Frisco ISD eNewsletter: June 17, 2021

Federal Funds to Support Learning Loss and Student Mental Health

Frisco ISD is eligible for $6.1 million in supplemental grant funding from the federal government as part of a law passed by Congress earlier this year. After gathering public input, the District announced a plan this week to spend the money on additional academic, mental health and social-emotional services for students. This includes investments in personnel for increased academic support during the school day, after school and during the summer, as well as additional services for special education students who may have lost learning or skills as a result of the pandemic. In addition, the District plans to expand access to counseling, mentoring and whole child supports through contracted services.


All Students Will Attend Classes In Person This Fall

Following the failure of the Texas Legislature to pass a bill this spring that would have expanded online learning in Texas and provided funding for full-time virtual students, Frisco ISD will only offer in-person learning at FISD campuses during the 2021-22 school year. The District has announced anticipated protocols related to COVID-19 as recovery from the pandemic continues. FISD sent a multi-district letter to Governor Greg Abbott this week, asking him to add virtual learning to the agenda of a special Legislative session so that FISD may plan for this option in the future, but regardless of whether a bill is passed, there will not be sufficient time for Frisco ISD to launch a permanent Virtual School this fall.


Legislature Passes More Than 100 Bills Affecting Public Education

Although the Texas Legislature did not pass a bill to expand online learning this spring, which was a top priority for Frisco ISD, there were more than 100 bills affecting public education passed by lawmakers. FISD worked to engage legislators throughout the session and provide information about how bills under consideration would impact students. These efforts will continue throughout the interim. You can find a wealth of information about the bills that passed – and the ones that didn’t – by visiting our District website.


Use STAAR Scores to Further Your Student’s Learning

Results from STAAR End-of-Course Exams are available now, and scores for students in other grade levels will be released by the end of the month. If your student is entering grades 7-12 in the fall, you can use their scores to help them brush up on knowledge and skills in the areas of greatest need. Even if your student did not take STAAR, the FISD Summer Bridge Program can provide feedback on student learning during the 2020-21 school year as well as help close any gaps before the new school year begins.


Free Summer Meals Extended into July

Frisco ISD’s free meal program, made possible through a waiver from the USDA, will serve families later into the summer. The last scheduled pickup will now be July 22. No action is needed from participating families to continue to receive meals over this extended period, but those who no longer wish to pick up meals should cancel their request. New families are still able to sign up to participate. The program provides to-go meals to any student or child in the community aged 18 and younger, so long as the student is not already receiving free meals from FISD through another program.

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