On May 19, Plano ISD announced several assistance options that will be available over the summer, including free meals, social services and free counseling.

Free meals for those in need of assistance will be available beginning May 26 and will continue to be distributed throughout the summer Monday through Friday. Curbside pickup will take place from 10:30 a.m.-noon each day.

Children age 18 and under will receive lunch for that day as well as breakfast for the following day, according to the district. If meals are picked up without a child present, a school issued ID, report card, birth certificate or verification letter must be shown during pickup.

The Summer Grab-and-Go Meals are provided in partnership with the Texas Department of Agriculture, the release said.

There will also be a team of PISD school social workers available to assist families throughout the summer. The social workers are able to help families find access to resources, such as food and assistance with housing and utilities, among other needs. according to the district.

English and Spanish speakers will be available by phone or email at 469-752-3090 or [email protected].

Free counseling from the SMU Center for Family Counseling at Plano ISD will continue through Aug. 4, the release said.

The center began offering free telehealth counseling to support community members through the pandemic. Services include treatment for anxiety, depression, behavior difficulties, grief and loss, peer relationships, stress, trauma, career transition and parenting for adults, children, adolescents, couples and families. There will also be multiple group opportunities, including adult and adolescent LGBTQ+ support groups from May 26-Aug. 4.

Appointments are available from 3:30-7:30 p.m. Tue.-Thu. For counseling services, call 469-752-3098, and for group information, call 214-768-6789.

The district also shared that the summer Pasar program will not be held in June and July this year, and information on the after-school program's fall registration is not yet available.

At this time, the district has not made any changes to its Aug. 12 start date of the fall semeste but will continue to monitor recommendations and guidelines from the Texas Education Agency and the Office of the Governor, spokesperson Lesley Range-Stanton said.