PLANO COMMUNITY UNIT SCHOOL DISTRICT NO. 88 

VIRTUAL BACKPACK

Virtual Backpack

Plano Community Unit School district is proud to present our "Virtual Backpack" for distributing information from non-profit organizations, intergovernmental agencies and business partners. Approved flyers from these organizations will now be available from the district website. This will not replace all paper items sent home with our students, but it will help reduce the amount.

Any organizations that wish to submit information to the Virtual Backpack may do so by emailing a PDF to Plano Community Unit School District #88 at adminoffice@plano88.org. Please include a contact name, phone number, requested dates of posting, title for the backpack listing, grade level, and any other pertinent information regarding the posting.

Materials posted on this page are the responsibility of the organization represented and endorsement by Plano Community Unit School District #88 is neither direct nor implied.

Activities/Things to Do - Community Partners

  • Plano Community Library District - Events for kids of all ages and adults. Click here to download a copy of their September-December, 2021 Events Flyer, with opportunities for crafts, movies, a blood drive, storytime, book/writers' groups and much more!

  • 2021 Girls Basketball Program - Click on this link to learn more about the Plano Youth Athletic Association (PYAA) recreational and competitive basketball program for girls in grades 4-8 designed to improve fundamental skills and become better players through on-court games and practices.

  • 2021 Plano Youth Tackle Football - Fall football and cheer youth program for boys and girls Click here for the PYTF website.

  • Join Cub Scouts - Attention boys & girls in grade K-5 - Cub Scout Pack 317 will meet at First Baptist Church at 116 N. Hale Street in Plano.  Attend a Monday-night meeting on September 13, 20 or 27; contact Jason Lantgen at 331/717-9699 or Rob Crawley at 630/552-0287 for more information; or Email information@pack317plano.org. Click here for a copy of the Cubs Scout flyer.

  • 2021 T-Ball, Baseball & Softball Registration - Plano Youth Athletic Association (PYAA) sponsors many options for kids of all ages to play ball. Click here to go to their website to review the options and register.

  • Northern Illinois University STEAM Camps - Online virtual camps for ages 7-18. Explore video game design, rockets, kitchen chemistry, sci fi writing and other STEAM topics. Click here for a copy of the flyer or click here for the website.

  • 2021-22 Chicago Fire Juniors West Soccer Tryouts - Click here to go to their website or Email for more information.

  • Spirit Cheerleading - Their mission is to promote and encourage the values of teamwork, learning, confidence, dedication, health, exercise and sportsmanship through the sport of cheerleading & dance.

  • Volunteer at the Plano Community Garden - The Plano Community Garden helps supply food to the Kendall County Community Food Pantry. You can provide food to the community by watering, weeding, harvesting and planting plots. Contact Connie if you are interested in volunteering, 312/749-7849 or Email chatterme1@hotmail.com .

School Related Events

Plano School District will have early dismissals on the following dates:

  • September 17, 2021

  • October 28, 2021 (Parent-Teacher Conferences)

  • December 17, 2021

  • February 18, 2022 (Parent-Teacher Conferences)

  • March 4, 2022

  • April 29, 2022

Early Dismissal Times are as follows:

  • PH Miller School (PK-1) – 10:40 AM

  • Centennial School (2-3) – 11:40 AM

  • Emily G Johns School (4-6) – 11:40 AM

  • Plano Middle School (7-8) – 10:40 AM

  • Plano High School (9-12) – 10:40 AM

Please mark your calendars for these early dismissal dates and times. Click on this link to access the entire school calendar, which includes dates that school is not in session and all of the information that is provided above.

Free Meals/Food Pantry Information

  • Free Meals at all Plano Schools - During the 2021-22 school year, ALL STUDENTS enrolled in Plano Schools will receive FREE breakfast and lunch during the school day. Watch your Email and the district website for more details regarding registration fee waivers.

