• May 5, 2021 - Today’s Update for Plano ISD Families

    Today’s Update for Plano ISD Families


    May 5, 2021

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    Virtual Summit on Bullying and Harassment Now Online

    The Virtual Summit on Bullying and Harassment hosted on April 26 by Plano ISD and the Plano Police Department is now available to watch online.

    Panelists included Plano ISD Superintendent Sara Bonser, Plano Police Chief Ed Drain and Collin County 417th District Court Judge Cynthia Wheless. The event was facilitated by Pastor Isiah Joshua from Shiloh Missionary Baptist Church.

    Topics discussed were bullying, harassment, racism, hate crimes, David’s Law, police investigations and consequences.  


    Check Out New Community Opportunities through the Plano ISD Materials Distribution Portal 

    Families can now easily learn about events, enrichment activities and opportunities offered by community organizations as well as school-affiliated organizations by visiting Plano ISD’s Online Materials Distribution Portal. New opportunities are added every week!

    Community organizations are also invited to visit the site to post information. There is a $15 fee per post for nonprofit organizations and a $30 fee per post for for-profit organizations. Details about establishing an account to post information can be found on the website, as well as guidelines on how to post and pay. 


    Parents of Special Education Students Invited to Sign Up for “Hero” Expo Virtual Conference

    Families whose children are receiving special education services are invited to sign up for Plano ISD’s 2021 Special Education Hero Expo occurring May 14. The virtual event is intended to provide parents with information about the special education process, activities to use at home and resources available to families from the district and outside agencies.

    Parents can sign up for any or all of the 14 one-hour sessions that will be offered beginning at 9 a.m. Sessions include:

    • ABCs of Full and Individual Education (FIE)
    • Developmental Sequence of Gross and Fine Motor Skills
    • Dyslexia from the Parent Perspective
    • Functional Routines in the Home
    • Guardianship and Alternatives
    • Lifepath Systems/Texas Workforce Solutions
    • Mental Health: Knowing when to make a call and who to call
    • My Child is Deaf: What resources are available for my family?
    • Parent Panel
    • Setting Limits: “You Are Stronger Than You Are”
    • Special Needs Trust
    • Digital Strategies for Today’s Hybrid Learning Environment
    • Understanding the Transition Process
    • Understanding Your Child’s Individualized Education Plan (IEP)

    To attend and view the schedule, visit the 2021 Special Education Hero Expo webpage on Plano ISD’s website. For questions about the event, should be emailed to spedparentconference@pisd.edu


    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.

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

    May 3, 2021

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    Summer School Registration (Deadlines Extended)

    The original summer school registration deadline of April 30 has been extended, so there is still time to register! The following adjustments have been made to the registration deadlines:

    • Bilingual/ESL PreK-K: Extended to May 14
    • Elementary Virtual Summer School (EVSS): Extended to May 14
    • Plano Remote Enrichment Program for Summer (PREPS): Extended to May 14
    • Elementary Virtual Language Academy: Extended to May 14
    • High School Virtual Summer School: Extended to May 25
    • Middle School Virtual Summer School: Extended to May 28
    • Middle School Virtual Language Academy: Extended to May 28
    • EOC Virtual Summer Program: Extended to May 28

    For information, please visit Plano ISD’s summer school web page. Registration is through Plano ISD’s Parent Portal


    Plano ISD Hosting Virtual Job Fair for Teaching and Classroom Support Positions

    Plano ISD will host a virtual job fair for teachers and classroom support staff on June 2 from 2-4 p.m. All campuses will have a virtual booth where candidates can visit, connect and chat with campus administrators about current and future opportunities. Pre-registration is required by May 21 at 5:00 p.m. Eligible candidates will be invited to the June 2 virtual event. For more information and registration instructions, visit www.pisd.edu/jobs.  

  • April 30, 2021 - Today’s Update for Plano ISD Families

    April 30, 2021

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    Plano ISD to Receive Additional Federal Funding to Support Safely Sustaining School Operations and Address Impact of COVID-19

    On Wednesday, April 28, the Texas Education Agency (TEA) announced that two-thirds of the federal funding for public education through ESSER III, totaling $11.2 billion, will be immediately available through grant applications by districts. The TEA also published specific allocations by school system, along with guidance and frequently asked questions regarding how these funds can be used, including local compliance requirements schools must follow given federal rules known at this time. 

    The intent and purpose of the American Rescue Plan (ARP) of 2021, Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief (ESSER III) funding is to help safely reopen and sustain the safe operation of schools and address the impact of the Coronavirus pandemic on students. TEA is developing an application for districts to complete in order to receive funds. Upon completing and submitting applications, districts will receive two-thirds of funding by May 23, with the remaining one-third coming after the state receives it from the federal government.     

    With an allocation of $43,233,143, Plano ISD is seeking to apply this one-time funding in the following areas:

    • Return-to-school activities and wraparound services to meet the needs of students, with an emphasis on academic needs and student wellness supports
    • Programs and activities to support College and Career Readiness and Career and Technical Education 
    • Evidence-based activities to address learning gaps for students and summer learning programs 
    • Training and professional development for staff
    • Technology resources to enhance online learning for all students
    • Wraparound assistance for parents and families to effectively support students
    • School facility repairs and improvements to mitigate environmental health hazards, and to support student health needs

    “These additional funds will be a tremendous help in facilitating a comprehensive, long-term approach to support students and staff affected by the pandemic,” said Plano ISD Chief Operating Officer Dr. Theresa Williams. “Leveraging these additional dollars will provide resources to maximize our efforts in supporting learning needs for students, as well as focusing on the social and emotional well-being of students, teachers and staff. We are grateful for the release of these funds to help Plano ISD fill financial gaps and meet the increased needs of students over the next year.”

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

    April 27, 2021

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    Scholarships Are Now Available for Gateway Summer Engineering Camp

    Ten scholarships are now available for Plano ISD’s Gateway Summer Engineering Camp for incoming 7th and 8th grade students. Students enrolled in the free and reduced lunch program may apply for a scholarship to have the $100 camp fee waived. A lottery for the scholarships will occur after registration closes on May 7. Parents will be notified of scholarship status at the email address provided during the registration process. Families whose children are not selected for the scholarship will be notified and have the opportunity to pay the camp fee or cancel registration.  

    To register for the camp or available scholarships, visit Gateway Camp

    About the Camp

    The Gateway Summer Engineering Camp will be a virtual, yet hands-on, project-based camp designed to introduce incoming 7th and 8th grade middle school students to the fundamentals of STEM and Project Lead the Way (PLTW) engineering courses within Plano ISD. Certified PLTW instructors provide expert instruction in a fun, exciting environment using leading-edge technologies to sample engineering related activities and projects and get a taste of how fun it can be to be an engineer.  

    The camp cost is $100. Any incoming 7th or 8th grade student may register, but spots are limited. Registration closes on May 7 at 9 p.m. 


    Election Day Information

    Election Day is Saturday, May 1. On election day, eligible voters may vote at any election day vote center location. Voting is open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Follow the election accumulated results on the Collin County election webpage. Note that election results are not final until canvassed. The Plano ISD Board of Trustees places 1, 2, 3 and 6 will be on the May 1 ballot. More information is available on Plano ISD's School Board Election web page.


    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.

