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Start the 2022-23 school year with 22 helpful suggestions! (7/28/2022)

FORT BEND ISD (July 28, 2022) – The first day of school for Fort Bend ISD is Wednesday, August 10, and here are 22 helpful ways to kick off the 2022-23 school year.

  • The 2022 Tax-Free Weekend will be August 5-7! Families can purchase most clothing, footwear, school supplies and backpacks (valued at less than $100) tax-free both in store and online.
  • Stay up to date on District holidays and important dates with the District calendar, found online at www.fortbendisd.com/calendar. Information can be found on the instructional calendar, cultural and religious observances, and testing dates.
  • Review the 2022-23 Student/Parent Handbook and Student Code of Conduct. These documents, available in English and Spanish, detail and explain the District’s procedures and guidelines for students and parents. The documents provide information on multiple topics including attendance, dress code and technology.
  • Student verification must be completed for all students, including new and returning students, in Fort Bend ISD through Skyward Family Access. Parents can view and make their choices about their student’s photo release and directory options, food allergies, and the parent’s military affiliation. The deadline to verify your students is August 8.
  • Blackboard is the District’s mass notification system and is used by schools and departments to directly communicate with parents. Update your contacts or add new ones to make sure you are receiving the latest FBISD news and information. Find a help guide online www.fortbendisd.com/blackboard.
  • Follow Fort Bend ISD on all its social media channels – Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube – and sign up for the District’s weekly newsletter. Also, bookmark the District’s website to stay current on all the happenings in FBISD.
  • Free and tuition-based prekindergarten is available to all students who will be 4 years of age by September 1, 2022. View the requirements for both programs and the location nearest you on the District’s website online at www.fortbendisd.com/earlychildhood.
  • FBISD elementary and middle school principals have generated school supply lists for the 2022-23 school year
  • Complete the 2022-23 Free/Reduced Price Meal Application beginning August 1, 2022. Students can receive breakfast and lunch meals at no or reduced cost. Additional benefits include reduced fees for Extended Learning programs, Career and Technical Education courses and materials, and Advanced Placement (AP) and college entrance exams. The application can be completed at www.schoolcafe.com/fbisd.
  • Breakfast and lunch will once again be available for purchase during the 2022-23 school year for students who are not eligible for free or reduced-price meals. Breakfast meals will be $2, elementary lunch will be $2.75 and secondary lunch will be $3. You can load money onto your student’s account at www.schoolcafe.com/fbisd.
  • Before the first day arrives, find your student’s bus stop and route on the District’s InfoFinder. With your address, you can see their stop, the bus assigned to the route, and the scheduled time of the bus’s arrival.
  • Register your elementary or middle school student for an Extended Learning before- or after-school care program. Find out more about the programs offered at your child’s school at www.fortbendisd.com/extendedlearning.
  • Brush up on a hobby or find a new one with a Community Education course. Classes are offered across the District and focus on diverse topics including art and culture, food and personal growth.
  • The success of our students is due in part to the District’s dedicated group of volunteers. There are several ways to support the District: serving on the PTA/PTO of your community’s school or booster club; mentoring a student; or volunteering with Shared Dreams. All volunteers, those new and returning, will need to have a background check completed for the 2022-23 school year.
  • The Fort Bend Education Foundation has donated nearly $36 million to Fort Bend ISD since its inception, and there are several ways to support the foundation’s work. Visit fortbendisd.com/foundation to learn how you can get involved.
  • Fort Bend ISD has implemented clear bag procedures at all non-campus District facilities, though guests who require the use of medical items or equipment can enter any main facility entrance to have their bags screened for admittance. Visit the Athletic department website to learn which bags are permissible.
  • For all students who require a physical for school activities, Houston Methodist Orthopedics and Sports Medicine Clinic in Sugar Land will be hosting physicals on Saturday, July 30, from 9 a.m. to noon. The cost is $20 and only cash will be accepted. Access the necessary forms online.
  • The Gold Card Club allows cardholders to attend District games, plays, concerts and events at no cost. Any resident of FBISD who is 62 years of age and older, and any active duty or veteran member of the armed services, may become a Gold Card member. Applications may be found on the District’s website.
  • Parents can find school vaccination requirements on the District’s website, on the Behavioral Health & Wellness department page. Information is also provided on student health forms, immunization resources and food allergy guidelines.
  • The See Something, Share Something app is an anonymous reporting system available to all students, staff, parents and community members. Individuals can report any unsafe or dangerous activity directly to the FBISD Police Department, and can download the app free in the Apple Store, Google Play Store or via desktop download at www.fortbendisd.com/seeshare.
  • Students and parents can anonymously report bullying, including cyberbullying, through the District’s Let’s Talk Bullying system. Click here to find out more about the system.
  • Fort Bend ISD’s Whole Child Health initiative, aligned with the District’s Profile of a Graduate, supports and develops the mental, behavioral, social, emotional and physical health of all students. Working with parents and families, and through on-demand resources, monthly webinars and in-person events, students can be healthy, safe, engaged, supported and challenged.