Frisco ISD eNewsletter: July 22, 2020

Jul 22, 2020

FISD Outlines Process to Change Student's Learning Environment

Frisco ISD will provide an opportunity from July 27-30 for parents to switch their students' instructional environment for the upcoming school year. No action is needed during this time if you do not wish to change your student’s previous selection. While Frisco ISD will provide virtual instruction for all students the first three weeks of school, it is important that the District know which learning environment you would like your student to participate in after the transitional period so that he or she can be placed with the correct teacher(s) for the fall semester. The next opportunity to change your student’s instructional environment will be at the end of the first nine weeks of school.


School Board to Discuss Plans for 2020-21 School Year

The Frisco ISD Board of Trustees will meet Thursday at 6 p.m. to discuss plans to begin the 2020-21 school year in a virtual-only format. The meeting, which will be held at the Frisco ISD Administration Building, is open to the public and will include the opportunity for public comment. It will also be streamed live online.

Individuals should self-screen for symptoms of COVID-19 before attending the meeting and may not enter the Administration Building if they are exhibiting symptoms. Symptoms include: fever or chills, cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, fatigue, muscle or body aches, headache, new loss of taste or smell, sore throat, congestion or runny nose, nausea or vomiting and diarrhea. Individuals in attendance will be required to wear a face covering while inside the building. Seats inside the Boardroom will be taped off to ensure at least two empty seats between each attendee, and an overflow seating area will be available in the training rooms where a livestream of the meeting will be available. All attendees should sanitize their hands upon entry to the Boardroom or overflow room. Disinfecting wipes will also be available at the podium during the public comment period so that each speaker can wipe down the podium and the arm of the microphone between speakers.


Technology Available by Request to Support Virtual Instruction

Frisco ISD will provide mobile devices to support student participation in synchronous and asynchronous online learning at home during the three-week virtual start and beyond for Virtual Academy students. District device availability is limited, so please only request a device for your student if it is truly needed. This will help ensure each child in our district has access, especially the most vulnerable students. Look for a form coming from your campus principal next week to request a device. Frisco ISD will also continue to provide expanded Wi-Fi coverage through school parking lots and driveways for families who need an internet connection.


Video Resources Help Secondary Students Prepare for New School Year

It’s not too late for incoming middle and high school students to access recorded videos to get a jump start on their core classes this fall. Over the course of three and a half weeks this summer, the Frisco ISD Summer Bridge program logged more than 18,300 visits from students who worked under the guidance of FISD teachers on the necessary skills to prepare for the new school year. While the live teaching and engagement sessions are no longer an option, students can still watch the videos that were recorded in the lessons.


Work Begins on Second FISD Swimming Facility

Workers broke ground this summer on a second Frisco ISD swimming facility adjacent to the current Bruce Eubanks Natatorium and just east of FISD Memorial Stadium. The supplemental facility, expected to open in the fall of 2021, will double the pool and locker room area currently available to FISD swimming and diving programs. The District currently has five times as many high school students participating in swimming and diving programs since the original natatorium opened in the fall of 2003. The new facility will also house the FISD Athletic Department and a multipurpose professional development space.


Deadline Approaches to Submit Student Transfer Requests

Frisco ISD students in grades K-8 have the ability to transfer within the District to schools with a projected enrollment of less than 90% capacity. Applications will be accepted online through July 29 for the 2020-21 school year. Transfer requests submitted for campuses other than those listed on the District website will not be considered. Approval is only good for one year and is not guaranteed in future years to the same campus or feeder campus.

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