  • April 23, 2021 - Virtual Summit on Bullying & Harassment

    April 23, 2021

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    Join Plano ISD and the Plano Police Department for a Virtual Summit on Bullying and Harassment on April 26

    Plano ISD families and staff are invited to attend a Virtual Summit on Bullying and Harassment on Monday, April 26, from 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Registration is required

    Panelists include Plano ISD Superintendent Sara Bonser, Plano Police Chief Ed Drain and Collin County 417th District Court Judge Cynthia Wheless. Panelists will be joined by officials from their organizations. The event will be facilitated by Pastor Isiah Joshua from Shiloh Missionary Baptist Church.

    Topics to be discussed include bullying, harassment, racism, hate crimes, David’s Law, police investigations and consequences. 

    For more information, see flyer below.

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

    April 22, 2021

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    Reminder: April 26 Is an Inclement Weather Make-Up Day

    School will be in session on Monday, April 26. This is the designated inclement weather day to be used as a make-up day for the Thursday, February 11 weather closure. Due to TEA approved waivers for the additional school weather closures, no additional make-up days are required. View calendar.


    Gateway Summer Engineering Camp 

    Registration for the Gateway Summer Engineering Camp is now open! 

    This summer’s camp will be a virtual, yet hands-on, project-based camp designed to introduce incoming 7th and 8th grade middle school students to the fundamentals of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) and Project Lead the Way (PLTW) engineering courses within Plano ISD. 

    Certified PLTW instructors provide expert instruction in a fun, exciting environment using leading-edge technologies for students to participate in engineering related activities and projects to get a taste of how fun it can be to be an engineer.  

    Cost of the camp is $100. To learn more about the camp and register, please visit our Plano ISD Gateway Camp Home page. Registration closes May 7, 2021.


    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.

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

    April 19, 2021

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    Elementary School Transfer Request Window Is Now Open

    Families who would like to change elementary schools for the upcoming 2021-2022 school year can submit a request from now until April 22 at 5 p.m.

    To begin the process, families should visit Transfer to request an online tracking number. After the request for the online tracking number is submitted, instructions detailing how to submit a transfer request electronically will be emailed to the requesting parent. Families will be notified of the transfer status after June 15. 

    More information is available on the district’s Intra-District Transfer web page.


    PASAR Part-Time Job Openings Are Available

    Plano ISD has part-time openings for PASAR activity specialists to supervise elementary students in the district’s after-school program. This is a great job opportunity for those interested in education or early childhood programs and those who are looking for afternoon hours. 

    The position pays $11/hour or $13/hour for those with at least 60 college credit hours. Secure a spot to be interviewed at our virtual job fair this Wednesday, April 21, between 10am-noon. Those interested must complete the registration in advance to reserve their spot. 


    Reminder: Weekly Meals Available for School@Home Students

    Weekly meal bundles for School@Home students are available for pick-up each Tuesday from 9:30 a.m.–10:30 a.m. and 4:45 p.m.–6 p.m.

    The meal bundles can be picked up curbside 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.

    More information about weekly meal bundles is available on Plano ISD’s website at Grab and Go


    May 1 School Board Election – Early Voting

    Today is the first day of early voting for the May 1, 2021, Joint General and Special Elections, which includes the Plano ISD School Board Election. Early voting continues through Tuesday, April 27. Additional election information is available on the Collin County Election website and the Plano ISD School Board Election web page.

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

    April 15, 2021

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    Student Anti-Bullying/Upstander Training

    Student Anti-Bullying/Upstander Training modules have been made available to Plano ISD students through WebDesk. In these sessions, students will acquire tools and strategies when confronted with bullying as well as learn ways to report bullying. WebDesk tiles in English and Spanish have been created for grade levels K-2, 3-5, and 6-12. 

    All Plano ISD students should complete this training by the end of the school year, May 27, 2021. Please note that students may opt out of this training.

    Links to the Student Anti-Bullying/Upstander training videos are provided below and can be accessed from the Plano ISD website

    Viewers can access the videos by clicking the text or icon below: 

    English Language Videos

    k-2 Upstander training  K-2 Upstander Training 

    3-5 Upstander Training  3-5 Upstander Training

    Upstander Training Secondary  Secondary Upstander Training

    Spanish Language Videos

    k-2 Upstander training  (Spanish) Kinder- 2nd Anti-Bullying/Upstander Training 

    3-5 Upstander Training  (Spanish) 3rd-5th Anti-Bullying/Upstander Training

    Upstander Training Secondary  (Spanish) Secondary-Anti Bullying/Upstander Training

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

    April 14, 2021

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    Check Out New Community Opportunities through the Plano ISD Materials Distribution Portal 

    Families can now easily learn about events, enrichment activities and opportunities offered by community organizations as well as school-affiliated organizations by visiting Plano ISD’s Online Materials Distribution Portal. New opportunities are added every week!

    Community organizations are also invited to visit the site to post information. There is a $15 fee per post for nonprofit organizations and a $30 fee per post for for-profit organizations. Details about establishing an account to post information can be found on the website, as well as guidelines on how to post and pay. 


    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.

  • April 12, 2021 - Today’s Update for Plano ISD Families

    April 12, 2021

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    College Board Opportunity Scholarships Available for Juniors

    The College Board invites Class of 2022 students (this year’s juniors) to enter six separate scholarship drawings of $500 each. Called Opportunity Scholarships, this program is open to students regardless of their families income and each drawing is one of six steps in the college planning process. Those who complete all six steps will be entered into a drawing for the possibility to earn $40,000.

    For more details and to enter, visit the College Board Opportunity Scholarships website.


    Gateway Summer Engineering Camp 

    Registration for the Gateway Summer Engineering Camp is now open! 

    This summer’s camp will be a virtual, yet hands-on, project-based camp designed to introduce incoming 7th and 8th grade middle school students to the fundamentals of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) and Project Lead the Way (PLTW) engineering courses within Plano ISD. 

    Certified PLTW instructors provide expert instruction in a fun, exciting environment using leading-edge technologies for students to participate in engineering related activities and projects to get a taste of how fun it can be to be an engineer.  

    Cost of the camp is $100. To learn more about the camp and register, please visit our Plano ISD Gateway Camp Home page. Registration closes May 7, 2021.


    Parents of Special Education Students Invited to Sign Up for “Hero” Expo Virtual Conference

    Families whose children are receiving special education services are invited to sign up for Plano ISD’s 2021 Special Education Hero Expo occurring May 14. The virtual event is intended to provide parents with information about the special education process, activities to use at home and resources available to families from the district and outside agencies.

    Parents can sign up for any or all of the 14 one-hour sessions that will be offered beginning at 9 a.m. Sessions include:

    • ABCs of Full and Individual Education (FIE)
    • Developmental Sequence of Gross and Fine Motor Skills
    • Dyslexia from the Parent Perspective
    • Functional Routines in the Home
    • Guardianship and Alternatives
    • Lifepath Systems/Texas Workforce Solutions
    • Mental Health: Knowing when to make a call and who to call
    • My Child is Deaf: What resources are available for my family?
    • Parent Panel
    • Setting Limits: “You Are Stronger Than You Are”
    • Special Needs Trust
    • Digital Strategies for Today’s Hybrid Learning Environment
    • Understanding the Transition Process
    • Understanding Your Child’s Individualized Education Plan (IEP)

    To attend and view the schedule, visit the 2021 Special Education Hero Expo webpage on Plano ISD’s website. For questions about the event, should be emailed to spedparentconference@pisd.edu

  • April 8, 2021 - Today’s Update for Plano ISD Families

    April 8, 2021

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    Gateway Summer Engineering Camp 

    Registration for the Gateway Summer Engineering Camp is now open! 

