The Plano ISD is taking a lot of factors into planning the new school calendar due to the effects of the pandemic. They have even recently closed down an elementary school temporarily due to an outbreak as The Dallas Morning News said in an article published on November 16th. In it they say:
“Jackson Elementary School in Plano ISD is temporarily returning to full remote learning because an “increasing number” of students and staffers have either tested positive for COVID-19 or been forced to quarantine after being in close contact with someone with the virus.”
In preparation for the new school year, the Plano ISD has drafted no less than three different school calendars according to a Community Impact article published on November 17th. In it they say:
“Staff considered several factors when putting together the calendars, Executive Director of Communications Lesley Range-Stanton said. They included community preferences, the 75,600 instructional minutes required by the state, balanced semesters, testing calendars, alignment with Collin College dual credit courses, spring break dates for surrounding districts, placement and duration of breaks, student activities and graduation.”
The Plano ISD is trying to balance a lot of different things for this upcoming school year with the intention of treating everyone involved fairly in light of current circumstances.