• April 3, 2020 - COVID-19 Update for Plano ISD Families

    APRIL 3, 2020

    Thank you for your partnership as we conclude another week of at-home learning. We hope that you will all unplug and enjoy a restful weekend with your families. We look forward to continuing to partner with our parents and families in the care and support of our students. Please continue sharing your feedback and questions via email to askPISD@pisd.edu


    Meal Access

    New Requirements for Free Plano ISD Meals, Effective April 6

    Starting Monday, April 6, new rules from the Texas Department of Agriculture require that parents picking up free meals from the district must bring documentation for children who are not in the vehicle. Please note that verification is not required when children are present with a parent during meal pickup. When present, any child 18 years of age or under can receive a grab-and-go meal. If the child is not present, acceptable documentation includes a school-issued student ID, report card, birth certificate or the verification message that parents received from the district. Learn more.

    Updated Grab-and-Go Meal Locations, Effective April 6

    This program serves all students attending any Plano ISD school. Families can pick up meals curbside in the carpool lanes* (unless otherwise noted) at the campuses listed below. Access to enter the buildings is not available. Learn more at the District-Provided Meals webpage.

    April 10 & 13 Student Holiday - No Meal Service

    District-provided meals will not be available during the scheduled April 10 and April 13 student holidays. 

    North Texas Food Bank (NTFB) Mobile Drop Monday, April 6

    In partnership with the NTFB, Plano ISD will be hosting a Mobile Food Pantry distribution on Monday, April 6, from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m., while supplies last, at Bowman Middle School in the parking lot at the back of the building. This is open to any family in the Plano ISD community who is experiencing a need for food.


    Free Internet Access at Plano ISD Sites 

    Need Internet Access?

    Be our guest on the PISDGuest network. Free wireless Internet access is available in the parking lots at several schools throughout the district. Visit the Wifi Spots at Schools webpage to find out where to park-and-play on the PISDGuest network. All families are asked to remain in their vehicles while on district property. For more Internet access options visit the I Need Internet webpage.

  • April 2, 2020 - COVID-19 Update for Plano ISD Families

    COVID-19 Update for Plano ISD Families

    APRIL 2, 2020

    Please continue sharing your feedback or questions by emailing askPISD@pisd.edu


    Meal Access

    New Requirements for Free Plano ISD Meals, Effective April 6

    Starting Monday, April 6, new rules from the Texas Department of Agriculture require that parents picking up free meals from the district must bring documentation for children who are not in the vehicle. Please note that verification is not required when children are present with a parent during meal pickup. When present, any child 18 years of age or under can receive a grab-and-go meal. If the child is not present, acceptable documentation includes a school-issued student ID, report card, birth certificate or the verification message that all parents will receive from the district.

    All households will receive a verification letter via email for each student enrolled. Please print the verification letter and place it on the dashboard of your car for each student who is not present, but receiving a meal. If you do not have access to a printer, you can show the verification message to district personnel from your cell phone. Learn more.

    April 10 & 13 Student Holiday - No Meal Service

    District-provided meals will not be available during the scheduled April 10 and April 13 student holidays. 

    North Texas Food Bank (NTFB) Mobile Drop

    In partnership with the NTFB, Plano ISD will be hosting a Mobile Food Pantry meal box distribution on Monday, April 6, beginning at 9:00 a.m. at Bowman Middle School in the parking lot at the back of the building. This is open to any family in the Plano ISD community who is experiencing a need for food.


    Remote Learning Plan: Phase 3 

    Our Commitment

    We continue our commitment to providing educational continuity for all students. Our partnership with parents is critical to the success of every student, now more than ever. We are in unprecedented times and engaging in learning in completely new ways. Be assured that all PISD staff remain committed to serving our families. 

    We will be moving into Phase 3 beginning April 6. Thank you for your patience and partnership! Stay in contact with your student’s teachers and let us know how to help. 

     Phase 3 in Elementary

    • Instruction will continue to include teacher-developed assignments and experiences as were launched in Phase 2 last week (PreK - 5th grade).
    • Teachers will soon be sharing more information with you and students about the new tools in Phase 3. Students and parents will see two new tools for literacy instruction on their Webdesk: 
      • PathBlazers, to supplement English literacy instruction, Kindergarten - 5th grade
      • iStation to supplement Spanish literacy instruction, Kindergarten - 5th grade
    • Grading guidelines coming soon.

     Phase 3 in Secondary

    • The courses listed in the linked chart, Courses with District-wide Virtual Content, will transition to a blended model of instruction with district-wide virtual content supplemented by some teacher-developed assignments.
      • Students will see an Edgenuity icon on their Webdesk that will enable them to access virtual content.
      • Next week, students will watch an orientation video and be given time to learn how to navigate inside the Edgenuity tool.
    • Courses not included in the linked chart will continue with teacher-developed assignments and experiences as were launched in Phase 2 last week (grades 6-12).
    • Grading guidelines coming soon.

    School Calendar Update

    Plano ISD will follow the current adopted academic calendar. The designated bad weather makeup days, April 10 and April 13, are student holidays and will not be used as instructional days this spring. Additionally, regardless of whether campuses re-open to students this school year, the last day of instruction will be May 22.

  • April 1, 2020 - COVID-19 Update for Plano ISD Families

    APRIL 1, 2020

    Due to the number of times Superintendent Bonser’s video message was viewed last night, it exceeded the number of allowed playbacks from Google Drive. For those of you who were unable to watch, a YouTube link is shared below. This version is closed captioned, which can also be auto-translated to other languages as needed. We appreciate your patience and partnership as we work to provide steady and reliable information during this time of school closure.


    Video Message from Superintendent Sara Bonser

     sara bonser portrait
    Watch a special message from Superintendent Bonser


    School Calendar Update

    Plano ISD will follow the current, adopted academic calendar. The designated bad weather makeup days, April 10 and April 13, are student holidays and will not be used as instructional days this spring. Additionally, regardless of whether campuses re-open to students this school year, the last day of instruction will be May 22.


    Meal Access

    Grab-and-Go Meal Locations: IMPORTANT CHANGE

    Beginning Monday, April 6, Plano ISD is updating the locations for meal distribution. Rose Haggar Elementary School will no longer be a meal site, but nearby Mitchell Elementary School will be added. Christie Elementary is also being added as an additional site.

    April 10 & 13 Student Holiday - No Meal Service

    District-provided meals will not be available during the scheduled April 10 and April 13 student holidays. 

    North Texas Food Bank (NTFB) Mobile Drop

    In partnership with the NTFB, Plano ISD will be hosting a Mobile Food Pantry meal box distribution on Monday, April 6, beginning at 9:00 a.m. at Bowman Middle School in the parking lot at the back of the building. This is open to any family in the Plano ISD community who is experiencing a need for food.


    Elementary Student Transfers

    The 2020-2021 elementary transfer process has been postponed and an online process is being developed. Please stay connected through the website for further updates.

  • March 31, 2020 - COVID-19 Update for Plano ISD Families

    MARCH 31, 2020

    As announced earlier this evening, the COVID-19 related school closure has been extended through May 1, and the district will launch Phase 3 of the Remote Learning Plan next week. Provided below are some additional updates for today, as well as a special message from Superintendent Sara Bonser. If you have questions or concerns, please continue submitting them via email to askPISD@pisd.edu


    Video Message from Superintendent Sara Bonser

     portrait of superintendent bonser
    Watch a special message from Superintendent Bonser


    School Closure

    Governor Abbott ordered today that all schools are to remain closed through May 1, 2020, unless otherwise extended. For that reason, and in the interest of public health and doing everything in our power to limit the spread of COVID-19, Plano ISD will be extending the closure of schools through May 1.


    IMPORTANT CHANGES to Grab-and-Go Meal Locations

    Beginning Monday, April 6, Plano ISD is updating locations for meal distribution. Rose Haggar Elementary School will no longer be a meal site, but nearby Mitchell Elementary School will be added. Christie Elementary is also being added as an additional site.


    North Texas Food Bank Mobile Drop

    In partnership with the NTFB, Plano ISD will be hosting a Mobile Food Pantry meal box distribution on Monday, April 6, beginning at 9:00 a.m. at Bowman Middle School in the parking lot at the back of the building. This is open to any family in the Plano ISD community who is experiencing a need for food. 


    Plano ISD Industries Academy at Collin Technical Campus Application Deadline

    Due to the COVID-19 school closure, the application deadline for the Plano ISD Industries Academy at Collin Technical College has been extended to May 4. This program is open to high school juniors during the 2020-2021 school year. Students will receive career-specific training and industry certifications while still in high school. For more information about the academy, please visit the Industries Academy webpage.

  • March 31, 2020 - Plano ISD Extends School Closure through May 1

    March 31, 2020

    Dear Plano ISD Community,

    As promised, Plano ISD has been evaluating the April 3 school closure date to determine if it is possible to reopen schools. Public health remains the number one priority for our students, families and staff. Additionally, Governor Abbott ordered today that all schools are to remain closed through May 1, 2020, unless otherwise extended. For those reasons, and in the interest of public health and doing everything in our power to limit the spread of COVID-19, Plano ISD schools and facilities will remain closed through May 1.

