Previous Coronavirus (COVID-19) updates

This is an archive of the updates that have been shared regarding virus-related activities and changes to school operations.

September updates

9/14/20 Update: Selection form, Intersession, athletics, TRE and COVID-19 testing

Quarter 2 Selection Form deadline

Families still have time to change their instructional model selection of remote or face-to-face learning for the second grading period, which starts Oct. 12. The deadline to submit the Quarter 2 Instructional Model Selection Form has been extended to Friday, Sept. 18. If you would like your student to remain in their current instructional model, you do not need to submit a form. 

Questions? Email AskStudentServices@garlandisd.net or call 972-494-8255. 

Intersession enrollment

Garland ISD’s first-ever fall Intersession is right around the corner. From Oct. 6-9, students can participate in intervention, acceleration and enrichment activities either face-to-face or remotely. Each four-hour day will include breakfast, two learning sessions and lunch. Eligible students will also receive transportation. Please visit our Intersession webpage to learn more, and reach out to your home campus to enroll. 

Athletics event attendance 

We are excited to see our award-winning athletes in motion this historic year. As we kick off our highly anticipated 2020-21 competition season, GISD is introducing new guidelines to support social distancing. Please review our event attendance guidelines webpage to review spectator accommodations and best practices for volleyball and football games.  

TRE frequently asked questions

Did you know that Garland ISD’s innovative Tax Rate Election will impact every student and staff member? If passed, GISD’s TRE will provide an additional $42 million dollars needed to sustain our exceptional academics, athletics, fine arts and additional valuable programs. This unique proposition will also reduce the property tax rate by nearly .05 cents. #BelieveInGISD and see frequently asked questions addressing the #GISDTaxReductionElection at garlandisdTRE.com/faqs.

Free COVID-19 testing for all GISD students, staff and families

Ayman Care is offering all Garland ISD students, staff and families free COVID-19 testing at two locations. Appointments are available but not necessary. If possible, please bring a photo ID or a copy of an insurance card. Visit the COVID-19 testing locations webpage for details and additional testing sites.

9/9/20 Update: Free meals for all students, instructional model selection deadline extension

Free meals for all students

Garland ISD Student Nutrition Services is excited to be able to offer free meals to all children 18 years of age and younger. The United States Department of Agriculture recently announced an extension of funding that provides this opportunity through at least Dec. 31. Families who have not completed a Free and Reduced-Price Meal Application for the 2020-21 school year should submit one as soon as possible. 

Beginning this week, all face-to-face learners can now receive daily cafeteria meals at no cost, while remote learners can pick up free curbside meals twice a week. Children younger than school age and any non-GISD students who live in Garland, Rowlett and Sachse can also receive free curbside meals.

GISD remote learners should bring one of the following for curbside meals pickup:

  • Email confirmation from Student Nutrition Services
  • Student schedule in Skyward

Non-GISD students who live in Garland, Rowlett and Sachse, or children younger than school age should bring one of the following for curbside meals pickup: 

  • Student ID card
  • Student report card
  • Birth certificate (for children younger than school age)

Please note that parents or guardians can only pick up meals for their children, but children do not need to be present during pickups. For distribution locations, times and procedures, please visit our Curbside Meals webpage.

Quarter 2 Instructional Model Selection Form deadline extended

If families would like to change their instructional model selection of remote or face-to-face learning for the second grading period, which begins Oct. 12, the deadline has been extended to September 16. Families received an email Sept. 8 with an updated link to our Quarter 2 Instructional Model Selection Form. If you do not have an email address on file with the district, you should have received a postcard in the mail over the weekend. If you would like your student to remain in their current instructional model, you do not need to submit a form.

Need help? Email AskStudentServices@garlandisd.net or call 972-494-8255.

9/8/20 Update: #GarlandISDF2F, instructional model changes, TRE

#GarlandISDF2F

Garland ISD continued its historic start to the 2020-21 school year with the launch of face-to-face learning Sept. 8. We welcomed more than 18,000 students on campus for the first time in six months, and the best is yet to come. Relive our #GarlandISDF2F kickoff through a photo story and video.

Quarter 2 Instructional Model Selection Form

Garland ISD understands that families may want to change their instructional model selection of remote or face-to-face learning based on COVID-19 developments. If you would like to change your child’s instructional model for the second grading period, which begins Oct. 12, you can now make a new selection. Families received an email Sept. 8 with an updated link to our Quarter 2 Instructional Model Selection Form. If you do not have an email address on file with the district, you should have received a postcard in the mail over the weekend. The deadline to submit your new selection is Friday, Sept. 11. If you would like your student to remain in their current instructional model, you do not need to submit a form.

#BelieveInGISD

Garland ISD has a history of being financially responsible, stretching our budgets, doing more with less and being good stewards of taxpayer dollars. We also continue to increase student opportunities through initiatives like our Pre-K expansion, College for All and added dyslexia staff. In an effort to ensure the district can maintain its current programming and minimize the financial impact of these unprecedented times, GISD’s Board of Trustees called for a Tax Rate Election on the November ballot. If passed, it will not only generate the funds needed to maintain our current programming. It will also provide tax relief for all homeowners and businesses with a nearly 5 cent tax rate decrease. Election Day is November 3, and early voting begins October 13. Visit garlandisdTRE.com to view more facts and to find your polling location.

9/7/20 Update: Face-to-face reminders, bus schedule updates

Face-to-Face learning reminders

We can’t wait to welcome our face-to-face learners on September 8. Please remember to bring your district-issued or personal technology devices to school. For health and safety reminders, watch our Return to School video in EnglishSpanish and Vietnamese. Also, share your face-to-face learning photos on social media using the hashtag #GarlandISDF2F.

Transportation schedules

Transportation-eligible families with face-to-face learners can view their route numbers, stop times, and stop locations in Skyward Family Access by looking for an attached letter in the student’s portfolio. Families who recently changed their face-to-face selection or who did not originally opt-in for transportation may not have information available. 

These families should take their students to school until they receive transportation schedules. Please note that the storms this weekend caused an outage to our transportation system, and we may not be able to finish schedules until midweek. If you have any questions, please call our Transportation Call Center at 972-494-8530 from 6 a.m.-6 p.m. beginning Tuesday, September 8, or email transportation@garlandisd.net.

9/1/20 Update: Face-to-face, bus schedules, Intersession, Census, TRE

Face-to-face learning begins Sept. 8

The launch of face-to-face learning is just one week away. Please note that only students who chose face-to-face learning on the Commitment Form should begin attending on campus September 8. If families did not make a selection on their Commitment Forms, they will continue remote learning. An opportunity to change your selection, if needed, will be coming soon.

As we count down the days until September 8, our excitement continues to grow. We want to make sure our face-to-face families feel just as confident and prepared as we are. Here are a few helpful reminders:

  • Parents/guardians are required to complete the Transportation Pre-Screening Form every day before students get on the bus. It can be easily accessed in our new mobile app.

