Back to school

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The 2020-21 school year

School starts Aug 10 with all students learining remotely for the first four weeks.

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.

COVID-19 & school operations

The COVID-19 & school operations page is your starting point for status updates/announcements, resources and other information about school operations impacted by COVID-19. 

Canvas

Our district will be using Canvas as our digital platform for all learning during the 2020-21 school year. See our section on Canvas for families for information about setup, access and more.

Calendar

Find upcoming events and important dates on our various Calendars. Be sure to see the School Year Calendar page for details about changes to the calendar for this year, including information about the new intersssion weeks.

Back-to-school forms - online only

Using Skyward Family Access, you can review and complete the important forms needed at the beginning of the year. See the Back-to-School Forms page for more information. This process must be completed online. No printed copies will be provided.

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. All enrollments are being completed online at this time.

Immunizations

Visit the Immunizations page for information about required immunizations and immunization clinics available for applicable students. Up-to-date immunizations are also required for students attending school remotely.

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. See our school supplies page for more information and links to the campus school supply pages. A districtwide 2020-21 elementary school supply list has been added.

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. See the curbside meals page for information about ordering meals during remote learning.

Bus transportation

Route information including bus number, stop time and stop location will be available through Skyward 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.

More information can be found on the Bus Transportation page. For questions about bus routes, call Transportation at 972-494-8530.

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. See Skyward help for more information about Skyward Family Access.

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.