Frisco November 2020

EDUCATION BRIEFS

News from Frisco ISD

COMPILED BY ELIZABETH UCLÉS

Newde ! nition could reduce COVID " 19quarantines

Plans for 2021 " 22 rezoning coming FRISCO ISD The district will begin the process of changing attendance boundaries for the 2021-22 school year at its next board of trustees meeting. Todd Fouche, FISD’s deputy superintendent for business and operations, updated the board on the timeline for rezoning planning at an Oct. 13 meeting. Changes to attendance zones will help with the fall 2021 opening of Emerson High School as well as with some elementary schools that are currently over $ owing, Fouche said at the meeting. The board will get its ! rst look at zones at the Nov. 9 boardmeeting, he said. Citizen feedback to the board will open the week of Nov. 30. The board will vote on the new attendance zones Dec. 14.

FRISCO ISD Changes to the de ! ni- tion of a close contact could lessen the number of students that need to quarantine in the event of an indi- vidual testing positive for COVID-19, according to school district o " cials. Beginning Oct. 14, FISD revised its de ! nition of close contact to align with the most recent guidance from the Texas Education Agency, Daniel Stockton, the district executive direc- tor of government and legal a # airs, said at an Oct. 13 meeting. The district’s de ! nition is now “an individual within 6 feet of a con ! rmed positive case for a largely uninter- rupted or sustained extended contact period throughout the course of a day for approximately 15 minutes,” Stockton said at the meeting. Additional factors may a # ect this determination, such as whether both the infectious individual and the potential close contact have been

EFFECT OFMASKS Frisco ISD is unaware of any COVID-19 cases that have been contracted on campus when masks were worn, per district o ! cials. However, in third- through ! fth- grade classrooms and buses, where masks are required, a case will not result in automatic quarantines, he said, and will instead be part of the close-contact review.

consistently and properly masked. Other considerations include ventila- tion, the use of dividers or the pres- ence of symptoms. Direct exposure from being coughed on or sneezed on will also be considered. “The primary di # erence is that beginning [Oct. 14], we will no longer quarantine individuals who were within 6 feet for 15 minutes if both the infected individual and the contact were properly wearing appropriate face coverings,” Stockton said. FISD expects a decrease in the number of students who need to be quarantined and that the district will have a quicker response time on close-contact reviews, Stockton said. Pre-K through second-grade classrooms will continue to be wholly quarantined in the event of a COVID-19 case because masks are not required in those classrooms, Stock- ton said of the new de ! nition.

Between Jul y 20 and Oct. 13, 985 individuals have completed quarantine after an on-campus close contact. Of the total, 9 individuals who tested positive were exposed in situations when masks were not required, such as lunch, athletics, and prekindergarten through second grade.

SOURCE: FRISCO ISD ! COMMUNITY IMPACT NEWSPAPER

FISDo # ering freemeals to all students, children through end of the semester

ON ! CAMPUS STUDENTS No action or signup is required to receive free meals. All complete meals will be free regardless of meal status.

VIRTUAL STUDENTS AND NON ! STUDENTS 18 AND UNDER • To-go meals are available for pick-up upon request. • Five days’ worth of breakfast and lunch is distributed once a week.

FRISCO ISD Regardless of income, all students and children 18 years old and under can receive free meals from Frisco ISD this fall. FISD received a waiver from the U.S. Department of Agriculture to o # er breakfast and lunch at no cost to all students, including children not enrolled in the district, accord- ing to an Oct. 1 release. Free meals are available in school cafes and on a to-go basis as of Oct.

1, per the release. FISD did not automatically qualify for the national waiver, and free meals had been o # ered only for stu- dents who quali ! ed for free meals based on federal income guidelines, per the release. FISDmodi ! ed its pickup locations for families in virtual instruction in order to qualify to provide free meals. The district’s waiver will run through Dec. 18.

Childhood School at 10330 Red Cedar Drive and from 9-10 a.m. at Clark Middle School at 4600 Colby Drive. • Children must be present; if not, student ID numbers or proof of guardianship is required. • Signups and more information can be found at www.friscoisd.org/ departments/covid-19/meal-service.

• Families must sign up to receive meals during the second nine weeks, which runs from Oct. 19-Dec. 18. • Weekly meal distribution is held every Thursday from 8-9 a.m. at the Early

SOURCE: FRISCO ISD ! COMMUNITY IMPACT NEWSPAPER

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