Requests to Change Learning Environment for 2nd Nine Weeks-Deadline is October 2
All primary guardians have received notification that the window to request a learning environment change for the 2nd nine weeks opened on September 28 and will close on October 2. Plano West families also received communication from principal Janis Williams.
Changing a student's learning environment requires these important steps:
- If you wish to KEEP your student's learning environment the same for the 2nd nine weeks, no action is necessary.
- If you wish to CHANGE your student's learning environment, you must log-in to Parent Portal to select a change for the 2nd nine weeks. Then contact your student's Plano West counselor via email to discuss schedule change implications including teacher and period changes. This step is required for a learning environment change to be completed.
- The deadline to make a learning environment change is 11:59 p.m. on October 2, 2020. Learning environment changes go into effect the first day of the 2nd nine weeks, October 13, 2020.
- F2F learners will continue to come to campus two days a week based on their assigned cohort (Cohort A last names A-L on Tuesday & Thursday; cohort B last names M-Z on Wednesday-Friday) during the 2nd nine weeks.
Please consult the Plano ISD website for all information related to changing a student's learning environment.
Plano Families First Event - Oct. 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.
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, go to planofamiliesfirst.com.
New 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.
Free Meals for All Plano ISD Students
Due to a USDA waiver, all Plano ISD students (face-to-face & School@Home) will receive free breakfast & lunch meals through Dec. 31 or while USDA funds last. For curbside pickup locations, schedules & docs you should bring if student is not present, visit http://pisd.edu/grabandgo.
Hybrid Cohort Split for Students Returning to Campus and for Students@Home
Beginning September 9, students who have selected to attend face-to-face return to campuses, and students who have selected 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 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. A campus nurse will follow up with information on return to campus instruction and timelines.
Free and Reduced Meal Applications
Free and reduced meal applications are now available at www.schoolcafe.com/pisd. If you have never filled out a meal application, just click on “Create a New Account.” Student eligibility status from the 2019-2020 school year will roll over only for the first 30 operating days of school or until a new application has been processed. It is important that households complete an application for the 2020-2021 school year as soon as possible. Households should allow 10 business days for application processing.
For a one-stop shop of back-to-school resources and information, visit www.pisd.edu/backtoschool. Find the following information (and more):
UPDATED AP EXAM SUBMISSION GUIDELINES
New AP exam backup email submission guidelines. Beginning Monday, May 18 and continuing through the makeup window, there will be a backup email submission process for browser-based exams. Please click here for more information:
Go to the College Board link for information on test dates and registration deadlines. Free online practice tests and personalized learning tools are available for students on the College Board website.
(Updated 4/7) The College Board is encouraging students to prepare for future SAT testing opportunities through the online platform at Khan Academy
(Updated 4/6) The College Board has announced that they will be unable to provide additional opportunities for students to take the SAT during the school day for the current school year. The College Board is working to provide additional opportunities for students to take the SAT at school or outside of the school day when the situation allows.
Dual Credit Information
Dual credit deadlines previously announced have been suspended. Students and parents should contact their campus counselor for information about registering for courses for the 20-21 school year.
Fall 2020 class registration is now open for students that have applied to Collin and completed permission forms with their counselor. Students may be exempted from the requirement to take the Texas Success Initiative Assessment (TSI-A). This exemption would be noted on the ‘Collin Permission Form’ that students received from their counselors.
For students taking a dual credit course for the first time in 2020-21, see Dual Credit update above.
For graduating seniors: We are hopeful that an online testing format for the TSIA will be available for our students through Examity, a remote proctoring service. We will know the status of this service sometime in early May. (Updated 4/22)
Plano West News
The deadline for second nine weeks grading period change of learning environment is Friday, October 2. Read more.
La fecha límite para el segundo período de nueve semanas de cambio de ambiente de aprendizaje es el viernes 2 de octubre. Lea más.
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, 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.
Due to a wavier from the USDA, all Plano students will receive free breakfast and lunch until Dec. 31 or as long as funds are available. Effective, Sept. 15, free weekly meal bundles are available for curbside pickup for School@Home learners at Clark HS, Shepton HS and Williams HS on Tuesdays from 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. and 4:45 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. Documentation required if child not present. Hybrid learners can pick up free meal bundles in the school cafeteria on Tues. (cohort A) or Wed. (cohort B) from 4:15 to 4:30 p.m. for off-campus consumption on asynchronous learning days. Read More.
Debido a una exención del USDA, todos los estudiantes de Plano recibirán desayuno y almuerzo gratis hasta el 31 de diciembre o mientras haya fondos disponibles. A partir del 15 de septiembre, se ofrecen paquetes de comida semanales gratuitos cada martes para los alumnos en School@Home (Escuela en Casa). Recogido de comidas es de 9:30 a 10:30 a.m. y de 4:45 p.m. a 6:00 p.m. en las escuelas secundarias Clark, Shepton y Williams. Se requiere documentación si el niño no está presente. Los alumnos en aprendizaje híbrido pueden recoger los paquetes de comida gratis en la cafetería de la escuela los martes (cohorte A) o el miércoles. (cohorte B) de 4:15 a 4:30 p.m. para el consumo fuera de la escuela en los días de aprendizaje asincrónico. Lea más.
See Something, Say Something
If You See Something, Say Something
Report a Concern from the Web
If you don't have a smart phone, you can access the tip line from any web-enabled device at www.pisd.edu/tipline
Report a Concern with the Mobile App
Download the Plano ISD Mobile App
More information about See Something, Say Something, visit www.pisd.edu/mysafeschool.