    Parents, we know this has been a tremendous burden on you and your families. We are continuing to refine our remote learning plans to be more streamlined and manageable. We know that while you are home with your children, many of you are also working from home, and we want to continue to do whatever we can to ease your burden. We will continue to support you at home with our meal services, with technology support, with continued enhancements of remote learning and with school supplies if they are needed.

    As the school closure has progressed beyond April 3, information will be coming regarding Phase 3 implementation of remote learning.  

    We are also reviewing our grading policies so that our students do not bear a negative consequence because of this situation. This time of remote learning is just that, a time for learning and for taking care of one another, physically and emotionally, and we want to ensure that our students are treated fairly and given grace in our grading practices. We are extending the current expectation that grades are not to be assigned or recorded during the remainder of Phase 2 of our remote learning plan (March 23–April 3). Teachers will continue to provide feedback to students on their work. Additional grading guidelines are forthcoming.

    Please take care of yourselves first and foremost, and know we are here to help in whatever way we can. 


    Sincerely,

    Sara Bonser
    Superintendent of Schools

  • March 27, 2020 - COVID-19 Update for Plano ISD Families

    MARCH 27, 2020

    As we conclude our first week of at-home learning, we want to say thank you for being our partners in your child’s education. We hope everyone will take some time to enjoy the weekend and we look forward to “seeing” you for a second week of online learning on Monday. Please continue reaching out to us with your any questions, concerns or needs by emailing askPISD@pisd.edu.

    Pre-Kindergarten Roundup

    Due to school closure, pre-k registration has been postponed. Watch for updated information online at www.pisd.edu/Page/441.  

    PASAR Tuition Questions 

    Customers will be credited for tuition fees for the weeks that Plano ISD is closed or PASAR is not operational. This will be calculated on a monthly pro-rata basis. Since the school district has extended the closure into April, billing for April will not be calculated and reflected in the PASAR Parent Portal until the reopening date is known. At this time, please do not make a payment for April PASAR tuition. For more information, visit www.pisd.edu/pasar.

    IB World School at Huffman Elementary, Application Deadline Extended

    Due to the COVID-19-related school closure, the registration timeline for applying to the IB World School at Huffman Elementary has been extended as follows: Registration closes on April 3; parent will be notified of status through email on April 10; and parent decisions to accept or deny must be made by April 20. APPLY HERE.

  • March 26, 2020 - COVID-19 Update for Plano ISD Families

    MARCH 26, 2020

    Plano ISD would like to thank our students and families for your flexibility and patience as we have launched this first week of at-home learning. We will continue sharing regular updates to keep our families informed and we hope that you will continue reaching out to us with your questions or concerns by emailing askPISD@pisd.edu.

    Chromebook Distribution/Support

    If you have a broken Chromebook or if you missed the timeframe for picking up a device at your campus, the Plano ISD help desk is available to assist you in obtaining a working Chromebook. Contact the help desk Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at (469) 752-8767, or email tsos@pisd.edu. The help desk will work with your campus to coordinate the repair, pickup or delivery of your device.

    North Texas Food Bank Mobile Food Pantry

    A mobile food pantry drop will be available for Plano ISD families this Friday, March 27, from 1:00 PM - 3:30 PM at Bowman Middle School, 2501 Jupiter Road, Plano, in the parking area located at the back of the building. The pantry is open to anyone in our community in need of food. 

    PASAR Tuition Questions

    UPDATED: Customers will be credited for tuition fees for the weeks that Plano ISD is closed or PASAR is not operational. This will be calculated on a monthly pro-rata basis. Since the school district has extended the closure into April, billing for April will not be calculated and reflected in the PASAR Parent Portal until the reopening date is known. At this time, please do not make a payment for April PASAR tuition. Should you have any questions regarding your PASAR account, please email financeofficepasar@pisd.edu.

  • March 25, 2020 - COVID-19 Update for Plano ISD Families

    COVID-19 Update for Plano ISD Families

    MARCH 25, 2020

    As Plano ISD schools and facilities remain closed as a response to COVID-19, we want to continue sharing regular updates to keep our families informed. If you have any questions about today’s update, please email askPISD@pisd.edu.

    Family Resources

    The link below is a searchable list that families, community members and school staff can utilize to help find community resources in order to meet a family’s needs. 

    The list is searchable by agency name, zip code and category. Categories include such areas as basic needs (food assistance, housing assistance), health care (medical, dental, vision), and mental health (substance abuse, counseling, etc.). 

    Plano ISD Athletic Facilities and Fields 

    All Plano ISD facilities, grounds and fields are subject to Governor Greg Abbott’s Executive Orders and the Collin County Stay-at-Home Order to mitigate the spread of COVID-19. Social gatherings in groups of more than ten people are prohibited. Social distancing should be observed:  

    Social distancing means:

    • Maintaining a distance of at least 6 feet between yourself and others
    • Avoiding congregating with other people
    • Avoiding unnecessary physical contact

    North Texas Food Bank Mobile Food Pantry

    A mobile food pantry drop will be available for Plano ISD families this Friday, March 27, from 1:00 PM - 3:30 PM at Bowman Middle School in the parking area located at the back of the building. The pantry is open to anyone in our community in need of food.

    Chromebook Care & Technical Support

    Guidelines for Chromebook Care at Home: 

    Chromebook and Other Technical Support: Contact the Plano ISD Help Desk via email at tsos@pisd.edu

    Free WiFi Access: The Texas Education Agency (TEA) has developed guidance for providing Internet Access to students.

    Transcripts

    Senior High School registrars are regularly checking and processing requests for transcripts through Naviance. If a student has a need for a transcript for a university that doesn’t utilize Naviance, the registrar will respond to the request by sending a password protected PDF file of the transcript to the student or university. This would also apply to those students who have a need to provide a transcript to a scholarship review committee.

    At this time of year, sending official transcripts for seniors in a timely manner is necessary to ensure a student’s college enrollment, and we are committed to meeting this need.

    Curriculum Resources in Spanish 

    Families can access curriculum resources in Spanish online at: www.pisd.edu/Page/22462

    Meal Access for Families
    New Hours This Week: Monday - Friday, 11-00 AM to 1:00 PM

    During this pick-up time, families are able to get lunch, along with breakfast for the following day. For more information, visit the Meal Access for Families page.

  • March 24, 2020 - COVID-19 Update for Plano ISD Families

    MARCH 24, 2020

    Plano ISD remains closed to the public through April 3. As we navigate this revised way of learning and teaching from home, we want to continue sharing regular updates with families. If you have any questions about today’s update, please email askPISD@pisd.edu.

    Stay-at-Home Order

    Collin County announced a stay-at-home order in a press conference today, advising businesses to take all necessary actions to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Plano ISD is responding to this order by further limiting district activities to only the essential operations of the school district to help reduce the risk of spread of COVID-19; however, we want to reassure you of the things you can still expect of our school district.

    While all campuses and other district facilities will be closed during this period, Plano ISD will continue implementing the following essential activities:

    • Meal Service will continue at our designated grab-and-go sites. 
    • Chromebook Distribution will continue through Wednesday, March 25, in order to equip all students with a device for at-home remote learning. Chromebooks need to be picked up at your student’s school as soon as possible. It is essential for each student to have a device for online learning. Contact your campus today if you have not already done so to schedule a time to check out a device for your student.  
    • Remote Learning will continue allowing students and teachers to participate in online learning while observing this stay-at-home order. 

    Even during this stay-at-home order, Plano ISD is dedicated to ensuring that our students continue receiving meals and have the resources they need to continue their education at home.

    The stay-at-home order is an effort to contain the spread of COVID-19, focused on slowing the spread of the virus so that medical facilities are not overwhelmed. To do this, people are asked to practice social distancing and protective hygiene measures.

    • Social distancing means:

        • Maintaining a distance of at least 6 feet between yourself and others
        • Avoiding congregating with other people
        • Avoiding unnecessary physical contact

    • Protective hygiene measures include:

      • Not touching your face
      • Covering your cough or sneeze with a tissue
      • Washing your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds
      • If soap and water are not available, using an alcohol-based hand sanitizer

    Meal Access for Families
    New Hours This Week: Monday - Friday, 11-00 AM to 1:00 PM

    During this pick-up time, families are able to get lunch, along with breakfast for the following day. Read more on the School Closure website.

    School Guidance and Counseling 

    If you need information or support from your school counselor, you may contact them via email. You can find a list of counselors and their email addresses at www.pisd.edu/contactpisd or on your child’s schools website at www.pisd.edu

    School social workers are on staff at some campuses and they may be contacted by parents in the same way as counselors. During school closures counselors and social workers are able to continue to support students and families with academic success, social and emotional growth, and college, career and military readiness.

