How to Protect Yourself - Older adults and people who have server underlying medical conditions like heart or lung disease or diabetes seem to be at higher risk for developing more serious complications from COVID-19 illness. More information on
Financial Wellness: Five Tips to Financially Surviving the COVID-19 Pandemic
Budget as a Family With more time at home, use FinPath to create or revisit your monthly budget as a family - make it fun with pizza and reward your team with a movie!
Keep Building Emergency Savings Contribute your usual entertainment and eating out budget to an emergency savings fund while local businesses are shut down.
Explore Relief Keep an eye open for possible government relief opportunities. Keep checking our blog for the latest updates.
Invest Continue to invest, there are rewards of dollar-cost averaging (investing at regular intervals over a long period of time). It's well explained here.
Ask For Help If you're feeling stressed about your current financial situation, please schedule a virtual meeting with one of our Financial Consultants. We are here to help you through whatever comes your way!
Fort Bend ISD provides employees with an Employee Assistance Program (EAP) administered by Optum, a UnitedHealthcare partner. The EAP is a comprehensive FREE benefit available to ALL FBISD employees, regardless of their enrollment in a FBISD insurance plan.
EAP offers confidential support for managing things such as stress, anxiety, depression, substance abuse, financial concerns, parenting, etc. FBISD provides six (6) free counseling sessions per employee and household member. To speak with an EAP Specialist you can call 866-248-4096 or go to the Live and Work Well site, select “Register.” The company access code is FBISD. Go to the FBISD Employee Assistance Program for more information.
Also, while the CDC is the best place to go to stay up to date on this still developing situation, Optum is offering a free emotional support help line for all people impacted by COVID-19. This help line will provide those affected access to specially trained mental health specialists. The company’s public toll-free help line number, 866-342-6892, will be open 24 hours a day, seven days a week for as long as necessary. This service is free of charge and open to anyone. Specially trained Optum mental health specialists help people manage their stress and anxiety so they can continue to address their everyday needs. Callers may also receive referrals to community resources to help them with specific concerns, including financial and legal matters.
Our school based mental health partner, Vida Clinic, is offering teletherapy services to Fort Bend ISD staff. These services will allow staff to access quality mental health services right from their own homes. To schedule services, please visit us at https://vidaclinic.org/virtualvida/ or contact our Vida Clinic Care Team at 512-518-2209 or by email at email@example.com. You may qualify for free services or use your insurance with normal co-pays applying. Vida Clinic may be out of network for United Health Care.
Another FBISD partner, Clearhope Counseling & Wellness Center exists to remove access barriers to high-quality mental health services in the Greater Houston area. As a driving part of this vision, Clearhope accepts all major insurances including UnitedHealthcare, Medicaid and Medicare (normal co-pays apply) and has tele-therapy options during this COVID-19 event. Clearhope founder Heather Lambert, a 17-year veteran teacher, school counselor, and administrator, is driven by the missional belief that “No one should hurt alone.”
The Clearhope Team takes a client-centered, collaborative approach to providing expert mental health services conducted by fully licensed LPCs, LMFTs, and LCSWs. The Clearhope Team is a diverse group of clinical experts who care deeply for the mental health and wellness of their clients and communities. Clearhope has offices in Pasadena, Sugar Land, and Summerwood (FALL 2020). Make an appointment and/or learn more about The Clearhope Team here: ClearHope Wellness
FBISD LiveWell | Managing Your Personal Wellbeing
The FBISD LiveWell Employee Wellness Program offers a broad range of wellness services, programs, and events. Make your health and wellbeing the strongest it can be by connecting with what best fits you, your department, your friends and family. Your health is up to you – Personal wellbeing is essential to happiness, and to the collaborative excellence of our organization! As we continue to transition our wellness program to a virtual platform, we want to share with you some of the tools and resources currently available to you at this time.
We are dealing with some difficult times and taking the time to relax, breath and reflect on what is most important to you helps improve your overall well-being. To help you take a mind break throughout the day, you can access some Stress Management Resources. We will continue to bring you more virtual classes to help with managing you and your family’s personal wellbeing.
