Frisco ISD to resume virtual learning while crews assess schools’ electric, internet, water services

Frisco ISD announced Feb. 19 that students will resume virtual learning while crews assess buildings and schools’ electric, internet and water services. (Liesbeth Powers/Community Impact Newspaper)
Frisco ISD announced Feb. 19 that students will resume virtual learning while crews assess buildings and schools’ electric, internet and water services. (Liesbeth Powers/Community Impact Newspaper)

Frisco ISD announced Feb. 19 that students will resume virtual learning while crews assess buildings and schools’ electric, internet and water services. (Liesbeth Powers/Community Impact Newspaper)

Frisco ISD students will likely shift to virtual learning while crews inspect 80 buildings, restore electric and water service and replenish food supplies after this week’s winter storms, according to a Feb. 19 district letter to parents.

District officials estimate elementary school students could return to in-person learning Feb. 24, but it might take as long as March 1 for middle and high students to return to campuses.

This move is not a result of serious building damage, Assistant Communications Director Meghan Cone said, but rather a result of preventive measures the district took to protect its infrastructure and property. Frisco ISD took some of its buildings completely off the electric grid and completely drained some buildings of their water supply.

It will take some time to restore electric grid connections and water and food supplies to all district buildings, Cone said.

“This will be a time and labor intensive process that will allow us to continue to assess for any additional damage to our facilities,” Cone wrote in an email. “As a result, Frisco ISD cannot safely bring students and staff back into our buildings on Monday.”


So far, only minor issues, such as small water leaks, have been reported at some district buildings, Cone said.

This tentative timeline for a return to in-person learning is “dependent on the restoration of [district] campuses and reliability of electricity and internet connectivity,” the letter stated.

While buildings are being assessed, the district has tentatively planned for students to receive asynchronous instruction, or learning that does not require real-time or in-person interaction.

In addition to preventing damages, the district’s aim in disconnecting from the grid was helping to make sure homeowners kept power and to conserve energy, the letter stated.

The district will provide another update to families Feb. 21, according to the letter.
By Francesca D' Annunzio
Francesca D'Annunzio covers K-12 and higher education, development, planning and zoning, and transportation in Frisco and McKinney. She attended college at the University of Texas at Austin, where she reported for the Daily Texan and interned for the Austin Chronicle. When she's not reporting, she enjoys spending time outdoors and experimenting in the kitchen.


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