Frisco ISD proudly offered online programming for secondary students in the 2022-23 school year. Through the FISD+ online program, students could engage in their learning as full-time online or hybrid students.
Despite students' success in the FISD+ program during the 2022-23 school year, FISD made the difficult decision to discontinue the online and hybrid programs.
During the 88th Session of the Texas Legislature, Frisco ISD thoughtfully worked with state legislators on several important priorities for the District, including online learning. Unfortunately, legislation that allowed school districts to continue providing an education to students virtually did not make it through the Regular Legislative Session.
Governor Abbott recently directed the Texas Education Agency (TEA) Commissioner to determine a way to continue with online instruction across the state since the 88th legislature passed no online learning bill. TEA has since announced that the only way for districts to provide the types of learning provided by our FISD+ program (full-time and hybrid) is for school districts to seek a waiver to join the Texas Virtual School Network (TXVSN) and create a separate school district campus of accountability.
Unless FISD operates under TXVSN guidelines, the District will not be allowed to legally provide educational services for these students or receive funding for these students. Unfortunately, the option given by TEA is not viable for Frisco ISD given the size of our program, and FISD made the difficult decision to close the FISD+ program for the coming school year.
FISD will continue to serve students at all high schools and through our existing RAIL and Academy programs.