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 2020–21 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.
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 2019–2020 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Did you know you are eligible to participate in the District’s 403(b) plan offering? The 403(b) plan is open to all employees, regardless of the number of hours you work per week. Please review the notice below for more information.