MARCH 31: Governor Abbott Extends School Closure Through Friday, May 1
This afternoon Texas Governor Greg Abbott announced that all Texas schools will remain closed through May 1 due to COVID-19. This means schools will remain closed, but instruction through remote learning will continue. This decision is based on the social distancing guidelines in effect through the month of April as advised by federal, state and local officials.
During closures, Frenship will continue to provide curbside meals at our six locations for all children 18 and younger.
The educators, administrators, and staff of Frenship will continue to support Frenship families in every way possible through the extended closure.
We will continue to update our website, www.frenship.net, with resources and information. We appreciate your patience and support during this time. Our time apart has been extended, but we are still in this together.
MARCH 29: City of Lubbock Issues Stay at Home Order; What this Means for Frenship:
You may have heard, the City of Lubbock just issued a ‘Stay at Home’ order for Lubbock. That means people should not leave their home unless it is for essential needs such as food, medical care, and supplies. It also prohibits gatherings of any size.
MARCH 27: Parent Information on Remote Learning Options
Dear Frenship families,
We hope you all enjoyed your extended Spring Break, and we are excited to begin our remote learning opportunities on Monday, March 30.
Parent / Student Outreach: This week you should have received a call from your child’s teacher to assess their personal remote learning needs. Frenship has created two options for remote learning that will begin on March 30. Your student will be required to participate in remote learning through either 1) Paper Packets or 2) Digital Resources online.
Option #1 – Paper Packets
Option #2 – Digital Resources (Pre-K - 8th Grade)
Option #2 – Digital Resources (9th - 12th Grade)
Daily Learning Schedules / Grading: Attached are suggested daily schedules for your child. These are to assist you, but are not mandatory. Also, as students learn remotely, we want to be consistent and fair with our grading practices. We appreciate your patience as we sort through these complex details.
Timeline: Frenship is planning to re-open our schools on April 6. You will notice in your packets, we have been proactive and planned instruction through April 10. We may not need that extra week of material if we open on April 6, but we are prepared and have tried to minimize the number of visits to campuses.
Please continue to watch our website and social media pages for the latest updates, as well as communication directly from your teachers. We know you may still have questions, so we have staff on each campus available to answer your calls on weekdays between 8:30 am – 3:30 pm. You can also always email your teacher or campus principal. Thank you for your continued support and Go Tigers!
MARCH 26: Frenship ISD Bond Election Postponed to November
The Frenship ISD May 2, 2020 bond election will now be held on November 3, 2020. The Frenship ISD Board of Trustees unanimously authorized the postponement during their regularly scheduled school board meeting on Thursday.
On March 18, due to the COVID-19 outbreak, Texas Governor Greg Abbott issued a proclamation allowing for political subdivisions to postpone their May 2, 2020 special or general elections.
With businesses remaining closed, restrictions on the size of groups, and concerns for the safety and wellbeing of the Frenship community, the Board of Trustees approved changing the election to November 3, 2020.
“We feel postponing the election was the appropriate decision given public health concerns related to COVID-19. For now, we are focusing our energy and resources on meeting the needs of our learners, their families, and our staff,” said Dr. Michelle McCord, Frenship ISD Superintendent.
Below are additional date changes for the Frenship ISD bond election:
Designated as one of the fastest growing school districts in Texas, the Frenship Board of Trustees approved the call for a bond election in January to address the District’s rapid student growth. More than 90% of the proposed $299.7 million bond is dedicated to building additional schools and renovating existing facilities to accommodate increased student enrollment.
For more information on the proposed bond, visit www.frenship.net
MARCH 20: Video Message from Superintendent Dr. McCord
MARCH 20: Frenship ISD Offering Curbside Meal Pickup
(WOLFFORTH, TX) – Starting Monday, March 23rd, Frenship ISD will offer curbside meal pickup at six locations. In order to serve our entire community, any child age 18 or younger, regardless if they are a Frenship student, can pick up breakfast and lunch Monday through Friday.
“During this time, meeting the daily needs of all our students is our top priority. Those needs include instruction and learning, meals, school supplies, and help with the social and emotional impact these times can have. It’s important to all of us at Frenship that not a single child gets overlooked,” said Dr. Michelle McCord, Frenship ISD Superintendent.
The free grab-and-go meals will be available from 12:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. Monday through Friday until further notice. Each child will be provided two meals at the time of pickup each day. This includes lunch for that day and breakfast for the following morning. The child must be present to receive the meals.
The six pickup locations include:
During the pickup, families will stay in their vehicles and Aramark employees will deliver the meals at the curb.
If you have concerns about accessibility, please contact Frenship at (806) 866-9541 during weekdays from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. or email Kpatrick@frenship.us.
For more information on the curbside meal pickup, go to www.frenship.net.
