March 12, 2021 | Update on Frenship ISD Face Covering Policy
On March 2, Texas Governor Greg Abbott issued an executive order removing the state-wide face covering mandate effective March 10. In addition, the Texas Education Agency (TEA) released new guidance requiring school boards to take formal action to remove or modify the district’s face covering policy.
This morning, March 12, the Frenship ISD Board of Trustees held a special school board meeting to discuss how to address the Governor’s new order. After careful consideration, Frenship ISD parents will have the personal choice to decide what is best for their child.
However, as recommended by the City of Lubbock Health Department and stated in the new executive order, Frenship strongly encourages students and staff to continue wearing face coverings when not socially distanced.
Since the beginning of the year, Frenship has implemented protocols that allowed us to safely welcome students back into the classrooms while mitigating the risk of exposure. All other safety measures will remain in place. This includes requirements to self-screen, enhanced cleaning, social distancing when feasible, capacity limitations for extracurricular gatherings, frequent hand washing and other protocols that can be found in our ReOPENing Parent Guide. All quarantine procedures will also remain in place.
While we continue to see very low numbers of active cases, Frenship will closely monitor the COVID-19 cases across the Lubbock area. If the community begins to see a substantial increase in cases, Frenship has developed a plan that could once again require face coverings if certain criteria is met. (See charts on page 7-8 in the ReOPENing Parent Guide).
Parents are encouraged to visit Frenship’s ReOPENing webpage. On this page you will find the ReOPENing Parent Guide, information on safety protocols, quarantine requirements, and the Frenship COVID-19 Dashboard with the total number of active cases across the District.
Please have a safe Spring Break, and we will see you back at school on March 22.
March 5, 2021 | Important Update on Face Coverings
We appreciate your patience as we continue working toward a plan to address the Governor’s order rescinding the mask mandate on March 10. The Texas Education Agency released new guidance recommending school districts consult with local health departments and legal counsel before making final decisions. The guidance also states, “the governing board of a school system may modify or eliminate by formal action the mask-related requirements.”
What does this mean for Frenship?
As recommended, Frenship will continue to collaborate with the City of Lubbock Health Department and legal counsel on this matter. As stated by TEA, a final decision will not be made until our Board of Trustees have a chance to meet, review the updated guidance, and discuss any potential changes.
All safety protocols including required face coverings will stay in place until the board makes a decision. We know our Frenship parents and community members are eager for an answer, but this is a decision we do not want to rush and it’s one our board members do not take lightly.
We plan to have an update for our Frenship parents and community members by the end of next week.
March 2, 2021 | Governor Announces Executive Order to Rescind Mask Mandate
This afternoon, Texas Governor Greg Abbott issued an executive order that will reopen businesses to 100% and remove the state-wide face covering mandate. This new order will go into effect Wednesday, March 10.
We understand many of our families have questions about how this new order will impact our students and staff. Over the next few days, Frenship ISD will work closely with the City of Lubbock Health Department, local government officials, and health experts to develop a plan that addresses the Governor’s new order.
Please remember, the Governor’s new order goes into effect March 10. That means all current safety protocols including requirements for face coverings are still in place.
We appreciate your patience as we work to develop a plan. We will continue to keep our Frenship families and community members updated on this process.
February 8, 2021 | Frenship High School Graduation Moved to Peoples Bank Stadium
January 19, 2021 | Frenship ISD Launches COVID-19 Dashboard
November 30, 2020 | Frenship and Aramark to Offer Free Breakfast and Lunch for Every Student
When are the free meals available?
All Frenship students can receive a free standard breakfast and lunch every school day starting December 1, 2020 through the end of the 2020-2021 school year on May 20, 2021. (Virtual Learner meal pick up days are every Tuesday).
How is this possible?
Frenship and Aramark are able to offer the basic breakfast and lunch at no cost to families thanks to the Seamless Summer Option (SSO) program through the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
August 13, 2020 | Technology Device Pickup
July 25, 2020 | ReOPENing Plan and Parent Resources
July 15, 2020 | Frenship Scheduled to Start on August 17 with Face-to-Face and Virtual Learners