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**The deadline to enroll a student into Virtual Learning was August 3. Enrollment for Virtual Learning is now closed.**

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. This year’s Virtual Learning will be different from the Remote Learning last Spring.

 

Virtual Learning courses will be taught by certified Frenship ISD teachers using Schoology, an online learning management system used to streamline all digital resources and content for a more connected learning experience.

Meet the Teacher for Virtual Learners

On August 11, class schedules and teacher assignments will be made available on your Skyward Family Access account. Virtual Learners will not have an in-person Meet the Teacher event. On August 12 or 13, parents will receive a personal phone call from the student's virtual home room teacher. During this call, the teacher will provide more information on attendance, grading and assignment expectations, schedules, and much more. 

Breakfast and Lunch for Virtual Learners

To-go breakfasts and lunches will be available for Virtual Learners.
  • Meal pickup time is Monday from 9:00-10:00 a.m.
  • Meals must be picked up at your student's home campus.
  • Meals will be packed for 5 days and include breakfast and lunch.
  • The total price of meals will be deducted from your Lunch Account Balance. Students qualifying for free and reduced meals will continue to receive these benefits. 
 
**Legacy - Breakfast is provided free for all students. Westwind & Willow Bend - Breakfast and Lunch is provided free for all students.
 
Parents wishing to pick up meals for their Virtual Learners must complete the Meal Pick Up Form by August 13

Virtual Learning at a Glance

  • A parent must sign a commitment form that the student will complete the entire six-weeks grading period virtually.
  • This will not be live instruction. A structured schedule will be provided to students indicating required times for participation.
  • Virtual Learners waive participation in extracurricular activities.
  • Computer devices will be distributed to Virtual Learners who need them. Virtual Learners will indicate their need for devices during the registration process. Devices will be distributed through students' home campuses.
  • Attendance will be based on daily progress monitoring and work submission through Schoology. Click here for more information on Face-to-Face and Virtual Learning attendance policies.
 
 
 
 

Virtual Learning Courses & Grading

Core (required) courses including Pre-Advanced Placement (Pre-AP) courses, Gifted and Talented (GT) courses, and Dual Credit courses will be available to Virtual Learning students.

Elective Courses will be selected by Virtual Learners just as they would for Face-to-Face Learning.  The availability of electives for Virtual Learners will depend on student enrollment numbers and the District’s ability to staff elective classes.   

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 9-12 grade will be included in calculating GPA and class rank for both Face-to-Face and Virtual Learners.

virtual learning faqs

No. A structured schedule will be provided to students indicating required times for participation. It will also include breaks and lunch. The schedule may vary by grade, course, or student. A caregiver will need to be available to support younger students in navigating the daily schedule and providing assistance with the learning as needed. Students, teachers, and parents should utilize frequent communication regarding daily schedules and assignments to ensure that students are progressing towards mastery of the learning outcomes.

Virtual Learning this year will be a full course load of instruction and assignments that is comparable to courses and instruction that students who are attending school Face-to-Face will be required to complete. Teachers delivering Virtual Learning instruction will receive additional training and support in best practices that are effective in a remote, online environment.

Yes, the Texas Education Agency (TEA) will require daily attendance and participation in Virtual Learning. Students will be required to participate in online classes daily and traditional attendance rules will be enforced. A student will be considered absent if the student does not engage in the designated instruction and/or independent learning activities each day.

Read more about attendance policies here.

Yes. Computer devices will be distributed from students’ home campuses for those students who need them. Frenship is also working on solutions to assist Virtual Learners with internet connectivity. 
 
Students will be provided with instructional materials that will vary based on the grade level and coursework of the student. Some resources may be provided digitally.

The benefit of an online learning management system is to streamline all digital tools and content for a more connected learning experience for students. Frenship has identified Schoology as the tool to support elementary students across the District.

Teachers will provide training to students on how to use Schoology. Resources will also be available for parents to learn how to support students in navigating through Schoology.

The benefit of an online learning management system is to streamline all digital tools and content for a more connected learning experience for students. Secondary students in grades 6-12 in both Face-to-Face Learning and Virtual Learning will utilize the current learning management systems, Schoology and APEX. Resources will also be available for parents to learn how to support students in navigating through these digital tools.

