-(1)

Results for the spring 2016 administration of the STAAR tests for grades 3–8 were scheduled to be reported to districts on Wednesday, June 15, 2016. However, the results have been delayed and are now due to be delivered to districts across the state in July. BISD anticipates mailing STAAR test results to parents by the end of July. If you do not receive your child’s results by Aug. 8, please contact the campus your child attended during the 2015–16 school year.