  • March 24, 2020 - Plano ISD Responds to County's Stay-at-Home Order

    March 24, 2020
     

    Dear Plano ISD Community,

    First, let me say that I am so proud of our students, families and staff as we began at-home learning yesterday. Thank you for all that you are doing to support your children in their learning. I want to bring you up to date on what is happening in Collin County with an announcement made just minutes ago.

    The Collin County press conference and Stay-at-Home Order advises businesses to take all necessary actions to prevent the spread of COVID-19. The order takes effect immediately, March 24, and will be in place for the next seven days.

    Plano ISD is responding to this order by further limiting district activities to only the essential operations of the school district to help reduce the risk of spread of COVID-19; however, we want to reassure you of the things you can still expect of our school district. While all campuses and other district facilities will be closed during this period, Plano ISD will continue implementing the following essential activities:

    • Meal Service will continue at our designated grab-and-go sites.
    • Chromebook Distribution will continue through Wednesday, March 25, in order to equip all students with a device for at-home remote learning. Chromebooks need to be picked up at your student’s school as soon as possible. It is essential for each student to have a device for online learning. Contact your campus today if you have not already done so to schedule a time to check out a device for your student.
    • Remote Learning will continue allowing students and teachers to participate in online learning while observing this Stay-at-Home Order.

    Even during this Stay-at-Home Order, Plano ISD is dedicated to ensuring that our students continue receiving meals and have the resources they need to continue their education at home. If you have any questions, please contact your campus or email us at askPISD@pisd.edu.

    Please take care of yourselves and your families during this time. Thank you for your continued support.
     

    Sincerely,
     

    Sara Bonser
    Superintendent

  • March 23, 2020 - COVID-19 Update for Plano ISD Families

    COVID-19 Update for Plano ISD Families

    MARCH 23, 2020

    Plano ISD remains closed to the public through April 3. As we navigate this revised way of learning and teaching from home, we want to continue sharing regular updates with families. If you have any questions about today’s update, please email askPISD@pisd.edu.

    School Closure Information and Resources

    Get the most current information and resources via our new dedicated website: www.pisd.edu/infoandresources

    Updated Chromebook Distribution Plan

    With nearby Dallas County’s declaration on Sunday afternoon implementing a Shelter in Place protocol starting midnight on March 23, Plano ISD is expediting our Chromebook distribution to get as many Chromebooks as possible handed out on Tuesday, March 24. Read more.

    Meal Access for Families
    New Hours This Week: Monday - Friday, 11-00 AM to 1:00 PM

    Starting today, March 23, hours for the district’s grab-and-go breakfast and lunch program changed to 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM. During this pick-up time, families are able to get lunch, along with breakfast for the following day. Read more.

  • March 20, 2020 - COVID-19 Update for Plano ISD Families

    Plano ISD remains closed to the public through April 3. As we navigate this revised way of learning and teaching from home, we want to continue sharing regular updates with families. If you have any questions about today’s update, please email askPISD@pisd.edu

    Remote Learning Plan During School Closure

    Get ready for remote learning, which starts on Monday, March 23. View Plano ISD’s three-phased plan at www.pisd.edu/homelearningphases, and take advantage of these online resources on our new webpages: www.pisd.edu/infoandresources

    Chromebook Distribution Plan

    Chromebook Distribution for students will start at each student’s home campus beginning Tuesday, March 24 and go each day through Thursday, March 26 from 9:30 AM to 2:30 PM. Communication from your home campus will come through email and/or School Messenger with specific details regarding Chromebook pickup. It is our hope to get Chromebook to our students as quickly as possible using next week’s schedule. However, additional times for pickup will be scheduled as necessary.

    Report Card Information

    Report cards for the third grading period have been processed and published to both the Parent Portal and the PISD mobile app for students in grades 3-12. Printed report cards will not be distributed at this time.

    College Board Information

    Today, the College Board provided some information related to AP testing:

    • AP Teachers will be communicating expectations about remote learning during school closure activities. 
    • No face-to-face exams will be given.
    • Students who have registered for exams will have the option to take an online, at-home AP Exam on one of two dates to be announced by April 3rd.
    • Students will have the option to cancel their registration and receive a refund if they wish.
    • Students and teachers will have access to free streaming AP review sessions hosted by AP teachers from across the country.
    • More detailed information can be found at https://apcentral.collegeboard.org/about-ap/news-changes/coronavirus-update.

    Student Activities and UIL

    All scheduled activities related to Plano ISD schools are canceled during the school closure, including all contests, practices, rehearsals, banquets and other student activities.

    Additionally, the University Interscholastic League (UIL) is extending its suspension of all UIL sanctioned activities at this time. Read more on the UIL website.  

    Enrolling/Withdrawing Students

    During this time of school closures, if you have a need to either withdraw or enroll your student please contact Anna Schardt at anna.schardt@pisd.edu   She will provide you with information about required documents and will assist you in the beginning steps of this process.

    Meal Access for Families

    We are excited to share that in the first week, the district has been able to serve 11,291 meals to our students! This district-wide program serves children 18 and younger. Families can pick up meals for students curbside at the campuses listed below in the carpool lanes*(unless otherwise noted). Access to enter the buildings will not be available. 

    New Hours Next Week: Monday-Friday, 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM

    Starting Monday, March 23, hours for the district’s grab-and-go breakfast and lunch program will change to 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM During this pick-up time, families will be able to get lunch, along with breakfast for the following day. 

    • Armstrong Middle School *(pickup at this location is the bus lane at the rear of the building)
      3805 Timberline Drive, Plano, TX 75074
    • Barron Elementary School**
      3300 Avenue P, Plano, TX 75074
      ** Meal service at this location begins Monday, March 23
    • Daffron Elementary School
      3900 Preston Meadow Drive, Plano, TX 75093
    • IB World School at Huffman Elementary
      5510 Channel Isle Drive, Plano, TX 75093
    • Meadows Elementary School
      2800 18th Street, Plano, TX 75074
    • Rose Haggar Elementary School
      17820 Campbell Road, Dallas, TX 75252
    • Sigler Elementary School
      1400 Janwood Drive, Plano, TX 75075
    • Thomas Elementary School
      1800 Montana Trail, Plano, TX 75023

    Access to Campuses

    Updated Student and Family Access: 

    Information regarding picking up instruments and athletic equipment for secondary schools will be shared with families on the Plano ISD website

  • March 19, 2020 - COVID-19 Update for Plano ISD Families

    Plano ISD schools remain closed to the public through Friday, April 3, in an effort to support the community, region and nation’s need to slow the spread of COVID-19. The district will continue to monitor this health concern and reassess whether there is a need to extend the suspension of normal district operations beyond April 3. Although our buildings remain closed to the public, we will continue to meet the academic and social emotional needs of our students and families. We will stay connected with you through our multiple communications channels. Please use virtual communication channels, sending any questions you may have to askPISD@pisd.edu

    Remote Learning Plan During School Closure 

    Phase One - Preparing Students and Staff (Week of March 16-20, 2020)

    What Students Should Do to Prepare for Remote Learning 

    STEP ONE: Start Gearing Up for Remote Learning and Take Advantage of Home Learning Resources

    Website for At-Home Learning Support: www.pisd.edu/athomelearning
    This website is organized by grade level and subject area and provides online resources, as well as suggested off-line activities to support student learning from home. The resources provided on this website are to help engage students in continued learning but will not be submitted to teachers for assignments or for feedback. 

    STEP TWO: Know Your Username and Password

    All Plano ISD staff and students have a PISD username and password.
    If students have forgotten their passwords or are otherwise experiencing problems trying to login, please contact Plano ISD's Technology Help Desk for assistance:

    STEP THREE:  Access to Technology

    Plano ISD has a Chromebook for every student in the District should they need a device. These devices are being re-imaged from an enterprise configuration to an individual usage functionality for home use and prepared for deployment. It is important for every student to have a device and not one per family. Chromebooks will be checked out to parents next week from the student’s home campus. Please be watching for the Sign-Up Genius form to schedule a time to pick up a Chromebook should you need a device or devices.

    STEP FOUR: PISD Webdesk and MyBackpack

    After signing in to Google Chrome, navigate to webdesk.pisd.edu which is PISD's portal for digital learning resources. All students have an app in Webdesk called MyBackpack which provides easy access to course resources. It is a lightweight alternative to carrying textbooks around all day! And it's helpful to have the necessary resources in one location.