    This summer’s camp will be a virtual, yet hands-on, project-based camp designed to introduce incoming 7th and 8th grade middle school students to the fundamentals of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) and Project Lead the Way (PLTW) engineering courses within Plano ISD. 

    Certified PLTW instructors provide expert instruction in a fun, exciting environment using leading-edge technologies for students to participate in engineering related activities and projects to get a taste of how fun it can be to be an engineer.  

    Cost of the camp is $100. To learn more about the camp and register, please visit our Plano ISD Gateway Camp Home page. Registration closes May 7, 2021.

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

    April 7, 2021

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    STAAR Testing Update

    On April 6, 2021, the Texas Education Agency (TEA) notified school districts across Texas that the STAAR online testing platform experienced technical difficulties statewide and advised school districts to suspend online testing for the day. As a result, students taking the test online were not able to successfully log on and complete the test. This issue affected the administration of the STAAR grade 4 writing, grade 7 writing and English I EOC online tests. 

    Students will have the opportunity to complete these assessments. Schools will send out information regarding the rescheduled testing date. We appreciate your cooperation in working with your school to finish taking all STAAR tests. For School@Home students, parents/guardians have the option for their student to continue with or decline testing.

    As a reminder, passing the English I STAAR EOC is required for high school graduation. Plano ISD will stay in communication with the TEA and keep everyone informed of any updates.


    Last Day to Complete Virtual Academy Interest Survey Is This Friday 

    As we consider the 2021-2022 school year, Plano ISD anticipates resuming face-to-face instruction for our students. The School@Home option currently offered in PISD this year has been possible due to temporary waivers and flexibilities afforded to school districts as a result of COVID-19. Without legislative action, these flexibilities will expire at the end of the current school year. We recognize that there may be interest for some in virtual learning options; therefore, Plano ISD parents in all grade levels are invited to complete a survey before April 9 about their interest in full-time online learning opportunities within the District. 

    The survey seeks input from parents on their interest level and primary reason for interest in a full-time, online virtual academy. Responses are for informational purposes only.

    While the District is making no commitments related to offering online programs in the future, the data gathered will assist Plano ISD in planning and decision making. Should changes be made at the state level this spring related to online learning, it’s possible new programming could be introduced as soon as the 2021-22 school year. 

    Take the survey now in English or Spanish.


    Community Flyers Are Now Online

    Families can now easily learn about events, enrichment activities and opportunities offered by community organizations as well as school-affiliated organizations by visiting Plano ISD’s Online Materials Distribution Portal.

    Community organizations are also invited to visit the site to post information. There is a $15 fee per post for nonprofit organizations and a $30 fee per post for for-profit organizations. Details about establishing an account to post information can be found on the website as well as guidelines. 


    Health Screening Reminder

    Families are reminded 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.

  • April 5, 2021 - Community Conversations/Listening Rounds Update from Superintendent Bonser & Leadership Team

    April 5, 2021

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    Community Conversations/Listening Rounds Update from Superintendent Bonser & Leadership Team

    On April 1, 2021, Plano ISD began the first Community Conversations/Listening Rounds with elementary and secondary parents. These Board and Plano ISD administration small-group listening rounds will continue throughout the month of April with students, staff, community and parents. As previously communicated, at the conclusion of the listening rounds, the Board and administration will discuss what was learned at a duly called Regular School Board Meeting.  

    One point noted from the first day of listening rounds is that parents want more detailed communication about what actions Plano ISD takes when reports or claims are made regarding bullying/harassment. The district is committed to ensuring the safety and well-being of students at school, and we want parents to know we take all reports and claims seriously. Below you will find information regarding our Action Plan, which we will  continue to update in order to keep you informed. 

    The District sincerely thanks the parents who participated in our first six Community Conversations/Listening Rounds for the feedback, honesty and support and look forward to the upcoming sessions in the days ahead.  

    Sincerely,

    Sara Bonser and the Plano ISD Leadership Team

    ACTION PLAN UPDATE

    Plano ISD rejects bullying in all forms and acts of bullying, harassment and racial hatred will not be tolerated. We will continue to work with our families, students, staff and our community to serve the best interests of all Plano ISD students.

    The following summary of actions is provided in our continued effort to keep our Plano ISD community updated regarding the District’s efforts to address concerns regarding bullying, harassment and/or acts of racism. 

    Previously Communicated Actions: 

    • March 2, 2021 – March 16, 2021: Investigated an off-campus event pursuant to provisions of David’s Law. Conferences held with the parents of students’ involved and campus and district administration.
    • March 8, 2021: Authorized independent investigation into 2019 bullying/harassment claims as well as a review of District policies and procedures. This investigation is ongoing as of today.  
    • March 9, 2021: Hosted a press conference and issued a related press release to provide the Plano ISD community an update.
    • March 11, 2021: Updated/sent District resources for parents and students, including but not limited to, the Parent Guide for Addressing Bullying /Harassment Concerns.

    Updated Action Steps:

    • March 11 – 12, 2021: Held additional required training for all campus administrators on policies and procedures related to bullying/harassment.
    • March 15 – 16, 2021: Held required refresh training for all counselors on policies and procedures related to bullying/harassment.
    • March 16, 2021:  Conclusion of off-campus bullying investigation.  The investigation sustained cyberbullying findings and consequences were issued per the Student Code of Conduct. While the District is unable to release specific consequences due to the confidentiality of student information, the District does have the options for discipline available under the Student Code of Conduct which may include but are not limited to, suspension, placement in an alternative education program, and expulsion. Counseling services and support were offered to all students involved. A districtwide communication was sent informing families of the conclusion of the March 2 investigation and action steps the district was initiating as a further response. 
    • March 19, 2021: Began inviting parents, students, staff and community members to participate in Listening Rounds.
    • March 31, 2021:  District administration participated in a “Community Conversations” virtual Town Hall hosted by the Collin county NAACP and moderated by the Education Director of the Texoma Region Anti-Defamation League. During this public online event, district leaders shared Plano ISD’s policies on bullying, communication with parents and action steps moving forward.
    • April 1 – 30, 2021:  To gather input regarding continuing improvement, the district is hosting “Listening Rounds” with parents, students, staff and community members with Plano ISD trustee members and district administration in attendance.
      • Community meetings may include, but are not limited to:  Plano ISD Council of PTAs; NAACP-Collin County; LULAC; the Plano Multicultural Outreach Roundtable; Plano Area Rotary Clubs; Plano Community Forum; Junior League of Collin County; North Texas GALA; and Plano Area Alliance of Black School Educators.
      • A joint Summit on Bullying and Harassment will be hosted by Plano ISD, Plano Police Department and Collin County Juvenile Services. We are tentatively planning for a late April Summit date. Details will be sent when confirmed.
    • Beginning Week of April 12:  Refresh training for Board and Staff on Bullying/ Harassment. This training is completed annually. 
    • April/May 2021: Social Emotional Learning (SEL) opportunities and restorative resources for all parents that support an inclusive school environment, caring, compassion and empathy focused on the whole child.
    • April/May 2021: Student training on discrimination / bullying / harassment procedures and complaint process. This training is to be completed annually.
    • May 2021:  Discussion of Community Conversations/Listening Rounds in open session of duly called Board Meeting.
    • May 2021-Summer 2021:  Develop new strategies to include in the 21-22 District Plan of Work as part of the District Improvement Plan. 
    • August - September 2021:  Board approval.

