Jackson eNews

July 26, 2021

Hello Jackson Families!

Oh my goodness--it's hard to believe, but the 2021-2022 school year is right around the corner! We are super excited to have our students back in the classroom and can't wait to see everyone on Wednesday, August 11, for the first day of classes!

Your student will also have a chance to meet their teacher for the 2021-22 school year on Monday, August 9, from 4:30-5:30 pm. Please have all Parent Portal forms completed prior to the event. We hope to see you there!

To give our families plenty of time to plan, we wanted to share some important dates and information below. We will continue to update information as we receive it. In the meantime, stay cool and enjoy the rest of the summer! It looks like we are in for some Texas-style heat!


Kamili Carthledge, Assistant Principal

Jackson Elementary

Important Dates


Thursday, August 5 - PreK and Kindergarten Parent Information Night (Parents Only Please).

  • School supplies and spirit wear will be sold from 5:00 - 5:30 p.m.
  • PreK Parent Orientation will be held from 5:30 - 6:30 p.m. in rooms D105 (monolingual families) and D107 (bilingual families).
  • Kindergarten Parent Orientation will be held from 5:30 - 6:30 p.m. Monolingual families will meet in the Library and bilingual families will meet in the Art room.

Friday, August 6 - Sunday, August 8 - Tax Free Weekend! Save money on tax-free purchases of most clothing, footwear, school supplies and backpacks.

Monday, August 9 - Jackson's "Meet the Teacher" event for PreK through 5th Grade students from 4:30 - 5:30 p.m.

Wednesday, August 11 - First Day of Classes for the 2021-2022 school year!


Monday, September 6 - Labor Day, Student/Teacher Holiday

Tuesday, September 7 - Student Holiday

Thursday, September 9 - Fall Picture Day

Click HERE for 2021-22 PISD District Calendar

Free Breakfast and Lunch for the 2021-2022 School Year

In accordance with United States Department of Agriculture guidance, Plano ISD will offer all students access to free breakfast and lunch every school day during the 2021-22 academic year, regardless of household income. No application or eligibility determination process is required for a student to receive free meals this school year, the income eligibility requirement will likely resume in the 2022-2023 school year. A la carte items will be available for purchase.

De acuerdo con la guia del Departmento de Agricultura de los Estados Unidos, Plano ISD ofrecera a todos los estudiantes acceso a desayuno y almuerzo gratis todos los dias escolares durante el ano academico 2021-22, independientemente de los ingresos familiares. No se requiere ningun proceso de solicitud o determinacion de elegibilidad para que un estudiante reciba comidas gratis este ano escolar; el requisito de elegibilidad por ingresos probablemente se reanudara en el ano escolar 2022-2023. Las comidas a la carta estaran disponibles para compra.

Transportation Services

Bus Route Finder

The Route Finder tool, which allows you to check eligibility and bus stops for your home address, is currently undergoing an annual update. This tool should be restored by July 27. Please check back.

Transportation Home Page

New Student Registration


As a public school system, Plano ISD welcomes all students. who live within the district's boundaries and meet state age and health requirements. If you need to find out which school your child will attend, please use the School Finder to look up the attendance boundaries for your address.

Enrollment for all grade levels is online. A secure document portal is available for upload of enrollment documents. Click here for more information.

Families of new students unable to complete the online enrollment process can enroll at Jackson on July 27 from 9:00 a.m.–11:00 a.m. or 1:00 p.m.–3:00 p.m. (no appointment required) or at the Plano ISD Enrollment Center:

PISD Enrollment Center
1300 19th Street, Suite D
Plano, TX 75074


EXISTING STUDENTS - If your student completed the 2020-2021 school year in Plano ISD, DO NOT ENROLL an existing student. Annual registration is available through the Parent Portal--information below. The online enrollment process is only for new or previously withdrawn students.

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New and Returning Students - Annual Registration Forms

Each year, parents of existing and newly enrolled Plano ISD students must update several annual registration requirements using the Plano ISD Parent Portal. The Parent Portal is now open for 2021-22 Student Annual registration. Parents with registered Parent Portal accounts can login and access: Grades, Student Registration, Emergency Card, STAAR & Performance Data, Immunization and other information about their students.