    • Sign In to Webdesk - PDF document with steps for signing in | YouTube Video demonstrating the steps for signing in
    • Webdesk App for Phones/Tablets - Webdesk is available via app, too! It's free for iOS or Android. Please search for Plano ISD after installing the app. Choose to sign in with ADFS then enter the student's PISD Username and Password.
    • MyBackpack - All course-related resources are stored in one spot! Look for the MyBackpack tile in Webdesk.
    • Accessing H: Drive - Files stored on the PISD Network, such as the H: Drive, can be accessed via Webdesk.
    • Webdesk Resources - A collection of YouTube videos to demonstrating ways to use Webdesk | The PISD Webdesk resource page

    What Teachers Are Doing to Prepare for Remote Learning

    • Teachers are working with the Academic Services team and are attending virtual professional learning on remote learning platforms (Google, Zoom, etc.)
    • Teachers are setting up or refining their online instructional and communication platforms
    • Teachers are working with campus collaborative teams to create Phase 2 online lessons to be used in the delivery of remote learning
    • Teachers will begin reaching out to parents to ensure communication channels are established

    Phase Two: Launching Remote Learning (Week of March 23-April 3, 2020)

    STEP ONE: Establishing Online Learning Communication Channels

    • Teachers will continue reaching out to each student/parent to ensure they have an accurate email address/method of communication
    • Teachers will provide an explanation of the online platform that will be used in delivering instruction and feedback to students
    • When communicating with parents and students via email, teachers will include the grade level/course in the subject line
    • Teachers will convey “virtual office hours” to students and parents in order to provide answers to questions and feedback to students
    • Teachers are expected to give timely feedback to students after an assignment is completed and/or clarification 

    STEP TWO: Remote Learning Format

    • Secondary teachers will be providing 1-2 lessons/week which total no more than 3 hours of instruction/application activities 
    • Elementary teachers will plan for a variety of daily learning experiences such as:  teacher-created videos, activities, resources from unit plans, and reading resources

    Time for Students to Spend on Each Subject

    Grade(s)

    Literacy (Reading/
    Writing)

    Math

    Science

    Social Studies

    PreK

    60/day

    30/day

    15/2x per week

    15/2x per week

    K-2nd

    60/day

    45/day

    30/2x per week

    30/2x per week

    3rd-5th

    45/day

    45/day

    30/day

    30/day

    • Evidence of student learning:
      • Lessons may include 1-2 student submissions showing evidence of student learning from the lesson. 
      • Submissions may include responses, practice, products. 
      • Teachers may provide feedback for submissions and will create flexible timelines for student submission.

    STEP THREE: Resources

    • Teachers will be using resources provided by the district through adopted textbooks, curriculum documents, and supplementary materials 
    • No resources, platforms, or apps requiring student fees or an associated cost to the family will be required at any time. 

    STEP FOUR: Grading

    March 23-27, 2020

    • Teachers will provide assignments for student completion, with plans to provide feedback to individual students; however, no grades will be recorded in the gradebook for the week of March 23-27.
    • Focus on instruction and assignments:
      • Students getting connected online
      • Establishing a comfort level with online tools for learning, application, and submission of assignments
      • Establishing communication, instructional, and feedback processes between teacher and students
      • Notifying students and families of virtual office hours
      • Determining levels of support for students who receive services in Special Education, ESL/Bilingual, or 504

    March 30-April 3, 2020

    • More information will be coming about grading practices beyond March 27.

    Phase Three - Remote Learning through Digital Learning Platform (April 6 and Beyond)

    Plano ISD has always written its own curriculum written by our own teachers and staff.  For that reason, a learning management system for all instructional materials and learning delivery has not been needed.  We are planning for movement to a new digital learning platform should the school closures extend beyond April 3.

    If the closure of schools is extended beyond April 3, we will implement Phase Three of the remote learning plan to provide additional support and consistency for the majority of courses and grade levels across the district.  During this phase, instruction will include teacher-developed assignments in combination with district-wide virtual content.

    The Academic Services team is aligning content and designing training for staff that will roll out next week so that we are prepared for this transition if it becomes necessary. Student schedules are being uploaded into the digital platform at this time so we can customize the digital platform to each individual student. Parents and students will also be provided training on this platform and more information will be provided as training becomes available.

    Meal Access for Families

    New Location Added (Barron Elementary)
    New Hours Next Week: Monday-Friday, 11-00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

    Starting Monday, March 23, hours for the district’s grab-and-go breakfast and lunch program will change to 11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. During this pick-up time, families will be able to get lunch, along with breakfast for the following day. This cuts down on the number of times our families will need to leave home to pick up meals each day. Also beginning Monday, Barron Elementary will be added as a new location for meals.

    This district-wide program serves children 18 and younger. Families can pick up meals for students curbside at the campuses listed below in the carpool lanes*(unless otherwise noted). Access to enter the buildings will not be available. We are excited to share that in just four days, the district has been able to serve 8,000 meals to our students!

    • Armstrong Middle School *(pickup at this location is the bus lane at the rear of the building)
      3805 Timberline Drive, Plano, TX 75074
    • Barron Elementary School**
      3300 Avenue P, Plano, TX 75074
      **Meal service at this location begins Monday, March 23
    • Daffron Elementary School
      3900 Preston Meadow Drive, Plano, TX 75093
    • IB World School at Huffman Elementary
      5510 Channel Isle Drive, Plano, TX 75093
    • Meadows Elementary School
      2800 18th Street, Plano, TX 75074
    • Rose Haggar Elementary School
      17820 Campbell Road, Dallas, TX 75252
    • Sigler Elementary School
      1400 Janwood Drive, Plano, TX 75075
    • Thomas Elementary School
      1800 Montana Trail, Plano, TX 75023

    Mobile Food Pantry at Williams High School, Friday, March 20

    North Texas Food Bank will host a mobile food pantry in the Williams High School parking lot on Friday, March 20 from 3 to 5 p.m. Families will be able to drive through and receive a box of shelf-stable items. North Texas Food Bank is anticipating being able to serve up to 500 families, so please spread the word and help our Plano ISD community take advantage of this opportunity.

    Instrument/Equipment Pickup at Secondary Campuses

    Due to the continued closure of Plano ISD campuses and postponement of district activities, specifically in the extracurricular areas of band, orchestra, and athletics, we have scheduled specific windows of time in which students may come to their respective campus and pick up their musical instrument or personal athletic equipment. We realize that having the instruments and equipment will allow students the opportunity to continue practicing and maintaining their skills during this unique time in which the regular rehearsals, sectionals, practice sessions, and competitions are not occurring.

    Pick-up times for instruments and/or personal athletic equipment are

    • Monday, March 23 or Wednesday, March 25
      • 9:00am – 11:00am     
      • 1:00pm – 3:00pm         
      • 5:00pm – 7:00pm

    A limit of five students at a time may enter and exit using designated entrances in the fine arts or athletic areas. Students will be required to sign in and no access to any other part of the campus will be allowed. More details are available on the Plano ISD website. Thank you for your flexibility and understanding.

    Off-Campus PE

    • The 2020-2021 Off-Campus PE (OCPE) application will be posted on the Plano ISD website at a later date to be determined.
    • All current 2019-2020 OCPE students are not expected to attend instruction at their facilities. Any student that chooses to attend their OCPE site for instruction is at the parent’s discretion.
    • Grades for this last nine weeks of spring 2020 are being discussed and information regarding this topic will be shared at a later date.

  • March 18, 2020 - School Closure Extended through April 3

    Plano ISD schools will remain closed to the public through Friday, April 3, in an effort to support the community, region and nation’s need to slow the spread of COVID-19. This action follows advice from local, state and national health authorities. The district will use the week of March 30-April 3 to reassess whether there is a need to extend the suspension of normal district operations beyond April 3, and will communicate a decision to the public at that time.

    We wish to express gratitude to our entire community of families, staff, volunteers and community partners for your patience and support during these uncertain times. 

    Plano ISD will remain flexible as we roll out our long-term plan for instructional continuity, and as we continue to navigate the many details of this unprecedented situation. Although our buildings remain closed to the public, we will continue to meet the academic and social emotional needs of our students and families. 

    The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has outlined the need for all communities to implement a social distancing protocol. We want to reiterate a request to our broader community to take the following reasonable precautions to prevent the spread of the illness:

    • Don’t shake hands.
    • Wash your hands regularly.
    • Limit movement within the community, especially avoiding crowded places and maintaining three to six feet of distance between people (at least an arm’s length).
    • If you are moving around in the community, don’t congregate in large groups.
    • For those who have traveled to areas with known COVID-19 cases—both inside and outside of the country—we ask that you self-quarantine and monitor for symptoms. Students who have traveled should plan to stay home for two weeks after arriving home. Please contact your campus to let them know, and this will be considered an excused absence.
    • If you suspect you have symptoms of COVID-19, call your health care provider for medical advice.
    • Keep your child at home if he/she feels ill, even if you think it is just a cold.
    • Do not leave the house if you are ill, except to access medical care.

    We will stay connected with you through our multiple communications channels, and we ask that you please visit www.pisd.edu/healthupdate to receive the most current and accurate information about this extended closure and Plano ISD’s response to the COVID-19 health concern. 

