Weatherford Independent School District

Friday, April 16th is an Early Release Day for All Students; Monday, April 19th is a Student Holiday

News and Announcements

Early Release Day - April 16, 2021 | Student Holiday - April 19, 2021

Weatherford ISD reminds families that Friday, April 16 is an Early Release day for all students and Monday, April 19 is a student holiday.

Early Release Day School Times:
Elementary: 7:50 am - 12:20 pm
Middle: 8:00 am - 12:30 pm
NGC/High School: 8:15 am - 12:55 pm

Bus transportation and daycare vans will be provided at the early dismissal times stated above. Parents are encouraged to confirm the need for daycare services with their daycare provider before April 16th.

Weatherford ISD will again offer early release daycare for elementary students for the afternoon of April 16th from 12:20 – 3:20 pm. Please click on the headline and complete the WISD Daycare Form by Wednesday, April 14th at 5:00 pm if you would like your child to participate.

STAAR Testing - April 2021

Tuesday, April 6: Grades 4 and 7 Writing, English I
Thursday, April 8: English II

For more information on the STAAR Testing Calendar, visit https://tea.texas.gov/sites/default/files/2020-2021-testing-calendar-updated-july-27-2020.pdf

Weatherford ISD Names Head Football Coach/Athletic Director

Weatherford ISD is proud to announce Aubrey Sims as head football coach/athletic director.
 
“We welcome Aubrey Sims to Kangaroo Nation as Weatherford High School’s head football coach/athletic director,” WISD Superintendent Dr. Beau Rees said.
 
“We believe he is the right fit for our athletic program. Coach Sims has 23 years in education including 16 years’ of experience as head football coach/athletic director with an overall record of 132-62. He has a solid record of building winning athletic programs, but more importantly, he has a heart for kids. Coach Sims is committed to developing student athletes who represent Weatherford ISD with the Roo Pride.”
 
Coach Sims comes to Weatherford from Iowa Park where he served as head football coach/athletic director. His career as head football coach spans three school districts:
 
Iowa Park High School (2014-2021)
Overall Record: 61-29
7 Playoff Appearances
2019 3-4A Coach of the Year
2016 & 2018 Red River Coach of the Year

Snyder High School (2012-2014)
Overall Record 7-15
1 Playoff Appearance

Grandview High School (2005-2012)
Overall Record 63-18
7 Playoff Appearances
5-time District Coach of the Year
 
Coach Sims and his wife Nikki have been married 23 years. They have two daughters: Reagan attends Oklahoma State University and Rylie is a high school sophomore.
 
“My family and I are excited to join the Weatherford community and I look forward to meeting our students, coaches, staff, and community,” Sims said. “I am focused on taking our programs to the next level by establishing a culture of excellence while embracing the traditions of the Weatherford Kangaroos.”
 
In the coming weeks, Coach Sims will be visiting with coaches and students to prepare for the spring season.

WISD COVID-19 Vaccine Clinic Held on Friday, March 12, 2021

Over 300 Weatherford ISD employees lined up at the Ninth Grade Center’s Activity Center yesterday to get their first dose of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine.

The vaccine clinic was held for all WISD employees, including substitutes, in partnership with the Parker County Hospital District Outreach Program.

Shealee Mitchell, WISD’s Director of Nursing Services said, “We are so grateful for our long-standing partnership with the Parker County Hospital District Outreach Program. They provided vaccines, supplies, and staff to assist Weatherford ISD nurses in giving vaccines.

The clinic was well organized and most employees were able to complete the vaccine clinic in 30 minutes or less. And, since yesterday was an early release day for students in Weatherford ISD, we made special arrangements for bus drivers to receive the vaccine after they completed their routes.”

Weatherford ISD staff who participated in yesterday’s vaccine clinic will receive their second vaccine on Friday, April 2, 2021. Staff will be contacted about their appointment time prior to that date.

Early Release Day - March 12, 2021 & Spring Break

The next early release day is Friday, March 12th and leads us into Spring Break!

Early Release Day School Times:

Elementary: 7:50 am - 12:20 pm
Middle: 8:00 am - 12:30 pm
NGC/High School: 8:15 am - 12:55 pm

Bus transportation and daycare vans will be provided at the early dismissal times stated above. Parents are encouraged to confirm the need for daycare services with their daycare provider before March 12th.

