At the Plano ISD board of trustees' meeting Tuesday, the board approved an update to its dress code policy, which will now require students in the ninth through 12th grades to wear IDs while on campus. At the meeting, board President Missy Bender was awarded by the Plano Chamber of Commerce the citizen of the year recognition.

Also, trustees approved an increase in the projected expenditure to supply all students and teachers with laptops. Read the full reports below:


Plano ISD students in grades 9-12 to begin wearing ID cards this academic year


Plano ISD students in grades nine through 12 will be required to wear an ID on lanyards beginning the 2018-19 academic year.

The PISD board of trustees approved the update to the district’s dress code policy at their Tuesday meeting.

District spokesperson Lesley Range-Stanton said the measure is intended to increase campus security.

The ID must include the student’s photograph, name, name of the school and the school year, according to the policy revision. Each campus will design and issue their own student IDs.

"Students may be excused from wearing ID cards during classes where doing so presents a hazard to student safety,” the revision said.





Board president Missy Bender named Plano Chamber of Commerce's 2018 citizen of the year


The Plano Chamber of Commerce recognized PISD board President Missy Bender as its citizen of the year for 2018.

Individuals can only be nominated by former citizen-of-the-year winners, chamber President and CEO Jamee Jolly said at the meeting. The Plano Chamber of Commerce will also recognize Bender publicly at its annual Best of Plano event.





Trustees approve $5.9 million increase to pay for laptops for all students


Trustees have approved up to $5.9 million in bond-funded expenditures for the final two phases of its One2Web project to supply laptops to students.

The district has distributed more than 35,000 laptops since the project began in August 2017, according to a district-prepared document.

The adjustment of the anticipated expenditure will also cover the costs for the carts used to secure and charge the laptops. When complete, the One2Web project will ensure all teachers and students have access to the laptops. The district will also maintain a supply of spare laptops as part of the program.

Correction: A previous version of this story incorrectly stated the district would pay $5.9 million for the laptop program. The story has been updated to reflect that total is an upper threshold of what the district could pay, now that the expenditure is approved.