BISD increases number of feeding stations beginning Monday, March 23

Beginning Monday, March 23, BISD is adding two additional feeding stations to help families during this unprecedented time in our country. The Academy at C. F. Thomas and North Ridge Middle will open Monday–Friday from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. FREE meals will be offered to ALL students through curbside pickup. Also, BISD will continue providing pickup stations in front of Birdville Elementary, Binion Elementary, West Birdville Elementary, and Watauga Elementary from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. for anyone age 18 and under. Lunch will be provided Monday–Friday throughout the closure. 

The Community Enrichment Center (CEC) and Tarrant Area Food Bank to provide groceries for families

Beginning Thursday, March 19, the Community Enrichment Center and Tarrant Area Food Bank will provide groceries to families at various BISD feeding stations. Groceries will be distributed at the same time meals are being distributed by BISD. Groceries will be distributed on the following schedule:

Thursday, March 19:  West Birdville Elementary

Friday, March 20:  Birdville Elementary

Starting the week of March 23:

·       Binion Elementary – Mondays

·       Watauga Elementary – Tuesdays

·       Academy at C.F. Thomas – Wednesdays

·       West Birdville Elementary – Thursdays

·       Birdville Elementary – Fridays

Four to six volunteers are needed each day to help families complete a short questionnaire and load groceries in vehicles. Children, individuals over age 60, and individuals with underlying health conditions should not volunteer. Individuals should be prepared to follow safety precautions as directed by the CDC. Once details on how to volunteer are finalized with the CEC, they will be posted on this site.

BISD aumenta el número de estaciones de alimentación a partir del lunes 23 de marzo

A partir del lunes 23 de marzo, BISD agregara dos estaciones de alimentación adicionales para ayudar a las familias durante este tiempo sin precedentes en nuestro país. La Academia en C. F. Thomas y North Ridge Middle abrirá de lunes a viernes de 11 a.m. a 1 p.m. Se ofrecerán comidas GRATUITAS a TODOS los estudiantes mediante la entrega de comidas por la acera. Además, BISD continuará proporcionando estaciones al frente de Birdville Elementary, Binion Elementary, West Birdville Elementary y Watauga Elementary de 11 a.m. a 1 p.m. para cualquier persona menor de 18 años. El almuerzo se proporcionará de lunes a viernes durante todo el cierre.

El Centro de Enriquecimiento de la Comunidad (CEC) y el Banco de Alimentos del Área Tarrant para proporcionar alimentos a las familias

A partir del jueves 19 de marzo, el Centro de Enriquecimiento Comunitario y el Banco de Alimentos del Área Tarrant proporcionarán despensas a las familias en varias estaciones de alimentación de BISD. Las despensas se distribuirán al mismo tiempo que BISD distribuye las comidas. Los alimentos se distribuirán en el siguiente horario:

Jueves, Marzo 19:  West Birdville Elementary

Viernes, Marzo 20:  Birdville Elementary

Comenzando la semana del 23 de marzo

·       Binion Elementary – los lunes

·       Watauga Elementary – los martes

·       Academy at C.F. Thomas – los miercoles

·       West Birdville Elementary – los jueves

·       Birdville Elementary – los viernes

Se necesitan de cuatro a seis voluntarios cada día para ayudar a las familias a completar un breve cuestionario y cargar alimentos en los vehículos. Los niños, las personas mayores de 60 años y las personas con enfermedades pre-existentes no deben ser voluntarios. Las personas deben estar preparadas para seguir las precauciones de seguridad según lo indiquen los CDC. Una vez que los detalles sobre cómo ser voluntario se finalicen con la CCA, se publicarán en este sitio.

TEA Waives STAAR Testing for 2020

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During this unprecedented public health challenge, we at TEA are doing all we can to support our schools and local communities. Given the need for social distancing, schools across the state are closing normal operations, and working to support learning while students remain home.

In normal times, STAAR serves as an invaluable tool to accurately and reliably diagnose how well students have learned to read, write, and do math. This information is used by parents to support the academic growth of their children, and by educators to adjust how they approach teaching to maximize student learning.

This year, though, it has become apparent that schools will be unable to administer STAAR as they would normally. TEA has already waived a host of regulations, allowing schools to quickly pivot to provide instruction and support in ways they never have before. We are thankful for Governor Abbot’s willingness to waive the STAAR testing requirement, as it allows schools the maximum flexibility to remain focused on public health while also investing in the capacity to support student learning remotely.

The educators we have been working with across the state remain concerned about the possible impact COVID-19 will have on student academic growth. TEA will continue to support them in every way we can, including ensuring the availability of free tools to diagnose student learning. This will be just as necessary moving forward as it has been, so our dedicated Texas educators have the tools necessary to ensure all our students continue to grow into the best versions of themselves, both during and beyond our current public health challenge.

Smithfield Elementary School Groundbreaking Canceled

Smithfield Elementary Groundbreaking Canceled

To help prevent the spread of COVID-19 in our community, Birdville ISD has decided cancel the Smithfield Elementary groundbreaking scheduled for Wednesday, March 18. If it is possible to reschedule this event later in the spring, we will share details through our various communications channels.

BISD will continue to communicate with public health professionals on how to best protect our students and staff during this evolving health situation. We will continue to keep our BISD family informed through our various communication channels.

Discover Birdville 2020 Cancellation

Discover Birdville Canceled

To help prevent the spread of COVID-19 in our community, Birdville ISD has decided that Discover Birdville will NOT be held on Saturday, March 21. If it is possible to reschedule this event later in the spring, we will share details through our various communications channels.

BISD will continue to coordinate with public health professionals on how to best protect our students and staff during this evolving health situation. We will continue to keep our BISD family informed.

Birdville ISD Closed until March 27

Important Information

This morning, Tarrant County Public Health Department recommended a  two-week closure of all schools in Tarrant County to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. After collaborating with state and county health officials and other education leaders this morning, Superintendent  

Dr. Darrell Brown announced that Birdville ISD will be closed March 16–27, along with the cancelation of all extracurricular activities and school events during the same period. We will continue to evaluate the situation throughout this closure before making any other long-term announcements. 

The health and safety of our students and staff is a top priority. The goals of this announced closure are to help prevent the spread of disease and to give our staff additional time to plan for continuity of services should it become necessary for public schools to close for a longer period. We ask each of you to do your part to help prevent the spread of disease by limiting your attendance at social gatherings and large public events. Wash your hands regularly and isolate yourself if you begin experiencing symptoms like fever, coughing or shortness of breath. Information from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and Tarrant County Health Department is available on our website. The cancellation of mass gathering events can dramatically help flatten the curve for the spread of the coronavirus disease.   

 We acknowledge that an unexpected school closure creates a hardship on our parents and staff because of work, childcare and other considerations. But we hope you know our efforts coming to this decision have been done with the best interests of everyone involved. We also know and understand that many students rely on our schools for meals and support. To that end, we are exploring options on how we may assist during this time. Please continue to check our website for further updates.  

Some BISD employees may need to be available to work when requested during this closure. For those asked to come to work, appropriate safety precautions will be taken. We will communicate directly with staff members regarding their specific roles and responsibilities in our prevention planning. 

Information still to come from the Texas Education Agency includes guidance for course credit, compulsory attendance, accountability standards and school funding. The Superintendents and district leaders in North Texas eagerly await guidance on the waiver process and other steps to support the continued education of our students for the rest of the 2019–2020 school year.