- Fort Bend ISD
Travis High School to remain online as FBISD pivots 7 additional campuses from face-to-face to online learning effective Monday, January 25 - Revised January 22 (1/21/21)
FORT BEND ISD (Revised January 22, 2021) – The FBISD COVID Response Team monitors COVID related data and activities each day in an effort to mitigate the spread of illness and maintain the continuity of regular school and business operations within the District. Following careful consideration, the decision has been made for Travis High School to remain online while the District pivots James Patterson Elementary, Pecan Grove Elementary, Ridgemont Elementary, Ridgemont Early Literacy Center, Hodges Bend Middle School, Christa McAuliffe Middle School and the James Reese Career and Technical Center from face-to-face instruction to online learning effective Monday, January 25, 2021, through the remainder of the week.
The FBISD COVID Response Team assessed a wide range of internal and external indicators to determine the level of risk and/or possible disruption to campus operations. All data suggested a significant impact to our ability to adequately staff these campuses and has caused an operational disruption that would prevent us from continuing face-to-face instruction at this time. As a result, the District has elevated the previously listed campuses from a Level 2 (Yellow) to a Level 3 (Red), as outlined by the FBISD COVID Response Plan.
The duration of this transition is contingent upon campus staffing and several other internal and external environmental factors that are being monitored daily. It is our intention to return to face-to-face instruction for students currently designated for face-to-face learning for Term 3 once we are able to do so. A status update will be provided at the end of next week.
All students and staff will continue to operate on the current bell schedule assigned to them for Term 3. T3 online students will continue with the virtual bell schedule from 9:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. During the shift to online learning, T3 face-to-face students will log in to Microsoft Teams from home and follow their current schedule from 7:30 a.m. to 2:45 p.m. Teachers will send T3 face-to-face students Microsoft Teams invites before classes begin on Monday morning.
Child Nutrition Information
FBISD Child Nutrition will continue the Grab and Go meal service as planned with breakfast, lunch and dinner meals available for pickup on Monday and Thursday mornings only. Remember, these meals are provided to all children at no cost. We encourage families to visit one of our ten locations. For meal pickup locations and more information, please visit www.fortbendisd.com/grabandgomeals.
Student Programming Information
Since this shift to online learning was driven more so by the need to ensure business continuity instead of COVID-19 mitigation, at this time, U.I.L. and some student academic programs may continue face-to-face operations. As a reminder, it is very important for all students currently in isolation or quarantine to remain home and not report for any in-person learning or activities.
For Reese Center Students Only - Home Campus Attendance
Students will report to their home campus as usual on days that they are not scheduled for Reese Center classes. On days that students are scheduled to attend Reese Center classes; students must remain home and not report to or attend classes at their home campus or the Reese Center. Your student’s home campus teachers will provide online assignments via Microsoft Teams for those days of remote learning.
For Reese Center Students Only - Student Enterprise Learning Labs
The Early Education Lab at the Reese Center will remain open and fully operational during this time. The Salon at the Reese Center and The Shop at the Reese Center will continue to operate extended lab hours after school as previously assigned.
The goal of FBISD throughout this very challenging year remains to ensure uninterrupted learning for our students while providing a safe and healthy environment for students and staff as outlined by the FBISD COVID Response Plan. At this time, the systems and processes the District has in place have allowed for continued uninterrupted learning for students and the health and wellbeing of our staff and students.
FBISD is thankful for your flexibility and support throughout this pandemic. The District understands that this shift in academic delivery will once again require our community to adapt. Together, we must remain disciplined and vigilant in our approach to this pandemic as we do our part to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 on our campuses and in our surrounding communities. Our passionate and dedicated faculty and staff will continue to deliver high-quality instruction as we shift to online learning, our District’s mission has continued because of their hard work and with the strong support of our community.
Moving forward, in order to support the District’s continued efforts to mitigate the spread of illness in our community, students and staff must report symptoms, exposures and positive results immediately in the daily wellness screening. Please continue to take all necessary precautions and follow the established protocols – wear a face covering, socially distance yourself, avoid large gatherings, wash your hands and use hand sanitizer. It is also important that you monitor for symptoms, stay home and see a physician if you exhibit symptoms of COVID-19.
As a reminder, FBISD practices comprehensive health and safety protocols to help prevent the spread of illness. The District urges our staff and families to continue to do their part by adhering to these protocols. It is critical for students and staff to remain home if they are feeling ill, showing symptoms, or have been exposed to someone positive for COVID-19.
Thank you for your patience and understanding as we navigate this temporary shift to online learning.