Frisco ISD to apply for full-day pre-K waiver this school year

The district will apply for the waiver Jan. 1. (Elizabeth Ucles/Community Impact Newspaper)
The district will apply for the waiver Jan. 1. (Elizabeth Ucles/Community Impact Newspaper)

The district will apply for the waiver Jan. 1. (Elizabeth Ucles/Community Impact Newspaper)

Frisco ISD will apply for a waiver for full-day prekindergarten for the 2019-20 school year.

The board voted in favor of applying for the waiver at a Dec. 9 board meeting.

Full-day pre-K comes as a result of House Bill 3, which passed in the recent Texas legislative session.

The law requires school districts to offer full-day pre-K to 4-year-old students who meet certain requirements, such as those who cannot comprehend English or who qualify for the free or reduced-price lunch program.

While HB 3 is effective this school year, school districts can seek waivers to prepare for expansion.


Before seeking a waiver, FISD opened invitations for proposals for partnerships with public or private entities for pre-K classes at a Nov. 1 meeting. But as of the Dec. 2 deadline, the district did not receive any proposals, said Melissa Ellis, FISD’s assistant director of early childhood instruction, prompting the recommendation for a waiver.

The district plans to roll out full-day pre-K in the 2020-21 school year, per previous reporting by Community Impact Newspaper.

The waiver is expected to be available Jan. 1, according to FISD documents.
By Elizabeth Ucles
Elizabeth is the reporter for Community Impact Newspaper's Frisco edition. She graduated from St. Edward's University with a degree in Writing and Rhetoric with a journalism concentration and a minor in Spanish in May 2019. Elizabeth covers public and higher education, development and transportation.


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