Dear Plano ISD Community:
The 2019-20 school year began, as every school year does, with expectations and excitement for what the future would hold. Across grade levels, students were beginning or continuing their journey to graduation.
However, by mid-March, Plano ISD was in unmapped territory—alongside school districts across the globe—facing a worldwide pandemic that affected every student, every staff member, our Plano ISD families and our community at large. Our top priority became keeping Plano ISD families and staff safe while continuing to educate nearly 53,000 children, following guidance from local and national health authorities, and staying in constant contact with the state educational agency, as well as our neighboring Texas school districts. As buildings closed to the public and students transitioned to online learning, there was still much to be learned about managing and mitigating COVID-19.
The 2019-2020 school year put the district’s strategic vision to the test, as we remained Committed to Excellence, Dedicated to Caring and Plano ISD Proud during exceptional times. We are proud of the collaborative efforts of our staff, families and community to educate and care for our Plano ISD students. Students are the reason we are here and are at the heart of every decision. Each day is both a challenge and a joy as our district and community continue to work together to achieve our mission to educate, inspire and empower every student to activate their unique potential in a dynamic world.
Our school community demonstrated its dedication to caring by coming together in the interest of student learning, as well as their social and emotional wellbeing. When learning went completely virtual, we worked to provide Internet service and wireless hotspots to families who did not have access. We also made sure every student received a Chromebook or other device for learning at home. Despite building closures, we served over 4 million meals to Plano students this school year and partnered with area food banks to provide food to the greater Plano ISD community. During a time when we could not host large gatherings, we found ways to honor our seniors. We provided a personalized graduation experience, while continuing to prioritize public health and safety.
Although a global pandemic was an unanticipated part of our 2019-20 journey, it does not define our story. We are pleased to share stories of success and achievement in this 2019-20 Annual Report. We are grateful to Plano ISD families for their support; to our staff who stepped up in unprecedented ways; and to our students who have risen to the challenges no one could have imagined they would be facing when school started on August 12. In Plano ISD, we are dedicated to caring and proud of our commitment to students this year and every year.
Sara M. Bonser | Superintendent
Sara M. Bonser
Superintendent of Schools