  • Students will be screened and have their temperatures checked before entering campuses.

  • Students are required to wear face coverings on the bus and on campus.

  • Students should bring their own refillable water bottle each day.

For more health and safety protocols, please read our Reopening Schools Instructional Guidebook. Campuses will also be sharing additional information regarding schedules. 

Transportation schedules now available

Transportation-eligible families with face-to-face learners can now view their route numbers, stop times, and stop locations in Skyward Family Access. Please look for an attached letter in your student’s portfolio. 

Save-the-date for fall Intersession

Our campuses are hard-at-work preparing for GISD’s first-ever fall Intersession. From October 6-9, students will have the opportunity to participate in intervention, acceleration and enrichment activities. Each campus will offer its own Intersession, but special activities will also be provided by the district at "hub" campuses. Please visit our Intersession webpage to learn more about who should attend and what to expect. Please also complete our two-question Intersession Interest Survey via Skyward Family Access by September 8.

Complete the Census by Sept. 30

It’s not too late to complete the 2020 Census. Simply access the internet on a computer or phone and visit 2020census.gov, or call 844-330-2020 to be counted - even if you don’t have your Census ID number. All responses are confidential and must be received by September 30. Why is participation important? Census results affect planning and funding for more than 100 programs within the community, including education, healthcare and highway construction.

#GISDTaxReductionElection

Do you know the facts about Garland ISD’s Tax Rate Election (TRE)? Unlike most TREs, ours could actually be called a Tax Reduction Election. If passed, it would lower the property tax rate by nearly 5 cents. It would also generate $42 million in new funding, which the district needs to sustain its award-winning academics, athletics, fine arts and more. Our TRE will impact every student, staff member, business and homeowner - even senior citizens who have had their tax rate capped. Election Day is November 3, and early voting begins October 13. Visit garlandisdTRE.com to view more facts and to find your polling location.

August updates

8/28/20 Update: Canvas news, staff shout-outs, COVID-19 case count

Canvas for families weekly update

Check out this week’s update to learn about the Canvas Observer role and the parent mobile app. You can also browse resources and services shared in previous updates.

Staff appreciation

Since our COVID-19 closure, district staff has worked diligently and round-the-clock to navigate this unexpected situation. Thank you for recognizing our rock stars by submitting messages of gratitude. See all of the heartwarming shout-outs on the staff appreciation notes webpage

COVID-19 case counts

GISD is committed to transparency as we communicate during the pandemic. In an effort to keep our families, staff and community informed, a chart showing the number of lab-confirmed cases by location is available on our cases by location webpage.

8/18/20 Update: Athletics and fine arts, return-to-school video

Athletic, cheer, drill and marching band practices resume
In light of updated guidance from Dallas County Health and Human Services and the UIL, Garland ISD will resume its athletic strength and conditioning programs for football, volleyball, team tennis and cross country, as well as cheer, drill and marching band rehearsals, on Monday, August 24. 

We have been closely monitoring neighboring districts that have already resumed their practices, and are eager to provide our students with enough time to prepare for the season and to prevent injuries. Our practices will be held outside of school hours until students return for face-to-face learning on September 8. 

Strict health and safety protocols will also be followed, and are outlined in our Reopening Schools Instructional Guidebook. All other practices will resume when students return for face-to-face learning on September 8.

Return-to-school procedures video
Garland ISD is committed to providing the best and safest education possible. Watch our new video (SpanishVietnamese) to take an inside look into the district’s health and safety protocols for our face-to-face learners.

8/17/20 Update: Curbside meals pick-up locations update

Garland ISD’s Student Nutrition Services is streamlining curbside meals pick-up sites for efficiency purposes. Starting Thursday, Aug. 20, curbside meals can be picked up from 37 district campuses. In addition, the form to order meals for Sept. 18-Oct. 1 opens Friday, Aug. 21. See our most up-to-date list of open pick-up sites on the curbside meals page.

8/14/20 Update: Dr. López’s message, Canvas updates, contest winners

Message from Dr. López
As we end the first week of a historic school year, Superintendent Dr. López shares words of gratitude and encouragement with families and staff. Please read his letter

Canvas for families weekly updates
Garland ISD implemented Canvas, our new learning management system, this school year. To provide support for #GarlandUSA families, a weekly update will be featured on the Canvas for families page. This week’s update includes information regarding setting up parent accounts, getting help with district devices and more.

Canvas Homepage Challenge winners
Thank you for voting in our Canvas Homepage Challenge. Congratulations to our winners: Shugart Elementary School’s Silvia Angelo, Webb Middle School’s Jake Smith and Naaman Forest High School’s Chelsie Lokke. See their winning virtual classrooms on our Canvas Homepage Challenge page.

8/11/20 Update: Meals, Canvas contest, Voter-Approval Tax Rate Election

Curbside meals second-chance pick up

Families, if you missed the deadline for completing the order form for meals, they can still be picked up from 9:30-10:30 a.m. or 5-6:30 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 13 with proof of enrollment. Visit the curbside meals page for details and pick-up locations. Please note: Couch Elementary School, Garland ISD Alternative Education Center, Memorial Pathway Academy and Pathfinder Achievement Center are not pick-up locations.

Canvas Homepage Challenge

Help us choose three lucky winners in our Canvas Homepage Challenge! Winning elementary, middle school and high school teachers will each receive a monetary prize for their classrooms. Check out the submissions on the Canvas Homepage Challenge page. Voting ends at noon Friday, Aug. 14. 

GISD Trustees unanimously calls for Voter-Approval Tax Rate Election

Garland ISD’s Board of Trustees is continuing our tradition of innovation with a unique Voter-Approval Tax Rate Election (VATRE) that, if approved, will generate additional funds from the state while also lowering the 2020-21 property tax rate by nearly 5 cents. Trustees unanimously called the VATRE Aug. 11, and it will be included on the upcoming November ballot.

Read the story to learn more: Garland ISD Board of Trustees unanimously calls Voter-Approval Tax Rate Election (VATRE) for November ballot

8/7/20 Update: Curbside meals reminder and #GarlandISD1stDay

First curbside meals pick up and next order deadline

Families who submitted a request form to order curbside meals for Aug. 10-20 can retrieve their first order from noon-1 p.m. today, Aug. 7, at their designated pick-up campus. Note: We are offering additional pick up time for families who were unable to pick up meals on Friday  8/7. Please call the campus you would like to pick up meals from and ask to speak with the Cafeteria Manager to schedule a pick up time on Monday from 8:30-1:00.

In addition, the deadline to order curbside meals for Aug. 21-Sept. 3 is today, Aug. 7. See the curbside meals page for details. 

Celebrate the first day of school on social media
Join Garland ISD in celebrating the first day of remote learning Monday, Aug. 10 by tagging posts and photos using #GarlandISD1stDay. Boost the excitement on Facebook with our first day frame. 