  • March 18, 2020 - Update for Plano ISD Families Including Remote Learning Plan

    COVID-19 Update for Plano ISD Families

    MARCH 18, 2020

    During this challenging time, we want to keep our families informed as we look for solutions. We will provide you with regular updates and ask you to help by submitting any questions you have to ask.pisd@pisd.edu. Your questions will inform our FAQ, which will help all families. Because this situation is still developing, the information in this communication is meant to move us through the next few days and is not intended as a comprehensive list of all plans. We appreciate your flexibility and patience.

    Remote Learning Plan During School Closure
    During this unprecedented time in our community, the PISD team is committed to providing and supporting continuity in learning for all of our students. 

    Short-Term Instructional Continuity: Today, we posted a website with guidance for learning at home. (https://www.pisd.edu/athomelearning) This short-term resource is organized by grade level and subject area and provides online resources, as well as suggested off-line activities. We hope you find this useful in assisting your student with learning activities while at home. 

    Your child’s teacher(s) will be contacting you, if they have not already done so, in order to set up communication for providing instruction and learning assignments. Lessons will begin for core content classes (English/Reading, Math, Science and Social Studies) on Monday, March 23. Other classes and electives will be added throughout the week. It is important for parents to partner and be in communication with teachers to help monitor this work so learning continues during this time away from school. 

    Parents of students who receive instruction in the special education setting will be contacted by special education teachers to develop plans. Information will also be provided from the district Special Education Department. We are committed to working with you to provide services and support for your student(s).

    We want to ensure that every family has a device for students to use, please complete this survey if you have not already done so (www.pisd.edu/techaccess). The district is working on a plan to distribute Chromebooks to the families that would use them--more information will be coming soon.  Please know we have enough devices for every student in the district so there is no need to purchase a device.  Parents without home access to the Internet may consider these free WiFi opportunities from area providers:

    Long-Term Instructional Continuity: In the event that school closing extends beyond April 3, we will update our online learning plan to support a longer term continuity of learning. We will continue to provide you with ongoing updates.  

    Thank you for partnering with us to ensure learning continues at home. 

    Meal Assistance for Plano ISD Families 

    FREE Grab-and-Go Meals 

    Armstrong Middle School, 3805 Timberline Drive, Plano, TX 75074, will be added as a location for free grab-and-go breakfast and lunch meals beginning Thursday, March 19. Meals will be available for curbside pickup at the following times (adjustments to this schedule may be made as needed, so please watch for updated communications).

    • Breakfast: 7:30 a.m. – 8:30 a.m.
    • Lunch: 11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

    This program serves students attending any Plano ISD school. Families can pick up meals curbside in the carpool lanes* at the campuses listed below (unless otherwise noted). Access to enter the buildings will not be available. (Visit our School Closure Resources page for more information.)

    • Armstrong Middle School *(pickup at this location is the bus lane at the rear of the building)
      3805 Timberline Drive, Plano, TX 75074
    • Daffron Elementary School
      3900 Preston Meadow Drive, Plano, TX 75093
    • IB World School at Huffman Elementary
      5510 Channel Isle Drive, Plano, TX 75093
    • Meadows Elementary School
      2800 18th Street, Plano, TX 75074
    • Rose Haggar Elementary School
      17820 Campbell Road, Dallas, TX 75252
    • Sigler Elementary School
      1400 Janwood Drive, Plano, TX 75075
    • Thomas Elementary School
      1800 Montana Trail, Plano, TX 75023

    Mobile Food Pantry at Williams High School, Friday, March 20
    North Texas Food Bank will host a mobile food pantry in the Williams High School parking lot on Friday, March 20 from 3 to 5 p.m. Families will be able to drive through and receive a box of shelf-stable items.

    Technology Access and Assistance

    Plano ISD provides many digital tools to support in-class learning, and our students have access to these resources which are aligned to their classes through the Plano ISD Webdesk and the student digital backpack. All Plano ISD students have been issued a username and password to access these digital tools and content. If students have forgotten their passwords or are otherwise experiencing problems trying to login, please contact Plano ISD's Technology Help Desk for assistance by email at helpdesk@pisd.edu or by phone at 469-752-8767. 

    Internet Providers Offering Free Wi-Fi

    How You Can Help

    Minnie's Food Pantry

    Plano ISD is partnering with Minnie's Food Pantry to help support district families who may be experiencing food insecurity. The best way to support Minnie's as they work to support district families is by giving food, money and time. For pantry hours and more information on how you can assist their efforts, visit Minnie's website

    Food & Supply Donations

    Food and supply donations can be dropped off or shipped to Minnie's Food Pantry located at 661 18th Street, Plano, Texas 75074. Some of the most critical needs include:

    • Bags of beans
    • Boxed pasta meals
    • Cereal and breakfast bars 
    • Canned fruit
    • Canned meat
    • Clorox wipes
    • Hand sanitizer
    • Jelly (in plastic containers)
    • Lysol spray
    • Miscellaneous snack items (kid-friendly items preferred)
    • Spaghetti / spaghetti sauce

    Monetary Donations

    If you would like make a monetary donation, there are three ways to give:

    Volunteering
    Due to the effects of COVID-19, Minnie's is experiencing a shortage of volunteers, and they are vital to the food collection and distribution process. To register to volunteer, visit Minnie's volunteer webpage.

    Census Reminder

    The importance of participating in the 2020 Census may get lost in all that is happening right now. However the Census continues to be an important initiative for Plano ISD as it drives significant funding for students. Census information is being mailed to homes soon and will include instructions on how households can respond online, by phone or by mail. For more information on the Census, visit www.pisd.edu/census2020.

    Ways to Connect

    School Messenger Text Notification

    • Plano ISD has implemented a text messaging option to provide our community with more ways to receive school and district information. Opt in today by texting “Y” to 67587
    • If you don’t opt in manually, and the district has a cell phone number for you, you will receive a text message from Plano ISD in the coming days inviting you to opt in. The message will read:
    • “Plano Independent School District messages. Reply Y to confirm, HELP 4 info. Msg&data rates may apply. Msg freq varies. schoolmessenger.com/tm”
    • You must reply to this text message with “Y” to opt in to continue receiving text messages from the district.  For more information, please visit: www.pisd.edu/textoptin.

    Dedicated COVID-19 Website
    In order to assist families in keeping up with all of the information being communicated in regard to COVID-19 and school closures, Plano ISD is regularly updating www.pisd.edu/healthupdate to include all outgoing communications, FAQs and current lists of school closure resources. 

    Mobile App
    Another available communication resource is the Plano ISD Mobile App. The app is a powerful tool to help keep families informed and connected. For more information on the app, including download instruction, visit www.pisd.edu/mobileapp

  • March 17, 2020 - COVID-19 Update for Plano ISD Families

    During this challenging time, we want to keep our families informed as we look for solutions. We will provide you with periodic updates and ask you to help by asking questions to askpisd@pisd.edu whenever you need more information or have questions you think need to be addressed. Your questions will inform our FAQ that will help all families navigate the evolving educational challenge. Because this situation is still developing, the information in this communication is meant to move us through the next few days and is not intended as a comprehensive list of what is planned. We appreciate your flexibility and patience.

    New Site Added for Free Grab-and-Go Meal Distribution Starting Thursday 

    Armstrong Middle School, 3805 Timberline Dr, Plano, TX 75074, will be added as a location for free grab-and-go breakfast and lunch meals beginning Thursday, March 19. Meals will be available for curbside pickup at the following times (adjustments to this schedule may be made as needed, so please watch for updated communications).

    • Breakfast: 7:30 a.m. – 8:30 a.m.

    • Lunch: 11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

    This program serves students attending any Plano ISD school. Families can pick up meals curbside in the carpool lanes* at the campuses listed below (unless otherwise noted). Access to enter the buildings will not be available. (Visit our School Closure Resources page for more information.)

    • Armstrong Middle School *(pickup at this location is the bus lane at the rear of the building)
      3805 Timberline Drive, Plano, TX 75074

    • Daffron Elementary School
      3900 Preston Meadow Drive, Plano, TX 75093

    • IB World School at Huffman Elementary
      5510 Channel Isle Drive, Plano, TX 75093

    • Meadows Elementary School
      2800 18th Street, Plano, TX 75074

    • Rose Haggar Elementary School
      17820 Campbell Road, Dallas, TX 75252

    • Sigler Elementary School
      1400 Janwood Drive, Plano, TX 75075

    • Thomas Elementary School
      1800 Montana Trail, Plano, TX 75023

    Testing

    STAAR Testing: Governor Greg Abbott is waiving all STAAR testing requirements for the current school year amid the Coronavirus pandemic and related school closures.  

    AP Testing: AP testing is managed by the College Board and they are planning to post information about AP testing on March 20. Monitor the College Board site for Coronavirus impacted schools at: https://tinyurl.com/wo2mtd4 

    Technology Assistance

    Plano ISD provides many digital tools to support in-class learning, and our students have access to these resources which are aligned to their classes through the Plano ISD Webdesk and the student digital backpack. All Plano ISD students have been issued a username and password to access these digital tools and content. If students have forgotten their passwords or are otherwise experiencing problems trying to login, please contact Plano ISD's Technology Help Desk for assistance by email at helpdesk@pisd.edu or by phone at 469-752-8767. 

