Fort Bend ISD celebrates its 60th anniversary in the 2019-20 school year. As such, the district provided some back-to-school highlights as students return to the classroom Aug. 14.
- 7,000 floor-mounted door locks were installed in all classrooms that contain students. Locks can be activated from inside the classroom in a matter of seconds.
- New identification badges will be made for 76,000 students and more than 11,000 staff. Students will scan them as they enter and exit the school so staff will know who belongs on that particular campus, as well as use them in the cafeteria, to check out library books and eventually on buses.
- 11 new police officers were added. FBISD Police Chief David Rider expects them to be fully implemented by December.
- 44 emergency call boxes were installed across the district—two at each high school, one at each middle school and others at various athletic stadiums and other locations.
- 35,634 student devices deployed across the district, including 18,062 laptops and 6,072 iPads; 9,150 laptops in lab classrooms; and 2,350 laptops for libraries.
- 1,682 students are enrolled in pre-K along with 57 pre-K teachers, including 45 returning teachers.
- 100 students in each Pathways in Technology Early College High School program. Students will study health science at Hightower High School and computer science at Willowridge High School.
- 680 students will start at the new James Reese Career and Technical Center on Aug. 15.
In addition, the district is accepting applications for its new school boundary oversight committee until Aug. 25. The committee will include three parents and one community member for each feeder pattern. About 120 applications have already been received.