To add a frame to a Facebook picture:

  1. Visit Camera Effects for the#GarlandISD1stDay camera banner
  2. Select Send Notification button to open camera on mobile Facebook app
  3. Take photo and share

We look forward to seeing and sharing your posts and photos as we kick off a historic new year in #GarlandUSA. 

Back-to-school forms due Aug. 10
Don’t forget to complete all back-to-school forms online via Skyward Family Access by Monday, Aug. 10. Get details on the back-to-school forms page.

Stay informed by reviewing updated FAQs
In an effort to continue to keep our families, staff and community informed, our frequently asked questions are updated daily. Stay on top of the latest information by viewing the frequently asked questions sections on the following webpages:

8/4/20 Update: Back-to-school FAQs, email and newsletter

With just days left before the start of 2020-21, we know Garland ISD families might still have back-to-school questions. GISD staff is working diligently to continue to help keep families informed. Please see the latest resources and updates available below.

Expanded Frequently Asked Questions 

New Support Email

Back-to-School Newsletter

  • The new digital edition of the district’s newsletter, ConnectEd, launched Aug. 4. Check it out for additional and helpful back-to-school information.

8/2/20 Update: Important back-to-school information

As we head into the final week before the start of school, our amazing Garland ISD staff is busy preparing for your return. The 2020-21 school year will look and feel different, but we are all in this together. The Texas Education Agency has asked school districts to introduce a learning management system this year, and GISD has chosen Canvas.

Our new Canvas system will help students navigate all of their learning from one location.  Assignments, grades, secure links to Google Meets for live class sessions, and communication with teachers and classmates will all be accessed from the Canvas homepage after logging in. We know our students are very comfortable with technology, and we feel confident that they will find Canvas an easy tool to use.

To ensure you are ready for the first four weeks of remote learning, please review the timeline below for important back-to-school information.

  • August 3-7: Campus staff will be participating in extensive professional development to prepare for virtual and blended instruction. Families can also prepare by visiting our Canvas for Families webpage, which includes helpful documents and video resources. Student schedules will be finalized during this week as well, and campuses will be communicating with families regarding specific dates and times for technology distribution.  

  • August 6: Student schedules will be available in Skyward for families who have completed Back-to-School Forms. To complete these forms, primary guardians should log in to Skyward Family Access. Please note that student schedules are subject to change during these uncertain times, depending on teacher availability.

  • August 7: Students and parents/guardians can log in to Canvas for the first time. If you have trouble logging in, please contact helpdesk@garlandisd.net for technical assistance. All schools will also host virtual Meet the Teacher events through Canvas to help families get acquainted with the new system. Campuses will be communicating with families regarding specific dates and times for virtual Meet the Teacher events.

  • August 8-9: GISD staff will be available for Canvas technical support. Specific hours will be shared on the Canvas for Families webpage.  

  • August 10: Celebrate #GarlandISD1stDay by tagging remote back-to-school snapshots on social media! We want to ensure our families have a smooth transition to remote learning, so all students will follow a transitional schedule for the first four weeks of school. While daily attendance, grading and GPA policies will be in effect, including policies for late work, GISD staff will help students adjust to their new schedules, learn procedures and establish a successful academic routine.

After our first four weeks of school, on September 8, we know that GISD students and staff will have the firm foundation needed to transition to face-to-face learning environments or continue learning remotely. While this pandemic has taught us that plans are always subject to change, we will be ready to meet any challenges that come our way. You can rest assured that we will continue to communicate with you regularly regarding all plans.  

For additional information and frequently asked questions, please visit our school reopening webpage. To request student meals during remote learning, please visit our curbside meals webpage.

July updates

7/29/20 Update: School starts remotely Aug. 10 as planned

As guidance from local, state and federal officials continues to change, Garland ISD wants to ensure our families and staff have the most up-to-date and accurate information. Our plans for students to restart school Aug. 10 remain unchanged. 

All students will learn remotely from Aug. 10-Sept. 7, with no option for face-to-face learning. On Sept. 8, families who selected face-to-face learning on their Commitment Forms will begin attending class on campus.

If you have not filled out a Commitment Form or need to request a technology device or hotspot, please contact your campus. For more information and frequently asked questions, visit garlandisd.net/gisdreopens.

7/20/20 Update: Reopening guidebook, curbside meals

Reopening School Instructional Guidebook

The 2020-21 Reopening School Instructional Guidebook is now available. This valuable resource contains details about learning models, training, procedures, safety requirements and more. The guidebook can be found on the 2020-21 school reopening page.

Curbside meals

Curbside meal pick-ups will be available for all learners during the back-to-school transition and for remote learners throughout the remainder of 2020-21. Families will need to complete an order form every two weeks for each Garland ISD student who would like meal service. To receive meals the first week of school, the first form must be completed by July 27. Meals will be charged to the student’s account according to the student’s eligibility status and/or the eligibility designation of their home school (CEP, BIC, Universal-Free Breakfast). There must be sufficient funds in a student’s meal account to cover the cost of meals.

See the curbside meals page for more information.

7/16/20 Update: Remote start through Sept. 7

In compliance with an order issued by the Dallas County Health and Human Services Department on July 16, 2020,  Garland ISD’s remote start of school will be extended through September 7. From August 10 to September 7, all students will attend school remotely, with no option for face-to-face learning. Families who select face-to-face learning will begin attending class on campus on Tuesday, September 8, 2020.

All extracurricular activities, including athletics and fine arts, are canceled by this order, and will resume September 8.

7/13/20 Update: Return to School Commitment Form (Face-to-Face or Remote Learning)

The 2020-21 school year begins in less than a month, and Garland ISD looks forward to welcoming our students on August 10. We are working diligently to provide the best and safest education possible. As promised, the Commitment Form was sent via email Monday, July 13. Please see important details below.

  • Only parents listed as the primary guardian in Skyward should have received an email including the Commitment Form Monday, July 13.

  • Primary guardians who do not have an email address in Skyward should expect a postcard to arrive by mail to the home address on file.

  • To help vital district and campus planning for the 2020-21 school year, the revised deadline to submit Commitment Forms is Thursday, July 23. 

  • Primary guardians must submit a separate form for each child enrolled in Garland ISD. 

  • Please review our FAQs on the 2020-21 school reopeningFace-to-Face Learning and Remote Learning webpages to fully understand each option available.

  • As always, our plans are subject to change based on guidance and orders from the local, state or federal government.

7/12/20 Update: Clarification to school reopening plans

Please see the important updates below regarding our first three weeks of school. We have also added a deadline to submit the commitment form being emailed to families July 13.

Dear Garland ISD families:

We may have more than 55,000 students and 7,500 staff, but we are one big family. Thank you for staying #GISDAlwaysConnected during our spring semester. We can’t wait to be reunited for the first day of school on August 10. GISD is the place to be for the best education in our nation - even in the midst of a global pandemic. The Texas Education Agency recently released its final guidance for reopening schools, and we have some new updates to share for 2020-21. 

