Around 52.5% of FISD students will attend face-to-face classes, and around 47.5% of students will learn virtually through Virtual Academy beginning Oct. 19. This comes after the window to change an FISD students' learning environment preference reopened Sept. 14-18.
At the beginning of the 2020-21 school year, around 50% of students opted into Virtual Academy, and nearly 45% of students for face-to-face for the first nine weeks.
Data from the most recent change period shows 1,226 FISD students will switch from face-to-face to virtual learning, and 3,553 students will switch from virtual learning to face-to-face. Four students opted to explore other options outside of the district, per the data.
The elementary and middle school levels showed the greatest change in learning environment selection.
At the elementary level, 1,753 students are switching from Virtual Academy to face-to-face learning, while 111 face-to-face students are switching to virtual learning, per FISD data.
At middle schools, 993 virtual students will return to the classroom, and 158 face-to-face students will transition into Virtual Academy.
FISD data shows 957 high school students are switching from face-to-face to virtual, and 767 are switching from virtual to face-to-face.
With the increase of face-to-face students in the new grading period, FISD anticipates increased use of desk dividers, district assistant director of communications Meghan Cone said.
"These are used in circumstances where six feet of distance cannot be maintained," Cone said in an email. "Staffing adjustments are also being made based on the new learning environment choices."
Below is an updated breakdown of face-to-face and Virtual Academy by campus.