No....even though the old second person singular 'thou art' is no longer used, the second person plural is used instead but in its entirety...you are.
'Is' is only used with the third person singular...he/she is.
In English there is only one second person subject pronoun. Unlike other languages we do not have different forms for the singular or plural, formal or informal. Generally, in English only the third person singular subject pronouns take a different form although the verb 'to be' is a little different. The first person is, 'I am', the third person singular is 'he/she/one/it is'. All the other pronouns, including you, take 'are'. So you have 'you are', 'we are' and 'they are'. It is grammatically incorrect to say or write, 'you is'.
You used to be only plural. But, as thee, and thou went out of fashion (they were the singular forms), you took over, becoming both singular, and plural. As the "are" had already been proper when you was plural, it stuck when the word became both.
NO. It's "you ARE". It doesn't have anything to do with singular or plural. Only poor, under-educated people say "you is".
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EDIT to add: Your logic is faulty. 'Am' is just as singular as 'is', but you aren't asking for people to say 'you am'.
The simple fact is that we have ALWAYS said 'you are' as a plural, and when we started using it TOO as a singular, the verb simply didn't change.
Languages don't always develop according to what seems logical.
'You' can be singular or plural.
And it's not that people say that 'in modern times' - that's how it's been for centuries.
The verb 'to be' changes according to the subject, like 'to have' and 'to go' etc.
I am, you are, he/she is, we are, they are.
I have, you have, she/she has, we have, they have.
I go, you go, he/she goes, we go, they go.