EDUCATION Frisco ISDannounces Virtual School, optional masks for 2021 ! 22
BY MIRANDA JAIMES
Frisco ISD has plans to launch a new virtual school for the 2021-22 school year, the same year it will make masks optional for all students and sta ! . The Virtual School will be o ! ered to families with students in grades 3-12 who wish to have their students continue to learn virtually. “Students who have thrived with virtual learning will continue to " nd success with this new school, and we hope it will provide the # exibilitymany families seek as we move forward,” Superintendent MikeWaldrip said in a letter sent to FISD families April 21. The school will launch pending " nal decisions from state lawmakers during this legislative session, the letter said. A news release from the district said several bills to allow the Virtual School are making their way through the legislative process. “Although we may not know " nal details of a new law related to online learning for several weeks, we believe it is in the best interest of our students and families to begin formal
to help keep the spread of the virus to a minimum, the letter stated. To learnmore about FISD’s Virtual
The school will be a permanent and full-time institution. Applications for the Virtual School will be available until further notice via FISD’s parent portal called The Gateway. “Frisco ISD is excited to provide stu- dents with permanent access to online learning through the introduction of the Virtual School as the newest Frisco ISD School of Choice,”Waldrip said in the release, referring to academic programs not available at traditional FISD campuses. “While we have been studying this learning option for our community for some time, COVID-19 gave us the opportunity to push this priority to the forefront.” For students resuming or continuing in-person schooling this fall, FISDwill make masks optional. “We are encouraged by declining case numbers of COVID-19 within our communities and the increased availability of the COVID-19 vaccine to individuals,”Waldrip said in the letter. FISDwill continue tomonitor COVID-19 trends and step in as needed
preparations for a Virtual School at this time,” FISD Chief Academic O $ cer Wes Cunningham said in the release. “It is vitally important that the district has a " rmunderstanding of the num- ber of students who will attend the Virtual School [in the fall] for planning and hiring purposes.” The program’s structure will be di ! erent from the virtual learning o ! ered to students this school year and is subject to change based on guidance from the state, the news release said. Students admitted to the Virtual School must live within the FISD boundaries andmust commit to the school for the entire school year, per the release. They will have full-time sta ! who will work exclusively with virtual students. Students in the Virtual School will have the opportunity to participate in limited secondary electives, but par- ticipation in extracurricular activities, such as athletics and " ne arts, will not be an option for these students, the release stated.
School, visit www.friscoisd.org/ departments/schools-of-choice/ virtual-school/home. KEYDATES
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FISD announces launch of Virtual School Applications for Virtual School available until further notice
SOURCE: FRISCO ISD ! COMMUNITY IMPACT NEWSPAPER Find out more at www.friscoisd.org/ departments/schools-of-choice/home. • FISD Virtual School • Bright Academy • IB Diploma Programme • National Naval Defense Cadet Corps Program FISD SCHOOLS & PROGRAMS OF CHOICE School year begins 8 ! 12
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