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We are 'All-In' this Together at Mathews!

SPECIAL EDITION: COVID-19 UPDATE

UPDATE: Mobile Food Pantry Friday!

North Texas Food Bank mobile pantry will be at Williams High School Friday, March 20 from 3-5 p.m. Open to all in the community.

www.PISD.edu/closureresources

As We Move Forward:

To All Our Mathews Families,


Today is the first day of spring and the sun is trying to shine. It gives a sense of hope as we continue to work together during this difficult time.


This newsletter is to keep you in the loop as we move forward both in regards to all district updates as well as learning opportunities for our Mavs from their teachers.


Our teachers are currently hard at work planning remotely to provide optimal learning opportunities for your children during this time. We will be sending out your children's lessons each week on Monday morning.


PLEASE know, we know many of you are either working from home, or have someone caring for your children while you are at work. As a district, we understand completely and know we are planning accordingly. This is a time for TRUST and GRACE as we work together to continue to meet the many needs of our students and families.


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MEDICATION AT SCHOOLS

If You Need to Pick Up Medications:

Medication is locked up safe and sound at school. However, if you need medication for your child that is at school please contact the contact below. She is a school nurse and can arrange a time to do a curbside pick up of medications.


Christy Hamilton RN, BSN

Special Assignment Nurse


E-Mail:

christy.hamilton@pisd.edu

DISTRICT UPDATES

Ongoing Updates from the District:

Plano ISD is dedicated to caring for our students in and outside of the classroom. We are working diligently to offer solutions that will minimize the effect that this extended school closure may have on our families. Thank you to the community groups and volunteers who have reached out with various offers of help.


As we receive information on available support and services, we will post those details on our website at www.pisd.edu/Page/22423.

REMOTE LEARNING

PISD Remote Learning Kicks Off Monday, March 23

At this time our campuses are closed through Friday, April 3; but not our learning!

Remote learning district wide will begin on Monday, March 23rd.

Information on Chromebook checkout will be coming soon.


In the event that school closing extends beyond April 3, we will update our online learning plan to support a longer term continuity of learning. We will continue to provide you with ongoing updates. Thank you for your understanding and kind notes in thinking of us.


www.pisd.edu/Page/22423.

ACCESSING WEBSITES

How to Support Digital Learning from Home

How will I support my student’s learning and instruction from home during the closure?


  • Plano ISD provides many digital tools to support in-class learning, and our students will have access to these resources which are aligned to their classes through the PISD Webdesk and the student digital backpack. Directions to access these resources from home can be found HERE.
  • Set aside time each day during the school closure for practice, extension and enrichment utilizing provided resources.
  • Choose something to read with your student, or provide time for self-selected reading every day.
  • More information will be shared in the future to support student learning in the event that the school closure lasts beyond April 3.

TECHNOLOGY SUPPORT FOR OUR FAMILIES

Technology Assistance:

Technology Access

In an effort to better understand and support the needs of our community, we are asking a few questions related to Plano ISD students' collective ability to access technology outside of school. We fully recognize the irony of using an online survey to gather this information. Please be assured that survey responses will be coupled with additional data collected using "offline" methods to inform our decisions and plans of action. Access and share this survey at: www.pisd.edu/techaccess.

Asunto: Recursos durante el cierre: Acceso a tecnología y comidas

Estimadas Familias,

El ISD de Plano está dedicado a cuidar de nuestros alumnos dentro y fuera del aula. Estamos trabajando con diligencia para ofrecer soluciones que minimizarán el impacto que este cierre escolar extendido podría tener en nuestras familias. Agradecemos a los grupos comunitarios y voluntarios que nos han comunicado varias ofertas de ayuda. A medida recibimos información sobre apoyos y servicios disponibles, los anunciaremos en nuestro sitio web en www.pisd.edu/Page/22423.


Acceso a tecnología

En un esfuerzo por mejor entender y apoyar las necesidades de nuestra comunidad, tenemos algunas preguntas relacionadas con la capacidad colectiva de los alumnos del ISD de Plano de acceder a tecnología fuera de la escuela. Reconocemos plenamente la ironía de usar una encuesta en línea para recopilar esta información. Tengan por seguro que las respuestas a la encuesta serán combinadas con datos adicionales recopilados con métodos "no en línea", para informar nuestras decisiones y planes de acción. Puede acceder y compartir esta encuesta en: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLScmacU1mCgr3_7dD7kkTAWfM6Y_twdwaLDdyA-9E17ozwpQrA/viewform.

Ayuda con comidas


Queremos asegurar que todos los alumnos tengan acceso a comidas durante el cierre del distrito. Para empezar la semana, empezando el lunes, 16 de marzo, el ISD de Plano proporcionará desayunos y almuerzos gratis para llevar en cinco sitios en el distrito. Se podrían hacer ajustes a este calendario, según sea necesario, así que les pedimos estar pendientes de comunicaciones actualizadas y consultar regularmente el sitio web del ISD de Plano para cualquier información nueva.

