Weatherford Independent School District

Monday, February 19, 2018 is a school holiday for students in observance of Presidents Day.

News and Announcements

Weatherford ISD Mourns the Loss of Ninth Grade Center Student

Weatherford ISD is sad to report that one of our Ninth Grade Center students, Ryan Segar, died late Friday evening in an accident that occurred on I-20. As an added measure of care, we will have additional counselors available at the Ninth Grade Center on Monday to assist students, staff, and parents with this loss. Above all, our thoughts and prayers are with this student’s family, fellow students, and our staff.
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Weatherford ISD Mourns the Loss of Ikard Elementary Teacher

It is with a heavy heart that we announce services for Heather Holland, a 2nd grade teacher at Ikard Elementary who passed away Sunday morning.

“This is a sad time for our WISD family, especially for those who knew Mrs. Holland as a friend and colleague. Heather was an outstanding educator. She had been a member of the Ikard family since 2014 and touched the lives of many students, parents, and staff members. Our thoughts remain with the Holland family and our Ikard staff during this difficult time,” said Dr. Jeffrey Hanks, superintendent.

Services for Mrs. Holland:

Visitation
Friday, February 9, 2018
6:00-8:00 PM
Greenwood Funeral Home
3100 White Settlement Road
Fort Worth, TX 76107

Funeral Service
Saturday, February 10, 2018
10:00 AM
Willow Park Baptist Church
129 S Ranch House Road
Aledo, TX 76008
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Information for Parents Regarding the TEA Draft Correction Plan Focus Meetings

During the 2016-2017 school year, the United States Department of Education, Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP), performed a series of onsite monitoring visits to review Texas’ compliance with the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). The final report was provided to TEA on January 10, 2018.

The findings from that report require TEA to develop a plan to address four corrective actions. An integral part of the plan development process will be the gathering of input from stakeholders and other interested Texans.

TEA will be conducting a series of focus group meetings targeting district leaders, families, teachers and service providers, and students. These meetings will be held in all 20 Education Service Center (ESC) regions in the state prior to the final plan being submitted to OSEP on April 18, 2018.

Weatherford ISD and ESC Region 11 are assisting TEA in providing notice to interested parents of the following meeting opportunity(s) and registration directions. Each one-hour meeting will be structured to solicit targeted feedback from participants regarding TEA’s initial draft plan. These meetings are closed to media and the general public to protect the privacy of students and families.

Interested participants may only register/attend one identified focus group session.

For more information, please click on the headline to view the attached flyers.
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Cold and Flu Season Tips

The cold weather season is upon us and Weatherford ISD is taking steps to help keep your child healthy this winter. As illnesses such as colds and flu spread, your assistance is vital in keeping the students and staff healthy. The cold weather season is upon us and Weatherford ISD is taking steps to help keep your child healthy this winter. As illnesses such as colds and flu spread, your assistance is vital in keeping the students and staff healthy.

Weatherford ISD Campuses
Our custodial staff has been regularly deep cleaning our campuses as a preventive measure since before the Winter Break.

Flu
The flu is an infection of the nose, throat and lungs caused by the influenza virus. There are many different influenza viruses that are constantly changing.

• Common symptoms include fever (100° or higher) cough, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, headache, chills and fatigue. Symptoms can vary from mild to severe and can be especially dangerous for those who have long term health conditions such as asthma and diabetes.
• Flu is spread by droplet from an infected person by coughing, sneezing, or talking. Flu may be contracted by touching something with the virus on it and then touching one’s eyes, mouth or nose.
• One important measure to protect against the seasonal flu virus it to get a flu vaccine. There are several pharmacies in our community who offer this vaccine, along with doctors’ offices and the Parker County Hospital District.

Illnesses like colds and flu are spread from person to person via respiratory droplets. These droplets are spread by coughing, sneezing or by touching objects or people with contaminated hands. We know that some viruses and bacteria can live two hours or longer on surfaces such as desks and doorknobs. Our WISD custodial staff has been regularly deep cleaning our campuses as a preventive measure since before the Winter Break.

