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Plano Parents Brave Cold For School Transfers

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PLANO (CBSDFW.COM) - Temperatures across the Metroplex were under 20 degrees on Monday morning. But the bitter cold did not stop many parents in Plano from staying outside throughout the night. Those folks who camped out were the first in line when the doors opened just before 6:00 a.m. at the Plano Independent School District’s headquarters.

Parents made the chilly wait in an effort to get their kids transferred into a school of their choosing. Monday is the first day that Plano ISD parents can sign up to request a transfer for the upcoming 2014-2015 school year. Students in grades 6 through 12 will have their applications looked at on a ‘first come, first served’ basis. That is what created the line outside.

The first person in that line started waiting outside on Saturday night. There were more than 100 people in front of the Collin County building when doors opened on Monday morning.

Tony Fay was the 29th person in line. Numbers were written on wrists so that parents would not forget where they stood. Fay braved the cold so that his daughter can pick her school next year. Most of her friends from elementary school will be going to another middle school than her, so the family is hoping that a transfer will allow the group to stay together.

“It’s been incredibly orderly,” stated Fay on Monday morning. “There’s little rules that came into effect and everybody started working together. It’s like being at base camp at Everest, except there’s no mountain.”

The idea of waiting in line outside for things is certainly nothing new. But this brutally cold weather is certainly uncommon for North Texas. “We had the tent and the heater going, and these zero-degree sleeping bags,” said parent Gobriel Rusthoven.

Doors were originally scheduled to open at 7:30 a.m. on Monday, but school district officials opened early to allow those in line to get away from the chilly temperatures. Some parents wish that the district would move this sign-up day to a later month, when weather is not such an obstacle.

The Plano ISD currently has no plans to change the date. But, if a lot of parents bring this up as a concern, a date change is something that the district might consider.

Regardless, most parents said that it was all worth the frigid wait. “This was an adventure,” Fay added. “When she graduates, she will be hearing about this more than once on that graduation day.”

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