Restarting School Transition

We realize that students have been out of school since mid-March, and we want to ensure they have a smooth readjustment. For the first three weeks, from August 10 to August 28, students will attend school remotely, get to know their new teachers, readjust to “school hours”, and learn to use a program called Canvas. Canvas will be the new learning platform that all GISD students will use. It allows them to interact during classes, actively engage in assignments, take quizzes, collaborate with peers, communicate with teachers, and more. The remote return to school will also allow campuses to rehearse and finalize all safety and sanitation protocols to significantly reduce the risk of viral spread on campus.

While GISD will conduct remote learning for the first three weeks, the Texas Education Agency has also required us to give families with extenuating circumstances the option to attend in-person during these three weeks. This option is only for families who need it. Families will be able to document their need on a commitment form being sent Monday, July 13.

Family Choice

GISD is a district of choice, and that extends to our learning models. Please take time to carefully consider your options and what is best for your family. On Monday, July 13, all primary guardians will receive an email that contains a commitment form to select the learning option that you feel is best for your child(ren). GISD will offer both face-to-face and remote learning on August 31 after our three-week remote start.

All families must choose between the two options below and complete their commitment form by July 30.

  • Face-to-Face Learning: Face-to-face learning is a “traditional” school model, where students physically attend school daily on campus. All students who choose to enroll in Face-to-Face classes or to ride GISD school buses must comply with requirements for wearing face masks and face coverings. Visit our Face-to-Face Learning website for more information and frequently asked questions.  

  • Remote Learning: Remote learning provides virtual lessons with teachers and classmates, as well as self-paced activities, projects, and assignments aligned with state standards. It will look very different from our at-home learning this spring. Daily attendance will be taken, with elementary students required to log in for at least 180 minutes and secondary students required to log in for at least 240 minutes each day. Visit our Remote Learning website for more information and frequently asked questions. 

Grading and Reporting

Grades will be taken during the return to school transition period and throughout the 2020-21 school year. They will count toward student GPAs for high school credit bearing courses. The grading system, grading scale, and number of required assignments will be consistent whether students are learning face-to-face or remotely. Students will move to four nine-week grading periods and will continue to receive progress reports every three weeks, with report cards being sent at the end of each nine-week grading period.

Onsite Health and Safety Protocols

We know that schools are the optimal places for teaching and learning, and Team GISD is committed to assuring our campuses are as safe as possible for staff, students, and visitors. The following protocols and procedures will be in place at all GISD facilities.  

  • All visitors will be required to wear face coverings while onsite.

  • All staff, students, and visitors will be required to screen for COVID-19 symptoms prior to entering the building.

  • Plexiglass shields will be in place at cafeteria serving lines, and at high traffic sites such as front office reception areas.

  • Increased cleaning and sanitation practices, as well as frequent reminders of hand hygiene, will be in place.

  • There will be no sharing of school supplies, food, masks, water bottles, or learning materials.

  • Students who attend classes on campus will be provided a cloth face mask and a face shield. Students may also bring their own cloth face covering, if they choose.

    • All students must wear a face covering while on school district transportation and while entering and exiting classrooms or the school.  

    • All students must wear a face covering in class and in the hallways, as appropriate to the age and activity.  

    • All face shields will remain at school, where they will be disinfected daily.

    • Parents are asked to regularly wash all cloth face coverings.

Frequently Asked Questions

We know you have many questions about returning to school. Stay up-to-date with the latest information and frequently asked questions on our school reopening website.

We thank you for your partnership and support. Together, we will make this a great year in Garland ISD. 

7/10/20 Update: School reopening plans, 3-week transition period

Dear Garland ISD families:

We may have more than 55,000 students and 7,500 staff, but we are one big family. Thank you for staying #GISDAlwaysConnected during our spring semester. We can’t wait to be reunited for the first day of school on August 10. GISD is the place to be for the best education in our nation - even in the midst of a global pandemic. The Texas Education Agency recently released its final guidance for reopening schools, and we have some new updates to share for 2020-21. 

Restarting School Transition

We realize that students have been out of school since mid-March, and we want to ensure they have a smooth readjustment. Our return to school will be phased in over the first three weeks. From August 10 to August 28, students will attend school remotely, get to know their new teachers, readjust to “school hours”,  and learn to use a program called Canvas. Canvas will be the new learning platform that all GISD students will use. It allows them to interact during classes, actively engage in assignments, take quizzes, collaborate with peers, communicate with teachers, and more. The return to school transition period will also allow campuses to rehearse and finalize all safety and sanitation protocols with a lower number of students to significantly reduce the risk of viral spread on campus.

If families need face-to-face learning during the transition period because of personal schedules or other extenuating circumstances, it will be available for those students beginning August 10. Families can make this request on a commitment form that will be sent Monday, July 13.

Family Choice

GISD is a district of choice, and that extends to our learning models. Please take time to carefully consider your options and what is best for your family. On Monday, July 13, all primary guardians will receive an email that contains a commitment form to select the learning option that you feel is best for your child(ren). All families must make a choice, which will go into effect on August 31.  

GISD will offer two learning options for families, beginning August 31:

  • Face-to-Face Learning: Face-to-face learning is a “traditional” school model, where students physically attend school daily on campus. All students who choose to enroll in Face-to-Face classes or to ride GISD school buses must comply with requirements for wearing face masks and face coverings. Visit our Face-to-Face Learning website for more information and frequently asked questions.  

  • Remote Learning: Remote learning provides virtual lessons with teachers and classmates, as well as self-paced activities, projects, and assignments aligned with state standards. It will look very different from our at-home learning this spring. Daily attendance will be taken, with elementary students required to log in for at least 180 minutes and secondary students required to log in for at least 240 minutes each day. Visit our Remote Learning website for more information and frequently asked questions. 

Grading and Reporting

Grades will be taken during the return to school transition period and throughout the 2020-21 school year. They will count toward student GPAs for high school credit bearing courses. The grading system, grading scale, and number of required assignments will be consistent whether students are learning face-to-face or remotely. Students will move to four nine-week grading periods and will continue to receive progress reports every three weeks, with report cards being sent at the end of each nine-week grading period.

Onsite Health and Safety Protocols

We know that schools are the optimal places for teaching and learning, and Team GISD is committed to assuring our campuses are as safe as possible for staff, students, and visitors. The following protocols and procedures will be in place at all GISD facilities.  

  • All visitors will be required to wear face coverings while onsite.

  • All staff, students, and visitors will be required to screen for COVID-19 symptoms prior to entering the building.

  • Plexiglass shields will be in place at cafeteria serving lines, and at high traffic sites such as front office reception areas.

  • Increased cleaning and sanitation practices, as well as frequent reminders of hand hygiene, will be in place.

  • There will be no sharing of school supplies, food, masks, water bottles, or learning materials.

  • Students who attend classes on campus will be provided a cloth face mask and a face shield. Students may also bring their own cloth face covering, if they choose.

    • All students must wear a face covering while on school district transportation and while entering and exiting classrooms or the school.  

    • All students must wear a face covering in class and in the hallways, as appropriate to the age and activity.  