UnitedHealthcare Zero Cost COVID-19 Medical Services
COVID-19 TESTING and testing-related visits at Physician Offices, Urgent Care Centers, and Emergency Department
Waive member cost sharing, including copayments, coinsurance and deductibles, for approved and authorized COVID-19 testing and testing-related visits at physician offices, urgent care centers, and Emergency Department for members enrolled in comprehensive medical plans, and Medicare managed care plans.
Testing must be provided at approved locations in accordance with U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidelines.
Coverage will include in and out of network and relies upon accurate COVID-19 coding.
Coverage effective through October 24, 2020.
Virtual Visits – Waive Cost Share for designated providers (Doctor on Demand)
Waive cost share for all Virtual Visits, not limited to COVID-19 until September 30, 2020. This also applies for employees on the High Deductible Health Plan.
Telehealth – Expanding access for virtual care to all In Network providers
Effective immediately, until September 30, 2020 all eligible medical providers who have the ability and want to connect with their patient through synchronous virtual care (live video-conferencing) can do so.
Claims for treatment will pay according to the member’s plan benefits, applying the applicable member cost share.
Waived member cost sharing for COVID-19 testing related visits.
Kelsey Virtual Visits for Medical Services
In response to the guidance of public health and government officials to reduce in-person interactions, Kelsey-Seybold Clinic has made the decision to schedule patient appointments as Virtual Visits, effective immediately, whenever possible, for both primary and specialty care. “Virtual Visits” include Video Visits, Telephonic Visits and E-visits. Please know that our clinics will remain open and physicians have the availability to schedule an in-clinic appointment if necessary, after a patient’s Virtual Visit. Diagnostic testing will also continue to be available for patients if directed by their physician.
Virtual Visits allow patients to select a specific Video Visit for COVID-19 symptoms, as well as visits with primary care and specialty care doctors for a broad range of symptoms and conditions not related to COVID-19. We know that Virtual Visits are new to many patients. To assist our patients, our 24/7 Contact Center (713-442-0000) is standing by to help. Patients will access Virtual Visits through their MyKelseyOnlineaccount or app. The best source for current information is to call our 24/7 Contact Center or visit our website at www.kelsey-seybold.com/health-information/covid-19.
Staying Active | FBISD LiveWell
While we are all required to practice social distancing, there are still ways to stay active without putting you or your family at risk. Your FBISD LiveWell Team encourages you to take time to stretch and exercise throughout the day. Therefore, we are offering virtual fitness classes each day of the week. These classes (boot camp, yoga, kickboxing, strong 30 and Zumba) are available FREE of charge to all Fort Bend ISD employees and their household.
The District will continue to process payroll as normal.
Leave of Absences
The District will continue to provide services through our HR personnel to ensure employee leaves of absences are processed. If you have specific questions regarding your leave and or absence please contact us by sending an inquiry via the Talent Connectionportal.
Back to School
The FBISD Facilities and leadership teams have continued to meet and have determined that students and teachers will not return to school until at least Monday, April 10. Any additional changes will be communicated as early as possible.
Although schools will not be open, FBISD will be asking essential staff to return to work or work from home starting March 16th, if possible, to support the District's effort in supporting systems and planning online learning resources and learning. If you fall into this group, you will be contacted by your supervisor. The remainder of our team, primarily campus based staff, will be provided more information from campus principals.
Childcare Extended Learning Programs
Extended Learning will not be offered while the District suspends normal operations through April 10. During the closure, the Extended Learning Department will not charge program tuition and fees. If you would like to receive a refund, please contact Extended Learning at firstname.lastname@example.org. Please check their website for updates: www.fortbendisd.com/extendedlearning.
PREVENTING THE SPREAD OF INFECTION
This website includes information about our ongoing and daily efforts to keep our students and staff safe and healthy, and reminders for parents and guardians.
The District takes the following measures to ensure a safe learning environment for all students and staff:
Routinely disinfect campuses with Virex II 256 cleaner which is effective against multiple disease-causing viruses and bacteria;
Monitor students for symptoms and refer students to the school nurse for assessment as appropriate;