    STRATEGIES & ACTIONS TAKEN IN ACCORDANCE WITH STRATEGIC PLAN
    AND DISTRICT IMPROVEMENT PLAN DURING 2020-2021 SCHOOL YEAR

    The District’s diversity, equity and inclusion work continue to be a priority of the Plano ISD Strategic Plan

    June 2020:  The Board of Trustees passed a resolution in June affirming the ideals of equity, unity and healing, with a commitment to work on solutions for developing and nurturing an inclusive culture of empathy and caring.

    Professional Learning  for PISD Staff:

    • Cultural Proficient Relationships: Implicit Biases Module (for all existing staff 17-18): Understand implicit bias and build positive relationships between and among students, staff, and parents.  Promote ongoing conversations around critical issues, be proactive and accept individual responsibility in cross-cultural interactions.
    • Stories Matter Module (for all existing staff 19-20): Examine issues of identity, diversity, beliefs, values and how that shapes our decisions and behaviors. Understand how unconscious biases can negatively impact our interactions. Test strategies to interrupt unconscious biases. Draw connections among the ideas of this workshop, other PISD initiatives, and our daily work. New staff received components of this training in 20-21.
    • Extension Activities - Conversation Maps (created for 20-21): The goal of these extension activities is to create culturally proficient relationships where conversations serve as an opportunity to identify student and staff needs and educational practices.

    October 2020:  Board approved goals for the Diversity Advisory Committee:

    • Conducted Equity Audit Survey for students, staff and parents (January 2021)
    • Hired  Plano ISD’s first Director of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (January 2021)
    • Proposed professional learning for all staff on Cultural Responsiveness (March 2021)
    • Developing Strategic Plan for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (May-August 2021)
    • November 2020:  Board approved new courses for 2021-2022 school year, including African American Studies and Mexican American Studies to be offered to 11-12 grade students.
    • February 2021: Recommendation to eliminate one alternative school in the District and convert building to Wraparound Service Center
    • July 2020-Present:  Multi-Tiered System of Support (MTSS) training  to support students needing intervention in the areas of student behavior, discipline, attendance and academics. 
    • Fall 2020-Present:  Expansion of wraparound services for students and families.  

  • March 31, 2021 - Today’s Update for Plano ISD Families

    March 31, 2021


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    Parents of Special Education Students Invited to Sign Up for “Hero” Expo Virtual Conference

    Families whose children are receiving special education services are invited to sign up for Plano ISD’s 2021 Special Education Hero Expo occurring May 14. The virtual event is intended to provide parents with information about the special education process, activities to use at home and resources available to families from the district and outside agencies.

    Parents can sign up for any or all of the 14 one-hour sessions that will be offered beginning at 9 a.m. Sessions include:

    • ABCs of Full and Individual Education (FIE)
    • Developmental Sequence of Gross and Fine Motor Skills
    • Dyslexia from the Parent Perspective
    • Functional Routines in the Home
    • Guardianship and Alternatives
    • Lifepath Systems/Texas Workforce Solutions
    • Mental Health: Knowing when to make a call and who to call
    • My Child is Deaf: What resources are available for my family?
    • Parent Panel
    • Setting Limits: “You Are Stronger Than You Are”
    • Special Needs Trust
    • Digital Strategies for Today’s Hybrid Learning Environment
    • Understanding the Transition Process
    • Understanding Your Child’s Individualized Education Plan (IEP)

    To attend and view the schedule, visit the 2021 Special Education Hero Expo webpage on Plano ISD’s website. For questions about the event, should be emailed to spedparentconference@pisd.edu


    PreK Online Registration Begins Tomorrow, April 1

    PreK online registration for the 2021-2022 school year begins this Thursday, April 1. Online registration will be available at EC Programs.

    PreK is a free program for children who will be 4 years old by September 1. The student must also meet any of the following requirements:

    • is unable to speak and comprehend English
    • is educationally disadvantaged (which means the student is eligible to participate in the national free or reduced-price lunch program)
    • is homeless; 
    • is the child of an active duty member of the armed forces of the United States;
    • is or ever has been in the conservatorship of the Department of Family and Protective Services (foster care) following an adversary hearing held as provided by Section 262.201, Family Code; or 
    • is the child of a person eligible for the Star of Texas Award as a peace officer, firefighter or emergency medical first responder.Image of little guy in black outfit

    Kindergarten and Head Start registration is already underway. Let’s ROCK enROLLment for all of our early childhood programs. To register or to read more information, visit EC Programs.


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    There is Still Time to Participate in Listening Rounds

    Plano ISD is conducting a series of listening rounds to hear from our families, students, staff and the community regarding their questions and concerns about bullying, harassment, acts of racism or other acts of intolerance. 

    These community conversations, beginning April 1, will be hosted virtually by Plano ISD Leadership with members of the Board of Trustees. The purpose of the sessions is to inspire authentic conversations by listening and gathering insight on how the district can work inclusively and collaboratively toward continuous improvement in addressing diversity, equity, inclusion, bullying and harassment.

    Parents who would like to participate and/or have their middle or high school student take part in these important conversations should complete the appropriate interest form provided via email. Please note that parent permission is required for student participants. 

    Based on feedback from some of you, we would like to clarify that parents who sign up their children for a student listening round can listen in with their student on that discussion if they prefer. 

    The deadline for submitting interest forms is Friday, April 2. 

    Parents/guardians will be contacted via email with the date, time and link for your (or your child’s) particular stakeholder group. 

    We look forward to your participation in these important conversations. 

  • March 29, 2021 - Today’s Update for Plano ISD Families

    March 29, 2021

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    Reminder: Plano ISD Families Are Invited to Sign Up to Participate in Listening Rounds

    Plano ISD is conducting a series of listening rounds to hear from our families, students, staff and the community regarding their questions and concerns about bullying, harassment, acts of racism or other acts of intolerance. 

    These community conversations, beginning April 1, will be hosted virtually by Plano ISD Leadership with members of the Board of Trustees. The purpose of the sessions is to inspire authentic conversations by listening and gathering insight on how the district can work inclusively and collaboratively toward continuous improvement in addressing diversity, equity, inclusion, bullying and harassment.

    Parents who would like to participate and/or have their middle or high school student take part in these important conversations should complete the appropriate interest form provided to parents via email. Please note that parent permission is required for student participants. 

    Based on feedback from some of you, we would like to clarify that parents who sign up their children for a student listening round can listen in with their student on that discussion if they prefer. 

    The deadline for submitting interest forms is Friday, April 2. 

    Parents/guardians will be contacted via email with the date, time and link for your (or your child’s) particular stakeholder group. 

    We look forward to your participation in these important conversations. 


