March 7, 2020
Board Meeting: March 3
The Plano ISD Board of Trustees met in regular session on Tuesday, March 3. Meeting Video and Agenda.
Leading the "Pledge of Allegiance" and the "Pledge to the Texas Flag" at the March 3 meeting were over 30 robotics students from five schools (Sigler Elementary, Murphy Middle School, Academy High School, Plano East Senior High and Plano Senior High). Director of Special Projects, Amy Bates, introduced the students and their coaches.
Teams had an opportunity to demo their robots (left) Academy High School; (right) Murphy Middle School and (center) Sigler Elementary School.
Plano West state champion wrestlers, Lellani Hernandez and Devin Patton, were presented with board certificates of excellence. State wrestling finalists: Jacob Aragon, Brady Earhart and Tagen Jamison, from Plano West, Farid Mobarak, Shepton High School and Brooke Zejda, Shepton High School were in attendance.
Plano West state wrestling champions Lellani Hernandez and Devin Patton received certificates of excellence from the board of trustees presented by Board Vice President Angela Powell.
- Robotics Update: A Summary of Program Development from 2016 - 2020
- Accelerated and Enriched Math Instruction
- Technology Update
Deadline Extended to Mar. 9: Applications for the Mayor's Summer Internship Program
Since 2014 through the Plano Mayor's Summer Internship Program (PMSIP), Plano ISD high school students, rising juniors and seniors, have had the opportunity to be hired as paid interns at small and large companies, nonprofits and governmental agencies throughout the city. Students receive real work experience over an 8-week internship.
Who is Eligible?
- Intern applicant must be a current sophomore or junior at a Plano ISD School
- Intern applicant must be 16 years old before June 8, 2020 and be able to work in the US
- Intern applicant must have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or above and have a solid attendance record
- Intern applicant must be able to work the full 8-week internship from June 8-July 31
Group of 2019 interns at the Program "Tip-Off" at Shepton High School
Deadline Mar. 13: Head Start Applications
Mar. 18: Attendance Matters - "I'm Present"
March 18 - Attendance Matters - "I'm Present"
Learn about truancy laws and receive parenting tips on March 18 at the Cox Building, 1517 Ave. H, Plano. Read more.
Mar. 20: Kindergarten Registration for 2020-21
Kindergarten registration for the 2020-21 school year will take place on all elementary campuses on Friday, March 20, 2020 from 9 to 11 a.m. and from 1 to 3 p.m. No appointment is necessary. Schools are assigned by home address determined by attendance zone. Check school finder to discover what elementary school is assigned to your home address.
Please bring to registration
- Original Birth Certificate (or certified copy with certificate number issued by the State)
- Immunization Records
- Social Security Card for the child, if available
- Proof of Residency in Plano ISD (gas, electric bill or a lease)
- Parent's Drivers License
To register your child for kindergarten in a Plano ISD school, please be sure that your child will be 5 on or before September 1, 2020.
Mar. 23: Social Emotional Learning (SEL) Art Showcase
Presented by the student and family servies and fine arts departments on March 23 from 5:30 - 7 p.m. at the Courtyard Theatre 1509 Avenue H in downtown Plano. Festivities include student artwork, music, interactive SEL creativity for kids, refreshments and awards presentations.
Student SEL artwork is on display from February 18 - March 23.
Deadline March 27: IB World School at Huffman Elementary Applications
Online applications are open from March 2 to March 27.
Deadline Apr. 3: Applications for Industries Academy at Collin College Technical Campus
At the Plano ISD Industries Academy at the Collin College Technical Campus students will be able to participate in workforce dual credit programs that include advanced manufacturing, architecture and construction, as well as STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) offerings. Learn more.
Applications are open to current 10th graders. The multi-step application process must be complete by April 3. The academy online application process and surveys are available now.
Apr. 3 & 4: Prekindergarten Registration for 2020-21
Prek Registration for the 2020-21 School Year
Apr. 18: Teacher Job Fair
Plano ISD will host a teacher job fair on April 18, 2020 from 9 a.m.-11 a.m. Candidates must complete an online application to register for the event. All elementary and secondary campuses in the district will be there with staff to speak to those interested in teaching and other professional opportunities. Visit the employment website for more details. Read More.
Apr. 23: Parent SEL Series: Responsible Decision Making
Parent Social Emotional Learning Series
We hope you are able to join us for this series to obtain strategies parents can implement at home and to learn more about social emotional learning (SEL) competencies and skills in Plano ISD. Read More.
Responsible Decision Making:
- April 23, from 6-7:30 p.m.
- Isaacs Early Childhood School, 3400 East Parker Road, Plano 75074
2020 Census Information
2020 Census Information
Census 2020: Plano ISD wants to help our community and families understand how the U.S. Census helps our schools and neighborhoods. The goal for the Census is to get a complete count of everyone—once and in the right place. Read More.
