• February 25, 2021 - Today’s Update for Plano ISD Families

    February 25, 2021

    Application Window for IB World School at Huffman Elementary Opens Next Week 

    The IB World School at Huffman Elementary is an International Baccalaureate (IB) Primary Years Programme (PYP), which fosters the development of knowledgeable, principled and internationally minded citizens and is grounded in the same state standards as all Plano ISD elementary schools. Additionally, every scholar at Huffman learns Chinese Mandarin. 

    The application process for the 2021-2022 school year will be March 2 through March 26. Any student who lives within the Plano ISD attendance zone and who will be enrolled in grades K-5 is eligible to apply. The application will be available on the website beginning at 8:00 a.m. on Tuesday, March 2.  

    A virtual information meeting will be held March 2 via Zoom. Spanish translation is available upon request. A link to the meeting will be shared on the Huffman PYP web page prior to the meeting.

    To learn more, visit the Huffman website or contact Amy Moore, IB PYP coordinator.


    Health Screening Reminder for Families

    Families should continue to monitor their children’s health. If a child is sick, please have them stay home to get better. Additionally, if any of the following scenarios apply, please also complete the COVID-19 Student Reporting Form and your school’s nurse will contact you to discuss your quarantine requirements:

    • Your child or a household member is positive for COVID-19
    • Your child or a household member is waiting for COVID-19 test results
    • Your child is experiencing symptoms that could be COVID-19. Symptoms to watch for include coughing, shortness of breath/difficulty breathing, headache, sore throat, fever, chills, body aches, fatigue, new loss of taste or smell, congestion or runny nose, nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea.
    • In the last 10 days, your child has been in close contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19

    Thank you for your assistance in helping to keep our students healthy and safe.

  • February 23, 2021 - Today’s Update for Plano ISD Families

    February 23, 2021

    Last Day to Change Instructional Environment Is Tomorrow, February 24

    Families who wish to change their instructional environment for the final nine weeks of school have until tomorrow, Wednesday, February 24. Selections will go into effect March 15, 2021. 

    • No action is required by families who DO NOT want to make a change. 
    • Families who want to make a change can do so in the Plano ISD Parent Portal. Instructions are available on how to complete the process in Parent Portal. 

    Read more about changing your instructional environment.


    Second Information Meeting for the IB World School at Huffman Elementary Rescheduled to March 2

    Due to the recent winter storm, the second virtual information meeting for parents interested in having their child(ren) attend Plano ISD’s IB World School at Huffman Elementary has been rescheduled to March 2 at 6 p.m.

    The meeting will be held via Zoom and will also include a video tour (in-person tours are currently unavailable). Spanish translation is available upon request. A link to the Zoom meeting will be shared on the Huffman website prior to the meeting.

    The IB World School at Huffman Elementary is an International Baccalaureate (IB) Primary Years Programme (PYP). Huffman fosters the development of knowledgeable, principled and internationally minded citizens. Huffman IB PYP is grounded in the same state standards as all Plano ISD elementary schools, along with a transdisciplinary framework that integrates subject areas. Additionally, every scholar participates in a World Language, Chinese Mandarin. Students not only learn how to speak, read and write in Mandarin, but they also learn about Chinese culture. This exposure to language and culture is designed to broaden students' understanding of the world beyond the one they know.

    The application process for the 2021-2022 school year will be March 2 through March 26. Any student who lives within the Plano ISD attendance zone and who will be enrolled in grades K-5 is eligible to apply. 

    To learn more about IB PYP, visit the IBO website, or contact Amy Moore, IB PYP coordinator. Visit the Academy Programs of Plano web page to apply beginning 8:00 a.m. on March 2.


    CDC Guidelines for International Travel (Important Update)

    Please monitor the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidelines for international travel as you are making spring break travel plans. The guidelines went into effect January 26, 2021, and will significantly impact the ability to return home and to school. Plano ISD will be following the guidelines regarding quarantine.

    We realize some of our families have plans to travel over spring break, and we respectfully request that you please report your travel plans using this online form, with a separate entry for each impacted student.


    SKI (Supporting Kids In) Plano Moved to March 19-20

    In response to families and school staff recovering from last week’s winter storm, the Plano ISD Education Foundation has rescheduled their SKI Plano annual fundraiser to March 19-20. However, if you’d like to learn more about the upcoming event, visit the SKI Plano web page.

    *The Plano ISD Education Foundation is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization separate and apart from Plano Independent School District. The Plano ISD Education Foundation helps all students in the Plano Independent School District achieve their full potential by providing financial support to educators and academic programs.

  • February 22, 2021 - Today’s Update for Plano ISD Families

    February 22, 2021

    CDC Guidelines for International Travel (Important Update)

    Please monitor the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidelines for international travel as you are making spring break travel plans. The guidelines went into effect January 26, 2021, and will significantly impact the ability to return home and to school. Plano ISD will be following the guidelines regarding quarantine.

    We realize some of our families have plans to travel over spring break, and we respectfully request that you please report your travel plans using this online form, with a separate entry for each impacted student.


    Curbside Meals To Be Picked Up in Two Disbursements This Week

    Due to lost meal preparation time as a result of the storm, this week’s meals for School@Home students will be in two disbursements. Families should pick up meals on Tuesday morning 9:30 a.m.–10:30 a.m. and again on Thursday from 9:30 a.m.–10:30 a.m.or 4:45 p.m.– 6:00 p.m. Meals can be picked up at the regular locations: 

    Anyone picking up meals without the student present, must bring appropriate documentation in the form of a school issued ID, report card, parent portal attendance summary form or birth certificate.

    For more information, visit Plano ISD’s Grab-and-Go meals web page

  • February 21, 2021 - Today’s Update for Plano ISD Families

    February 21, 2021

    With the Exception of Five Campuses, Plano ISD Schools to Resume Regular Operations on Monday, February 22 

    Maintenance crews have been working around the clock to repair winter storm damages in order to get our buildings safely reopened this week. 

    Fortunately, all but a few campuses will be ready to open tomorrow, Monday, February 22, as previously planned.

    The following schools will not be open for in-person learning on Monday, February 22, and will learn asynchronously tomorrow as these schools have experienced more significant damage requiring additional time to address issues and resume regular operations:

    • Barksdale Elementary School
    • Gulledge Elementary School
    • Hickey Elementary School
    • Sigler Elementary School
    • Clark High School

    Asynchronous lessons for students at the affected campuses will be posted in Google Classroom. 

    Thank you for your patience during this time as we’ve worked to safely resume instruction on Monday and continue to address concerns at the hardest hit buildings. 

  • February 19, 2021 - Today’s Update for Plano ISD Families

    February 19, 2021

    Schools and Facilities Following Winter Storm 

    As we come to the end of a week that has been challenging for us all, we want to provide an update on our Plano ISD facilities. Each day throughout this crisis, the Plano ISD facility services team has been working tirelessly at our campuses, taking the necessary steps to preserve and protect our buildings from the effects of extreme temperatures and power outages. All of our district facilities were subject to the same rolling outages and power and water issues as the rest of our community.  

    These teams have been at our schools and facilities assessing water damage as well as HVAC, plumbing and electrical issues that would need to be addressed before we resume instruction on Monday. We are hopeful these efforts have been successful in reducing the severity of any damages resulting from the winter storm. At this time, 33 campuses and 4 other district facilities have been affected by the weather and power outages ranging from minor water/HVAC system issues to some with more significant water or maintenance needs. Maintenance crews and restoration teams have been deployed to address needs at identified campuses and facilities.  

    Additionally, we have been in touch with each city in which our Plano ISD schools are located to confirm that there are no current concerns regarding water quality or distribution for next week. 

    As of now, the district plans to resume regular school operations on Monday, February 22. We will continue to assess our facilities over the weekend for any new issues and will keep you informed of any changes.

    We know this has been a trying time for our students, families and staff. Thank you for your patience and understanding this week and as we work to safely and effectively restart instruction on Monday.  


    Update Regarding Curbside Meal Pickup for February 22 through March 2

    Due to this week’s school and facility closure, next week’s curbside meal pickup schedule will be adjusted in order to make up the lost preparation time. 

    Meals for Wednesday, February 24–Thursday, February 25:

    A curbside meal pickup for School@Home learners will be available on Tuesday, February 23 from 9:30 a.m.–10:30 a.m. at the regular pickup locations (see below). There will only be a morning pickup for that day. These meal bundles will contain two days of breakfast and lunch meals for Wednesday, February 24–Thursday, February 25. 

    Meals for Friday, February 26–Tuesday, March 2:

    A curbside meal pickup will occur on Thursday, February 25 from 9:30 a.m.–10:30 a.m. and from 4:45 p.m.– 6:00 p.m. at the regular pickup locations (see below). These meal bundles will contain five days of breakfast and lunch meals for Friday, February 26–Tuesday, March 2. 

    Regular curbside meal distribution will resume on Tuesday, March 2. 

    More at Grab and Go

    The meal bundles can be picked up at any of the following locations:

    Anyone picking up meals for students, without the student present, must bring appropriate documentation in the form of a school issued ID, report card, parent portal attendance summary form, or birth certificate.


    Health Screening Reminder for Families

    Families should continue to monitor their children’s health. If a child is sick, please have them stay home to get better. Additionally, if any of the following scenarios apply, please also complete the COVID-19 Student Reporting Form and your school’s nurse will contact you to discuss your quarantine requirements:

    • Your child or a household member is positive for COVID-19
    • Your child or a household member is waiting for COVID-19 test results
    • Your child is experiencing symptoms that could be COVID-19. Symptoms to watch for include coughing, shortness of breath/difficulty breathing, headache, sore throat, fever, chills, body aches, fatigue, new loss of taste or smell, congestion or runny nose, nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea.
    • In the last 10 days, your child has been in close contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19

    Thank you for your assistance in helping to keep our students healthy and safe.

  • February 18, 2021 - Today’s Update #2 for Plano ISD Families

    February 18, 2021

    Extended Deadline - Change of Instructional Environment Window Is Now Extended through  February 24

    The instructional environment selection window has been extended for the final nine weeks of school until February 24 for all levels (elementary and secondary students). 

    • No action is required by families who DO NOT want to make a change. 
    • Families who want to make a change can do so in the Plano ISD Parent Portal. Instructions are available on how to complete the process in Parent Portal.

    Change of Environment and Teacher Assignment

    • Elementary students changing their environment may be assigned to a new teacher. Change in environment will almost always result in a teacher change.
    • Secondary students making changes to their learning environment selection are not guaranteed to be assigned to their same teacher or class schedule based upon availability. Some staff may need to shift to align with new learning environment choices. Therefore, even students who do not change learning environments could experience a change to their teacher(s), course availability or class schedule.

    SKI (Supporting Kids In) Plano

    The Plano ISD Education Foundation partners with the district to provide financial support for programs such as AVID, 5th Grade Outdoor Camp, the Employee Crisis Fund, Grants to Educators and more! Each year, the foundation funds more than $1.2 million in needs across the district. 

    You can support the foundation’s efforts by participating in this year’s SKI Plano. SKI Plano is the foundation’s annual fundraiser and 2021 marks the 25th year! This year’s event has been moved to a virtual platform that you can enjoy with your own family in the comfort of your home. The foundation needs YOUR help to continue to provide support for students, teachers, employees and programs in Plano ISD so please consider participating this year.


    You can purchase an EXPERIENCE or participate in the upcoming online auction. Visit
    SKIPlano for more information. The event runs February 24-27 so make your reservation today!

    *The Plano ISD Education Foundation is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization separate and apart from Plano Independent School District. The Plano ISD Education Foundation helps all students in the Plano Independent School District achieve their full potential by providing financial support to educators and academic programs.

  • February 18, 2021 - Today’s Update for Plano ISD Families

    February 18, 2021

    Plano school district closure extended to include Friday, Feb. 19

    Due to ongoing inclement weather, unsafe driving conditions and power and other utility outages affecting our families, staff and campuses, Plano ISD is extending the closure of schools and district offices to include Friday, February 19, 2021. All classes, face-to-face and PISD School@Home, are canceled. 

    Based on current weather forecasts, Plano ISD plans to resume both in-person and School@Home classes on Monday, February 22. School will be in session unless otherwise announced.

    The district continues to monitor all facilities and will assess any damage to buildings as the ice begins to thaw over the weekend. If there is damage to a campus that will not allow for utilization of the building, we will communicate with those families and staff as soon as possible.

    If you are experiencing prolonged power outages, please see the information regarding warming stations and other helpful resources provided below. 

    For more information and updates from Plano ISD, please monitor the district website and official social media pages:

    Extreme Weather Resources

    Helpful Contacts 

    • Texas Health and Human Services (assistance locating warming center): 211 or (877) 541-7905 
    • Collin County Emergency Management: (972) 548-4383
    • Texas Emergency Management Website (locate warming stations statewide)
    • Public Utility Commission of Texas Hotline: (888) 782-8477
    • Atmos Gas Emergency: (866) 322-8667
    • Texas Roadside Assistance: (800) 525-5555
    • Texas Road Conditions Information: (800) 452-9292
    • ERCOT (Electric Reliability Council of Texas) Customer Service: (866) 870-8124 
    • ONCOR Customer Service: (888) 313-4747
      Text REG to 66267 to receive updates on outages. Text OUT to 66267 to report an outage.
    • COSERV: (940) 321-7800 
      Text STATUS to 768482 to receive updates on outages. Text OUT to 768482 to report an outage

    City of Plano Resources

    The City of Plano and the following area partners have opened emergency warming centers for the public as power outages and dangerously cold temperatures continue. Anyone choosing to come to a warming station is required to follow all COVID-19 safety protocols.

    • Grace Church Plano
      3301 Preston Road (at the corner of Preston and Parker)
      Open around the clock until Thursday evening
    • Sent Church
      3701 W Spring Creek Parkway
      10:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.
    • Islamic Association of Collin County
      6401 Independence Parkway
      Open 24 hours
      Individuals are encouraged to bring their own blankets for seating; pets are not allowed 
    • Collin County Chinese Fellowship Church
      4500 McDermott Road
      10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. through Thursday evening, February 18 (hours may be extended)
      Water, electricity and free WiFi are provided; pets are not allowed 

    Additional Information from City of Plano

    WATER CONSERVATION (CITY OF PLANO)

    Water must be conserved. Our region has a critical need to immediately conserve water. The North Texas Municipal Water District reports some of their equipment is frozen. It could be another day or two until that equipment is restored. As frozen pipes burst, our demand for water is not keeping pace with supply. The City of Plano is asking customers to reduce water usage as much as possible. The water is still safe to drink and boiling is not needed at this time. Until further notice:

    • Use water only for restrooms or consumption (eating and drinking).
    • If you have power, leave your faucet dripping for 30 minutes on and then 2 hours off.
    • If you don’t have power, leave faucets slow dripping.
    • Open cabinet doors for exterior wall faucets.
    • Do not wash dishes or clothes.
    • Shut off water as soon as you know you have a leak or pipe burst to minimize damage and conserve water.
    • Help your neighbors if they need to shut their water off from burst pipes.

    HOW TO SHUT OFF YOUR WATER

    The City of Plano is receiving an extremely high number of service calls to shut water off due to broken pipes. When a pipe breaks the sooner the water is shut off, the less damage you may experience. Leaks waste water needed for essential uses. The City urges residents to learn how to shut your water off yourself as quickly as possible in the event of a burst pipe or leak.

    City of Richardson Resources

    In coordination with the Richardson Emergency Operations Center, the location of several warming centers is being announced for locations across the city. The operating hours of each location varies, but each will offer a place for people to retreat from extreme cold being experienced in the area due to severe winter weather. It is recommended to take blankets, snacks and any other personal items needed to be comfortable. The warming areas are available for all Richardson residents in need of safe refuge and relief from extreme cold weather. 

    People visiting a warming center will be required to follow COVID-19 safety protocols by wearing masks and maintaining distance from other groups. Limited charging stations will also be provided for electronic devices. Updates and a map available COR.net.

    • Fire Station #3
      500 W. Lookout Dr.
      Open 24 hours
    • First Baptist Church
      1001 N Central Expressway
      10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
    • First United Methodist Church
      503 N. Central Expressway
      10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
    • Methodist Richardson Medical Center
      2831 E President George Bush Hwy
      10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
    • Richardson Civic Center
      411 W. Arapaho Rd.
      10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
    • Richardson Police Department HQ Lobby
      300 N. Greenville Ave
      Open 24 hours
    • Office Building
      500 Lockwood Dr. (at Custer Rd. and Lockwood Dr.)
      10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

    Additional Information from City of Richardson

    SOLID WASTE (CITY OF RICHARDSON)

    All trash, recycling and Brush and Bulky Item Collection (BABIC) services will resume Monday next week. Service this week is canceled due to hazardous conditions on area roads and alleys. (read more). 

    FACILITIES (CITY OF RICHARDSON)

    The closure of all nonessential City facilities has been extended through this Friday due to record-breaking electric demand and reduced power generation because of the extreme winter weather. City Hall will continue to open at 10 a.m. until further notice. Visit the City of Richardson website for a current list of closed facilities and other updates. 

    WATER CONSERVATION (CITY OF RICHARDSON)

    The North Texas Municipal Water District (NTMWD) has initiated immediate curtailment of non-essential water use within its service area. With extreme weather conditions continuing throughout the North Texas region, NTMWD is experiencing unprecedented high water demands as a result of our customer’s needs to fill distribution tanks within their systems. These demands are outpacing the District’s ability to recharge city supplies at normal rates. The cities and utilities served by NTMWD are *Residents can help by limiting usage of items such as washing machines, dishwashers and limiting showers or bathing. The NTMWD continues coordination efforts with cities and water utilities to ensure the ability to meet the water demand for essential services. (read more).

  • February 17, 2021 - Today’s Update for Plano ISD Families

    February 17, 2021

    Committed to Excellence. Dedicated to Caring. Powered by Learning. Plano ISD Proud.

    Extreme Weather Resources for Plano ISD Families

    Helpful Contacts 

    • Texas Health and Human Services (assistance locating warming center): 211 or (877) 541-7905 
    • Collin County Emergency Management: (972) 548-4383
    • Texas Emergency Management Website (locate warming stations statewide)
    • Public Utility Commission of Texas Hotline: (888) 782-8477
    • Atmos Gas Emergency: (866) 322-8667
    • Texas Roadside Assistance: (800) 525-5555
    • Texas Road Conditions Information: (800) 452-9292
    • ERCOT (Electric Reliability Council of Texas) Customer Service: (866) 870-8124
    • ONCOR Customer Service: (888) 313-4747
      Text REG to 66267 to receive updates on outages. Text OUT to 66267 to report an outage.
    • COSERV: (940) 321-7800 
      Text STATUS to 768482 to receive updates on outages. Text OUT to 768482 to report an outage

    City of Richardson Resources

    In coordination with the Richardson Emergency Operations Center, the location of several warming centers is being announced for locations across the city. The operating hours of each location varies, but each will offer a place for people to retreat from extreme cold being experienced in the area due to severe winter weather. It is recommended to take blankets, snacks and any other personal items needed to be comfortable. The warming areas are available for all Richardson residents in need of safe refuge and relief from extreme cold weather. 

    People visiting a warming center will be required to follow COVID-19 safety protocols by wearing masks and maintaining distance from other groups. Limited charging stations will also be provided for electronic devices.

    • Fire Station #3
      500 W. Lookout Dr.
      Open 24 hours
    • First Baptist Church
      1001 N Central Expressway
      10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
    • First United Methodist Church
      503 N. Central Expressway
      10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
    • Methodist Richardson Medical Center
      2831 E President George Bush Hwy
      10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
    • Richardson Civic Center
      411 W. Arapaho Rd.
      10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
    • Richardson Police Department HQ Lobby
      300 N. Greenville Ave
      Open 24 hours
    • Office Building
      500 Lockwood Dr. (at Custer Rd. and Lockwood Dr.)
      10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

    City of Plano Resources

    The City of Plano and the following area partners have opened emergency warming centers for the public as power outages and dangerously cold temperatures continue. Anyone choosing to come to a warming station is required to follow all COVID-19 safety protocols.

    • Grace Church Plano
      3301 Preston Road (at the corner of Preston and Parker)
      Open around the clock until Thursday evening
    • Sent Church
      3701 W Spring Creek Parkway
      10:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.
    • Islamic Association of Collin County
      6401 Independence Parkway
      Open 24 hours
      Individuals are encouraged to bring their own blankets for seating; pets are not allowed 
    • Collin County Chinese Fellowship Church
      4500 McDermott Road
      10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. through Thursday evening, February 18 (hours may be extended)
      Water, electricity and free WiFi are provided; pets are not allowed 

    Additional Information for City of Plano Residents

    CONSERVE WATER 

    The City of Plano is asking customers to reduce water usage as much as possible by using water efficiently. The City’s water supplier, the North Texas Municipal Water District (NTMWD) and the City of Plano are experiencing demands that are above system capacity. NTMWD has experienced equipment challenges due to the extreme weather and as a result they are not able to supply the water at the rate of current demand. As NTMWD works to restore their system capacity, please consider all measures to reduce water usage. Be sure water slowly drips from faucets if necessary to prevent frozen pipes, but conserve water for our most essential needs. Delay using water for laundry, dishes and take short showers, not baths. Cease using irrigation systems immediately. Any customers found using irrigation systems will have their irrigation system shut off and will be assessed fines. The water is still safe to drink and boiling is not needed at this time. The City of Plano is not shutting off water.

    HOW TO SHUT OFF YOUR WATER

    Our region has a critical need to immediately conserve water. It is essential to shut your water off if you discover a water leak or broken pipes. 

    The City of Plano is receiving an extremely high number of service calls to shut water off due to broken pipes. As temperatures rise, we expect this trend to continue. When a pipe breaks the sooner the water is shut off, the less damage you may experience. Leaks waste water needed for essential uses.

    The City of Plano urges residents to learn how to shut your water off yourself as quickly as possible in the event of a burst pipe or leak.

  • February 16, 2021 - Today’s Update for Plano ISD Families

    February 16, 2021

    Schools and District Buildings Closed Wednesday and Thursday, February 17 and 18

    Due to the current inclement weather, extreme temperatures, unsafe driving conditions and continued power outages throughout the district, Plano ISD schools and facilities will be closed on Wednesday, February 17 and Thursday February 18. With ongoing Internet connectivity and power accessibility challenges, the district will be closed and no instruction will take place on Wednesday or Thursday, February 17 and 18.

    Afternoon and evening activities and competitions for both days will be postponed.

    Decisions regarding school closure for Friday, February 19, will be determined as soon as possible. Please continue to consult our usual communications channels for up-to-date information. 

    Communication Channels

    • The Plano ISD website: Weather-related closures and updates will be posted in real time on the Plano ISD home page as well as campus websites.
    • The Plano ISD Mobile App: Download the mobile app and log in to receive specific messages related to your school. However, weather closures will be sent to all app users, even if you are not logged in to the system.
    • School Messenger (e-mail and telephone messages): The district will provide updated information as needed to all parent and emergency contact telephone numbers and email addresses in the system.
    • Social media – Facebook and Twitter: Weather-related closures will be posted immediately to Plano ISD’s Facebook and Twitter pages. You do not have to sign up for Facebook or Twitter to view these pages; however, followers will receive instant updates in their newsfeeds.
    • Local news media: Plano ISD will make information available to local television and radio stations and will enlist their assistance in communicating with our audiences.

    Extreme Weather Resources

    Plano ISD has been in constant communication with local municipalities as decisions are made regarding shelters/warming centers. The District stands ready to support the area cities in these efforts in case schools are determined to be a shelter site.  

    City of Plano Resources

    • The City of Plano, in partnership with Grace Church Plano, has opened an emergency warming center for the public as power outages and dangerously cold temperatures continue. The warming center will be open around the clock until Thursday evening and is located at 3301 Preston Road (at the corner of Preston and Parker). 
    • Sent Church is operating a warming station at 3701 W. Spring Creek Parkway from 10am to 6pm.
      Anyone choosing to come to a warming station is required to follow all COVID-19 safety protocols.

    City of Richardson Resources

    In coordination with the Richardson Emergency Operations Center, the location of several warming centers is being announced for locations across the city. The operating hours of each location varies, but each will offer a place for people to retreat from extreme cold being experienced in the area due to severe winter weather. It is recommended to take blankets, snacks and any other personal items needed to be comfortable. The warming areas are available for all Richardson residents in need of safe refuge and relief from extreme cold weather. 

    People visiting a warming center will be required to follow COVID-19 safety protocols by wearing masks and maintaining distance from other groups. Limited charging stations will also be provided for electronic devices.

    • Fire Station #3
      500 W. Lookout Dr.
      Open 24-hours
    • First Baptist Church
      1001 N Central Expressway
      10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
    • First United Methodist Church
      503 N. Central Expressway
      10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
    • Methodist Richardson Medical Center
      2831 E President George Bush Hwy
      10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
    • Richardson Civic Center
      411 W. Arapaho Rd.
      10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
    • Richardson Police Department HQ Lobby
      300 N. Greenville Ave
      Open 24-hours
    • Office Building
      500 Lockwood Dr. (at Custer Rd. and Lockwood Dr.)
      10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

    Helpful Contacts 

    • Texas Health and Human Services (assistance locating warming center): 211 or (877) 541-7905 
    • Collin County Emergency Management: (972) 548-4383
    • Texas Emergency Management Website (locate warming stations statewide)
    • Public Utility Commission of Texas Hotline: (888) 782-8477
    • Atmos Gas Emergency: (866) 322-8667
    • Texas Roadside Assistance: (800) 525-5555
    • Texas Road Conditions Information: (800) 452-9292
    • ERCOT (Electric Reliability Council of Texas) Customer Service: (866) 870-8124
    • ONCOR Customer Service: (888) 313-4747 Text REG to 66267 to receive updates on outages. Text OUT to 66267 to report an outage.
    • COSERV: (940) 321-7800 Text STATUS to 768482 to receive updates on outages. Text OUT to 768482 to report an outage

  • February 15, 2021 - Today’s Update for Plano ISD Families

    February 15, 2021

    Committed to Excellence. Dedicated to Caring. Powered by Learning. Plano ISD Proud.

    Monitoring Winter Weather (New - Updated Since Friday, February 12)

    Plano ISD schools are closed Monday and Tuesday, February 15-16, for a scheduled student holiday. For the remainder of the week, the district continues to monitor the weather forecast, which calls for ongoing inclement weather and extreme temperatures. If current weather and driving conditions continue, as well as the ongoing demand on the power grid and widespread power and Internet outages, Plano ISD would use a bad weather day on Wednesday, February 17, and no remote learning would occur on that day.  

    Decisions on school closure will be made on a day-to-day basis and communicated daily using the usual channels and timelines. This notification will be made the previous evening when possible. 

    Communication Channels

    • The Plano ISD website: Weather-related closures and updates will be posted in real time on the Plano ISD home page as well as campus websites.
    • The Plano ISD Mobile App: Download the mobile app and log in to receive specific messages related to your school. However, weather closures will be sent to all app users, even if you are not logged in to the system.
    • School Messenger (e-mail and telephone messages): The district will provide updated information as needed to all parent and emergency contact telephone numbers and email addresses in the system.
    • Social media – Facebook and Twitter: Weather-related closures will be posted immediately to Plano ISD’s Facebook and Twitter pages. You do not have to sign up for Facebook or Twitter to view these pages; however, followers will receive instant updates in their newsfeeds.
    • Local news media: Plano ISD will make information available to local television and radio stations and will enlist their assistance in communicating with our audiences.

    Change of Instructional Environment Window for the 4th Nine Weeks Is Open

    The instructional environment selection window for the 4th nine weeks is now open for all levels (elementary and secondary students). No action is required by families who DO NOT want to make a change. Families who want to make a change can do so in Plano ISD’s Parent Portal. Instructions on how to complete the process are located in the Parent Portal and in the video below. Read more at Change

    Video of Fourth Nine Weeks

  • February 12, 2021 - Today's Update for Plano ISD Families

    February 12, 2021

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    Curbside Meal Service for Next Week Will Be Saturday, February 13

    Due to next week’s weather forecast for snow and extreme temperatures, Plano ISD is changing curbside meal service for next week to Saturday, February 13, from 10:00 am – 12:00 pm. This will be the only meal distribution for the week (meals will not be distributed next Tuesday). 

    Meal bundles for next week can be picked up on Saturday, February 13, at the following THREE locations:

    Anyone picking up meals for students, without the student present, must bring appropriate documentation in the form of a school issued ID, report card, parent portal attendance summary form or birth certificate.


    Calendar Reminder Next Week - Student Holidays Monday & Tuesday

    As a reminder, Monday, February 15 and Tuesday, February 16, are student holidays. There will be no school (in-person or remote) on those days. 


    Monitoring Winter Weather

    Plano ISD continues to monitor next week’s weather forecast, which may include extreme weather conditions that could make commuting to school unsafe. 

    (Updated Feb. 15, 2021) If inclement weather conditions call for the closure of school facilities next Wednesday, Thursday or Friday, communication regarding facility closure will be provided via the usual district channels:

    • The Plano ISD website: Weather-related closures and updates will be posted in real time on the Plano ISD home page as well as campus websites.
    • The Plano ISD Mobile App: Download the mobile app and log in to receive specific messages related to your school. However, weather closures will be sent to all app users, even if you are not logged in to the system.
    • School Messenger (e-mail and telephone messages): The district will provide updated information as needed to all parent and emergency contact telephone numbers and email addresses in the system.
    • Social media – Facebook and Twitter: Weather-related closures will be posted immediately to Plano ISD’s Facebook and Twitter pages. You do not have to sign up for Facebook or Twitter to view these pages; however, followers will receive instant updates in their newsfeeds.
    • Local news media: Plano ISD will make information available to local television and radio stations and will enlist their assistance in communicating with our audiences.

  • February 11, 2021 - Today’s Update for Plano ISD Families

    February 11, 2021

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    Change of Instructional Environment Window is February 15-19

    The instructional environment selection window for the final nine weeks of school is next week, February 15-19, for all levels (elementary and secondary students). No action is required by families who DO NOT want to make a change. Families who want to make a change can do so in Plano ISD’s Parent Portal. Instructions on how to complete the process are located in the Parent Portal and in the video below:

    Video of Fourth Nine Weeks

    Change of Environment and Teacher Assignment

    • Elementary students changing their environment may be assigned to a new teacher. Change in environment will almost always result in a teacher change.
    • Secondary students making changes to their learning environment selection are not guaranteed to be assigned to their same teacher or class schedule based upon availability. Some staff may need to shift to align with new learning environment choices. Therefore, even students who do not change learning environments could experience a change to their teacher(s), course availability or class schedule.

    High/Senior High Parents Requesting 4 Days/Week In-Person

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

    • Parents who would like to request for their student to attend 4 days per week should initiate this process by emailing the campus principal.
    • Each campus will evaluate change requests from parents and prioritize the request based on:
      • student need; 
      • campus and classroom capacity for social distancing; and
      • seacher class size and load

    Please Note: The Texas Education Agency has issued guidance that allows school districts to stop offering virtual instruction to individual students with poor grades or attendance. Campuses will notify parents if a student’s attendance and/or academic performance in one or more classes puts them at significant risk of severe learning loss in the PISD School@Home or the hybrid schedule remote days. 