    • All face shields will remain at school, where they will be disinfected daily.

    • Parents are asked to regularly wash all cloth face coverings.

Frequently Asked Questions

We know you have many questions about returning to school. Stay up-to-date with the latest information and frequently asked questions on our school reopening website.

We thank you for your partnership and support. Together, we will make this a great year in Garland ISD. 

7/6/20 Update

Please watch the video message from Dr. López as he welcomes students, staff and families to the 2020-21 school year.

June updates

6/28/20 Update: Strength and conditioning programs on hold

With the rise of COVID-19 cases across Texas, and Dallas County being one of the hardest hit, Garland ISD continues to keep the safety of students and staff its top priority. We have made the decision to place summer strength and conditioning programs at all district high schools on hold until July 13, 2020. This decision was made in an abundance of caution for the well-being of our athletes and coaches.

We appreciate your understanding and support in this ever-evolving situation. GISD will continue to do what is best for students and staff. We are finalizing plans for the reopening of school and are awaiting final guidelines from the Texas Education Agency. We are waiting patiently, as you are, for their guidance. We will remain vigilant in keeping our families informed.

6/23/20 Update: Calendar, school hours

School year calendar

The Board of Trustees has approved a new 2020-21 academic calendar with a new school start date, new school hours and intersession dates. 

See the School Year Calendar page for key dates and printable versions of the calendar.

2020-21 school reopening

Visit the 2020-21 school reopening page for frequently asked questions and answers including information about traditional and virtual school options.

New school hours

School hours now include additional instruction time each day. General school hours for the 2020-21 school year will be:

  • Morning prekindergarten  8:05-11:10 a.m.

  • Afternoon prekindergarten  12:25-3:30 p.m.

  • Full-day prekindergarten 8:10 a.m.-3:30 p.m.

  • Elementary School  8:10 a.m.-3:30 p.m.

  • Middle School 8:50 a.m.-4:10 p.m.

  • High School 7:30 a.m.-2:50 p.m.

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.

6/5 Update

Due to anticipated high temperatures next week, the Texas Rangers and local public safety officials have recommended moving graduation from Globe Life Park to Globe Life Field for the safety of all attendees. See new dates, times and details  on our graduation ceremonies page.

6/4 Update

Revised 6/4 Update

Additional Update

Please see an important message from Dr. López concerning social media use.

Immunizations

An email about missing required immunizations was mistakenly sent to all students. Students who are behind with their current immunizations will receive a letter via mail within the next week. Please be sure your address is up-to-date in Skyward. 

For students who do need vaccinations before the start of school, see the immunizations page for information about available clinics.

Calendar and Return to School Survey

Garland ISD is planning for the 2020-21 calendar and returning to school in August. We need your input. Please watch the video linked in the survey and complete the survey questions before noon on Monday, June 8.

6/1 Update

Please see an important message from Dr. López concerning recent events of racial injustice.

P-EBT application is now open. See the school meals page for more information.

May updates

5/22 Update: graduation tickets, medical services, reminders

Important graduation update

We have updated the graduation ceremonies page again with important ticket and ceremony information.

Free online medical services

Garland ISD has partnered with Hazel Health to offer families virtual access to free non-emergency medical care from 8 a.m.-3 p.m. Monday-Friday.  See the health services page for more details.

Reminders

  • No meals will be distributed the week of May 25. Our summer meal program begins June 1.
  • All medications that have not been picked up by parents will be discarded Monday, June 1. Make an appointment to pick up your student’s medication before June 1 by emailing A877@garlandisd.net.
  • Registration for summer school programs closes Friday, May 29. See the summer school programs for 2020 for more information.
  • The Family Support Call Center is now closed. Find additional family support resource on our family support during COVID-19 page.
5/21 Update

Graduation update, mask challenge

We’ve updated the graduation page with information for participants to help keep everyone safe during the celebration. Part of the guidelines include strong recommendations for wearing masks, so let’s get creative! Participate in our Class of 2020 Graduation Mask Challenge by showing off school spirit, future plans or meaningful messages on masks.

Deadline to pick up student medication

On June 1, 2020, all medications that have not been picked up by parents will be discarded. If you would like to make an appointment to pick up your child’s medication before June 1, please email A877@garlandisd.net

Transcripts

The process for requesting transcripts varies depending on graduation year. See our transcripts page for details.

Response Level: Purple

District status has been updated to Purple. See our Infectious Disease Leveled Response Plan for more information.

5/14 Update: New graduation venue, ConnectED, summer meals

We asked for feedback, and we heard you. To offer an in-person graduation and allow for more guests, we’ve changed the ceremony venue from Williams Stadium to Globe Life Park in Arlington. See updated dates, times and details on our graduation ceremonies page.

Don’t miss your May issue of ConnectEd. Due to COVID-19, our newsletter is only available online.

Reminder: No meals will be served during the week of May 25-28 and days and locations of meal service will change starting June 1. See the summer meals page for details about meal service for Jun 1-26.

5/7 Update: Graduation, thank a GISD staff member

Graduation 2020

We’re excited to announce that we will be hosting in-person graduations at Williams Stadium beginning June 7. See the graduation ceremonies page for all the details. Live streaming will be available for each ceremony. 

Thank a GISD staff member

Garland ISD invites students, parents, staff and community members to recognize GISD employees who have gone the extra mile to help others during the school closure. Submit your note on our Thank a GISD Staff Member page.

5/5 Update: teacher video, meals, learning survey

Thank a Teacher Video

Teachers inspire, motivate and enlighten students in Garland ISD every day. In honor of National Teacher Day, see students, parents and staff showing their appreciation for our teachers in the Thank You Teachers video.

Meal schedule update

  • Curbside meal service will continue with the current schedule through May 22. 

  • There will be no food service during the week of May 25-28. 

  • Information about the summer meal schedule and locations for June 1-26 will be coming soon.

Remote Learning Survey

Garland ISD is partnering with BrightBytes to learn more about how our community is responding to teaching and learning remotely. We want to hear how you and your children are adjusting during this unprecedented time and learn how the district can better support you. The survey will take no more than 5-10 minutes to complete. If you have children in more than one school, please complete the survey for each child. 

Your participation is crucial in providing a comprehensive understanding of how we can improve support for you and your students during this time.

We will be collecting survey responses from May 4-8, 2020. Below is the URL to access our district survey landing page. Once there, select the Parent survey and then select your school from the drop-down menu.

 Take the Remote Learning Survey

Thank you for quickly providing this critical information. We want to do everything we can to ensure you and your students are successful during this time. We appreciate you! 

#GISDAlwaysConnected

April updates

Coronavirus related messages

4/29 Update: medication pickup, reminders

Medication pickup

Beginning May 1, families may visit their campus at designated dates and times to retrieve medication and medical supplies. See the medication and medical supply return page for details.

Reminders

  • Please complete the Summer Learning and Return to School Survey to share your input on summer learning and planning for August.

