• District Updates for Plano ISD Families 2021-22

  • January 20, 2022

    Today’s Update for Plano ISD Families


    January 20, 2022

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    Industries Academy Applications for the 2022-2023 School Year Close on January 28

    Interested in acquiring knowledge and skills for success in high-wage, high-demand career fields? The Plano ISD Industries Academy at the Collin College Technical Campus is a two-year program open to incoming juniors who would like to pursue a path in career areas such as advanced manufacturing, architecture and construction, and science, technology, engineering, and math. By taking Collin College dual credit courses, students will have the opportunity to earn industry-based certifications, skills to meet workforce needs, and preparation to join tomorrow’s job market. 

    Applications close on January 28, 2022 at 9 p.m.

    Watch our video below to learn more about the program or visit the Plano ISD Industries Academy web page to complete the Industries Academy selection form. 

    Industries Academy


    Virtual Academy Accepting Applications for the 2022-2023 School Year through January 29

    Plano ISD’s Virtual Academy pilot for grades K-5 is accepting applications through 5 p.m., January 29.

    The Plano ISD Virtual Academy will provide an enhanced K-5 instructional design fully led by Plano ISD teachers and support staff. This enhanced instructional design includes increased synchronous instructional time, curriculum designed by Plano ISD, increased opportunities for small group instruction and enrichment, integration of social emotional learning, additional administrative and support staff, asynchronous instruction and enrichment provided by Plano ISD 

    For more information about Plano ISD’s Virtual Academy, visit their website at www.pisd.edu/virtual or send an email to virtual@pisd.edu.


    IB World School at Huffman Elementary Applications for the 2022-23 School Year Close on January 29

    Parents interested in having their children attend Plano ISD’s IB World School at Huffman Elementary in the 2022-2023 school year are invited to submit applications through 5 p.m., January 29. The program is the IB primary years programme in Plano ISD. Any student who lives within the Plano ISD attendance zone and who will be enrolled in grades K-5 is eligible to apply. 

    The program is an International Baccalaureate (IB) Primary Years Programme (PYP) that 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.

    Watch our video below to learn more about the program or visit the school’s website.

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  • January 18, 2022

    Today’s Update for Plano ISD Families


    January 18, 2022

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    Families Are Invited to Two-Way Dual Language Immersion Parent Information Sessions

    Plano ISD is excited at the possibility of offering a two-way dual language immersion program for kindergarten students in the 2022-2023 school year. Families are invited to attend one of two parent information sessions to learn more about the program and the application process:

    • In-person Meeting: January 19 at 5:30 p.m. in the Plano ISD Board Room at 2700 W. 15th Street, Plano, Texas 
    • Virtual Meeting: January 20 at 5:30 p.m. via Zoom

    Two-way dual language is a choice program that integrates English speaking and Spanish speaking students in the same classroom. Students entering the two-way dual language program in kindergarten will remain in the program through 5th grade. Two-way dual language programs help students develop oral and cognitive academic language in both English and Spanish, while mastering grade level knowledge and skills in all elementary content areas. The goal of the program is for all students to become bilingual and biliterate. To learn more about the program or to access the application, please visit our website. The application is also available from this link. 


    Semester Exam Grade Waiver and Exemption Guidelines Are Updated for Spring 2022

    Semester exam grade waiver and exemption guidelines for 12th-grade students, and all students taking AP or IB courses, have been updated for Spring 2022. 

    Beginning January 24, 2022, students may be absent from a class for up to 8 days to remain eligible for semester exam exemptions. Students unable to attend school due to a temporary medical condition, positive COVID-19 test, or identification as a COVID-19 close contact may be eligible for remote conferencing. Students who follow district guidelines for remote conferencing will not accrue absences for the days in which they participate via remote conferencing.

    Families may refer to the following documents for more information regarding exemption guidelines and remote conferencing:


    Food and Nutritional Services To Host Job Fairs on January 20 and February 3

    Plano ISD’s Food and Nutritional Services (FANS) Department is hosting job fairs on Thursday, January 20 and Thursday, February 3 from 4:30 p.m.- 6:30 p.m. at Robinson Middle School’s cafeteria, 6701 Preston Meadow Drive in Plano. Open positions for schools across the district include cafeteria manager, cafeteria assistant manager and cafeteria specialist. 

    Benefits include a steady work schedule, opportunities for advancement, weekends, holidays and summers off, a retirement plan and health benefits. 