Plano ISD/SMU Family Counseling and Conflict Resolution Services
Plano ISD/SMU Family Counseling and Conflict Resolution Services
Plano ISD Partners with SMU to Provide Family Counseling and Conflict Resolution Services: Now scheduling appointments 469-752-3098. Read more.
Plano ISD Is Hiring: Transportaton, Food & Nutritional Services, Childcare
Join our team. Apply online now for employment with Plano ISD.
- Bus drivers, bus assistants
- Child caregiver aides (Employee Child Care Centers)
- Food and nutritional services: cafeteria managers, manager assistants, specialists, bakers
- PASAR activity specialists (part-time): after-school care
Health Update: COVID-19 (Novel Coronavirus)
March 5, 2020
The health and safety of Plano ISD students and staff remains our number one priority. As we approach next week’s spring break, we want to keep our students, families and the community updated on current guidance and district plans regarding COVID-19.
Plano ISD continues to monitor travel advisories and recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), as well as our state and county health authorities. The COVID-19 outbreak is a concern for anyone considering traveling at this time. Those with travel plans are strongly encouraged to closely monitor travel advisories and guidance from the CDC, available online at www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/travelers/after-travel-precautions.html. Collin County Health Services will communicate with Plano ISD regarding any official quarantine/monitoring restrictions for travelers. We realize some of our families have plans to travel over spring break, and we respectfully request that if you or any member of your household is traveling internationally, including cruises, please inform us via this online form.
Plano ISD has cleaning protocols in place for all district facilities, and we are taking some additional measures to deep clean throughout the district.
- On a nightly basis, custodians use a commercial grade, hydrogen peroxide-based multipurpose disinfecting cleaner.
- Surfaces are wiped down and auto-scrubber machines are used nightly to clean and sanitize major hallways and common areas on campuses.
- Campuses will be “deep cleaned” during spring break, which means a hospital grade disinfectant will be used.
- All school buses will be deep cleaned with a hospital grade disinfectant using an e-misting sprayer.
- The district is providing campuses with extra disinfectant wipes, which schools use throughout the day as an additional prevention effort.
Ongoing District Updates
Plano ISD will continue to provide the community with updates based on information that comes directly from health officials. Our district’s approach to planning and preparing is in line with the CDC’s recently issued interim guidance for schools, available online at www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/specific-groups/guidance-for-schools.html, and we have ongoing measures to help lessen the spread of communicable illnesses. Here is what you can do to help.
- If a student or staff member is sick, do not come to school. Stay home until fever-free for at least 24 hours without using fever-reducing medication.
- Cover your mouth with your upper arm or a tissue when coughing or sneezing.
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol if soap and water are not available.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
In the event that there is a confirmed COVID-19 case in the community, Plano ISD will coordinate with state and local health officials, city governments and healthcare providers so that timely and accurate information can guide appropriate responses. The district’s goal is to protect all students and staff while minimizing disruption to normal operations for as long as possible. Plano ISD will continue to provide updates when there are changes in the current situation or additional steps are needed.
While schools are closed next week for spring break, Plano ISD administrative offices will continue to operate during normal business hours. We encourage you to check our website regularly for any new updates during the break at www.pisd.edu/healthupdate. Thank you for your ongoing support and partnership as we respond as a community to this health situation.
Feb. 22, 2020 - Hickey Elementary fourth grader, Alexis Wong, won the 2020 Texas Elks State Association (TESA) Hoop Shoot® free throw contest.
Feb. 21, 2020 - Fifteen Plano ISD students competed in the Technology Olympics for students with visual impairments and brought home 28 medals.
Feb 22. 2020 - In the senior division of the 2020 Dallas Regional Science and Engineering Fair, 221 Plano ISD students in grades 9-12 represented 10 high school and senior high campuses and captured 83% of all category awards, including 75% of the 4 grand prize awards.
Feb. 22, 2020 - In the junior division of the 2020 Dallas Regional Science and Engineering Fair, 162 projects in grades 7-8 represented 13 Plano ISD middle schools. Regional winners competed for categories and special awards.
Mar. 5, 2020 - The Dallas Area Regional History Day Competition was held at Collin College on Saturday, February 22. Students in six through twelfth grades competed individually or in groups in five categories.
Mar. 5, 2020 - Teams from Hendrick, Robinson and Wilson Middle Schools participated in the Eighth Grade Mock Trial Competition on February 21 and 22 at the Collin County Courthouse in McKinney.
Mar. 3, 2020 - The Plano ISD middle school one-act play competition was held on February 29 (Zone A) at McMillen High School and March 2 (Zone B) at Clark High School. Middle schools competed with schools in their zone of competition.