    Let’s ROCK enROLLment for PreK

    PreK online registration for the 2021-2022 school year begins this Thursday, April 1. Kindergarten and Head Start registration is already underway. Below are some descriptions of each of the programs. Let’s ROCK enROLLment for all of our early childhood programs by registering at EC Programs

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    Head Start is a free, federally-funded child development program for 3 and 4 year olds. The program is designed to provide comprehensive services (education, dental, medical) to preschool children from low-income families. 

    PreK is a free program for children who will be 4 years old by September 1. The student must also meet any of the following requirements:

    • is unable to speak and comprehend English
    • is educationally disadvantaged (which means the student is eligible to participate in the national free or reduced-price lunch program)
    • is homeless; 
    • is the child of an active duty member of the armed forces of the United States;
    • is or ever has been in the conservatorship of the Department of Family and Protective Services (foster care) following an adversary hearing held as provided by Section 262.201, Family Code; or 
    • is the child of a person eligible for the Star of Texas Award as a peace officer, firefighter or emergency medical first responder.

    Kindergarten is for children who will be 5 years old by September 1. That is the only requirement. Children are introduced to many academic subjects and also begin learning skills such as self confidence, responsibility and more. 

  • March 26, 2021 - Today’s Update for Plano ISD Families

    March 26, 2021
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    Parents Invited to Complete Survey about Online Virtual Academy 

    As we consider the 2021-2022 school year, Plano ISD anticipates resuming face-to-face instruction for our students. The School@Home option currently offered in PISD this year has been possible due to temporary waivers and flexibilities afforded to school districts as a result of COVID-19. Without legislative action, these flexibilities will expire at the end of the current school year.  We recognize that there may be interest for some in virtual learning options; therefore, Plano ISD parents in all grade levels are invited to complete a survey before April 9 about their interest in full-time online learning opportunities within the District. 

    The survey seeks input from parents on their interest level and primary reason for interest in a full-time, online virtual academy. Responses are for informational purposes only.

    While the District is making no commitments related to offering online programs in the future, the data gathered will assist Plano ISD in planning and decision making. Should changes be made at the state level this spring related to online learning, it’s possible new programming could be introduced as soon as the 2021-22 school year. 

    Take the survey now in English or Spanish.


    Community Flyers Are Now Online

    Families can now easily learn about events, enrichment activities and opportunities offered by community organizations as well as school-affiliated organizations by visiting Plano ISD’s Online Materials Distribution Portal.

    Community organizations are also invited to visit the site to post information. There is a $15 fee per post for nonprofit organizations and a $30 fee per post for for-profit organizations. Details about establishing an account to post information can be found on the website as well as guidelines. 


    Reminder - Transportation Job Fair Is Tomorrow, Saturday, March 27

    Don’t miss a job opportunity! 

    Plano ISD’s transportation department is hosting a job fair on Saturday, March 27, from 9 a.m.-noon to hire bus drivers and bus driver assistants. Bus driver jobs pay a minimum of $18 an hour, plus benefits. Additionally, the district provides training and support to earn a commercial driver’s license (CDL). 

    Watch the video below to hear from our current drivers reasons why you should “Come Drive With Us.” Keep reading below the video for information about the job fair and tell a friend!

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    The drive-through event will be held at the transportation department, located at 600 Seabrook Drive in Plano, next to Clark Stadium. 

    Interviews will be held at the job fair, but interested candidates should apply before the event. To apply, visit Transportation. The application page includes the various job descriptions, pay information and job requirements.

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

    March 23, 2021

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    Plano ISD Hosts Job Fair for School Bus Drivers and Bus Driver Assistants

    Plano ISD’s transportation services department is hosting a job fair on Saturday, March 27, from 9:00 a.m.–noon for school bus drivers and bus driver assistants. Bus driver jobs pay a minimum of $18 an hour, plus benefits. Watch the video below to hear from our current drivers reasons why you should “Come Drive With Us.” Keep reading below the video for information about the job fair and tell a friend!

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    The drive-through event will be held at the transportation department, located at 600 Seabrook Drive in Plano, next to Clark Stadium. 

    Interviews will be held at the job fair, but interested candidates must apply before the event. To apply, visit Transportation and click on “Drive With Us.” The application page includes the various job descriptions, pay information and job requirements. 

    Paid training is offered by Plano ISD’s transportation department. Training for drivers includes classroom and behind-the-wheel instruction, as well as preparation necessary to earn a commercial driver’s license (CDL). 


    Let’s ROCK enROLLment for Kindergarten

    Kindergarten online registration for the 2021-2022 school year is now underway. If your child will be 5 years old by September 1, register at EC Programs. 

    Kindergarten registration at www.pisd.edu/ecprograms

    Documents that families will need for kindergarten registration are:

    • Student’s birth certificate
    • Immunization records
    • Student’s social security card (optional)
    • Proof of residency (lease, gas or electric bill)
    • Parent/guardian photo identification

    Enroll your child for kindergarten or any of Plano ISD’s Early Childhood Programs. Enrollment dates are:

    • Head Start Registration: Now Open
    • Kindergarten: Now Open
    • IB World School at Huffman (a Plano ISD Academies Program): Last day to apply is this Friday, March 26 
    • PreK registration: begins April 1

    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.

  • March 22, 2021 - Graduation Update for Class of 2021 Families

    March 22, 2021

    Graduation Update for Class of 2021 Families

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    As Plano ISD finalizes plans for Graduation 2021, we are excited to provide you with some preliminary information about our upcoming in-person ceremonies.  

    In recent years, senior high school graduations have typically been hosted at the Ford Center at The Star in Frisco. For that reason, the venue was secured last summer for the 2021 graduation ceremonies. However, that plan was re-evaluated in February in light of the venue’s NFL-prescribed COVID-19 guidelines regarding capacity. The reduced venue capacity would have limited each graduate to only 2 tickets.  

    To provide families with more tickets, Plano ISD made a decision to pursue hosting graduation at our own outdoor venue for all four graduating classes. Using our own Clark Stadium provides the most control and flexibility for this event. This would enable the district to provide each family with 4 tickets and the ability to increase tickets if at all possible. 

    The following options are being considered regarding revised graduation dates and times:

    GRADUATION DATES AT CLARK STADIUM

    Plano ISD Academy High School

    Option 1: June 4, 8:30 a.m.

    Option 2: June 5, 8:30 a.m.

    Plano Senior High School

    Option 1: June 4, 7:30 p.m.

    Option 2: June 3, 7:30 p.m.

    Plano West Senior High School

    Option 1: June 5, 8:30 a.m.

    Option 2: June 4, 7:30 p.m.

    Plano East Senior High School

    Option 1: June 5, 7:30 p.m.

    Option 2: June 5, 7:30 p.m.

    Rain Make-Up Days (if needed): June 6-7, 2021

     

    Final decisions regarding graduation dates and times will be made and communicated to our Class of 2021 families by the end of the week. 

    We look forward to celebrating with our seniors and families in June!

  • March 19, 2021 - Message from School Board President: Community Listening Rounds

    March 19, 2021

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    Message from School Board President: Community Listening Rounds

    Dear Plano ISD Community,

    The Plano ISD Board of Trustees believes that developing meaningful and collaborative relationships in a welcoming, safe and caring environment is essential for student success. In that regard, and in order to address recent community concerns, Plano ISD is conducting a series of listening rounds to hear from our families, students, staff and the community regarding their questions and concerns about bullying, harassment, acts of racism or other acts of intolerance.