Overall progress on learning outcomes will be communicated in a “traditional” format using numeric grades. Assignments and grades will be entered into Skyward. The expectations for coursework and guidelines for grading for Face-to-Face Learning and Virtual Learning will be the same.

Yes, courses taken by students participating in Virtual Learning will be included in calculating GPA and class rank in accordance with EIC (Local) policy.

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.

Core (required) courses including Pre-Advanced Placement (Pre-AP) courses, Gifted and Talented (GT) courses, and Dual Credit courses will be available to Virtual Learning students.

 

Elective Courses will be selected by Virtual Learners just as they would for Face-to-Face Learning. The availability of electives for Virtual Learners will depend on student enrollment numbers and the District’s ability to staff elective classes.

Frenship ISD dual credit students will follow Angelo State/South Plains guidelines for health and safety requirements when attending dual credit classes. For more information, students should check with their assigned High school counselor. For additional questions, please contact the Frenship High School Counseling Office at 806-866-4440.

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.

  • In order to participate in school-sponsored or extracurricular activities (including all UIL-sponsored sports and activities), the student must be enrolled in Face-to-Face Learning.
  • Students enrolled in Virtual Learning will not be allowed to participate in school-sponsored or extracurricular activities (including all UIL-sponsored sports and activities) while the student is enrolled in Virtual Learning.
  • If a Virtual Learner returns to Face-to-Face Learning, the student may be eligible to participate in school-sponsored or extracurricular activities, depending on the school-sponsored or extracurricular activity’s normal guidelines.
 

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.

To-go breakfasts and lunches will be available for Virtual Learners.
  • Meal pickup time is Monday from 9:00-10:00 a.m.
  • Meals must be picked up at your student's home campus.
  • Meals will be packed for 5 days and include breakfast and lunch.
  • The total price of meals will be deducted from your Lunch Account Balance. Students qualifying for free and reduced meals will continue to receive these benefits. 
 
**Legacy - Breakfast is provided free for all students. Westwind & Willow Bend - Breakfast and Lunch is provided free for all students.
 
Parents wishing to pick up meals for their Virtual Learners must complete the Meal Pick Up Form by August 13. 

The assignment of students for Virtual Learning will be based on student enrollment. Students will be assigned a teacher who may or may not be from the student’s home campus. Students in your child’s class may include students from multiple Frenship elementary campuses. All teachers will be qualified Frenship ISD teachers.

Yes, students will continue to be connected to their home campus, regardless of teacher assignment.  Parents will continue to receive communication from the home campus. 

For current students, parents who want to enroll their child in Virtual Learning will complete the Virtual Learning commitment form no later than 11:59 p.m. on August 3. **If a Virtual Learning commitment form is not submitted by 11:59 p.m. on August 3, the student will be enrolled in Face-to-Face Learning.

 

Parents/guardians are still required to go through the normal registration process regardless of the instruction option. Click here to visit the Frenship Registration and Enrollment page

For elementary students, the assigned home room teacher will contact the parent/student near the start of the school year welcoming them to their class.

 

For secondary students, Frenship ISD staff will make adjustments to course schedules placing students in Virtual sections. A parent/student may be contacted to discuss any applicable scheduling options based on the student’s current course selections.

Yes. Resources will be available for parents to learn how to support students in navigating learning through these digital tools. These resources will be available in August.

Yes. More information will be available at a later date.

special education virtual learning FAQs

Yes, all students in Frenship ISD will have the opportunity to choose Face-to-Face Learning or Virtual Learning.

ARD and 504 meetings will be scheduled on a case-by-case basis. For students served in special education, the schedule of instructional and related services should be accurately documented in the ARD/IEP to reflect the supports and services the student requires for FAPE. A parent/guardian may request an ARD or 504 meeting at any time.

Please contact your home campus to discuss your concerns.

If your student requires an initial or re-evaluation, the parent/guardian will be contacted to discuss the evaluation and determine components that can be completed virtually versus those components that require face-to-face interaction.  Appointments with evaluation staff will be scheduled at the campus to complete face-to-face components.