    Walk-ins are welcome to the event, but attendees should come prepared to interview, which includes bringing a resume if possible. Resumes can be sent in advance to fansjobs@pisd.edu or through Plano ISD’s Employment Page where more details about open positions are listed.

    Interested applicants can also call FANS directly at 469-752-5783.Come join our team and help feed our future! 

    Watch the video below featuring one of our employees sharing why she loves her job with FANS.

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  • January 13, 2022

    Today’s Update for Plano ISD Families


    January 13, 2022

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    Food and Nutritional Services To Host Job Fairs on January 20 and February 3

    Plano ISD’s Food and Nutritional Services (FANS) Department is hosting job fairs on Thursday, January 20 and Thursday, February 3 from 4:30 p.m.- 6:30 p.m. at Robinson Middle School’s cafeteria, 6701 Preston Meadow Drive in Plano. Open positions for schools across the district include cafeteria manager, cafeteria assistant manager and cafeteria specialist. 

    Benefits include a steady work schedule, opportunities for advancement, weekends, holidays and summers off, a retirement plan and health benefits. 

    Walk-ins are welcome to the event, but attendees should come prepared to interview, which includes bringing a resume if possible. Resumes can be sent in advance to fansjobs@pisd.edu or through Plano ISD’s Employment Page where more details about open positions are listed.

    Interested applicants can also call FANS directly at 469-752-5783.

    Come join our team and help feed our future!


    Industries Academy Applications for 2022-2023 School Year Close on January 28

    Interested in acquiring knowledge and skills for success in high-wage, high-demand career fields? The Plano ISD Industries Academy at the Collin College Technical Campus is a two-year program open to incoming juniors that would like to pursue a path in career areas such as advanced manufacturing, architecture and construction, and science, technology, engineering, and math. By taking Collin College dual credit courses, students will have the opportunity to earn industry-based certifications, skills to meet workforce needs, and preparation to join tomorrow’s job market. 

    Applications close on January 28, 2022 at 9 p.m.

    Watch our video below to learn more about the program or visit the Plano ISD Industries Academy web page to complete the Industries Academy Selection Form. 

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    Virtual Academy Accepting Applications for 2022-2023 School Year through January 29

    Plano ISD’s Virtual Academy pilot for grades K-5 is accepting applications through 5 p.m., January 29.

    The Plano ISD Virtual Academy will provide an enhanced K-5 instructional design fully led by Plano ISD teachers and support staff. This enhanced instructional design includes increased synchronous instructional time, curriculum designed by Plano ISD, increased opportunities for small group instruction and enrichment, integration of social emotional learning, additional administrative and support staff, asynchronous instruction and enrichment provided by Plano ISD 

    For more information about Plano ISD’s Virtual Academy, visit their website at www.pisd.edu/virtual or contact us via email at virtual@pisd.edu.


    IB World School at Huffman Elementary Applications for 2022-23 School Year Close on January 29

    Parents interested in having their children attend Plano ISD’s IB World School at Huffman Elementary in the 2022-2023 school year are invited to submit applications through 5 p.m., January 29. The program is the IB primary years programme in Plano ISD. 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 the IB programme at the elementary level, visit the school’s website.


    Community Events, Activities and Opportunities Are Posted on Plano ISD’s Materials Distribution Portal 

    Families can 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 Plano ISD’s materials distribution web page, as well as guidelines on how to post and pay. 


    Secondary Science and Engineering Fair Judges Needed

    Plano ISD is requesting help with judging the Plano ISD Science and Engineering Fair on February 5 from 7:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at McMillen High School, 750 N. Murphy Rd, Murphy, TX 75094.

    All confirmed judges will receive an information packet and map in early January via email. If you have a co-worker or colleague who might be interested in judging, please forward this information. 

    Your help with Plano ISD Science and Engineering Fair helps encourage students to pursue science related careers. We understand how full your schedules are, but hope you will reserve time for our students. The fair is successful year after year thanks to the support of our community. We hope your calendar will allow you to participate in this wonderful event. 

    If you are interested in volunteering to be a judge, please register via this link.

    More information is available on Plano ISD’s Science and Engineering Fair website.

  • January 11, 2022

    Today’s Update for Plano ISD Families


    January 11, 2022

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    Plano ISD MLK Celebration To Be Hosted Virtually

    With the theme “Together We Honor the Past, Inspire the Present and Change the Future,” this year marks the 35th year for Plano ISD’s annual tribute event celebrating the vision of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and the diverse Plano ISD community. The 2022 event will be held as a virtual celebration that will include engaging content that highlights the winners of the student writing contest, the Diversity Leadership Award nominees and winners, top artwork selected from the student art contest and more. 

