Board of Trustees discuss students, STAAR, COVID-19

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Frisco ISD reveal hybrid and fully online learning, FISD+, for students starting the next upcoming school year.

Cooper Ragle, WTV Executive Producer

Topics like student recognition and the school district’s response to problems with the online version of the STAAR test were discussed at the Board of Trustees agenda Monday. 

One of the main areas of discussion was COVID-19. According to data presented at the meeting, several spikes occurred in the first semester around things such as Halloween and Thanksgiving.

However, by the end of January, the numbers of cases were dropping. The data further showed more than nine thousand students and staff have completed quarantine for close contacts on campus, with 1.71 percent of those testing positive with no known external exposure. 

At one point during the meeting concerning the future of wearing masks, people in the crowd briefly began to disrupt the discussion, with some parents using the public comment section to speak against masks. 

The district will continue to require masks on campus and at events, and additionally, the district aims to offer online learning next school year. 

“Frisco ISD hopes to offer online learning next school year but isn’t able to finalize plans at this time because the future of this option lies in the hands of the Texas Legislature,” FISD spokeswoman Meghan Cone said. “The TEA Commissioner has said that it will be up to state lawmakers to extend this learning environment past the current school year. FISD is hopeful that the state will pass legislation to expand online learning in Texas, but we may not know until May 31, which is the last day of the legislative session.”

To watch the recording of the board meeting, click here