    A student’s lack of engagement and poor academic performance could result in revoked access to the remote learning environment or PISD School@Home. In which case, the student may be required to return to the face-to-face learning environment (or hybrid 4 days a week). Campuses will notify and collaborate with parents regarding learning environment changes if their student is not demonstrating academic success. 

  • February 10, 2021 - Today's Update for Plano ISD Families

    February 10, 2021

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    Health Screening Reminder for Families

    Families should continue to monitor their children’s health. If a child is sick, please have them stay home to get better. Additionally, if any of the following scenarios apply, please also complete the COVID-19 Student Reporting Form and your school’s nurse will contact you to discuss your quarantine requirements:

    • Your child or a household member is positive for COVID-19
    • Your child or a household member is waiting for COVID-19 test results
    • Your child is experiencing symptoms that could be COVID-19. Symptoms to watch for include coughing, shortness of breath/difficulty breathing, headache, sore throat, fever, chills, body aches, fatigue, new loss of taste or smell, congestion or runny nose, nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea.
    • In the last 10 days, your child has been in close contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19

    Thank you for your assistance in helping to keep our students healthy and safe.

  • February 9, 2021 - 4th 9-Week Change of Instructional Environment

    February 9, 2021

    4th 9-Week Changes to Instructional Environment

    The instructional environment selection window for the final nine weeks of school is February 15-19 for all levels (elementary and secondary students). Students will be scheduled in the selected instructional environment, face-to-face or PISD School@Home, which will go into effect on March 15, 2021, the first day of the fourth 9-week grading period. If no changes are made in Parent Portal, then the current instructional environment will remain in effect until the last day of school. 

    To view a breakdown of the environment selection at your campus for the current nine weeks visit School@Home Selection

    Parents Who DO NOT Want to Make a Change of Environment – NO ACTION REQUIRED 

    Process for Changing Instructional Environment Selection

    • All primary guardians will receive a notification prior to the change selection period. 
    • Changes may be made in the Parent Portal.
      • Instructions on how to complete the process are located in the Parent Portal.
    • Elementary students changing their environment may be assigned to a new teacher. Change in environment will almost always result in a teacher change.
    • Secondary students making changes to their learning environment selection are not guaranteed to be assigned to their same teacher or class schedule based upon availability. Some staff may need to shift to align with new learning environment choices. Therefore, even students who do not change learning environments could experience a change to their teacher(s), course availability or class schedule.

    High/Senior High Parents Requesting 4 Days/Week In-Person

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

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

    Please Note: The Texas Education Agency has issued guidance that allows school districts to stop offering virtual instruction to individual students with poor grades or attendance. Campuses will notify parents if a student’s attendance and/or academic performance in one or more classes puts them at significant risk of severe learning loss in the PISD School@Home or the hybrid schedule remote days. 

    A student’s lack of engagement and poor academic performance could result in revoked access to the remote learning environment or PISD School@Home. In which case, the student may be required to return to the face-to-face learning environment (or hybrid 4 days a week). Campuses will notify and collaborate with parents regarding learning environment changes if their student is not demonstrating academic success. 

  • February 9, 2021 - Today’s Update for Plano ISD Families

    February 9, 2021

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    Monitoring Winter Weather

    Plano ISD is monitoring the weather, which calls for cold temperatures overnight and into Wednesday morning. With that in mind, please make sure that your children dress warm tomorrow morning or consider driving them to school, if possible. 

    If changes to school operations are necessary, information will be communicated to parents using the methods described below. Additionally, Plano ISD would use a bad weather day and not switch to remote learning. 

    Stay connected:

    • The Plano ISD website: Weather-related closures and updates will be posted in real time on the Plano ISD home page as well as campus websites.
    • The Plano ISD Mobile App: Download the mobile app and log in to receive specific messages related to your school. However, weather closures will be sent to all app users, even if you are not logged in to the system.
    • School Messenger (e-mail and telephone messages): The district will provide updated information as needed to all parent and emergency contact telephone numbers and email addresses in the system.
    • Social media – Facebook and Twitter: Weather-related closures will be posted immediately to Plano ISD’s Facebook and Twitter pages. You do not have to sign up for Facebook or Twitter to view these pages; however, followers will receive instant updates in their newsfeeds.
    • Local news media: Plano ISD will make information available to local television and radio stations and will enlist their assistance in communicating with our audiences.

    For now, stay warm and bundle up. Visit Weather Related Guidlines for more information.

  • February 4, 2021 - Today’s Update for Plano ISD Families

    February 4, 2021

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    Families Encouraged to Take Survey Regarding Career and Technical Education Offerings

    Plano ISD is conducting a survey to inform future planning in the areas of college readiness and Career and Technical Education (CTE) programming. While Plano ISD already offers a variety of opportunities for students through our Career and Technical Education courses, we are always looking to update and enhance our offerings based on the job market in the greater DFW area. The second part of our survey will help us determine your interest in offering our students a chance to earn an Associates Degree or an Associates of Applied Science degree while still in high school.

    All Plano ISD families at all grade levels are invited to complete the survey. The last day to complete the survey is February 8.

    Take the survey now in English or Spanish.

  • February 3, 2021 - Today’s Update for Plano ISD Families

    February 3, 2021

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    Information Meetings for the IB World School at Huffman Elementary to be held February 9 & 18

    Parents interested in having their child(ren) attend Plano ISD’s IB World School at Huffman Elementary are invited to attend upcoming virtual information meetings, which will be held via Zoom and will also include a video tour (in-person tours are currently unavailable). Spanish translation is available upon request. Links to the meetings will be shared on the Huffman website prior to the meetings.

    The virtual information meetings will be held:

    • Tuesday, February 9, 6:00 p.m.
    • Thursday, February 18, 6:00 p.m.

    The IB World School at Huffman Elementary is an International Baccalaureate (IB) Primary Years Programme (PYP). Huffman fosters the development of knowledgeable, principled and internationally minded citizens. Huffman IB PYP is grounded in the same state standards as all Plano ISD elementary schools, along with a transdisciplinary framework that integrates subject areas. Additionally, every scholar participates in a World Language, Chinese Mandarin. Students not only learn how to speak, read and write in Mandarin, but they also learn about Chinese culture. This exposure to language and culture is designed to broaden students' understanding of the world beyond the one they know.

    The application process for the 2021-2022 school year will be March 2 through March 26. Any student who lives within the Plano ISD attendance zone and who will be enrolled in grades K-5 is eligible to apply. 

    To learn more about IB PYP, visit the IBO website, or contact Amy Moore, IB PYP coordinator.


    Families Encouraged to Take Survey Regarding Career and Technical Education Offerings

    Plano ISD is conducting a survey to inform future planning in the areas of college readiness and Career and Technical Education (CTE) programming. While Plano ISD already offers a variety of opportunities for students through our Career and Technical Education courses, we are always looking to update and enhance our offerings based on the job market in the greater DFW area. The second part of our survey will help us determine your interest in offering our students a chance to earn an Associates Degree or an Associates of Applied Science degree while still in high school.

    All Plano ISD families at all grade levels are invited to complete the survey. The last day to complete the survey is February 8.

    Take the survey now in English or Spanish.

  • February 2, 2021 - Today’s Update for Plano ISD Families

    February 2, 2021

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    Instrument Placement Procedures for Incoming Sixth Graders

    Plano ISD band and orchestra programs will have the option to offer live and virtual instrument placement meetings for incoming sixth grade instrumental music students during the spring of 2021. A live instrument fitting is recommended to best size and place students accurately on band and orchestra instruments. Directors will contact parents to make arrangements for the following three types of meeting options: 

    • face to face where students play various instruments/mouthpieces; 
    • face to face without touching or playing instruments/mouthpieces; 
    • or fully virtual.  

    Detailed protocols for 6th Grade Beginner Instrument Placements can be found at the following link: Plano ISD Fine Arts COVID-19 6th Grade Beginner Instrument Placements


    CDC Guidelines for International Travel 

    Please monitor the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidelines for international travel as you are making spring break travel plans. The guidelines went into effect January 26, 2021, and will significantly impact the ability to return home and to work/school.


    Information Meetings for the IB World School at Huffman Elementary to be held February 9 & 18

    Parents interested in having their child(ren) attend Plano ISD’s IB World School at Huffman Elementary are invited to attend upcoming virtual information meetings, which will be held via Zoom and will also include a video tour (in-person tours are currently unavailable). Spanish translation is available upon request. Links to the meetings will be shared on the Huffman website prior to the meetings.

    The virtual information meetings will be held:

    • Tuesday, February 9, 6:00 p.m.
    • Thursday, February 18, 6:00 p.m.

    The IB World School at Huffman Elementary is an International Baccalaureate (IB) Primary Years Programme (PYP). Huffman fosters the development of knowledgeable, principled and internationally minded citizens. Huffman IB PYP is grounded in the same state standards as all Plano ISD elementary schools, along with a transdisciplinary framework that integrates subject areas. Additionally, every scholar participates in a World Language, Chinese Mandarin. Students not only learn how to speak, read and write in Mandarin, but they also learn about Chinese culture. This exposure to language and culture is designed to broaden students' understanding of the world beyond the one they know.

    The application process for the 2021-2022 school year will be March 2 through March 26. Any student who lives within the Plano ISD attendance zone and who will be enrolled in grades K-5 is eligible to apply. 

    To learn more about IB PYP, visit the IBO website, or contact Amy Moore, IB PYP coordinator.


    Families Encouraged to Take Survey Regarding Career and Technical Education Offerings

    Plano ISD is conducting a survey to inform future planning in the areas of college readiness and Career and Technical Education (CTE) programming. While Plano ISD already offers a variety of opportunities for students through our Career and Technical Education courses, we are always looking to update and enhance our offerings based on the job market in the greater DFW area. The second part of our survey will help us determine your interest in offering our students a chance to earn an Associates Degree or an Associates of Applied Science degree while still in high school.

    All Plano ISD families at all grade levels are invited to complete the survey. The last day to complete the survey is February 8.

    Take the survey now in English or Spanish.

  • February 1, 2021 - Today’s Update for Plano ISD Families

    February 1, 2021

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    Information Meetings for the IB World School at Huffman Elementary to be held February 9 & 18

    Parents interested in having their child(ren) attend Plano ISD’s IB World School at Huffman Elementary are invited to attend upcoming virtual information meetings, which will be held via Zoom and will also include a video tour (in-person tours are currently unavailable). Spanish translation is available upon request. Links to the meetings will be shared on the Huffman website prior to the meetings.

    The virtual information meetings will be held:

    • Tuesday, February 9, 6:00 p.m.
    • Thursday, February 18, 6:00 p.m.

    The IB World School at Huffman Elementary is an International Baccalaureate (IB) Primary Years Programme (PYP). Huffman fosters the development of knowledgeable, principled and internationally minded citizens. Huffman IB PYP is grounded in the same state standards as all Plano ISD elementary schools, along with a transdisciplinary framework that integrates subject areas. Additionally, every scholar participates in a World Language, Chinese Mandarin. Students not only learn how to speak, read and write in Mandarin, but they also learn about Chinese culture. This exposure to language and culture is designed to broaden students' understanding of the world beyond the one they know.

    The application process for the 2021-2022 school year will be March 2 through March 26. Any student who lives within the Plano ISD attendance zone and who will be enrolled in grades K-5 is eligible to apply. 

    To learn more about IB PYP, visit the IBO website, or contact Amy Moore, IB PYP coordinator.


    Sophomores and Juniors Invited to Apply for Eighth Annual Plano Mayor’s Summer Internship Program

    Qualifying Plano ISD sophomores and juniors can apply now through March 1 for the eighth-annual Plano Mayor’s Summer Internship Program. Presented by Capital One, the competitive “learn-and-earn” program connects Plano teens with some of the area’s top corporations and nonprofits. The eight-week paid internship program—offering remote and on-site placements, or a combination of both—runs June 7–July 30 (although some start dates are flexible). Students earn a minimum of $10 per hour working 20-40 hours per week.

    Only the first 400 applications will be accepted, so students are encouraged to apply early to avoid being waitlisted. To qualify, students must complete an online application, which includes two short essays. Additionally, applicants must be a current Plano ISD sophomore or junior; have at least a cumulative 3.0 GPA and solid attendance record; be 16 years of age by June 7, 2021; be eligible to work in the United States; and be able to work the entire eight weeks of the internship from June 7-July 30 (or dates determined by the employer).

    For more information visit the Plano Mayor’s Internship website. For questions, please contact Mary Peltier.


    Families Encouraged to Take Survey Regarding Career and Technical Education Offerings

    Plano ISD is conducting a survey to inform future planning in the areas of college readiness and Career and Technical Education (CTE) programming. While Plano ISD already offers a variety of opportunities for students through our Career and Technical Education courses, we are always looking to update and enhance our offerings based on the job market in the greater DFW area. The second part of our survey will help us determine your interest in offering our students a chance to earn an Associates Degree or an Associates of Applied Science degree while still in high school.

    All Plano ISD families at all grade levels are invited to complete the survey. The last day to complete the survey is February 8.

    Take the survey now in English or Spanish.


    Health Screening Reminder for Families

    Families should continue to monitor their children’s health. If a child is sick, please have them stay home to get better. Additionally, if any of the following scenarios apply, please also complete the COVID-19 Student Reporting Form and your school’s nurse will contact you to discuss your quarantine requirements:

    • Your child or a household member is positive for COVID-19
    • Your child or a household member is waiting for COVID-19 test results
    • Your child is experiencing symptoms that could be COVID-19. Symptoms to watch for include coughing, shortness of breath/difficulty breathing, headache, sore throat, fever, chills, body aches, fatigue, new loss of taste or smell, congestion or runny nose, nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea.
    • In the last 10 days, your child has been in close contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19

    Thank you for your assistance in helping to keep our students healthy and safe.

  • January 28, 2021 - Today’s Update for Plano ISD Families

    January 28, 2021

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    Families Encouraged to Take Survey Regarding Career and Technical Education Offerings

    Plano ISD is conducting a survey to inform future planning in the areas of college readiness and Career and Technical Education (CTE) programming. While Plano ISD already offers a variety of opportunities for students through our Career and Technical Education courses, we are always looking to update and enhance our offerings based on the job market in the greater DFW area. The second part of our survey will help us determine your interest in offering our students a chance to earn an Associates Degree or an Associates of Applied Science degree while still in high school.

    All Plano ISD families at all grade levels are invited to complete the survey. The last day to complete the survey is February 8.

    Take the survey now in English or Spanish.

  • January 27, 2021 - Today’s Update for Plano ISD Families

    January 27, 2021

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    Families Encouraged to Take Survey Regarding Career and Technical Education Offerings

    Plano ISD is conducting a survey to inform future planning in the areas of college readiness and Career and Technical Education (CTE) programming. While Plano ISD already offers a variety of opportunities for students through our Career and Technical Education courses, we are always looking to update and enhance our offerings based on the job market in the greater DFW area. The second part of our survey will help us determine your interest in offering our students a chance to earn an Associates Degree or an Associates of Applied Science degree while still in high school.

    All Plano ISD families at all grade levels are invited to complete the survey. The last day to complete the survey is February 8.

    Take the survey now in English or Spanish.

  • January 26, 2021 - Today's Update for Plano ISD Families

    January 26, 2021

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    TSIA Can Help High School Students Bypass College Intervention Courses

    Plano ISD is excited to offer students the opportunity to take the Texas Success Initiative Assessment (TSIA). This test is designed as a way to show Texas colleges and universities that students are college ready. Additionally, students who meet designated scores are considered “TSI Met” by universities, colleges, and community-colleges and will not be required to take intervention courses when enrolling their first year.

    The TSIA is for students who:

    • Are interested in taking a dual credit course in the 2021-22 school year
    • Seniors who have not taken the SAT or ACT
    • Seniors who took the SAT or ACT and scored lower than the college-ready standards 

    Testing is available on all 9-12 campuses on a variety of dates this spring.  Details about TSIA scores and links other resources can be found on the Plano ISD website: 


    Families Encouraged to Take Survey Regarding Career and Technical Education Offerings

    Plano ISD is conducting a survey to inform future planning in the areas of college readiness and Career and Technical Education (CTE) programming. While Plano ISD already offers a variety of opportunities for students through our Career and Technical Education courses, we are always looking to update and enhance our offerings based on the job market in the greater DFW area. The second part of our survey will help us determine your interest in offering our students a chance to earn an Associates Degree or an Associates of Applied Science degree while still in high school.

    All Plano ISD families at all grade levels are invited to complete the survey. The last day to complete the survey is February 8.

    Take the survey now in English or Spanish.


    Health Screening Reminder for Families

    Families should continue to monitor their children’s health. If a child is sick, please have them stay home to get better. Additionally, if any of the following scenarios apply, please also complete the COVID-19 Student Reporting Form and your school’s nurse will contact you to discuss your quarantine requirements:

    • Your child or a household member is positive for COVID-19.
    • Your child or a household member is waiting for COVID-19 test results.
    • Your child is experiencing symptoms that could be COVID-19. Symptoms to watch for include coughing, shortness of breath/difficulty breathing, headache, sore throat, fever, chills, body aches, fatigue, new loss of taste or smell, congestion or runny nose, nausea, vomiting or diarrhea.
    • In the last 10 days, your child has been in close contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19.

    Thank you for your assistance in helping to keep our students healthy and safe.

  • January 25, 2021 - Today’s Update for Plano ISD Families

    January 25, 2021
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    Families Encouraged to Take Survey Regarding Career and Technical Education Offerings

    Plano ISD is conducting a survey to inform future planning in the areas of college readiness and Career and Technical Education (CTE) programming. While Plano ISD already offers a variety of opportunities for students through our Career and Technical Education courses, we are always looking to update and enhance our offerings based on the job market in the greater DFW area. The second part of our survey will help us determine your interest in offering our students a chance to earn an Associates Degree or an Associates of Applied Science degree while still in high school.

    All Plano ISD families at all grade levels are invited to complete the survey. The last day to complete the survey is February 8.

    Take the survey now in English or Spanish


    Application Deadline for Industries Academy Is January 29

    The selection form for students to participate in the lottery process for the Plano ISD Industries Academy closes this Friday, January 29. 

    The Plano ISD Industries Academy is a two-year program that begins in the junior year of high school and continues through the senior year of high school, providing students with career-specific training and industry certifications. Enrolled students will attend both their Plano ISD senior high school campus and the Collin College Technical Campus. Students can earn workforce dual credit instruction in high-demand, high-wage career fields such as advanced manufacturing; architecture and construction; science, technology, engineering, and math. 

    Access the lottery selection form or visit Industries Academy for more information. View the program flyer: English | Spanish


    City of Richardson Sponsors Two Student Contests

    The Richardson City Council, in partnership with Plano ISD, Richardson ISD and UT Dallas, is sponsoring two contests for students who reside within the City of Richardson or attend a Plano ISD or Richardson ISD school located within the City of Richardson. Winners will be recognized at a Richardson City Council meeting. A winner will be chosen from each grade.

    Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Essay Contest

    Write an essay explaining how you can use the teachings of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. to contribute to our diverse community and help promote inclusion.

    • Open to students in grades 4-12, who reside within the City of Richardson or attend a Plano ISD or Richardson ISD school located within the City of Richardson
    • Essay must not exceed 500 words
    • One essay per student
    • Deadline: 5 p.m. Friday, January 29

    Black History Month Celebrating Diversity and Inclusion Art Contest

    Create a visual image that displays how your unique beliefs and values contribute to our diverse community and help promote inclusion.

    • Open to students in grades pre-K-12, who reside within the City of Richardson or attend a Plano ISD or Richardson ISD school located within the City of Richardson
    • Entries may be either two or three-dimensional works
    • One entry per student
    • Deadline: 5 p.m. Friday, February 26

    To submit entries or for more information about each contest, please visit the City of Richardson website.

  • January 21, 2021 - Today’s Update for Plano ISD Families

    January 21, 2021

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    Health Screening Reminder for Families

    Families should continue to monitor their children’s health. If a child is sick, please have them stay home to get better. Additionally, if any of the following scenarios apply, please also complete the COVID-19 Student Reporting Form and your school’s nurse will contact you to discuss your quarantine requirements:

    • Your child or a household member is positive for COVID-19
    • Your child or a household member is waiting for COVID-19 test results
    • Your child is experiencing symptoms that could be COVID-19. Symptoms to watch for include coughing, shortness of breath/difficulty breathing, headache, sore throat, fever, chills, body aches, fatigue, new loss of taste or smell, congestion or runny nose, nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea.
    • In the last 10 days, your child has been in close contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19

    All students entering a Plano ISD facility should continue to follow all current health and safety guidelines. 

    • Wear a face mask (prek–2nd grade students may use a district-provided face shield instead of a mask while in the classroom) whenever entering or leaving a building, in all common areas, and around others. The face mask should cover the nose and mouth at all times.  
    • Maintain a safe distance (at least 6 feet) from others, whenever possible.
    • Continue to practice good hand hygiene by hand washing throughout the day and using hand sanitizer that is available at building entrances and in classrooms.

    Thank you for your assistance in helping to keep our students healthy and safe.

  • January 15, 2021 - Today’s Update for Plano ISD Families

    January 15, 2021

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    Families Are Invited to “Plano ISD Celebrating Together” MLK Virtual Event — The Week of January 18

    Get a sneak peek of “Plano ISD’s Celebrating Together” weeklong virtual event by watching the video below from President Tammy Richards, Plano ISD Board of Trustees.

    Board President Tammy Richards

    This 34th annual event begins Monday, January 18, at 9:00 a.m. and continues through Friday, January 22, at 2:30 p.m. when the grand finale airs.

    Videos premiere daily at 9:00 a.m., noon, 2:30 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. on the district’s website and the district’s Twitter or Facebook pages.

    Daily schedule:

    Monday, January 18 theme: The Power of Together

    • 9 a.m. - Virtual Event Welcome by Plano ISD Superintendent Sara Bonser
    • Noon - Dr. King’s Legacy by MLK Event Committee Chairman Emeritus Dr. Myrtle Hightower
    • 2:30 p.m. - MLK Writing Contest Winner Caleb Thathiah, 2nd Grade at Dooley Elementary School
    • 4:30 p.m. - Performance by Murphy Middle School Orchestra under the direction of Brian Henson

    Tuesday, January 19 theme: “Brighter Together”

    • 9 a.m. - MLK Writing Contest Winner Sannidhi Bhat, 3rd Grade at Daffron Elementary School
    • Noon - MLK Student Art Contest Semifinalist and Finalist Recognition 
    • 2:30 p.m. - Dance Performance by Clark High School under the direction of Kara Rogers and Allyson Wallace
    • 4:30 p.m. - MLK Writing Contest Winner Raif Siddique, 4th Grade at Hunt Elementary School 

    Wednesday, January 20 theme: “Stronger Together”

    • 9 a.m. - MLK Writing Contest Winner Avanti Sathe, 4th Grade at Mitchell Elementary School  
    • Noon - Plano ISD Speech Student Collaborative Performance under the direction of Stef Cambra 
    • 2:30 p.m. - MLK Writing Contest Winner Amari Knight, 3rd Grade at Mitchell Elementary School
    • 4:30 p.m. - Keynote Speaker, Plano ISD Alumnus Demond Wilson

    Thursday, January 21 theme: “Shaping the Future Together”

    • 9 a.m. - Plano ISD 2020 Elementary and Secondary Teachers of the Year 
    • Noon - MLK Writing Contest Winner Meghna Alluri, 5th Grade at Skaggs Elementary School
    • 2:30 p.m. - Dance Performance from Plano West Senior High School under the direction of Chloe Hills
    • 4:30 p.m. - MLK Writing Contest Winner Nathan Flores, 5th Grade at Daffron Elementary School

    Friday, January 22 theme: “Plano ISD Together”

    • 9:00 a.m. - 2021 Diversity Leadership Awards 
    • Noon - MLK Writing Contest Winner Anirudh Sivanandam, 2nd Grade at Stinson Elementary School
    • 2:30 p.m. - Grand Finale - Together Music Video featuring the Plano Senior High School choir and dance students under the direction of Danny Lozano and Clorese Porter

    Thank you to all who made this event possible and for joining Plano ISD in Celebrating Together!

  • January 14, 2021 - Today’s Update for Plano ISD Families

    January 14, 2021

    Committed to Excellence. Dedicated to Caring. Powered by Learning. Plano ISD Proud.

    Health Screening Reminder for Families

    Families should continue to monitor their children’s health. If a child is sick, please have them stay home to get better. Additionally, if any of the following scenarios apply, please also complete the COVID-19 Student Reporting Form and your school’s nurse will contact you to discuss your quarantine requirements:

    • Your child or a household member is positive for COVID-19
    • Your child or a household member is waiting for COVID-19 test results
    • Your child is experiencing symptoms that could be COVID-19. Symptoms to watch for include coughing, shortness of breath/difficulty breathing, headache, sore throat, fever, chills, body aches, fatigue, new loss of taste or smell, congestion or runny nose, nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea.
    • In the last 10 days, your child has been in close contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19

    All students entering a Plano ISD facility should continue to follow all current health and safety guidelines. 

    • Wear a face mask (prek–2nd grade students may use a district-provided face shield instead of a mask while in the classroom) whenever entering or leaving a building, in all common areas, and around others. The face mask should cover the nose and mouth at all times.  
    • Maintain a safe distance (at least 6 feet) from others, whenever possible.
    • Continue to practice good hand hygiene by hand washing throughout the day and using hand sanitizer that is available at building entrances and in classrooms.

    Thank you for your assistance in helping to keep our students healthy and safe.

  • January 13, 2021 - Today’s Update for Plano ISD Families

    January 13, 2021

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    Equity and Inclusion Survey Closes Today

    Don’t forget to complete Plano ISD’s Equity and Inclusion Survey 2020-2021 before it closes today, January 13, 2021 at 11:59 p.m. The survey contains a dropdown menu that will allow you to select either English or Spanish. All families, staff members and students in grades 6-12 are invited to take the survey, which will take approximately 15 minutes to complete. Everyone’s opinion matters. 

    In this survey, Plano ISD is interested in your thoughts on the district's continuing efforts to provide equitable opportunities and a welcoming environment to students, parents, and staff from diverse backgrounds (diverse backgrounds include various ethnicities, races, cultures, genders, sexualities, religions, abilities, socio-economic backgrounds, and all other identities). This study is for research purposes only and all information submitted by individuals will be kept confidential by Hanover Research and will only be reported to Plano ISD in an aggregate form, so please provide candid responses. 

    When completing this survey, unless otherwise indicated, please consider your overall experience with Plano ISD, not just the past school year. For example, if you generally feel like a part of your school community, please indicate that in your responses. Lastly, the survey may contain questions that you don’t know the answer to, or questions that may not apply to you. If this happens, please select the “Don’t Know/NA” response option to show that you do not know the answer to the question or the question does not apply to you. 

    Thank you for your participation!

  • January 12, 2021 - Today's Update for Plano ISD Families

    January 12, 2021

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    Two Days Left To Share Your Opinion on Equity and Inclusion in Plano ISD

    Don’t forget to complete Plano ISD’s Equity and Inclusion Survey 2020-2021 before it closes on January 13, 2021 at 11:59 p.m. The survey contains a dropdown menu that will allow you to select either English or Spanish. All families, staff members and students in grades 6-12 are invited to take the survey, which will take approximately 15 minutes to complete. Everyone’s opinion matters. 

    In this survey, Plano ISD is interested in your thoughts on the district's continuing efforts to provide equitable opportunities and a welcoming environment to students, parents, and staff from diverse backgrounds (diverse backgrounds include various ethnicities, races, cultures, genders, sexualities, religions, abilities, socio-economic backgrounds, and all other identities). This study is for research purposes only and all information submitted by individuals will be kept confidential by Hanover Research and will only be reported to Plano ISD in an aggregate form, so please provide candid responses. 

    When completing this survey, unless otherwise indicated, please consider your overall experience with Plano ISD, not just the past school year. For example, if you generally feel like a part of your school community, please indicate that in your responses. Lastly, the survey may contain questions that you don’t know the answer to, or questions that may not apply to you. If this happens, please select the “Don’t Know/NA” response option to show that you do not know the answer to the question or the question does not apply to you. 

    Thank you for your participation!

  • January 11, 2021 - Today's Update for Plano ISD Families

    January 11, 2021

    Committed to Excellence. Dedicated to Caring. Powered by Learning. Plano ISD Proud.

    Application Deadline for Plano ISD Industries Academy Is January 29

    The selection form for students to participate in the lottery process for the Plano ISD Industries Academy closes on January 29, 2021. 

    The Plano ISD Industries Academy is a two-year program that begins in the junior year of high school and continues through the senior year of high school, providing students with career-specific training and industry certifications. Enrolled students will attend both their Plano ISD senior high school campus and the Collin College Technical Campus. Students can earn workforce dual credit instruction in high-demand, high-wage career fields such as advanced manufacturing; architecture and construction; science, technology, engineering, and math. Access the lottery selection form or visit Industries Academy for more information. View the program flyer: English | Spanish


    Share Your Opinion on Equity and Inclusion in Plano ISD

    Don’t forget to complete Plano ISD’s Equity and Inclusion Survey 2020-2021 before it closes on January 13, 2021 at 11:59 p.m. The survey contains a dropdown menu that will allow you to select either English or Spanish. All families, staff members and students in grades 6-12 are invited to take the survey, which will take approximately 15 minutes to complete. Everyone’s opinion matters. 

    In this survey, Plano ISD is interested in your thoughts on the district's continuing efforts to provide equitable opportunities and a welcoming environment to students, parents, and staff from diverse backgrounds (diverse backgrounds include various ethnicities, races, cultures, genders, sexualities, religions, abilities, socio-economic backgrounds, and all other identities). This study is for research purposes only and all information submitted by individuals will be kept confidential by Hanover Research and will only be reported to Plano ISD in an aggregate form, so please provide candid responses. 

    When completing this survey, unless otherwise indicated, please consider your overall experience with Plano ISD, not just the past school year. For example, if you generally feel like a part of your school community, please indicate that in your responses. Lastly, the survey may contain questions that you don’t know the answer to, or questions that may not apply to you. If this happens, please select the “Don’t Know/NA” response option to show that you do not know the answer to the question or the question does not apply to you. 

    Thank you for your participation!


    District & Campus Accountability and Performance Reports

    The 2019-2020 School Report Cards for the district and campuses are now available. Reports provide information about student performance on the State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness (STAAR), as well as information on student enrollment, class size averages and financial expenditures. 

  • January 7, 2021 - Today’s Update for Plano ISD Families

    January 7, 2021

    Committed to Excellence. Dedicated to Caring. Powered by Learning. Plano ISD Proud.