    We will share more details as we finalize planning to revise our live event to a virtual format. This will include a new date, time and platform for hosting the event. We look forward to celebrating together, even if we are not celebrating in person.


    “Strong-Willed Children” Is Topic of Upcoming Parent Education and Engagement Series

    Plano ISD’s Parent Education and Engagement Program (PEEP) invites parents to attend a three-week series about “Strong-Willed Children.” The one-hour sessions will take place virtually at 1 p.m. on January 12, 19 and 26. Licensed professional counselor and certified parent educator Troslyn Perry-Mitchell will be the presenter. The Zoom link will be sent to registered participants. Register via this link: https://bit.ly/3zNRpHg.


    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. Entries Winners will be determined in each age category and recognized at a City of Richardson City Council meeting.

    Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Essay Contest 2022

    • For: Students in grades 4-12 
    • Prompt: Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. once said, “Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that.” What issue would you “shine a light on” if you had the opportunity and why? 
    • Details: One entry per student. Essays should not exceed 500 words. 
    • Contest Window: January 1-31

    Black History Month Celebrating Diversity and Inclusion Art Contest

    • For: Students in Pre-K-12th grade 
    • Prompt: Create a visual image that displays how your unique beliefs and values contribute to our diverse community and help promote inclusion. 
    • Details: One entry per student. Submissions may include two- or three-dimensional art pieces. 
    • Contest Window: January 1- Feb. 28. 

    To submit entries or for more information about each contest, visit the City of Richardson website.


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  • January 7, 2022

    Today’s Update for Plano ISD Families


    January 7, 2022

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    Updated Guidelines for Schoolwide Events, Activities and PTA

    Due to rising COVID related case numbers in our community, the district has updated the guidelines for schoolwide events and activities to protect the health and wellbeing of Plano ISD students and staff. These revised guidelines will be in place through February 4, 2022, and will be reevaluated at that time. Revised sections are noted in the Return to School Plan with an updated date.

    Updates include:

    • All Plano ISD schools are prohibited from planning large attendance indoor events such as all-school assemblies, parties, socials, pep rallies, etc., that bring large groups of students together during the school day. Campuses are encouraged to explore other options such as small gatherings, grade level cohort groups or virtual opportunities.
    • Parent meetings and conferences will be held virtually through February 4.
    • Campus visitors and volunteers will be on a limited basis depending on the current Campus Response Level.
    • No cafeteria visitors will be permitted on campuses through February 4. 
    • Out-of-district field trips will be postponed and rescheduled for a later date. 
    • Field trips for third graders to the Plano ISD Outdoor Learning Center will continue as planned. Parents can work with their campuses to opt their students out of this trip. 
    • Middle school visits for fifth graders will be postponed and rescheduled for a later date if possible or will be held virtually.
    • Student travel, outside of Plano ISD, not related to an academic or athletic competition, will be postponed and rescheduled.
    • Student travel and participation in academic or athletic events will follow guidance issued by TEA and UIL.

     You can view Plano ISD’s Return to School Plan at www.pisd.edu/returnplan


    COVID Testing for Students (Update)

    Due to statewide staffing and supply shortages of TEA-approved COVID testing vendors, COVID testing through Plano ISD was not able to begin this week, as anticipated. We understand the demand for testing is high right now. We look forward to providing this service again, and apologize for the delay. According to the vendor, testing is expected to begin mid-week, next week. The tests will be PCR tests, not rapid antigen tests. The form previously used for scheduling appointments will no longer be used for the PCR test appointments. Details regarding location, appointment times and directions on scheduling an appointment will be provided once the official start date is finalized. 


    Updated Quarantine Guidelines 

    Staff: Quarantine guidelines for employees who have tested positive for COVID or are experiencing COVID symptoms have been updated based on current CDC and TEA guidelines. Employees may return to work after 5 days of quarantine, as long as the return criteria is met, and the employee has been cleared by Health Services to return to work. In accordance with CDC guidance, masks should be worn for an additional 5 days. If the return criteria is not met after 5 days, quarantine will continue.