    These community conversations will be conducted virtually with our community stakeholders and hosted by Plano ISD Leadership with members of the Board of Trustees. Our district seeks continuous improvement in all matters of educating, supporting and caring for our students, and hearing the many voices that make up our community is vital in that effort. Hosting a series of listening rounds, outside of a formal board meeting setting, allows adequate time and opportunity for District Administration and School Board Members to actively listen to all stakeholders, without the typical time constraints required by board policy at Board Meetings. The Board members that attend the listening rounds will not discuss the meetings until they report back to the Board as a whole in a called open meeting.

    While Plano ISD will share specific registration details next week, provided below is a general overview.

    Who? 

    • Plano ISD leaders and Board of Trustees listening to district stakeholders including students, parents, staff and Plano ISD community organizations.

    What? 

    • A series of virtual community listening rounds to hear directly from students, parents, staff and the community, providing an opportunity to listen and gather insight, perspective and ideas on how the district can work inclusively and collaboratively toward continuous improvement in addressing diversity, equity, inclusion, bullying, harassment and acts of racism or other intolerance.

    When? 

    • Listening Rounds will begin the week of March 29. A detailed schedule for parents and students, along with registration instructions, will be provided during the week of March 22. Community organizations will be contacted by the district with sign-up information and instructions. 

    As School Board President, and as a member of the Plano ISD community for 30 years, I care about the success of every student in our district. My fellow trustees and I want to listen in order to make decisions informed by your ideas and concerns. To that end, we look forward to these upcoming conversations.

    Sincerely,

    Tammy Richards | President
    Plano ISD Board of Trustees

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

    March 18, 2021

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    It’s Time to ROCK EnROLLment for Kindergarten

    Online registration for kindergarten for the 2021-2022 school year begins tomorrow, Friday, March 19. Kindergarten is for children who will be five years old by September 1. In kindergarten, children are introduced to many academic subjects and also begin learning skills such as self confidence, responsibility and more. 

    Kindergarten Enrollment Begins March 19

    Registration forms will be available at About Kindergarten. Documents that families will need for registration are:

    • Student’s birth certificate
    • Immunization records
    • Student’s social security card (optional)
    • Proof of residency (lease, gas or electric bill)
    • Parent/guardian photo identification

    Plano ISD also offers an IB option for kindergarten at the International Baccalaureate (IB) World School at Huffman Elementary. This program fosters the development of knowledgeable, principled and internationally minded citizens. Registration for the kindergarten IB option closes next Friday, March 26.

     Enroll your child for kindergarten or any of Plano ISD’s Early Childhood Programs. Enrollment dates are:

    Tell a neighbor or a friend that enrollment is underway and watch our video: 

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

    March 17, 2021

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    Plano ISD Hosts Job Fair for School Bus Drivers and Bus Driver Assistants

    Plano ISD’s transportation services department is hosting a job fair on Saturday, March 27, from 9:00 a.m.–noon for school bus drivers and bus driver assistants. Bus driver jobs pay a minimum of $18 an hour, plus benefits. Watch the video below to hear from our current drivers reasons why you should “Come Drive With Us.” Keep reading below the video for information about the job fair and tell a friend!

    Transportation video

    The drive-through event will be held at the transportation department, located at 600 Seabrook Drive in Plano, next to Clark Stadium. 

    Interviews will be held at the job fair, but interested candidates must apply before the event. To apply, visit Transportation and click on “Drive With Us.” The application page includes the various job descriptions, pay information and job requirements. 

    Paid training is offered by Plano ISD’s transportation department. Training for drivers includes classroom and behind-the-wheel instruction, as well as preparation necessary to earn a commercial driver’s license (CDL). 

  • March 16, 2021 - Important Update for Plano ISD Families

    March 16, 2021

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    Plano ISD District Investigation Update and Action Steps

    Exactly two weeks ago on March 2, 2021, the district was informed of an act of bullying reported to have taken place during an off-campus weekend sleepover in February. Upon receiving that report, an investigation was launched. Campus leaders and counselors took steps to ensure the safety and well-being of the student who made the complaint and informed our school resource officer of the report. The Plano Police Department launched a separate investigation, which is ongoing, and the district is fully cooperating with them in this process.

    District policy mandates any internal investigation into allegations of bullying must be completed within ten business days after an initial report, absent extenuating circumstances. The district’s investigation of this off-campus event has been thorough, has been done with the cooperation of all parties involved in this incident, and it is now complete. The additional independent investigation into previous reports of bullying is ongoing.

    While privacy laws prohibit us from sharing specific student disciplinary actions, Plano ISD’s anti-bullying policy and the Student Code of Conduct describe possible consequences and options for corrective action. When an incident of bullying is confirmed, the district notifies the parents of the victim and of the student who engaged in bullying  and promptly responds by taking appropriate disciplinary action in accordance with the Student Code of Conduct.   

    To date, the District has taken the following actions:

      In addition to current policies and practices to prevent and mitigate instances of bullying, which include annual training for all staff and Social Emotional Learning for students, Plano ISD will take additional actions, including but not limited to:

      • Dr. Jennifer Miley, Executive Director of Student, Family and Community Services, will review all District policies and procedures regarding bullying and harassment, as well as the District Student Handbook and Code of Conduct;
      • Mr. Brian Lyons, Director of Diversity Equity and Inclusion, appointed February 3, 2021, will review all District policies and procedures regarding equity and inclusion, and training for staff and students;
      • District Diversity Advisory Committee to work with District administrators to develop a comprehensive plan to address diversity, equity and inclusion;
      • Listening rounds will be held with Administration and Board Members to address diversity, equity, inclusion, bullying and harassment to allow adequate time for District Administration and Board Members to actively listen to all stakeholders. (Board meeting public comments are limited to 3 minutes or less, which does not give adequate time or attention for the District to actively listen to our students and families, nor the opportunity to respond.);
      • Additional resources and enhanced staff training on restorative discipline, bullying, harassment, diversity, equity and inclusion;
      • Social Emotional Learning (SEL) opportunities and restorative training for all Plano ISD students; and
      • Enhancements and clarification of discrimination /bullying /harassment procedures and complaint process.

      “I remain resolute in my conviction that bullying, harassment, threats or acts of racism against any Plano ISD student are unacceptable and will not be tolerated. The successful education of our students is built on a foundation of trust. Our job is to educate students, and to protect them as well,” Superintendent Sara Bonser said. 

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

      March 15, 2021

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      It’s Time to ROCK EnROLLment for Head Start and Kindergarten

      Enrollment for next school year’s Head Start is underway and registration for kindergarten begins this Friday, March 19. Watch this video about Plano ISD’s early childhood programs and read below to learn about registration. 

