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Superintendent’s Letter to Plano ISD parents

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 www.pisd.edu/2021planning 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
Plano ISD Superintendent

Plano baseball coach retiring

Coach Rick Robertson
Plano coach Rick Robertson

Longtime Plano baseball coach and U.S. History teacher Rick Robertson is leaving the diamond behind. The Wildcats coach has produced five district champions, 10 playoff teams, and he produced more than 50 college players at Plano Senior High. He has been coach for 13 seasons at Plano, and 2020 was his 37th season as a head coach. He has won 583 times as a coach.

Plano Senior High School advanced to the Regional semifinals in 2011 and Regional finals in 2014.

We first met the East Texas Baptist grad when he was coach at Sulphur Springs, Texas. He also coached baseball in Winnsboro and Canton, Texas. Longtime Garland ISD Athletic Director Homer B. Johnson hired Robertson to coach baseball at South Garland, where he led the Colonels for 18 seasons. Ten of his South Garland teams made the playoffs, and he Colonels made regional quarterfinals twice. His 2005 South Garland team won 32 games and only lost five.

Then Plano Coach Gerald Brence said this in June 2007 when he hired Robertson: “Rick had a tremendous record during his 18 years at South Garland, and he is also an outstanding history teacher.”

Keep up him Coach Robertson on Twitter @coach__rob

Plano ISD adds grab-and-go meal location at Armstrong Middle School

Plano ISD announced that Armstrong Middle School, 3805 Timberline Dr, Plano, TX 75074, will be added as a location for free grab-and-go breakfast and lunch meals beginning Thursday, March 19. Meals will be available for curbside pickup at the following times (adjustments to this schedule may be made as needed, so please watch for updated communications).

  • Breakfast: 7:30 a.m. – 8:30 a.m.

  • Lunch: 11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

This program serves students attending any Plano ISD school. Families can pick up meals curbside in the carpool lanes* at the campuses listed below (unless otherwise noted). Access to enter the buildings will not be available. (Visit our School Closure Resources page for more information.)

  • Armstrong Middle School *(pickup at this location is the bus lane at the rear of the building) at 3805 Timberline Drive Plano TX 75074

Plano ISD Superintendent’s message, #COVID-19 update

Dear Plano ISD Families,

As the changes in the world unfold here at home, I can honestly say that the vision statement for Plano ISD has never shined more brightly. Watching this community pull together to help students and families demonstrates so clearly what Plano ISD and the communities we live in are all about—caring for one another first and foremost. While schools are closed, please know we are hard at work to find ways to provide support and educational continuity for your child.

As the District manages all of the facets the decision to close schools presents, one thing is certain, we will need every person in our community to support one another through these decidedly uncertain times. That said, I want to thank each person who has taken the time to send us questions, ideas, suggestions and offers of support. Each email or phone call we get, helps us consider solutions from every angle so that we are supporting students and families to the greatest extent possible. I would encourage you to please continue to reach out to us at askpisd@pisd.edu. Together, I feel sure that we can meet the needs of our students and families as needs arise.

In order to provide academic support and instruction, Plano ISD has a short-term plan that will be implemented this week that will provide tools for students and parents to utilize to reinforce previous learning and mitigate the short-term impact of the school closure. You will be receiving information this week that gives directions on how to access these resources and learning tools. As we have come back from spring break, we have been rolling this plan out to our administrators and teachers so that they are prepared to support our students and families. In addition, we have been devising and will communicate a long-term plan should an extended school closure become necessary. As of today, we have been notified that there will be no required STAAR testing this spring as Governor Abbott has waived this requirement. Please be watching for information in the coming days that explains how we will regain instructional continuity.

Thank you for your partnership and support as we manage this rapidly changing situation. Please know our priority is to help manage the public health situation and at the same time provide continuity for your child’s education. We will continue to update you on the status of the school closure this week and any possible decision to extend the closure as we understand that these decisions affect each family in our district.

So what can you do from home during this time?

  • Take care of one another
  • Continue to check our website regularly to stay updated on all communications sent from the District: www.pisd.edu/healthupdate
  • View a current list of available resources: www.pisd.edu/closureresources
  • If you have not already done so, complete the PISD Technology Survey sent by the District so we can provide the tools and access needed for remote learning should a longer school closure become necessary
  • Wash your hands and cover your mouth when coughing
  • Practice social distancing
  • Practice social responsibility recommended by the City of Plano: City of Plano COVID-19
  • Reach out if you need help
  • Be kind

Plano ISD wants to do whatever we can to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 but also realize the pressure this puts on our families. We have had many organizations already reach out to us and we want to make sure we are connecting resources to needs. We will be updating you regularly to let you know what we are doing to support and care for our students, especially as it relates to food and support with basic essentials in the days ahead.