    Students: Guidelines for student quarantine have not changed from 10 days as dictated by Texas Department of State Health Services

  • January 6, 2022

    Today’s Update for Plano ISD Families


    January 6, 2022

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    Student Health Reminders and Updates

    Teamwork to Maintain a Safe and Healthy School Environment 

    In Plano ISD, maintaining a safe and healthy environment for our students and staff is a top priority and a coordinated effort. The district works with Collin County Health Services, as well as our students, staff, parents and healthcare professionals to manage communicable illnesses, including COVID-19. We all play an important role in managing health and safety protocols responsibly.

    Schools and the district help by:

    • Teaching and encouraging proper handwashing techniques.
    • Teaching effective cough and sneeze techniques such as coughing into your sleeve.
    • Posting signs around the campus as visual reminders.
    • Offering optional, free flu and COVID-19 vaccinations to staff.
    • Offering optional, free COVID-19 testing to students and staff (see Testing Update below).
    • Encouraging all staff and students to remain home when ill.
    • Recommending indoor masking regardless of vaccination status. 
    • Providing updated information on our COVID Response web page.

    Parents help by:

    • Having their families vaccinated against COVID-19 and flu.
    • Encouraging that proper handwashing, sneeze and cough techniques are used at home.
    • Consulting their healthcare providers when COVID or flu-like symptoms begin. Symptoms include: fever, cough, shortness of breath/difficulty breathing, sore throat, body aches, fatigue, headache, nasal congestion or runny nose, new loss of taste or smell, nausea or vomiting, diarrhea.
    • Keeping children home when ill or while awaiting test results.
    • Completing the Student Reporting Form if students have tested positive for COVID. 

    Students help by:

    • Washing their hands for 20 seconds with soap and water before and after eating, after sneezing or coughing into their hands, after using the restroom, after playing outdoors and any other times that their hands are dirty.
    • Using tissues when sneezing and coughing into their sleeves.
    • Not sharing food and drink.
    • Encouraging others to do the same. 

    The Collin County Health Services Department can help by:

    • Helping to plan and making suggestions for managing increased incidences in a particular area.

    COVID Testing for Students in Grades K-12 (UPDATE)

    Due to staffing and supply shortages, COVID testing through Plano ISD was not able to begin this week, as anticipated. We understand the demand for testing is high right now. We look forward to providing this service, again, and apologize for the delay. According to the vendor, testing is expected to begin mid-week, next week. The tests will be PCR tests, not rapid antigen tests. The form previously used for scheduling appointments will no longer be used for the PCR test appointments. Details regarding location, appointment times, and directions on scheduling an appointment will be provided once the official start date is finalized. 

    Remote Conferencing for COVID Quarantine

    Remote Conferencing is a mechanism by which remote instruction can be provided for each individual student that will be out of school for COVID-related quarantine purposes. 

    Student attendance will be coded as “RC- Remote Conferencing,” which is considered being “PRESENT.” The total amount of RC instruction cannot exceed 20 instructional days over the entirety of the school year. School Nurses will work with the campus COVID Action Team to assign remote conferencing. It is recommended that RC is assigned for no more than 10 days.

    Remote Conferencing for COVID Quarantine Overview: Remote conferencing allows students who qualify the opportunity to have synchronous or live instructional facilitation for a minimum of 2 hours per day for students PK-5, and 4 hours each day for students in grades 6-12. The remote conferencing teachers are Plano ISD teachers from our Guinn SPC and substitutes, the home campus teacher will remain the teacher of record. This allows students to keep up with classroom learning and assignments while not being overburdened with make-up work upon their return to school. Download and view the Remote Conferencing Parent Information Sheet in English or Spanish.


    Parents Invited to Complete Interest Survey About Two-Way Dual Language Immersion Program 

    Plano ISD is excited at the possibility of offering a two-way dual language immersion program for kindergarten students in the 2022-2023 school year. The implementation of the two-way dual language program in the 2022-2023 school year is pending, based on interest expressed by Plano ISD parents. Please take a few moments to complete this short survey to inform our planning. (Completion of the survey is not a commitment to the program.)

