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  • August 12 is the first day of school for the 2021-2022 school year
  • Boys' track team wins 5A state championship
  • Class of 2021 graduation is Sunday at the Ford Center
  • Friday is the last day of school; it's an asynchronous learning day
While those over the age of 16 have been receiving the COVID vaccine since the beginning of 2021, it was only recently that Pfzier and BioNTech announced that 12-15 year olds may also get their vaccine.

12-15 year olds now allowed to get COVID vaccine

Aarya Oswal, Staff Reporter May 20, 2021

As days become longer and warmer, more and more people are looking forward to enjoying the nice weather outside with their friends. For some, this was not possible due to the pandemic. However, Pfizer/BioNTech recently announced that 12-15 year olds were...

 “For all FISD 2021 graduations, face coverings will be optional for graduating seniors and guests,” FISD said in an email to students. “Sections will be designated at Ford Center at the Star for those wishing to remain masked and seated socially distanced from other households.” 

The change in the mask policy comes just days before graduation, but some students aren’t too concerned.

Masks to be optional at graduation

Trisha Dasgupta, Editor-in-Chief May 20, 2021

Frisco ISD has announced that masks will be optional for students and families at graduation this Saturday at the Ford Center.  “For all FISD 2021 graduations, face coverings will be optional for graduating seniors and guests,” FISD said in an...

WIth an unprecedented rise of COVID cases in India over the past few weeks, many students on campus with relatives living in the country are left concerned. 

“Our family planned to visit our folks in India like many of my other cousins planned,” parent Sumanth Senapathi said. “Unfortunately, we all canceled ours and now hoping to see what unfolds from this near apocalypse situation in India. We don't have any clue when we will be able to go back like before. Unfortunately, if we force ourselves then we don't know if we’ll all be back safe.”

As Texas opens up, the eyes of many Redhawks look to India

Shreyas Viswanathan, Staff Reporter May 19, 2021

Sharp rise in cases. Shortage of hospital beds and oxygen tanks. An overloaded healthcare system with only one doctor for every 100 patients. Countless deaths and cremations. India, and its population of one billion, is suffering from an unprecedented...

Frisco ISD is continuing its free meal program for the upcoming summer. Students 18 or younger are eligible for meals, regardless of FISD enrollment or family income, and from May 27 to June 24, those signed up to receive meals will be able to pick up five days worth of food on Thursdays at Cobb and Clark Middle School or Bright Academy and Christie Elementary School/ECS by special request. 

Free meal program continues into summer

Ana Cuen, Managing Editor May 18, 2021

Frisco ISD is continuing its free meal program for the upcoming summer. Students 18 or younger are eligible for meals, regardless of FISD enrollment or family income, and filling out this form is the only thing needed.  From May 27 to June 24, those...

Governor Greg Abbott announced via an executive order or Tuesday that school districts must drop their mask mandates beginning June 4. Frisco ISD had already announced students such as freshman Ashton Hatch, as well as staff, will not have to wear facial coverings beginning June 1.

Breaking News: Abbott bans masks mandates in schools

Wingspan Staff May 18, 2021

The 2020-2021 school year isn't over, but Governor Greg Abbott announced on Tuesday via an executive order, that no government entity, including school districts, will be able to require or mandate masks in the 2021-2022 school year. Frisco ISD has...

After a school year during which the Texas Education Agency permitted districts to offer virtual learning, the governing agency says without legislative action it won’t permit districts to offer virtual learning for the 2021-22 school year. Although FISD intends to serve FISD students through its planned Virtual School, the plan could get derailed if legislators do not move legislation forward in the coming days.

FISD urges Texas senate to expand online learning

Aaron Boehmer, Staff Reporter May 17, 2021

Joined by 44 other Texas school districts and education organizations, Frisco ISD wrote a letter asking Texas Senate leaders of the 87th Legislative Session to expand online learning and provide full funding to districts choosing to make these opportunities...

All grades are due by Tuesday at 8 a.m. However, all freshman, sophomores, and juniors need to have their assignments turned in by midnight on Friday. 

Grading period ends Friday

Shreya Jagan, Managing Editor May 14, 2021

As the school year comes to a close, so does the grading period for this semester. All grades are due by Tuesday at 8 a.m. However, all freshman, sophomores, and juniors need to have their assignments turned in by midnight on Friday. "With the stress...

All FISD students are given their own FISD email which they hold from elementary school. However, all of class of 2021 FISD student accounts will be deactivated following graduation.

Senior emails to deactivate May 22

Ana Cuen May 13, 2021

As Redhawk seniors prepare to leave the nest, there are a few things they must do before walking across the stage at the Ford Center on May 23.  After May 22, all senior emails will be deactivated, and while there are some services that will not be...

Hate crimes against Asians have increased as much as 1900% according to data from the New York Police Department.

“Honestly, I’m extremely disappointed and disgusted that people are committing these hate crimes against the Asian-American and Pacific-Islander community, and especially because they are attacking our elders, who are the least likely to fight back,” sophomore Sherry Hu said. “I think it’s despicable people act on their feeling of hate to assault and murder people, especially when it’s based on race.”

Hate crimes against Asians impacts Redhawks

Erika Pernis and Athena Tseng May 12, 2021

 A woman spit at in her own garage. An elderly man being sucker-punched on the street. Another woman being pulled by her hair on a public bus. The common denominator: each of these victims are Asian, with the number of hate crimes against...

Many COVID-19 protocols are changing for the 2021-22 school year, including face coverings being optional and visitors being allowed on campus according to standard visiting rules. Additionally, six-foot social distancing will be maintained when feasible, particularly in classrooms.

Breaking News: Frisco ISD announces new COVID-19 protocols

Ana Cuen, Managing Editor May 11, 2021

With COVID-19 vaccines widely available and improving conditions, Frisco ISD is implementing new and updated COVID-19 protocols, beginning June 1, in collaboration with the cities of Plano and Frisco.  Current protocols like mask requirements and...

Newly crowned 5A state champions return to campus

TJ Krilowicz , WTV Sports Producer May 10, 2021

Leaving campus on Thursday seeking championship glory, the boys’ track team returned to campus on Saturday with the UIL 5A state title. Pulling into the back of the school, family, friends, and other Redhawks were waiting for the team, the school’s...

All Texans, 16 and older, are now eligible to receive their vaccination for COVID-19,

Student vaccination numbers fast-moving

Andrew Jáuregui, Staff Reporter May 7, 2021

With all Texans, 16 and older, eligible to receive their vaccination for COVID-19, more and more students have received their first dose, or both doses of their vaccinations.  For the past year, COVID has impacted the lives of many student’s and...

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