    Share Your Opinion On Equity and Inclusion in Plano ISD

    Don’t forget to complete Plano ISD’s Equity and Inclusion Survey 2020-21 before it closes on January 13, 2021 at 11:59 p.m. The survey contains a dropdown menu that will allow you to select either English or Spanish. All families, staff members and students in grades 6-12 are invited to take the survey, which will take approximately 15 minutes to complete. Everyone’s opinion matters. 

    In this survey, Plano ISD is interested in your thoughts on the district's continuing efforts to provide equitable opportunities and a welcoming environment to students, parents, and staff from diverse backgrounds (diverse backgrounds include various ethnicities, races, cultures, genders, sexualities, religions, abilities, socio-economic backgrounds, and all other identities). This study is for research purposes only and all information submitted by individuals will be kept confidential by Hanover Research and will only be reported to Plano ISD in an aggregate form, so please provide candid responses. 

    When completing this survey, unless otherwise indicated, please consider your overall experience with Plano ISD, not just the past school year. For example, if you generally feel like a part of your school community, please indicate that in your responses. Lastly, the survey may contain questions that you don’t know the answer to, or questions that may not apply to you. If this happens, please select the “Don’t Know/NA” response option to show that you do not know the answer to the question or the question does not apply to you. 

    Thank you for your participation!


    “Plano ISD Celebrating Together” MLK Virtual Event — The Week of January 18

    This year marks the 34th year for Plano ISD's annual tribute event celebrating the vision of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and the diverse Plano ISD community. The 2021 event will be held as a weeklong virtual celebration that will include engaging content that highlights the winners of the student writing contest, Plano ISD's 2020 Teachers of the Year, the Diversity Leadership Award nominees and winners, top artwork selected from the student art contest, a collaborative performance from speech students, musical and dance performances and much more.  

    Be part of the weeklong celebration through Plano ISD's website or the district’s Facebook or Twitter pages as a variety of digital content is shared throughout each day from January 18-22.

  • January 4, 2021 - Important Health Reminder as School Resumes Tuesday, January 5

    January 4, 2021
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    Dear Plano ISD Families, 

    Welcome back and Happy New Year! We hope you all had a restful break. As new and returning students join us on campuses for face-to-face instruction for the 3rd nine weeks beginning January 5, Plano ISD remains committed to supporting your children’s learning and safety. We are providing the following information to help students and families prepare for (or as they continue) on-campus instruction. 

    All students entering a Plano ISD facility should continue to follow all current health and safety guidelines. Please wear a face mask (prek–2nd grade students may use a district-provided face shield instead of a mask while in the classroom) whenever entering or leaving a building, in all common areas, and around others. Your face mask should cover your nose and mouth at all times. Maintain a safe distance (at least 6 feet) from others, whenever possible. Continue to practice good hand hygiene by hand washing throughout the day and using hand sanitizer that is available at building entrances and in classrooms.

    Families should continue to monitor their children’s health. If a child is sick, please have them stay home to get better. Additionally, if any of the following scenarios apply, please also complete the COVID-19 Student Reporting Form and your school’s nurse will contact you to discuss your quarantine requirements:

    • Your child or a household member is positive for COVID-19
    • Your child or a household member is waiting for COVID-19 test results
    • Your child is experiencing symptoms that could be COVID-19
    • In the last 10 days, your child has been in close contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19

    The district has also prepared a series of “Stay Safe and Be Smart” videos to give families a glimpse into what a day in the life of a classroom student looks like in Plano ISD during COVID-19. While protocols for in-person instruction may vary slightly from campus-to-campus, we want to give you a general overview of what safety protocols to expect in our schools. Here are the links to the videos:

    We can all take care of each other by continuing to adhere to these recommendations and guidelines. 

    Sincerely,

    Staci Antelo BSN, RN, NCSN
    Director for District Health Services

  • December 17, 2020 - Today’s Update for Plano ISD Families

    December 17, 2020


    Minnie’s Food Pantry Family Distribution, Saturday December 19

    Minnie’s Food Pantry is hosting a holiday family food distribution this Saturday, December 19, from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. at 661 18th Street in Plano. Distribution will include boxes of non-perishable items, along with fresh meat, fresh produce, dairy and bakery items (while supplies last). For more information, visit the Minnie’s Food Pantry website.


    REMINDER: Curbside meal bundles for Plano ISD School@Home learners will resume after winter break on Tuesday, January 5, 2021. 


    Have a happy and safe winter break!

  • December 16, 2020 - Today's Update for Plano ISD Families

    December 16, 2020


    COVID-19 Reporting Form Will Be Available during Winter Break 

    During the winter break, parents will still have access to the COVID-19 Student Reporting Form and may submit a report if your child tests positive for COVID-19, has symptoms that could be COVID-19, has a pending test result, or is quarantined due to close contact with a positive case. 

    Reports submitted during the break will be reviewed periodically. Your school nurse will contact you regarding your child’s quarantine requirements and when the student may return to campus. Please remember that students may not return to campus following quarantine until the nurse has cleared them. If you are unable to submit an electronic report, please contact your school nurse to report. See your campus website for contact information. 

    If you have concerns about your child’s health during the break, please contact their doctor or go to the emergency room.

    As students return from the break, please remember to keep your child home if any of the following scenarios apply:

    • Your child or a household member is positive for COVID-19
    • Your child or a household member is waiting for COVID-19 test results
    • Your child is experiencing symptoms that could be COVID-19
    • In the last 14 days, your child has been in close contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19

    We wish you and your family a safe and happy winter break!

  • December 14, 2020 - Today's Update for Plano ISD Families

    December 14, 2020


    Changes to Close Contact Definition and Quarantine Period - January 1

    In collaboration with the Collin County Health Services Department and Dr. Gamber, our Public Health Authority, the definition of a close contact will be revised on January 1, 2021. Additionally, the quarantine period will be revised to align with the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and Texas Education Agency (TEA) updates. This information will be updated in the Back to School manual, as well as the Administrative Protocols manual on the website by January 4. 

    • Revised Close Contact Definition: Being within 6 feet of an infectious person for a cumulative total of 15 minutes or more during a 24-hour period; additional factors, such as consistent and proper masking, may affect this determination.
      • Proper masking - both the infectious individual and potential close contact are wearing a multi-layer face mask that covers the nose and mouth and fits around the nose and chin.
    • Revised Quarantine Period (for those considered close contacts): 10 days

    Free Meals for All Plano ISD Students Extended

    The United States Department of Agriculture has extended nationwide flexibilities which allow all Plano ISD students to receive free breakfast and lunch through the end of the school year. Please see additional meal updates below.

    Curbside Meals

    Weekly meal bundles for School@Home learners will be available on December 15, 2020 and resume every Tuesday after winter break starting January 5, 2021. Meals will be provided from 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. and 4:45 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. at Clark HS, McMillen HS, Shepton HS, Vines HS and Williams HS. Anyone picking up meals for students, without the student present, must bring appropriate documentation in the form of a school issued ID, report card, parent portal attendance summary form, or birth certificate. For more information, visit our website at Grab and Go.

    Help Schools and Students by Completing Meal Applications

    Did you know that students who qualify for free or reduced meals may also be eligible to receive reduced rates or have fees waived on many college-related application fees, such as, AP exam fee reductions, SAT fee waivers, and college application fee waivers?

    In addition, a school receives federal funding for additional staff or programs based on the percentage of families who are eligible for free or reduced-priced meals. 

    Completing an application is easy. Simply visit SchoolCafe.com/PISD to complete an application in English or Spanish. Allow 10 business days for application processing. Paper applications are also available at schools.


    Families and Students Invited to Participate in Equity Survey

    Plano Independent School District is conducting an Equity and Inclusion Survey. All families, staff members and students in grades 6-12 are invited to take the survey, which will take approximately 15 minutes to complete. 

    In this survey, Plano ISD is interested in your thoughts on the district's continuing efforts to provide equitable opportunities and a welcoming environment to students, parents, and staff from diverse backgrounds (diverse backgrounds include various ethnicities, races, cultures, genders, sexualities, religions, abilities, socio-economic backgrounds, and all other identities). This study is for research purposes only and all information submitted by individuals will be kept confidential by Hanover Research and will only be reported to Plano ISD in an aggregate form, so please provide candid responses. 

    When completing this survey, unless otherwise indicated, please consider your overall experience with Plano ISD, not just the past school year. For example, if you generally feel like a part of your school community, please indicate that in your responses. Lastly, the survey may contain questions that you don’t know the answer to, or questions that may not apply to you. If this happens, please select the “Don’t Know/NA” response option to show that you do not know the answer to the question or the question does not apply to you. 

    Please complete the Plano ISD Equity Survey 2020-21 before it closes on January 8, 2021 at 11:59 p.m. The survey contains a dropdown menu that will allow you to select either English or Spanish.

    Thank you for your participation!

  • December 10, 2020 - Update for Plano ISD Families

    December 10, 2020


    2021-2022 Academic Calendar Approved

    The Plano ISD 2021-2022 school calendar was adopted by the Plano ISD Board of Trustees at the December 8 meeting. The first day of school for students will be Wednesday, August 11, 2021, and the last day of school will be Friday, May 27, 2022. 

    2021-2022 Academic Calendar


    REMINDER: Nominations Due Tomorrow for 20th Annual Plano ISD Diversity Leadership Award 

    Nominations for the 20th annual Plano ISD Diversity Leadership Award are due by 5:00 p.m., Friday, December 11, 2020.

    The individual and group winners will be recognized at the Martin Luther King, Jr. celebration to be held virtually in January 2021. Please nominate an individual or group whose program or initiative has proven to promote diversity through stronger relationships, improved communications and enhanced understanding within Plano ISD or the broader community within the past year.

    Key components of the Diversity Leadership Award include:

    • Promoting diversity in the district and/or community
    • Embracing diversity in the district and/or community
    • Educating the district and or community about diversity

    Categories may include:

    • Student or student group*
    • Plano ISD individual or group
    • Community individual or group

    *Students may also nominate themselves.

    For additional information, please contact Tawn King at 469-752-8187 or tawn.king@pisd.edu.

  • December 8, 2020 - Update for Plano ISD Families

    December 8, 2020

    Plano ISD Industries Academy Information Night

    Parents of current tenth graders interested in having their children attend the Plano ISD Industries Academy next year are invited to attend a virtual information meeting on December 10 at 6:30 p.m. Representatives from Plano ISD and Collin College will discuss how students can earn workforce dual credit instruction in high-demand, high-wage career fields such as advanced manufacturing, construction and computer networking. 

    This two-year program begins in the junior year of high school and continues through the senior year of high school, providing students with career-specific training and industry certifications. Enrolled students will attend both their Plano ISD senior high school campus and the Collin College Technical Campus. 

    To register for the information night, visit Industries Academy, or see the program flyer: (English | Spanish)

    Industries Academy Information Flyer


    Health Screening Reminder for Families

    Parents are reminded to please take a moment each day to monitor your children’s health and do not send them to school if they are displaying any COVID-19 symptoms or have tested positive for COVID-19. No one should enter a Plano ISD school or facility if any of the following apply:

    • Sick with symptoms that could be COVID-19. Symptoms to watch for: fever (100°F or higher), cough, shortness of breath/difficulty breathing, chills, muscle pain, headache, sore throat, fatigue, congestion/running nose, nausea/diarrhea, new loss of taste or smell.
    • Has a confirmed case of COVID-19 or has been in close contact with a person with a confirmed case of COVID-19. These individuals must follow all isolation and quarantine guidelines from the local health authority or their physician.
    • Has a household member who is awaiting COVID-19 test results, or who is awaiting their own test results.

    If any of the above conditions apply, the COVID-19 Student Reporting Form should be completed. Thank you for your assistance in helping to keep our students healthy and safe.

  • November 30, 2020 - Update for Plano ISD Families

    November 30, 2020

    Plano ISD Industries Academy Information Night

    Parents of current tenth graders interested in having their children attend the Plano ISD Industries Academy next year are invited to attend a virtual information meeting on December 3 or 10. Both meetings will be at 6:30 p.m.

    Representatives from Plano ISD and Collin College will discuss how students can earn workforce dual credit instruction in high-demand, high-wage career fields such as advanced manufacturing, construction and computer networking. 

    This two-year program begins in the junior year of high school and continues through the senior year of high school, providing students with career-specific training and industry certifications. Enrolled students will attend both their Plano ISD senior high school campus and the Collin College Technical Campus. 

    To register for the information night, visit the Plano ISD Industries Academy Website.

  • November 29, 2020 - Important Reminders as School Resumes Monday, November 30

    November 29, 2020


    3rd 9-Week Changes to Instructional Environment (Deadline is 11:59 p.m., Monday November 30)

    This information is also available online.

    Families now have an opportunity to make a change to their child’s learning environment for the third 9-week period. As Plano ISD worked with Collin College, our higher education partner for dual credit, it became necessary to adjust the timing of the selection process in order for both organizations to have the information needed for staffing and scheduling second semester. For that reason the following slight adjustment is being made to the selection window:


    Revised selection window: November 17-November 30
    (Originally scheduled selection window: November 30-December 4)


    The new window for selection is November 17-November 30 for all levels (elementary and secondary students). Students will be scheduled in the selected instructional environment, which will go into effect on January 5, 2021. If no changes are made in Parent Portal, then the current instructional environment will remain in effect until the fourth 9-week selection period opens. 

    Parents Who DO NOT Want to Make a Change of Environment – NO ACTION REQUIRED 

    Process for Changing Instructional Environment Selection

    • Changes may be made in the Parent Portal, following these instructions
    • Any changes made in the Parent Portal will go into effect on the dates listed below. 
      • Selection Period for the third 9 weeks: November 17-30, 2020, effective January 5, 2021
      • Selection Period for the fourth 9 weeks: February 15-19, 2021, effective March 15, 2021
    • Elementary students changing their environment may be assigned to a new teacher. Change in environment will almost always result in a teacher change.
    • Secondary students making changes to their learning environment selection are not guaranteed to be assigned to their same teacher or class schedule based upon availability. Some staff may need to shift to align with new learning environment choices. Therefore, even students who do not change learning environments could experience a change to their teacher(s), course availability or class schedule.

    NEW Please Note: The Texas Education Agency has issued guidance that allows school districts to stop offering virtual instruction to individual students with poor grades or attendance. Campuses will notify parents if a student’s attendance and/or academic performance in one or more classes puts them at significant risk of severe learning loss in the PISD School@Home or the hybrid schedule remote days. 

    A student’s lack of engagement and poor academic performance could result in revoked access to the remote learning environment or PISD School@Home. In which case, the student may be required to return to the face-to-face learning environment (or hybrid 4 days a week). Campuses will notify and collaborate with parents regarding learning environment changes if their student is not demonstrating academic success.


    Health Screening Reminder for Families

    Parents are reminded to please take a moment each day to monitor your children’s health. As students return from Thanksgiving break, please remember to keep your child home if any of the following scenarios apply:

    • Your child or a household member is positive for COVID-19
    • Your child or a household member is waiting for COVID-19 test results
    • Your child is experiencing symptoms that could be COVID-19 (Symptoms to watch for: fever (100°F or higher), cough, shortness of breath/difficulty breathing, chills, muscle pain, headache, sore throat, fatigue, congestion/running nose, nausea/diarrhea, new loss of taste or smell)
    • In the last 14 days, your child has been in close contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19

    If any of the above conditions apply, the COVID-19 Student Reporting Form should be completed. Thank you for your assistance in helping to keep our students healthy and safe.

  • November 19, 2020 - Update for Plano ISD Families

    November 19, 2020


    District Health Update from Superintendent Bonser

    We invite you to watch this district COVID-19 health update presented by Superintendent Sara Bonser.

    PISD Data Dashboard Video Still


    COVID-19 Exposure/Illness/Quarantine Reporting over Thanksgiving Break

    During the week of Thanksgiving break, parents will still have access to the COVID-19 Student Reporting Form. Please complete and submit the form if your child tests positive for COVID-19, has symptoms that could be COVID-19, has a pending test result, or is quarantined due to close contact with a positive case. Reports submitted during the break will be reviewed on Sunday, November 29. Your school nurse will contact you regarding your child’s quarantine requirements and when the student may return to campus. If you are unable to submit an electronic report, please contact your school nurse to report. See your campus website for contact information.       

    If you have concerns about your child’s health during the break, please contact their doctor or go to the emergency room. 

    As students return from the break, please remember to keep your child home if any of the following scenarios apply:

    • Your child or a household member is positive for COVID-19
    • Your child or a household member is waiting for COVID-19 test results
    • Your child is experiencing symptoms that could be COVID-19
    • In the last 14 days, your child has been in close contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19

    We wish you and your family a safe and happy Thanksgiving break!


    Calendar Adjustment for Cohort B

    Monday, December 14, has been designated as a day for cohort B students (last names beginning with M-Z) to attend school (for face-to-face) or participate in synchronous learning (for School@Home). This day has been switched with Friday, December 18 for cohort B in order to ensure both cohorts participate in synchronous instruction the same number of minutes during the final week of the grading period. Cohort B students will participate in asynchronous activities on December 14.


    Plano ISD Industries Academy

    Parents of current 10th graders interested in having their children attend the Plano ISD Industries Academy next year are invited to attend a virtual information meeting on December 3 or 10. Both meetings will be at 6:30 p.m. 

    The Plano ISD Industries Academy is offered in partnership with Collin College and offers a variety of workforce dual credit instruction focusing on high-demand and high-wage career fields. This two-year program begins in the junior year of high school and continues through the senior year of high school, providing students with career-specific training and industry certifications. Enrolled students will attend both their Plano ISD senior high school campus and the Collin College Technical Campus. 

    To register for the virtual information meeting or to learn more about the academy, visit Industries Academy.


    Nominations Open: 20th Annual Plano ISD Diversity Leadership Award

    The Plano ISD Diversity Advisory Committee proudly announces that its 20th annual Plano ISD Diversity Leadership Award nominations are now open. The nomination form deadline for entry is 5 p.m. Friday, December 11, 2020.

    Link to Nomination Form

    The individual and group winners will be recognized at the Martin Luther King, Jr. celebration to be held virtually in January 2021. Please nominate an individual or group whose program or initiative has proven to promote diversity through stronger relationships, improved communications and enhanced understanding within Plano ISD or the broader community within the past year.

    Key components of the Diversity Leadership Award include:

    • Promoting diversity in the district and/or community
    • Embracing diversity in the district and/or community
    • Educating the district and or community about diversity

    Categories may include:

    • Student or student group*
    • Plano ISD individual or group
    • Community individual or group

    *Students may also nominate themselves.

    For additional information, please contact Tawn King at 469-752-8187 or tawn.king@pisd.edu.

  • November 16, 2020 - Update for Plano ISD Families

    November 16, 2020


    3rd 9-Week Changes to Instructional Environment

    Families now have an opportunity to make a change to their child’s learning environment for the third 9-week period. As we have worked with Collin College, our higher education partner for dual credit, it became necessary to adjust the timing of the selection process in order for both organizations to have the information needed for staffing and scheduling second semester. For that reason the following slight adjustment is being made to the selection window:

    • Revised selection window: November 17-November 30
      (Originally scheduled selection window: November 30-December 4)

    The new window for selection is November 17-November 30 for all levels (elementary and secondary students). Students will be scheduled in the selected instructional environment, which will go into effect on January 5, 2021. If no changes are made in Parent Portal, then the current instructional environment will remain in effect until the fourth 9-week selection period opens. 

    Changes to Instructional Environment Selection

    Plano ISD understands that families may want to change their instructional environment based on the evolution of the COVID-19 pandemic. 

    Changes may be made beginning November 17. Instructional environment selections will be valid through the end of the school year unless you make a change at the end of the third 9-week cycle in February.

    These changes will become effective on the first day of the third 9-week grading period through the end of the grading cycle. To view the environment selection for the current 9 weeks by campus, visit School@Home Selection

    Parents Who DO NOT Want to Make a Change of EnvironmentNO ACTION REQUIRED 

    Process for Changing Instructional Environment Selection

    • All primary guardians will receive a notification prior to the change selection period. 
    • Changes may be made in the Parent Portal. 
      • Instructions on how to complete the process are located in the Parent Portal. 
    • Any changes made in the Parent Portal will go into effect on the dates listed below. 
      • Selection Period for the third 9 weeks: November 17-30, 2020, effective January 5, 2021
      • Selection Period for the fourth 9 weeks: February 15-19, 2021, effective March 15, 2021
    • Elementary students changing their environment may be assigned to a new teacher. Change in environment will almost always result in a teacher change.
    • Secondary students making changes to their learning environment selection are not guaranteed to be assigned to their same teacher or class schedule based upon availability. Some staff may need to shift to align with new learning environment choices. Therefore, even students who do not change learning environments could experience a change to their teacher(s), course availability or class schedule.

    NEW Please Note: The Texas Education Agency has issued guidance that allows school districts to stop offering virtual instruction to individual students with poor grades or attendance. Campuses will notify parents if a student’s attendance and/or academic performance in one or more classes puts them at significant risk of severe learning loss in the PISD School@Home or the hybrid schedule remote days. 

    A student’s lack of engagement and poor academic performance could result in revoked access to the remote learning environment or PISD School@Home. In which case, the student may be required to return to the face-to-face learning environment (or hybrid 4 days a week). Campuses will notify and collaborate with parents regarding learning environment changes if their student is not demonstrating academic success. 

  • November 16, 2020 - Message for Plano ISD High/Sr. High Families

    November 16, 2020


    Dear High School/Senior High School Families:

    As we approach the end of the first semester, we will begin the process of having parents once again select the learning environment for their student. In working with Collin College, our higher education partner for dual credit, it became necessary to adjust the timing of the selection process in order for both organizations to have the information needed for staffing and scheduling second semester. For that reason the following slight adjustment is being made to the selection window:


    Revised selection window:  November 17-November 30
    (Originally scheduled selection window: November 30-December 4)


    Over the course of the semester, we have listened to parents, students, teachers and principals, and are using that feedback to make some adjustments to the hybrid schedule to better meet the academic needs of students while maintaining social distancing in our high schools and senior high schools.  

    We will continue to offer the hybrid model but with some adjustments to better meet the needs of our students as follows:

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

    We hope that by making these adjustments to our hybrid model, we will be able to continue to safely social distance at our large high schools/senior high schools, offer the current hybrid schedule for those who are finding success with it and provide more synchronous instruction, support and intervention to help students succeed.  

    Thank you for being a partner in your child’s learning and for your continued support of the teachers and principals in Plano ISD.  We wish you a safe and happy holiday as the Thanksgiving break approaches.  

    Sincerely,

    Sara Bonser
    Superintendent

  • November 5, 2020 - Update for Plano ISD Families

    November 5, 2020

    Academy Programs of Plano Logo

    Academy Programs of Plano Parent and Student Information Meetings

    Parents of current eighth graders interested in applying for one of the high school Academy Programs of Plano for next year are invited to attend an upcoming informational meeting with their student. Due to COVID-19, all information meetings will be held via Zoom. Links to register for each Zoom meeting are provided below. Applications will be available online beginning November 20 and will close on December 16. For more information, visit Academies.

    Academy High School

    Health Sciences Academy

    IB World School at Plano East


    Plano ISD Industries Academy at the Collin College Technical Campus 

    Plano ISD, in partnership with Collin College, is offering a variety of workforce dual credit instruction focusing on high-demand and high-wage career fields.  This two-year program begins junior year of high school and continues through senior year, providing students with career-specific training and industry certifications.

    Student selection is based on interest and an application process. Once selected, students will attend both their Plano ISD Senior High School campus and the Collin College Technical Campus.

    Plano ISD Industries Academy at Collin Technical College Information Meetings

  • November 3, 2020 - Update for Plano ISD Families

    November 3, 2020

    Plano ISD Art Contests for Students

    Kindness Card Art Contest

    The Plano ISD Kindness Card Art Contest is now open, and students from kindergarten to 12th grade are invited to participate. This contest is designed to support the social emotional learning (SEL) educational goals of the district. The winning artwork will be published on the cover of the official district note cards used throughout the year by the superintendent and other district administrators. Contest finalists receive a $50 monetary award and the winner will receive a $100 award provided by the Plano ISD Education Foundation. The deadline for submission is November 18. For questions or more details on this contest, please contact your child’s art teacher. 

    34th Annual Martin Luther King, Jr., Diversity Celebration & Art Contest

    In conjunction with the annual Martin Luther King, Jr., celebration held in January, the district is once again hosting the Diversity Art Contest that is open to all students in kindergarten through twelfth grade. Contest finalists receive a $50 monetary award and the winner will receive a $100 award provided by the Plano ISD Education Foundation. Semifinalist, finalist and the winning artwork will be featured as a part of the celebration activities. Details on this year’s Martin Luther King, Jr., Diversity Celebration will be available soon. The deadline to submit artwork for consideration is December 3, 2020. For questions or more details on this contest, please contact your child’s art teacher.


    Health Screening Reminder for Families

    Now that students are back in buildings for face-to-face instruction, we need your assistance in keeping everyone healthy and safe. Parents are reminded to please take a moment each day to monitor your children’s health and do not send them to school if they are displaying any COVID-19 symptoms or have tested positive for COVID-19. No one should enter a Plano ISD school or facility if any of the following apply:

    • Sick with symptoms that could be COVID-19. Symptoms to watch for: fever (100°F or higher), cough, shortness of breath/difficulty breathing, chills, muscle pain, headache, sore throat, fatigue, congestion/running nose, nausea/diarrhea, new loss of taste or smell.
    • Has a confirmed case of COVID-19 or has been in close contact with a person with a confirmed case of COVID-19. These individuals must follow all isolation and quarantine guidelines from the local health authority or their physician.
    • Has a household member who is awaiting COVID-19 test results, or who is awaiting their own test results.

    If any of the above conditions apply, the COVID-19 Student Reporting Form should be completed. Students and staff who have tested positive for COVID-19 or are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 will be permitted to return to school when:

    • They are 24 hours fever-free without using fever-reducing medication; and
    • Symptoms improved (cough, difficulty breathing, etc.); and
    • 10 days have passed since symptoms began

    If a student wants to return to school prior to meeting the above criteria, they must obtain a medical professional’s note clearing them for return based on an alternative diagnosis or receive a negative PCR or antigen test.

    Thank you for your assistance in doing your part to keep our students healthy and safe.

  • October 23, 2020 - Update for Plano ISD Families

    October 23, 2020

    Grades and GPA Reminders

    With the implementation of different learning environments due to COVID-19, we realize that learning is occurring in a variety of ways and many of your students' classes look different than in the past. Our teachers are providing consistent assignments for students in all learning environments in order to ensure each student has the same opportunity to demonstrate their progress toward the learning goals. As always, student engagement and participation is critical to student success in learning.

    When will report cards be available?
    Report cards will be available in parent portal for each grading period on the following schedule: 

    Grades 3-12

    1st 9 weeks: 10/16/20

    2nd 9 weeks (semester 1): 1/5/21

    3rd 9 weeks: 3/19/21

    4th 9 weeks (semester 2): 6/2/21

    How is the 9 weeks grade calculated in grades 6-12*?
    Each 9 nine weeks grade is made up of both minor evaluations and major evaluations: 

    • Minor Evaluations: 40%
    • Major Evaluations: 60%
    • (Semester exams will not be given in any PISD courses in 2020-21.)

    *This grade calculation does not apply to Dual Credit classes. Dual Credit grades are based on the grading system of our partner, Collin College. 

    How will the 1st 9 weeks grade factor into GPA?
    Each 9 weeks grading period counts for 50% of the student’s semester grade in the course. Semester averages will count toward the student’s GPA for all high school courses taken in 2020-21 school year. This applies to students in both learning environments, School@Home and Face-to-Face.

    School@Home classes (including Dual Credit) will not be counted as “online courses” as addressed in policy EHDE(Local).

    Will courses still be weighted as Honors (4.5) and Distinguished (5.0) in the GPA calculations?
    Yes, GPA will be calculated using the weights provided in PISD Board Policy. 

    What will happen if a student does not earn credit for a course?
    Students who do not receive course credit will be required to regain credit through opportunities provided by the district. 

  • October 21, 2020 - Update for Plano ISD Families

    October 21, 2020

    New System for Online Fee Payments - FAQ

    In an effort to reduce time, money and paper waste, and during this time of remote instruction, parents can pay their children’s school and lunch fees through Rycor, a secure online website, Student Quick Pay

    Payments can be made by Visa, Visa Debit, MasterCard, MasterCard Debit, American Express, Discover and ACH Electronic Check. 

    Please note that there is a small convenience charge for using this system put in place to offset some of the costs of offering this service. For general information about fees, please contact your child’s school, or visit Plano ISD’s website.

    Frequently-Asked Questions

    Why did the District change to the new student payment system RYCOR?

    The District made the decision to switch from PayPAMS to RYCOR because of the capabilities of RYCOR, as well as the more user-friendly experience for our families.

    Why are fees being charged now with RYCOR?

    Anytime an entity or company collects payments by credit card, there are associated credit card fees from the credit card companies. Previously, the District covered these fees and it was brought to our attention by our legal counsel that we can no longer cover these fees. The District’s previous payment system PayPAMs did charge these merchant fees; however, the District at that time was paying those fees.

    Are there alternative options to make payments to PISD?

    RYCOR offers an ACH check payment option at a reduced transaction fee of $0.50 per transaction regardless of the amount, or payments can be made directly to the District by check, cash, or money order with no transaction fees.

    Does RYCOR offer a recurring payment option?

    RYCOR currently does not offer a recurring payment option, but the District is working with the software company to add this feature within the 2020-21 school year.

    Does RYCOR offer low-balance notification capabilities?

    Like the recurring payment option, RYCOR currently does not offer low-balance notification capabilities, but the District is working with the software company to add this feature within the 2020-21 School year.

    Does RYCOR offer parent initiated transfers between students?

    This functionality has already been developed by RYCOR and is currently in the testing phase. The District anticipates a release of this capability by the end of December 2020.


    Health Screening Reminder for Families

    Now that students are back in buildings for face-to-face instruction, we need your assistance in keeping everyone healthy and safe. Parents are reminded to please take a moment each day to monitor your children’s health and do not send them to school if they are displaying any COVID-19 symptoms or have tested positive for COVID-19. No one should enter a Plano ISD school or facility if any of the following apply:

    • Sick with symptoms that could be COVID-19. Symptoms to watch for: fever (100°F or higher), cough, shortness of breath/difficulty breathing, chills, muscle pain, headache, sore throat, fatigue, congestion/running nose, nausea/diarrhea, new loss of taste or smell.
    • Has a confirmed case of COVID-19 or has been in close contact with a person with a confirmed case of COVID-19. These individuals must follow all isolation and quarantine guidelines from the local health authority or their physician.
    • Has a household member who is awaiting COVID-19 test results, or who is awaiting their own test results.

