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Virtual Instruction

In Frisco ISD, our Virtual Academy will require support from caring adults at home and within the online classroom environment. Activities are designed to ensure that students continue learning at the pace of the current Frisco ISD scope and sequence as well as continue to develop a love of learning and gain appropriate academic and social-emotional skills. Through a well-developed Virtual Academy students will continue to meet their goal of being future ready. Classes within the Virtual Academy are created by Frisco ISD and will follow the schedule of classes at the student’s home campus. We will ensure open lines of communication between teachers, students and parents. The level of rigor, workload, time commitment and timing of classes will be primary differences from the eLearning plan in the spring of 2020.

In keeping with our identity as an outstanding school district, Frisco ISD will structure the students’ Virtual Academy learning schedule to require students to participate in synchronous and asynchronous learning. Synchronous learning is two-way, real-time, live instruction between teachers and students through the computer or other electronic devices. Asynchronous learning is a curricular experience where students engage in the learning materials on their own time, interacting intermittently with the teacher via the computer or other electronic devices.

Frisco ISD expectations for Virtual Academy synchronous learning classes

  • Students attend class on time - per their class schedule.

  • Student will follow FISD dress code.

  • Students are ready to learn.

  • Workspace is designated for the student.

  • Students will show their face on the screen to engage with the teacher virtually.

  • Students will participate in the class.

Frisco ISD expectations for Virtual Academy asynchronous learning

  • Complete asynchronous activities assigned each day.

  • Students show proof of participation in daily eLearning by satisfactorily completing assigned assignments to demonstrate evidence of student learning ie. video, picture, or activities submitted as lessons and/or completing assignments. Please note, not all lessons must have an assignment, as there will be teacher discretion on the number of assignments, as they follow the FISD grading guidelines.

  • Students and parents will communicate with the teacher when needing additional assistance, tutoring, etc.

The Virtual Academy has numerous differences from eLearning in the spring based on feedback received from parents, students and teachers. The Virtual Academy will look different based on the name and need of each student. In addition, students who receive supplemental services or are in different grades will find that their services are developmentally appropriate. Key aspects of the Virtual Academy include:

  • An improvement upon quality and depth of the curriculum.

  • Personalized learning opportunities.

  • A mix of pre-recorded videos and real-time virtual lessons. The addition of real-time lessons to the virtual learning platform is based on feedback the District received regarding eLearning.

  • Data-driven, personalized enrichment and intervention.

  • Some mandated related services, to be scheduled on an individual or small group basis, may also be offered on campus.

Please note: Virtual Academy students who struggle with grades and/or attendance may be required to transition to on-campus learning. The District has established guidelines for campuses to consider if it is determined that a detrimental loss of learning is occurring. This process is considered to be a step of last resort, and the hope is that it would spark additional conversations with parents about the best course of action and path forward to meet each student’s individual needs. The District does not expect that each student eligible under this guidance would be transitioned back to in-person instruction, but rather the need would be evaluated on a case-by-case basis with consultation from the student and parent or guardian.

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