    Two-way dual language is a program that integrates English speaking and Spanish speaking students in the same classroom. Students entering the two-way dual language program in kindergarten will remain in the program through 5th grade. Two-way dual language programs help students develop oral and cognitive academic language in both English and Spanish, while mastering grade level knowledge and skills in all elementary content areas. The goal of the program is for all students to become bilingual and biliterate. To learn more about the program please visit our website

    Two parent information sessions will be held so that parents can learn more about the two-way dual language immersion program and the application process. There will be an in-person meeting at 5:30 p.m. on January 19 in the Plano ISD Board Room at 2700 W. 15th Street, Plano, Texas. A virtual parent meeting option will be offered at 5:30 p.m. on January 20 via Zoom


    Family Financial Literacy Virtual Workshop To Be Offered on January 11

    Want to learn from the experts ways to start fresh financially for 2022? Families are invited to attend the upcoming Parent Education and Engagement Program session that will focus on “Financial Literacy 101.” This session will be presented by community partner Capital One on January 11 at 10:00 a.m. virtually through Zoom. For more information about this session and other Parent Education and Engagement Program opportunities, please contact Director of Family & Social Services Sharon Bradley.


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  • January 4, 2022

    Today’s Update for Plano ISD Families


    January 4, 2022

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    Virtual Academy Application Window for 2022-2023 School Year Is January 5-29

    Plano ISD is excited to announce that the Virtual Academy pilot for grades K-5 will be extended for the 2022-2023 school year. The application window will open at 8 a.m. on January 5 and close at 5 p.m. on January 29.

    The Plano ISD Virtual Academy will provide an enhanced K-5 instructional design fully led by Plano ISD teachers and support staff. This enhanced instructional design includes increased synchronous instructional time, curriculum designed by Plano ISD, increased opportunities for small group instruction and enrichment, integration of social emotional learning, additional administrative and support staff, asynchronous instruction and enrichment provided by Plano ISD 

    (Want to print or share this information? Download the flyer in English or Spanish.) 

    For more information about Plano ISD’s Virtual Academy, visit the website at www.pisd.edu/virtual or email virtual@pisd.edu.


    Application Window for IB World School at Huffman Elementary, January 5-29

    Parents interested in having their children attend Plano ISD’s IB World School at Huffman Elementary in the 2022-2023 school year are invited to submit applications between 8 a.m., January 5 and 5 p.m., January 29. The program is the IB primary years programme in Plano ISD. 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 the IB programme at the elementary level, visit the school’s website.


    Application Window for Grades 9-12 Academy Programs Closes on January 7

    The application deadline for Academy High School, the Health Sciences Academy and the IB World School at Plano East Senior High School is on January 7. Applications for the Industries Academies at Collin College close at 9 p.m. on January 28.

    Students currently in eighth, ninth and tenth grade interested in applying to be in any of these academy programs for the upcoming 2022-2023 school year can access applications online on the Academy Programs of Plano webpage at www.pisd.edu/academyprograms


    Families Can Request Intra-District Transfers from January 4-7

    The Intra-District Transfer Request process for kindergarten-12th grades will begin on January 4 at 8:00 a.m. and close on January 7 at 5 p.m. The process is open to all families who wish to request a school transfer for their student for the 2022-23 school year. For more information about the transfer process and how to request an online tracking number, visit the Student Transfers page at www.pisd.edu/pisdtransfer.


    Secondary Science and Engineering Fair Judges Needed

    Plano ISD is requesting help with judging the Plano ISD Science and Engineering Fair on February 5 from 7:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at McMillen High School, 750 N. Murphy Rd, Murphy, TX 75094.

    All confirmed judges will receive an information packet and map in early January via email. If you have a co-worker or colleague who might be interested in judging, please forward this information. 

    Your help with Plano ISD Science and Engineering Fair helps encourage students to pursue science related careers. We understand how full your schedules are, but hope you will reserve time for our students. The fair is successful year after year thanks to the support of our community. We hope your calendar will allow you to participate in this wonderful event. 

    If you are interested in volunteering to be a judge, please register via this link.

    More information is available on Plano ISD’s Science and Engineering Fair website.


    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 determined in each age category and recognized at a City of Richardson City Council meeting.

    Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Essay Contest 2022

    • For: Students in grades 4-12 
    • Prompt:  Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. once said, “Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that.” What issue would you “shine a light on” if you had the opportunity and why? 
    • Details: One entry per student. Essays should not exceed 500 words. 
    • Contest Window: January 1-31

    African American History Month Celebrating Diversity and Inclusion Art Contest

    • For: Students in Pre-K-12th grade 
    • Prompt: Create a visual image that displays how your unique beliefs and values contribute to our diverse community and help promote inclusion.  
    • Details: One entry per student. Submissions may include two- or three-dimensional art pieces. 
    • Contest Window: January 1- February 28. 

    To submit entries or for more information about each contest, visit the City of Richardson website.

