Frisco ISD eNewsletter: August 13, 2020

Aug 13, 2020

New School Year Begins Virtually

Frisco ISD kicked off the new school year today with students and teachers connecting online. Educators are reaching out to get to know their students and build relationships. Students are eager to engage with each other and show off their at-home learning spaces.

On Monday, FISD will welcome approximately 300 special education students with the most significant needs back to campus. These students, which are served in specific self-contained programs, require a significant degree of physical prompting and physical assistance that is difficult to provide through virtual instruction. Other special education students who have selected on-campus instruction will begin face to face on September 3 along with general education students.


What You Need to Know These First Three Weeks

Frisco ISD has been working hard to provide a smooth start to the school year for students and families while implementing two new, separate learning environments. Your patience and understanding is appreciated as we work though any needed schedule or staffing changes. Remember that students participating in Virtual Academy are expected to check-in with teachers each class period or instructional block on a daily basis. Because FISD is not initially serving face-to-face students in their choice of instructional setting, these students will have the flexibility to participate in live class activities or complete assignments independently by the end of the day during the first three weeks of school, but participation in live instruction is strongly encouraged to make the transition to face-to-face instruction more seamless. Both groups will be accessing the same virtual learning platforms highlighted in this new video discussing the Virtual Academy.


Resources Available for Technology Assistance and Support

Frisco ISD has compiled an online guide to connect students and parents to various helpful resources to assist with online learning. It covers everything from logging on to common technology applications to what to do if your District-owned device needs repair. FISD continues to provide expanded Wi-Fi coverage through school parking lots and driveways for families who need an internet connection and hot spots are available for families with the most significant needs. The online guide includes step-by-step instructions, video tutorials and contact information for technology support during business hours. Frisco ISD’s RAIL teachers will also offer tech support in the evenings the first three weeks of school.


Campuses to Offer ‘Library to Go’

Students participating in Virtual Academy will be able to request and pick up library books from their campus starting in early September and throughout the school year. Students who begin on-campus instruction September 3 will continue to have regular access to their campus library, and all students will have access to ebooks and audiobooks, which were accessed at more than five times the regular usage rate during eLearning this spring. “Despite the abundance of digital books, studies continue to show that most people prefer to read from a physical book,” said Stacy Cameron, coordinator of library and media services. “FISD librarians are prepared to make physical books available to all students whether they access their education online or on-campus.”


Child Nutrition to Provide To-Go Meals During Virtual Start

It’s not too late to sign up to receive meals during the three-week virtual start to the school year. The Frisco ISD Child Nutrition Department will provide meals for pick-up at locations across the District. Breakfast and lunch will be distributed once a week for all days school is in session. Students will be charged for the meals based on their meal status – free, reduced or full price. Start your application for free or reduced meals here. Meals will also be available for pick-up throughout the 2020-21 school year for students participating in the Virtual Academy or as needed during periods of virtual instruction due to school or classroom closure/quarantine.

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