  • Celebrate the Class of 2020 on social media by including a celebratory graphic in a photo collage.  Get details and download a campus graphic on the Celebrate our 2020 grads page. #GISD2020Grad 

  • School Lunch Hero Day is Friday, May 1. Learn more and help celebrate our phenomenal Student Nutrition Services team for impacting student success and for serving more than 550,000 curbside meals. #SNSSchoolLunchHeroes

  • Thank a teacher by posting a video on social media and completing the Teachers Can nomination form by May 3. Re the Show GISD educators your appreciation on social media article for more details. This is a great way to recognize a teacher that’s impacted your life in time for Teacher Appreciation Week which begins May 4.  #ThankATeacher

  • Virtual Job Fair for Teachers is on Monday, May 4. See the virtual job fair page for details on how to participate.

#GISDAlwaysConnected

4/22/20 Update: grading, parent survey

Dear Garland ISD Families:

Thank you for your continued patience as we work to develop added grading expectations for the remainder of this school year that provide equity for students during this unprecedented time. These expectations are listed with FAQs on the COVID-19 grading expectations page.

We’d also like to ask for your input on summer learning and planning for August. Please complete the Summer Learning and Return to School Survey to share your thoughts.

You have been very important partners as we continue to lead the way with at-home learning, successfully completing this school year, and preparing for the year ahead. 

Your continued support and feedback are highly valued and much appreciated.

Sincerely,

Garland ISD

4/21/20 Update

Garland ISD’s Family Support Call Center will launch tomorrow, April 22. The center will address calls in English and Spanish from 4:30-8:30 p.m. Monday-Friday. Get the center call number and other useful contacts on the Contact information during COVID-19 closure page.

4/16/20 Update

Frequently asked questions have been added to the COVID-19 grading expectations page.

4/17/20 Update

Update #1

Per Governor Abbott’s executive order issued today, April 17, schools are closed for the remainder of the 2019-2020 academic school year. At-home learning will continue through May 21, the last day of classes.

Update #2 grading clarifications

We are reaching out to provide clarification on our at-home learning grading expectations. Our original letter should have stated “no grades will be recorded for the weeks of March 16-March 27”, not “March 16 - April 10.”  We apologize for the confusion. The information below is intended to address questions.

Grading Clarity

  • No grades will be recorded for the weeks of March 16 - March 27, as students and teachers were adjusting to the new instructional program. 

  • Assignments completed by students during the time from March 30 to April 10 will be graded and recorded, with no penalty to those students who had not started at-home learning.

  • Effective the week of April 13, all students are responsible for completing one assignment a week per subject for elementary and two assignments a week per subject for secondary. 

We have also updated the grading FAQs.

We appreciate your continued patience and your understanding of this oversight. Thank you for your ongoing partnership in the education of your children.  We remain #GISDAlwaysConnected.

4/15/20 Update: Grading expectations

Dear Garland ISD Families:

The past month has presented hardships that none of us could have predicted or imagined when we left for spring break. I am humbled and grateful for how we have all worked together, overcoming difficulties and barriers, to serve our students so that they continue to learn and grow.

Adapting to a new environment is never easy, and I am sensitive to the many changes that have been required of our parents, our staff and our children. I have been visiting the virtual classrooms your children are now learning in. Being a part of these provides an invaluable snapshot into the challenges of virtual instruction as well as learning from home.

Our goal is to continue to provide the very best support possible, in addition to adjusting to meet the needs of students. An important element of that support is creating a grading structure that allows students to succeed while also encouraging continued learning.  Students have worked diligently throughout the course of the school year; that work was considered when updated expectations were created. 

Expectations for the remainder of the school year are available below and were structured to support the new distance learning format and ensure that all students have the opportunity to be successful. 

See the COVID-19 grading expectations page for details.

Teachers will be reaching out to families of students who need additional support via Google Voice. Please note that the call will not show up as originating from Garland ISD and will likely have a 903 area code.

Additional grading expectations, including GPA, semester grade calculation, classroom participation and attendance will be posted the week of April 20.  All families will be notified via district communication channels (district website, social media, and Skylert). 

We appreciate your patience as we develop grading expectations that best suit this unique situation while giving grace as we all adapt. For specific questions about grading, please contact us at grading@garlandisd.net

 It is an honor to serve you.

Sincerely,

Ricardo López, Ed.D.
Garland ISD Superintendent

4/14/20 Update: Counseling, message from Mike Morath

Please watch these important video messages:

4/9/20 Update: Stay Home, Stay Connected, Stay Strong

Grading news: The fifth six weeks grading cycle will be extended from April 9 to April 17. Teachers will continue to collect work, grade assignments and provide feedback to students. Grading guidelines will be coming soon. For questions, please email us at Grading@garlandisd.net.

During challenging times, it’s important to work together, to encourage each other and to know that we are not alone. Watch Stay Home, Stay Connected, Stay Strong with appreciation for our staff, students and tri-city communities.

Enjoy the three-day weekend!

4/6/20 Update: April 10 holiday, changes to meal delivery
  • April 10, 2020, will remain a staff/student holiday.

  • Learn how to navigate technology carefully and create a safe online learning environment with the help of our digital citizenship guidelines for families

  • For the week of April 6–9, free meal pickup will be only one time per day: 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.at the 33 campus locations.  Breakfasts will be included in the lunch meal pickup. There will be no free meal pickup on the April 10 Student/Staff holiday; however, extra food will be sent home on Thurs., April 9. See details on the curbside meals page.

  • Our video contest winners were announced today. See the results on the #GISDAlwaysConnected Video Contest page.

  • Initial returns show that Texas lags the rest of the nation in completing the 2020 US Census.According to the initial data, the self-response rate in Texas is 31.3 percent, compared to 36.2 nationally.  The George Washington Institute of Public Policy has estimated that every one percent undercount costs Texas nearly $300 million in federal funding— more than any other state. The census can be filled out and submitted by mail, online, or over the phone in English and 12 other languages. For more information about the census, see our Census 2020 page.

4/3/20 Revised update: District closed indefinitely with review on May 4

Based on updated clarification from Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins at 4:45 this afternoon, Garland ISD is revising its extended school closing date from May 21 to closed indefinitely with a review the week of May 4. We remain at Level Red and will provide updates as we receive additional information.  Our at-home and eLearning instruction will continue throughout the closure.  Stay safe, stay home, and stay connected. #GISDAlwaysConnected

Additional update

To limit interaction, starting Monday, April 6, Garland ISD will distribute meals only once per day – from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.  Lunches will be given out at the 32 campus locations and will include a shelf-stable breakfast for the next day.

4/3/20 Update: Schools closed through May 21

Dear GISD Staff and Families,

As a result of the Dallas County order by Judge Clay Jenkins to stay at home through May 20 issued today, Garland ISD schools and facilities will remain closed through the end of the 2019-2020 academic school year on May 21. At-home and eLearning will continue through that date. 

We have received many questions about high school graduation, and we have been working on alternatives since this extended closure began. 