MARCH 19: Texas Governor Issues Executive Order, Frenship to Offer Remote Learning For All Students
Today Texas Governor Greg Abbott issued an executive order temporarily closing all schools until April 3 due to COVID-19. However, this does not mean education stops and the Governor has encouraged schools to continue searching for ways to educate their students during this time.
Frenship will provide remote learning options for all students beginning March 30th.
Here is what we know:
Many questions remain, but our dedicated staff is working to find solutions. We will continue to communicate with our staff, parents and community members as we work through details.
During this unprecedented time, we appreciate your patience and support. Things are changing rapidly, but our core beliefs remain the same. Frenship considers it a privilege to serve your families and we are committed to educating and caring for your children.
Please continue to watch our website and social media pages for the latest updates.
MARCH 19: UIL Announces Extended Suspension
(Press Release provided by UIL)
AUSTIN — The University Interscholastic League (UIL) is extending its suspension of all UIL sanctioned activities due to the outbreak of COVID-19 in Texas. All contests, practices, rehearsals and workouts will remain suspended until further notice.
At this time, the earliest games and contests may resume is Monday, May 4th. Prior to this date, the UIL will allow its member schools a reasonable acclimatization period for rehearsals and practices to occur. All decisions remain flexible and will be consistent with the advice of local, state and federal officials.
“We are working diligently on contingency plans to conduct state championships in each of the activities that have been suspended,” said UIL Executive Director Dr. Charles Breithaupt. “While the immediate future is unclear, we are committed to providing these much-desired activities to all Texas students and will prepare for all possible outcomes, including extended school closures.”
The UIL will continue to provide timely, ongoing updates and is reassessing this ever-changing situation daily. Please continue to check the UIL website and social media accounts for further updates.
MARCH 18: Video Message from Superintendent Dr. Michelle McCord
MARCH 17th: Frenship ISD Extends Spring Break Through March 30th for Students
As we navigate the unprecedented circumstances involving COVID-19 and the need for social distancing, we know there are concerns about how this impacts public education. After much consideration and collaboration with the other major school districts in Lubbock, Frenship ISD will extend Spring Break until March 30 for students only.
We want to reassure our families that Frenship is taking every step possible to ensure the safety and health of our students.
During this time, we will stick to our core beliefs and continue educating our students. Beginning March 23, Frenship staff members will return to work to prepare for both in-classroom and remote learning options for students. After the extended break, we are going to support those families who would rather keep their children home. Frenship will be counting students present as long as instructional support is provided.
While we don’t know exactly what that will look like, we are working tirelessly to sort out those details.
Here is what we do know:
We know you will have many questions. We will provide more information as it becomes available. Frenship will continue to post the latest information on our website and social media pages, and we will communicate any major changes directly to our families.
We encourage you to make the best decision for your family and we will get through this together.
Dr. Michelle McCord
Frenship ISD Superintendent
Estimadas Familias de Frenship,
A medida que navegamos por las circunstancias sin precedentes que involucran el COVID-19 y la necesidad de distanciamiento social, sabemos que existen preocupaciones sobre cómo esto afecta la educación pública. Después de mucha consideración y colaboración con los otros distritos escolares principales en Lubbock, Frenship ISD extenderá las vacaciones de primavera hasta el 30 de marzo solo para estudiantes.
Queremos asegurarles a nuestras familias que Frenship está tomando todos los pasos posibles para garantizar la seguridad y la salud de nuestros estudiantes.
Durante este tiempo, nos mantendremos fieles a nuestras creencias centrales y continuaremos educando a nuestros estudiantes. A partir del 23 de marzo, los miembros del personal de Frenship volverán a trabajar para prepararse para ambas opciones de aprendizaje en el aula y aprendizaje a distancia para los estudiantes. Después del descanso prolongado, vamos a apoyar a aquellas familias que prefieran mantener a sus hijos en casa. Frenship anotará a los estudiantes presentes siempre y cuando se les brinde apoyo educativo.
Aunque no sabemos exactamente cómo será esto, estamos trabajando incansablemente para resolver esos detalles.
Esto es lo que sabemos:
Sabemos que tendrá muchas preguntas. Proporcionaremos más información a medida que esté disponible. Frenship continuará publicando la información más reciente en nuestro sitio web y en las páginas de redes sociales, y comunicaremos cualquier cambio importante directamente a nuestras familias.
Lo alentamos a tomar la mejor decisión para su familia y lo superaremos juntos.
Dra. Michelle McCord
MARCH 16th: Lubbock Issues Disaster Declaration; Frenship ISD Continues to Monitor COVID-19
Today the Lubbock City Council called for an emergency council meeting to issue a Disaster Declaration and approve restrictions prohibiting public and private gatherings of 200 people or more. This restriction does not apply to school districts. The City of Lubbock also announced there are still no confirmed cases in or around the Lubbock area.
