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 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.


  • PYAA T-Ball, Baseball & Softball Registration - Registration is now open for kids from 5-14 to play ball through the Plano Youth Athletic Association (PYAA). Click here to go to their website to review the options and register. Coaches are needed, too! Click here for a copy of their flier with the website info and QR Code.

    If you have any questions, please email

  • Winter Learning with U of I Extension - Bridge Bust 2023 will be held in Yorkville from 9 AM-1 PM on February 11th. Ages 10-18 and their families may attend, but need to pre-register. Click here for a copy of the flier with a registration QR Code and more info.

  • Bridge Whiz - Kids are invited to join a free, online beginning Bridge program that teaches young people the excitement of contract bridge. Winter classes begin January 17, 2023. Click here to register or here for a copy of the flier with more information.

  • Be a Girl Scout - Come make new friends and learn more about the Girl Scouts of Northern Illinois. Email Beth Bustard or click here for a flier with a QR code with more information on local troops and activities.

  • 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 during the 2022-23 school year.  Email Click here for a copy of the Cubs Scout flyer.

  • Plano Community Library District - Click here to download a copy of their January-May, 2023 Events Flyer. Check out dates for awesome Kids' Events, card making, yoga and painting classes, and other groups and clubs.

  • University of Illinois Extension - Workshops, clubs and camps for kids Kindergarten through age 18. Find all programs at

  • Plainfield United Soccer Club - Serving soccer players from the Plano community, as well as Plainfield and neighboring towns. Boys and girls teams from 7U-19U. Click here for the flier containing exact dates, their website and more information.

  • Visit the Official Northwestern Soccer Camps website where you’ll find more information as well as their registration page. Summer camps available! Click here for a copy of their flier.

  • 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. Click here for the the Spirit Cheerleading website.

  • 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.


Plano School District will have early dismissals on the following dates during the 2022-23 school year

  • February 17, 2023

  • March 17, 2023

  • April 28, 2023

Early Dismissal Times are as follows

  • Plano Early Learning Center (PK) - 10:00 AM

  • PH Miller School (PK-1) – 10:00 AM

  • Centennial School (2-3) – 10:30 AM

  • Emily G Johns School (4-6) – 12:20 PM

  • Plano Middle School (7-8) – 11:20 AM

  • Plano High School (9-12) – 11:20 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 Drive-Thru Satellite Food Pantry - The next FREE food pantry date is January 20th. Click here for a copy of the flier. The pantry is held the third Friday of each month from 6-7:30 PM at the First Lutheran Church of Plano located at 200 N. Center Street in Plano.  Open to everyone in need. Bring your food pantry ID or, if you don't have one, you will be easily issued one on the spot.

  • Kendall County Community Food Pantry - Drive-thru food option is available every Thursday from Noon-6 PM.  In-person food shopping is open Thursdays from 12-5:30 PM. Clothing shopping is open Mondays from 9 AM-1 PM. Pet food shopping is open the first two Mondays of the month from 9 AM-1 PM. Click here to reach the website for more details about shopping or donating to those in need. In order to shop, please bring your food pantry ID to 208 Beaver Street in Yorkville.  Email for eligibility information.

  • Micro Food Pantry - The First Lutheran Church of Plano offers a micro food pantry on the Clark Street entrance of the church, which is located at 200 N. Center Street in Plano. Those in need of a few emergency meals or items to help for a few days are welcome to stop by anytime 24/7.

  • 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.


  • SAFE Before and After School Program - The Fox Valley YMCA in Plano offers before and after school programs for children in Plano schools. Programs are located on school premises and offer homework assistance, creative enrichment activities, supervised athletic play and many other social activities for children. Click here to access their website and get more info.

  • Heartland Bank and Trust offers bank accounts for Plano School District families, plus students who have jobs and need debit cards. When customers order a Plano Debit Card they will donate $5 to the school. Heartland can also set up accounts for college students that parents can access, in order to help their students while they are away. Contact Joel Recchia at the Plano Branch at 630/552-1414. Click here to access their website and learn more about the many products they offer Plano families and students.

  • Waterford Place Cancer Resource Center - Provides services and support, at no cost, to anyone affected by a cancer diagnosis. Services include mind, body, spirit; wellness; salon and spa therapies. Click here for their website to learn about services and virtual programs.

  • Illinois Rental Payment Program can provide financial assistance for rent to income-eligible Illinois renters and their landlords who have been impacted by COVID-19 pandemic. Illinois renters may be eligible for up to $25,000 and 18months of emergency rental payments under the program. Click here for a copy of the flier.

  • 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.

  • Prairie Legal Services 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 If you get an eviction notice, ask for legal help online at Prairie State Legal Services or call your local office available at 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 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.


  • 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 Rod Hill at 630/552-8980. Click here for a copy of the flier.

  • The Plano School District is also currently hiring for a maintenance assistant. The successful candidate will perform a wide variety of tasks related to the care and maintenance of school district buildings.  Knowledge and skills in carpentry, plumbing, electricity and HVAC preferred.  Full-time position with medical and IMRF benefits.


    Please E-mail resume to

  • Work when you can and when you want! District 88 also has positions available for substitutes in many employment areas--teachers, registered nurses, food service, custodial and recess aides.

  • Please click here to go directly to the employment page to view all current postings in the district.