Return to School Guide 2021-2022


All staff and visitors should self-screen for COVID-19 symptoms daily. Families should screen their students for COVID-19 symptoms daily. Campus visitors and volunteers will be required to complete a COVID-19 screening upon check-in.

Symptoms to watch for:

  • fever (100°F or higher), cough, shortness of breath/difficulty breathing, chills, muscle pain, headache, sore throat, fatigue, congestion/running nose, nausea/diarrhea, new loss of taste or smell.

Isolation Protocols

Students who are ill should be picked up within 30 minutes and no later than 1 hour from the time the campus has contacted the parent/guardian.

Parents should always monitor their cell phones while their children are at school. Students who are ill will be separated from their peers, and the nurse will contact the parent/guardian via phone. Parent/guardian needs to pick up the ill student immediately. If parents/guardians do not feel that they would consistently be able to pick up their sick child within 30 minutes of a phone call from the school, then they should give thought now to other “on call” personnel (family or friends) who would be willing to assist in this type of situation, if they were to receive a call from Mathews. Please update Parent Portal with this information so that your child can be released to that adult. The nurse will always contact the parent first. The parent would then let Nurse Christina know who will be coming to pick up their sick child.

Protocols for Face Masks

Universal indoor masking is recommended for all teachers, staff, students, and visitors to K-12 schools, regardless of vaccination status (Collin County Health Care Services, CDC, American Academy of Pediatrics AAP).

Texas Schools are required to comply with the governor’s executive order regarding the wearing of masks. The use of face masks is optional for all students, staff and visitors and may not be required. It is recommended that individuals who are not fully vaccinated against COVID-19 continue to wear an appropriate face mask while around others.

General Reminders

  • Morning arrival begins at 7:00 a.m. Students may enter the building beginning at 7:00 a.m. at the Caravan Drive entrance closest to the gym and cafeteria. At 7:15 the doors at the front of the school on Marchman Way are open for walkers to go to the gym/cafeteria. At 7:25 we will have the Kinder door open for Pre-K, K and First; as well as the main door open for all other students to go directly to their classroom.
  • School begins at 7:40 a.m. Students should enter the building by 7:35 in order to be seated and ready for instruction at 7:40.
  • Students who arrive after 7:40 a.m. need to enter through the front door and check in with Mrs. Suresh, our secretary.
  • Parents who arrive at Mathews in a vehicle should drop off their students from their vehicle by driving through the carpool lane. Parents should not park their vehicle to walk their students to the door. The only parents dropping students off on foot should be those who walked to school from home. Parents and students who are walking must use one of the two crosswalks on Marchman Way. Students do not cross Marchman Way without parent supervision or with the Crossing Guard located at Marchman Way and Caravan Drive.
  • Parents who need to pick up their students early (prior to dismissal) must do so by no later than 2:00 p.m. After 2:00 p.m., students are released according to their normal dismissal procedure.
  • Parents picking up students during the day are required to call ahead so that students can be sent or accompanied to parent vehicles upon arrival. An office staff member signs the student out, documenting both the time the student left the building, as well as the time the parent requested for early dismissal.

Water Bottles

Students are encouraged to bring their own reusable water bottle for use throughout the day and expected to take water bottles home to be cleaned on a daily basis.


  • Seating charts will be utilized in the cafeteria at all times.

  • For lunch – Students will be assigned a permanent lunch seat at a table with students from their academic classroom. Staff will maintain the same class group for “in person” lunches daily. Students will alternate between eating in the classroom and the cafeteria in a given week.

  • For breakfast – Students who choose to eat at school will be seated at tables by grade levels.

  • Assigned staff will supervise and monitor students in cafeteria lines and direct students to their seats.

  • There will be no visitors during lunch for the first nine weeks.

Specialized Classrooms


  • PE equipment will be disinfected as needed by teachers and/or students.

  • Students should wash hands before entering the gym and after exiting.

  • Sanitizing areas and access to handwashing will be provided.

  • Students should bring tennis shoes to participate in class activities.

  • Students should bring their own water bottle to the gym labeled with their name.


  • Students should complete cleaning protocols and sanitize their areas in between use.

  • Shared art materials and supplies will be sanitized as needed.


  • It is recommended that students wear a mask when singing in the music classroom.

  • Musical instruments, mallets and other shared equipment will be sanitized and wiped down after each use.

Standard Classroom Procedures

All classrooms will be outfitted with:

  • Refillable alcohol-based hand sanitizer stations.

  • Access to multipurpose cleaner/disinfectant to clean/sanitize working surfaces as needed.

  • Teachers will assist students with sanitizing shared materials and supplies as needed.

Hand Washing/Sanitizing Expectations

  • Hand sanitizer will be available at the main entry to the campus, in classrooms, in the cafeteria and in common areas throughout the campus.

  • Staff and students will be expected to regularly wash or sanitize their hands.

  • Requirement for hand washing and/or use of Plano ISD-provided hand sanitizer:

    • Provide hand sanitizer upon entry to classroom and periodic teacher reminders during instructional day.

    • Habitual and thorough hand washing after recess, before eating and following restroom breaks.

