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WATCH or READ: Checking In with Charles (8/12/19)


This is it! The first “Check In” of the 2019-20 school year! We’re just a few days away from the first day of school, and I want our parents, students and community to know that Fort Bend ISD is ready.

 

We are ready to welcome and support our students, equipping and guiding them so that they can develop into the well-rounded individuals that you expect. During the last few days, we have hosted back to school events to kick off the new year, and following the experience, I can tell you that our staff members are truly excited about being a part of this collaborative community -- and excited about what is next.

 

This year marks 60 years of Fort Bend ISD – and we’ve come a long way since our inception in 1959. The District began with just four schools and this year, we have 81 campuses, and are projected to break 77,000 students. Our community has changed as Fort Bend County has grown. We are a destination District, and proud of it.

 

As the year begins, I want to once again reiterate that safety and security remains the top priority in Fort Bend ISD. I know that recent events in our state and nation have prompted concern – but I want to assure you that in Fort Bend ISD, we are always on alert.

 

This summer, we installed more than 7,000 floor-mounted door locks in classrooms, which, in a crisis or lockdown situation, can be activated from inside the classroom in seconds. We are also in the process of implementing a new ID badging system throughout the district, and 44 new call boxes provide direct access to police with the touch of a button.

 

We know that these measures alone cannot prevent the unthinkable. We are asking you to continue conversations at home so that your students understand it takes all of us working together to keep our schools safe, and they should never hesitate to tell an adult when they feel unsafe, threatened in any way, or if they believe a classmate is at risk of hurting themselves or others.

 

You can be sure that staff members are also doing our part, building relationships with our students so that they feel comfortable coming to us. We talked a lot about the importance of relationship building and respect during back to school events, and we will continue these conversations throughout the new year.

 

In Fort Bend ISD, we are committed to partnering with our community in the decision-making process. Applications are currently open for the School Boundary Oversight Committee, which was established by the Board of Trustees last May, when they amended policy related to the boundary planning process.  As a growing district, boundary planning has been challenging, and this committee was established because we know our processes can be improved.  This oversight committee will provide input when future boundary changes are needed, and will include representation from parents and community members throughout each high school feeder pattern in the district. You can learn more and apply to be a member of the committee on the Fort Bend ISD website.

 

Finally, as the year begins, I want to take a moment and celebrate our newest schools in Fort Bend ISD, Malala Elementary and the James Reese Career and Technical center. The new center will serve students from all of our high schools, and we are thrilled about the new opportunities it will give students.

 

As we begin this year, 60 has never looked better!

 

We can’t wait to greet your students next Wednesday and continue our history of excellence in Fort Bend ISD!

 

Charles Dupre