As our community deals with COVID-19, we understand our Frenship families, staff, and community members have questions and concerns about the upcoming school year. We continue to rely on guidance from local and state officials, CDC, and the Texas Education Agency on how to safely reopen our schools.
Right now, our plan is to follow the Board-approved 2020-2021 academic calendar with students returning on August 17. We know it will look and feel different, but our goal is to continue supporting our Frenship families in the best way possible.
How is Frenship preparing to reopen?
Frenship is closely monitoring local and state guidance for reopening facilities. As we have learned, this guidance can change quickly and often. We are currently in the process of enhancing our cleaning procedures including new training for Frenship’s custodial staff. We are also preparing for operational adjustments to lower the risk of spreading infectious diseases.
Action Teams for reopening Frenship have been created to address specific areas that may be impacted by COVID-19 or other infectious diseases. These teams are working throughout the summer to research and develop best practices in health and safety and to prepare to reopen campuses with minimal disruptions to our students’ regular school experience.
Will Frenship utilize virtual learning next year?
We are just beginning to receive guidance and restrictions from the Texas Education Agency on attendance and virtual instruction. While we work to sort through the new information, please know that based on the new guidance, virtual instruction will be different from last year’s remote learning.
Our sincere hope is that we never again face circumstances that require us to close our doors. However, experience is a great teacher, and we will be prepared to support our students.
What is a micro-closure?
A micro-closure is a short-term period of time when a school is required to close its facilities. Multiple factors are considered when activating a micro-closure, and the duration can vary from one day to two weeks. Frenship will work with health officials to evaluate exposure situations to determine the appropriate course of action, including following CDC health and safety guidelines to determine the duration of the closure. In the event of a micro-closure, Frenship will activate remote learning for all students impacted by that specific closure.
What can you expect next?
Frenship ISD remains committed to our beliefs, which always guide our decision-making process. We know there are a lot of unanswered questions right now and things can change. As we continue working through the details, parents and students can expect to receive more information later this summer on how Frenship will reopen. We will also continue to post updates on this web page and through our District social media accounts.