Parent Login Help

If you have never logged into Parent Portal, you must create your parent portal account first.
Create New Parent Portal Account

If you have further questions or need help using this service:

  • Email parentportal@pisd.edu
    • Please include your student's name, ID number and campus.
  • En español preguntapisd@pisd.edu
  • Call the Help Desk at 469-752-8767
    • Business hours are: Monday-Thursday 7:00 AM–6:00 PM and Friday 7:00 AM–5:00 PM.


Volunteer Approval Process for the 2021-2022 School Year is OPEN!

Starting on July 7, volunteers will be able to access the Plano ISD volunteer management system, VOLY, to create an account and complete an application, online orientation and criminal history check. These items need to be completed each school year by volunteers to be eligible for district/school volunteer opportunities. Volunteers can visit plano.voly.org to create a volunteer account and begin this process.

An email will be sent to the volunteer applicant communicating the status of their application and criminal history search within 3-5 business days of completing these steps. Volunteer approval status can also be viewed by the volunteer by logging into their account. Volunteers will need to complete the online orientation as well to be eligible to volunteer.

Once approved, they will be able to sign up for volunteer opportunities directly through the VOLY platform at plano.voly.org. Volunteers should be sure to select all of the schools they are interested in volunteering with when asked on their application. This will allow campuses to see their volunteers and their status in the system. These school selections can also be changed by the volunteer by logging into their account at any time.

COVID Health & Safety Protocols Update

On Tuesday, May 18, Governor Greg Abbott issued Executive Order GA-36 prohibiting governmental entities in Texas — including counties, cities, school districts, public health authorities or government officials — from requiring or mandating mask wearing.

Effective June 1, 2021, Plano ISD will implement updated protocols:

  • Masks/face coverings will be optional indoors and outdoors
  • Social distancing will be maintained when feasible
  • Handwashing or use of hand sanitizer will still be expected throughout the day

Individuals should consider their own vaccination status and COVID risk level when deciding whether or not to wear a mask.

COVID Vaccination Sites for Ages 12+

COVID vaccines are currently available to anyone age 12 and older through multiple local providers. Please read more for locations and details.

Las vacunas COVID están disponibles para cualquier persona de 12 años o más a través de múltiples proveedores locales. Por favor, lea más para conocer las ubicaciones y los detalles.

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Join Jackson PTA!

We know this school year has been financially and emotionally difficult for many of our families, but that's why it's even more important to support our students by joining the Jackson PTA. The funds raised this year will go a long way to providing field trips and other educational programs for next year. We can't do this without your support!

Please visit our website to become a member of the Jackson PTA, order available school supply packs, or to purchase Jackson spirit wear.

Jackson Spirit Wear Now Available!

We now have spirit wear on the Jackson PTA website! There are adult and child size masks with our Jackson Jaguar logo. You can purchase one for your child and donate one to the school so every Jaguar can have one! Order online at https://www.jacksonpta.com/shop. Let’s show our school spirit Jaguars!!

World Wear Project

You can also support our PTA by bringing any household donations (clothes, shoes, etc.) to the donation bin in the back parking lot. You will be helping our PTA and the environment by recycling!
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Curbside Weekly Meal Bundles Distribution Changes to Summer Schedule

During the summer break, Plano ISD’s Food and Nutritional Services (FANS) Department will continue to offer free weekly meal bundles for children 18 years and younger. However, please note the summer distribution schedule.

Beginning June 1, distribution will be on Tuesdays from 9:30 a.m.-10:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m.-5:30 p.m. Parents/guardians may pick up meals for their children at any of the following locations:

Meal bundles will consist of seven breakfasts and seven lunches. Food items included in summer meal bundles will need to be stored in the refrigerator or freezer and heated for consumption. Food storage procedures and preparation instructions will be provided with meals. Parents/guardians must review and follow these procedures and instructions to ensure overall food safety and quality.

Anyone picking up meals for children, without the child present, must bring appropriate documentation in the form of a school issued ID, report card, parent portal attendance summary form or birth certificate.

Due to federal guidelines, meals must be picked up during the stated distribution hours.

For more information visit www.pisd.edu/grabandgo.

2021 Plano ISD Back-to-School Event

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