Note from Superintendent Dr. Darrell G. Brown | November 20, 2020

Note from Superintendent Dr. Darrell G. Brown

November 20, 2020 

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; 
  • Sore throat; 
  • 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. 

Have a happy and safe Thanksgiving break! 

Dr. Darrell G. Brown
Superintendent

Birdville Education Foundation Grant Applications are Now Available!

Grant Season

Dear Birdville ISD Staff, 

We continue to be in awe of your work and passion for all our students in Birdville ISD. We are humbled by your grace, fortitude, and resilience and continue to be inspired by you in so many ways. These are strange and uncertain times and we are all navigating the changes on a daily, weekly, and monthly basis. Realizing what you are faced with, the Education Foundation Board of Directors has shifted the Innovative Teacher Grant application process to allow you to focus on your evolving roles and students/families. This will also provide additional time to creatively think about new needs that you may have in the upcoming school year. 

The new grant application process for the 2021–22 school year is open November 15,2020 to February 1, 2021. The grants will be awarded in April 2021. 

Access to the Innovative Teacher Grant Application online is available via our website at https://www.birdvilleschools.net/Page/66592

The Education Foundation Board continues to communicate with District leadership on the fluid situation within our District and learning environment. We are committed to providing you with resources and fulfilling our mission to enhancing innovative learning and supporting the educational excellence of Birdville ISD. You are that excellence! 

Please know that you are loved, appreciated, and inspiring. You are made for this! #BestForBirdville #BISDShines 

Thank you for all you do in our Birdville ISD community. 

November Incentive Pay is Coming

As part of the 2020–21 budget, BISD’s board of trustees approved an incentive payment in November of $500 for all staff. That payment will be made on Wednesday, Nov. 18 and will come separate from your regular check. 

There will be an announcement in February 2021 as to when the February incentive payment will be distributed to staff. 

Benefit Spotlight – BISD Employee Discount Website

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It’s shopping season! Don’t forget to visit the District’s Employee Discount page for vendor links to discounts in apparel, services, travel, and much more! Please visit https://www.birdvilleschools.net/Page/20575.  

Some discounts require vendor site registration and providing personal information. BISD does not endorse any of the opportunities.  

Questions? Please contact susan.dippolito@birdvilleschools.net.  

Happy shopping!  
Your BISD Benefits Department. 

BISD Revises 2020–21 Calendar

New Update

On Thursday, October 15, BISD Superintendent Dr. Darrell Brown announced changes to the 2020–21 school calendar. The District is adjusting the calendar to add five half days so teachers can effectively plan lessons for face-to-face and online students.

The revised calendar provides early release days in order for teachers to accomplish some of the following duties:

  • Plan lessons for dual platforms
  • Create student assignments
  • Grade student assignments
  • Conduct student conferences through Zoom
  • Answer questions that have been posted in Chat and/or emails
  • Provide tutorials through Zoom

The following days are now early release (half) days:

  1. Friday, October 30, 2020
  2. Friday, November 20, 2020
  3. Friday, December 18, 2020
  4. Friday, February 12, 2021
  5. Thursday, April 1, 2021
  6. Wednesday, May 26, 2021*

*It will be determined in April 2021 whether this is an early release day.

Early Release Schedules

Pre-K/PPCD
(AM) 8:10–10:30 a.m.
(PM) 10:40 a.m. – 12:40 p.m.

Elementary (K–5)
8:10 a.m. – 12:40 p.m. 

Middle School (6–8)
8:40 a.m. – 1:10 p.m.

High School (9–12)
7:30–11:30 a.m.

Shannon High School
7:45–11:45 a.m.

“The change to the calendar is needed to help our teachers ensure they are prepared to be effective with our students,” Dr. Brown said. “I appreciate how they are going above and beyond to plan and teach in two platforms (face-to-face and online), which has greatly increased the complexity of their work.”  

Visit https://www.birdvilleschools.net/cms/lib/TX01000797/Centricity/Domain/1/2021Calendar.pdf to view the revised calendar.