Frenship ISD is committed to providing a premier learning environment for all students. Teachers take pride in meeting the needs of every student to empower them to reach their potential.
Students in Face-to-Face Learning attend school in person through the traditional model five days a week and follow the typical daily schedule. Frenship will automatically schedule your student into the course requests they made earlier in the year. If your student would like to make changes, the District will follow the normal schedule change guidelines. Contact the campus counselor for information on the process.
Regardless of which learning option you choose for your child, the expectations for coursework and the grading system will be the same for both Face-to-Face and Virtual Learning. Frenship ISD believes this is the most fair and equitable solution for all our students. Applicable courses in grades 9 - 12 will be included in calculating GPA and class rank for both Face-to-Face and Virtual Learning.
Will there be changes to dropping off and picking up students?
How many students will be assigned to each classroom?
Frenship ISD will follow TEA guidelines for class size. Currently, the class size requirements are the same as previous years. The maximum number of students per class varies by grade level and varies by class at the secondary level.
Will there be changes to the classroom procedures?
Prior to the first day of school, teachers will be required to remove items like porous material seating, decorative rugs, curtains, etc. to allow for more effective sanitizing and disinfecting of classroom areas each day.
Desks and tables will be socially distanced as much as possible. When social distancing is not possible, teachers will encourage more frequent hand washing and/or hand sanitizing.
Students will not be allowed to share school supplies.
Each student will have assigned seating in every class to ensure the ability to trace potential exposure.
There will be increased cleaning of high touch areas throughout the day.
Will cafeterias be open and will school lunches be served?
Cafeterias will be open to serve breakfast and lunch daily. Each campus cafeteria space will be evaluated to ensure social distancing when feasible. Some students will be eating in the cafeteria while other students may eat in the classroom if necessary. Safety and health measures will be adjusted based on current guidelines and conditions.
At this time, visitors are not allowed to eat with students on campus because of limited space. Visitors dropping off lunches will need to attach a student name tag with grade level and leave the lunch in the designated area at the campus.
Will bus transportation be provided for qualified students?
Yes, transportation will continue to be provided for all who qualify. Bus transportation is provided for all special education students and eligible general education students who live two or more miles from their school or in areas specially designated by the Transportation Department.
Buses will be thoroughly cleaned after each bus trip, focusing on high-touch surfaces such as bus seats, steering wheels, knobs, and door handles.
How will social distancing be promoted in cafeterias, gyms, restrooms, and other commons areas?
Signage reminding students and staff about social distancing, hand washing, and infection prevention will be posted throughout the school.
Elementary classrooms will be assigned specific bathrooms, breakfast, lunch, and gym access times to reduce the number of students in any given area as much as possible.
Secondary students will be encouraged to follow social distancing guidelines.
Will students have recess or the ability to play and socialize with other students?
Elementary campuses will limit the number of students at recess at one time and create different play areas for activities to further reduce student interactions. Students and staff will be required to use hand sanitizer and wash their hands before and after recess.
My child is enrolled in dual credit classes for Fall 2020. What should I know as a parent/student?
Angelo State University and South Plains College will provide guidelines for Frenship ISD students who are enrolled in dual credit courses for Fall 2020. For any questions about dual credit, call the Frenship High School Counseling Office at 806-866-4440.
Will students in grades 6-12 be able to participate in extracurricular activities or school-sponsored activities (i.e. athletics, band, choir, clubs)?
Currently, Frenship ISD is offering participation in school-sponsored or extracurricular activities to students who select Face-to-Face Learning only. We have been working diligently over the past few months to create a premier learning experience for Virtual Learners. We have made progress, but we still have much to learn. Therefore, we are focusing our efforts on ensuring a rigorous academic learning experience for Virtual Learners.
TRYOUTS: Students enrolled in Virtual Learning will not be allowed to participate in tryouts for upcoming school-sponsored or extracurricular activities (including all UIL-sponsored sports and activities). If students miss tryouts, they will not be a part of the team or activity. We will not create a special tryout for students enrolled in Virtual Learning upon their return to Face-to-Face Learning.
Students new to Frenship and enrolling for the first time after a tryout may be allowed to try out by the coach or sponsor for the school-sponsored or extracurricular activity.
How will teachers address any potential learning needs from the school closure last spring?
To support all students, the District curriculum will highlight academic standards that teachers will consider as they plan to address the potential learning impacts resulting from the school closure. Teachers will use formative assessments and supplemental resources to personalize student learning to address areas of need.
How will student progress be reported?
Will STAAR/EOC be administered in 2020-2021?
Yes. The Texas Education Agency (TEA) has indicated that STAAR testing will still occur during the 2020-2021 school year, in compliance with state and federal legislation.
Can students change their commitment from Face-to-Face Learning to Virtual Learning after the start of the school year?
Due to the scheduling complexities inherent in these two options, parents will be asked to make a commitment for at least one full six-week grading period. Special circumstances that affect a family will be considered on a case-by-case basis by the campus principal. Please note that if a student switches between Face-to-Face Learning and Virtual Learning, that student may not have the same teacher(s), course schedule, or extracurricular activity eligibility. Students will not be guaranteed assignment to their home campus. The campus assignment decisions will be based on staffing and grade level/course seat availability.
How do parents request a change in instructional setting for their child?
Parents should contact their child's campus to request a change in instructional setting.
Will students be able to participate in Virtual Learning during a quarantine if there is a COVID-19 exposure?
Students or staff who test positive for COVID-19 will be sent home to recover. When notification of a possible exposure occurs, in coordination with local health authorities, contact tracing will be conducted. Based on the results, a determination will be made as to whether an entire classroom or multiple classrooms are required to quarantine. In the event students are required to temporarily quarantine, the education of these students will continue through Short-Term Online Participation for the duration of the quarantine period.
Short-Term Online Participation is a temporary virtual learning model where students will continue to receive instruction from their classroom teacher through Schoology.
What happens if my child’s campus is temporarily closed during the school year?
Frenship has identified Schoology as the tool to support a consistent learning experience for students across the District. Even if the student is enrolled in Face-to-Face Learning, they will receive training on how to use Schoology as a digital extension of the classroom. Resources will be available for parents to learn how to support students in navigating learning through these digital tools.
In the event of a school closure, students will remain at home and will engage in learning activities that are primarily delivered through Schoology. Daily student participation in the learning activities will be required. Instructional time will also be dedicated for independent learning activities. A structured schedule will be provided to students indicating required times for participation.
If students go to Short-Term Online Participation, a temporary virtual learning model, computer devices will be distributed from students’ home campuses for those students who need them.