Frisco ISD eNewsletter: January 7, 2021

Jan 07, 2021

Frisco ISD Eyes Start of Legislative Session

State lawmakers will convene in Austin next week for the start of the 87th Session of the Texas Legislature. Frisco ISD will be closely watching how elected officials respond to a state budget shortfall brought on by the pandemic and how it may impact public education. COVID-19 has also drastically changed teaching and learning, but the virtual option currently offered in FISD is not allowed or funded under current law outside of the pandemic. A top priority of the District will be for the Legislature to expand the ability of school districts to offer fully online or blended learning options to students.

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District Celebrates School Board Recognition Month

January is School Board Recognition Month, and the District wants to take the opportunity to recognize and thank trustees for their tireless dedication to the community. Board members are elected to three-year, staggered terms and serve as the District’s policy-making body. Members include President Chad Rudy, Vice President Rene Archambault, Secretary John Classe, Gopal Ponangi, Natalie Hebert, Dynette Davis and Debbie Gillespie. Both Davis and Gillespie took the oath of office in December following November’s election – Davis for her first term and Gillespie for her fourth. Share your thanks or look for tributes on social media using the hashtags #OurFISDStory and #FISDStrongerTogether over the course of the month.

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Bright Academy Offers Unique Educational Experience

Elementary parents are invited to explore the opportunities available at Frisco ISD’s only elementary School of Choice, Bright Academy. The campus, which is open to elementary students from across FISD through an admissions process, features a unique style of teaching and learning to increase students’ understanding of global perspectives, languages and cultures. The Academy is also home to Spanish language enrichment and Project Lead the Way (PLTW) Launch, a pre-career and technical education program focused on science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). Virtual events will be held Jan. 26 and 28 for parents to learn more about the process to enroll for the 2021-22 school year. Click here to sign up.

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FISD Adjusts Frequency of General COVID-19 Notifications

Starting this week, Frisco ISD schools will notify parents and staff on a weekly, rather than daily, basis if a student or staff member who was on campus during the infectious period tests positive for COVID-19. Parents and community members can continue to track new daily case reports on the District’s COVID-19 dashboard. This change applies only to the general email notification of a COVID-19 case on campus; students and staff who were in close contact with the positive individual will continue to be notified as soon as possible regarding their potential exposure and need to quarantine.

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Frisco ISD is Hiring for Several Open Positions

Frisco ISD will host a drive-thru job fair on Saturday, Jan. 16 to fill open positions in transportation, child nutrition and special education. The event will take place from 9 a.m. to noon in the parking lot outside the FISD Administration Building, 5515 Ohio Drive in Frisco. District staff will answer questions and screen applicants for hard-to-fill positions such as bus drivers, bus monitors, crossing guards, cafeteria cooks, cashiers and special education paraprofessionals.Job descriptions are available at friscoisd.org/employment. Those interested are encouraged to submit an online application ahead of time. Attendees should wear face masks and remain in their cars throughout the screening process.

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