    If any of the above conditions apply, the COVID-19 Student Reporting Form should be completed. Students and staff who have tested positive for COVID-19 or are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 will be permitted to return to school when:

    • They are 24 hours fever-free without using fever-reducing medication; and
    • Symptoms improved (cough, difficulty breathing, etc.); and
    • 10 days have passed since symptoms began

    If a student wants to return to school prior to meeting the above criteria, they must obtain a medical professional’s note clearing them for return based on an alternative diagnosis or receive a negative PCR or antigen test.

    Thank you for your assistance in doing your part to keep our students healthy and safe.

  • October 15, 2020 - Update for Plano ISD Families

    October 15, 2020

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    Canceled: Plano Families First Fall Fair

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    After reviewing the current COVID-19 conditions in the City of Plano and considering the potential size and duration of the event, the City of Plano announced today that they are canceling the Plano Families First Health & Wellness Fall Fair scheduled this Saturday, October 17. Read the City of Plano’s press release.

  • October 14, 2020 - Update for Plano ISD Families

    October 14, 2020

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    Third Annual Plano Families First Event Is this Saturday (updated 10-15-2020: THIS EVENT HAS BEEN CANCELLED)

    All Plano ISD families are invited to attend the Plano Families First Health & Wellness Fall Fair, taking place this Saturday, October 17 from 8:30 a.m. to noon at the Plano Event Center located at 2000 E. Spring Creek Parkway.

    Free services will include flu shots for uninsured children (available on a first-come, first-served basis), dental screenings and fluoride varnishes (for children only) along with community and educational information and resources. 

    Plano ISD students will receive free school supply packets (available on a first-come, first-served basis). In addition, Plano Public Library will be on site offering free books, bubbles, pencils and other fun items, and the North Texas Food Bank will give away free jars of peanut butter.

    At the event, families can also visit the Plano ISD Food and Nutritional Services (FANS) table to complete a free/reduced meal benefits application. While families do not need to bring proof of income to the event, families will need to know the household income in order to complete the application. Visit the Plano ISD FANS webpage to see income eligibility.

    The Job Fair takes on a new look this year! Presented by the Plano Chamber of Commerce, the Fair goes virtual, featuring a multitude of jobs including several open positions with Plano ISD. View the online listings at Plano Families First from October 17 - December 15. Event attendees can get a free LinkedIn photo shot by a professional photographer.

    Photo ID and proof of residency are required to attend. Plano ISD families are encouraged to print and complete the school supply registration form in advance and bring to the event. Additional staff will be on hand the day of the event to ensure as many families as possible are served.  Masks are required for ages 3 and up. Some items and services will be available on a first-come, first-served basis. 

    In addition to presenting sponsor United Healthcare, other sponsors are Bank of America; Capital One; Care Van; Children’s Health; City of Plano; FedEx Office; Liberty Mutual; North Texas Food Bank; NTT Data; Plano Chamber of Commerce; Plano Independent School District; Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Plano; and TXU Energy.

    Read more about the event by visiting Plano Families First.


    Health Screening Reminder for Families

    Parents are reminded to please take a moment each day to monitor your children’s health and do not send them to school if they are displaying any COVID-19 symptoms or have tested positive for COVID-19. No one should enter a Plano ISD school or facility if any of the following apply:

    • Sick with symptoms that could be COVID-19. Symptoms to watch for: fever (100°F or higher), cough, shortness of breath/difficulty breathing, chills, muscle pain, headache, sore throat, fatigue, congestion/running nose, nausea/diarrhea, new loss of taste or smell.
    • Has a confirmed case of COVID-19 or has been in close contact with a person with a confirmed case of COVID-19. These individuals must follow all isolation and quarantine guidelines from the local health authority or their physician.
    • Has a household member who is awaiting COVID-19 test results, or who is awaiting their own test results.

    If any of the above conditions apply, the COVID-19 Student Reporting Form should be completed. Thank you for your assistance in helping to keep our students healthy and safe.

  • October 7, 2020 - Update for Plano ISD Families

    October 7, 2020

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    Reminders for New Face-to-Face Learners

    As new students will be joining us on campuses for face-to-face instruction for the 2nd nine weeks on October 13, Plano ISD remains committed to supporting your children’s learning and safety. We are providing the following information to help students and families prepare for on-campus instruction.

    Stay Safe, Be Smart Video Resources 

    What does a day in the life of a classroom student look like in Plano ISD during COVID-19? While protocols for in-person instruction may vary slightly from campus-to-campus, we want to give you a general overview of what safety protocols to expect in our schools. Watch our video series on how to “Stay Safe and Be Smart” on campus:

    Mitigation

    Plano ISD is taking the following steps district-wide to mitigate the spread of COVID-19.

    • Masks/face coverings:
    • Hand washing will be encouraged throughout the day and hand sanitizer will be available at building entrances and in classrooms.
    • Cleaning of high-touch areas and work surfaces will occur periodically throughout the day.

    Prevention

    To prevent COVID-positive individuals from entering campuses, your student’s school will have the following COVID-19 symptom screening procedures in place: 

    • All staff will be required to self-screen daily.
    • All visitors will be required to screen upon arrival.
    • Parents are requested to proactively identify when their student exhibits COVID-19 symptoms or has been exposed, in which case, parents will keep students home and report the information to the school using the COVID-19 Student Reporting Form

    Return to School - Upon Completion of Required Quarantine Period

    • For a confirmed case (all three conditions must be met):
      • until the individual is fever free for 24 hours without use of fever reducing medication, AND
      • at least 10 days have passed since symptom onset, AND
      • symptoms have improved.
    • ​​​​​​​for symptoms likely to be COVID-19:
      • until the individual is fever free for 24 hours without use of fever reducing medication, AND
      • at least 10 days have passed since symptom onset, AND
      • symptoms have improved, OR
      • until the individual receives a negative PCR or antigen test, OR
      • until the individual receives a doctor’s note indicating an alternative diagnosis for the symptoms and releasing the individual to return to school/work.
    • for close contact with a confirmed case:
      • until 14 days after the last day of close contact with the individual during the period of time for which they are under quarantine. 

    Response

    In the event of a COVID-positive case on campus, the campus will take the steps outlined below. For more detailed information, please review Plano ISD’s Administrative Protocols for COVID-19 on Campus.

    • All areas that were heavily used by the individual with the lab-confirmed case will be closed off until disinfected.
    • Close contacts will be identified. 
    • All teachers, staff and families of all students in that school will be notified.
    • The local health department will be notified.

    We hope that this information provides you with a better understanding of our protocols to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 on our campuses. If you have any questions or concerns, please reach out to askPISD@pisd.edu or visit our website. We look forward to supporting your student’s learning journey.

  • October 1, 2020 - Update for Plano ISD Families

    October 1, 2020

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    COVID-19 Dashboard Update - Data Submitted to State

    Texas Public Schools COVID-19 Data: The Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) is working closely with the Texas Education Agency (TEA) and the Texas Division of Emergency Management (TDEM) to monitor, track and coordinate public health responses to COVID-19 cases in Texas public schools. The Texas Public Schools COVID-19 Data Dashboard reports positive COVID-19 cases and close contacts for school campuses. 

    COVID case information is reported to the state for students, teachers or staff members who participate in any on-campus activity and are test-confirmed or close contacts with a test-confirmed COVID-19 case. “On-campus” includes activities that are on the campus grounds, on a school bus or at any public school or district facility hosting a school event. 

    On September 8, 2020, Plano ISD began reporting required information each Monday to TEA/DSHS. View data submitted by Plano ISD to the State.

  • September 30, 2020 - Update for Plano ISD Families

    September 30, 2020

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    Reminder: Change of Environment for the 2nd Nine Weeks Due this Week

    Parents now have the opportunity to make a change to their child’s learning environment for the 2nd Nine Weeks grading period. The window to make a change is September 28 through October 2. The deadline for completing this learning environment selection is 11:59 p.m. on Friday, October 2, 2020. All changes will be effective on the first day of the 2nd Nine Weeks grading period which is Tuesday, October 13, 2020.

    Parents Who DO NOT WANT to Make a Change of Environment

    NO ACTION REQUIRED - If you are not requesting to change the current Learning Environment for your student during the 2nd Nine Weeks, then you do not need to log onto the Parent Portal to make this change. Your student(s) will be scheduled with the same learning option they had for the 1st Nine Weeks.

    Parents Who WANT to Make a Change of Environment

    ACTION REQUIRED - If you are requesting to change the current Learning Environment for your student during the 2nd Nine Weeks, you must log into Parent Portal to select this change for the 2nd Nine Weeks. 

    Instructions for Parent Portal

    Primary guardians/parents will use their Plano ISD Parent Portal login to access the Change of Learning Environment selection. A primary guardian/parent must complete this form for each student that you are requesting to change the learning environment. Videos demonstrating the Change of Learning Environment process are available in English and Spanish

    Important Scheduling Information

    Please note that changes in learning environment selections may result in the following implications for teacher assignments and student schedules:

    • Some staff may need to shift to align with new learning environment choices. Therefore, even students who do not change learning environments could experience a change to their teacher(s), course availability or class schedule as teachers are assigned based on the numbers of students and course requests in each environment.  Every effort will be made to minimize teacher changes for those who did not make a learning environment change, however, we cannot guarantee that in every case.

    Elementary 

    Students changing their environment may be assigned to a new teacher or teachers.

    • Change in Environment will almost always result in a teacher change
    • The District will try to maintain social distancing in the Face2Face classrooms to the greatest degree possible, however, Face2Face classrooms may increase to 22:1 depending upon the number of PISD School@Home students who change to Face2Face learning environment

    Secondary 

    Secondary students making changes to their learning environment selection are not guaranteed to be assigned to their same teacher or class schedule based upon availability. 

    Middle School

    • Since students are co-seated, most should be able to remain with their current teachers. However, in some cases when students change learning environments, it may result in a teacher and/or schedule change.

    High School/ Senior High School

    • For co-seated classrooms, most should be able to remain with their current teachers. However, in some cases when students change learning environments, it may result in a teacher and/or complete schedule change.
    • PISD School@Home students that change to Face2Face, may result in teacher and/or complete schedule change.
    • For students in Face2Face (Hybrid) that change to PISD School@Home, may result in teacher and/or complete schedule change.

    Health Screening Reminder for Families

    Parents are reminded to please take a moment each day to monitor your children’s health and do not send them to school if they are displaying any COVID-19 symptoms or have tested positive for COVID-19. No one should enter a Plano ISD school or facility if any of the following apply:

    • Sick with symptoms that could be COVID-19. Symptoms to watch for: fever (100°F or higher), cough, shortness of breath/difficulty breathing, chills, muscle pain, headache, sore throat, fatigue, congestion/running nose, nausea/diarrhea, new loss of taste or smell.
    • Has a confirmed case of COVID-19 or has been in close contact with a person with a confirmed case of COVID-19. These individuals must follow all isolation and quarantine guidelines from the local health authority or their physician.
    • Has a household member who is awaiting COVID-19 test results, or who is awaiting their own test results.

    If any of the above conditions apply, the COVID-19 Student Reporting Form should be completed. Thank you for your assistance in helping to keep our students healthy and safe.

  • September 29, 2020 - Update for Plano ISD Families

    September 29, 2020

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    Free GED and ESL Classes Available for Adults

    The Collin Adult Education & Literacy, in collaboration with Plano ISD, is offering free GED and English as a second language (ESL) classes for adults in the Plano community. Virtual classes are available. The virtual class times are as follows until further notice:

    GED

    • Monday–Thursday: 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m., or 6:00 to 8:00 p.m.

    ESL

  • September 25, 2020 - Update for Plano ISD Families

    September 25, 2020

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    Change of Environment for the 2nd Nine Weeks

    For the 2020-21 school year, Plano ISD is offering two options of instructional learning environments for our students:

    • Face2Face Learning (Traditional Classroom Experience on Campus)
    • PISD School@Home Learning (Virtual Learning Experience Not on Campus)

    Parents will have the opportunity to make a change to their child’s learning environment for the 2nd Nine Weeks grading period.

    The window to make a change is September 28 through October 2. The deadline for completing this learning environment selection is 11:59 p.m. on Friday, October 2, 2020. All changes will be effective on the first day of the 2nd Nine Weeks grading period which is Tuesday, October 13, 2020.

    Parents Who Do NOT Want to Make a Change of Environment

    NO ACTION REQUIRED - If you are not requesting to change the current Learning Environment for your student during the 2nd Nine Weeks, then you do not need to log onto the Parent Portal to make this change. Your student(s) will be scheduled with the same learning option they had for the 1st Nine Weeks.

    Parents Who WANT to Make a Change of Environment

    ACTION REQUIRED - If you are requesting to change the current Learning Environment for your student during the 2nd Nine Weeks, you must log into Parent Portal to select this change for the Second Nine Weeks. 

    Instructions for Parent Portal

    Primary guardians/parents will use their Plano ISD Parent Portal login to access the Change of Learning Environment selection. A primary guardian/parent must complete this form for each student that you are requesting to change the learning environment. Videos demonstrating the Change of Learning Environment process are available in English and Spanish

    Important Scheduling Information

    Please note that changes in learning environment selections may result in the following implications for teacher assignments and student schedules:

    • Some staff may need to shift to align with new learning environment choices. Therefore, even students who do not change learning environments could experience a change to their teacher(s), course availability or class schedule as teachers are assigned based on the numbers of students and course requests in each environment.  Every effort will be made to minimize teacher changes for those who did not make a learning environment change, however, we cannot guarantee that in every case.

    Elementary 

    Students changing their environment may be assigned to a new teacher or teachers.

    • Change in Environment will almost always result in a teacher change
    • The District will try to maintain social distancing in the Face2Face classrooms to the greatest degree possible, however, Face2Face classrooms may increase to 22:1 depending upon the number of PISD School@Home students who change to Face2Face learning environment

    Secondary 

    Secondary students making changes to their learning environment selection are not guaranteed to be assigned to their same teacher or class schedule based upon availability. 

    Middle School

    • Since students are co-seated, most should be able to remain with their current teachers. However, in some cases when students change learning environments, it may result in a teacher and/or schedule change.

    High School/Senior High School

    • For co-seated classrooms, most should be able to remain with their current teachers. However, in some cases when students change learning environments, it may result in a teacher and/or complete schedule change.
    • PISD School@Home students that change to Face2Face, may result in teacher and/or complete schedule change.
    • For students in Face2Face (Hybrid) that change to PISD School@Home, may result in teacher and/or complete schedule change.

    Did Your Free or Reduced-Price Meal Benefit Expire?

    Effective September 24, 2020, free and reduced-price meal benefits that carried over from the 2019-20 school year have expired. All households that did not fill out a federal meal application for the current school year have now been transferred to full-paid eligibility status. 

    Although all Plano ISD students are currently receiving free breakfast and lunch due to a waiver from the USDA, please note that this waiver is in place until December 31, 2020, or when funds run out. If you depend on free or reduced-price meals for your child(ren), please be sure to complete the application process so that you have the needed support in place when the district returns to regular operations and free meals for all come to an end. 

    To complete a federal meal application, visit SchoolCafe.com/PISD. Please allow 10 business days for application processing. If you have questions about the National School Lunch Program, please review the Frequently Asked Questions (provided in English and Spanish). This video is provided for families needing additional support in Spanish

    More than Meals: Additional Reasons to Apply for the National School Lunch Program

    Did you know that if you qualify for assistance through the National School Lunch Program, you may be eligible to receive fee waivers for the SAT/ACT exams, some college applications and fee reductions for Advanced Placement exams? Talk to your guidance counselor for more information, and visit the College Board site to learn more about:

  • September 24, 2020 - Updates for Plano ISD Families

    September 24, 2020

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    Third Annual Plano Families First Event - October 17

    Presented by United Healthcare, the third-annual Plano Families First Event provides a number of free health and human resources services in an effort, this year, to alleviate the hardships thousands of Plano families have experienced during the pandemic. The event will be held Saturday, October 17, from 8:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. at the Plano Event Center located at 2000 E. Spring Creek Parkway.

    Services: Free services will include flu shots (available on a first-come, first-served basis), blood pressure screenings, dental screenings and fluoride varnishes (for children only) along with community and educational information and resources. Plano ISD students will receive free school supply packets (available on a first-come, first-served basis). In addition, the Plano Public Library will be offering free books. Supplies and flu shots are limited.

    Job Fair and Free LinkedIn Photo: The job fair, presented by the Plano Chamber of Commerce, is virtual this year and features a multitude of jobs including several open positions with Plano ISD. View the online listings at Plano Families First job fair webpage from October 17 through December 15, 2020. Event attendees can get a free LinkedIn photo by a professional photographer.

    Event Details 

    • Photo ID and proof of residency are required to attend. Plano residents and Plano ISD families are welcome.
    • A completed school supply form is required to receive supplies. The form is available in English and Spanish.
    • Social distancing and masks are required for ages 3 and up.
    • Some items and services will be available on a first-come, first-served basis.

    Sponsors: In addition to presenting sponsor United Healthcare, other sponsors are Bank of America; Baylor Scott & White Medical Center – Plano; City of Plano; FedEx Office; Liberty Mutual; North Texas Food Bank; NTT Data; Plano Chamber of Commerce; Plano ISD; Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Plano; and TXU.

    For more information, visit planofamiliesfirst.com.


    Health Screening Reminder for Families

    Parents are reminded to please take a moment each day to monitor your children’s health and do not send them to school if they are displaying any COVID-19 symptoms or have tested positive for COVID-19. No one should enter a Plano ISD school or facility if any of the following apply:

    • Sick with symptoms that could be COVID-19. Symptoms to watch for: fever (100°F or higher), cough, shortness of breath/difficulty breathing, chills, muscle pain, headache, sore throat, fatigue, congestion/running nose, nausea/diarrhea, new loss of taste or smell.
    • Has a confirmed case of COVID-19 or has been in close contact with a person with a confirmed case of COVID-19. These individuals must follow all isolation and quarantine guidelines from the local health authority or their physician.
    • Has a household member who is awaiting COVID-19 test results, or who is awaiting their own test results.

    If any of the above conditions apply, the COVID-19 Student Reporting Form should be completed. Thank you for your assistance in helping to keep our students healthy and safe.

  • September 22, 2020 - Update for Plano ISD Families

    September 22, 2020

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    High School/Senior High School Hybrid Cohort Calendar Adjustment

    In order to ensure that both cohorts A and B participate in the same number of synchronous learning days during the current grading period, Monday, October 5, has been designated a synchronous day for cohort A students (last names beginning with A-L). This change applies to both face-to-face and PISD School@Home learning environments. Cohort B students will participate in asynchronous activities on October 5. 


    Plano ISD Stadium Reminders

    These stadium guidelines are provided for Plano ISD families as football games begin this week for high school and senior high teams, and next week for middle school teams.

    • All spectators must complete the COVID-19 self-screening 
    • The PISD bag policy will be in place
    • Face coverings are required
    • Social distancing is expected in all areas of the stadium including the student section
    • Congregating in the concourse area or walkways will not be allowed
    • Tickets are available online only
    • Rides should be arranged in advance for transportation home in a timely manner 

  • September 21, 2020 - Update for Plano ISD Families

    September 21, 2020

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    US Census Reminder: There Is Still Time to Be Counted 

    As the September 30 deadline approaches, you still have time to help impact your community. With $675 billion dollars in funding for schools, childcare, community improvement projects and social services, results of the Census affect:

    • Medicare/Medicaid
    • Federal Pell Grants and other educational grants
    • SNAP
    • CHIP
    • Head Start 
    • The National School Lunch Program
    • Title IX funding
    • The number of congressional seats each state receives

    Want to see the response rate in our area? Visit 2020 Census Response Rate Map, click the “View Response Rate Map,” then search by county and school district. 

    Ready to be counted? Start here by visiting the 2020 Census website.

     US Census Graphic It's Not Too Late

  • September 17, 2020 - Update for Plano ISD Families

    September 17, 2020

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    Update Regarding Hybrid Learning Schedule

    In considering all health and safety aspects of managing face-to-face learning for our high school and senior high school campuses, Plano ISD implemented a hybrid learning schedule. This enabled us to reduce the number of students on campus at one time in order to provide a safe and socially distanced learning environment. The question has arisen about when the district will end the hybrid model and return to five days/week face-to-face instruction at the campus. At this time, the district has not established an end-date for the hybrid schedule. For parents who are considering a change to their child’s learning environment in the upcoming selection window, the hybrid model will remain in place for the second nine-week grading period. With face-to-face learning underway the past eight days, we are closely monitoring the number and impact of test-confirmed COVID-19 cases on each campus. We are working closely with our schools so that we may continue to evaluate and refine plans for the 2020-21 school year.   


    Two Locations Added for Curbside Meals

    Effective Tuesday, September 22, two additional locations will be available for families to pick up curbside meals for their PISD School@Home student(s). Parents may pick up weekly meal bundles at any of the following locations on Tuesdays from 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. OR 4:45 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. Meal service is required to begin and end promptly at the designated serving times, therefore, meals cannot be distributed outside of these time frames. 

    Curbside Meal Locations for PISD School@Home Students: 


    Meal bundles will consist of five breakfasts and five lunches.

    Anyone picking up meals for students, without the student present, must bring appropriate documentation in the form of a school-issued ID, report card, parent portal attendance summary form, or birth certificate. Please see details online at Grab and Go

  • September 16, 2020 - Update for Plano ISD Families

    September 16, 2020

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    Health Screening Reminder for Families

    Now that students are back in buildings for face-to-face instruction, we need your assistance in keeping everyone healthy and safe. Parents are reminded to please take a moment each day to monitor your children’s health and do not send them to school if they are displaying any COVID-19 symptoms or have tested positive for COVID-19. No one should enter a Plano ISD school or facility if any of the following apply:

    • Sick with symptoms that could be COVID-19. Symptoms to watch for: fever (100°F or higher), cough, shortness of breath/difficulty breathing, chills, muscle pain, headache, sore throat, fatigue, congestion/running nose, nausea/diarrhea, new loss of taste or smell.
    • Has a confirmed case of COVID-19 or has been in close contact with a person with a confirmed case of COVID-19. These individuals must follow all isolation and quarantine guidelines from the local health authority or their physician.
    • Has a household member who is awaiting COVID-19 test results, or who is awaiting their own test results.
    • Has traveled internationally or on a cruise in the past 14 days.

    If any of the above conditions apply, the COVID-19 Student Reporting Form should be completed. Students and staff who have tested positive for COVID-19 or are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 will be permitted to return to school when:

    • They are 24 hours fever-free without using fever-reducing medication; and
    • Symptoms improved (cough, difficulty breathing, etc.); and
    • 10 days have passed since symptoms began

    If a student wants to return to school prior to meeting the above criteria, they must obtain a medical professional’s note clearing them for return based on an alternative diagnosis or receive a negative PCR or antigen test.

    Thank you for doing your part to keep our students healthy and safe.

  • September 15, 2020 - Update for Plano ISD Families

    September 15, 2020

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    Elementary Class Size Update

    We want to provide parents with an update regarding solutions to provide School@Home learners with more teacher-student interaction and support. According to TEA guidelines, elementary student/teacher ratios must be 22:1 in K-4th grade classrooms, unless the district applies for waivers or is a District of Innovation. With Plano ISD’s District of Innovation status, no waivers are required. We understand the concern that this brings for School@Home sections that exceed normal classroom ratios.

    For School@Home sections with 23-30 students, we are working with our teachers to adapt direct synchronous instruction into smaller groups. For School@Home sections with 31-35 students, teachers will adapt direct synchronous instruction into smaller groups and we will be providing additional staff in order to offer smaller groups for direct instruction and student support.

    While these adjustments do not mean teacher changes for students at this time, they do create the need for adjusted schedules to accommodate smaller instructional groups during synchronous instruction.

    These changes will go into effect the week of September 21. No changes to students’ current learning environments will be accepted for the remainder of this nine-week cycle. As parent selections for the second nine weeks are made, additional staffing adjustments may be necessary.

    We greatly appreciate the partnership between school and home as we work together throughout this school year.

  • September 11, 2020 - Update for Plano ISD Families

    September 11, 2020

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    COVID-19 Test Confirmed Cases by Location

    Plano ISD is providing regularly updated data for test-confirmed COVID-19 cases by district location. The summary reflects test-confirmed cases by location since August 12, 2020, and is updated daily, Monday through Friday. View online at COVID Dashboard.


    Meal Service Updates Effective Next Week

    Plano ISD applied for and was granted a waiver from the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) providing free meals for all Plano ISD students, whether enrolled in either Face-to-Face or School@Home. This is effective September 14, 2020, through December 31, 2020, or while USDA funds are available. Please read additional information below and visit Grab and Go for details.

    Meal Service for PISD Face-to-Face Students

    Due to a waiver issued from the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), effective September 14, 2020, all Plano ISD Face-to-Face students will receive free breakfast and lunch meals through December 31, 2020, or while USDA funds are available.  

    Plano ISD Face-to-Face students will have the opportunity to purchase a la carte snacks and drinks during meal service.  

    Curbside Meal Bundles for PISD School@Home Students

    Due to a waiver issued from the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), effective September 15, 2020, all Plano ISD School@Home students will receive free breakfast and lunch meal bundles through December 31, 2020, or while USDA funds are available.  

    Weekly meal bundles will be provided on Tuesdays from 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. and 4:45 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. at Clark HS, Shepton HS, and Williams HS. Starting, September 22, meal bundles will also be available at McMillen HS and Vines HS. Meal bundles will consist of five breakfasts and five lunches.  

    *Anyone picking up meals for students without the student present must bring appropriate documentation in the form of a school issued ID, report card, parent portal attendance summary form or birth certificate.

    Hybrid Meal Bundles for PISD Face-to-Face Learners 

    Due to a waiver issued from the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), effective September 15, 2020, all Plano ISD high school/senior high cohort A and cohort B students will receive free breakfast and lunch meal bundles, for at home consumption on asynchronous learning days through December 31, 2020, or while USDA funds are available.  

    • Cohort A student meal bundles will be available for pickup in the cafeteria on Tuesdays, from 4:15 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.  
    • Cohort B student meal bundles will be available for pickup in the cafeteria on Wednesdays, from 4:15 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.  

    Federal Meal Applications

    We continue to encourage households to apply for free and reduced price meals, in the event USDA funds become unavailable. To complete a federal meal application, please visit SchoolCafe.com/PISD. Allow 10 business days for application processing.  

    Menus and Payment Options

    Menus can be found on the Food and Nutritional Services website. Online payments will be accepted through the Rycor Student Quick Pay system.  Cash and checks will also be accepted.

    ** This information may be updated based on program guidance from the Texas Department of Agriculture.**

  • September 10, 2020 - Update for Plano ISD Families

    September 10, 2020

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    Health Screening Reminder for Families

    Now that students are back in buildings for face-to-face instruction, we need your assistance in keeping everyone healthy and safe. Parents are reminded to please take a moment each day to monitor your children’s health and do not send them to school if they are displaying any COVID-19 symptoms or have tested positive for COVID-19. No one should enter a Plano ISD school or facility if any of the following apply:

    • Sick with symptoms that could be COVID-19. Symptoms to watch for: fever (100°F or higher), cough, shortness of breath/difficulty breathing, chills, muscle pain, headache, sore throat, fatigue, congestion/running nose, nausea/diarrhea, new loss of taste or smell.
    • Has a confirmed case of COVID-19 or has been in close contact with a person with a confirmed case of COVID-19. These individuals must follow all isolation and quarantine guidelines from the local health authority or their physician.
    • Has a household member who is awaiting COVID-19 test results, or who is awaiting their own test results.
    • Has traveled internationally or on a cruise in the past 14 days.

    If any of the above conditions apply, the COVID-19 Student Reporting Form should be completed. Students and staff who have tested positive for COVID-19 or are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 will be permitted to return to school when:

    • They are 24 hours fever-free without using fever-reducing medication; and
    • Symptoms improved (cough, difficulty breathing, etc.); and
    • 10 days have passed since symptoms began

    If a student wants to return to school prior to meeting the above criteria, they must obtain a medical professional’s note clearing them for return based on an alternative diagnosis or receive a negative PCR or antigen test.

    Thank you for your assistance in doing your part to keep our students healthy and safe.


    Updated District Meal Service Reminder

    High School and Senior High Face-to-Face Learners: Plano ISD is offering breakfast and lunch meal bundles for high school and senior high school students to take home to consume on asynchronous learning days. For more information on Cohort A and Cohort B meal pickup schedules, menus and pricing, please visit Plano ISD’s hybrid meal service webpage at Grab and Go.  

    Curbside Meal Service for School@Home Learners: Plano ISD is offering weekly curbside meal bundles, consisting of 5 breakfasts and 5 lunches, to students participating in Plano ISD School@Home. Meals can be purchased for offsite consumption at select locations each Tuesday from 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. and from 4:45 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. Regular prices and benefits apply. 

    Parents may pick up meals for their PISD School@Home student(s) at one of these designated curbside meal locations:

    Meal Prices: All meals will be priced based on the student's current eligibility status. Curbside menus and meal pricing can be found on the Food and Nutritional Services website. Online payments will be accepted through the Rycor Student Quick Pay system. Cash and checks will also be accepted. If you would like to complete a household application for free and reduced-price meals, please visit SchoolCafe.com/PISD. Allow 10 business days for application processing.

  • September 8, 2020 - Update for Plano ISD Families

    September 8, 2020

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    Video Message from Superintendent Bonser

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    We look forward to welcoming our Face2Face learners to campuses tomorrow. Please share your “First-Day-of-Face-to-Face” stories with us. Post photos, videos and messages on social media using the hashtags #PISDF2F and #PISDPoweredbyLearning.


    Ticket Sales for Sporting Events

    • Tickets will be sold on a week-by-week basis
    • All ticket sales will be online
      • No cash transactions will be available 
      • If available, tickets can be purchased on a mobile device by using the QR code at the gate
    • There will be no passes accepted at the gate
      • Employee badges will be accepted and allow one employee to enter the game, except for Varsity Football
      • Employee badges will not be accepted at Varsity Football games
      • Substitute badges will not be accepted at the gate
    • All spectators must wear a face covering and be able to answer
      “No” to the COVID screening questions in order to enter
    • Spectators will be expected to maintain social distancing between other groups or individuals
    • Games will be live streamed. Subscription information is available at NFHS Network. Game information can be located by typing in your school name in the browse feature at the top of the page
    • Stadium bag policy is in effect
    • For more information regarding ticket sales and venue capacity, visit the Plano ISD Athletics website.

  • September 4, 2020 - Update for Plano ISD Families

    September 4, 2020

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    As Plano ISD plans for returning to face-to-face instruction on September 9, we remain committed to supporting your student’s learning and safety. 

    This document outlines procedures our campuses have in place to prevent or mitigate the spread of COVID-19 and to respond if a positive case is identified. 

    While it is not possible to eliminate all risk of furthering the spread of COVID-19, the current science suggests there are many steps schools can take to reduce the risks to students, teachers, staff and their families significantly. The strategy for opening and operating schools is outlined below. A more detailed plan can be found on our district website at Return Plan.

