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Plano ISD leaders speak on progress during pandemic, future plans for district



PLANO, TX – Being nimble has been a strength for Plano ISD as it has faced challenges associated with online education, district staff said at a virtual town hall April 30, and flexibility will continue to be a priority as the district prepares for a summer and fall of uncertainty.

“You can never unlearn what you learn,” Superintendent Sara Bonser said. “All of us who are in education, and I’m sure all of you listening, have had to learn new things very recently. We will transfer all of our new learning into being smarter and better and more effective, whatever the future looks like.”

PISD leadership, including Superintendent Bonser, Chief Operating Officer Theresa Williams and Chief Financial Officer Randy McDowell shared progress updates and potential plans for the district during the town hall, which was held in partnership with the Plano Chamber of Commerce.

Since shifting into PISD’s third phase of its online learning plan, where grading guidelines were determined for students, the district has been focusing on supporting student learning from home, Williams said.

“We want to make sure that the focus is around ensuring that our students [and] that we’re providing them with continuity of learning but then also supporting and adjusting to their needs while providing good feedback,” Williams said.