The virtual learning opportunity offered by Frisco’s ISD has taken up more than 8,200 students following the Covid protocols set up by the local government according to an NBC 5 DFW article from August 12 which states,
“The more than 8,200 Early Childhood through sixth-grade students who opted for the virtual learning program that the Frisco ISD made available at the 11th hour will begin their school year on Monday, Aug. 16.
Superintendent Michael Waldrip reiterated that the Frisco ISD had been committed to bringing all of the district’s students back to the classroom setting for this school year. But the recent spike in COVID cases in North Texas and across the country forced his hand.”
However, the district is expected to lose funds because of the change of learning environment according to a Community Impact News article from August 9 which states,
“With more than 8,200 students learning virtually in the fall, district staff projected almost $30 million in revenue would be lost from state funding.
Costs to operate the virtual learning option are estimated to be about $2.2 million, staff stated. That includes 25 full-time teachers, 15 of which were already budgeted as a placeholder in case a virtual option did become available at FISD, as well as $900,000 in software and instructional materials, staff said.”
Some Frisco parents were initially worried about the safety of their children following the start of the school year and the relaxed Covid-19 Protocols. Many parents considered sending their children into different programs or having their children postpone school for the time being. However, through the virtual program offered by Frisco ISD, many parents were relieved of their worries as they can enroll their children without risking their safety and their children’s education. While there remains a funding problem for the virtual learning option, it is clear that Frisco ISD will not leave any student behind.