Students and teachers will have more opportunities for live interaction during Frisco ISD’s all-virtual start to the 2020-21 school year, according to district officials.

FISD's first three weeks of the fall instruction will be in an all-virtual learning environment due to increased spread of the coronavirus.

FISD Chief Academic Officer Wes Cunningham sent a letter to parents July 30 outlining changes to the start of the fall based on community input.

Expectations for the virtual start will look differently for students who opted into face-to-face instruction for the remainder of the fall. Face-to-face students will start virtual and attend on campus starting Sept. 3, but Virtual Academy students will be held to the same Virtual Academy expectations starting from the first day of school.

Virtual Academy students

During the all-online start, Virtual Academy students will engage in a live, synchronous model and will check in with teachers from each class period daily.

Some high school courses in Virtual Academy will require students to attend a few on-campus sessions after the all-online start. FISD has listed which dates these students will be on campus and expectations when they to campus on their website.

Face-to-face students

Students who opted into face-to-face instruction for the fall will engage in online learning for three weeks.

These students will be able to have additional flexibility during the virtual start either by following their daily bell schedule to receive live instruction or by logging into their Canvas course or Seesaw accounts to watch recorded lessons at later times as they are available, per the letter.

“While Frisco ISD recommends that all face-to-face students engage in the scheduled, live interactions using the ‘synchronous’ platforms available to our school community during the virtual start, we realize that this may present challenges for some families and [we] want to provide additional options,” Cunningham said in the letter.

Attendance for face-to-face students during the first three weeks will require students either to attend their scheduled synchronous lesson or to submit assignments as proof of engagement per class period on a daily basis and before midnight, per the letter.