We have secured three dates in June, as well as three dates in July, for our high school graduations in the event that we are unable to hold them in June.  Information on specific dates can be found at www.garlandisd.net/graduation.

I want you to know that we are here to support our students, staff and families throughout this time. Please reach out to us when you need help. These are challenging times for everyone.  Stay safe, stay strong, stay home - and stay connected. For the love of family and our community, we are #GISDAlwaysConnected, and we are always here for you.

Sincerely,

Ricardo López, Ed.D.
Garland ISD Superintendent

Additional update

To limit interaction, starting Monday, April 6, Garland ISD will distribute meals only once per day – from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.  Lunches will be given out at the 32 campus locations and will include a shelf-stable breakfast for the next day.

March updates

Coronavirus related messages

3/31/20 Update: District closure extended

Dear Garland ISD Families and Staff:

We appreciate your patience during this unprecedented school closure. The health and well-being of all in our district and surrounding communities continues to be our number one priority.

At this time, based on information and directives from local, state and national leaders and health departments, Garland ISD will continue to remain closed through Monday, May 4, 2020, in alignment with the executive order issued by Governor Abbott today. We will reassess again the week of May 1 to determine the next best course of action to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. 

Please know that although schools are closed, our focus is on ensuring our students and staff have ongoing support, that teaching and learning continue, and that we stay connected with each other throughout this extended closure.

Sincerely,

Ricardo Lopez, Ed.D.

Garland ISD Superintendent

3/30/20 Update

Schools will still be closed on Friday, April 3. A decision whether to extend the closure will be made this week. 

Campuses will be calling families to connect and check on needs Make sure your contact information is up-to-date in Skyward so they can easily reach you.

Tuesday at 7 p.m. GISD’s Family & Community Engagement staff will present a Facebook Live Parent University event on managing stress. The event will be repeated in Spanish on Thursday, April 2.

Don’t forget to show us how you are staying connected by entering the #GISDAlwaysConnected Video Contest and participating in your school’s social media challenges this week.

3/23/20 Update

Watch the new video message from Dr. López.

Curbside meal pickup will continue while we are under the Shelter-in-Place order. Sachse High School will begin serving curbside meals starting tomorrow, March 24.  See serving times and all locations on the curbside meals page.

See the  #GISDAlwaysConnected Photo Challenge daily themes. We kicked the challenge off today with #GISDMotivationalMonday.

The first day of virtual learning started today. Continue to post your photos on social media and check out what’s already been shared using the hashtag #GISD1stDayNewWay.

Need to contact someone at a school or a specific department? Although phones are not being monitored during district closure, you can send your questions by email. For your convenience, we put together lists of school email addresses and department email addresses.

3/22/20 Update

The first day of virtual learning begins tomorrow, March 23. Celebrate by posting photos on social media using the hashtag #GISD1stDayNewWay.

The #GISDAlwaysConnected Video Contest kicks off tomorrow. Students and staff can create and submit videos on Twitter and Facebook for a chance to win $50. Community members can help their favorite videos win by liking them on social media. 

Sachse High School will begin serving curbside meals starting Tuesday, March 24. See serving times and all locations on the curbside meals page.

Due to the Dallas County Shelter-in-Place order issued this evening, secondary students who have essential athletic equipment or essential musical instruments at the campus may retrieve those items on Monday, March 23, from 4-8 p.m. This will be for car pick-up only to maintain social distancing per the order. This will be the only time to retrieve items until further notice. For questions, contact your coach or fine arts teacher.

Curbside meals will continue during the Shelter-in-Place order.

3/20/20 Update

Thank you to the community of Sachse for your patience. We have been approved for meal distribution in the area and are working out the details. These will be shared once finalized.

GISD students and staff have a chance to win $50, courtesy of the Garland ISD Education Foundation, for creating and submitting videos in the #GISDAlwaysConnected Video Contest March 23-April 2.

For students who completed the tech survey on or before March 19, distribution starts Monday, March 23 at designated times. Campuses are communicating details regarding tech distribution. It's not too late to complete the tech Survey. Additional distribution times are being planned. 

Next week marks the launch of our virtual learning environment, and teachers have been hard at work training, planning and developing their virtual classrooms in either Seesaw (grades Prek-2) or Google Classroom (grades 3-12).

Watch for a Parent Resources page on the At-Home Learning site designed to familiarize parents and caregivers with these platforms so you can assist students as needed and continue to partner with teachers to support distance learning. At-home learning questions can be directed to athomelearning@garlandisd.net.

Have a good weekend and stay safe. #GISDAlwaysConnected

3/19/20 Update

Stay #GISDAlwaysConnected with friends and family using video calling services. See the Apps for Video calling section on the Resources page for some suggestions.

myON has added new titles in both English and Spanish for grades 6-12 and is kicking off the inaugural March Madness Reading Contest. Learn more on our myON page.

Our dyslexia team has collected some suggested activities and resources for students with dyslexia to do at home.

Gov. Abbott today announced temporary statewide closures and social gathering limitations. Download the announcement document for more information.

3/18/20 Update

See the Counseling & CCMR  tab on the At-Home Learning site for access to virtual counseling and resources for academics, college career and military readiness, mental health, and social emotional learning.

Does your student need a device for learning activities at home? Be sure to complete the tech survey to let us know. A plan for distributing devices is coming soon.

The  March and May SAT tests have been canceled. Visit the College Board  SAT Test Center Closings page to learn more.

The 2020 Census is happening now. Did you know you can respond online? See our page about the Census to learn more about how the census helps our schools and communities.

Updated contact emails for questions about:

3/17/20 Update

Curbside meals

  • Meal pickup locations were selected based on 50% of students who qualify for meal benefits per the Texas Department of Agriculture. Although no campuses in Sachse qualify, there are sites nearby for meal pick-up serving all students. We are also looking at other strategic ways to legally provide meals.

  • A new page has been created for curbside meal locations with a map and information. www.garlandisd.net/curbsidemeals

Student medication pick-up

Free wifi resources

Student technology survey

  • A plan for device distribution is coming soon.

  • Please complete the survey if you haven’t already.

At-home learning

  • The At-Home Learning site activities are recommended (not required).

  • Teachers will be reaching out next week with specifics.

See the Resources for Coronavirus page for updated FAQs and new community resource information.

3/16/20 Update: Letter from Superintendent

Dear Garland ISD Families:

I want to sincerely thank you for your patience as we move through this uncharted territory of school closure to prevent the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19). Our top priority is the safety and well-being of all within GISD, and we remain vigilant in monitoring the spread of COVID-19 in our tri-city area, in Dallas County and across the state, nation and world.

While there are no known cases in Garland, Rowlett or Sachse at this time, Dallas County is experiencing increasing community spread with a growing number of cases. The initial decision to close all facilities in Garland ISD for one week is now being extended through April 3, based on guidance from state leaders, public health officials and additional factors including data from staff travel survey responses. Our goal, as always, is student, staff and community health and safety. We will reassess in three weeks on April 3.

