Online Learning Update
Texas Governor Greg Abbott recently signed Senate Bill 15 into law, which allows school districts to provide a virtual/online education to students and receive full funding from the state for most of those students. The new law is welcome news for FISD, which will no longer have to utilize supplemental federal coronavirus relief funds to offset a loss of funding associated with offering an online option for students in grade 6 and below.
Frisco ISD will continue to provide online learning for students currently enrolled in the online learning program through at least the end of the fall semester. Parents who want their students to change to in-person learning for the second nine weeks should contact their home campus principal the week of Oct. 4-8 to request a change to on-campus instruction.
To provide as much stability and instructional continuity as possible for both in-person and online classrooms, the District will not make online learning available to students who are currently attending in-person classes. Along with the disruption to student learning, there are UIL requirements associated with SB 15 and significant logistical challenges associated with scheduling and staffing that make expanding online learning during the 2021-22 school year unfeasible in Frisco ISD at this time.
SB 15 has made it possible, however, for FISD to offer an online school in the 2022-23 school year, a years-long goal of the District. Frisco ISD looks forward to expanded educational opportunities for FISD students through online learning in the future.
Frisco ISD continues to respond and recover from the COVID-19 pandemic. After significant impacts to the 2019-20 and 2020-21 school years as a result of the virus, FISD is hopeful for as normal a school year as possible in 2021-22. See the protocols in place for on-campus learning.
Frisco ISD is offering an online learning option in fall 2021 for FISD students in Early Childhood programs through sixth grade. This option will be reevaluated and extended as necessary until a vaccine is authorized for children under the age of 12. On-campus instruction will continue to be the default learning environment for students in all grade levels.
The District will continue to implement a number of strategies to address the impact of COVID-19 on student learning and mental health. This includes the use of evidence-based interventions to address learning loss and investments in additional support for students’ social-emotional and behavioral needs.
Thanks to a third round of Elementary and Secondary School Relief (ESSER) grant funds, FISD has additional resources available to support COVID-19 recovery efforts. Learn more about our plans for these federal dollars.