We understand the COVID-19 situation is rapidly evolving, and our administrators continue to closely monitor the new developments. Frenship is in contact multiple times a day with other school districts, City of Lubbock officials, local healthcare authorities and state and federal agencies. Frenship also has a dedicated team of administrators who are preparing and planning for any possible changes in the school schedule.
We will continue to evaluate the situation daily based on facts and collaboration with community partners and healthcare professionals. At this time, Frenship ISD classes will resume on March 23rd after Spring Break. Frenship will continue to communicate with staff and parents on any updates related to COVID-19.
We encourage any Frenship families who have traveled to check with the CDC website on travel restrictions and guidance: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/travelers/faqs.html
Frenship ISD’s top priority is the safety and well-being of our students and staff. We appreciate the support from our community members during this unprecedented time.
CDC Guidelines for School Districts
MARCH 16th: Governor Abbott Waives STAAR Testing Requirements
(Press release from Governor Greg Abbott)
Governor Greg Abbott today announced that he has waived the State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness (STAAR) testing requirements for the 2019-2020 school year. Additionally, Governor Abbott is requesting that the Department of Education (DOE) waive federal testing requirements for the 2019-2020 school year.
Governor Abbott is working closely with the Texas Education Agency (TEA) to ensure that schools continue to deliver instruction to students while students are absent or while schools are closed due to COVID-19. This includes tailoring instruction for students with special needs so that they have access to the same education as other students in the district. Governor Abbott will continue to work with the TEA on developing additional methods to ensure that students are learning and ready to succeed at the next grade-level. These discussions are ongoing and more information will be provided as it develops.
"Your health and safety are top priorities, and the state of Texas will give school districts flexibility to protect and ensure the health of students, faculty, and their families," said Governor Abbott. "We will empower schools to make the best decisions to protect their communities from COVID-19."
The move to waive testing requirements reflects the Governor’s emphasis on public health over all other priorities at this time. In normal times, Texas’ assessment system provides educators and parents with reliable information on whether or not their students have mastered grade-level content. The Governor remains committed to ensuring parents, students, and school districts have access to this information in future years.Superintendents should continue to prioritize the health and safety of students, faculty, and their families. Their leadership is an important part of our statewide efforts to mitigate the impact of COVID-19 and protect public health.
MARCH 12th: Frenship ISD, Lubbock ISD, Lubbock-Cooper ISD Joint Statement
The top priority of Frenship ISD, Lubbock ISD, and Lubbock-Cooper ISD is providing a safe environment for our students, staff, and families. We understand there are health concerns over the recent outbreak of respiratory illness caused by the new coronavirus called COVID-19.
The Lubbock County districts are closely monitoring the situation and tracking information provided by local, state and national healthcare providers. Administrators are also in daily contact with community partners and state and national healthcare agencies.
Currently, there is no indication of an immediate threat to the Lubbock community. The City of Lubbock Health Department is responsible for verifying any confirmed cases.
No classes have been cancelled in the three districts. Classes will resume on March 23 after spring break unless otherwise mandated by the Texas Education Agency, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), or Texas Commissioner of Education. These decisions are based on emphasizing facts over fear and relying on credible sources for information.
While facilities are not being used during spring break, the three districts will heighten the level of cleaning at all campuses in preparation for the return of students and staff on March 23. We encourage families planning on traveling during the break to visit the CDC website for important information on traveling domestically and internationally.
You’ll find the latest information, updates and resources on the district websites:
Thank you for the support of our three districts. We are committed to maintaining the safety and health of our students and staff.
Frenship ISD’s top priority is providing a safe environment for our students, staff, and families. We understand there may be health concerns over the recent outbreak of respiratory illness caused by the new coronavirus called COVID-19. As with any safety or health concern, Frenship continues to closely monitor the situation and track information provided by the City of Lubbock Health Department, Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
What is COVID-19:
There are many types of human coronaviruses including some that commonly cause mild upper-respiratory tract illnesses. COVID-19 is a new disease, caused by a novel (or new) coronavirus that has not previously been seen in humans. The virus first appeared in Wuhan, China.
What is Frenship ISD doing:
Frenship ISD continues to work with community partners to monitor the latest developments of COVID-19. If the need arises, Frenship has local, state, and federal resources readily available to assist. Many of the precautions and steps we take during the flu season are also applicable to COVID-19. Frenship ISD follows the guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control when cleaning our facilities.
In the classrooms, we educate and promote steps our students and staff can take to prevent everyday illnesses like the common cold or flu. Registered nurses can also be found at every Frenship campus and each year are trained in the containment and prevention of contagious diseases. Frenship also has a medical director who offers guidance for the District.
Parents can learn more about COVID-19 by (CLICKING HERE).
For students, families and staff planning on traveling, we encourage you to visit the CDC's frequently asked questions related to travel and COVID-19 by (CLICKING HERE).
Frequently Asked Questions (CLICK HERE).
COVID-19 Global Map: (CLICK HERE).