Dear Frisco ISD families,
Today Frisco ISD learned through media reports that Governor Greg Abbott and Texas Education Commissioner Mike Morath shared information with state lawmakers regarding instruction for next school year. The following statement from Texas Education Commissioner Mike Morath was shared with media outlets:
“It will be safe for Texas public school students, teachers, and staff to return to school campuses for in-person instruction this fall. But there will also be flexibility for families with health concerns so that their children can be educated remotely, if the parent so chooses. Detailed guidance on what this will look like will be issued by TEA early next week.”
Frisco ISD has been waiting for additional guidance from TEA before finalizing our plans for the 2020-21 school year. It is unfortunate that the state decided to release this information to the media while having districts wait until next Tuesday to receive details. The District anticipated announcing that we would offer 100% face-to-face instruction, with the option for 100% online instruction through a Virtual Academy, pending a scheduled call with the TEA next Tuesday. We apologize for any confusion and anxiety this media release may have caused our families and staff. Although the release of detailed information has been delayed several times, we hope to have clear direction next week.
Many questions remain with regard to today’s news from the TEA and what it will mean for our students, staff and families. As the District understands the guidelines set by the state and the TEA for the coming year, we look forward to communicating additional information.
Families should expect to receive a commitment form for their students next week to indicate whether their child will attend school at a campus or through the Virtual Academy for the upcoming school year. The District plans to include any health and safety procedures that are finalized at the time based on guidance from the TEA to assist families with their decision.
We appreciate the patience and understanding you have shown during this uncertain time.
Please stay tuned, and we will be in touch again soon.
Dr. Mike Waldrip
Superintendent of Schools
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