    Prevention

    To prevent COVID-positive individuals from entering our campuses, your student’s school will have the following COVID-19 symptom screening procedures in place: 

    • All staff will be required to self-screen daily.
    • All visitors will be required to screen upon arrival.
    • Parents are requested to proactively identify when their student exhibits COVID-19 symptoms or has been exposed, in which case, parents will keep students home and report the information to the school using the COVID-19 Student Reporting Form

    Return to School - Upon Completion of Required Quarantine Period

    • For a confirmed case (all three conditions must be met):
      • until the individual is fever free for 24 hours without use of fever reducing medication, AND
      • at least 10 days have passed since symptom onset, AND
      • symptoms have improved.
    • for symptoms likely to be COVID-19:
      • until the individual is fever free for 24 hours without use of fever reducing medication, AND
    • at least 10 days have passed since symptom onset, AND
      • symptoms have improved, OR
      • until the individual receives a negative PCR or antigen test, OR
      • until the individual receives a doctor’s note indicating an alternative diagnosis for the symptoms and releasing the individual to return to school/work.
    • for close contact with a confirmed case:
      • until 14 days after the last day of close contact with the individual during the period of time for which they are under quarantine.
    • for international travel:
      • until 14 days after returning from international travel.

      Mitigation

      Plano ISD will be taking the following steps across each of our campuses to mitigate the spread of COVID-19.

      • Masks/face coverings:
      • Hand washing will be encouraged throughout the day and hand sanitizer will be available at building entrances and in classrooms.
      • Cleaning of high-touch areas and work surfaces will occur periodically throughout the day.

      Response

      In the event of a COVID-positive case on campus, the campus will take the following steps:

      • All areas that were heavily used by the individual with the lab-confirmed case will be closed off until disinfected.
      • Close contacts will be identified. 
      • All teachers, staff and families of all students in that school will be notified.
      • The local health department will be notified.

      We hope that this information provides you with a better understanding of our protocols to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 on our campuses. If you have any questions or concerns, please reach out to askPISD@pisd.edu or visit our website. We look forward to supporting your student’s learning journey.

    • September 3, 2020 - Update for Plano ISD Families

      September 3, 2020

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      Make Sure Your Contact Information Is Updated So We Can Stay In Touch!

      Now more than ever, it is important for campuses to stay in touch with parents and guardians for immediate notification of student illness or to conduct contact tracing related to a positive COVID-19 test result. 

      Please review these steps to make sure we have accurate and reliable contact information for students and families.

      • Get instructions on HOW to update your contact information by visiting the Plano ISD website
      • Let us know WHOM to contact. Please include multiple contact persons, providing current phone numbers and email addresses to be sure we can quickly notify you or a designee in case of an emergency or medical concern involving your child.  
      • For more information on how student illness will be handled on campus, please WATCH our “Stay Safe, Be Health Smart” video.

      2020 Collin County Peanut Butter Drive

      Plano ISD and the Plano ISD Council of PTAs are working together to help “Spread the Hope” about the 2020 Virtual Collin County Peanut Butter Drive. Our goal is to come together as a community to aid in the fight against hunger and raise awareness about food insecurity in North Texas. The drive runs through the month of September (September 1-30). This year we are encouraging you to donate virtually on the Plano ISD Fundraising Page. There will not be any drop-off sites.

    • September 1, 2020 - Update for Plano ISD Families

      September 1, 2020

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      Student Parent Policy Guide and Student Code of Conduct Revisions

      Revisions have been made to the 2020-21 Plano ISD Student Parent Policy Guide and Student Code of Conduct. This notification of revised content is being provided as stipulated on the Student Authorizations Form that parents/guardians completed during enrollment. Updated documents are posted online at Policy.


      Hybrid Cohort Split Communication

      Beginning September 9, students who have selected to attend face-to-face instruction and students who have selected the PISD School@Home environment at all high schools and senior high schools will implement the hybrid schedule. Students will be divided into two cohorts based on the student’s last name. Information and further explanation of the cohort divisions and schedules for each week are included in the following linked document: Hybrid Cohort Split Communication.


      Student Daily Screening for Return to Campus September 9

      Families of students who are beginning face-to-face instruction on September 9 are requested to begin proactively screening their students for symptoms of COVID-19 and report any symptoms, exposures and quarantines using the COVID-19 Student Reporting Form. Once a report is made, a campus nurse will follow up with information on return to campus instruction and timelines.

    • August 28, 2020 | Message from the Superintendent

      August 28, 2020

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      Dear Parents and Students, 

      As the District prepares to reopen for face-to-face instruction on September 9, campuses have been finalizing their reopening procedures and plans. In addition, mandatory training for students regarding our safety protocols will be provided on their first day of school. Next week, we will send a variety of communication about returning to campus and we hope you will spend time reviewing this information with your child. This important communication will help prepare students to come back to school safely and in accordance with our reopening plan. On another note, I want to be sure that everyone clearly understands that the September 1, 2020, PISD Board Meeting agenda will not include an item to extend the remote transition window. The plan has been and continues to be to welcome students whose parents selected face-to-face instruction back to our buildings on September 9.  

      Sincerely, 

      Sara Bonser 
      Superintendent 

    • August 27, 2020 - Update for Plano ISD Families

      August 27, 2020

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      Girl Scouts Recruitment

      As a Patriotic Society and per Texas legislation, Girl Scouts of the USA is allowed an opportunity to speak to students during regular school hours about membership. [See Plano ISD’s Policy GKE(LOCAL).] This year, instead of a campus visit, Girl Scouts has provided videos, which will be shown at a time that the school principal designates. Schools may also be sharing additional information via their campus newsletters. Parents can view the Girl Scout flyer and videos using the links below:

    • August 24, 2020 - Update for Plano ISD Families

      August 24, 2020

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      Mobile Food Pantry Distribution

      In partnership with Minnie’s Food Pantry, Plano ISD will hold a food distribution for families on Thursday, August 27, at Williams High School, from 12:00 p.m.- 1:00 p.m., or as long as supplies last. This distribution will be held in the back parking lot of Williams, facing 18th Street, and is available to any family in need of food.


      Texas Education Agency: Education Rights & Responsibilities During COVID-19

      As a result of COVID-19, many families must make decisions about their children’s education that factor in student and family safety as well as student learning. The Texas Education Agency has prepared this flyer to outline some of the options parents have when returning to school and to share some information regarding those options.

    • August 20, 2020 - Update for Plano ISD Families

      August 20, 2020

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      Chromebook Security Update - Restricting Chrome Extensions for Students

      After beginning the year with full remote instruction, some cybersecurity concerns have surfaced that require our immediate attention. Google Chrome is the web browser all students use on their Chromebooks. To get a better experience, the browser often runs small programs called “extensions.” Extensions are generally designed to make online activities more convenient and user-friendly. Sometimes, however, extensions are built to circumvent standard security measures. The district environment previously allowed students to install extensions from the Chrome Web Store to supplement technology applications. We have recently become aware that some student-installed extensions are having negative effects. Plano ISD is taking decisive measures to mitigate this risk. To ensure a positive experience for our students while maintaining a secure computing environment, we are modifying our software policy restricting students to be able to install only those extensions preapproved by the district. As teachers and staff become aware of additional extensions used for instruction that require approval, the district will add them to the approved list. We understand this course correction may cause temporary inconveniences until the district has a complete list of necessary extensions. 


      Boy Scouts Membership Recruitment

      As a Patriotic Society and per Texas legislation, Boy Scouts of America is allowed an opportunity to speak to students during regular school hours about membership. [See Plano ISD’s Policy GKE(LOCAL).] This year, instead of a campus visit, the Scouts have provided a video, which will be shown at a time that your school principal designates. Schools may also be sharing additional information via their campus newsletters. Parents can view the scouting videos using the links below:

    • August 17, 2020 - Update for Plano ISD Families

      August 17, 2020

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      Special Education Update - Phase 2 Beginning Sept. 9

      Plano ISD is preparing for face-to-face instruction which will begin on Sept. 9 for students who have selected that environment. During this next phase, we want you to be aware of the continuum of services that will be provided for all students who receive special education services. These supports are in place for students who have selected to continue remote learning in PISD School@Home and for students who have selected to attend face-to-face. 

      PISD School@Home: All Students, Pre-K through 12th Grade (beginning Sept. 9)

      All students who selected to learn from home through PISD School@Home will continue with the remote learning schedule and will receive instructional support based on their IEP.

      Face-to-Face: Elementary through Middle School (beginning Sept. 9)

      Students will follow the regular district calendar, attending school every day. School day schedules and programming with safety protocols in place will be implemented.

      Face-to-Face: Hybrid Model at High School and Senior High School (beginning Sept. 9)

      • Self-contained Classes: Special education self-contained and structured classrooms will not be included in the hybrid scheduling. Therefore, students in these settings who have selected the face-to-face environment will attend school 5 days per week (following the district school calendar) beginning September 9, 2020 with additional safety measures in alignment with state and federal guidelines and recommendations.  Parents of these students will be notified by campus special education staff of this schedule. Plano ISD will ensure all staff, resources and supplies are prepared for face-to-face learning, including but not limited to assigning sufficient staff to provide direct instruction, ensuring proper training and providing necessary supplies, such as personal protective equipment (PPE) for staff members. Staff serving in classrooms with students requiring self-care and personal care needs will be trained on cross-contamination, proper disposal of biohazards, and sanitation of learning and personal care environments.
      • Resource Classes: The level of support and services provided to special education students served in the resource setting varies widely, based on individual needs. Individual schedules of services are developed by the ARD committee and followed by special education staff. High school students served in resource classes who have selected face-to-face instruction will follow the hybrid schedule. In this schedule, students will attend classes face-to-face two days per week and participate remotely three days per week. Parents who have concerns about this schedule should contact their student’s special education case manager to schedule an ARD committee meeting to discuss appropriate placement and services. 
      • Inclusion: General education classes are included in the hybrid schedule. Students in these settings will follow the high school/senior high school hybrid schedule as communicated by the district which has been implemented to ensure appropriate class sizes to accommodate social distancing.

      If you have questions about your child’s schedule, contact the campus for clarification. Parents of students served in special education are always welcome to request an ARD meeting to discuss their child’s services.


      Mobile Food Pantry Distribution  

      In partnership with Minnie’s Food Pantry, Plano ISD will hold a food distribution for families on Thursday, August 20, at Williams High School, from 12:00 p.m.- 1:00 p.m., or as long as supplies last. This distribution will be held in the back parking lot of Williams, facing 18th Street, and is available to any family in need of food.

    • August 14, 2020 - Update for Plano ISD Families

      August 14, 2020

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      New System for Online Fee Payments

      Plano ISD is using a new online payment system, Rycor. In an effort to reduce time, money and paper waste, and during this time of remote instruction, parents can pay their children’s school and lunch fees through a secure online website, StudentQuickPay.com/PISD

      If you are a parent with multiple children at multiple schools, they will all appear together under your online payment parent account where parents can view assessed fees, see outstanding balances and pay for all of their children in a single transaction. Payments can be made by Visa, Visa Debit, MasterCard, MasterCard Debit, American Express, Discover and ACH Electronic Check. 

      Please note that there is a small convenience charge for using this system put in place to offset some of the costs of offering this service. For general information about fees, please contact your child’s school.

      As a Plano ISD parent, you have the option to pay a number of mandatory and elective school fees online, as well as make payments to student lunch accounts. Our new online payment system is an easy and secure way to pay school fees from the comfort of your home or office. 

      The Plano ISD online payment system allows you to pay for:

      • Fare busing
      • Athletic fees
      • Activity fees
      • Course fees
      • Yearbook
      • Extracurricular fees
      • Field trip fees

      You can use the Plano ISD online payment system to:

      • Add money to lunch accounts
      • Pay selected school fees
      • Make fee payments for all students in your family at one time
      • View your payment history
      • View all your upcoming fee payments in one place
      • Print payment receipts
      • Print tax receipts
      • Print student account statements

      Advantages to using the Plano ISD online payment system:

      • Accepts credit cards and e-checks
      • Provides a convenient and secure transaction
      • Available 24 hours a day
      • Convenience of paying multiple fees in one place
      • Accessible from anywhere there is an Internet connection
      • Saves school office staff the time of manually keying payments into accounting and student fee information systems
      • Streamlines fee management and collection processes for parents and the district
      • Provides better fee reporting at the school and district level

      How do I create an online payment account?

      Please visit this link for step-by-step instructions.


      PASAR After School Care Registration Opens August 17 with New Online Registration System

      PASAR online registration will begin Monday, August 17, 2020, at 8:00 a.m. for students who are enrolled in face-to-face learning for the 2020-21 school year. Registration will now be completed in Eleyo instead of Parent Portal. Eleyo provides a more convenient registration process. Read more about how to register via Eleyo.

      For questions about the PASAR program, contact pasar@pisd.edu or (469) 752-3782. For questions about your account or registration, email financeofficepasar@pisd.edu.


      Texas Education Agency: Education Rights & Responsibilities During COVID-19

      As a result of COVID-19, many families must make decisions about their children’s education that factor in student and family safety as well as student learning. The Texas Education Agency has prepared this flyer to outline some of the options parents have when returning to school and to share some information regarding those options.

    • August 12, 2020 - Update for Plano ISD Families

      August 12, 2020

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      Chromebook Requirement

      In preparation for the 2020-21 school year, Plano ISD announced that district-issued Chromebooks would be required equipment for all students in grades K-12. This is different from the approach we took last spring when Chromebooks were optional. Information related to this new requirement is available on the Chromebook Requirement webpage.


      New Plano ISD Volunteer Management System Now Live

      Plano ISD is excited to announce the launch of our new volunteer management system, VOLY, for the 2020-21 school year. The new system is now live and can be accessed at Volunteer. While Plano ISD is not able to host volunteers onsite at this time, logging in now will allow you to get a head start on completing your volunteer application, online orientation and criminal history check. These three requirements must be completed annually to be eligible to volunteer in Plano ISD. 


      Share Your First Day with Us!

      Share your First-Day-of-School photos using #PISDPoweredbyLearning and #PISDFirstDay! We look forward to hearing from you!

    • August 11, 2020 - Update for Plano ISD Families

      August 11, 2020

      Welcome Back! We are so excited to have our students back for the 2020-21 school year. Here are some tips for getting started tomorrow: 

      First Day Checklist for Students

      • Log in to Plano ISD Webdesk
      • Click on the “My Backpack” tile in Webdesk
      • Check the posted announcements to find your teachers’ Google Classroom codes
      • Join Google Classroom using the provided codes (Directions)
      • Access “How to Connect” assignment added to each Google Classroom with instruction on how to connect to your class on the first day of virtual class meetings. (example: Zoom, Microsoft Teams, Google Meets, etc.) (Secondary Only)
      • Join the meetings according to the class schedule provided by your campus
      • Please double check your student's schedule tonight for any possible changes.
      • Read the "Parent’s Guide to the First Four Weeks of School - Remote Learning"
      • If you have any trouble with any of these steps, please contact the classroom teacher.

      Additional Technology Information

      • All secondary students have been assigned a PISD Student Email tile in Webdesk. A companion website with more information is available at Student Email.
      • All students (PK-12) have been assigned a Google Classroom tile in Webdesk.
      • If you have any issues logging in to Webdesk, please contact your campus for help.

      Share Your First Day with Us!

      Share your First-Day-of-School photos using #PISDPoweredbyLearning and #PISDFirstDay! We look forward to hearing from you!

    • August 10, 2020 - Update for Plano ISD Families

      August 10, 2020

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      Professional Learning Dates Updated on Current Academic Calendar

      Due to the ongoing impact of COVID-19 and the remote start of the school year, the Plano ISD Board of Trustees approved adjustments to professional learning days on the current adopted academic calendar. At their August 4 meeting, the board approved moving the January 5, 2021, professional learning day to August 24, 2020, to provide an opportunity for more training on safety protocols related to reopening schools. The board also approved moving the October 13 professional learning day to November 3. View the updated calendar at Calendar


      Class Schedules/Teacher Assignments

      Student schedules and class lists are being made available through Parent Portal between now and August 11. Look for specific information from your child’s school. 


      Hybrid Learning Schedule (Begins September 9)

      The district’s first focus as we planned for all aspects of launching the new school year was on the health and safety of our students and staff. With large enrollments at each of our high schools and senior highs, the ability to effectively socially distance during all parts of the school day is a challenge. On July 17, the Texas Education Agency posted reopening guidance for schools different from summer guidance we had received. New guidance included hybrid learning as an option for face-to-face, especially for large campuses.

      High schools and senior highs will offer a modified hybrid schedule (for students who selected the face-to-face learning environment) to reduce the number of students on campus at any one time and to provide a safe and socially distanced environment. 

      • A hybrid design creates smaller student teams, or cohorts, at school each day for arrival and dismissal.
      • The hybrid design allows for smaller class sizes and provides opportunities for teachers to more effectively move student desks to create socially distanced classrooms. 
      • All high school and senior high school students, whether participating in face-to-face learning or PISD School@Home, will follow an A/B cohort schedule to allow for students to have the same pacing.
      • All grading, assignments, and learning experiences will be aligned to ensure continuity and equity between learning environments
      • All high/senior high students will have two full days of synchronous learning, either Tuesday and Thursday or Wednesday and Friday. Some synchronous instruction/intervention will be scheduled on Mondays, as appropriate. Students will have 5 days of instruction and engagement. 
      • Students who selected face-to-face will attend in-person instruction two days a week and utilize remote learning on the other three days each week. 
      • Student IEPs will be followed regardless of learning environment such that students with disabilities receive a Free and Appropriate Public Education (FAPE).
      • Students will be expected to follow a daily synchronous and asynchronous schedule. See schedule below:

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      2020-21 Fifth Grade Science Adventure Camp Update

      Fifth-grade students in Plano ISD would typically have the opportunity to attend an outdoor school experience at Collin County Adventure Camp this fall. This partnership program with the YMCA provides an extension of the district’s fifth-grade science curriculum.

      Due to COVID-19, this year’s in-person camp experience has been suspended. 

      Some virtual science experiences are being designed for fifth graders to be rolled out in the Spring of 2021. More information will be provided to parents at a later date from fifth-grade teachers regarding this new learning experience. 

      Student safety and well-being remain our top priority. 


      Curbside Meal Service for Remote Learning Begins Wednesday, August 12

      Plano ISD has established curbside meal pickup locations to offer all PISD students the opportunity to purchase meals for offsite consumption on instructional learning days. Beginning August 12 through September 4, meals will be served Monday through Friday from 11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. Students purchasing meals will receive a lunch for the day and a breakfast for the following day. Meals will no longer be free of charge for all students, as provided during the spring remote learning and the summer feeding program. Free and reduced priced meals are available for qualifying students. Read more at Grab and Go.

    • August 7, 2020 - Update for Plano ISD Families

      August 7, 2020

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      CTE In-Person Requirements

      Some Career and Technical Education courses will require in-person activities and participation, even for students who have selected remote learning through the PISD School@Home program. Please review this CTE In-Person Requirements letter containing the list of courses. 


      Mobile Food Pantry Distribution  

      In partnership with Minnie’s Food Pantry, Plano ISD will hold a food distribution for families on Thursday, August 13 at Williams High School, from 12:00 p.m.- 1:00 p.m., or as long as supplies last. This distribution will be held in the back parking lot of Williams, facing 18th Street, and is available to any family in need of food.

    • August 5, 2020 - Message from the Chief Operating Officer

      August 5, 2020

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      Dear Families,

      Plano ISD would like to thank you for your patience and understanding as we prepare for the first day of school on August 12. Staff members are excited about receiving students for a new school year and are working tirelessly to ensure that we are providing a robust virtual experience based on feedback and input from our families. 

      Plano ISD has prepared a comprehensive Parent’s Guide to the First Four Weeks of School to assist families with navigating the start of school in a fully remote environment. Please take a moment to review this guide to learn about student expectations, attendance requirements and to view sample daily schedules.

      Looking ahead, we are working diligently to safely reopen schools for daily, in-person instruction on September 9. At that time, students will transition to their selected environment, either continuing with remote learning through PISD School@Home or attending face-to-face.  

      With large enrollments at each of our high schools and senior high schools, social distancing becomes a challenge.  As such, these campuses will implement a hybrid schedule to reduce the number of students on campus at one time. This hybrid design creates smaller student teams, or cohorts, coming to school each day while also supporting social distancing efforts, which addresses our biggest health obstacles at the high school and senior high levels. 

      In the hybrid design, all high school and senior high school students who selected either the face-to-face environment or PISD School@Home will be able to attend classes in smaller cohorts of students, decreasing the number of students in each class. 

      Over the next few weeks as the school year gets underway, we will continue to refine plans and keep you informed. Thank you again for your support and patience during this time. 

      Sincerely, 

      Dr. Theresa Williams
      Chief Operating Officer

    • July 31, 2020 - Update for Plano ISD Families

      July 31, 2020

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      Chromebook Distribution Information

      All students in grades K-12 will be expected to use a district issued Chromebook. This is required by the district as an essential resource in both face-to-face and School@Home environments for attendance, assignment submissions, synchronous participation and taking assessments. Students are responsible for the device issued to them. Replacement fees may be assessed for lost or broken devices and chargers. Due to the 1:1 nature of the district’s Chromebook program, whether students will be engaging in face-to-face learning or PISD School@Home, all students should pick up their assigned Chromebooks from their schools. Students enrolled in face-to-face learning will carry this device back and forth when learning commences on campuses September 9. 

      Details regarding picking up Chromebooks and other supplies will be provided by each campus. Look for an email from your child’s school with more information.


      Reminder: New School Hours for Elementary and Middle Schools

      This school year, there will be new school-day start times for Plano ISD elementary and middle schools. School hours for all levels are available on the website via the School Hours webpage


      Back-to-School Resources

      For a one-stop shop of back-to-school resources and information, visit the Plano ISD School Resources web page. Find the following information (and more):


      Free and Reduced Meal Applications 

      Free and reduced meal applications are now available at the School Cafe website. If you have never filled out a meal application, just click on “Create a New Account.” Student eligibility status from the 2019-20 school year will roll over only for the first 30 operating days of school unless a new application has been processed. It is important that households complete an application for the 2020-21 school year as soon as possible. Households should allow 10 business days for application processing. 


      Summer Grab-and-Go Meals Extended 

      Summer grab-and-go meals have been extended until August 11. School year curbside meal information can be found here.

    • July 23, 2020 - Update for Plano ISD Families

      July 23, 2020

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      Revised 2020-2021 Return to School Plan

      The Return-to-School Parent Manual initially released on July 9, 2020, continues to be revised based on feedback we have received from our parent and staff advisory groups, as well as new guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the Texas Education Agency (TEA) and other state and local officials. 

      In light of the most recent announcement that all Plano ISD students will start the year for the first four weeks in a virtual environment, please refer to the PISD School@Home sections of the manual for information and expectations on learning in a remote environment for all students. 

      We are working on more details about implementing remote learning for all students for the first four weeks of school, including a plan to provide Chromebooks and internet support for those in need.  We will be updating the website and sending frequent communications to you as plans develop in coordination with our campus principals. We appreciate your understanding as we continue to make plans for this ever-changing environment. Use the links below to view the updated plan and other back-to-school information. 

      We have continued to revise the Face-to-Face Learning sections of the manual with safety information and protocols that will be implemented once we are able to welcome students who selected the face-to-face environment to our campuses.


      Changes to Instructional Environment Selection ACTION MAY BE NEEDED

      All students will be starting the school year in the remote setting from August 12 to September 8. On September 9 students will transition into their selected learning environment: Face to Face or PISD School@Home. The initial selection period for choosing PISD School@ Home ended on July 16. Families now have another opportunity to opt in to the PISD School@Home learning environment if a selection was not made by the original deadline. The extended window for selection is July 24-August 6. Students will be scheduled in the selected instructional environment, which will go into effect on September 9. The instructional environment that families previously selected or newly selected will be valid through the end of the first 9-week period. 


      Curbside Meal Pickup Information 

      The Plano ISD Food and Nutritional Services Department has established curbside meal pickup locations to provide PISD School@Home students with meals for offsite consumption on instructional learning days. Beginning August 12 through September 4, meals will be served Monday through Friday from 11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. Students purchasing meals will receive a lunch for the day and a breakfast for the following day. Meals will no longer be free of charge for all students as provided during the spring remote learning and the summer feeding program. Free and reduced priced meals are available for qualifying students. Learn more here about curbside meal procedures, locations, etc. 


      2020-2021 Return to School Guide to Special Education Services  

      The following parent letter and guidance provides details for families receiving special education services regarding support for students and staff as we launch school for the new school year: 2020-2021 Parent/Guardian: Special Education Guidance Document


      Section 504 Return to School Plan

      Plano ISD acknowledges that many students with medically-associated disabilities served through Section 504 are among our most vulnerable learners during the COVID-19 pandemic. 504 Return to School Plan


      University Interscholastic League (UIL) COVID-19 Update

      The UIL provided a COVID-19 Update on July 21. Guidance is now available in a variety of areas related to the activities that occur during the fall semester. Planning efforts are already underway as we prepare for the upcoming fall sports seasons as well as the marching band and color guard activities; cheerleading; drill team; and JROTC. Additional communication will occur in the near future regarding safety protocols, game schedules, spectator seating, ticketing, concessions, and other game day related information. In addition to internal discussions, we will also rely on information and decisions of the District Executive Committee for District 6-6A.

      What is the immediate impact of the UIL updated guidelines? There is no immediate impact to the activities currently taking place across the district.

      Marching bands will continue the allowable 20 hours of supervised marching and drill fundamentals through July 31. Beginning August 1, marching bands will begin game preparations, as well as continue marching and drill activities.

      Cheerleading and drill teams will continue supervised camps or practices through August 4. Beginning August 12, cheer and drill will resume practices in before- or after-school practice sessions.

      Athletics will continue summer strength and conditioning activities, as well as sport-specific skill work through July 31. Beginning August 3, voluntary participation in strength/conditioning and skill work for grades 9-12 will occur at the senior high campuses. Senior high athletic coordinators will be sharing more information with these groups.

      Listed below are some important UIL links for reference:


      Extracurricular Information for Participating Students in Grades 7-12

      Students in grades 7-12 choosing PISD School@Home will be able to participate in on-campus practice sessions for certain extracurricular activities that contain a regular and consistent performance or competition component (marching band, color guard, JROTC, cheerleading, drill team and athletics), and whose corresponding class occurs 1st or 7th period. Students must attend practice and rehearsal sessions in order to participate in the performances or competitions. During district-wide virtual learning for all students, campus staff will schedule activity sessions before or after school in order to minimize conflicts with the virtual school day. When face-to-face instruction is available to students, PISD@Home students will be allowed to attend practice sessions that occur on campus. It will be the responsibility of the parent to transport their student to/from practice sessions, rehearsals and on-campus contests or performances. 

      All UIL eligibility requirements will continue to be in place and followed for all programs and participants. Parents and students choosing the PISD School@Home learning environment will need to communicate with the appropriate campus staff (music director, athletic coach, cheerleading coach, drill team instructor, etc.) of their intention to participate. Extracurricular activities will only be offered on campus in a face-to-face environment. There will be no middle school extracurricular activities from August 12-September 9. Extracurricular activities will continue to follow guidelines established by the UIL and the Texas Education Agency (TEA).

    • July 21, 2020 - Update for Plano ISD Families

      July 21, 2020

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      Get the Latest Information on Plano ISD’s 2020-2021 Return to School Plan


      Update on the 2020-2021 Marching Band Season

      Read the full letter

      The safety and well-being of students and staff remain our highest priority in Plano ISD. We appreciate your patience as we have considered many options for starting school and marching band this fall. With the decision to begin the school year in a virtual setting and then transition to the student’s selected learning environment, face-to-face or remote, the Plano ISD Fine Arts Department and marching band directors are preparing for new challenges in unique ways. Students and families can expect a somewhat different, but always fun, exciting, entertaining and heartfelt marching band experience. 

      The Fine Arts Department has developed specific safety protocols for marching band camps, which include students and staff wearing face coverings except when actively practicing. Students and staff will practice social distancing of 6-feet at all times and 10-feet when actively practicing their instrument. Every effort to minimize social contact will be made throughout our camps. Camp schedules and regular season rehearsal schedules are currently being revamped to allow for smaller groups to rehearse at a time. 

      In the interest of student safety, marching bands will not issue uniforms this season. Each band program will require students to wear a prescribed “summer/fall” uniform that will include a band shirt and other required apparel. Our directors are making every effort to reduce the costs associated with marching band this year to help our individual families.

      Our marching band directors are committed to offering Plano ISD students the very best marching band experience possible this season. 

    • July 20, 2020 - Update for Plano ISD Families

      July 20, 2020

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      Family & Social Services/Back-to-School Fairs

      Plano ISD is offering Back-to-School Feeder Fairs, scheduled for the following dates and locations:

      • East Feeder Schools at Williams High School
        • Tuesday, July 28 from 10 a.m. - 1 p.m.
      • Central Feeder Schools at Carpenter Middle School
        • Friday, July 31 from 10 a.m. - 1 p.m.
      • West Feeder Schools at Renner Middle School
        • Tuesday, August 4 from 10 a.m. - 1 p.m.

      These free community events provide Plano ISD students and their families with back-to-school resources and essentials necessary to be equipped for a successful school year such as: school supplies, district/community support information, as well as physical and mental health assistance programs.

      Mobile Drive-Thru "Contactless" Distribution (while supplies last)

      • Families will receive:
        • backpacks filled with schools supplies for each student present and/or with proof of enrollment (while supplies last)
        • vendor bag full of coupons, vouchers and information from community agencies and District departments

      *Immunizations and vision tests will also be available (limited availability while adhering to all safety guidelines). 

      For more information, please go to 2020 Plano ISD Back-to-School Fairs.


      Incoming Sixth-Grade Student Instrument Fittings (Band and Orchestra)

      Instrument fittings and placements for incoming sixth-grade band and orchestra students will take place via a virtual process facilitated by the directors at each middle school campus. Middle school band and orchestra directors will be contacting parents very soon to request that parents complete an online survey with their student regarding instrument interest and physical attributes. The goal is to have all students placed on the appropriate instrument by July 31.

    • July 17, 2020 | Message from the Superintendent

      July 17, 2020

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      Dear Plano ISD Families, 

      With the rapidly changing situation with COVID-19 in Collin and Dallas counties, Plano ISD has made the decision to start the 2020-21 school year in a completely virtual environment for all students. Please know that this decision was not made lightly, but out of concern for the safety and health of all students and staff.

      The first day of school will remain Wednesday, August 12. At this time, remote learning will be in effect through Labor Day. Teachers will have a work day on September 8 and barring no additional health and safety concerns, families who did not select PISD School@Home (remote learning) will then transition to the face-to-face learning environments at their assigned campus on September 9. Instruction will continue online for those students who have selected School@Home.

      Full remote learning will include synchronous and asynchronous instruction from Plano ISD teachers using Plano ISD curriculum in a consistent Google Classroom learning platform. This same model will then be continued for students who choose to participate in School@Home beyond September 9. Plano ISD is waiting for further guidance from the University Interscholastic League (UIL) before making a determination regarding the continuation of on-campus athletic and fine arts activities. 

