Dear Frisco ISD families,
I regret to inform you that Frisco ISD is unable to move forward with plans for a virtual learning option for students in the 2021-22 school year.
The District had previously announced the introduction of a permanent Virtual School to serve students in grades 3-12 starting in the fall. But after the regular session of the Texas Legislature ended on May 31 without final approval of a bill that would have expanded online learning in Texas and provided funding for full-time virtual students, school districts across the state have been forced to reevaluate planned offerings. With no signs that the Texas Education Agency will act soon to grant districts a waiver, Frisco ISD has no choice but to discontinue planning for this option in the coming school year.
While the vast majority of our students already planned to attend classes on campus, we know this news will be a disappointment to families of the nearly 1,000 students who planned to take advantage of the Virtual School. Expanded opportunities for students through online and blended learning was a priority for Frisco ISD prior to the pandemic and will continue to be a priority for the District in the future. As we have seen over the past year, online learning offers students additional choice and flexibility and is preferred by some for a variety of reasons.
Thank you for your continued support and understanding as we have navigated these times and the associated uncertainty. Frisco ISD looks forward to welcoming all students back to in-person learning for the first day of school on Thursday, August 12. In the meantime, enjoy the summer break!
Dr. Mike Waldrip
Superintendent of Schools