Frisco ISD releases form for parents to decide between on-campus, virtual learning in 2020-21

The commitment form opened June 29 and will be due by July 10 at 11:59 p.m. (Courtesy Fotolia)
The commitment form opened June 29 and will be due by July 10 at 11:59 p.m. (Courtesy Fotolia)

The commitment form opened June 29 and will be due by July 10 at 11:59 p.m. (Courtesy Fotolia)

Frisco ISD parents must decide between on-campus or virtual learning for the 2020-21 school year in a recently released form from the district.

The primary parent or guardian contact for each registered FISD student received an email from the district June 29 to fill out a commitment form for the 2020-21 school year.

"Knowing that you need information to plan for the new school year and that we have limited time to prepare for students to return to the classroom, Frisco ISD has taken the guidance we have received from the state and worked to develop processes and guidelines where none have been given," the email stated.

Parents will have the option to choose between on-campus or virtual instruction. FISD first indicated it would offer these options in a June 18 message from Superintendent Mike Waldrip.

For students who attend school on campus in the fall, there will be enhanced health and safety protocols, such as regularly screening all students and staff for COVID-19 symptoms, using face coverings as determined by the level of community transmission, and socially distanced desks and tables.


Students who participate in virtual instruction, or Virtual Academy, will engage with synchronous, or two-way, live instruction, and asynchronous, or independent, learning with intermittent teacher interaction from home.

Virtual Academy is an opt-in program, and it will be assumed a student will attend on-campus classes on the first day of school Aug. 13 if FISD does not receive a commitment form for a student.

If a guardian has more than one FISD student, they will receive a separate email for each student.

The district's website details the most current information for the two learning options. More information will be added to the site as it becomes available, per the email.

The commitment form is due by July 10 at 11:59 p.m., per the email.

Parents will be able to change their choice after the school year begins given the changing information surrounding the coronavirus pandemic.
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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