Back to school

6/17 Update: Return to school options

Garland ISD families will select from two options for their children when returning to school in August:

  • Option 1: Full-time in-person on campuses, with heightened hygiene and disinfection protocols 

  • Option 2:  Full-time virtual eLearning with district-provided technology and internet hotspots, as needed.

GISD has been advocating with the Texas Education Agency and state leadership to be able to offer these two options.

Specific details on these two choices will be communicated once final guidance from the Texas Education Agency is shared; this is anticipated next Tuesday, June 23, 2020.  

We understand districts across the state have announced their plans.  GISD has always done the right thing for its families at the right time, which will occur when we receive that final guidance. 

Information will be coming soon about the process for parents to enroll students in the virtual eLearning option, as well as the school calendar with start/end times and transportation protocols.  

Check back often for updated information on return-to-school plans and FAQs once developed, and be sure your contact information is correct in Skyward.

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The 2020-21 school year

Garland ISD teams are working diligently to ensure a safe start when our students and teachers return in August. Everything is being reviewed including the academic calendar, offering virtual and in-person options, social distancing and other preventive measures at campuses and much more.

Surveys have been sent to staff and families to gather input, research is continuously being conducted, and we are reviewing any changes to guidelines from local, state and national officials and health departments.

Once decisions are made, we will communicate them here on our website and through all our district communication channels. It is important that families have Skyward accounts, update contact information in Skyward when needed and follow us on social media on Twitter and Facebook. Be sure to also follow campus social media accounts as well.

To access any of the information mentioned here or to find contacts for specific questions, see the links below:

Get prepared

Visit the following pages for a variety of useful information related to back to school. Note: Information will be updated as new details become available. Please check back often.

Calendar

Find upcoming events and important dates on our various Calendars.

Back-to-school forms

Using Skyward Family Access you can now review and complete the important forms needed at the beginning of the year. See the Back-to-School Forms page for more information.

Enrollment

Families new to the district are encouraged to begin the enrollment process before the first day of school. Visit the Enrollment page for information about required documents and where to enroll.

Immunizations

Visit the Immunizations page for information about required immunizations and immunization clinics available for applicable students.

School supplies

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

School meals

Our Student Nutrition Services Department provides wholesome, nutritious meals for students. Visit the School meals page for information about meal prices, menus, free and reduced-price meals, breakfast programs, nutrition information and special dietary needs.

Bus transportation

Route information including bus number, stop time, and stop location will be mailed to parents of all eligible regular and special education students. All times are approximate and there may be some delays during the first few days of school. Schedules should be adjusted to a consistent time frame by the end of the second week.

For questions about bus routes, call Transportation at 972-494-8530.

Bus cards

Bus cards will be brought home by the student within the first two weeks of school. The card must be completed and signed by a parent or guardian and returned to the bus driver within three days.

News

The Newsroom is a one-stop shop for all the news, photos, tweets, videos and external news media coverage for GISD.

Summer assignments

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

School operations

Information about the policies and procedures that support your student's instructional experience:

Skyward Family Access

Skyward Family Access allows parents to see their child’s grades and attendance, as well as receive messages from teachers, view report cards, request notifications and set Skylert preferences. Contact campuses for account information.

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

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.