Updates for Parents - March 24
Dear HEB ISD Parents,
We are receiving new information daily, and even hourly, from our state and local elected officials, and are working to keep you apprised of changing information. We want to provide you with a parent update.
Stay At Home, Work Safe
- Effective at 11:59 p.m. tonight, March 24, 2020, Tarrant County is under a “Stay At Home, Work Safe” order. Education is considered an essential service, per the order and limited staff will be working onsite.
- In the Department of Homeland Security’s Cyber+Infrastructure Report of March 19, 2020, school employees and the services they provide students are considered “essential critical infrastructure workers.” Page 10 of the report includes “educators supporting public and private K-12 schools, colleges, and universities for purposes of facilitating distance learning or performing other essential functions, if operating under rules for social distancing” as essential critical infrastructure workers.
- HEB ISD is practicing social distancing and has encouraged all employees who can work from home to stay at home to accomplish their work tasks. There is work, however, that requires small numbers of staff members to be present on site to help ensure continuity of services for our more than 23,000 students and 2,300 employees.
Meals During "Stay At Home, Work Safe" Order
- Students will continue to have access to breakfast and lunch from 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. daily at our meal sites during the “Stay At Home, Work Safe” order.
Home Education Bridge During "Stay At Home, Work Safe" Order
- All public schools in the state of Texas are required to continue to provide instruction for all students during the “Stay At Home, Work Safe” order.
- The District will continue to provide instruction through both high-tech (online learning) and low-tech (packets) options. We encourage as many families as possible to utilize online learning opportunities (high-tech option).
- We will continue to distribute and collect packets on a weekly basis. We will be sharing additional information with you later this week.
- We are utilizing Chromebooks for students in grades 7-12, and we are hoping to be able to distribute Chromebooks to elementary students starting with sixth grade and working our way down. However, we must first ensure students taking credit classes have access to the technology needed to complete courses for graduation.
- We appreciate your patience with our HEB ISD staff as they work through the monumental task of moving to remote learning. Thank you for the positive support we have received throughout this process.
School Supplies Available
6 Stones remains open to the public, offering drive-thru service with shelf stable meal bags now including school supplies upon request (209 North Industrial Boulevard, Bedford, TX 76021). These pre-packaged supplies include items like scissors, pencils, rulers, or notebook paper.
Emergency Food Bag & School Supply Distribution Schedule by 6 Stones:
- Saturdays: 9am-12pm
- Mondays: 10am-1pm
- Tuesdays: 3pm-6pm
- Wednesdays: 10am-1pm
JPS School-Based Clinic
- Our JPS School-Based Clinic (SBC) is receiving new patients. They are only accepting patients through “telehealth” at this time.
- They are particularly interested in helping our HEB ISD students. If a parent is concerned about an illness his/her child is experiencing and the child does not have a primary provider, the parent may call the JPS SBC number (817-702-5234) and schedule an appointment via telehealth. JPS SBC is also able to support students who are experiencing some mental health issues, or refer them elsewhere, if needed.
- They accept insurance, Medicaid, and Chip, and can also support those without insurance. They are willing and able to help during these uncertain times and want our staff to know they are here to support us.
We appreciate your patience. Please continue to check your e-mail for updates.