Safe Return to In-Person Instruction and Continuity of Services Plan
Continuity of Services
Frisco ISD has implemented Disease Mitigation Guidelines for the 2021-22 school year to promote a safe and healthy learning environment. These protocols were developed after reviewing guidance from local, state and national health and educational entities and in accordance with the law. Among the guidelines in place:
FULL LIST OF PROTOCOLS
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Staff are required to self-screen for COVID-19 symptoms prior to reporting to work each day. Parents/guardians are required to screen their students for COVID-19 symptoms each day prior to sending their student to school.
Teachers will monitor students and refer to the nurse if symptoms are present. If a nurse determines that the student or staff member is displaying symptoms consistent with COVID-19, the individual will be separated from others and sent home to quarantine.
Employees and parents are required to report to the District as soon as possible if they or their students have tested positive for COVID-19.
Students and staff who have tested positive for COVID-19, or displayed symptoms consistent with COVID-19 as determined by the school nurse, will be required to quarantine.
Employees and parents of students who were in a classroom or participated in an extracurricular activity with a COVID-19 positive student or staff member will be notified via email of their potential exposure.
To the greatest extent possible, campuses will reduce the number of students in common areas including: hallways during passing periods, pep rallies, morning assemblies, lunches and morning drop off.
Although masks are not required, they are suggested for all individuals regardless of vaccination status while on campus or on buses.
All visitors are required to answer a COVID-19 screening questionnaire when checking in at the front office. Virtual meetings will be utilized when possible.
Students and staff are expected to regularly wash or sanitize their hands.
Each classroom, restroom and school bus will be disinfected at the end of each school day using a quaternary disinfectant that is COVID-19-approved by the EPA. Staff will be provided access to microfiber towels, gloves and a spray bottle of quaternary disinfectant to periodically clean high-touch areas in classrooms during the school day.
Frisco ISD facilities are equipped with heating and cooling and ventilation systems that cycle fresh air into the buildings 3-4 times throughout the day. This includes the use of high-grade filters to significantly reduce the number of particulates introduced into occupied space
Student learning continues during the 2021-22 school year in both in-person and online learning environments. Curriculum materials have been designed by Frisco ISD so that online instruction can be delivered either synchronously or asynchronously as appropriate.
For students receiving special education services, educators access the general curriculum and scope and sequence to adapt instruction for students’ specific needs. Additional curriculum materials and resources have been made available to special educators to supplement the instruction of students with disabilities. In addition, teachers have access to use recorded video, audio supplements and other digital tools as a part of a student's Individualized Education Plan (IEP). Accommodations and modifications related to individual IEP goals continue to be implemented.
Frisco ISD has partnered with Nomi Health, a direct healthcare company coordinating COVID-19 testing and vaccination efforts across the country, to make sure students and staff have quick and convenient access to free PCR and antigen testing in the community.
Free COVID-19 testing is available through a priority access line for Frisco ISD staff and students at the Nomi Health testing site located at the northwest corner of Technology Drive and World Cup Way in Frisco. Hours of operation are 6:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. daily. Find more information about the partnership and testing location.
Safe Return to In-Person Instruction
Frisco ISD resumed in-person instruction for students who chose it on Sept. 3, 2020 with various health and safety measures in place. These protocols were overwhelmingly successful in limiting the spread of the virus on campus.
The District’s Disease Mitigation Guidelines are regularly reviewed and updated based on recommendations from health officials, guidance from the state and evolving local conditions related to COVID-19. The following updates on the District’s pandemic response and changes made to the disease mitigation guidelines were presented during School Board meetings. The public provides feedback to District leaders on these issues throughout the school year via email, phone and during public testimony at Board meetings.
COVID-19 School Board Updates