  • COVID-19 Reporting as We Return from Winter Break

    January 3, 2022

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    COVID-19 Reporting as We Return from Winter Break

    As Plano ISD schools prepare to welcome students back for the second semester, we want to remind you that the Student Reporting Form for COVID-19 remains available. Please complete and submit the form if your child tests positive for COVID-19. 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, please contact your 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 is 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.
    • Your child 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.
    • Your child is awaiting their own test results.  All test results must be final before returning to school.

    Optional COVID testing for PISD students in grades K-12 will resume on January 5, 2022. PCR testing will be available two days a week. Additional information and details regarding appointments will be shared when finalized with the provider. If you need a test before then, you may search for a location HERE.

    As we continue to closely monitor the health situation, any operational changes, which could affect some activities and large gatherings, will be made on a campus-by-campus basis depending on the number of positive COVID-19 cases at the individual location.

    COVID vaccines are available for children ages 5 and older through multiple vaccine providers in the community. Booster doses have been approved for teens, ages 16 and older (CDC approval for ages 12 and up is expected this week). Contact your child’s physician or locate a vaccine provider HERE.

    Plano ISD faculty and staff wish you and your family a safe and happy New Year and we look forward to welcoming students back to school on January 5!

  • December 16, 2021

    Today’s Update for Plano ISD Families


    December 16, 2021

    Happy Winter Break

    Happy Winter Break, Plano ISD! 

    Winter Break is from December 20-January 3. January 4 is a student holiday and a staff work day. Classes resume on January 5. 

    Have a safe and happy holiday, Plano ISD families!


    COVID-19/Cold/Flu/Allergies: What are the differences?

    With flu season upon us, allergens in the air and COVID-19 still going around, every cough, sneeze or sore throat may have you wondering what you have. Being a viral illness, COVID-19 symptoms look very similar to symptoms of the flu or common cold. Some symptoms may look like your typical seasonal allergies. This table compares the typical symptoms seen with COVID-19 and those seen with the common cold, the flu, and seasonal allergies (Note: the table does not include an exhaustive list of symptoms). When in doubt, contact your healthcare provider.


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  • December 15, 2021 - Safety Reminder for Plano ISD Families

    December 15, 2021

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    Safety Reminder for Plano ISD Families

    The safety and well-being of all Plano ISD students are always a top priority. Schools across the country have seen a significant increase in threats through social media. In order to make sure that every student receives an exceptional education in a safe and supportive learning environment, we strive to ensure that our classrooms are safe from anyone who may attempt to cause fear, disruption or alarm.

    As some students may have toys that look like or appear as real weapons (e.g., Nerf gun, BB gun, air gun, etc.), Plano ISD asks for your partnership in building awareness regarding safety concerns. Please talk to your child and help prevent these toys from becoming a perceived threat sent via social media, text messages, email or in person, with any type of threat attached. Such perceived or implied threats to a Plano ISD school, student or staff member, even as a prank, will be investigated by the school and law enforcement that may result in school and/or criminal consequences depending on the severity of the incident.

    Possession of prohibited items and misuse of technology resources and the Internet violate the Plano ISD Student Code of Conduct and are subject to disciplinary action, which may include: 

    • In- or Out-of-School Suspension
    • District Alternative Education Placement
    • Juvenile Justice Alternative Education Placement
    • Criminal Charges

    Parents are asked to take the following steps to support the safety and wellness of your children over the winter break and throughout the school year:

    • Please monitor your child’s online and social media behavior
    • Talk to your children about the consequences of posting inappropriate content or threats through social media
    • Encourage your child to be an upstander and make responsible decisions.

    The Student Management Team and other district personnel have worked together to develop informational web resources aimed at helping families identify and address safety concerns. Visit the SEL and Student Management web pages for more information. Additionally, Plano ISD will continue to provide student guidance and build awareness around student safety.  

    We appreciate your partnership in helping us provide a safe and supportive learning environment. 

  • December 14, 2021

    Today’s Update for Plano ISD Families


    December 14, 2021

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    Families Can Request Intra-District Transfers from January 4-7

    The Intra-District Transfer Request process for kindergarten-12th grades will begin on January 4 at 8:00 a.m. and close on January 7 at 5 p.m. The process is open to all families who wish to request a school transfer for their student for the 2022-23 school year. For more information about the transfer process and how to request an online tracking number, visit the Student Transfers page at www.pisd.edu/pisdtransfer.


