Gallery: Plano ISD students return to campuses after a seven-month hiatus

A staff member assigns a student indicating whether the student will be picked up or ride the bus home at the end of the day. (Liesbeth Powers/Community Impact Newspaper)
A staff member assigns a student indicating whether the student will be picked up or ride the bus home at the end of the day. (Liesbeth Powers/Community Impact Newspaper)

A staff member assigns a student indicating whether the student will be picked up or ride the bus home at the end of the day. (Liesbeth Powers/Community Impact Newspaper)

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A staff member at Weatherford Elementary School gives students hand sanitizer before they walked into the building. (Makenzie Plusnick/Community Impact Newspaper)
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Parents walked their students into Weatherford Elementary School. (Liesbeth Powers/Community Impact Newspaper)
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A staff member greets students as they approach Weatherford Elementary School. (Liesbeth Powers/Community Impact Newspaper)
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A sign for the Parent Patio outside of Weatherford Elementary School reads "For the safety and health of our staff and students, we would love to help you out here!" (Makenzie Plusnick/Community Impact Newspaper)
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A staff member assigns a student indicating whether the student will be picked up or ride the bus home at the end of the day. (Liesbeth Powers/Community Impact Newspaper)
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Families walked their students to the door at Weatherford Elementary School. (Makenzie Plusnick/Community Impact Newspaper)
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A flyer at one school entrance reminds students and staff to wear a mask. (Makenzie Plusnick/Community Impact Newspaper)
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Students were greeted by staff members with signs as they walked into Weatherford Elementary School. (Liesbeth Powers/Community Impact Newspaper)
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A staff member walks a child into school at Weatherford Elementary School. (Liesbeth Powers/Community Impact Newspaper)
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A student at Weatherford Elementary School begins his first day on campus since March. (Liesbeth Powers/Community Impact Newspaper)
Cars lined up at Weatherford Elementary School on Sept. 9 to drop students off for their first day of in-person school. For many, this was the first time they had set foot on campus since Plano ISD shut down school in March.

The district has been preparing for this day for months, Superintendent Sara Bonser said.

“We have done everything we can to ... put safety protocols in place to protect students,” she said.

Safeguards against spread of the virus include everything from mandatory masks, socially distanced meal time and capacity limits in restrooms, Bonser said.

Student drop-offs went off without a hitch, Bonser said. She described the morning as “calm.”


“I don’t think it could go any better,” she said. “This is exactly how back to school is supposed to be.”
By Makenzie Plusnick
Makenzie graduated from Tarleton State University in 2019 with a degree in communications. While in school, she interned at the Weatherford Democrat and was editor of Texan News Service, a news outlet at Tarleton. She enjoys true crime podcasts, riding horses, and spending time with her dog.


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