Back to School 2013

Back to SchoolFirst Day of School - August 26th

Below, you will find links to a variety of useful information ranging from school supply lists for elementary students to ways that you can become active in your neighborhood school as a volunteer. We hope that this information will help you get your family prepared to begin the new school year. Updates to this page will continue to be made as they become available.

Bus Transportation

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Find useful information regarding bus transportation on the following pages:

District News and Information

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Emergency Information

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Emergency Contact Information

In the event of a medical (or other) emergency, the school needs to have the correct contact information for parents or guardians of all students. The information MUST be updated at the beginning of each school year and as needed throughout the year. A form will be sent home with your student early in the school year. Please correct, sign, and return the form to the school immediately.

District changes call-out company to Blackboard Connect
For years, Garland ISD has used SchoolMessenger to notify parents and guardians of school closings and other important information. This critical communication tool can telephone every district family enrolled in the system within a matter of minutes.

GISD will continue to offer that same reliable call-out service this school year, but will transition to a new company in August—Blackboard Connect. As the new provider of automated GISD telephone messaging, Blackboard Connect will give families additional options to help them stay informed. Students will be able to have more than one number on file with the district, allowing information to be shared in more than one household. And, through the customizable Connect 5 portal, parents and guardians will have the ability to update contact information, review recent messages and indicate preferred modes of communication.

To be effective, it is essential that parents and guardians maintain updated emergency contact information at their child’s campus. While websites, television and radio remain informational resources during inclement weather, Blackboard Connect will be Garland ISD’s primary communication method.

Accident Insurance

Did you know that the school district is NOT liable if your child is transported to the hospital via ambulance and/or has to have medical treatment due to an injury suffered at school?

Very low-cost emergency health insurance is available through GM Southwest. Visit the Student Accident Insurance page for appplication information. To request a complete brochure by mail, please call GM-Southwest at 1-800-381- 4517. This insurance pays in addition to your current family policy.


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Families new to the district are encouraged to begin the enrollment process before the first day of school. Enrollment forms can be obtained at any neighborhood campus.

Enrollment requirements, locations, dates and more can be found by visiting the General Enrollment Information page.


The Online Gradebook system allows parents and guardians to access student grades via the internet. The system is user-friendly with additional assistance just an email away.   All a parent needs is internet access and a valid email address. 

Beginning on Tuesday, September 3, 2013, (the day after Labor Day) parents will be able to create accounts for the 2013-14 school year. Each school year parents/guardians and students must create a new online account.


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Visit the Health Services Department pages to find more information provided by district health professionals including a list of required immunizations and how to find your school nurse.

Immunization Clinics Available in Spanish

Immunization Records Update Notifications

Parents of students attending GISD schools during the last school year were notified at the end of the year if additional immunizations would be required prior to enrolling for the 2013-2014 school year.

Proof of these needed immunizations is required before a student will be permitted to start the school year. Please deliver updated immunization records to your child’s school BEFORE the first day of class.

Further questions regarding immunizations may be addressed to the Department of Health Services at 972-487-3268 or

Reading Lists

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Students entering certain English courses in the fall were assigned summer reading. Check to be sure that your child is prepared.

Supply Lists

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General school supply lists are provided by the School Operations Department. It's strongly recommended that parents check with their child's school before making any purchases. Many schools prepare their own supply lists and/or sell pre-packaged supplies at the school.

Special Education Services Available / Child Find


GISD offers comprehensive special education services to eligible students from birth through twenty-one years of age. Children suspected of having a disability may be referred by contacting the appropriate resource. Find out more by visiting the Special Education Referral / Child Find page.

Volunteer Information

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Get involved in your neighborhood school. Contact your local school or visit the Volunteer Program page to download volunteer forms and discover a variety of volunteer opportunities.

Both the Volunteer Application Form and Criminal History Check must be submitted to your campus office by:

  • September 20, 2013 - to volunteer in the first semester
  • February 7, 2014 - to volunteer in the second semester

Page Updated: 8/6/2013