Plano Parents Camp Out in the Cold for Transfers

By Jeff Smith
|  Monday, Jan 6, 2014  |  Updated 12:40 PM CDT
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More than 200 parents in Plano waited outside in line Monday morning in bitterly cold temperatures so they could transfer their children into a new school.

Jeff Smith, NBC 5

More than 200 parents in Plano waited outside in line Monday morning in bitterly cold temperatures so they could transfer their children into a new school.

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Plano Parents Camp Out in the Cold

Dozens of parents in Plano chose to spend the night in freezing temperatures hoping to get their children into a new school.
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More than 200 parents in Plano waited outside in line Monday morning in bitterly cold temperatures so they could transfer their children into a new school.

Transfer spots were to be administered on a first-come, first-serve basis, so some parents had been standing in line for three days by the time the Plano Independent School District opened their doors Monday.

The doors weren’t supposed to open until 7:30 a.m., but school administrators opened the building up 30 minutes early so families could squeeze into the lobby and board room and get out of the cold.

Dozens of families spent the night camping out in tents, using portable heaters and thermal sleeping bags to stay warm. The first few families in line had been there since Saturday afternoon.

NBC 5 spoke with one father who said he spent $300 this weekend on new gear and equipment, including a propane tank, new sleeping bag, coat and pants, in order to brave the bitterly cold temperatures.

The final day Plano ISD will consider transfer requests for the 2014-2015 school year is June 16, according to the district’s website.

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