February 5, 2021
February 2: Board Meeting
The Plano ISD Board of Trustees met in regular session on Tuesday, February 2. View meeting agenda and meeting video.
Joining the board meeting via Zoom were three of the four contest finalists who had the opportunity to introduce themselves and show the board their artwork. (Left) Vaishnavi Navapandian, Wells Elementary; (middle) Yaru Ding, Skaggs Elementary, contest winner and (right) Eva Cao, Rice Middle School. Angelina Yang, finalist from Jasper High School, is not pictured.
Finalist and winning artwork will be printed on the cover of note cards for the superintendent and board. The four finalists received a $50 award and the winner received a $100 award from the Education Foundation. Read more.
DISCUSSION AND ACTION
- Approval of a Resolution of the Plano Independent School District Board of Trustees Regarding Extending Leave Provided Under the Families First Coronavirus Response Act
- Approval of Board Operating Protocol Section Revisions
- Public Hearing on the Texas Academic Performance Report (TAPR)
Jan. 25, 2021 - Two finalists from Plano ISD will compete for Top 10 in March and a top prize of $250,000.
Any student that lives within the Plano ISD attendance zone preK - 5th grade can apply.
Enrollment of new students will be online. Current Plano ISD preK students will not need to enroll in kindergarten. These preK families will be contacted by their child's school for 2021-22.
Applications now open to current Plano ISD juniors and sophomores. Deadline is March 1.
Feb. 8 Deadline: Family Survey: 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.
Feb. 26: City of Richardson residents preK-12, Black History Month Art Contest
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 Richardson ISD or a Plano 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, Feb. 26
Award winners will be formally recognized at a future Richardson City Council meeting. There will be a winner chosen from each grade.
Texas Success Initiative Assessment
Students have 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. Read more.
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.
2021-2022 Calendar Approved by the Board of Trustees
The Plano ISD 2021-2022 school calendar was adopted by the board of trustees at their December 8 meeting. Calendar considerations included: balancing grading periods and semesters; instructional minutes; extended planning/professional learning time; exam and testing calendars; alignment with dual credit/Collin College; and ending the school year before Memorial Day.
Free GED and ESL Classes for Adults
In collaboration with Plano ISD, Collin Adult Education & Literacy located at 2000 N. Central Expressway, Suite 115, is offering free GED and English as a second language (ESL) classes for eligible adults in the Plano community. Virtual classes are available. The virtual class times are as follows until further notice:
- Monday–Thursday: 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m., or 6:00 to 8:00 p.m.
Free & Reduced Meal Application
Families can submit paper applications, which must be returned to your child's school. Please allow a minimum of 10 business days to process and remember to:
- Include the last four digits of the social security number or check “no social”
- Sign the application
Plano ISD needs you! Employment opportunities are available for bus drivers, cafeteria workers and more. Apply on line. Your employment related questions may be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org. Plano ISD is an equal opportunity employer.