      While the selection period to choose PISD School@Home closed on July 16, we will reopen the window to submit changes prior to July 29 (two weeks prior to start of school as required by the Texas Education Agency) to allow for the greatest degree of flexibility possible. The procedure for submitting a change to your selection will be communicated in an upcoming family update early next week. After school reopens, your family selection (face-to-face or PISD School@Home) made for your student’s instructional environment will be honored for the remainder of the first nine weeks.

      Please visit our website at 2021 Planning for continuously updated information. Thank you for your patience and understanding as we plan for the safe reopening of the 2020-2021 school year. 

      Sincerely,

      Sara Bonser
      Superintendent

    • July 14, 2020 - Update for Plano ISD Families

      July 14, 2020

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      Return to School Plan Update

      As of July 14, 2020, the table below provides the number of families from each campus who have selected PISD School@Home as the instructional setting for their child(ren). We have also included the projected enrollment for each campus so you can see the percentage of enrollment the School@Home number represents. As previously communicated, parents will be able to change their choices so that we are allowing for maximum flexibility as the public health situation evolves. The window for making your initial selection closes on July 16 and after that date, you may contact your school counselor to make an instructional setting change. 

      As the status of the virus in our community and region evolves, Plano ISD will continue to consider the safety of staff and students as our first priority. We must be realistic about the limitations of space and our ability to socially distance inside classrooms based on the capacity of our school buildings. We will communicate any changes to the plan for reopening as soon as the initial selection process closes and as refinements to our plans develop. 

      School@Home Counts by School 

      You can find our 2020-2021 school year reopening information at: 2021 Planning. If you have questions or concerns, please refer them to AskPISD@pisd.edu


      Minnie’s Food Pantry Family Distribution, Thursday July 16

      In partnership with Minnie’s Food Pantry, Plano ISD will hold a food distribution for families on Thursday, July 16, at Williams High School, from noon until 2:00 p.m., or as long as supplies last. This distribution will be held in the back parking lot of Williams, facing 18th Street, and is available to any family in need of food.

    • July 13, 2020 - Update for Plano ISD Families

      July 13, 2020

      Return to School Plan Update

      As parents are making selections regarding their students’ preferred learning environment for next school year, we want you to know the following:

      • If you select PISD School@Home, you have the ability to change your selection up until two weeks before the start of school by contacting your child’s campus.  
      • Remote learners who start the year at home will have an opportunity to change their selection to face-to-face learning for the second nine weeks. 

      As a reminder, have extended the date to select the PISD School@Home remote learning option to Thursday, July 16 in order to provide you additional time to consider your choices. Your selection can be made through the Plano ISD Parent Portal, Gradebook

      Instructions on how to make your selection through Parent Portal can be viewed online

      View the Return to School Plan online at Return Plan. More information to assist with your selections will be added to the plan, as well as to the online FAQ, as we continue to receive feedback from our advisory groups. If you have questions or concerns, please refer them to AskPISD@pisd.edu


      Minnie’s Food Pantry Family Distribution, Thursday July 16

      In partnership with Minnie’s Food Pantry, Plano ISD will hold a food distribution for families on Thursday, July 16, at Williams High School, from noon until 2:00 p.m., or as long as supplies last. This distribution will be held in the back parking lot of Williams, facing 18th Street, and is available to any family in need of food.

    • July 9, 2020 - Update for Plano ISD Families

      July 9, 2020

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      Return to School Plan - Draft Available Online

      As shared in yesterday’s update, a draft of the Plano ISD Return to School Plan for the 2020-2021 school year is now available on the district website at Return Plan. We hope that having this draft plan will be helpful as parents make decisions regarding their students’ learning environment for next school year.

      This draft will continue to be revised and updates will be posted on our website to keep you as up-to-date as possible as we refine reopening plans.

      As a reminder, we are extending the date to select the PISD School@Home remote learning option to Thursday, July 16 in order to provide you additional time to consider your choices. Your selection can be made through the Plano ISD Parent Portal, Gradebook. Instructions on how to make your selection through Parent Portal can be viewed online at online.

      If you have questions or concerns, please refer them to AskPISD@pisd.edu

    • July 9, 2020 - Update for 2020 Graduates and Families

      July 9, 2020

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      Plano ISD has been monitoring the state of the COVID-19 pandemic and guidelines from health authorities and state agencies as they relate to large group gatherings and accommodating in-person graduation ceremonies later this summer. On Friday, June 26, Governor Greg Abbott announced that the state would be slowing reopening efforts as a response to the recent surge in positive COVID-19 test results and hospitalizations. In light of the new executive order from Governor Abbott affecting large group gatherings at The Star in Frisco, along with prior Dallas County orders affecting the Eisemann Center’s operations, we are not able to host the in-person graduation ceremonies at these venues.

      The district is disappointed to be unable to give our 2020 seniors and families the traditional ceremony they have likely been looking forward to the last 13 years. This is not the outcome that was hoped for, but in light of the current public health crisis, Plano ISD feels it is the right decision for the health and safety of students, families and staff. 

      Knowing the unpredictability of the virus and health-related closures, Plano ISD decided to host hybrid graduation ceremonies on the campuses to recognize the distinguished accomplishments of our district’s hardworking seniors and provide an opportunity for families to celebrate their successes. 

      By now, families who were able to attend those events should have received an email from Flash Photography with photo proofs and information on how to redeem the complimentary family photo provided by Plano ISD. If you have not received this communication, please contact Flash Photography at flash@airmail.net

      Families will also receive an email from the district with the premiere dates and viewing details for the completed graduation videos. These videos are being created from video captured at each campus event and include remarks from the principal, student speeches, graduates walking the stage and receiving their diploma and the cap toss. Following the premiere, each video will be available for download. Please stay tuned for more information in the coming weeks.  

      It is an honor to have been trusted with the education of the students from the Class of 2020. We know this year has been challenging and included many disappointments, but the student’s resilience has been inspiring as they faced adversity and kept moving forward. They should feel immense pride for all of their hard-earned achievements. Plano ISD wishes graduates all the best in health and success in their bright futures.

    • July 8, 2020 - Update for Plano ISD Families

      July 8, 2020

      Return to School Plan, 2020-2021 

      We recognize that parents are currently making a selection about the type of learning environment they would like their child(ren) to participate in for the new school year and are eager to have health and safety guidelines for reopening school in order to make more informed decisions. Therefore, we will share a draft of the Plano ISD Return to School Plan on Thursday, July 9. The Return to School Plan will also be available on the Plano ISD website at 2021 Planning, where information, including an FAQ, will be regularly updated. 

      On Tuesday, July 7, Texas school districts received guidance from the Texas Education Agency on health and safety guidelines for opening schools in August. Now that TEA has released the state guidance, we want to get our Plano ISD-specific plans out to parents as soon as possible.  

      Please note that we are also extending the date to select the PISD School@Home remote learning option to Thursday, July 16 to give you additional time to consider your choices. Your selection can be made through the Plano ISD Parent Portal. Get instructions on how to make your selection through Parent Portal.

      We will continue gathering parent input through our Advisory Groups, which will help us refine our plan in the areas where the state’s guidance has left the school district flexibility for implementation. If you have questions or concerns, please refer them to AskPISD@pisd.edu.

    • July 6, 2020 - Update for Plano ISD Families

      July 6, 2020

      School Year 2020-2021 Learning Environment Options

      Despite the challenges with COVID-19, Plano ISD will continue to provide the excellent education that our community expects, which will include both in-person and virtual learning environments. As the public health crisis continues, we have been planning for the opening of the 2020-21 school year with a focus on the health, safety and well-being of our staff, students and community. Visit the district website to:


      Minnie’s Food Pantry Family Distribution, Thursday July 9

      In partnership with Minnie’s Food Pantry, Plano ISD will hold a food distribution for families on Thursday, July 9, at Williams High School, from noon until 2:00 p.m., or as long as supplies last. This distribution will be held in the back parking lot of Williams, facing 18th Street, and is available to any family in need of food.

    • July 1, 2020 - 2020-2021 School Year: Planning Update

      Committed to Excellence. Dedicated to Caring. Powered by Learning. Plano ISD Proud.

      July 1, 2020

      Dear Plano ISD Parents,

      As a school district, we want nothing more than to welcome our students back into our schools on August 12. Despite the challenges with COVID-19, our district plan is to continue to provide the excellent education that our community expects, which will include both in-person and virtual learning environments. As the public health crisis continues, we have been planning for the opening of the 2020-21 school year with a focus on the health, safety and well-being of our staff, students and community.

      While Plano ISD is planning for two different instructional environments, please know that we will follow recommendations for school opening and operations provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), as well as state and local health officials. We are also awaiting further guidance from the Texas Education Agency.

      The situation with COVID-19 is continuously changing, as are the protocols and measures needed to keep our students safe. Therefore, we will adjust our plans accordingly, so please understand the need for flexibility and potential modifications to the plans we have outlined below. As adjustments may be necessary throughout the coming school year, it will be our priority to keep our community informed of those changes and updates. Our District website will provide you with the most up-to-date information.  

      Plano ISD families will be able to choose from two different learning environments:

      • Face-to-face: Students and teachers will attend class in-person, five days a week, with additional safety measures in alignment with state and federal guidelines and recommendations.
        • In this setting, teachers will provide face-to-face instruction, learning resources and support utilizing Google Classroom.
        • Teachers will plan instruction that is easily transferable from face-to-face to remote in the event of a temporary school closure due to COVID spread.
        • Social distancing requirements will be implemented to the greatest degree possible.
        • District-directed and campus-designed safety procedures will be implemented. 
        • All staff and students will receive training on safety and health protocols consistent with TEA, the District and CDC guidance in the areas of:
          • Health screenings and use of personal protective equipment 
          • Classroom and campus social-distancing including the plans for the design and layout of classrooms, grouping of students, use of common areas such as bathrooms, water fountains, lockers, clinics, playgrounds, cafeterias, gyms, library, art room, music room, etc., as well as classroom transitions and use of hallways 
          • Reducing touch points and increased cleaning
          • Cleaning and disinfecting of classrooms and other areas
          • Arrival and dismissal procedures
          • Campus visitor policies and school events
             
      • PISD School@Home Program: Parents will have the choice to select this program which is virtual (remote) learning consisting of both synchronous (live) and asynchronous instruction. 
        • Teachers will teach School@Home students from their classrooms or other assigned PISD facilities. 
        • In this setting, teachers will provide instruction, learning resources and support through the use of Google Classroom. 
        • Parents will support their students to ensure they have access to a device, a place to work and are engaged in virtual learning activities. 
        • We will utilize the same curriculum as students who attend face-to-face instruction and will design strategies for learning in the remote environment.   
        • Students enrolled in School@Home will be assigned a virtual class schedule and must be available for live, synchronous instruction during each school day. 
        • Attendance will be taken based on synchronous participation and completion/progress toward class expectations. 
        • Grading will be consistent with the guidelines and practices used in all face-to-face instruction. 
        • Students in grades 6-12 choosing School@Home may be able to participate in on-campus classes for extracurricular activities (in accordance with UIL requirements) and/or electives that cannot be offered in the School@Home setting.
           
      • Additional Considerations for Secondary Students (Grades 6-12) : 
        • Students who attend face-to-face instruction will be scheduled into the courses they selected last spring during course selection. 
        • All courses will be offered in both settings.
        • Some elective courses for students who select PISD School@Home may require the student to complete a required assignment or project at the campus if the course requires assignments that cannot be reasonably completed remotely, e.g., automotive technology, welding, a/v production, etc.  
          • We are working to finalize which elective courses will require in-person assignments; later in July, more information will be made available to better assist families with their elective choices
          • Students who select PISD School@Home will be contacted at the end of July regarding their schedule if the elective courses requested require an in-person component

      As a family, you will select which environment you feel is best for your student(s). If you determine that your student(s) will attend face-to-face, at school, there is no action needed. If you wish to select the School@Home program (fully remote), you can do so through Plano ISD’s Parent Portal beginning July 6. In order to plan appropriately, we are asking all parents who are selecting School@Home to submit this request in Parent Portal by Monday, July 13. Receiving this information early will help Plano ISD plan for student schedules, staffing and preventative health and safety measures. 

      Your School@Home selection for your student will be in effect for the first nine-week grading period. Further guidance beyond the first grading period will be provided after the start of the school year. If you do not select School@Home (remote) learning by Monday, July 13, your child’s campus will automatically schedule your student in face-to-face classes for the fall semester. We recognize that situations may develop warranting a potential change in your original choice. After July 13, please contact your child’s campus directly if you need to make changes to your selection. 

      We value each of our students and families and appreciate the trust you have placed in our school system. We look forward to seeing you for the 2020-21 school year. 

      Visit the Plano ISD website at 2021 Planning for regular updates regarding our 2020-2021 back-to-school plans, which includes frequently asked questions.  If you have any questions, please direct them to askPISD@pisd.edu

       

      Sincerely,

      Sara Bonser
      Superintendent

    • June 29, 2020 - Update for Plano ISD Families

      June 29, 2020

      Minnie’s Food Pantry Family Distribution, Thursday July 2

      In partnership with Minnie’s Food Pantry, Plano ISD will hold a food distribution for families on Thursday, July 2, at Williams High School, from noon until 2:00 p.m., or as long as supplies last. This distribution will be held in the back parking lot of Williams, facing 18th Street, and is available to any family in need of food.


      Summer Meal Sites Closed July 3

      Reminder: Summer meal sites will be closed on Friday, July 3, in observance of the Independence Day holiday. Regular meal pickup will resume on Monday, July 6.


      Supporting Your Child and Family During COVID-19

      With a few simple steps, you can support your child and family during this challenging time. Read/download flyer from the Texas Education Agency.


      New Volunteer Management System

      Plano ISD is implementing a new volunteer management system for the 2020-2021 school year. In order to facilitate a smooth transition, all 2019-2020 volunteer records will remain active until August 31, 2020, instead of being deactivated on June 30 per standard practice. Volunteers will need to reapply in the new system prior to August 31 when their profile will be deactivated in the old system. The new system will be available at Volunteer in early August, and any new volunteers wanting to apply will be able to do so at that time. We appreciate your patience during this transition as we work to improve your volunteer experience as a valued partner in student success.

    • June 23, 2020 - Update for Plano ISD Families

      June 23, 2020

      Minnie’s Food Pantry Family Distribution, Thursday June 25

      In partnership with Minnie’s Food Pantry, Plano ISD will hold a food distribution for families on Thursday, June 25, at Williams High School, from noon until 2:00 p.m., or as long as supplies last. This distribution will be held in the back parking lot of Williams, facing 18th Street, and is available to any family in need of food.


      Summer Sports Camps (Grades K-8)

      Due to factors associated with the COVID-19 pandemic, the cancellation of summer sports camps has been extended through July. Summer sports camps scheduled to occur in July for grades K-8 have been cancelled.

    • June 18, 2020 - Update for Plano ISD Families

      June 18, 2020

      Planning for the 2020-2021 School Year | Update

      As Plano ISD plans for the opening of the 2020-2021 school year on August 12, guidance from the State of Texas and the Texas Education Agency (TEA) is pivotal in that planning. Following Governor Greg Abbott’s announcement today, the TEA is expected to release additional guidance for schools next Tuesday, June 23. On that same day, June 23 at 7:00 p.m., Plano ISD administrators will be presenting options for reopening school in the fall to the Plano ISD Board of Trustees at their regular school board meeting. The board meeting can be watched live online (or accessed via video archive the following day) at PISD Live. Watch for updated information about reopening schools on our website at 2021 Planning. 


      Planning for the 2020-2021 School Year | Parent Advisory Group Opportunity 

      Plano ISD is seeking interested parents to serve on a district advisory group to provide critical feedback about our return to school plans. In addition to volunteer names submitted by each campus principal, we are seeking additional parent volunteers representing a wide cross section of student needs and interests to serve as part of this advisory group. We value your partnership as we consider different options on how to best meet the needs of all students. If you are interested, please submit your name and contact information using this link by Thursday, June 25. If selected for an advisory group, you will be notified via email during the month of July.

    • June 15, 2020 - Update for Plano ISD Families

      June 15, 2020

      Summer Learning Resources for Elementary and Middle School Students

      We are pleased to announce that Plano ISD elementary and middle school students will have access to an additional digital resource over the summer. MyON is a literacy platform that includes thousands of enhanced digital books with optional reading supports. Students will find the new MyON tile in Webdesk. In addition to digital books, MyON also provides daily news articles with multi-media resources, written just for students and reviewed by a child psychologist for age-appropriate content. 

      More information about the Get Texas Reading with MyON.


      Minnie’s Food Pantry Family Distribution, Thursday June 18

      In partnership with Minnie’s Food Pantry, Plano ISD will hold a food distribution for families on Thursday, June 18, at Williams High School, from noon until 2:00 p.m., or as long as supplies last. This distribution will be held in the back parking lot of Williams, facing 18th Street, and is available to any family in need of food.

    • June 12, 2020 - Update for Plano ISD Families

      June 12, 2020

      North Texas Food Bank Family Distribution Monday, June 15

      Plano ISD community partner, North Texas Food Bank, will hold a food distribution for families on Monday, June 15, from 8:00 to 11:00 a.m. at Chase Oaks Church. The distribution is available to any family in need of food.


      Minnie’s Food Pantry Family Distribution, Thursday June 18

      In partnership with Minnie’s Food Pantry, Plano ISD will hold a food distribution for families on Thursday, June 18, at Williams High School, from noon until 2:00 p.m., or as long as supplies last. This distribution will be held in the back parking lot of Williams, facing 18th Street, and is available to any family in need of food.

    • June 10, 2020 - Update for Plano ISD Families

      June 10, 2020

      Minnie’s Food Pantry Family Distribution This Week

      In partnership with Minnie’s Food Pantry, Plano ISD will hold a food distribution for families on Thursday, June 11, at Williams High School, 1717 17th Street, from noon until 2:00 p.m., or as long as supplies last. This distribution will be held in the back parking lot of Williams, facing 18th Street, and is available to any family in need of food.


      New Student & Pre-K Registration Now Open for the 2020-21 School Year

      Pre-Kindergarten Online Registration

      Pre-kindergarten registration for the 2020-21 school year is now open via an online process. Get the enrollment packet and more information online. Email askpisd@pisd.edu with questions about pre-kindergarten registration.

      New Student Online Registration, Kindergarten through Fifth Grade

      Online registration for elementary students new to the district for the 2020-21 school year is now open. Parents can use the secure document portal to upload required documentation. Get more information and the enrollment packet online. Email askpisd@pisd.edu with questions about registration. 

    • June 9, 2020 - Update for Plano ISD Families

      June 9, 2020

      Minnie’s Food Pantry Family Distribution This Week

      In partnership with Minnie’s Food Pantry, Plano ISD will hold a food distribution for families on Thursday, June 11, at Williams High School, from noon until 2:00 p.m., or as long as supplies last. This distribution will be held in the back parking lot of Williams, facing 18th Street, and is available to any family in need of food.


      Planning for the 2020-2021 School Year

      Follow information being shared regarding planning for the 2020-21 school year at 2021 Planning. Prepare for regular updates as we keep you informed about decisions and plans for the 2020-2021 school year. Our greatest hope is that we will all return to our campuses on August 12 to resume school as normal with the addition of health and safety measures. However, we must be prepared for options that include both face-to-face and at-home learning should the need arise as safety continues to be our top priority. Whether instruction is delivered in person, remotely or a combination of the two, Plano ISD will proceed with the adopted school calendar for 2020-21, with a start date of August 12.


      Summer Learning Resources for Elementary and Middle School Students

      View a list of at-home digital resources for summer and visit the at-home learning resources web page for more information.

    • June 4, 2020 - Update for Plano ISD Families

      June 4, 2020

      Planning Task Force 2020-2021

      Follow information being shared regarding planning for the 2020-21 school year at 2021 Planning. Prepare for regular updates as we keep you informed about decisions and plans for the 2020-2021 school year. Our greatest hope is that we will all return to our campuses on August 12 to resume school as normal with the addition of health and safety measures. However, we must be prepared for options that include both face-to-face and at-home learning should the need arise as safety continues to be our top priority.


      Athletics Summer Strength & Conditioning

      Our senior high school athletic programs will offer strength and conditioning programs for student athletes in grades 7-12, in accordance with Governor Abbott’s orders. In addition to strength & conditioning activities, the UIL will allow a specific amount of time for coaches to work with the athletes on skill development geared toward their specific sport(s). Due to COVID-19 the UIL has provided specific guidelines for school districts to follow when conducting these summer programs.

      The Plano ISD Athletic Department and senior high athletic coordinators have developed a Plano ISD Strength and Conditioning Plan that each senior high program will follow to ensure that student athletes and the staff members working with them remain safe during all aspects of their respective strength and conditioning program. These activities will begin next week. See the full schedule on the athletics department website.


      Summer Learning Resources for Elementary and Middle School Students

      View a list of at-home digital resources for summer and visit the at-home learning resources web page for more information.


      Planning for 2020-21 School Year—Parent Survey

      Plano ISD values your input and wants to hear from parents as we prepare for the 2020-2021 school year. The feedback you submit through this online survey will help provide direction for the task force that is working to develop our short- and long-term instructional plans for next school year. Plano ISD is committed to developing a system that includes synchronous (live) instruction, as well as the flexibility and innovation to transition from in-person to remote learning as needed to comply with public health and safety orders. Please take a few minutes to complete the online survey and lend your voice to help inform this important planning process.

    • June 3, 2020 - Planning for the 2020-2021 School Year

      2020-21 Planning Task Force

      June 3, 2020

      As Plano ISD plans for the 2020-21 school year, we know that we must be prepared to deliver a high-quality education for our students in a number of ways and we must ensure our students and staff are safe as school starts again in the fall. While the future related to the COVID-19 virus remains uncertain, planning for the fall is underway.  

      In determining steps forward, there is a concentrated focus on several key priorities:

      Health and Safety:  We will continue to put families and safety at the forefront of our planning. We are committed to providing safe and clean learning environments where students can learn and grow together. It is our hope that we will be able to return to the classroom this fall, in which case, all appropriate precautions and protocols will be in place. If it is not possible for all students to return to school as normal, plans for school day schedules and parent options are being developed.

      Parent Choice:  The feedback received so far indicates some parents are concerned about the possible state of the pandemic in fall and are interested in educational choices for their children, including learning from home; while other parents are hopeful that we will return to a more traditional classroom setting. In preparation for the start of a new school year, we are working on plans to provide traditional face-to-face learning options, as well as at-home learning options that will allow students to remain enrolled in Plano ISD with all the benefits and support available in a strong, competitive public school system.  

      Innovation: We are committed to learning from our remote learning experiences this spring and seek to improve our instructional practices as well as define clear expectations for high-quality learning regardless of what format learning takes: face-to-face classroom learning, remote learning or a combination of both. This will certainly mean the use of innovative scheduling and new technology tools. To truly serve students in meeting their academic and social-emotional needs, we must provide students and teachers with an avenue for engagement, connection and interaction. We know that in order to improve upon our current practices, we must be creative and innovative in planning a new type of learning environment.

      Communication:  We will continue to seek feedback from stakeholders as we evaluate options for the fall including what a school day would look like, student activities and safety protocols. Please monitor the district website and your email for information about these feedback opportunities. Be assured that we will keep you informed along the way as decisions are made.

      Equity:  We know that education is not a one-size-fits-all opportunity. As we plan for next year, we know each school in Plano ISD might require slightly different approaches to teaching and learning based on the unique student enrollment at each school. It will be our goal to provide an equitable, differentiated learning experience designed to meet the needs of each student.   

      School Calendar:  One of the first decisions in planning for the 2020-21 school year is considering the District calendar. Plano ISD will proceed with the adopted school calendar for 2020-21. With our goal to have an instructional plan that allows us to move between face-to-face and remote learning, the District will not modify currently adopted calendar. Should a prolonged school closure become necessary, the District can revisit the calendar at that time. Further, students who need additional time/learning support can be accommodated without changing the adopted calendar.  

      We await guidance from the Texas Education Agency about reopening school and anticipate more clarity from the agency in June and July. In the meantime, we will continue developing our plans and options so that we are prepared for whatever parameters are set by the State for returning to school. 

      Planning Task Force:  In addition to researching scenarios and collaborating with the Texas Education Agency and other state and local agencies to date, we have assembled a Fall 2020-21 Planning Task Force that has been working on the development of plans in these key areas:

      Prepare to hear from us frequently this summer as the District keeps you informed on the progress of the task force action teams and decisions that are made regarding 2020-2021. In addition to continued parent communications, we will be adding a feature to our district website to share decisions and plans for the 2020-2021 school year to provide as much information and transparency as possible in this time of change. Our greatest hope is that we will all return to our campuses on August 12 to resume school as normal with the addition of health and safety measures. However, we must be prepared for options that include both face-to-face and at-home learning should the need arise as safety continues to be our top priority.

    • June 2, 2020 - Update for Plano ISD Families

      June 2, 2020

      Summer Learning Resources for Elementary and Middle School Students

      We are pleased to announce that Plano ISD elementary and middle school students will have access to an additional digital resource over the summer.  MyON is a literacy platform that includes thousands of enhanced digital books with optional reading supports. Students will find the new MyON tile in Webdesk. In addition to digital books, MyON also provides daily news articles with multi-media resources, written just for students and reviewed by a child psychologist for age-appropriate content. 

      More information about the Get Texas Reading with MyON Get Texas Reading with MyON.


      Planning for 2020-21 School Year—Parent Survey

      Plano ISD values your input and wants to hear from parents as we prepare for the 2020-2021 school year. The feedback you submit through this online survey will help provide direction for the task force that is working to develop our short- and long-term instructional plans for next school year. Plano ISD is committed to developing a system that includes synchronous (live) instruction, as well as the flexibility and innovation to transition from in-person to remote learning as needed to comply with public health and safety orders. Please take a few minutes to complete the online survey and lend your voice to help inform this important planning process. 

    • May 27, 2020 - Update for Plano ISD Families

      May 27, 2020

      Summer Sports Camps

      Due to the factors associated with the COVID-19 pandemic, summer sports camps scheduled to occur in June for grades K-6 have been cancelled. Decisions regarding summer sports camps (K-6) scheduled for July will be determined at a later date.


      Minnie’s Food Pantry Family Distribution This Week

      In partnership with Minnie’s Food Pantry, Plano ISD will hold a food distribution for families on Thursday, May 28, at Williams High School, from noon until 2:00 p.m., or as long as supplies last. This distribution will be held in the back parking lot of Williams, facing 18th Street, and is available to any family in need of food.


      Spring Semester GPA Information for Students and Parents

      The following letters offer information for all parents of students who were enrolled in high school courses in the spring semester, 2020. The opt-out form is now available in the Parent Portal for students who want to exclude this semester’s grades from the GPA calculations. The due date for submitting this form is June 12.


      Planning for 2020-21 School Year—Parent Survey

      Plano ISD values your input and wants to hear from parents as we prepare for the 2020-2021 school year. The feedback you submit through this online survey will help provide direction for the task force that is working to develop our short- and long-term instructional plans for next school year. Plano ISD is committed to developing a system that includes synchronous (live) instruction, as well as the flexibility and innovation to transition from in-person to remote learning as needed to comply with public health and safety orders. Please take a few minutes to complete the online survey and lend your voice to help inform this important planning process.

    • May 26, 2020 - Update for Plano ISD Families

      May 26, 2020

      Minnie’s Food Pantry Family Distribution This Week

      In partnership with Minnie’s Food Pantry, Plano ISD will hold a food distribution for families on Thursday, May 28, at Williams High School, from noon until 2:00 p.m., or as long as supplies last. This distribution will be held in the back parking lot of Williams, facing 18th Street, and is available to any family in need of food.


      Planning for 2020-21 School Year—Parent Survey

      We want to thank our Plano ISD families for the patience and support that you demonstrated during this uncertain time of implementing remote learning. Your feedback is important to us and will help our teachers, staff and administrators better support your needs as we prepare for the 2020-2021 school year.

      We encourage you to complete this survey for each student you have enrolled in a Plano ISD school: 

      May 2020 Plano ISD Remote Learning Family and Community Survey


      Access to Elementary Math and Literacy Programs- June & July

      Students in grades K-5 will continue to have access to PathBlazers (Literacy), iStation (Literacy-Bilingual students) and Dreambox (Math- English/Spanish) through the months of June and July. Students can access these programs through their PISD Webdesk. Additional free resources available to students and families can be found on the Elementary Academics Home Learning Resources webpage.

    • May 22, 2020 - Update for Plano ISD Families

      May 22, 2020 

      School is out for summer

      On this last day of the 2019-2020 school year, we want to wish our students and families a wonderful summer. Stay connected with us through our multiple news and information platforms, and continue reaching out with questions, concerns or comments to askPISD@pisd.edu.


      Planning for 2020-21 School Year—Parent Survey

      As we reach the end of the 2019-2020 academic year, we want to thank our Plano ISD families for the patience and support you’ve demonstrated during this uncertain time of implementing remote learning. Your feedback is important to us and will help our teachers, staff and administrators better support your needs as we prepare for the 2020-2021 school year.

      We encourage you to complete this survey for each student you have enrolled in a Plano ISD school: 

      May 2020 Plano ISD Remote Learning Family and Community Survey


      Access to Elementary Math and Literacy Programs- June & July

      Students in grades K-5 will continue to have access to PathBlazers (Literacy), iStation (Literacy-Bilingual students) and Dreambox (Math- English/Spanish) through the months of June and July. Students can access these programs through their PISD Webdesk. Additional free resources available to students and families can be found on the Elementary Academics Home Learning Resources webpage.

    • May 21, 2020 - Update for Plano ISD Families

      May 21, 2020 

      Planning for 2020-21 School Year—Parent Survey

      As we reach the end of the 2019-2020 academic year, we want to thank our Plano ISD families for the patience and support you’ve demonstrated during this uncertain time of implementing remote learning. Your feedback is important to us and will help our teachers, staff and administrators better support your needs as we prepare for the 2020-2021 school year. 

      We encourage you to complete this survey for each student you have enrolled in a Plano ISD school: 

      May 2020 Plano ISD Remote Learning Family and Community Survey


      North Texas Food Bank Food Distribution May 22

      In partnership with the North Texas Food Bank, we will be holding a large family food distribution this Friday, May 22, beginning at 9:00 a.m. at the Plano Event Center. Distribution will take place in the parking lot of the Plano Event Center. This event is open to any family in need of food.


      Support Services Available to Families this Summer

      A team of Plano ISD School Social Workers will be available throughout the summer break to assist any PISD families who need assistance with accessing available resources, including help with food, housing, utilities, and other needs.  Families in need of counseling services may also contact this team of social workers for direct assistance or referral to an area provider. Both English and Spanish speakers are available. Contact may be made by phone or email as follows:

    • May 21, 2020 - Graduation Update for the Class of 2020 & Families

      May 21, 2020 

      Plano ISD Class of 2020

      Since releasing our Graduation 2020 plan, it has become necessary to provide further clarification. We want to make sure that every graduating senior and their family understand our plans for honoring and celebrating this momentous occasion.

