• Hybrid Learning Schedule for High School/Senior High

    Plano ISD’s first focus in planning for all aspects of launching the new school year was on the health and safety of our students and staff. With large enrollments at each of the high schools and senior highs, the ability to effectively socially distance during all parts of the school day presented a challenge. On July 17, the Texas Education Agency posted reopening guidance for schools different from guidance received earlier in the summer. The revised guidance allowed districts the ability to implement a hybrid schedule to reduce the number of students on campus at one time. This hybrid design creates smaller student teams, or cohorts, coming to school each day while also supporting social distancing efforts, which addresses our biggest health obstacles at the high school and senior high levels. Plano ISD received approval from TEA to implement this schedule for the 2020-21 school year only.

  • Face-to-Face Learning Environment

    Students choosing face-to-face instruction will attend school using a hybrid cohort schedule: 

    • Students will attend school on campus two days a week and participate in remote asynchronous learning from home for the other three days each week. Students will follow their assigned schedule to interact with teachers following the published bell schedules. 
    • Remote synchronous learning is defined as two-way, real-time, live, instruction between teachers and students, through the computer or other electronic devices. 
    • Remote asynchronous learning is a curricular experience where students engage in the learning materials on their own time, interacting intermittently with the teacher via the computer or other electronic devices. In this setting, teachers will provide instruction, learning resources and support through the use of Google Classroom. 
    • Face-to-face students will be divided into two cohorts that will rotate between on-campus and at-home remote instruction. 
    • Each cohort and all students will be expected to participate in assigned synchronous activities on Mondays.

  • PISD School@Home Learning Environment

    Students choosing PISD School@Home will attend school using a hybrid cohort schedule: 

    • PISD School@Home students will be divided into two cohorts that will rotate synchronous and asynchronous instruction in a fully remote environment. 
    • Students will attend remote synchronous (live) instruction two days a week and participate in remote asynchronous learning for the other three days each week. Students enrolled in PISD School@Home will be assigned a virtual class schedule and must be available for live, synchronous instruction during each school day. 
    • Remote synchronous learning is defined as two-way, real-time, live, instruction between teachers and students, through the computer or other electronic devices. 
    • Remote asynchronous learning is a curricular experience where students engage in the learning materials on their own time, interacting intermittently with the teacher via the computer or other electronic devices. In this setting, teachers will provide instruction, learning resources and support through the use of Google Classroom. 
    • Each cohort and all students will be expected to participate in assigned synchronous activities on Mondays.

  • Hybrid Design Overview

    • The hybrid schedule creates smaller student teams, or cohorts, at school each day for arrival and dismissal.
    • A hybrid design allows for smaller class sizes and provides opportunities for teachers to more effectively move student desks to create socially distanced classrooms. 
    • All high school and senior high school students, whether participating in face-to-face learning or PISD School@Home, will follow an A/B cohort schedule to allow for students to have the same pacing.
    • All grading, assignments and learning experiences will be aligned to ensure continuity and equity between learning environments
    • Students will have 5 days of instruction and engagement(asynchronous and synchronous):
      • Mondays are asynchronous instructional days with some synchronous instruction/intervention, as appropriate.
      • Tuesday–Friday, students engage in synchronous and/or face-to-face instruction by assigned cohort, following their daily class schedule and published bell schedules. 
    • Student IEPs and 504 plans will be followed regardless of learning environment such that students with disabilities receive a Free and Appropriate Public Education (FAPE).
    • Accommodations for face-to-face instruction four days per week is available to any student and requests can be made at each campus.
  • Second Semester Modifications to Hybrid

    Listening to feedback from students, families and staff, the following adjustments were made to the hybrid schedule for second semester in order to better meet the needs of our students:

    • The hybrid schedule, with face-to-face learners attending school in person two days per week, will be continued for students who are academically successful or for students/families with underlying health conditions
    • Students who are not demonstrating academic success or have poor attendance may be required to come back to face-to-face learning 4 days/week unless there are underlying health conditions per updated Texas Education Agency guidance
    • More synchronous learning will be provided on asynchronous days (4 days per week) to provide greater teacher/student interaction and support
  • Requesting 4 Days/Week In-Person

    As a continued practice since the beginning of the year, parents of high school and senior high students enrolled in face-to-face learning may work with their student’s campus to request attending school in person 4 days per week. 

    • Parents who would like to request that their student attend in person 4 days per week should email their campus principal.
    • Each campus will process requests from parents and prioritize the request based on: 
      • student need;
      • campus and classroom capacity for social distancing; and 
      • teacher class size and load