A couple of things are happening in the Frisco ISD. The most critical of which is that the ISD will allow students and their parents to choose between online learning and in-person classes next year. The Dallas Morning News wrote about this on November 5th in an article published online. In it they say:
“Parents must submit the change in the student’s portal by 11:59 p.m. on Nov 13. Changes will go into effect Jan. 5, the first day of the spring semester, when students return from their holiday break. Families were required to select a preferred learning setting for the start of the school year in late July. More than 50% selected online and nearly 45% selected in-person, while 5% did not respond, according to the school district.”
The power to choose is a welcome move from the ISD and it comes a month after nearly a thousand Frisco ISD students and staff had to quarantine after coming into close contact with the virus. The Dallas Morning News also wrote about this in an article published online on October 15th. In it they say:
“At a school board meeting this week Frisco ISD officials reported that, since July 20, about 985 students and staff members have completed a 14-day quarantine after having been in close contact on a school campus with someone who tested positive for COVID-19. Daniel Stockton, executive director of government and legal affairs, said this does not include the number of students currently in quarantine. The number also does not reflect the number of students and staff members who have actually tested positive for the virus: 239 students and 63 staff members have tested positive for COVID-19 since Aug. 13, according to the school district. Of the 985 individuals who have been required to quarantine, only nine with no known off-campus exposure have tested positive, and all nine were exposed when wearing a mask was not required.”
No matter what choice students and parents make, either environment is safe, since with distance learning, students are safely quarantined, and with in-person learning schools will likely only be working on half occupancy based on the poll response. Either way, students can at least rest assured that they will get free meals from the Frisco ISD according to another Dallas Morning News article published on October 7th. In it they say:
“Frisco ISD has received a waiver from the U.S. Department of Agriculture to offer free breakfast and lunch to all Frisco ISD students — as well as children enrolled in another public, private, charter or home schools — through the end of the school year. On-campus students will receive their meals on-site, and virtual learners will pick up to-go meals from a distribution location.”
For what it’s worth and the budget they’re working on, the Frisco ISD has really been pulling through for the community and has been doing a lot to make sure that parents and students can choose how they want to learn in the middle of pandemic while literally putting food in students’ mouths during troubling times.