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Plano ISD to consider canceling comprehensive exams, adopting new grading rules during coronavirus closures

Plano ISD schools would cancel comprehensive exams for most classes at all grade levels if trustees approve a set of new guidelines proposed by district staff.


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Latest in Plano: Fourth coronavirus-connected death reported in Collin County

Read our ongoing coverage of the new coronavirus and how it is affecting Plano.

VIDEO: Texas Tribune interview with Texas Comptroller Glenn Hegar about the coronavirus's effects on the state economy

At 8 a.m. April 7, The Texas Tribune will host a live interview with Texas Comptroller Glenn Hegar, conducted by Texas Tribune Executive Editor Ross Ramsey.



LifePath Systems direct care professionals to receive wage increase over next 2 months

The funding will raise base pay from $10 per hour to $15 per hour for direct care professionals.


April 6: 6 coronavirus stories DFW-area readers should know

Here are six Dallas-Fort Worth-area Community Impact Newspaper stories regarding the coronavirus that readers might have missed.


School year to end on schedule regardless of length of closure, Plano ISD tells parents

Instruction will still end on the scheduled date of May 22, the district informed parents this week in a mass message.


Moving company Two Men and A Truck donate face masks to Frisco, McKinney hospitals

After receiving a gift of more than 100 face masks, the North Dallas-area franchise set up a donation of 50 masks to area Baylor Scott & White hospitals.



Plano limits parking access at Arbor Hills Nature Preserve to fend off crowds on trails

The move brought the total number of available parking spaces at Arbor Hills Nature Preserve down to 190 after the city received repeated complaints about crowds of people on some city trails.


American Red Cross avoids near-shortage of blood donations, urges donors to keep scheduling appointments

When concerns about the COVID-19 outbreak started to rise to new levels in the nation in March, thousands of blood donors canceled appointments with the American Red Cross.


ROUNDUP: 5 recent stories on the DFW area’s continued coronavirus response

Read the latest coronavirus updates from communities in the Dallas-Fort Worth area below.


Layoffs swift in Plano as small businesses, large developments reel from coronavirus restrictions

Layoffs at Legacy West were the first big wave of Plano job losses reported to the Texas Workforce Commission, but countless businesses in the city have been hit hard by restrictions.



Sen. John Cornyn discusses provisions laid out in CARES Act

The $2 trillion package provides funding to help fight the virus and to provide financial assistance for Americans during the pandemic.


Coronavirus coverage roundup in the Dallas-Fort Worth area

Here are some noteworthy stories from the past week dealing with the impact of the coronavirus.


Texas sees 77% increase in unemployment insurance claims during week ending March 28

Texas ranked fifth among states in the U.S. with 275,597 initial claims filed the week ending March 28.


Census responses ahead of U.S. in Dallas-Fort Worth, growth highest in nation

Dallas-Fort Worth counties vary in self-response rates on the U.S. census as Census Day arrives April 1.



Plano nixes stay-at-home policy discussion in light of Texas governor's guidelines on essential activities

A dash to prepare a stay-at-home ordinance for the city of Plano was halted this week after the governor unveiled his own set of guidelines defining essential services.


Texas Tribune: Some local elections in Texas moving ahead despite coronavirus spread

A handful of towns and special districts still plan to go ahead with their May 2 votes, arranging polling places despite calls from the president on down directing people to stay at home to prevent the spread of the deadly virus.


First responders, medical professionals across Texas worry about inadequate personal protective equipment supplies

In a survey of emergency service districts across the state, two-thirds of respondents said they were concerned about a shortage of equipment such as masks, goggles and gloves.


ROUNDUP: DFW businesses provide adjusted services to community, support each other during coronavirus

Read more about some of the businesses the Community Impact Newspaper team has featured.



Collin County judge rescinds order defining all business as essential after governor issues statewide guidelines

Collin County’s top elected official has withdrawn his stay-at-home order that defined all business as essential.


In effort to keep Plano parks open, city to monitor visitors ignoring social distancing rules

The city of Plano is stepping up enforcement of social distancing requirements at public parks amid reports that people are not observing the recommended guidelines.


Plano-based JCPenney furloughs more than half of hourly workforce, some corporate office employees

Plano-based JCPenney Co. announced plans to furlough more than half of its hourly workforce in a series of cost-saving moves driven by loss of revenue related to the new coronavirus.


Options remain limited for homeless seeking shelter in Plano, Collin County during coronavirus pandemic

Unsheltered individuals in Plano are encouraged to take advantage of the temporary shelter available at the the Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center in Downtown Dallas during the coronavirus pandemic.



ReNue Pharmacy donates 40 gallons of hand sanitizer to first responders in Frisco and Plano

The production of hand sanitizer is “very labor intensive,” but the business felt the donation would benefit the community, managing parter Raj Chhadua said.


Dallas-Fort Worth area sees highest population increase in last decade of any metropolitan area

The North Texas area’s population rose by more than 1.2 million between 2010 and 2019.