EMS ISD offers support to students, families during COVID-19 outbreak
With 65% of Eagle Mountain-Saginaw ISD families living in Fort Worth, partnerships with the City of Fort Worth are helping to provide support and services to families during the social distancing orders.
One of the most critical partnerships is between the district, the City of Fort Worth, the Metroport YMCA and the Tarrant Area Food Bank. These organizations are providing grab-and-go dinners to EMS ISD students at two school locations in the district: Elkins Elementary and Remington Point Elementary. The dinner meals complement the breakfast and lunch curbside meals that the EMS Child Nutrition Department is providing at five additional school locations every weekday.
With just one week of preparation, EMS ISD reimagined and implemented systems to meet the needs of students and families throughout the coronavirus outbreak. More than 1,600 EMS ISD teachers created virtual classrooms to reach 21,000-plus students in Fort Worth and across northern Tarrant County.
Educators are developing online lessons, providing virtual office hours and maintaining regular communication with students and families. Enrichment opportunities are provided online to support lessons provided by teachers. Counseling and technical support materials for parents are also available through the website.
The district IT department offers the EMS ISD Help Desk to families; call 817-847-2990 from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. weekdays with questions. The department also has provided 2,000-plus electronic devices to students to continue distance learning. More technology is on the way; in March, the Board of Trustees approved the purchase of nearly 10,250 additional devices to support students and teachers.
Finally, EMS ISD is finding ways to stay engaged in community service. In support of medical staff fighting the coronavirus on the front lines, the Career and Technical Education Health Science programs from Saginaw High School and the Hollenstein Career and Technology Center donated personal protection kits, gloves, masks and hand sanitizer to area first responders.