• Health & Wellness Reminders 

    January 13, 2022

    Updated Guidelines for Schoolwide Events

    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

    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

    Maintaining Healthy Schools Together

    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.

    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.