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      Head Start: Head Start is for children who are three or four years old and qualify based on a family’s income. This week, March 15-20, is Head Start Round Up Week and drive-thru appointments will be available for families who would like to know if they qualify or have further questions. Sign up for an appointment via sign up genius. To learn more about the program or to enroll, go directly to the district’s early childhood programs web portal. Families will need the following documents to complete registration forms:

      • Child’s birth certificate
      • Proof of residency
      • Income verification (W2, 1090 form, check stubs or proof of TANF assistance)

      Kindergarten: Kindergarten is for children who will be five years old by September 1. Online registration to attend kindergarten in the upcoming 2021-2022 school year opens this Friday, March 19. Registration forms will be available at About Kindergarten. Documents that families will need for registration are:

      • Student’s birth certificate
      • Immunization records
      • Student’s social security card (optional)
      • Proof of residency (lease, gas or electric bill)
      • Parent/guardian photo identification

      Enrollment dates for Plano ISD’s Early Childhood Programs are:

      Tell a friend or neighbor about enrolling in any of Plano ISD’s early childhood education programs


      STAAR Testing Plan for Spring 2021

      The Texas Education Agency (TEA) requires districts to administer the STAAR (State of Texas Assessment of Academic Readiness) program to students in grade 3 through high school. The STAAR program includes End-of-Course exams (EOCs) for specific high school courses. In order to participate in these assessments, students are required to do so in person. Each assessment is given during a specific window of time. 

      School@Home students have the option to return to campus to take their STAAR tests. Plano ISD will follow all COVID-19 safety protocols. Schools will survey School@Home families to determine their preference. 

      All students (including School@Home students) taking an EOC-related course are required to participate and meet performance standards for their graduation requirements. 


      Calendar Update - Bad Weather Make-Up Day 

      Plano ISD will use Monday, April 26, as the designated inclement weather day for the weather-related closure on Thursday, February 11. Originally slated as a student holiday and staff development/work day, school will now be in session on April 26. TEA has approved waivers for the additional weather closures during Winter Storm Uri, so no additional make-up days are required.


      Health Screening Reminders for New and Returning Face-to-Face Learners

      Plano ISD is excited to welcome all of our students back from Spring Break. As new students are joining us on campuses for face-to-face instruction for the 4th nine weeks, Plano ISD remains committed to supporting your children’s learning and safety. We are providing the following reminders for on-campus learning.

      • Watch our video series on how to “Stay Safe and Be Smart” on campus during COVID for a reminder of the safety protocols being observed in our schools.
      • 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.

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

      March 11, 2021

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      Parent Guide for Addressing Bullying & Harassment Concerns

      Plano ISD is committed to providing all students with a safe and nurturing learning environment. If any student currently enrolled in our district does not feel safe and secure at school, we want to know about it. Plano ISD has resources and a communications process in place to assist families in discussing or reporting any concerns, including experiences with bullying, harassment, threats or acts of racism. We can act on these concerns when we know about them and, as a result, better serve our students and families. Please use the following steps properly report your concerns:

      1. If a crime has been committed, please contact local law enforcement. (The Plano Police department non-emergency phone number is 972-424-5678). In emergency situations requiring immediate assistance, please call 911.
      2. Email the student’s teacher, campus principal or counselor immediately. The following details must be provided to expedite the initial investigation and response: 
        • Campus name
        • Name of Plano ISD student (alleged victim)
        • Student ID number
        • Parent name/contact information
        • Names of witnesses 
        • Names of alleged perpetrators
        • Detailed description of alleged event
        • Date of alleged event
        • Location of alleged event (if known)
        • Supporting documentation/or other evidence supporting the allegations (if applicable)
        • Other information the reporter feels is relevant to the complaint

          In order to conduct a thorough investigation, it is important that reports include the specific information listed above. Emails received with complete information will receive a response. Plano ISD will fully comply with applicable state and federal laws and regulations as well as Board Policies in response to reports. 
      3. For detailed steps on how to resolve other parent concerns, please visit Plano ISD’s resolving complaints and concerns web page.
      4. Read the full Parent Guide for Addressing Bullying & Harassment Concerns.

      Thank you for partnering with Plano ISD to help provide a safe learning environment for all students.

    • March 8, 2021 - Important Message from Plano ISD

      March 8, 2021

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      Dear Plano ISD Community,

      Plano Independent School District is committed to taking swift action when acts of bullying or racism are reported. As the District reported last week, it began an immediate investigation of a parent’s concerns regarding an off-campus incident. The internal investigation process of these concerns must be thorough and timely. 

      During the course of this investigation, the parent raised additional concerns regarding past allegations of bullying in the prior school year.  Out of an abundance of caution and deep concern for this student and their well-being, Plano ISD opened an additional investigation last week surrounding the parent’s allegations of bullying in 2019. The District will utilize an independent third party for the additional investigation. We look forward to any conclusions this review will provide.

      Due to state and federal legal restrictions regarding confidentiality, Plano ISD is unable to release specific information, including any disciplinary actions resulting from the investigations. 

      It is the District’s hope that the investigation conducted by the independent third-party will be concluded swiftly, and we will provide updated information upon completion.

    • March 7, 2021 - Important Message from Plano ISD

      March 7, 2021

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      Dear Plano ISD Community,

      In recent days we have heard from people in and outside of our district, expressing their grave concerns over the allegations of racially motivated harassment and bullying involving Plano ISD students. The Plano ISD Board of Trustees stands united in the belief that no child should be victimized in any manner, nor be subject to any form of bullying, harassment or intolerance.

      The Board would like to reiterate the district’s dedication to caring for all students and staff members. With the recent off-campus incident at the forefront of our community’s concerns, please know that the Board maintains strict, legal policies that protect the welfare of our students, and that unequivocally prohibit bullying and harassment. Additionally, the Board stands firm against any acts of violence and racism, and believes that all children should feel safe, valued and respected.

      We support this important investigation, which is well underway. Due to federal legal restrictions regarding the confidentiality of student information, Plano ISD is unable to release specific student information, including disciplinary actions. We can assure you that the appropriate measures have been taken to protect the victim and to investigate this matter from the district’s authority.

      In accordance with state law and district policy, specific actions to date include:

      • Providing notification of an alleged incident of bullying to the parents/ guardians of all parties immediately on the date of the report, with continued daily communication and additional written notification.
      • Initiating a prompt investigation into the allegations, commencing on the date of the report. The school and district are working with the Plano Police Department and the investigation is ongoing.
      • Adhering to all district protocols to work toward the completion of this investigation within ten district business days.


      Plano ISD does not condone bullying, harassment, and/or threats against any student or any staff member. To that end, we intend to continue working with our parents, community and local law enforcement to resolve this concern while remaining focused on the success and wellbeing of our students.

      Sincerely,
      The Plano ISD Board of Trustees

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

      March 4, 2021

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      Update Regarding Plano ISD COVID-19 Safety Protocols/Masks

      On Wednesday, March 3, the Texas Education Agency (TEA) released an update to its Public Health Planning Guidance, which is in accordance with Governor Greg Abbott’s Executive Order GA-34, issued March 2. The updated guidance affirms that the Governor’s new executive order “provides TEA with the legal authority to publish requirements for the operation of public school systems during the COVID-19 pandemic.” 

      Stating that “the virus that causes COVID-19 can infect people of all ages, and school system leaders should do everything feasible to keep students, teachers, staff, and our communities safe,” TEA maintains that schools must comply with the following requirement: 

      “Every student, teacher and staff member shall wear a mask over the nose and mouth when inside a school building, school facility, facility used for school activities, or when in an outdoor space on school property or used for school activities, wherever it is not feasible to maintain six feet of social distancing from another person not in the same household.”

