Fall 2020

GCISD began the school year in full remote instruction on August 17 and begins offering in-person instruction on September 8 for families that chose that instructional model during registration.

The GCISD Fall 2020 Draft Guide (Español) is the district's official document for protocols concerning the 2020-2021 school year. Additional campus specific protocols will be communicated directly to families from campus administration. These protocols are subject to change based on additional guidance from Governor Abbott, TEA and other local, state and federal agencies.

Additionally, GCISD has created a Return to Campus Overview (Español). This document includes a summary of some of the most prominent topics in the Fall 2020 Draft Guide.

Remote/In-Person Learning

How to Change Your Instructional Choice

For the 2020-2021 school year, GCISD will offer both in-person and remote instruction. During the Skyward registration process for the 2020-2021 school year, parents may choose which instructional option will work best for their student and family. As of September 1, 54.14 percent of families have chosen in-person instruction and 45.86 percent have chosen remote instruction.  It is important to note that regardless of which instructional option is selected, grading will return to GCISD grading policy standards, not the pass/fail grading system used this past Spring.

  • In-Person Instruction - Students will receive instruction in a traditional classroom setting, taking into consideration health recommendations from local, state and governing agencies. The District has incorporated guidance from the Texas Education Agency into the draft protocols for health screenings, social distancing and modification to campus life.
  • Remote Instruction - Parents will have the choice to select this program which is virtual (remote) learning consisting of both synchronous (live) and asynchronous instruction.

Quick Links

Updates to Community

July 31, 2020

On Friday, July 31, the GCISD Board of Trustees held a special meeting during which time the Board discussed how the Texas Attorney General's guidance would impact the start of school in GCISD. Trustees reviewed feedback from parents regarding their preference for in-person or remote instruction, as well as relevant health data and updates from District leaders on a variety of logistical considerations. Trustees voted during the meeting to begin the school year in full remote instruction on August 17 and begin offering both in-person and remote instruction on September 8.

Read the full update here.

July 28, 2020

On Tuesday, July 28, Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton issued legal guidance on school reopening for the 2020-2021 school year. GCISD will review the ruling in its entirety, as well as additional relevant data and recommendations from health officials before making any modifications to the plan to begin the 2020-2021 school year.

Read GCISD's full update here.

July 27, 2020

NOTE: The below reference presentation was given before the Texas Attorney General's legal guidance was announced.

Members of the GCISD administration shared an update on Fall 2020 planning with the GCISD Board of Trustees prior to its regular meeting on July 27.

A PDF of the presentation can be viewed here. A video of the presentation can be watched on YouTube here.

July 21, 2020

At 11:35 a.m. on Tuesday, July 21, Tarrant County Public Health and Human Services issued an order requiring school districts to start the school year in a virtual learning only format. This means that all students and teachers will begin classes in remote learning and buildings will remain closed to students for regular on-campus face-to-face instruction until after September 27. As our staff has been hard at work preparing to support students in a remote environment, the first day of instruction will remain August 17.

Additionally on July 21, the University Interscholastic League (UIL) released modifications to the 2020-2021 UIL calendar and updated its COVID-19 risk mitigation guidelines.

The full update from GCISD can be read here.

July 17, 2020

Today, the Texas Education Agency released updated guidance regarding in-person learning for the 2020-2021 school year. GCISD received this information at the same time it was available to the public and has not yet had the time to review or adjust the Fall Guide to incorporate this new information. District and campus leaders will review the updated guidance and provide information to families and staff as soon as possible. 

July 15, 2020

The District shared with the community its Fall 2020 Draft Guide. The guide is subject to change based on additional information and guidance from state and local agencies.

Additionally, on July 15, registration opened for all students. During registration, families will choose either in-person or remote learning for their student(s).

The full update can be read here.

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.

Click to expand the above updates concerning Fall 2020 plans that have been shared with the GCISD 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.