District Holiday
Please be aware that July 6-10 is a district holiday. All district offices will be closed and staff will be unavailable. All operations will return to normal on July 13.

Fall 2020 Updates

As we continue to monitor guidance from the Texas Education Agency, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and other health officials, GCISD leaders are moving forward in planning for Fall 2020 and beyond. The District understands that the details surrounding a potential return to school in August are of the utmost importance to its students, staff, families and community. As information becomes available, the District will communicate in many ways, including on this Fall 2020 web page. Additionally, if you are not receiving the GCISD Update, please sign up to have information sent directly to your email inbox.

Updates to Community

The following updates concerning Fall 2020 plans have been shared with the GCISD community.

July 3, 2020
The District shared with the community that a draft plan for Fall 2020 will be forthcoming on July 15. For the 2020-2021 school year, GCISD will offer options of in-person and remote learning, and families were asked to begin thinking about whether Remote Learning or In-Person Learning will be best for them. The full update can be read here.

Parent and Staff Survey (Results Summary)

In an effort to make decisions in the best interest of our students, parents and staff, GCISD created a brief survey for our parents and staff regarding possible options for the fall semester. We will use this feedback to help inform decisions about how to open school in August, while also continuing to monitor updates and guidance from local, state and national officials. The survey was open from June 10 to June 23 and 7,775 responses were received. Results can be found here.

Frequently Asked Questions

How will GCISD deliver instruction for the 2020-2021 school year?

This is a rapidly changing and evolving situation with new guidance on a regular basis from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Governor Abbott and the Texas Education Agency. As a District, we are reviewing all of the information that is being released in order to make informed decisions regarding the 2020-2021 school year.

At this time, the District is weighing numerous options. While it would be ideal for students to be on campus and learning in-person from their teachers, we are also focused on taking necessary precautions to prevent the spread of COVID-19 in our classrooms, on our campuses and in our community. Currently, District leaders are developing a variety of plans for the beginning of school August 17 so that we may select the plan that best aligns with state and federal guidance at that time. Some of the options being discussed are:

  • All students in physical buildings from the beginning of the school year.
  • Some students in buildings, some students virtual to begin the year.
  • Some students begin virtual and return to building when appropriate.
  • Intermittent virtual learning based on emergency closures.

During a GCISD Board of Trustees workshop on June 15 , District leaders presented an update on the response to COVID-19 during the spring semester, as well as current and future considerations for how to safely return to school in August. You can view the PDF that accompanied the presentation, or you can watch the entire presentation (available soon).

The Texas Education Agency has said it will be safe for Texas public school students, teachers and staff to return to school campuses for in-person instruction this fall. What will that look like in GCISD?

TEA has provided models for remote instruction; however, no further guidance has been provided regarding in-person instruction. The District is researching various ways to safely start the new school year in August. The additional detailed guidance when released from TEA will become part of those discussions, as will feedback gathered through our August 2020 Planning Survey and ongoing health updates from federal, state, and local officials. Once decisions have been made, we will share those details with staff, parents and the community through the GCISD Update, GCISD website and social media.

How can I have input in the District’s planning process?

The District sent out a survey in June to gauge the feelings of our parents, as well as staff, regarding returning to school in August 2020. Your feedback on this anonymous survey helps inform the decisions made about how to deliver instruction. The survey was open from June 10 to June 23 and 7,775 responses were received. Results can be found here.

Is the District going to change the school calendar?

At this point, the District is not looking to modify the student/teacher calendar for the 2020-2021 school year; however, we understand that modifications may be necessary depending on what happens with COVID-19 during the fall and winter months. In the event the District needed to close for a period of time, it may be necessary to add minutes to each school day or extend the school year into June. All of those decisions would be made on an as-needed basis.

Is the District looking at having smaller class sizes to have less students in one classroom?

If the current state of the pandemic requires smaller classes we will likely have an alternating schedule for students, meaning students would learn on campus part of the week and use online instruction at home during the rest of the week

What is the District’s plan if someone in my child’s class tests positive for COVID-19?

The District follows guidance from the CDC, as well as local, state and health officials. Currently, the recommendation is that anyone who comes in contact with someone who tests positive for COVID-19 self-quarantine for 14-days. As we approach August, we will continue to monitor guidance and will develop a concrete written plan to share with families and staff regarding how GCISD will address positive cases of students and/or staff. 

How will the District practice social distancing during the school day?

District and campus leaders are reviewing all possibilities of how we can practice social distancing when school resumes in August. Guidance recently released from the CDC recommends separating desks six feet apart when able, and restricting large gathering of students in places such as the cafeteria or the playground. Additionally, it is recommended that field trips not be scheduled and campuses restrict visitors during the school day. All of these recommendations would encourage social distancing, but have several other factors that must be considered.