Se podrán recoger las comidas para llevar, sin bajarse de su vehículo, a las siguientes horas:


· Desayuno: 7:30 a. m. – 8:30 a. m.

· Almuerzo: 11:00 a. m. – 12:30 p. m.


Este programa sirve a los alumnos que asisten a cualquier escuela del ISD de Plano, de prekínder hasta el grado 12. Las familias pueden recoger las comidas sin bajarse del auto, en los carriles para vehículos compartidos (carpool) de los campus indicados a continuación: No habrá ningún acceso a los edificios.



Escuela Primaria Daffron
3900 Preston Meadow Drive, Plano, TX 75093


Escuela del Mundo del IB de Huffman Elementary
5510 Channel Isle Drive, Plano, TX 75093


Escuela Primaria Rose Haggar
17820 Campbell Rd., Dallas, TX 75252


Escuela Primaria Meadows
2800 18th Street, Plano, TX 75074


Escuela Primaria Sigler
1400 Janwood Drive, Plano, TX 75075


Escuela Primaria Thomas
1800 Montana Trail, Plano, TX 75023

MEALS

North Texas Food Bank

The North Texas Food Bank is encouraging families to fully utilize their Partner Agency network. Their online map at https://ntfb.org/our-programs/get-food-assistance/find-a-food-pantry is updated daily to reflect current available resources. Families can locate food pantries closest to them by entering their zip code.

Meal Assistance: Breakfast and Lunch:

We want to make sure that all students have access to meals during the district’s closure. To get the week started, Plano ISD is providing free grab-and-go breakfast and lunch at SEVEN locations across the district beginning Monday, March 23.


Adjustments to this schedule may be made as needed, so please watch for updated communications and regularly check the Plano ISD website for new information.

Grab-and-go meals will be available for curbside pickup at the following times:


FRIDAY, March 20 Only:

· Breakfast: 7:30 a.m. – 8:30 a.m.

· Lunch: 11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.


BEGINNING, MONDAY, MARCH 23:

Updated Meal Access for Families

New Location Added (Barron Elementary)
New Hours Next Week:

Monday - Friday, 11-00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Starting Monday, March 23, hours for the district’s grab-and-go breakfast and lunch program will change to 11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. During this pick-up time, families will be able to get lunch, along with breakfast for the following day. This cuts down on the number of times our families will need to leave home to pick up meals each day. Also beginning Monday, Barron Elementary will be added as a new location for meals.



This program serves students attending any Plano ISD school, grades pre-k through 12. Families can pick up meals curbside in the carpool lanes at the campuses listed below. Access to enter the buildings will not be available.


- Armstrong Middle School *

(pickup at this location is the bus lane at the rear of the building)
3805 Timberline Drive, Plano, TX 75074
Meal service begins at this location on Thursday, March 19


·Barron Elementary School

3300 P Avenue, Plano, TX 75074

Meal Services begin at this location on Monday, March 23


- Daffron Elementary School
3900 Preston Meadow Drive, Plano, TX 75093


· IB World School at Huffman Elementary
5510 Channel Isle Drive, Plano, TX 75093


· Meadows Elementary School
2800 18th Street, Plano, TX 75074


- Rose Haggar Elementary School

17820 Campbell Road, Dallas, TX 75252


· Sigler Elementary School
1400 Janwood Drive, Plano, TX 75075


· Thomas Elementary School
1800 Montana Trail, Plano, TX 75023

COMMUNITY RESOURCES

Census 2020

The U.S. Census helps our schools and neighborhoods. The goal for the Census is to get a complete count of everyone—once and in the right place. Information and answers to your questions about the Census, including how to participate, please click.

Family and Community Resources:

This week we launched a Family Resource page on the district’s website. This page provides a searchable list that families, community members and school staff can utilize to help find community resources in order to meet a family’s needs. The list is searchable by agency name, zip code and category. Categories include such areas as basic needs (food assistance, housing assistance), health care (medical, dental, vision), and mental health (substance abuse, counseling, etc.).


The family resource page can be found at https://www.pisd.edu/familyresources

How You Can Help:

Looking for ways to help Plano ISD students while schools are closed? Please visit
https://www.pisd.edu/howtohelp


Plano ISD is thankful for partners like Minnie's Food Pantry who are stepping up for students and families.

CDC

CDC Guidelines on Coronavirus Prevention

Click the blue button for the CDC website for more information.

CREATING A ROUTINE FOR LEARNING AT HOME

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Planning Your Child's Day:

However it might work best is particular to each family; however, a routine, or schedule is always helpful for children.


Create a daily schedule between chores and learning and playtime. Add some incentives for staying up a little later if the day goes well (but not too late!)


Balance time with electronics and other activities. Read a good book, draw, bake, pull weeds...(it is that time of year!) and try to stay away or limit social media. Too much of that isn't good for any of us!


For older children, ask them to help create their schedule with you together.

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