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Lake Dallas High School to offer support options to students with new Focus Fridays schedule

To meet the needs of both in-person and virtual learners during the 2020-21 school year, Lake Dallas High School will offer several options to students on Fridays through a unique schedule providing half a day for instruction and half a day for educational assistance and support.

Each “Focus Friday,” students will have the opportunity to attend specific class tutorials for assistance mastering content. Additionally, teachers not actively providing tutorials will use Focus Friday to set meetings and learn new virtual teaching methods. The Texas Education Agency has allowed and encouraged hybrid schedules for high schools to best meet the needs of students during the pandemic.

All in-person learners will attend school through at least 12:25 p.m. on Focus Fridays, with the option to stay the full traditional day – until the 3:45 p.m. dismissal. Buses will run after both dismissal times of 12:25 p.m. and 3:45 p.m. to provide service to those who qualify for district transportation.

“We believe this option best meets the needs of our students and their families,” said Dr. Kristi Strickland, principal of Lake Dallas High School. “We know the spring was challenging for many students, and this will ensure all students are on pace to both advance and thrive in their learning.”

Every core subject will have tutorial sessions available on Fridays, and students will also have the ability to use the library for classwork or other educational endeavors.

High school students will continue to attend classes on alternating “A” and “B” days, with a compressed schedule on Fridays. Schedules for high school students can now be accessed in Skyward Family Access by parents and guardians. Families who have issues signing in should contact the school front office at 940-497-4031.