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Frenship Life Skills Program offered online, face-to-face

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There are 1,200 students in Frenship ISD's special education program. Of those, about 200 have signed up from virtual learning this semester. Whether online or face-to-face, Frenship life skills teachers are ready to welcome their students back safely. 

"I think our teachers did a great job whenever we first had to go virtual and did as much as they possibly could to make sure that Taylor was getting what she needed," parent Cindy Abbott said.

Abbott's daughter attends Frenship High School. She says after being stuck at home for months, Taylor's missing part of that routine. 

"So there's also that little bit of independence that she's missing at home because she has us, and she can kind of ask us to do things for here," Abbott said. 

For students in the special education program, it entails a lot of hands-on activities. Five students in Alisha Harrist's life skills class are learning remotely. While those parents may have doubts, Harrist says she's come up with a solution to incorporate hands-on skills virtually. 

"So, I planned on making some videos just modeling the correct way to do some of the activities. Especially for the ones that need more assistance," Harrist said. 

Life skills classrooms will follow all the district's safety guidelines put in place. That includes desks spread out, small groups and regular cleaning. Teachers are required to wear masks, but some are opting for face shields to better serve their students. 

"I think facial expressions and body language are really important for our kids," Harrist said. "I do plan on wearing a face shield and I have three TA's that will be in the classroom and they will be wearing them also."

Even if there is another shutdown, teachers are ready to adapt. 

"Kids that are in the classroom, we're incorporating technology if there were to be a shutdown later we could transition seamlessly," Harrist said. 

The same curriculum will be taught for online and face-to-face learners. The first day of school is set for August 17.

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