Frisco ISD eNewsletter: July 30, 2020

Jul 30, 2020

Families Must Submit Learning Environment Changes by Midnight

Tonight marks the deadline to select or change your student’s learning environment for the first nine weeks of the school year. Your choice will impact which teacher(s) will serve your student starting from the first day of school on August 13. In-person instruction will begin on September 3 for those who choose it unless FISD is prohibited by additional guidance from the governor or Texas Education Agency. No action is required if you do not wish to change your student's previous selection. High school families considering Virtual Academy should note that new details are available regarding the online courses that will require on-campus components. Additional information regarding the new school year will continue to be communicated by the District or your child’s school as it is finalized.


COVID-19 Impacts Fine Arts and Athletics This Fall

Frisco ISD is adjusting its plans for fine arts and athletics in the 2020-21 school year based on new guidelines from the University Interscholastic League (UIL). The District has made the difficult decision to suspend participation in competitive marching band events for the fall season as most events have already been canceled by organizers. Middle and high school fall athletics programs will have a delayed start to their seasons but are still planning to play full schedules. FISD will continue to offer strength and conditioning and sport-specific workouts leading up to the start of official practices, which will continue through the three-week virtual start of the school year. Fine arts summer preparatory training camps will also continue as already scheduled. Marching bands and dance teams are planning to perform at halftime of football games.


Enhanced Safety Protocols Will Be in Place on School Buses

Frisco ISD students who qualify for bus service and select face-to-face instruction will be expected to adhere to specific protocols designed to enhance safety once classes begin in-person September 3. Face coverings will be required for bus drivers/monitors and student riders during all COVID-19 disease activity levels. Bus drivers will space students to provide for social distancing aboard buses as capacity allows, but ridership on school buses will not be limited beyond regular school bus capacity. Families are encouraged to consider alternative means of transportation to and from school such as dropping off and picking up students, carpooling or walking with their students to reduce possible exposure on school buses. Bus route information for the new school year is available now.


Be Sure to Check These Off Your List for the New School Year

While many aspects of the 2020-21 school year will be different than years past, families must still complete the typical requirements to prepare for the new school year:

  • The annual registration process must be completed for the purpose of scheduling students into classes even if the student’s choice of on-campus or virtual instruction has been submitted. Find registration information here for returning students or new students.
  • Proof of residency is also required prior to the start of school. Parents are encouraged to submit online, but in-person documentation is also being accepted if needed. Families who have already submitted proof of residency and moved within the District can expect their address and school(s) to be updated by the end of next week.
  • The state of Texas is requiring students to have up-to-date immunization records or a valid medical or conscientious exemption to start the school year, regardless of whether the student participates in on-campus or virtual instruction. See the requirements here.


Apply Now for Meal Benefits in the New School Year

Has your family been impacted financially by the COVID-19 pandemic? It’s possible your student may qualify for free or reduced school meals. Review the federal income guidelines here. Meals will be available for pick-up in the 2020-21 school year for students participating in the Virtual Academy as well as during the three-week virtual start, but students will be charged for the meals based on their meal status – free, reduced or full price. Look for more details coming soon, but in the meantime, be sure to reapply for free or reduced meals in order to maintain eligibility from last year and avoid unnecessary charges. New applications can be submitted at any time before or during the school year.

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