Plano ISD will hold school Friday despite nearly 8,000 student petition signatures

A petition created on called for Plano ISD to cancel school this Friday, the day after Halloween. (Adobe Stock)
A petition created on called for Plano ISD to cancel school this Friday, the day after Halloween. (Adobe Stock)

A petition created on called for Plano ISD to cancel school this Friday, the day after Halloween. (Adobe Stock)

The spookiest day of the year may be the day after Halloween for Plano ISD students who signed a petition to cancel school on Friday.

The district is aware of the petition, PISD spokesperson Lesley Range-Stanton said, but Plano ISD will be holding class on Friday.

Nearly 8,000 PISD students have signed the petition as of Oct. 31—roughly 15% of the student body population of approximately 53,000, according to the district’s website—and that number continues to rise.

“We want a happy Halloween weekend,” the petition reads. “Sleep is necessary for learning so this is why it would be beneficial to give us Friday off.”

The petition was created at, where students in districts nationwide have asked for the day off—including nearby Frisco ISD, where signatures total more than 73,000. Neighboring Lewisville and McKinney ISDs also have petition pages on the site.

“There’s nothing scary about the fact that almost 4,000 kids and teens have come to to say that they want the school day after Halloween off,” said Michael Jones, managing director of campaigns at, in a release Oct. 29. “This is a major trend, and we hope schools listen and give students a treat. We encourage students to start their own petitions to make their voices heard in their own school districts.”

The Halloween trend brought in 46% of the website’s new U.S.-based users for the second-to-last week of October, according to the release.
By Liesbeth Powers

Liesbeth graduated from Baylor University with a degree in new media journalism in December 2018. She gained her newspaper experience as a staff writer and multimedia editor at her campus paper, The Baylor Lariat. Liesbeth joined the Community Impact team in August 2019, where she reports on all things Plano, including education and transportation.


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