Plano ISD Offering Parent-Led Temporary Virtual Option for Students in Grades PreK - 6; August 16 - September 3, 2021

August 16 - September 3, 2021

As Plano ISD continues to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic, please know that we are listening to our families and community as they express health and safety concerns regarding the latest trends associated with the delta variant of the virus. In order to address the needs and concerns of our families with children enrolled in grades preK through 6, who are not yet able to be vaccinated, the district will be offering a temporary online, asynchronous learning option for parents who are seeking an alternative to in-person learning.

In addition to the face-to-face instructional model in place for the 2021-22 school year, Plano ISD will offer a parent-led temporary virtual option at the start of the 2021-22 school year for parents who are seeking an alternative to in-person learning. The Plano ISD Parent-Led Temporary Virtual Option is a remote, asynchronous learning experience where students engage in learning materials from home. This temporary learning solution allows students to engage in asynchronous learning utilizing Plano ISD instructional resources in pre-kindergarten through 6th grade. (PreK students must qualify for eligibility.)

Registration Process & Enrollment Status


Parents can opt in to the Parent-Led Virtual Option by registering their child using this form. Parents who want to select this option must register by 11:59 p.m., Wednesday, August 11, 2021.

Enrollment Status

Students will remain enrolled at their home campus and will keep their assigned teacher of record, but will not attend school and will not have instruction or assignments delivered by their home campus teacher. The campus will maintain enrollment and a seat in the classroom when students return face to face. Students will be marked absent each day as “EV” or “excused virtual absence.”

First Week of School - August 11-13

Once registered in the Parent-Led Virtual Option, parents will work with their child to set up their virtual classroom at home and will spend the first week of school (August 11-13) getting familiar with the learning platforms and tools. Use the following sections as a checklist to prepare for learning.

Change of Instructional Setting

Students may not go back and forth between the Parent-Led Virtual Option and participating in face-to-face learning. The selection period for the Parent-Led Virtual Option ends on Wednesday, August 11 at 11:59 p.m. After this selection period, parents will not be able to opt their child into this learning model. Parents may elect to have their child return to face-to-face learning at any time by notifying their child’s campus.

Parent & Student Expectations

Parent Expectations

As your child’s Home Learning Coach, you will need to be available to provide feedback and academic support to your child. By choosing this option, parents agree to the following:

  • Serve as your child’s Home Learning Coach and play an active part in supporting the learning.
  • Create a designated place in your home for your student to use as their remote classroom.
  • Access parent resources to learn how to retrieve online content and assignments for your child.
  • Watch the direct instruction videos and read content to ensure your child understands the learning expectations.
  • Ensure access to an appropriate device and Internet connectivity.
  • Set up the daily schedule for your child and monitor completion of assignments and check for understanding.
  • Ensure that independent assignments are completed without assistance.
  • Monitor your child’s understanding and progress in the learning.
  • Help your child own their learning. Provide support and encouragement and expect your children to do their part.

Student Learner Expectations

  • Be prepared for learning each day using the space and schedule you and your parents have designed.
  • Log in to the Plano ISD WebDesk each day and engage in assigned learning platforms (including, but not limited to, Google Classroom, Seesaw, Dreambox, MyPath, Edgenuity) daily.
  • Watch assigned videos, complete posted activities and assignments on time.
  • Ask your Home Learning Coach (parent/guardian) questions when you need help.

Plano ISD Teacher Expectations

PK-5 Teachers: Campus Face to Face Teachers of Record (at home campus where student is enrolled and will attend when returning to face-to-face)

  • Assign online programs (such as Dreambox, Pathblazers) to students on your class roll who are participating in the Parent Led Temporary Virtual Option
  • Weekly monitor their activity in the online programs
  • Facilitate student transition back to face-to-face learning at end of virtual window

6th Grade Teachers: Teachers of record (at home campus where student is enrolled and will attend when returning to face-to-face)

  • Weekly monitor student participation and progress in the assigned online program of students on your class roll who are participating in the Parent Led Temporary Virtual Option
  • Facilitate student transition back to face-to-face learning at end of virtual window

Virtual Content Creators: A selected team of PISD teachers at each grade level will work with the curriculum team to create and post content for parents and students who are participating in the Parent Led Temporary Virtual Option.

  • Virtual Content Creators will work with district academic services staff to plan, record direct instruction, post videos and assignments.
  • Plano ISD scope and sequence and curriculum will be followed
  • District provided materials and resources will be utilized
  • Virtual Content Creators will not grade or monitor students in the Parent Led Temporary Virtual Option; they are only responsible for instructional planning, providing content and creating assignments.

PISD website at to learn more about the Parent-Led Virtual Option. Thank you for your patience and understanding as we plan for the safe reopening of the 2021-2022 school year.

2021-2022 Return to School Plan

The Plano ISD Return to School Plan, which includes health and safety protocols, has been updated for the 2021-2022 school year. An initial draft is shared below. This year's protocols have been amended in compliance with the Governor’s May 18 Executive Order, as well as guidance from the Texas Education Agency and Collin County Health Services.

Plano ISD will continue to monitor trends and consult with Collin County Health Care Services and the Texas Education Agency.

In the best interest of the health and safety of students and staff, protocols are subject to change in order to address evolving conditions, needs and circumstances. Updated information will continue to be shared via email and posted on the Plano ISD website at

View the Return to School Plan | Spanish Translation

View a video message from Superintendent Sara Bonser regarding the 2021-2022 Return to School Plan

Return to School Plan 21-22 - Message from Superintendent Bonser
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