  • March 16, 2020 - Superintendent's Message to Families

    Dear Plano ISD Families,

    As the changes in the world unfold here at home, I can honestly say that the vision statement for Plano ISD has never shined more brightly. Watching this community pull together to help students and families demonstrates so clearly what Plano ISD and the communities we live in are all about—caring for one another first and foremost. While schools are closed, please know we are hard at work to find ways to provide support and educational continuity for your child.

    As the district manages all of the facets the decision to close schools presents, one thing is certain, we will need every person in our community to support one another through these decidedly uncertain times. That said, I want to thank each person who has taken the time to send us questions, ideas, suggestions and offers of support. Each email or phone call we get, helps us consider solutions from every angle so that we are supporting students and families to the greatest extent possible. I would encourage you to please continue to reach out to us at askpisd@pisd.edu. Together, I feel sure that we can meet the needs of our students and families as needs arise.

    In order to provide academic support and instruction, Plano ISD has a short-term plan that will be implemented this week that will provide tools for students and parents to utilize to reinforce previous learning and mitigate the short-term impact of the school closure. You will be receiving information this week that gives directions on how to access these resources and learning tools. As we have come back from spring break, we have been rolling this plan out to our administrators and teachers so that they are prepared to support our students and families. In addition, we have been devising and will communicate a long-term plan should an extended school closure become necessary. As of today, we have been notified that there will be no required STAAR testing this spring as Governor Abbott has waived this requirement. Please be watching for information in the coming days that explains how we will regain instructional continuity.

    Thank you for your partnership and support as we manage this rapidly changing situation. Please know our priority is to help manage the public health situation and at the same time provide continuity for your child’s education. We will continue to update you on the status of the school closure this week and any possible decision to extend the closure as we understand that these decisions affect each family in our district.

    So what can you do from home during this time?

    • Take care of one another
    • Continue to check our website regularly to stay updated on all communications sent from the district: pisd.edu/healthupdate
    • View a current list of available resources: pisd.edu/closureresources
    • If you have not already done so, complete the PISD Technology Survey sent by the district so we can provide the tools and access needed for remote learning should a longer school closure become necessary
    • Wash your hands and cover your mouth when coughing
    • Practice social distancing
    • Practice social responsibility recommended by the City of Plano: City of Plano COVID-19
    • Reach out if you need help
    • Be kind

    Plano ISD wants to do whatever we can to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 but also realize the pressure this puts on our families. We have had many organizations already reach out to us and we want to make sure we are connecting resources to needs. We will be updating you regularly to let you know what we are doing to support and care for our students, especially as it relates to food and support with basic essentials in the days ahead.

    Meeting the basic needs such as feeding our students is a priority. We have six schools that are serving grab-and-go meals daily for FREE to all PISD students and hope that families will take advantage of this resource for the duration of the school closing.

    Meal Sites: Daffron Elementary, Huffman Elementary, Meadows Elementary, Rose Haggar Elementary, Sigler Elementary and Thomas Elementary
    Breakfast, 7:30-8:30 a.m./Lunch, 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

    Your child may be asking questions about COVID-19 and we want to ensure we are doing everything we can to ease their worries. You might find this resource helpful: Talking to Kids About COVID-19.

    At times like these, we can be thankful to call Plano ISD home. Our community has a tradition of teamwork for excellence that makes us proud to call this our home. We want you to know that we care, are committed to supporting the community, and stand ready to greet the challenges this situation presents. We thank you for your support and patience and look forward to your partnership as we take care of one another in the days ahead.

    Sincere thanks,

    Sara Bonser
    Plano ISD Superintendent

  • March 16, 2020 - COVID-19 Update for Plano ISD Families

    During this challenging time, we want to keep our families informed as we look for solutions. We will provide you with regular updates and ask you to help by submitting any questions you have to ask.pisd@pisd.edu. Your questions will inform our FAQ, which will help all families. Because this situation is still developing, the information in this communication is meant to move us through the next few days and is not intended as a comprehensive list of all plans. We appreciate your flexibility and patience.

    School Information

    School Related Student Travel

    All travel that is scheduled to occur during the school closure is cancelled as of this time.

    Campus Activities
    All scheduled activities related to Plano ISD schools are cancelled during the school closure. This also includes all district events and competitions. 

    Medication Pick-Up

    If your child has medication that needs to be picked up from their campus, please contact your school nurse via email to schedule a pickup. Medication can be picked up curbside as entry into the building is not allowed.

    Community Services

    Free Grab-and-Go Breakfast and Lunch

    Plano ISD is providing free grab-and-go breakfast and lunch meals at six locations across the district beginning Monday, March 16. Adjustments to this schedule may be made as needed, so please watch for updated communications and regularly check www.pisd.edu/closureresources for new information.

    Grab-and-go meals will be available for curbside pickup at the following times:

    • Breakfast: 7:30 a.m. – 8:30 a.m.
    • Lunch: 11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

    This program serves students attending any Plano ISD school, grades pre-k through 12. Families can pick up meals curbside in the carpool lanes at the campuses listed below. Access to enter the buildings will not be available. 

    • Daffron Elementary School
      3900 Preston Meadow Drive, Plano, TX 75093
    • IB World School at Huffman Elementary
      5510 Channel Isle Drive, Plano, TX 75093
    • Meadows Elementary School
      2800 18th Street, Plano, TX 75074
    • Rose Haggar Elementary
      17820 Campbell Road, Dallas, TX 75252
    • Sigler Elementary School
      1400 Janwood Drive, Plano, TX 75075
    • Thomas Elementary School
      1800 Montana Trail, Plano, TX 75023

    Mobile Food Pantry Open on Friday, March 20

    North Texas Food Bank will host a mobile food pantry in the Williams High School parking lot on Friday, March 20 from 3 to 5 p.m. Williams High School is located at 1717 17th St., Plano, TX 75074. Families will be able to drive through and receive a box of shelf-stable items. 

    Other Community Resources

    A current list of resources available to Plano ISD families can be found at www.pisd.edu/closureresources

    Stay Connected

    School Messenger Text Notification


    Plano ISD is implementing a text messaging option to provide our community with more ways to receive school and district information. Opt in today by texting “Y” to 67587. 

    If you don’t opt in manually, and the district has a cell phone number for you, you will receive a text message from Plano ISD in the coming days inviting you to opt in. The message will read:

    “Plano Independent School District messages. Reply Y to confirm, HELP 4 info. Msg&data rates may apply. Msg freq varies. schoolmessenger.com/tm”

    You must reply to this text message with “Y” to opt in to continue receiving text messages from the district.  For more information, please visit: www.pisd.edu/textoptin.


    Dedicated COVID-19 Website

    In order to assist families in keeping up with all of the information being communicated in regard to COVID-19 and school closures, Plano ISD is regularly updating www.pisd.edu/healthupdate to include all outgoing communications, FAQs and current lists of school closure resources. 


    Mobile App

    Another available communication resource is the Plano ISD Mobile App. The app is a powerful tool to help keep families informed and connected. For more information on the app, including download instruction, visit www.pisd.edu/mobileapp

    Census

    The importance of participating in the 2020 Census may get lost in all that is happening right now. However the Census continues to be an important initiative for Plano ISD as it drives significant funding for students. Census information is being mailed to homes soon and will include instructions on how households can respond online, by phone or by mail. For more information on the Census, visit www.pisd.edu/census2020.

  • March 14, 2020 - Technology & Meal Access

    March 14, 2020

    Technology & Meal Access During the Closure

    Plano ISD is dedicated to caring for our students in and outside of the classroom. We are working diligently to offer solutions that will minimize the effect that this extended school closure may have on our families. Thank you to the community groups and volunteers who have reached out with various offers of help. As we receive information on available support and services, we will post those details on our website at www.pisd.edu/Page/22423.

    Technology Access

    In an effort to better understand and support the needs of our community, we are asking a few questions related to Plano ISD students' collective ability to access technology outside of school. We fully recognize the irony of using an online survey to gather this information. Please be assured that survey responses will be coupled with additional data collected using "offline" methods to inform our decisions and plans of action. Access and share this survey at: www.pisd.edu/techaccess.  

    Meal Assistance

    We want to make sure that all students have access to meals during the district’s closure. To get the week started, Plano ISD is providing free grab-and-go breakfast and lunch at five locations across the district beginning Monday, March 16. Adjustments to this schedule may be made as needed, so please watch for updated communications and regularly check the Plano ISD website for new information.

    Grab-and-go meals will be available for curbside pickup at the following times:

    • Breakfast: 7:30 a.m. – 8:30 a.m.
    • Lunch: 11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

    This program serves students attending any Plano ISD school, grades pre-k through 12. Families can pick up meals curbside in the carpool lanes at the campuses listed below. Access to enter the buildings will not be available. 