Meeting the basic needs such as feeding our students is a priority. We have six schools that are serving grab-and-go meals daily for FREE to all PISD students and hope that families will take advantage of this resource for the duration of the school closing.

Meal Sites: Daffron Elementary, Huffman Elementary, Meadows Elementary, Rose Haggar Elementary, Sigler Elementary and Thomas Elementary
Breakfast, 7:30-8:30 a.m./Lunch, 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

Your child may be asking questions about COVID-19, and we want to ensure we are doing everything we can to ease their worries. You might find this resource helpful: Talking to Kids About COVID-19.

At times like these, we can be thankful to call Plano ISD home. Our community has a tradition of teamwork for excellence that makes us proud to call this our home. We want you to know that we care, are committed to supporting the community, and stand ready to greet the challenges this situation presents. We thank you for your support and patience and look forward to your partnership as we take care of one another in the days ahead.

Sincere thanks,

Plano ISD Superintendent

Plano ISD School Information

School Related Student Travel
All travel that is scheduled to occur during the school closure is cancelled as of this time.

Campus Activities
All scheduled activities related to Plano ISD schools are cancelled during the school closure. This also includes all district events and competitions.

Medication Pick-Up
If your child has medication that needs to be picked up from their campus, please contact your school nurse via email to schedule a pickup. Medication can be picked up curbside as entry into the building is not allowed.


Community Services

Free Grab-and-Go Breakfast and Lunch
Plano ISD is providing free grab-and-go breakfast and lunch meals at six locations across the district beginning Monday, March 16. Adjustments to this schedule may be made as needed, so please watch for updated communications and regularly check www.pisd.edu/closureresources for new information.

Grab-and-go meals will be available for curbside pickup at the following times:

  • Breakfast: 7:30 a.m. – 8:30 a.m.
  • Lunch: 11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

This program serves students attending any Plano ISD school, grades pre-k through 12. Families can pick up meals curbside in the carpool lanes at the campuses listed below. Access to enter the buildings will not be available.

  • Daffron Elementary School
    3900 Preston Meadow Drive, Plano, TX 75093
  • IB World School at Huffman Elementary
    5510 Channel Isle Drive, Plano, TX 75093
  • Meadows Elementary School
    2800 18th Street, Plano, TX 75074
  • Rose Haggar Elementary
    17820 Campbell Road, Dallas, TX 75252
  • Sigler Elementary School
    1400 Janwood Drive, Plano, TX 75075
  • Thomas Elementary School
    1800 Montana Trail, Plano, TX 75023

Mobile Food Pantry Open on Friday, March 20
North Texas Food Bank will host a mobile food pantry in the Williams High School parking lot on Friday, March 20 from 3 to 5 p.m. Williams High School is at 1717 17th St., Plano, TX 75074. Families will be able to drive through and receive a box of shelf-stable items.

Other Community Resources
A current list of resources available to Plano ISD families can be found at www.pisd.edu/closureresources.

 

Plano ISD serving Grab-and-Go Meals as local school districts extend spring break

Plano ISD is providing free grab-and-go breakfast and lunch meals at five locations across the district beginning Monday, March 16. Grab-and-go meals will be available for curbside pickup at the following times (adjustments to this schedule may be made as needed, watch for updated school communications).

  • Breakfast: 7:30 a.m. – 8:30 a.m.
  • Lunch: 11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Monday through Friday

This program serves students attending any Plano ISD school, grades Pre-K through 12. Families can pick up meals curbside in the carpool lanes at the campuses listed. Access to enter the buildings will not be available. (Visit School Closure Resources page for more information.)

  • Daffron Elementary School
    3900 Preston Meadow Drive, Plano, TX 75093
  • IB World School at Huffman Elementary
    5510 Channel Isle Drive, Plano, TX 75093
  • Meadows Elementary School
    2800 18th Street, Plano, TX 75074
  • Sigler Elementary School
    1400 Janwood Drive, Plano, TX 75075
  • Thomas Elementary School
    1800 Montana Trail, Plano, TX 75023
  • UPDATE
  • Plano ISD announced March 17 that Armstrong Middle School, 3805 Timberline Dr, Plano, TX 75074, will be added as a location for free grab-and-go breakfast and lunch meals beginning Thursday, March 19. Meals will be available for curbside pickup at the following times (adjustments to this schedule may be made as needed, so please watch for updated communications).

    • Breakfast: 7:30 a.m. – 8:30 a.m.

    • Lunch: 11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

    This program serves students attending any Plano ISD school. Families can pick up meals curbside in the carpool lanes* at the campuses listed below (unless otherwise noted). Access to enter the buildings will not be available. (Visit our School Closure Resources page for more information.)

Meal Location

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