Frequently Asked Questions

Health and Safety

  • Will masks be required?

  • Will social distancing happen in classes?

  • Will teachers and students be required to have a COVID-19 test prior to attending classes? Will the schools take temperatures prior to entering the schools?

  • How are you going to ensure that teachers and students will be protected with safety measures?

  • Will the air filters in all of our schools be changed?

Instruction

  • When is the first day of school?

  • Will school be online?

  • What will online learning look like in the Fall? Will it be the same as it was at the end of the last school year, or will it be more engaging, more robust?

  • When is the deadline to enroll a child for online classes? Additionally, if a parent enrolls a child for online courses (or in person classes) will a parent have the option to change the setting at any point during the school year?

  • If we go back to school face-to-face and one person at school contracts COVID-19, will the school or will the whole classroom have to quarantine?

  • How will the grading system work?

  • Why are UIL athletics, band, fine arts and extracurricular activities suspended during the online learning period? Does this mean UIL Fall sports/ activities have been cancelled?

Special Student Populations:

  • How will special education services be maintained to meet the goals and requirements outlined in the student’s IEP, so that it doesn’t interfere or take away from shortened classroom instruction time?

  • How will GT services happen in the online learning format?

  • How will Bilingual/ESL students be supported in the online learning format?

Learning Centers

  • What is the purpose of a Fort Bend ISD Learning Center?

  • How is Fort Bend ISD determining who is eligible to attend a Learning Center?

  • How do I register my child at a Learning Center?

  • Will there be a Learning Center at every Fort Bend ISD campus?

  • How will the selection of the Learning Centers be determined?

  • When will Learning Center locations be announced?

  • What are the hours of the Learning Centers?

  • Will the campus principal oversee the Learning Center?

  • Will attendance be taken at the Learning Centers?

  • What are the technology requirements for students at a Learning Center?

  • Who oversees handling student discipline and contacting parents?

  • Is there before and after school care at the Learning Centers? How do I register?

  • Will staff have to pay for the cost of child care if they are unable to make it from their campus/location of employment to pick up their child?

  • What will a typical daily schedule for a student at a Learning Center look like?

  • Are meals provided at Learning Centers?

  • Safety: What safety guidelines will be followed at the Learning Centers?

  • Safety: Will there be a nurse on site at the Learning Centers?

  • Safety: What happens if a student or staff member shows symptoms?

  • Safety: Will crossing guards be present at the Learning Centers if my child walks to school?

  • Transportation: Is transportation available for students who attend a Learning Center?

  • Transportation: If my child is selected to have a seat at a Learning Center and they have a driver’s license, can they drive to school?

  • Transportation: If I am notified that my child has a seat at a Learning Center, can I select a Learning Center that is not in my feeder pattern?

  • Transportation: While the Learning Center concept is open, do I have the option to move my child from one Learning Center to another?

  • How long does the District expect the Learning Centers to remain open?

  • My child has unique needs such as a food allergy or 504 accommodations. If selected to attend a Learning Center, how will that be addressed?

  • If my child is not selected for the Learning Center, are there other options of support available?

  • What are the expectations for these partnerships?

  • Who do I contact if I have questions about the Learning Centers that are not addressed on the FAQ?

Technology

  • Forms: My students are returning to FBISD. Do I still need to verify enrollment of my students?

  • Forms: Do I have to fill this Online Enrollment Verification if I don’t need a device?

  • Forms: Why are we being asked to fill out all forms even though we are starting online and some of these are not applicable?

  • Forms: If I fill out the Back to School Readiness Form am I committing to online or face-to-face?

  • Forms: On the form, question 1 asks: “Does student have a dedicated mobile device they can use for school work both at home and at school." Does this mean that a student will be required to bring a device to school when face-to-face instruction begins?

  • Forms: I have several children. Do I need to complete online enrollment for each student?

  • Devices: Are loaner laptops available to anyone, or only those who have a financial needs?

  • Devices: Will all students that need a device be provided with one? What about hotspots?

  • Devices: Why is there a cost associated with borrowing these devices?

  • Devices: I turned my hotspot for my child in. Do I need to request for another one? Do I need one for each child?

  • Devices: I checked out a laptop in the Spring for my child. Do I need to return it and ask for another one?

  • Devices: In the Spring, I only asked for one laptop due to the limitation of 1 device for every three students. What should I do?

  • Devices: Are the loaner devices old and outdated?

  • BYOD: When students return to the classroom for face-to-face instruction, can my child bring his/her device to class?

  • BYOD and Home Use Devices: If I want to purchase a device for my student, where can I find the recommended device specifications.

  • BYOD and Home Use Devices: What were the driving factors used to define the BYOD recommendations?

  • BYOD and Home Use Devices: Why were Chromebooks and Android Devices not considered?

  • BYOD and Home Use Devices: What are the requirements for the online testing software?

  • BYOD and Home Use Devices: Why are certain devices recommended for certain grade levels?

  • BYOD and Home Use Devices: What Apple Products can I use?

  • BYOD and Home Use Devices: Why can’t I use an older iPad or MacBook with an older version of iOS or MacOS?

  • BYOD and Home Use Devices: Can I use a Chromebook for other schoolwork?

  • BYOD and Home Use Devices: Can I use a Windows PC?

  • BYOD and Home Use Devices: Can I use a Windows PC Desktop?

  • BYOD and Home Use Devices: Can I use a Windows Tablet?

  • BYOD and Home Use Devices: Can I use an Android Tablet?

  • BYOD and Home Use Devices: Why can’t I use an Android Phone?

Child Nutrition

  • Will the Grab & Go meal service continue?

Teachers and Staff

  • Will my sick days be impacted if I have to stay home after testing positive for COVID-19?

  • I’m high risk, what type of accommodations will the District make for those who are high risk?

  • Will employees/teachers have the option to only work at home/distance learning if they (or a family member) is in the at-risk category?

  • I work in Fort Bend ISD, but my children go to school in a different district. Will the District align their calendar and procedures with districts in the area so that I do not have to worry about my commute or childcare?

  • Are teachers expected to report to campus and continue to work/teach from campus during the initial weeks of online learning?

  • For teachers who are returning back to the physical classroom what efforts are being made if any, to accommodate their need for childcare for their children during this online learning time?

  • What will happen to paraprofessionals, aides, and other district staff this upcoming school year? Are there any plans for them?