    • Daffron Elementary School
      3900 Preston Meadow Drive, Plano, TX 75093
    • Rose Haggar Elementary
      17820 Campbell Road, Dallas, TX 75252
    • IB World School at Huffman Elementary
      5510 Channel Isle Drive, Plano, TX 75093
    • Meadows Elementary School
      2800 18th Street, Plano, TX 75074
    • Sigler Elementary School
      1400 Janwood Drive, Plano, TX 75075
    • Thomas Elementary School
      1800 Montana Trail, Plano, TX 75023

  • March 13, 2020 - FAQs for Families

    Frequently Asked Questions for Families

    March 13, 2020

    Plano ISD values our parents as partners in your children’s learning. We share your concerns and know that you have many questions regarding the decision to close schools and district offices and how this closure will affect your family. 

    The district is working now to find answers to your questions. Information will be shared with you via various communications channels to help keep you updated during this evolving situation. Please know that the health and safety of our students and staff are our top priorities. For some questions, it will take time to gather answers from sources both inside and outside the district. Feel free to ask questions to ask.pisd@pisd.edu should you have questions not covered in this message. Thank you for your patience as we work through this difficult but necessary departure from our normal school year.

    Help for Families Needing Meal Assistance

    Plano ISD is working to coordinate assistance to families needing meal assistance during the district’s closure. 

    Will schools be offering breakfast and lunch to students during the closure? 

    Plano ISD is working on a plan for providing breakfast and lunch and will be sending details before Monday, March 16. 

    What other resources can families access? 

    The North Texas Food Bank is encouraging families to fully utilize their Partner Agency network. Their online map at https://ntfb.org/our-programs/get-food-assistance/find-a-food-pantry is updated daily to reflect current available resources. Families can locate food pantries closest to them by entering their zip code. 

    Student Learning

    How will I support my student’s learning and instruction from home during the closure?

    • Plano ISD provides many digital tools to support in-class learning, and our students will have access to these resources which are aligned to their classes through the PISD Webdesk and the student digital backpack. Directions to access these resources from home can be found HERE
    • Set aside time each day during the school closure for practice, extension and enrichment utilizing provided resources. 
    • Choose something to read with your student, or provide time for self-selected reading every day. 
    • More information will be shared next week to support student learning in the event that the school closure lasts beyond next week. 

    Calendar and District Events

    How does this closure  affect school and district events?

    All school and district events are cancelled or postponed for next week, including Kindergarten Round-Up and the PTA Life Membership Banquet. As we continue to monitor and evaluate this situation, additional cancellations and postponements may be announced. These updates will be made available on the district website.

    Will the closure last longer than one week?

    We will be working closely with our local health agencies to assess the situation and will communicate more information later next week if the closure is extended.

    How will this closure affect the district calendar?

    This situation remains fluid and we will provide more answers to this question in the coming week.

    Protecting Students and Staff

    What is Plano ISD doing to control the spread of COVID-19? 

    Plano ISD is facilitating social distancing by closing all schools and canceling district activities through March 23. We will continue to monitor the progress of the illness and communicate with parents and staff on an ongoing basis. The district is following the guidance of local, state and federal health authorities in our continued response to the evolving COVID-19 situation.

    What is being done to keep schools clean and protect students?

    • On a nightly basis, custodians use a commercial grade, hydrogen peroxide-based multipurpose disinfecting cleaner. 
    • High-touch surfaces are routinely  wiped down and auto-scrubber machines are used nightly to clean and sanitize major hallways and common areas on campuses.
    • During spring break, all campuses and school buses were deep cleaned with a hospital grade disinfectant.
    • The district is providing campuses with extra disinfectant wipes, for schools to use throughout the day as an additional prevention effort.

    What can I do to prevent being infected or spreading the virus?

    • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
    • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
    • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth.
    • Stay home when you are sick.
    • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue. If you do not have a tissue, use your sleeve (not your hands).
    • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
    • Adhere to the preventative measures as recommended by public health officials, such as limiting interaction and practicing social distancing. 
    • Visit the CDC website for more information. 

    What if I am traveling or have recently traveled? 

    Plano ISD continues to monitor travel advisories and recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), as well as our state and county health authorities. The COVID-19 outbreak is a concern for anyone considering traveling at this time. Those with travel plans are strongly encouraged to closely monitor travel advisories and guidance from the CDC. We respectfully request that if you or any member of your household is traveling or has recently traveled  internationally, including cruises, please inform us via our online form. Further, Plano ISD asks for any students or employees who are traveling, or have members of their households traveling, to any countries added to the CDC Level 2 and 3 lists including China, Iran, Italy, South Korea and Europe, to please stay home for 14 days after returning from travel. If you are still within your 14-day quarantine period when school reopens on March 23, do not return to school. Plano ISD will work with each family or staff member impacted during this extended absence to resolve any attendance issues due to self-quarantine from travel or other exposure.

    What should I do if I have been in contact with someone who has been diagnosed with COVID-19? 

    If you have, or suspect you have, had contact with someone who has COVID-19, call your healthcare provider immediately and describe the contact you’ve had. Please stay home for 14 days after the contact occurs. Plano ISD will work with each family or staff member impacted during any extended absence due to self-quarantine.

  • March 12, 2020 - Schools Closed March 16-20

    March 12, 2020

    updated 3/15/20

    Dear Plano ISD Community,

    I want to extend my thanks to our community for the concern and care that you’ve shown during the rapidly changing circumstances surrounding COVID-19. As a district, Plano ISD remains committed to providing an outstanding education in a safe and secure learning environment. Please know that students are always at the heart of our decisions, and we are managing this situation with them and our entire community in mind. As circumstances continue to evolve, we will stay in touch with our community to provide timely and concise information based on the most current guidance from our local, state and federal health authorities.

    Due to the March 11, 2020 announcement by the World Health Organization that the outbreak of the new coronavirus has been declared a pandemic, updated announcements by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and information from medical professionals and state and federal health officials, the following action is being taken in an attempt to minimize health and safety risks to the Plano ISD community.

    As a precaution, we are closing schools for one week beyond spring break. During this extended closure, district offices and schools will remain closed Monday, March 16 through Friday, March 20 as we assess the situation in our community as travelers return from spring break. The district will continue to monitor and evaluate the situation prior to reopening school on Monday, March 23, and will communicate across all channels as updated information becomes available. During this extended spring break, district offices will be closed and all district events and competitions that have been scheduled within the district during this timeframe will be considered cancelled until further notice. District travel for student competitions and events outside the district will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis.

    We are taking these steps out of an abundance of caution. Public health officials have not yet made this a requirement for public institutions. Nevertheless, given all that we know, and what we can anticipate based on information from local, state and national agencies, including Collin County Health Services, Texas Health and Human Services, Texas Education Agency and the Centers for Disease Control, we believe this is the most prudent course of action at this time.

    Please know that Plano ISD provides many digital tools to support in-class learning, and our students will have access to these resources which are aligned to their classes through the PISD Webdesk and the student digital backpack. We will provide information on additional ways to leverage our rich technological resources for continued student support should it become necessary to extend closure beyond next week.

    Meanwhile, care for yourself, your family and those around you, and continue to adhere to the preventative measures as recommended by public health officials, such as limiting interaction and practicing social distancing. Visit the CDC website for more information.

    Plano ISD has created a dedicated COVID-19 web page at www.pisd.edu/healthupdate to provide the most current and accurate district information.

    This is a rapidly progressing situation which impacts every citizen across the globe. Thank you for your patience and partnership as we work together to deliver a successful learning experience for our students under these unprecedented circumstances.

    Sincerely,

    Sara Bonser
    Superintendent of Schools

  • March 8, 2020 - Travel Advisories

    March 8, 2020

    District leaders are continuing to monitor travel advisories and recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), available at www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/travelers

    As several of our Plano ISD families are departing for travel during spring break, we ask that you please stay aware of any additional areas that may be added to the list of high risk countries in the near future.

    We appreciate those families who have already notified us of their travel plans via our online form and ask that families continue using that form if a student or any member of the student’s household is traveling internationally this month. Access the form online at https://tinyurl.com/uukubkh.

    Further, Plano ISD asks for any students or employees who are traveling during spring break, or have members of their households traveling, to China, Iran, Italy, South Korea or Japan, or any additional countries added to the CDC Level 2 and 3 lists during the break, to please stay home for 14 days after returning from travel. Plano ISD will work with each family or staff member impacted during this extended absence to resolve any attendance issues due to self-quarantine from travel.

    We want to reinforce with our families the importance of keeping children or self at home when sick or experiencing fever. You or your child must be fever-free for 24 hours, without the use of fever-reducing drugs like Tylenol or Advil. Additionally, students and staff should be free of symptoms such as vomiting or diarrhea for 24 hours prior to returning to school. Antibiotics must be taken for 24 hours before returning to school.