    Application Window for Grades 9-12 Academy Programs Extended

    The application deadline for Academy High School, the Health Sciences Academy and the IB World School at Plano East Senior High School has been extended to January 7. Applications for the Industries Academies at Collin College close at 9 p.m. on January 28.

    Students currently in eighth, ninth and tenth grade interested in applying to be in any of these academy programs for the upcoming 2022-2023 school year can access applications online on the Academy Programs of Plano webpage at www.pisd.edu/academyprograms


    Application Window for IB World School at Huffman Elementary, January 5-29

    Parents interested in having their children attend Plano ISD’s IB World School at Huffman Elementary in the 2022-2023 school year are invited to submit applications between 8 a.m., January 5 and 5 p.m., January 29. The program is the IB primary years programme in Plano ISD. 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 the IB programme at the elementary level, visit the school’s website or watch the video below.

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  • December 9, 2021

    Today’s Update for Plano ISD Families


    December 9, 2021

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    Robbie & Lynore Robinson Fine Arts Center Grand Opening Is Postponed

    This update is to let you know that the grand opening of the Robbie & Lynore Robinson Fine Arts Center, originally scheduled for mid January, has been postponed. As construction has progressed, the floors in the building show evidence of significant cracking as a result of poor workmanship and/or design that do not meet the aesthetic standards established by Plano ISD. Mindful of our obligation to students, parents, staff, the taxpayers and the many supporters of this facility, Plano ISD leaders have elected not to take occupancy of the facility until this deficiency is resolved to the satisfaction of the District. 

    Understanding the ripple effect this has on our district and community, we will announce a new grand opening date as soon as we are able. Plano ISD students deserve a facility that honors their commitment to the arts and our goal is to make sure that you, our district and our community can be proud of our new home for the arts in Plano ISD.


    Winter/Holiday Celebration Reminders

    Each year as the holidays approach, Plano ISD receives many questions regarding seasonal celebrations. To accommodate these inquiries, the district offers reminders related to food, materials distribution and other policies and guidelines. This information is available on the website at www.pisd.edu/wintercelebrations

  • December 7, 2021

    Today’s Update for Plano ISD Families


    December 7, 2021

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    Virtual Academy Hosting Information Meetings for 2022-2023 School Year Enrollment 

    Plano ISD is excited to announce that the Virtual Academy pilot will be extended for the 2022-2023 school year. The Plano ISD Virtual Academy will provide an enhanced K-5 instructional design fully led by Plano ISD teachers and support staff. This enhanced instructional design includes increased synchronous instructional time, curriculum designed by Plano ISD, more opportunities for small group instruction and enrichment, integration of social emotional learning, and additional administrative and support staff.

    Families interested in enrolling their student in Plano ISD’s Virtual Academy during the 2022-2023 school year are invited to attend one of two information meetings to be held via Zoom:

    • Wednesday, December 8 from 9:00-9:30 a.m. (Zoom link)
    • Thursday, December 9 from 6:00-6:30 p.m. (Zoom link)

    (Want to print or share this information? Download the flyer.)  

    All transfers, including transfers into Plano ISD’s Virtual Academy, are yearlong commitments. 

    To learn more about Plano ISD’s Virtual Academy, visit www.pisd.edu/virtual. For questions about the meeting, please contact Steven Ewing, executive director for Student, Family and Community Services. 


    Sign Ups Open for Plano ISD’s K-5 Districtwide Virtual Code Night Taking Place Next Wednesday, December 8

    All Plano ISD students in grades kindergarten through fifth grade are invited to participate in Plano ISD’s Code Night taking place virtually on Wednesday, December 8, from 5:00-6:15 p.m. Registration is required via this form. The event will introduce families and their students to coding and computer science using fun puzzles and special tips.

    For the evening, participants will need a charged Chromebook, laptop or PC, and Internet access. Families who need assistance obtaining Internet access should contact their school’s campus technology assistant. 

    More information is available on Plano ISD’s website

  • December 2, 2021

    Today’s Update for Plano ISD Families


    December 2, 2021

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    IB World School at Huffman Elementary Hosting Enrollment Information Meetings for 2022-23 School Year

    Parents interested in having their children attend Plano ISD’s IB World School at Huffman Elementary in the 2022-2023 school year are invited to attend one of two information meetings: Saturday, December 4 at 10:00 a.m. (in-person) or Tuesday, December 7 at 6:00 p.m. (virtual). 