      When the District realized that we would be unable to host a traditional in-person graduation on the original dates, June 1 for Academy High School and June 6 for our three senior high schools, we quickly reached out to our venues to secure dates later in the summer and reserved July 21 for Academy High School and August 1 for our three senior high schools. These dates remain on the schedule.

      Knowing the unpredictability of the virus and our public health crisis, the District also decided to proceed with plans for a hybrid graduation ceremony, hosted inside our schools instead of at a football stadium to avoid heat and possible weather delays. The hybrid graduation will allow our students and families to participate in a special celebration where they are able to walk the stage, receive their diploma from a family member and have a professional photo opportunity. This choice also allows us to produce a commemorative graduation ceremony video to share with students and families. 

      The District did evaluate graduation options including outdoor stadiums, however the size of our graduating classes provided complexities and limitations on venues as well as the type of graduation experience our seniors would have. The District also consulted with public health officials to weigh safety factors inherent in this situation again accentuated by the size of our graduating classes in any type of large social gatherings. 

      In-person graduation ceremonies scheduled on July 21 and August 1 will be held assuming the state of the pandemic and guidelines from health authorities and state agencies at that time are consistent with large group gatherings to safely accommodate our graduating classes and their guests.

      We hope this helps clarify the serious consideration given to all graduation options before deciding upon the hybrid graduation in June and the in-person, indoor rescheduled event later in the summer as public health guidelines allow. Graduation details are provided below and are also available on the district's website at Graduation


      2020 Hybrid Graduation Event Details

      • Update: Each graduate will now be able to bring five guests to their campus graduation appointment to celebrate this milestone. This update remains within the Texas Education Agency (TEA) guidelines related to graduation attendance. 
      • Social distancing and health screening protocols will be observed throughout this onsite process.
      • Schools are contacting students and families with details on how to obtain an appointment time. It is important that all participants honor their appointment in order to provide a meaningful graduation experience for all.
      • Each student’s personalized experience will include having their name read, walking across the stage in full graduation regalia and receiving their diploma cover from a family member. This moment will be captured by a videographer for the ceremony video.
      • Guests will be allowed onstage with the graduate, or may opt to stand in front of the stage. No guests will be seated.
      • A family photo will be captured onstage and an individual graduate portrait will be captured upon leaving the stage.
      • Following the photographs, a graduation cap toss will be filmed for the ceremony video before the graduate and guests exit the building.
      • The footage gathered will culminate in a graduation video ceremony to share with students and families.

      2020 In-Person Graduation Event Details

      • In-person graduation dates for senior high schools (August 1) and Academy High School (July 21) are reserved.  
      • In-person graduation ceremonies scheduled on July 21 and August 1 will be held assuming the state of the pandemic and guidelines from health authorities and state agencies at that time are consistent with large group gatherings to safely accommodate our graduating classes and their guests.

    • May 20, 2020 - Update for Plano ISD Families

      May 20, 2020 

      End-of-Year Message from Superintendent Bonser

      As we wrap up the current school year and look forward to the year ahead, Superintendent Sara Bonser shares some reflections and looks forward to receiving feedback from Plano ISD families via an upcoming online survey. 

      Superintendent Bonser

      WATCH VIDEO


      North Texas Food Bank Food Distribution May 22

      In partnership with the North Texas Food Bank, we will be holding a large family food distribution this Friday, May 22, beginning at 9:00 a.m. at the Plano Event Center. Distribution will take place in the parking lot of the Plano Event Center. This event is open to any family in need of food.


      Summer Grab-and-Go Meals

      In partnership with the Texas Department of Agriculture, the Plano ISD Food and Nutritional Services Department will be providing free grab-and-go summer meals to families in need of assistance beginning, Tuesday, May 26, 2020, at the following campus sites:

      • Armstrong Middle School
      • Bowman Middle School – New Site
      • Christie Elementary School
      • Daffron Elementary School
      • Mitchell Elementary School
      • Sigler Elementary School

      Updated curbside grab-and-go meal serving times for these locations will be from 10:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m, Monday through Friday.  

      Children 18 years and younger will receive a lunch for that day and a breakfast for the following day. Anyone picking up meals for students, without the student present, must bring appropriate documentation in the form of a school issued ID, report card, birth certificate or the verification letters families are currently providing during meal pick up.


      Credit by Exam Update

      This summer, Plano ISD students will be taking their Credit by Exam (CBE) tests remotely at-home using a computer/electronic device with a microphone and webcam. On May 28, students will receive a confirmation letter to their Plano ISD Mobile App accounts that will include information and instructions on how to access their tests. Please visit the Plano ISD CBE webpage for updated information.

    • May 19, 2020 - Update for Plano ISD Families

      May 19, 2020 

      Summer Grab-and-Go Meals

      In partnership with the Texas Department of Agriculture, the Plano ISD Food and Nutritional Services Department will be providing free grab-and-go summer meals to the public beginning, Tuesday, May 26, 2020 at the following campus sites:

      • Armstrong Middle School
      • Bowman Middle School – New Feeding Site
      • Christie Elementary School
      • Daffron Elementary School
      • Mitchell Elementary School
      • Sigler Elementary School

      Updated curbside grab-and-go meal serving times for these locations will be from 10:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m, Monday through Friday.  

      Children 18 years and younger will receive a lunch for that day and a breakfast for the following day. Anyone picking up meals for students, without the student present, must bring appropriate documentation in the form of a school issued ID, report card, birth certificate or the verification letters families are currently providing during meal pick up.


      Credit by Exam Update

      This summer, Plano ISD students will be taking their Credit by Exam (CBE) tests remotely at-home using a computer/electronic device with a microphone and webcam. On May 28, students will receive a confirmation letter to their Plano ISD Mobile App accounts that will include information and instructions on how to access their tests. Please visit the Plano ISD CBE webpage for updated information.


      Support Services Available to Families this Summer

      A team of Plano ISD School Social Workers will be available throughout the summer break to assist any PISD families who need assistance with accessing available resources, including help with food, housing, utilities, and other needs.  Families in need of counseling services may also contact this team of social workers for direct assistance or referral to an area provider. Both English and Spanish speakers are available. Contact may be made by phone or email as follows:


      Verification of Enrollment (VOE) Form Requests

      The district has developed an online process for students who wish to request a Verification of Enrollment (VOE) form. While we understand that the Department of Public Safety has temporarily suspended the VOE requirement for students seeking their driver's license, this process is available for students via an online VOE requestThe form will be completed and returned to the student via email.


      SMU Center for Family Counseling at Plano ISD – FREE Counseling

      The SMU Center for Family Counseling at Plano ISD began offering telehealth counseling services free of charge to support the PISD community during the pandemic. During the summer, free counseling services will continue to be available through August 4th. Services are provided by SMU Counseling Program students during their internship and will be supervised by SMU full-time and adjunct faculty. 

      Services are for adults, children (teleplay), adolescents (teletherapy activity/experiential), couples, and families for a variety of presenting concerns including anxiety, depression, behavior difficulties (e.g., opposition, defiance, aggression), grief and loss, peer relationships, stress, trauma, career transition, and parenting. They are also offering an Adult Mindfulness Group, LGBTQ+ Adolescent Support Group, and an LGBTQ+ Adult Support Group May 26th -August 4th.

      Appointments are available Tuesday, Wednesday, & Thursday 3:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. Call (469) 752-3098 to schedule counseling services and (214) 768-6789 for group information and registration.


      Summer PASAR Program

      The district will not be opening our summer child care program for prek-5th grade students during June and July this year. Information for fall enrollment in the after-school PASAR program will be available on our website at a future date.

    • May 18, 2020 - Update for Plano ISD Families

      May 18, 2020 

      Class of 2020 Social Media Takeover

      Plano ISD is dedicating our social media platforms, Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, to the Senior Class of 2020. Tune in Monday-Thursday to view tributes to these graduates. #PlanoISDSeniors2020 #AcademySeniors2020 #WolfpackSeniors2020 #PantherSeniors2020 #PSHSSeniors2020

      Senior Highs and Academy school logos


      Edgenuity Access, Monday May 18

      Plano ISD is aware that students may have been unable to access Edgenuity today due to connectivity issues on the part of the platform. Edgenuity is working at this time to resolve the problem and restore functionality. The District is monitoring the situation closely and will work with campuses to develop a plan for turning in or providing alternate assignments if the problem persists.


      Support Services Available to Families this Summer

      A team of Plano ISD School social workers will be available throughout the summer break to assist any Plano ISD family needing assistance with accessing available resources, including help with food, housing, utilities and other needs. Families in need of counseling services may also contact this team of social workers for direct assistance or referral to an area provider. Both English and Spanish speakers are available. Contact may be made by phone or email as follows:


      SMU Center for Family Counseling at Plano ISD – FREE Counseling

      The SMU Center for Family Counseling at Plano ISD began offering telehealth counseling services free of charge to support the Plano ISD community during the pandemic. During the summer, free counseling services will continue to be available through August 4. Services are provided by SMU Counseling Program students during their internship and will be supervised by SMU full-time and adjunct faculty. 

      Services are for adults, children (teleplay), adolescents (teletherapy activity/experiential), couples and families for a variety of presenting concerns including anxiety, depression, behavior difficulties (e.g., opposition, defiance, aggression), grief and loss, peer relationships, stress, trauma, career transition and parenting. They are also offering an Adult Mindfulness Group, LGBTQ+ Adolescent Support Group, and an LGBTQ+ Adult Support Group May 26-August 4.

      Appointments are available Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday 3:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.

      Call (469) 752-3098 to schedule counseling services and (214) 768-6789 for group information and registration.


      AP Tests and Submission Difficulties

      There have been some challenges with submissions for AP tests so far. Please see the information provided here from College Board: 

    • May 15, 2020 - Update for Plano ISD Families

      May 15, 2020 

      Summer School Virtual Learning Opportunities

      Given the current circumstances related to COVID-19, Plano ISD will offer virtual summer school programs. Parents and students may speak to their teachers or counselors in order to determine the appropriate plan for summer study. For more information and to learn about summer programs by grade levels, please visit the Summer School webpage.


      Summer PASAR Program

      The district will not be opening our summer child care program for PK-5th grade students during June and July this year. Information for fall enrollment in the after-school PASAR program will be available on our website at a future date.


      Parent/Student Expectations During Material Exchange

      As you prepare to pick up and/or return items next week at your child’s school, please keep the following guidelines in mind. (For information on when material exchanges will occur at your child’s school, please contact the campus.)

      • Please wear a face covering when picking up or returning student materials.
      • Follow COVID-19 preventative practices as advised by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
      • Please stay in your vehicle. Follow the curbside process provided by your campus.
      • Please do not come to the campus if you have been ill, if you have been exposed to someone with COVID-19 in the past 14 days, or if you are currently under isolation/quarantine orders.

      Industries Academy Application Deadline Extended! 

      There is still time to apply to the Plano ISD Industries Academy at the Collin College Technical Campus. The application deadline has been extended to 5:00 p.m. on June 1. To complete an interest form, learn more about the programs and apply, visit the Industries Academy webpage


      Verification of Enrollment (VOE) Form Requests

      Plano ISD has developed an online process for students who wish to request a Verification of Enrollment (VOE) form. While we understand that the Department of Public Safety has temporarily suspended the VOE requirement for students seeking their driver's license, this process will be available for students to request a VOE form beginning next Monday, May 18. Students may make a request for a VOE form at MyForms. The form will be completed and returned to the student via email.

    • May 14, 2020 - Update for Plano ISD Families

      May 14, 2020 

      Congratulations to our Plano ISD 2020 Teachers of the Year!

      Superintendent standing on a stage

      Watch the video announcement of this year’s Plano ISD Teachers of the Year from Superintendent Sara Bonser and meet all of our Excellence in Teaching Award recipients at 2020 Teacher of the Year - Finalists & Winners webpage.


      Verification of Enrollment (VOE) Form Requests

      The district has developed an online process for students who wish to request a Verification of Enrollment (VOE) form.  While we understand that the Department of Public Safety has temporarily suspended the VOE requirement for students seeking their driver's license, this process will be available for students to request a VOE form beginning next Monday, May 18. Students may make a request for VOE form. The form will be completed and returned to the student via email.


      Summer PASAR Program

      The district will not be opening our summer child care program for PK - 5th grade students during June and July this year.  Information for fall enrollment in the after-school PASAR program will be available on our website at a future date.


      Parent/Student Expectations During Material Exchange

      As you prepare to pick up and/or return items to your child’s school, please keep the following guidelines in mind. (For information on when material exchanges will occur at your child’s school, please contact the campus.)

      • Please wear a face covering when picking up or returning student materials.
      • Follow COVID-19 preventative practices as advised by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
      • Please stay in your vehicle. Follow the curbside process provided by your campus.
      • Please do not come to the campus if you have been ill, if you have been exposed to someone with COVID-19 in the past 14 days, or if you are currently under isolation/quarantine orders.

      Plans for Next Fall

      At this time, Plano ISD has not made any final decisions regarding changes to the 2020-2021 school year. The District continues to monitor recommendations and guidelines from the Texas Education Agency and the Office of the Governor as we consider multiple strategies for safely resuming school in the fall. As decisions are made, we will keep families informed as part of the ongoing, steady communication that we have been providing during this time of school closure.


      Industries Academy Application Deadline Extended! 

      There is still time to apply to the Plano ISD Industries Academy at the Collin College Technical Campus. The application deadline has been extended to 5:00 p.m. on June 1. To complete an interest form, learn more about the programs and apply, visit the Industries Academy webpage.

    • May 12, 2020 - Update for Plano ISD Families

      May 12, 2020 

      Texas Education Agency Releases Optional Assessments

      On May 12, the Texas Education Agency released information making optional end-of-year assessments available to parents, students and school districts. These assessments were created with released STAAR (State of Texas Assessment of Academic Readiness) items from previous STAAR assessments. As a district, Plano ISD will not require students to participate in these assessments. We utilize Measures of Academic Progress (MAP) and other methods of measuring learning and identifying potential gaps that will need to be addressed when school resumes next fall. Our curriculum teams will work with teachers to address intervention needs as well as review some of the curriculum included in this current grading period. More information on learning support for this summer is coming soon.


      Mobile Food Pantry Distribution to Families

      Minnie’s Food Pantry will be distributing family meal boxes to any family in need of food this Thursday, May 14, from 1:00 – 3:00 p.m., while supplies last, at Bowman Middle School, 2501 Jupiter Road, Plano, TX 75074. Distribution will take place in the parking lot at the back of the building.


      Dual Credit Deadline Set for June 1, 2020

      Dual credit provides students with an opportunity to earn college credit while still in high school. Don’t miss out on this opportunity! The dual credit enrollment deadline originally set for early May has been extended. The deadline is now set for the end of the day June 1, 2020, for any course with Collin College. This includes academic dual credit courses taught on our Plano ISD campuses, as well as the new opportunities at the Collin Technical Campus. Students must complete the process in order to be enrolled in dual credit courses for the 2020-2021 school year in Plano ISD.  

      Because of COVID 19, Collin College has waived the initial testing requirement to be enrolled in dual credit courses. Students will still need to take an entrance exam prior to October 16, 2020, but can enroll in courses with Collin College without a qualifying Texas Success Initiative-Assessment (TSI-A) score. This is a great opportunity to get head start on college credits at a great rate.

      Please reach out to your current high school or senior high school counselor for information or assistance in completing enrollment.

    • May 11, 2020 - Update for Plano ISD Families

      May 11, 2020 

      Dual Credit Deadline Set for June 1, 2020

      Dual credit provides students with an opportunity to earn college credit while still in high school. Don’t miss out on this opportunity! The dual credit enrollment deadline originally set for early May has been extended. The deadline is now set for the end of the day June 1, 2020, for any course with Collin College. This includes academic dual credit courses taught on our Plano ISD campuses, as well as the new opportunities at the Collin Technical Campus. Students must complete the process in order to be enrolled in dual credit courses for the 2020-2021 school year in Plano ISD.  

      Because of COVID 19, Collin College has waived the initial testing requirement to be enrolled in dual credit courses. Students will still need to take an entrance exam prior to October 16, 2020, but can enroll in courses with Collin College without a qualifying Texas Success Initiative-Assessment (TSI-A) score. This is a great opportunity to get head start on college credits at a great rate.

      Please reach out to your current high school or senior high school counselor for information or assistance in completing enrollment.


      Mobile Food Pantry Distribution to Families

      Minnie’s Food Pantry will be distributing family meal boxes to any family in need of food this Thursday, May 14, from 1:00 – 3:00 p.m., while supplies last, at Bowman Middle School. Distribution will take place in the parking lot at the back of the building.

    • May 8, 2020 - Update for Plano ISD Families

      May 8, 2020 

      Happy Friday, and wishing all of our Plano ISD moms a very happy Mothers Day!


      Online Kindergarten Registration (with Secure File Upload) Now Open for 2020-21 School Year

      Kindergarten registration for the 2020-21 school year is an online process and is now open. Students currently attending a Plano ISD pre-k program do not need to complete this enrollment process and will be contacted by the elementary school their child will attend. Access the enrollment packet, secure file upload and more. Email askPISD@pisd.edu with questions about kindergarten registration.


      Graduation 2020 Plans Announced

      Plano ISD Class of 2020

      Plano ISD is excited to announce graduation plans for the Class of 2020. Seniors will have the opportunity to share their graduation experience with loved ones, which includes walking the stage in full regalia at their respective schools. Get event details and scheduling information on the Graduation webpage

    • May 8, 2020 - Graduation Update for the Class of 2020 & Families

      Plano ISD Class of 2020

      Graduation 2020 Update

      Plano ISD is excited to announce graduation plans for the Class of 2020. Seniors will have the opportunity to share their graduation experience with loved ones, which includes walking the stage in full regalia at their respective schools.

        Academy Senior Celebrations link  PWSH Senior Celebrations PWSH Senior Celebrations link PESH Senior Celebration link   

      Graduation Schedule by School

      Academy High School

      • Date: Friday, May 29, 2020
      • Time: 2:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
      • Address: 1701 Alma Drive, Plano, TX 75075
      • Location: First floor, LS 1-3

      Plano Senior High School

      • Dates: Tuesday, June 2 & Wednesday, June 3
      • Time: 10:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
      • Address: 2200 Independence Pkwy, Plano, TX 75075
      • Locations: Stages will be set in the gym and auditorium

      Plano West Senior High School

      • Dates: Thursday, June 4 & Friday, June 5
      • Time: 10:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
      • Address: 5601 W Parker Rd, Plano, TX 75093
      • Locations: Stages will be set in the gym and auditorium

      Plano East Senior High School

      • Dates: Tuesday, June 9 and Wednesday, June 10
      • Time: 10:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
      • Address: 3000 Los Rios Blvd, Plano, TX 75074
      • Location: Stages will be set in the gym and auditorium

      2020 Graduation Event Details

      • Graduates and up to four guests will be invited to arrive at their respective schools at an appointed time. Social distancing and health screening protocols will be observed throughout this onsite process.
      • Schools will contact students and families with details on how to obtain an appointment time. It is important that all participants honor their appointment in order to provide a meaningful graduation experience for all.
      • Each student’s personalized experience will include having their name read, walking across the stage in full graduation regalia and receiving their diploma cover from a family member. This moment will be captured by a videographer for the ceremony video.
      • All four guests will be allowed onstage with the graduate, or may opt to stand in front of the stage. No guests will be seated.
      • A keepsake family photo will be captured onstage and an individual graduate portrait will be captured upon leaving the stage.
      • Following the photographs, a graduation cap toss will be filmed for the ceremony video before the graduate and guests exit the building.
      • The footage gathered will culminate in a graduation video ceremony to share with students and families.
      • In-person graduation dates for senior high schools (August 1) and Academy High School (July 21) are still on hold in the event that we can bring our graduates together safely in one space based on the large size of our senior high graduating classes.

    • May 4, 2020 - Update for Plano ISD Families

      May 4, 2020 

      North Texas Food Bank Mobile Pantry

      In partnership with the North Texas Food Bank, Plano ISD is holding a mobile food pantry distribution on Tomorrow, May 5, from 9:00 a.m. - noon, while supplies last, at Plano Senior High School. The distribution will be located in the parking lot on the east side of the building, bordered by Westside Drive and W. Park Blvd. This event is open to anyone in the community who is in need of food.


      Online Kindergarten Registration for the 2020-21 School Year Is Open

      Kindergarten registration for the 2020-21 school year is an online process and is now open. Students currently attending a Plano ISD pre-k program do not need to complete this enrollment process and will be contacted by the elementary school their child will attend. Enrollment packet and more information. Email askPISD@pisd.edu with questions about kindergarten registration.


      Updated Testing Information

      Advanced Placement (AP)

      College Board has announced that AP exams will not be administered as usual. Here is the latest communication from College Board, updated May 1. 

      College Board’s Testing Guide provides instructions on accessing and submitting online exams.

      Students will receive their AP ID and testing e-ticket via email 2 days prior to each exam. Students must have a valid email registered on My AP. Students should verify that their email is registered on My AP.

      Exam Day Experience provides a video and interactive demo walking students through what the online exam format will look like.

      AP World Language exams can only be taken on an iOS or Android smartphone or tablet. Instructions are provided in the Testing Guide.

      Key Changes to AP Exams:

      • Exams will be given on a modified schedule from May 11-22.
      • Each exam is 45 minutes in length.
      • Students may take most exams on any electronic device.
      • Exams will cover material learned by students in their AP classes prior to March 1.
      • Exams will have Free Response Questions only; no multiple choice.
      • Students must not refresh browsers during exams and must submit before time expires.

      Important Links:

      Students that are approved by the College Board to take AP Exams with accommodations can now find updated information on how those accommodations will be provided. Students may only use the specific accommodations that have been submitted to and approved by the College Board on an AP exam. The deadline to request accommodations for May 2020 AP exams has passed.  More details about accommodations and how they will be accessed by students can be found on the AP website, Accommodations for 2020 AP Exams

      International Baccalaureate (IB)

      May 2020 exams will no longer be held. Read announcement and initial FAQ, dated March 23.

      Dual Credit

      Dual credit deadlines previously announced have been suspended. Students and parents should contact their campus counselors for information about registering for courses for the 2020-2021 school year. 

      Fall 2020 class registration is now open for students who have applied to Collin College and completed permission forms with their counselor. Students may be exempt from the requirement to take the Texas Success Initiative Assessment (TSI-A). This exemption would be noted on the ‘Collin Permission Form’ that students received from their counselors. 

      For students needing the TSI-A exam, this requirement has been temporarily waived for the current registration period. These students will be required to take the TSI-A by October 16, 2020, even with this waiver. 

      TSI-A 

      For students taking a dual credit course for the first time in 2020-2021, see the Dual Credit update above.

      For graduating seniors: We are anticipating that an online testing format for the TSI-A will be available for our students through Examity, a remote proctoring service. We will know the status of this service in early May. (Updated 4/22)

      ACT

      The April 4 test date has been moved to June 13. Students registered for April 4 will receive an email from ACT that will include instructions on how to reschedule to the June 13 test date or another national test date. There is no fee to reschedule. A free practice test is available on the website, as well as free online test prep through the ACT Academy.

      SAT

      (Updated 4/7) The College Board is encouraging students to prepare for future SAT testing opportunities through the online platform at Khan Academy.

      (Updated 4/6) The College Board has announced that they will be unable to provide additional opportunities for students to take the SAT during the school day for the current school year. The College Board is working to provide additional opportunities for students to take the SAT at school or outside of the school day when the situation allows.

      (Updated 4/23) The College Board has announced an additional test date for the fall. An SAT exam (no subject tests) will be offered on Saturday, September 26, 2020, in addition to previously scheduled 2020 test dates on August 29, October 3, November 7 and December 5. Students that registered for a March, May or June SAT may transfer their seat to another 2020-2021 exam date. Details about registration for fall exams will be distributed in late May.

    • May 4, 2020 - Graduation Update for Class of 2020 Students & Families

      Plano ISD Class of 2020


      May 4, 2020

      Dear Senior Class of 2020,

      As Plano ISD continues to make graduation plans, we want our seniors to know that providing them and their families with a memorable graduation experience is at the forefront of all of our graduation conversations. Our graduates deserve an experience that honors their 13-year academic journey and we plan to do everything in our power to deliver something meaningful and special. 

      We know that you are anxiously awaiting details of what that special celebration may look like. Knowing that Governor Abbott convened a Graduation Task Force, we await further guidance on the parameters for hosting graduation ceremonies before sharing final plans. We anticipate that we will receive graduation guidance this week, and once we ensure our plans meet the Governor’s guidance for graduation ceremonies, we will share those plans with students and families.

      We have used this time to develop several alternatives for graduation that would fall under Option 2 of the graduation plans that were previously shared. Our goal is to provide our students and families with a ceremony that includes as many customary graduation traditions as possible while observing the required orders related to social distancing and public health. One alternative is to host a hybrid celebration in June, which features some in-person elements, providing students and families with tangible moments to accompany a virtual ceremony, which will be captured and available online as a keepsake for families. 

      At the same time, should it become evident that we will be able to safely host large gatherings later in the summer, even in some modified fashion, we are considering an alternative that provides graduating seniors the opportunity to experience a more traditional Plano ISD graduation ceremony. We have reserved our existing graduation venues for later dates: July 21 for Academy High School and August 1 for the senior high schools. 

      Our ultimate goal is to ensure that students and families can celebrate this very important milestone in a truly special way. 

      Sincerely, 

      Sara Bonser,
      Superintendent of Schools 

    • April 30, 2020 - Update for Plano ISD Families

      APRIL 30, 2020 

      North Texas Food Bank Mobile Pantry

      In partnership with the North Texas Food Bank, Plano ISD  is holding a mobile food pantry distribution on Tuesday, May 5th, from 9:00 a.m. - noon, while supplies last, at Plano Senior High School. The distribution will be located in the parking lot on the east side of the building, bordered by Westside Drive and W. Park Blvd. This event is open to anyone in the community who is in need of food.


      Student Travel Cancellations/Trip Refunds

      The district is working with campuses, booster clubs, extracurricular groups and other organizations regarding potential refunds from the various travel companies for  the optional student trips that were cancelled due to COVID-19. Updated information will be communicated by the campus director associated with the student group as it is available.

    • April 28, 2020 - COVID-19 Update for Plano ISD Families

      APRIL 28, 2020

      NEW! Mobile Food Pantry Distribution

      Minnie’s Food Pantry will be distributing family meal boxes to any family in need of food this Thursday, April 30, from 1:00 – 3:00 PM, while supplies last, at Bowman Middle School. Distribution will take place in the parking lot at the back of the building.


      2020-2021 Elementary Transfer Requests*

      The Elementary Transfer Request process began on April 27, at 8:00 am. Please visit our website Transfer to receive an online tracking number. Once you have obtained your online tracking number, you will receive instructions detailing how to submit your transfer request electronically. The window for you to receive your online tracking number will close on April 29, at 5:00 pm. If you miss the April 27 through April 29 window, your request will be processed on a first come, first served basis after the others are processed.   

      *Please note: This process is for new elementary transfer requests only. If your student is already at a campus on an approved transfer, there is no reason to reapply. Once a transfer is approved, it is in effect through fifth grade.

      2020-2021 No Transfer List 

      Due to building instructional programs and functions, enrollment projections, staff assignments, boundary changes, and/or anticipated construction projects, we will not be approving transfer requests for the fall 2020-2021 semester TO the following elementary schools.

      • Barksdale Elementary
      • Beverly Elementary
      • Daffron Elementary
      • Gulledge Elementary
      • Hunt Elementary
      • Jackson Elementary
      • Schell Elementary
      • Shepard Elementary
      • Stinson Elementary
      • Renner Middle School

      For more information please visit our website at Intra-District Transfers.

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

      APRIL 27, 2020

      Parent Guidance for Viewing Student Progress in Pinnacle for Grades 3-12 

      With recent policy changes to our grading practices during remote learning, traditional progress reports generated through Pinnacle will not reflect how we are measuring progress and determining mastery for the 4th Nine Weeks grading period. 

      We are not using number grades, per the Grading Guidelines for Remote Learning, so what you see in Pinnacle will look a little different this grading period. 

      The following indicators will be used to communicate progress: 

      • MS: Your child has turned in the assignment and “Met Standard”
      • NM: Your child has turned in the assignment and did “Not Meet Standard”
      • Blank: Your child has not yet completed or turned in this assignment, and the teacher cannot evaluate their progress. 

      For questions regarding individual assignments or your child’s progress, please reach out to the teacher. Use the instructions available online at Viewing Student Grades to see your child’s progress in the fourth nine weeks.


      2020-2021 Elementary Transfer Requests

      The Elementary Transfer Request process began today at 8:00 am. Please visit our website Transfer to receive an online tracking number. Once you have obtained your online tracking number, you will receive instructions detailing how to submit your transfer request electronically. The window for you to receive your online tracking number will close on April 29, at 5:00 pm. If you miss the April 27 through April 29 window, your request will be processed on a first come, first served basis after the others are processed.  

      Please note: This process is for new elementary transfer requests only. If your child is already at a campus on an approved transfer, there is no reason to reapply. Once a transfer is approved, it is in effect through grade 5.

      2020-2021 No Transfer List 

      Due to building instructional programs and functions, enrollment projections, staff assignments, boundary changes, and/or anticipated construction projects, we will not be approving transfer requests for the fall 2020-2021 semester TO the following elementary schools.

      • Barksdale Elementary
      • Beverly Elementary
      • Daffron Elementary
      • Gulledge Elementary
      • Hunt Elementary
      • Jackson Elementary
      • Schell Elementary
      • Shepard Elementary
      • Stinson Elementary
      • Renner Middle School

      For more information please visit our website at Intra-District Transfers.


      Updated College Board, ACT,  IB, Dual Credit and TSI-A Information

      Advanced Placement (AP)

      College Board has announced that AP exams will not be administered as usual. Here is the latest communication from College Board, updated as of April 3. 

      Key Changes to AP Exams:

      • Exams will be given on a modified schedule from May 11-22.
      • Each exam is 45 minutes in length.
      • Students may take the exam on any electronic device.
      • Exams will cover material learned by students in their AP classes prior to March 1.
      • Exams will have Free Response Questions only; no multiple choice.

      Important Links:

      Students that are approved by the College Board to take AP Exams with accommodations can now find updated information on how those accommodations will be provided. Specific details about AP World Language and Culture exams will be available during the week of April 27 - May 1.  Students may only use the specific accommodations that have been submitted to and approved by the College Board on an AP exam. The deadline to request accommodations for May 2020 AP exams has passed.  More details about accommodations and how they will be accessed by students can be found on the AP website, Accomodations for 2020 AP Exams

      International Baccalaureate (IB)

      May 2020 exams will no longer be held. Read announcement and initial FAQ, dated March 23.