      Based on the updated guidance provided by the TEA, and considering evidence that current safe practices have been effective in mitigating the spread of COVID-19, Plano ISD will continue to follow the instructional plans and safety protocols outlined in our Return to School Plan. Wearing face masks (or face shields for students in preK-2nd grade) will continue to be required in all Plano ISD buildings and at all district events. 

      Thank you for your continued patience and understanding as we work to keep you informed on the updated public health guidance from the Governor and TEA related to student wellbeing and success. 


      Assistance Following the Winter Storms

      Was your home affected by the February 2021 winter storms? Report individual damages by calling: 844-844-3089. The call center is open seven days per week from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. View flyer.

    • March 4, 2021 - Message from the Superintendent

      March 4, 2021


      Message from Superintendent Bonser

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      Superintendent Sara Bonser addresses recent community concerns regarding bullying. (watch video)


      Plano ISD Addresses Recent Bullying Concerns

      The Plano ISD administration is aware of recent bullying allegations, and is working with the campus and local law enforcement to actively investigate the matter. Our district does not tolerate or condone bullying or harassing behavior, and is taking prompt and remedial action to address concerns.

      Campus leaders and counselors have been working closely and carefully with all involved students and their parents since the concerns regarding a non-school-related, off-campus  incident first reported on Tuesday, March 2. While we cannot discuss intervention or disciplinary measures as it relates to a specific student or students, our response to any behavioral concern is always in accordance with district policy and the Plano ISD Student Code of Conduct.

      Students and families can always report concerns related to bullying, harassment, assault or other matters to Plano ISD as follows:

      • Contact the student’s teacher, campus principal, counselor or other District employee immediately. 
      • For student concerns regarding discrimination on the basis of sex, including sexual harassment or gender-based harassment, contact Title IX Coordinator Dr. Jennifer Miley, Executive Director for Student, Family and Community Service.  
      • Report concerns anonymously via the Plano ISD tip line.  
      • Anyone who has information or concerns involving a Plano ISD employee should contact Coordinator of Employee Relations James Dearing.
      • Any victim of a criminal act, such as assault, should immediately contact their local police department.   

      In order to conduct a thorough investigation, it is critically important that reports include specific information regarding the allegations including, but not limited to, the name of the alleged victim(s), perpetrator(s) and witnesses; dates of the alleged events; location of the alleged events; any documents or other evidence supporting the allegations; and other information the reporter feels is relevant to the complaint. Without this information, the district’s ability to investigate and address the prohibited conduct is impaired. Plano ISD intends to fully comply with applicable state and federal laws and regulations as well as Board Policies in this regard.

      Plano ISD prioritizes student safety and welfare and, in this regard, the district is taking prompt action to address the concerns and the student’s needs.

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

      March 3, 2021

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      Due to Spring Break March 8-12, Regular Curbside Meal Distribution Resumes on Tuesday, March 16

      There is no meal bundle pickup for School@Home students over spring break. Curbside meals will resume on Tuesday, March 16.

      However, Minnie’s Food Pantry will be open Wednesday-Saturday from 8:30-11:30 a.m. Minnie’s is located at 661 18th Street in Plano.


      CDC Guidelines for International Travel Reminder

      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.


      It’s Time to “RockEnroll(ment)” for Head Start, Kindergarten and PreK

      Plano Independent School District begins accepting online applications for its various early childhood programs this month for the upcoming 2021-2022 school year. 

      • Head Start online applications are available now. A drive-through Round Up event by appointment will be held March 15-20 for families who prefer to submit paper applications or have additional questions about whether they qualify for Head Start.
      • Kindergarten begins accepting online applications March 19. Families enrolling in kindergarten also have the option to apply to attend the International Baccalaureate (IB) World School at Huffman Elementary Primary Years Programme (PYP).
      • PreK online registration opens April 1. 

      To assist families, the district launched an Early Childhood Programs website portal that includes application forms, highlights about each program, age requirements and documents needed to register.

      Although applications are accepted year round, families are encouraged to apply soon since spaces for Head Start and PreK are limited.

      Let's Rock Enrollment in Plano ISD


      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.

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

      March 2, 2021

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      Mask Requirement in Plano ISD

      Today, Governor Greg Abbott announced plans to rescind Executive Order GA-29, also known as the mask mandate, effective on Wednesday, March 10. Until additional guidance is received from the Texas Education Agency regarding the specific impact of this new order on schools, face masks are still required to be worn in Plano ISD buildings, facilities and at all district events.


      CDC Guidelines for International Travel Reminder

      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.


      It’s Time to “RockEnroll(ment)” for Head Start, Kindergarten and PreK

      Plano Independent School District begins accepting online applications for its various early childhood programs this month for the upcoming 2021-2022 school year. 

      • Head Start online applications are available now. A drive-through Round Up event by appointment will be held March 15-20 for families who prefer to submit paper applications or have additional questions about whether they qualify for Head Start.
      • Kindergarten begins accepting online applications March 19. Families enrolling in kindergarten also have the option to apply to attend the International Baccalaureate (IB) World School at Huffman Elementary Primary Years Programme (PYP).
      • PreK online registration opens April 1. 

      To assist families, the district launched an Early Childhood Programs website portal that includes application forms, highlights about each program, age requirements and documents needed to register.

      Although applications are accepted year round, families are encouraged to apply soon since spaces for Head Start and PreK are limited.

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

      March 1, 2021

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      Early Childhood Programs in Plano ISD: It’s Time to “RockEnroll”!

      It’s time to “RockEnroll” for next school year’s Head Start, kindergarten and preK programs. Look for more information and resources throughout this week on Plano ISD’s website and social media, including a new Early Childhood Programs website portal, launching tomorrow. #PISDRockEnroll 

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      Application Window for IB World School at Huffman Elementary Opens Tomorrow, March 2

      Applications for the IB World School at Huffman Elementary will be available on the school’s website beginning March 2 at 8 a.m. through March 26. In addition, a virtual information meeting will be held March 2 at 6 p.m. via Zoom. A link to the meeting is available on the Huffman PYP web page. Spanish translation is available upon request.

      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. 

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

    • February 26, 2021 - Today’s Update for Plano ISD Families

      February 26, 2021

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      Governor Abbott, HHSC Announce Federal Approval for SNAP Benefit Replacements Due to Winter Storm

      On February 19, 2021, Governor Greg Abbott announced that the Texas Health and Human Services Commission (HHSC) has received federal approval to allow Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) recipients to apply for replacement benefits for food lost or destroyed due to the severe winter weather by dialing 2-1-1 and selecting option 2. 

      Alternately, recipients can download Form H1855 (Affidavit for Nonreceipt or Destroyed Food Stamp Benefits) on the HHSC website. To limit exposure to COVID-19, recipients are encouraged to mail or fax the completed form to HHSC instead of visiting their local offices. Completed forms should be mailed to Texas Health and Human Services Commission, PO Box 149027, Austin, TX, 78714-9027, or faxed to 1-877-447-2839. 

      Families have until March 31 to request a benefit replacement.

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

      February 25, 2021

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      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

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      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

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      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

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      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

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      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

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      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

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      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

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      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

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      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

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      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

      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

      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

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

      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

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

      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

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

      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

      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 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

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

      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

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

      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

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

      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

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

      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

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

      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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      (Use this Link to Play Video)

      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!

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      • 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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        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

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

        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

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

        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

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

        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

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

        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