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Contributed on May 26, 2011 09:27 AM

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Plano ISD eSchool. . . is one of the instructional programs and services available through Plano ISD as it fulfills its mission to provide an excellent education for all students. As your child’s first and most important teacher, you are our valued partner in delivering a strong, positive online educational experience for your student.

Therefore, we invite you . . . to explore some important information about eSchool to help you decide if online courses are a good learning option for your student.

Online learning. . . is a good option for a student who is self-motivated and enjoys working independently. For more complete information, read Step 1 of the For Students Considering eSchool page.

If your student attends a public school, private school, or a school out of state. . . please speak with your campus counselor, or contact to ensure that the course/s you are considering taking online will work with your student’s graduation plan.

Students may register. . . for 2 online courses at a time. However, a student needing both semesters of a 2 semester course must register for and complete the 1st semester before registering for the 2nd semester.

Plano ISD students. . . may take no more than 3 full credits through a combination of correspondence and eSchool courses. eSchool courses are not factored into a student’s GPA. Online courses are GPA neutral. [Reference Plano ISD School Board Policy EHDE Local]

Note: Students attending school outside of the Plano Independent School District should check with their school counselor for their district policy regarding online courses.

"I must say it is soooo easy to 'partner' with you. You have been so helpful and positive! Stephanie has really been doing well. She understood the material and was able to work through it without being overwhelmed" eSchool parent

eSchool online courses. . . provide a great deal of flexibility for students as they work to meet their educational goals. However, there are also specific guidelines and structures in place to motivate and monitor each student’s progress. For example:

  • Each student has a specific schedule for completing and turning in assignments and must adhere to that schedule.
  • In order to receive credit for an online course, a student must complete all course assignments, projects, and tests and earn a passing average in the process. A student may not "skip" assignments in the course and still earn credit.
  • The key to success in an online course is good online communication with the teacher. Therefore, the student must maintain email communication with the teacher.
  • Communication with the eSchool teacher must be online, through email only.

Once your student has registered for an eSchool course, you may monitor your student's progress and grades:

  • Log onto the course website https://pisdeschool.blackboard.com.
  • Enter your student’s username and password.
  • Click on the name of the course listed in the upper right of the screen.
  • Click on the Tools button on the left of the screen.
  • Click on the My Grades button.

For more detailed information on eSchool policy and guidelines, please click the Policy link. To learn what to expect as your student registers for and works through the online course, please click The eSchool Experience link.

"I just wanted to say 'thank you' for the extra encouragement you gave Brock in completing his assignments. Between soccer practices, end of school activities and out of town travel. I was beginning to wonder if he would make the deadline. Thanks to you, he crossed the finish line!" eSchool parent

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