      Dual Credit

      Dual credit deadlines previously announced have been suspended. Students and parents should contact their campus counselors for information about registering for courses for the 2020-2021 school year. 

      Fall 2020 class registration is now open for students who have applied to Collin College and completed permission forms with their counselor. Students may be exempt from the requirement to take the Texas Success Initiative Assessment (TSI-A). This exemption would be noted on the ‘Collin Permission Form’ that students received from their counselors. 

      For students needing the TSI-A exam, this requirement has been temporarily waived for the current registration period. These students will be required to take the TSI-A by October 16, 2020, even with this waiver. 

      TSI-A 

      For students taking a dual credit course for the first time in 2020-2021, see the Dual Credit update above.

      For graduating seniors: We are anticipating that an online testing format for the TSI-A will be available for our students through Examity, a remote proctoring service. We will know the status of this service in early May. (Updated 4/22)

      ACT

      The April 4 test date has been moved to June 13. Students registered for April 4 will receive an email from ACT that will include instructions on how to reschedule to the June 13 test date or another national test date. There is no fee to reschedule. A free practice test is available on the website, as well as free online test prep through the ACT Academy.

      SAT

      The March and May SAT exams have been cancelled and refunds will be issued to students. The College Board will announce the status of the June SAT in the coming weeks and will also provide information about additional test dates. Free online practice tests and personalized learning tools are available for students on the College Board website. 

      (Updated 4/7) The College Board is encouraging students to prepare for future SAT testing opportunities through the online platform at Khan Academy.

      (Updated 4/6) The College Board has announced that they will be unable to provide additional opportunities for students to take the SAT during the school day for the current school year. The College Board is working to provide additional opportunities for students to take the SAT at school or outside of the school day when the situation allows. 

      (Updated 4/23)  The College Board has announced an additional test date for the fall.  An SAT exam (no subject tests)  will be offered on Saturday, September 26, 2020 in addition to previously scheduled 2020 test dates on August 29, October 3, November 7 and December 5.  Students that registered for a March, May or June SAT may transfer their seat to another 20-21 exam date.  Details about registration for fall exams will be distributed in late May.

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

      APRIL 24, 2020

      We would like to extend our sincere appreciation to our parents and families for being our valued partners as we complete another week of learning from home. We remain committed to ensuring that our students and families have the resources they need during this time of school closure, including access to timely and reliable information


      Celebrating the Senior Class of 2020

      Plano ISD is excited to share the many ways we are celebrating the Senior Class of 2020! We know this has been a very difficult spring for our seniors and we want to do all we can to honor and celebrate their careers as students in Plano ISD.

      During the month of May and into the summer, Plano ISD and campuses have several virtual celebrations, social media events and other engagement opportunities planned, while keeping in line with all government guidelines for social distancing.

      Comprehensive details for each school is available on their individual websites:

      Plano ISD Class of 2020 link   Academy Senior Celebrations link  PESH Senior Celebration link  PWSH Senior Celebrations  PWSH Senior Celebrations link

      Thank you to our Plano ISD community for helping us celebrate our 2020 Seniors!

      Commemorative Yard Signs

      Yard signs customized for each of the four graduating classes, Academy High, Plano East Senior High, Plano Senior High and Plano West Senior High, are being distributed to all seniors, generously underwritten by the Brett Adkins Charitable Foundation. Each campus will share their individual plan for distributing yard signs, graduation regalia and yearbooks.

      Social Media Hashtags

      Tag all social media posts, including FacebookTwitter and Instagram, with these hashtags for the district and for your schools:

      • #PlanoISDSeniors2020
      • #PantherSeniors2020
      • #AcademySeniors2020
      • #PSHSSeniors2020
      • #WolfpackSeniors2020

      Facebook Frames

      Facebook users, add a frame to your profile picture or video to celebrate the Senior Class of 2020, customized especially for our students, families and other fans. Update your Facebook profile and use your school’s hashtag, along with #PlanoISDSeniors2020.

      Weekly Themes

      Each school will engage their students with weekly themes throughout the month of May, inviting students to share theme-related photos and videos via social media.

      Feeder School Shout-Outs

      Feeder schools will give a shout-out to seniors each week during the month of May. Look for senior tributes from elementary school campuses on Mondays, middle schools on Tuesdays and High Schools on Wednesdays.

      Senior Class Social Media Takeover

      The district is coordinating with students and staff from each school to take over the district’s social media accounts during the week of May 18. A day will be dedicated to each campus during the hours of 7:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m., with a variety of content pushed out on the hour. Follow Plano ISD on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

      Social Media Takeover Schedule:

      • Monday, May 18: Plano ISD Academy High School
      • Tuesday, May 19: Plano East Senior High School
      • Wednesday, May 20: Plano West Senior High School
      • Thursday, May 21: Plano Senior High School

      Census Reminder

      The 2020 Census is underway. In light of the COVID-19 outbreak, the U.S. Census Bureau has adjusted 2020 Census operations in order to: protect the health and safety of Census Bureau employees and the American public; implement guidance from federal, state and local health authorities; and ensure a complete and accurate count of all communities. So it’s not too late to participate to help our Plano ISD community get a complete count. For more information, visit Census 2020


      Sign Up for Text Messaging

      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. School Messenger text messages are only sent to parents or guardians of currently enrolled students or to district employees. If we do not have your mobile number in our records, you will not receive text messages. For more information, please visit: Text Opt In.

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

      APRIL 23, 2020

      Comprehensive Test Preparation for High School and Senior High Students

      We are pleased to offer optional comprehensive test preparation to prepare your students to be successful on high-stakes exams, including the SAT®, PSAT® and ACT® through the Edgenuity platform. These courses provide engaging curriculum featuring on-screen teachers who deliver direct instruction, and a full suite of learning tools and scaffolds that support student learning.

      • Students will begin Virtual Tutor courses by taking a pretest to determine their strengths and weaknesses and in order to create an individualized content review program. Students then work through the course content, completing frequent assessments so they can monitor their own performance. 
      • Students may “self-enroll” in these courses when they log in to Edgenuity beginning April 24. The content of these courses is completely optional, will not be monitored by a teacher and will not count toward the fourth nine weeks grades.

      Celebrating Seniors: Facebook Frames Available

      Facebook users, add a frame to your profile picture or video to celebrate the Senior Class of 2020, customized especially for our students, families and other fans. Update your Facebook profile and tag #PlanoISDSeniors2020. Choose from one of the following styles below:

    • April 22, 2020 - COVID-19 Update for Plano ISD Families

      APRIL 22, 2020

      Plano ISD Industries Academy Webinar

      An informational webinar for parents and students will be held on April 23 at 7 p.m. through ZOOM. See flyer for webinar details. Learn more about the Industries Academy.


      Updated College Board, ACT, IB, Dual Credit and TSI-A Information

      Advanced Placement (AP)

      College Board has announced that AP exams will not be administered as usual. Here is the latest communication from College Board, updated as of April 3. 

      Key Changes to AP Exams:

      • Exams will be given on a modified schedule from May 11-22.
      • Each exam is 45 minutes in length.
      • Students may take the exam on any electronic device.
      • Exams will cover material learned by students in their AP classes prior to March 1.
      • Exams will have Free Response Questions only; no multiple choice.

      Important Links:

      International Baccalaureate (IB)

      May 2020 exams will no longer be held. Read announcement and initial FAQ.

      Dual Credit

      Dual credit deadlines previously announced have been suspended. Students and parents should contact their campus counselors for information about registering for courses for the 2020-2021 school year. 

      Fall 2020 class registration is now open for students who have applied to Collin College and completed permission forms with their counselor. Students may be exempt from the requirement to take the Texas Success Initiative Assessment (TSI-A). This exemption would be noted on the ‘Collin Permission Form’ that students received from their counselors. 

      For students needing the TSI-A exam, this requirement has been temporarily waived for the current registration period. These students will be required to take the TSI-A by October 16, 2020, even with this waiver. 

      TSI-A 

      For students taking a dual credit course for the first time in 2020-2021, see the Dual Credit update above.

      For graduating seniors: We are anticipating that an online testing format for the TSI-A will be available for our students through Examity, a remote proctoring service. We will know the status of this service in early May. (Updated 4/22)

      ACT 

      The April 4 test date has been moved to June 13. Students registered for April 4 will receive an email from ACT that will include instructions on how to reschedule to the June 13 test date or another national test date. There is no fee to reschedule. A free practice test is available on the website, as well as free online test prep through the ACT Academy.

      SAT

      The March and May SAT exams have been cancelled and refunds will be issued to students. The College Board will announce the status of the June SAT in the coming weeks and will also provide information about additional test dates. Free online practice tests and personalized learning tools are available for students on the College Board website. 

      (Updated 4/7) The College Board is encouraging students to prepare for future SAT testing opportunities through the online platform at Khan Academy.

      (Updated 4/6) The College Board has announced that they will be unable to provide additional opportunities for students to take the SAT during the school day for the current school year. The College Board is working to provide additional opportunities for students to take the SAT at school or outside of the school day when the situation allows.


      Celebrating the Senior Class of 2020

      The faculty and staff of Plano ISD want students and families to know how deeply the loss of the events and celebrations that should accompany a student’s senior year are felt. With the recent news of Plano ISD’s school closure lasting to the end of the academic school year, the district now knows that hosting graduation on the original dates in June will no longer be possible. School and district administrators have been working on alternative plans to celebrate the Senior Class of 2020. The district has developed contingency plans which include hosting graduation ceremonies in person at a later date, or hosting a special celebration for graduates and their families in a virtual setting.

      Option 1: Host Graduation Ceremonies at Later Dates

      In case it will be possible to host large gatherings later in the summer, Plano ISD has reserved our existing graduation venues for later dates in order to provide graduating seniors the opportunity to experience a traditional Plano ISD graduation ceremony. Senior high school graduation ceremonies would be postponed until August 1, 2020. The postponed date for the Academy High School ceremony is July 21, 2020. 

      Option 2: Virtual Graduation Ceremonies

      Should it become evident that traditional in-person ceremonies will not be possible, virtual graduation ceremonies will be hosted for all four schools. Plano ISD is currently working through the details for hosting these ceremonies in a virtual environment. Every effort will be made to incorporate students and campus graduation traditions as much as possible while observing the required health guidelines.

      For proms and other milestone events that usually occur in the spring, the district is seeking creative solutions for seniors. Each school is working on alternatives which may include hosting events at later dates or celebrating seniors during next year’s homecoming festivities. Additionally, a special social media campaign will be launched to honor seniors throughout the entire month of May. Yard signs customized for each of the four graduating classes are in production and will be distributed to all seniors through each of the schools. 

      More details will be available soon. Stay informed by viewing the Graduation webpage.


      Middle School PACE Update

      Placement letters for students referred for PACE (Plano ISD’s gifted and talented education program) will be sent by May 1. The parent of any student that is not placed will receive information regarding the appeals process and associated deadlines. Parents must contact the campus PACE Specialist by May 11 to discuss and initiate the appeals process. Parents must submit all appeals materials electronically to the campus PACE Specialist no later than May 22.


      Mobile Food Pantry Distribution for Families

      Minnie’s Food Pantry will be distributing family meal boxes to any family in need of food this Thursday, April 23, from 1:00 – 3:00 PM, while supplies last, at Bowman Middle School. Distribution will take place in the parking lot at the back of the building.

    • April 21, 2020 - COVID-19 Update for Plano ISD Families

      APRIL 21, 2020

      Census Coloring Sheet Census Family Coloring Activity

      The U.S. Census Bureau’s once-a-decade tradition of counting every person in the United States is underway, and with extended deadlines, it’s not too late to participate and help our Plano ISD community get a complete count. Print and enjoy this coloring sheet as a family activity, and learn more at Census 2020.


      Middle School PACE Update

      Placement letters for students referred for PACE (Plano ISD’s gifted and talented education program) will be sent by May 1. The parent of any student that is not placed will receive information regarding the appeals process and associated deadlines. Parents must contact the campus PACE Specialist by May 11 to discuss and initiate the appeals process. Parents must submit all appeals materials electronically to the campus PACE Specialist no later than May 22.


      Mobile Food Pantry Distribution for Families

      Minnie’s Food Pantry will be distributing family meal boxes to any family in need of food this Thursday, April 23, from 1:00 – 3:00 PM, while supplies last, at Bowman Middle School. Distribution will take place in the parking lot at the back of the building.


      2020-2021 Elementary Transfer Requests*

      The Elementary Transfer Request process will begin on April 27, at 8:00 am. At that time, please visit our Transfer website to receive an online tracking number. Once you have obtained your online tracking number, you will receive instructions detailing how to submit your transfer request electronically. The window for you to receive your online tracking number will close on April 29, at 5:00 pm. If you miss the April 27 through April 29 window, your request will be processed on a first come, first served basis after the others are processed.   

      *Please note: This process is for new elementary transfer requests only. If your student is already at a campus on an approved transfer, there is no reason to reapply. Once a transfer is approved, it is in effect through fifth grade.


      2020-2021 No Transfer List 

      Due to building instructional programs and functions, enrollment projections, staff assignments, boundary changes, and/or anticipated construction projects, we will not be approving transfer requests for the fall 2020-2021 semester TO the following elementary schools.

      • Barksdale Elementary School
      • Beverly Elementary School
      • Daffron Elementary School
      • Gulledge Elementary School
      • Hunt Elementary School
      • Jackson Elementary School
      • Schell Elementary School
      • Shepard Elementary School
      • Stinson Elementary School

      For more information please visit the Intra-District Transfers webpage.


      Sign Up for Text Messaging

      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. For more information, please visit Text Opt In.

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

      APRIL 20, 2020

      #PISDPoweredbyLearning

      We love hearing from you! Please continue sharing your stories about all the ways you are staying connected with learning and with each other during school closure. Use the hashtag #PISDPoweredbyLearning on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram—and take a look at the stories we’ve curated so far:


      Mobile Food Pantry Distribution for Families

      Minnie’s Food Pantry will be distributing family meal boxes to any family in need of food this Thursday, April 23, from 1:00 – 3:00 PM, while supplies last, at Bowman Middle School. Distribution will take place in the parking lot at the back of the building. 


      2020-2021 Elementary Transfer Requests*

      The Elementary Transfer Request process will begin on April 27, at 8:00 am.  At that time, please visit our Transfer website to receive an online tracking number. Once you have obtained your online tracking number, you will receive instructions detailing how to submit your transfer request electronically. The window for you to receive your online tracking number will close on April 29, at 5:00 pm. If you miss the April 27 through April 29 window, your request will be processed on a first come, first served basis after the others are processed.   

      *Please note: This process is for new elementary transfer requests only. If your student is already at a campus on an approved transfer, there is no reason to reapply. Once a transfer is approved, it is in effect through fifth-grade.

      2020-2021 No Transfer List 

      Due to building instructional programs and functions, enrollment projections, staff assignments, boundary changes, and/or anticipated construction projects, we will not be approving transfer requests for the fall 2020-2021 semester TO the following elementary schools.

      • Barksdale Elementary School
      • Beverly Elementary School
      • Daffron Elementary School
      • Gulledge Elementary School
      • Hunt Elementary School
      • Jackson Elementary School
      • Schell Elementary School
      • Shepard Elementary School
      • Stinson Elementary School

      For more information please visit our website at the Intra-District Transfers webpage.


      Census Reminder

      The 2020 Census is underway. In light of the COVID-19 outbreak, the U.S. Census Bureau has adjusted 2020 Census operations in order to: protect the health and safety of Census Bureau employees and the American public; implement guidance from federal, state and local health authorities; and ensure a complete and accurate count of all communities. So it’s not too late to participate to help our Plano ISD community get a complete count. For more information, visit the Census 2020 webpage


      Sign Up for Text Messaging

      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. For more information, please visit the Text Opt In webpage.

    • April 17, 2020 - Plano ISD Extends Closure through the End of the School Year

      In response to Governor Abbott’s April 17 executive order announced this afternoon, Plano ISD schools will remain closed and will continue with remote learning through May 22, the last day of the school year, as we support the community, region and nation’s need to slow the spread of COVID-19. 

      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 as we’ve all begun adapting to this new way of delivering and receiving instruction. 

      Thank you to our families for all that you are doing to support your children in their learning. Please continue taking care of yourselves and your families during this time.

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

      APRIL 16, 2020

      #PISDPoweredbyLearning

      We love hearing from you. Please continue sharing your stories about the ways you are staying connected with learning and the community while staying apart—and take a look at the stories we’ve curated so far:


      Celebrating Our Seniors

      Coming soon to a yard near you! Yard signs designed for each of our four graduating classes, Academy High, Plano East Senior High, Plano Senior High and Plano West Senior High, are in production and will soon be on the way. Stay tuned for more information and details!


      Dual Credit Class Enrollment

      Students who are interested in registering for academic dual credit classes for the 2020-21 school year should contact their campus counselor for information. Fall 2020 class registration is now open for students that have applied to Collin and completed permission forms with their counselor.


      Plano Industries Academy at Collin Technical Campus

      Parents and 10th grade students—don’t miss out on the opportunity to earn workforce dual credit through the newly created Plano ISD Industries Academy (opening in August of 2020)! An informational webinar for parents and students will be held on April 23 at 7:00 p.m. through ZOOM. See the flyer for details.


      TEA Behavior Strategies

      View this flyer for tips on managing behaviors during at-home learning.


      Census Reminder

      The 2020 Census is underway. In light of the COVID-19 outbreak, the U.S. Census Bureau has adjusted 2020 Census operations in order to: protect the health and safety of Census Bureau employees and the American public; implement guidance from federal, state and local health authorities; and ensure a complete and accurate count of all communities. So it’s not too late to participate to help our Plano ISD community get a complete count. For more information, visit the Plano ISD U.S. Census 2020 webpage.


      Sign Up for Text Messaging

      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. For more information, please visit the Text Opt In webpage.

    • April 15, 2020 COVID-19 Update for Plano ISD Families

      APRIL 15, 2020

      Workforce Dual Credit Opportunity

      Parents and students – don’t miss out on the opportunity to earn workforce dual credit through the newly created Plano ISD Industries Academy (opening in August of 2020)! An informational webinar for parents and students will be held on April 23 at 7:00 p.m. through ZOOM. See the flyer for details


      TEA Behavior Strategies

      View this flyer for tips on managing behaviors during at-home learning.


      Support Line for Spanish Speakers

      Plano ISD recognizes that families may need additional support during school closure. Spanish speakers who need resources or support beyond what their child's teacher or school can communicate can call (469) 752-2213 or (469) 752-2250, Monday through Friday, from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

      The Technology Help Desk is also available to provide centralized help for technical support. If you need assistance with technology, call 469-752-8767 or email tsos@pisd.edu.

    • April 14, 2020 - COVID-19 Update for Plano ISD Families

      APRIL 14, 2020

      NEW! Advanced Placement (AP) Webinar for Parents: Thursday, 6:00 PM

      College Board is hosting a webinar for parents on Thursday, April 16, at 6:00 p.m. (CDT). Please use this link to register: AP Webinar for Parents, Thursday, April 16.


      North Texas Food Bank Mobile Food Pantry Distribution: Wednesday, Plano Senior High

      In partnership with the North Texas Food Bank, Plano ISD is holding a mobile food pantry distribution on Wednesday, April 15, from 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m., while supplies last, at Plano Senior High School. The distribution will be located in the parking lot on the east side of the building, bordered by Westside Drive and W. Park Blvd. This event is open to anyone in the community who is in need of food.

    • APRIL 9, 2020 - COVID-19 Update for Plano ISD Families

      APRIL 9, 2020

      Reminder:
      Plano ISD is following the current, adopted academic calendar and, therefore, the designated bad weather makeup days, April 10 and April 13, remain student holidays and will not be used as instructional days. We hope our students and families enjoy the long weekend. We look forward to resuming remote learning on Tuesday, April 14.

      NEW! North Texas Food Bank Mobile Food Pantry Distribution

      In partnership with the North Texas Food Bank, Plano ISD is holding a mobile food pantry distribution on Wednesday, April 15, from 9:00 a.m. - noon, while supplies last, at Plano Senior High School, 2200 Independence Pkwy, Plano. The distribution will be located in the parking lot on the east side of the building, bordered by Westside Drive and W. Park Blvd. This event is open to anyone in the community who is in need of food.

      Updated College Board, IB and TSI-A Information

      • AP: College Board has announced that AP exams will not be administered as usual. Find the latest information, dated April 3, online at apcoronavirusupdates.collegeboard.org. This update includes the exam schedule for individual courses as well as the updated format of each test, which will be online (for most courses) and 45 minutes in length, as well as other valuable information for our students and families.

      • ACT: The April 4 test date has been moved to June 13. Students registered for April 4 will receive an email from ACT that will include instructions on how to reschedule their test for June 13 test date or another national test date. There is no fee to reschedule. A free practice test is available on the website as well as free online test prep through the ACT Academy, www.act.org.

      • SAT: The March and May SAT exams have been cancelled and refunds will be issued to students. The College Board will be announcing the status of the June SAT in the coming weeks and will also be providing information about additional test dates. Free online practice tests and personalized learning tools are available for students online at www.collegeboard.org. The College Board is encouraging students to prepare for future SAT testing opportunities through the online platform at Khan Academy. The College Board will be unable to provide additional opportunities for students to take the SAT during the school day for the current school year. The College Board is working to provide additional opportunities for students to take the SAT at school or outside of the school day when the situation allows. 

      • IB Testing: May 2020 exams will no longer be held. The announcement and initial FAQs can be found online: www.ibo.org/news/news-about-the-ib/may-2020-examinations-will-no-longer-be-held/
          
      • TSI-A: As of April 2, TSIA testing at Collin College is suspended until further notice.

      Grading During Remote Learning

      During our Remote Learning Plan for School Closure, the goal for grading is to monitor progress of student learning in order to provide feedback, tailor support and design instruction that maintains educational continuity. These Grading Guidelines are designed to benefit and support students as they continue the transition to a new format of learning. Read more.

    • APRIL 8, 2020 - COVID-19 Update for Plano ISD Families

      APRIL 8, 2020

      Grading During Remote Learning

      During our Remote Learning Plan for School Closure the goal for grading is to monitor progress of student learning in order to provide feedback, tailor support and design instruction that maintains educational continuity. These Grading Guidelines are designed to benefit and support students as they continue the transition to a new format of learning.

      The extended emergency closures caused by COVID-19 are unprecedented for area school districts. There has been extensive discussion and collaboration about how to handle grades during remote learning. As a district, keeping students at the heart of our decisions, these guiding principles were used in the development. Priority is placed on:

      • Students’ social and emotional well-being
      • Students’ opportunity to continue learning (equity and access)
      • Student success (mastery approach)
      • Valuing student work and teacher expertise

      Our plan is designed to relieve student stress and encourage participation as we help students master the remaining curriculum content with meaningful teacher feedback. 

      Our goal is grace > grades.

      View and download the Grading Guidelines for Remote Learning.

      Grading Guidelines FAQ  

      General Questions:

      Were grades taken for assignments completed during Phase 2 (March 23-April 3)? 
      Grades were not taken during Phase 2. Only assignments made and completed on or after April 6th (Phase 3) will be used to determine whether a student has “Met Standard”. 

      How will assignments be graded? 
      Kindergarten - 2nd Grade:  We will continue to use the portfolio method of collecting evidence of student growth. The 4th 9-week portfolio will continue to indicate S or N based on weekly evidence. Art, Music, PE and Citizenship/Work Habits will not be assigned a grade for the 4th 9-weeks.

      Grades 3-12:  In lieu of numerical grades for assignments during the 4th 9-weeks, teachers will record student progress as: 

      • Met Standard (Listed as MS in the gradebook)
      • Not Met Standard (Listed as NM in the gradebook)

      How will “Met Standard” be defined? 
      In order for a student to achieve “Met Standard” on assignments, teachers will evaluate student participation within the content as well as performance on each assignment and progress toward mastery of the essential standards. Board policy defines mastery or passing as 70%.

      How will 4th 9-weeks grades be calculated for grades 3-12 in each course/subject? 
      In order for a student to achieve “Met Standard” for the final 4th 9-weeks grade, teachers will evaluate student participation within the content as well as performance on each assignment and progress toward mastery of the essential standards throughout the grading period. At the end of the 4th 9-weeks:

      • A 100 will be recorded in the grade book for students who have demonstrated that they have “Met Standard” for the course/subject.
      • A 69 will be recorded in the grade book for students who have “Not Met” the standards of the course/subject. 

      6-12th Grade:

      Will students in grades 6-12 take semester exams? 
      No, semester exams will not be administered in the Spring of 2020. 

      How will the Spring Semester grade be determined for grades 6-12? 
      For the Spring Semester of 2020, the 3rd and 4th 9-weeks final grades will be averaged to calculate the semester grade for each course. As a reminder, the 3rd 9-weeks grading period was completed before spring break. 

      What will happen if a student does not earn credit for a course? 
      Students who do not receive course credit will be required to regain credit through opportunities provided by the district. 

      How will ranking GPA be calculated for seniors? 
      The 3rd 9-weeks was completed before spring break, so GPA calculations for current seniors were not impacted by remote learning. 

      How will GPA be calculated for secondary students in Grades 11 and below? 
      Semester averages will count toward the student’s GPA for all high school courses taken in spring 2020. However, students may choose to opt out of including the spring semester grade in the GPA calculation.  Grades will appear on the transcript, but not be included in GPA calculations under the opt out plan.

      Will courses still be weighted as Honors (4.5) and Distinguished (5.0) in the GPA calculations? 
      Yes, GPA will be calculated using the weights provided in PISD Board Policy. 

      When will students be able to opt out of GPA for grades 11 and below? 
      The district will set a deadline for this opt out request. Information will be shared by each campus regarding procedures and timelines as they are available. 

      Why is the district providing an opt out opportunity for GPA?
      In order to remove any potential penalty for students in this remote learning environment, students will have the choice to opt out of including this semester in GPA calculations.

      Will Dual Credit students use the same grading guidelines? 
      Students enrolled in Dual Credit courses will follow the grading guidance provided by Collin County Community College. The same GPA opt out policy will be available for students in dual credit classes. 

      How will these grading guidelines be applied for students at the Academy High School? 
      PAHS will continue to use the standards-referenced, proficiency-based scoring for reporting student progress throughout the spring semester. The same GPA opt out policy will be available for students at Academy High School.

      Student Activities

      Spring Activities for Seniors

      Plano ISD is committed to honoring our Senior Class of 2020. For spring events, such as proms, banquets, etc, we will continue to monitor recommendations and guidelines related to COVID-19, while seeking creative solutions for celebrating our seniors, and will provide updates as available. We will hold off for as long as possible regarding final decisions about graduation because we really want to host these ceremonies for our seniors and their families if at all possible. We are developing contingency plans in case we are not able to host ceremonies in person, as well as considering later dates.

      Tryouts and Auditions for the 2020-2021 School Year (Secondary Students)

      Due to Plano ISD’s extended school closure in accordance with Governor Abbott’s order on March 31, 2020, and depending on whether students are able to resume in-person classes this semester, the district is in the process of exploring available options for student activities that involve a tryout or audition component for the 2020-2021 school year. Examples include, but are not limited to, musical ensembles, high and senior high cheerleading, drum majors, drill team officers, senior high show choirs, and color guards. Options being considered for these auditions include the traditional, in-person processes once schools reopen, as well as virtual options. Additional communication and details are forthcoming.  

      Sixth Grade Band and Orchestra Instrument Selection

      Due to Plano ISD’s extended school closure in accordance with Governor Abbott’s order on March 31, 2020, and depending on whether students are able to resume in-person classes this semester, the district is in the process of determining when the remaining instrument fittings for incoming sixth grade orchestra and band students can take place. Once confirmed, the dates for instrument fittings will be communicated through campus band and orchestra directors. 

      Counseling Services

      The SMU Center for Family Counseling at Plano ISD is now offering telehealth counseling services provided free of charge. Services are provided by SMU Counseling Program students during their Practicum and Internship experiences and will be supervised by SMU full-time and adjunct faculty. Services are for adults, children (play therapy), adolescents (activity therapy), couples, and families for a variety of presenting concerns including anxiety, depression, behavior difficulties (e.g., opposition, defiance, aggression), grief and loss, peer relationships, stress, trauma, career transition and parenting.

      Additionally, clients are being accepted for five new support groups: Adult Mindfulness Group, LGBTQ+ Parenting/Caregiver Support Group, Adolescent Support Group, LGBTQ+ Adolescent Support Group and LGBTQ+ Adult Support Group. 

      Service hours and contact information is as follows:

      Tuesday, Wednesday, & Thursday 3:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. Appointments are available - please call to schedule (469) 752-3098.

      An FAQ for Telehealth Counseling services may be found HERE.

    • APRIL 7, 2020 - COVID-19 Update for Plano ISD Families

      APRIL 7, 2020

      #PISDPoweredbyLearning

      Plano ISD wants to stay connected and engaged with our community. Please use the hashtag, #PISDPoweredbyLearning, to share your stories about the many ways you are connecting and learning together while staying apart.


      Meal Access

      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. 

      Minnie’s Food Pantry Meal Distribution April 8, for the Long Weekend

      In preparation for the long student holiday, April 10-13, Minnie’s Food Pantry will be distributing family meal boxes to any family in need of food. The distribution will take place on Wednesday, April 8, from 1:00 – 3:00 p.m., while supplies last, at Bowman Middle School’s parking lot in the back of the building.   

      New Requirements for Free Plano ISD Meals

      Effective today, 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. Acceptable documentation includes a school-issued student ID, report card, birth certificate or the verification message that parents received from the district. Learn more by visiting the New Requirements for Free Grab-and-Go Meals webpage. See a revised list of grab-and-go meal locations as of this week by visiting the District-Provided Meals webpage.


      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 6, 2020 - COVID-19 Update for Plano ISD Families

      APRIL 6, 2020

      This week, we launch Phase Three of the Remote Learning plan. Your teachers and campus administrators will continue sharing information with you related to this new phase. Please continue sharing your feedback and questions via email to askPISD@pisd.edu.


      #PISDPoweredbyLearning

      Plano ISD wants to stay connected and engaged with our schools, students and families during this time of social distancing. Please use the hashtag, #PISDPoweredbyLearning, to share your stories about the many ways you are connecting and learning together while staying apart. With your help, we can continue to engage in our common interest of educating and empowering students during these uncommon times.


      Meal Access

      New Requirements for Free Plano ISD Meals

      Effective today, 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. Acceptable documentation includes a school-issued student ID, report card, birth certificate or the verification message that parents received from the district. Learn more by visiting the New Requirements for Free Grab-and-Go Meals webpage. See a revised list of grab-and-go meal locations as of this week by visiting 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. 

      NEW Minnie’s Food Pantry Meal Distribution

      In preparation for the long student holiday, April 10-13, Minnie’s Food Pantry will be distributing family meal boxes to any family in need of food. The distribution will take place on Wednesday, April 8, from 1:00 – 3:00 p.m. at Bowman Middle School’s parking lot in the back of the building.


      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 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.