    The health and safety of our students and staff are our number one priority. We continue monitoring and working with the CDC, Collin County Health Services and the Texas Department of State Health Services for additional information and guidance. We encourage you to check our website regularly for any new updates during the break at www.pisd.edu/healthupdate. Thank you for your ongoing support and partnership as we respond as a community to this health concern.

  • March 5, 2020 - Cleaning Measures & International Travel

    March 5, 2020

    The health and safety of Plano ISD students and staff remain our number one priority. As we approach next week’s spring break, we want to keep our students, families and the community updated on current guidance and district plans regarding COVID-19. 

    International Travel

    Plano ISD continues to monitor travel advisories and recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), as well as our state and county health authorities. The COVID-19 outbreak is a concern for anyone considering traveling at this time. Those with travel plans are strongly encouraged to closely monitor travel advisories and guidance from the CDC, available online at www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/travelers/after-travel-precautions.html. Collin County Health Services will communicate with Plano ISD regarding any official quarantine/monitoring restrictions for travelers. We realize some of our families have plans to travel over spring break, and we respectfully request that if you or any member of your household is traveling internationally, including cruises, please inform us via this online form

    Cleaning Measures

    Plano ISD has cleaning protocols in place for all district facilities, and we are taking some additional measures to deep clean throughout the district.

    • On a nightly basis, custodians use a commercial grade, hydrogen peroxide-based multipurpose disinfecting cleaner. 
    • Surfaces are wiped down and auto-scrubber machines are used nightly to clean and sanitize major hallways and common areas on campuses.
    • Campuses will be “deep cleaned” during spring break, which means a hospital grade disinfectant will be used. 
    • All school buses will be deep cleaned with a hospital grade disinfectant using an e-misting sprayer.
    • The district is providing campuses with extra disinfectant wipes, which schools use throughout the day as an additional prevention effort. 

    Ongoing District Updates

    Plano ISD will continue to provide the community with updates based on information that comes directly from health officials. Our district’s approach to planning and preparing is in line with the CDC’s recently issued interim guidance for schools, available online at www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/specific-groups/guidance-for-schools.html, and we have ongoing measures to help lessen the spread of communicable illnesses. Here is what you can do to help.

    • If a student or staff member is sick, do not come to school. Stay home until fever-free for at least 24 hours without using fever-reducing medication.
    • Cover your mouth with your upper arm or a tissue when coughing or sneezing.
    • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol if soap and water are not available.
    • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.
    • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
    • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.

    In the event that there is a confirmed COVID-19 case in the community, Plano ISD will coordinate with state and local health officials, city governments and healthcare providers so that timely and accurate information can guide appropriate responses. The district’s goal is to protect all students and staff while minimizing disruption to normal operations for as long as possible. Plano ISD will continue to provide updates when there are changes in the current situation or additional steps are needed.  

    While schools are closed next week for spring break, Plano ISD administrative offices will continue to operate during normal business hours. We encourage you to check our website regularly for any new updates during the break at www.pisd.edu/healthupdate. Thank you for your ongoing support and partnership as we respond as a community to this health situation. 

  • March 2, 2020 - Health/COVID-19 Update

    March 2, 2020

    The health and well-being of our students, families and staff are always a top priority in Plano ISD. We understand that there may be new concerns and questions based on the latest news regarding the COVID-19 virus (or Novel Coronavirus). 

    We want our parents, staff and community to know that Plano ISD stays up-to-date with information provided by local, state and federal health authorities, as they continue to learn more information daily. According to the Centers for Disease Control’s most recent risk assessment, dated February 29, most people in the United States will have little immediate risk of exposure to this virus. This is a rapidly evolving situation and the CDC will update the risk assessment as needed.

    Plano ISD will provide the community with updates based on information that comes directly from health officials. Our district’s approach to planning and preparing is in line with the CDC’s recently issued interim guidance for schools, available online at www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/specific-groups/guidance-for-schools.html, and we will continue to follow the measures that we have in place to help prevent the spread of communicable illnesses.

    • Plano ISD’s exclusion protocol is consistent with public health guidance. Any student or staff member who is ill with a fever over 100 degrees, or has acute respiratory symptoms, should stay home and remain at home until fever-free for 24 hours.
    • We reinforce proper respiratory etiquette and hand hygiene for all staff and students.
    • We are deep cleaning high-touch surfaces of schools and facilities as needed.
    • We recommend that anyone traveling out of the country be familiar with and follow CDC’s traveler’s health notices. Be aware that additional countries have been added to the list of destinations that have an increased risk of community spread of COVID-19. Current travel notices are available at https://tinyurl.com/vzezrsm.

    In the event that there is a confirmed COVID-19 case in the community, Plano ISD will coordinate with state and local health officials so that timely and accurate information can guide appropriate responses. The district’s goal is to protect all students and staff while ensuring minimal disruption to normal operations for as long as possible. 

    Plano ISD has plans in place, along with trained staff, to respond to a communicable disease outbreak. The decision to close schools is not taken lightly, as it does cause a major disruption to daily life. Plano ISD will continue to provide updates when there are changes in the current situation or additional steps are needed.  

  • February 7, 2020 - Coronavirus Awareness

    February 7, 2020

    The health and safety of our students, families and staff are a top priority in Plano ISD. We are operating at a heightened awareness regarding the 2019 novel coronavirus. In our continued efforts to assess risks and keep you informed, Plano ISD wants you to know that we are in contact daily with Collin County Health Services and follow the advice and recommendations from relevant local, state and federal health authorities regarding necessary precautions and protocols. Many of the steps we are already taking during flu season are applicable precautions for novel coronavirus, including encouraging proper hand washing techniques and deep cleaning schools and facilities in high touch areas as needed.

    Plano ISD encourages parents and students to remain informed by following our official Plano ISD communications here on this website and by visiting the Centers for Disease Control website at www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html.

    Collin County Health Services provided an update this week explaining the following travel guidelines:

    • Travelers entering the U.S. from Hubei Province:
      • Travelers who are symptomatic will be subject to immediate quarantine and testing. 
      • Travelers who are not symptomatic will be quarantined and monitored.
      • None of these travelers will be sent home before the end of the quarantine period.
    • Travelers entering the U.S. from elsewhere in mainland China: 
      • Travelers who are symptomatic will observe immediate isolation and testing.
      • Travelers who are not symptomatic will be sent home with instructions to monitor symptoms and self-quarantine for 14 days. 
      • The self-quarantine protocol is recommended for travelers only, as their family members are not considered at risk. 
      • Plano ISD encourages our families who may be observing a self-quarantine to reach out to Collin County Health Services or to contact your school nurse so that you can be connected to appropriate health resources.

    We are approaching this situation with an abundance of care and caution, and want to provide you with current information as we receive it. Plano ISD staff will continue to closely monitor this rapidly evolving situation. Children with symptoms of the flu or a flu-like illness should not be sent to school. We will inform our community as we receive updates, information and resources. If you have further questions regarding coronavirus or other communicable illnesses, please contact your school nurse, or the Plano ISD Health Services Department at 469-752-5991.

  • February 4, 2020 - Travel Notice

    February 4, 2020

    Plano ISD works to maintain a safe and healthy environment for students and staff. In this effort, the district follows the guidance of national and local officials to help protect students from communicable diseases. District officials are aware of the 2019 novel coronavirus outbreak first identified in Wuhan, Hubei Province, China. Families are encouraged to visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s website for more information. Based on information provided to Plano ISD, it is our understanding that there are no confirmed cases in Collin County. However, the district continues to monitor the situation and follow guidance from federal and/or state authorities.

    To ensure the risk of novel coronavirus spread in the United States remains low, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security is implementing restrictions on entry into the United States from the People’s Republic of China. In a complementary action, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is implementing public health measures to monitor and quarantine entering travelers who are at risk of carrying novel coronavirus. These measures were implemented February 2, 2020, and are in line with the presidential proclamation issued by President Trump on January 31, 2020.

    The U.S. Department of State continues its Level 4: Do Not Travel Advisory for China. Based on this, commercial airlines have reduced or altogether suspended routes to and from China.

    All flights from China are being funneled through a limited number of U.S. airports to ensure consistent screening and handling of incoming passengers who may have been exposed to novel coronavirus. The CDC will require 14 days of monitoring or quarantine for entering travelers who are at risk for coronavirus according to CDC-established parameters. The CDC is updating and maintaining guidance on entry into the United States on its novel coronavirus website at: https://tinyurl.com/wz7ojes.

    For further information about novel coronavirus and healthy habits, visit the following websites:

    Plano ISD staff will continue to closely monitor this rapidly evolving situation. We will inform our community as we receive updates, information and resources. If you have further questions regarding Plano ISD processes related to coronavirus or other contagious illnesses, please contact your school nurse, or the Plano ISD Health Services Department at 469-752-5991.

    Thank you for your partnership. Together, we can keep our community healthy and safe.