Weatherford ISD will again offer early release daycare for elementary students for the afternoon of March 12th from 12:20 – 3:20 pm. Please click on the headline and complete the WISD Daycare Form by Wednesday, March 10th at 5:00 pm if you would like your child to participate.

Weatherford ISD schools will be closed March 15-19 for Spring Break.

Masks are Optional in WISD - Effective March 10, 2021

Last week, Governor Greg Abbott announced he was lifting the statewide mask mandate effective Wednesday, March 10th. The following day, school districts across Texas received an update from the Texas Education Agency on how this would affect schools. In a statement, the TEA said that school boards have the “full authority to determine their local mask policy.”

At the Regular meeting of the Weatherford ISD Board of Trustees held on March 8, 2021, the school board adopted a resolution lifting the mask mandate making it optional for students and staff to continue wearing masks or face coverings effective March 10, 2021.

School board president Mike Guest explained, “We knew the reactions to the Governor’s announcement were both positive and negative. Before making this decision, we gathered input from our families and staff. Both surveys yielded the greatest number of responses ever received. We reviewed the survey data, read comments submitted from families and staff, and examined the declining trend of positive COVID-19 cases in both Weatherford ISD and in Parker County.

The COVID-19 pandemic has affected every aspect of our lives, businesses, and the educational environment for our children. We hope this decision brings some degree of normalcy back to the classroom. This decision gives parents and staff the right to do what they feel is best for their families. If you feel it is important to continue to wearing a mask to minimize your risk of exposure to COVID-19, we support you and highly encourage you to do so. We will continually monitor the number of positive cases as we move forward through the remainder of the school year and re-evaluate this decision should we experience a spike in positive cases.”

Dr. Beau Rees stated, “It is important for parents, students, and staff to know that all other COVID-19 precautions will continue. Desk dividers will still be used, the cleaning and E-misting of schools and buses will continue, social distancing will be enforced, and students and staff will be encouraged to wash their hands or use hand sanitizer at every opportunity. We will also continue contact tracing when positive cases are identified. In addition, we will offer the opportunity for families to change the learning platform for their children from learning in-person to virtual learning.

Weatherford ISD is grateful that educators have now been included in the phased vaccine rollout. As vaccines continue to be widely distributed to educators and all citizens, district officials will assess and reevaluate the face-covering requirement this summer in preparation for next school year.

As we approach Spring Break next week (March 15-19), we wish all of our students, families, and staff a safe and restful week off and look forward to finishing the school year on a positive note.”

WISD Survey Results

Parents:
2,940 responses
58.9% (1,729) in favor of lifting the mask requirement
41.1% (1,205) in favor of keeping the mask requirement

WISD Staff
902 responses
60.4% (545) in favor of lifting the mask requirement
39.6% (357) in favor of keeping the mask requirement

Weatherford ISD Survey for Families

WISD Families -

We need to know your thoughts about lifting the mask mandate for Weatherford ISD staff and students in grades 4 and higher. We also need your input on how this might affect the learning pathway for your child(ren).

To provide us with your input, please copy and paste the link below in your browser to complete and complete the survey by 2 pm on Friday.

https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/MTY56G8

For reference:
On Tuesday, Governor Abbott rescinded the statewide mask mandate effective Wednesday, March 10th (next Wednesday). Yesterday, the Texas Education Agency provided guidelines for public schools stating that masks are still required in Texas public schools unless local school boards decide to make them optional. Copy and paste the link below to access TEA’s new public guidance on masks.

https://tea.texas.gov/sites/default/files/covid/SY-20-21-Public-Health-Guidance.pdf

Governor Abbott Lifts Mask Mandate Effective March 10, 2021

Today, Texas Governor Greg Abbott lifted the State mandate requiring mandatory masks and is allowing businesses to return to 100% occupancy effective Wednesday, March 10, 2021.

While Weatherford ISD is waiting on further guidance from TEA Commissioner Morath, we are asking all staff and students to continue following our current safety protocols including social distancing and required masks until March 10th.

As we learn more details regarding masks in schools, we will communicate with families and staff.

Thank you for your patience and support.