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.


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.