After the first decision was made to close, district leaders began working diligently to address multiple issues to ensure that our students are cared for, meals are available, and that learning continues. We continue to meet daily to plan and coordinate our support for students and staff, regardless of how long we are closed.

An important update I want to share with you is our leveled response plan. To help you understand the levels of situation and how the district response is determined, we are using a color-coded chart with detailed steps to guide district planning and to inform our communities about actions taken. As you can see, we are currently at Level Red, with all facilities closed and learning activities taking place at home. We will continue to work under the guidance of the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and the health department to adapt to this fluid situation using this color-coded verbiage to indicate changes in status. Updates will be posted on the district website.

We are currently at Level Red, and we are in constant review to determine if this status will be extended. We will notify you through email, callouts, our website, and social media when any decisions are made regarding a level change. When school resumes, we will open at Level Blue. All decisions made will be based on protecting our students and communities from the spread of infection. 

To help with this, we also highly encourage everyone to practice social distancing and to use preventive measures such as frequent handwashing, covering coughs and sneezes, avoiding close contact with sick individuals, and staying home if you are ill, have fever, or have traveled to COVID-19 hot spots as indicated by the CDC. 

Whenever there is unanticipated change such as this, questions follow. Based on the questions we have received, we createdfrequently asked questions (FAQs) with answers available on our website to provide guidance.

In addition to these FAQs, we will be communicating daily with updates or changes to ensure that you are informed and knowledgeable in these unprecedented circumstances. Please be sure to check our COVID-19 updates and resources pages, and follow district social media posts on Twitter and Facebook. It is also important that families have updated information in Skyward so that you receive calls and emails from the district.

Another update I want to share with you is our at home learning plan.

Although students are not in school, this is not a holiday. They will be working throughout the week on lessons and activities that will be reviewed and assessed so that their education continues with little disruption. It is important that you monitor this so that learning is ongoing while we wait to re-open schools.

Garland ISD at home instruction and assignments can be found at https://sites.google.com/garlandisd.net/gisd-distance-learning. Also included is a tab for virtual counseling so that students have access to counseling services and support, including academic and college counseling needs, dealing with anxiety and more. 

We know that not all students have access to the technology needed. To help us determine how to best provide support, we ask that families complete this survey so that we can gauge needs. We are working on a plan for distribution and will provide that information as soon as possible.

I am unswerving in my commitment to the welfare and education of all our children. By working together, we can continue to excel in what we provide. We have the very best staff, families and communities in Garland ISD. This is true on a typical day and even more so in times of adversity.

I am grateful to work alongside you, and I thank you for your support.

Sincerely,

Ricardo López, Ed.D.

3/15/20 Update: FAQS and Community Resources

Following guidance from state leaders, public health officials, and additional data received via staff travel survey responses, GISD is re-evaluating an extension of its re-opening date. Our goal, as always, is student, staff, and community health and safety as we work to contain the coronavirus. Once a decision is made, it will be shared through all our district communication channels.

Frequently Asked Questions and community resources have been added to the Resources for Coronvirus page. Curbside meals for students will be available starting tomorrow starting at 8 a.m.

Please continue to practice social distancing such as keeping six feet away from others, staying at home and avoiding events and places with large groups. 

Check back tomorrow for details on learning activities for students and other updates.

3/13/20 Update: Resources for Coronavirus

To support students and families while schools are closed, we've created a Resources for Coronavirus page. Check the page regularly for information about free services for students, learning activities and more.

3/12/20 Update: schools closed March 16-20

Due to rising concerns about the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19) and as a precautionary measure to protect our tri-city communities, Garland ISD is closing for the week of March 16-20 as we assess this rapidly developing situation.  All GISD campuses, facilities and offices will be closed, and all meetings, events, practices, and extracurricular activities are canceled for the week of March 16-20.

We encourage students to engage in learning opportunities during this time; online learning resources will be available on the district website beginning on Monday, March 16.

The district will continue to monitor and evaluate the situation daily prior to Monday, March 23, and we will share updated information throughout the week on this page.

3/6/20 Update: Travel and attendance

March 6, 2020

Garland ISD continues to closely monitor the potential impact of Coronavirus (COVID-19) in Dallas County. There are currently no active cases of COVID-19 in our area.

However, with the beginning of spring break next week, we are asking that all students, families, and staff take extra precautions if traveling. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s travel guidelines provide country-specific information at the Coronavirus Disease 2019 Information for Travel website.

Staff and students returning from countries identified in the CDC’s travel warnings should notify their campuses and self-quarantine at home for a period of 14 days to monitor symptoms for potential infection, returning to school/work only when symptom-free. Absences for these students will be marked excused. 

Because we want families to follow requests to stay home when ill, Garland ISD is making the following changes to perfect attendance for all students and to student final exam exemptions as follows:

  • Perfect attendance guidelines for the remainder of the 2019-20 school will be discontinued for all students for the remainder of the 2019-2020 school year.
  • Perfect attendance for the 2019-2020 school year will be recognized through today, March 6, 2020.
  • Attendance requirements for final exam exemptions will not be part of the criteria considered for second semester exams for high school students.

The well-being and health of everyone in our tri-cities is our top priority. 

2/28/20 Update: Coronavirus

February 28, 2020

The Coronavirus risk remains low at this time. It is believed to be spread through the air when an infected person coughs or sneezes, much in the way the flu and other respiratory viruses are spread. Symptoms are thought to appear within two to 14 days after exposure and consist of fever, cough, and difficulty breathing. 

Garland ISD Health Services and campus nurses are well prepared. We have protocols and policies in place to ensure students are sent home with fever or when ill, and for ensuring they are fever-free before they return to school.  

We also check daily with the Center for Disease Control (CDC), Dallas Health Department and Garland Health Department for updates and guidance. 

Currently, nCoronavirus cases have been reported in the three cities served by Garland ISD or in any surrounding communities. We will always be responsive and open with communication to families about any reported or suspected cases, in addition to sharing the following best practices for staying healthy: 

  • Symptoms for COVID-19 often mimic the flu; getting a flu shot is highly recommended. 

  • We will continue to use our preventive antimicrobial misting system at each campus and on our buses to thoroughly and widely disinfect. 

  • We will continue to train for and implement good handwashing practices, using soap and water for at least 20 seconds, and covering coughs and sneezes with a tissue. We ask that you reinforce these preventive measures at home. 

  • Anyone who is ill should stay at home until fever-free for 24-hours without the use of fever reducing medication. 

  • Notify the campus nurse if your child has flu-like symptoms.  

It is best to rely on factual information from reliable sources when questions arise. The links below provide information about the coronavirus from local, state national and international health organizations. 

We have received questions about wearing masks. There is no evidence that wearing a mask protects healthy people from infection. For more information about when a mask is effective, please visit the World Health Organization’s page Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) advice for the public: When and how to use masks. 

Please don’t hesitate to reach out to GISD Health Services at A877@garlandisd.net with any questions you may have.