  • Satellite Mobile Food Pantry - Third Friday of each month from 6-7:30 PM at the Plano School District Bus Barn located at 810 S. Hale Street in Plano.  Open to everyone in need. Note: This is the same food pantry that is normally located at PH Miller, but the location has been changed effective April-September, 2021. There is no mobile food pantry in July.

  • Kendall County Community Food Pantry - Drive-thru every Thursday from Noon-6 PM.  Bring your food pantry ID to 208 Beaver Street in Yorkville.  Email info@kccfp.org for eligibility information.

  • St. Mary's Mobile Food Pantry - Dates, times and locations vary.  No ID or proof of income required.  St. Mary's is located at 901 N. Center Street in Plano.

General Information for Our Families

  • Don’t Forget to Schedule Your Child’s Back-To-School Physical and Immunizations!

     

    All students must meet the health requirements as outlined by the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH). 

     

    Proof of all requirements must be provided prior to the first day of school. Students that are not compliant will be excluded from school on October 15th, 2021.

     

    Health Examination (School Physical) - Prekindergarten, Kindergarten, 6th grade, and 9th grade students are required to provide a new school physical dated within one (1) year prior to the first day of school. 

     

    Immunization Record - All students enrolled at Plano School District are required to have an up-to-date immunization record on file. Prekindergarten, Kindergarten, 6th grade, and 9th grade students must present proof of grade-level required vaccinations

    .

  • The federal Emergency Broadband Benefit is a temporary program that provides discounts of up to $50 a month for internet service at home. Participants also get a one-time discount of up to $100 for a device (purchased through a participating provider). A household can qualify if at least one member:

    • Participates in a federal assistance programs like SNAP or Medicaid;

    • Receives benefits under the free and reduced-price school meal program;

    • Received a Federal Pell Grant during the current award year; or

    • Lost a job or experienced a substantial loss of income during the pandemic.

    Click here for a copy of the flyer in English and here for Spanish.

  • If you are behind on your rent, your landlord can now file an eviction case in court for non-payment of rent unless you give your landlord a written declaration. The declaration form is available online at www.ihda.org. If you get an eviction notice, ask for legal help online at Prairie State Legal Services or call your local office available at pslegal.org/offices. Click here for a flier with more information.

  • Nicor Gas offers bill payment assistance to support Nicor Gas residential customers who have past-due balances and may be affected by the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. In many instances, this is the first time families are experiencing financial hardship and are not sure where to turn for help. Nicor Gas believes every family deserves affordable and reliable energy. Click here for a copy of the flier with more information.

  • Parents and students are invited to check out Frankie's Guide to Fire Safety at https://www.adtsecurity.com/fire-safety-guide/ for fire safety tools, potential hazards in your home, a safety quiz, tips on preparing your own fire safety plan for your home and more important information. Click here for a NEW resource that provides a visual description of the typical timeline of a house fire. It shows how quickly a fire spreads and how much time a typical family has to evacuate from the moment a fire ignites. The timeline delves further into the leading causes of home fires as well as the percentage of homes that had an operable smoke alarm when a home fire fatality occurred. Check out this link that serves as a necessary reminder of how important it is to have your home equipped with all necessary fire prevention equipment and to have an evacuation plan in effect. Check out this link to access a recently published resource guide to help return a house that has suffered fire damage back into a loving home. Finally, this link provides educational and fun activities to help students learn about fire safety.

  • Lyon Farm in Yorkville - Each year the Kendall County Historical Society holds special events at the Lyon Farm which draw visitors from all over. The farm is only open to the public during these special events, but if you are interested in using the farm on other dates please contact them for more information.

  • Cozy Corner Kennel - Located at 2013 Beecher Road in Plano, Cozy Corner Kennel is accepting donations for its dog rescue program.

Employment Opportunities

  • Plano 88 is now hiring for school bus drivers.

    Will train qualified applicants and drivers may qualify for benefits. Perfect for parents or grandparents who wish to work when students are in session.

    Please call Transportation Coordinator Gretchen Konczyk at 630/552-8980

  • Plano School District advertises various employment opportunities on the district website. Please click here to go directly to the employment page to view all current postings in the district.