    The program is the IB primary years programme in Plano ISD. Any student who lives within the Plano ISD attendance zone and who will be enrolled in grades K-5 is eligible to apply. Registration will take place from January 5-29. 

    Watch the video below to get an overview of the program or to learn more about the meetings, visit the school’s IB PYP website

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    To view the video with closed captioning in English or other languages, click on the subtitles (cc) button and then the gear button. After selecting the gear button, click on “English,” then “auto-translate” and then choose the language.


    Virtual Academy Hosting Information Meetings for 2022-2023 School Year Enrollment 

    Plano ISD is excited to announce that the Virtual Academy pilot will be extended for the 2022-2023 school year. The Plano ISD Virtual Academy will provide an enhanced K-5 instructional design fully led by Plano ISD teachers and support staff. This enhanced instructional design includes increased synchronous instructional time, curriculum designed by Plano ISD, more opportunities for small group instruction and enrichment, integration of social emotional learning, and additional administrative and support staff.

    Families interested in enrolling their student in Plano ISD’s Virtual Academy during the 2022-2023 school year are invited to attend one of two information meetings to be held via Zoom:

    • Wednesday, December 8 from 9:00-9:30 a.m. (Zoom link)
    • Thursday, December 9 from 6:00-6:30 p.m. (Zoom link)

    (Want to print or share this information? Download the flyer in English or Spanish.) 

    All transfers, including transfers into Plano ISD’s Virtual Academy, are yearlong commitments. 

    To learn more about Plano ISD’s Virtual Academy, visit www.pisd.edu/virtual. For questions about the meeting, please contact Steven Ewing, executive director for Student, Family and Community Services. 


    Sign Ups Open for Plano ISD’s K-5 Districtwide Virtual Code Night Taking Place Next Wednesday, December 8

    All Plano ISD students in grades kindergarten through fifth grade are invited to participate in Plano ISD’s Code Night taking place virtually on Wednesday, December 8, from 5:00-6:15 p.m. Registration is required via this form. The event will introduce families and their students to coding and computer science using fun puzzles and special tips.

    For the evening, participants will need a charged Chromebook, laptop or PC, and Internet access. Families who need assistance obtaining Internet access should contact their school’s campus technology assistant. 

    More information is available on Plano ISD’s website


    Eighth-10th Grade Students Interested in Academy Programs at High Schools and Senior High Schools Can Apply Now

    Plano ISD eighth, ninth and tenth grade students who are interested in applying for academy programs at the high school and senior high schools for the 2022-2023 school year can do so now. Online applications are available on the Academy Programs of Plano webpage at www.pisd.edu/academyprograms 

    Applications for Academy High School, the Health Sciences Academy and the IB World School at Plano East must be submitted by 9:00 p.m., Wednesday, December 15, 2021. 

    Applications for the Industries Academies at Collin College close at 9 p.m. on January 28, 2022.


    Plano ISD Diversity Leadership Award Nominations Close this Friday 

    The Plano ISD Diversity Advisory Committee is accepting nominations for the 21st Annual Plano ISD Diversity Leadership Award. Nominations can be submitted via this form and are due by 5:00 p.m., Friday, December 3, 2021. 

    Individual and group winners will be recognized at the Plano ISD Martin Luther King, Jr., Diversity Celebration to be held on January 20, 2022. 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 Brian Lyons via email or at 469-752-8910.

  • November 30, 2021

    Today’s Update for Plano ISD Families


    November 30, 2021

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    New Webpage Helps Families Explore Pathways to College and Careers

    Plano ISD recently launched a web page dedicated to Exploring Pathways to College and Careers. The site offers an overview and videos of the variety of opportunities. These resources are designed to help students to meet college and career readiness standards that enable them to be future-ready citizens and leaders in the global workforce. The videos include Career and Technical Education Programs of Study options that can assist students with their high school four-year plan. Visit the site at www.pisd.edu/ExploringPathways.


    Plano ISD Diversity Leadership Award Nominations Close this Friday 

    The Plano ISD Diversity Advisory Committee is accepting nominations for the 21st Annual Plano ISD Diversity Leadership Award. Nominations can be submitted via this form and are due by 5:00 p.m., Friday, December 3, 2021. 

    Individual and group winners will be recognized at the Plano ISD Martin Luther King, Jr., Diversity Celebration to be held on January 20, 2022. 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 Brian Lyons via email or at 469-752-8910.