Plano Area Schools Re-opening Plan

Plano Area Schools Re-opening Plan

Back to School – Covid Reopening Plan

It’s getting close to Re-opening time. We know parents are worried and have more questions than answers – while the situation is fluid, the new TEA guidelines just released should provide Frisco, Lewisville, Allen, McKinney, Richardson, Garland, Wylie and Plano ISD leaders more information to help Parents and Staff navigate the 2020/2021 School Year.

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The TEA guidelines (released July 7) have been taken into consideration for when the School year starts mid August. 

Plano ISD School Bus

Plano Independent School District

Updated: August 6, 2020

All Public Schools will begin instruction with the Remote Learning environment, called School@Home until Labor Day.

Any students who have been elected to go back to their School Campus will return September 9. 

Parents can choose either a face-to-face or remote learning environment (called School@Home). There will be two different learning environments taught by different teachers with an easy transition should face-to-face students need a quick transition home – to avoid any gaps in Learning.

The two options (which can be decided and changed by Parents)  provide time for planning ahead for a September 9, return back to School and will initially be taken for a 9-week grading period. 

  • 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. This will differ for Middle, High and Senior High School Students who are moving to a Hybrid cohort model.
  • 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.

Plano Independent School District

 After School Care (PASAR in Plano) will be offered on Campuses.

All courses will be offered in both settings, at the higher grades  Choir, Band, Orchestra, Athletics, Sports and other extra-curricular courses will be offered on Campus and available to At Home students too.

If possible, for Face-to-Face, a number of safety measures are being taken for students and bus drivers riding to School and we recommend Car Pool or Walking to minimize exposure.

At School, there will also be increased safety and screening precautions happening as a result of the TEA Guidelines being issued. 

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Masks will be required for Students as developmentally appropriate and on Buses. 

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Parents are encouraged to email PISD with their questions

For everything you need to know about Plano ISD, we have some great information for you 

Our Local ISD Quick Links

We are expecting that many ISD’s are following the same processes and plans as neighboring ISD’s.

The School Calendar dates remain the same at this time. 

Learning Options for Parents

In addition to our Public School Systems, other options include Charter and Private Schools in the area or we have guidance on how to Homeschool the right way which may also an option for some parents.

We know this is a tough time for all Parents as they navigate through these unprecedented times. This list of Support and Pod opportunities should be helpful! 


4 thoughts on “Plano Area Schools Re-opening Plan”

    1. Not yet! It’s a really tough decision. It’s possible that during the first few weeks that the decision may change anyway, in the event that PISD has to move to remote online learning.

  1. Is it possible to put a survey on Plano Moms Talk on if people are leaning to in person or online? It might be helpful for people to get a read on what the community is thinking without debate:)

    1. Yes, there is at least one active poll in our Facebook group right now. Look up Vanessa Dixon. Our read is about a 50/50 split as of early July 2020, but this will change constantly. It seems to be a very personal decision based on circumstances, concern of level of risk and other factors.

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