Employee Benefits Annual Enrollment Closes Tuesday, August 11, 2020

Attention Full-time Staff: 

This is the last week to complete your Employee Benefits Annual Enrollment changes! Annual Enrollment closes Tuesday, August 11, 2020. No changes to benefits will be accepted after August 11 without a qualifying event.  

It’s still not too late to get assistance:  

Virtual One-on-One Appointments:  Just like in-person, but through your computer or phone! The Virtual Appointment scheduler is open now. Last Appointments for Birdville ISD are tomorrow, August 5. Other days may be available. These are first come first serve, so schedule yours now! Click here for scheduling instructions, enrollment checklist, and FAQs. Assistance is available in English and Spanish. 

Telephone Assistance: If you don’t have access to a computer or internet on your phone, or would prefer to speak with someone on the phone, the FBS Call Center is available Monday-Friday, 8:00 AM to 7:00 PM. Assistance is available in English and Spanish.  

For information on Employee Benefits Annual Enrollment, the 2020–21 plans and Enrollment Guide, and for assistance options, please visit the Birdville ISD Benefits website under the “For Staff” section, then “Benefits,” or visit birdvilleschools.net/benefitsenrollment.  

It is important all eligible employees log into THEbenefitsHUB. Even if you don’t intend to make changes to your benefits elections, you must make sure your dependent information is complete (including social security numbers) and you have selected beneficiaries for the Districtpaid life insurance.  

We look forward to another successful Annual Enrollment and thank you for your time. 

Notes from Dr. Brown: June 24, 2020

On Tuesday, June 23, the Texas Education Agency (TEA) was to provide school districts across the state with important information regarding in-person instruction for the 202021 school year. During the call with districts, TEA provided models for remote instruction; however, it did not provide additional guidance regarding in-person instruction. TEA is examining the public health situation, working closely with the Governor’s Special Advisory Council, and continuing to monitor the rapidly changing landscape before it releases plans for in-person instruction for next year. The Agency has indicated it will provide further guidance at a later date, yet to be determined. 

2020–21 Benefits Open Enrollment: July 15 – Aug. 11

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It is that time of year again, Employee Benefit Review and Open Enrollment announcement. 

  • Open Enrollment will be July 15 – Aug. 11 this year. All returning staff will have to complete their open enrollment process before Aug. 11. Specific plan information and available assistance will be sent out via email and standard mail closer to the enrollment month. 
  • Benefit Website. All information related to Employee Benefit Open Enrollment can be found on the District’s website: https://www.birdvilleschools.net/Page/65659. Information is limited at this time but does include the new Medical plans and rates. More information is coming in June, so keep an eye out! 
  • Benefit Review video. An enrollment video is being put together for you and will be posted to the website for your use. This should be available sometime in June. 
  • Mobile Link.  https://fbsmobileapps.com/birdville-isd/ has to be opened via a mobile device. Benefits and enrollment information will be able to be accessed on your mobile device using this new app. It is currently loaded with 20192020 plan year information and will be updated before open enrollment with the new benefit information as available

Should you have questions, do not hesitate to reach out via email to Susan Dippolito

Important Health Information

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 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, 

Dr. Darrell G. Brown Signature

Darrell G. Brown, Ph.D.
Superintendent 

Winter Weather: Will you receive your call?

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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.

District Procedures for Inclement Weather

Winter weather procedures

Birdville ISD is dedicated to the safety of students and staff. With the onset of winter, and the threat of snow and ice, it is important for the BISD community to know the District has an established plan to determine whether schools will be open, delayed or closed. The District attempts to make a decision about delaying or closing as soon as possible, usually by 5:30 a.m. 

If the superintendent determines to delay or close school, the District’s phone messaging system will be activated and the major radio and television stations will be notified. Also, the District will post this information on the District’s website, Facebook, Twitter, Birdville ISD News, and the District’s main voicemail at 817-547-5700. BISD only posts these notifications if school is delayed or closed — not if it is open as usual. 

> Visit birdvilleschools.net/weatherprocedures for more information on District Procedures for Inclement Weather.

March 1 Retirement Declaration Deadline

MARCH 1: RETIREMENT DECLARATION DEADLINE

If you are planning to retire at the end of the 2019-2020 school year, March 1 is the deadline to request compensation for unused leave.

To qualify for this benefit, an employee must:

  • Submit notice of retirement to Human Resources no later than March 1 of the school year they plan to retire;
  • Be eligible for retirement under Teacher Retirement System of Texas; and
  • Have been employed by the Birdville School District, with no break in service, for a minimum of five (5) years.

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Additional questions may be directed to Barbara Eubank in Human Resources at extension 5756 or accessed on the Birdville website. <<Retirement Information>>