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.
Please Note: Substitutes and part-time employees are not considered “internal” and are ineligible to apply for eTransfer postings.
Transfer requests will not be considered until all surplus teachers have been placed.
Employees interested in applying for a campus transfer may access the eTransfer application (internal application) from the Birdville website beginning March 18. Please note: The eTransfer postings are generic and not an indication there is a definite opening at each campus. As openings occur, principals will review eTransfer requests and contact staff they wish to consider. Postings will remain listed on the Job Board through June 5, 2019.
Access an eTransfer Application: You may access the eTransfer application by using this quick link: (internal application) or by following these steps from the Birdville Homepage: Employment Job Postings/Employment Applications Log in under the heading Internal Applicants (located at bottom of window)
Choose Submit an internal application/transfer form to begin an internal application or choose continue/modify my application to access an existing internal application. Follow the directions listed to complete the short-form application. To apply for a specific eTransfer posting, choose the Vacancy Desired navigation link on the lefthand side of the screen. All eTransfer positions are grouped under the heading eTransfer Postings and divided into the following categories: Campus Clerical, Educational Aide, Other Certified Positions, Teacher/Bilingual, Teacher/Regular Ed, and Teacher/Special Ed. Choose the Job ID link to view and apply for any eTransfer position(s) of interest. Attach a current resume and any additional information desired. Choose Finish and Submit.
On Aug. 16, Birdville ISD’s Board of Trustees unanimously called for a bond election to be held as part of the general election on Nov. 6. BISD voters are being asked to consider a $252.8 million bond package that was developed with extensive community input by a diverse group of citizens from all parts of the District. The package approved by the Board addresses: safety and security upgrades at every campus; replacing five campuses with four (Haltom Middle School, Richland Middle School, Smithfield Elementary School and Major Cheney Elementary/Richland Elementary [Partner School]); renovations at Smithfield Middle School and Haltom High School; critical repair/renovation needs requiring action in the next three years; and technology upgrades Districtwide. This plan impacts every student, staff member, facility and community served by BISD.
The proposed bond package:
Eliminates more than 50 portable classrooms across the District;
Provides additional safety and security measures throughout the District;
Funds technology upgrades to address instructional needs;
Moves from a 5:1 student-to-technology ratio to a 2:1 student-to-technology ratio;
Addresses priority repair/renovation needs (requiring action in the next one to three years), roofs and HVAC;
Replaces five existing facilities that are more than 60 years old with four new facilities that require less money to operate and maintain. They are: Haltom Middle School, Richland Middle School, Smithfield Elementary School and Major Cheney Elementary/Richland Elementary [Partner School].
Will be monitored by a Board-appointed citizen’s bond oversight committee to monitor the scope, timeline and expenditure of bond funds.
If BISD voters approve this bond package, School property tax rates will not increase as a result of this bond proposal.
Early voting is Oct. 22 – Nov. 2, and Election Day is Nov. 6.