When to Keep Your Child Home if they are Sick
Please keep your child home if they are sick for at least 24 hours after they no longer have a fever, or signs of a fever, without the use of fever-reducing medicines.

Please remind your children of the following health habits.

1. Cover their mouth and nose when sneezing. If they can, they should use a tissue and then throw it away, washing their hands afterwards. If they don’t have a tissue handy, they should use their inner elbow or upper sleeve rather than their hands. This practice prevents the spread of germs via their hands.

2. Keep their hands away from their eyes, nose, and mouth.

3. Clean their hands often. Remind them to wash with soap and warm water.

4. Remind them to not share cups, water bottles, or eating utensils.


Thank you for helping us create a healthy environment for our students and staff. If you have any questions, please contact your school nurse.
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UIL Announces Realignment for 2018-2020

Every two years, the University Interscholastic League (UIL) uses student enrollment figures to determine school districts' classifications (1A -6A), then realigns districts to balance the number of teams and to minimize travel. This morning the UIL announced realignments for the 2018-2020 school years. The announcement identifies the districts Weatherford ISD will compete against in UIL events.

http://realignment.uiltexas.org/
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TEA Opens Online Survey on Special Education Corrective Action Draft Plan

The following is a press release from the Texas Education Agency.

AUSTIN – The Texas Education Agency (TEA) has made available an online survey to solicit feedback on its draft corrective action plan for special education. The online survey, which is available on the TEA website (https://tea.texas.gov/TexasSPED), is open to anyone wishing to provide input on the draft plan.

At the direction of Governor Greg Abbott, TEA drafted an initial corrective action plan regarding the support and delivery of special education services in our state’s public schools. The initial draft addresses all issues identified in a recent federal monitoring report, including the proper identification of special education students and assuring access to appropriate services at the local level.

The online survey is one part of TEA’s ongoing outreach effort to hear from special education students, families, educators, advocacy groups, district and school officials, and all others seeking to provide input on the plan. The survey takes approximately 15 to 20 minutes to complete. To fully understand and effectively respond to the questions in the survey, participants are encouraged to first read TEA’s proposed corrective action plan.

TEA will be accepting an initial round of public comments on the draft plan through Feb. 18. Following this initial round of public comments and stakeholder engagement, a revised draft plan will be available on or around March 1. Additional public comment will be accepted through March 31.

Under the current timeline, the final State corrective action plan would be submitted to the U.S. Department of Education on or around April 18 (pending additional conversations and feedback from federal officials).

To review the draft plan and learn more about the agency’s outreach efforts, visit the TEA website at https://tea.texas.gov/TexasSPED.
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Important Message for Parents 1-22-2018

We are aware of several road closures due to fires in our area and understand this may affect your ability to pick your child up from school today. Please know our campus administrators will stay at the school with your children until you can arrive this afternoon.

Also, buses may arrive a little later than normal today, but all are running a normal route with the following exception. Students who reside in Cypress View Villa Apartments and Woodhaven Villas may be picked up at their school.

Thank you.
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WHS Theatre Department Presents "The Little Mermaid"

Join Ariel and her friends this weekend at the Durant Auditorium for the WHS production of Disney's The Little Mermaid sponsored by SouthWest Ford! You'll be amazed by the singing and acting...and equally impressed by the students who have designed, choreographed, and made the most of the sets and costumes.

Showtimes are 7 pm January 18-20 and 2 pm on Sunday, January 21. Tickets are $5 and will be available at the door or you can reserve tickets at http://whsbluerootheatre.weebly.com/ .
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Important Information about Special Programs Parent Meeting

Due to extreme weather temperatures, student schedule changes, and roads that may be icy in the northern and southern part of our school district, we are cancelling the Special Programs Parent Meeting tonight, Tuesday, January 16, 2018. We will notify parents when a new date has been set. Thank you.
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