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Gladewater ISD is continually monitoring the spread of COVID-19, while receiving regular updates and guidance from local, state and federal agencies. We are challenging ourselves to make this the best year ever for our students, in spite of the unusual circumstances presented by the pandemic. We ask for and appreciate your patience and support as we adjust and adapt to better serve our students. GO BEARS!

MASKS AND FACE COVERINGS - Per the governor’s executive order, students, teachers, and school employees must wear a mask, face covering, or face shield throughout the school day and on the school bus, except during certain athletic, extracurricular, or physical activities. For the safety of all students and staff, students who repeatedly refuse to wear a mask or face covering when required will be placed on remote learning. Students who refuse to wear a mask or face covering on the bus will lose their bus riding privileges.
The following exceptions apply:


  • Students at Gladewater Primary School do NOT have to wear a mask as the governor’s order does not include children below the age of 10. All GPS students must wear a mask or face covering when riding a bus.
  • Weldon Elementary students are strongly encouraged to wear a mask, face covering, or face shield when social distancing is not feasible, including in classrooms to the extent it is developmentally appropriate. All Weldon students must wear a mask or face covering when riding a bus.


DAILY SAFETY  PRECAUTIONS - In addition to masks and face coverings, all GISD schools will observe the following guidelines and precautions:

  • Regular school hours will be observed each day - 8:00-3:35.
  • School attendance is still mandatory. Students must attend school on 90% of school days in order to receive credit for the course or grade level. Students who miss numerous days for illness or quarantine purposes will be transitioned to remote instruction. 
  • The GISD COVID-19 Health Protocol will be followed daily. The COVID-19 Protocol is located on the GISD website under “News and Announcements”.
  • Social distancing will be practiced to the greatest extent possible in all areas of the school building without disrupting the educational experience. This includes the spacing of desks/seats when possible.
  • Class sizes will depend on the number of students actually learning on-campus. 
  • Hand sanitizer will be available in every classroom and bus, and throughout each school building. Students and staff will sanitize their hands upon entering the classroom or bus. Students will be encouraged to wash their hands frequently during the school day.
  • Staff will limit the use of shared supplies when possible and have access to disinfectant wipes to sanitize high-touch and working surfaces, as well as shared objects.
  • Classrooms, buses, and high-touch areas will be cleaned and sanitized daily.
  • Strict limitations on visitors to GISD schools will be observed.
  • For truancy reporting purposes, COVID-related absences will be excused by the school with a note or call from the parent. The GISD doctor’s note requirement is waived until the COVID-19 crisis has passed. 
  • UIL activities will be held with specific restrictions as announced by the UIL.


Who may participate in UIL and/or extra-curricular activities?  Only students who receive on campus instruction will be allowed to participate in UIL and extra-curricular activities.


What happens if the school shuts down?  If there is a campus shut down, all students will be moved to remote learning.


If a student is quarantined at home due to COVID exposure or testing positive for COVID, will the student be counted absent?  Students participating in on-campus learning who have to be quarantined at home due to exposure to COVID or testing positive for COVID will be switched to remote learning for the duration of the quarantine and allowed to return when the quarantine period has expired. Remote learning students are not counted absent if they are engaged with every class on every school day (see Remote Learning Student Expectations on the GISD website).


What about drinking water?  Water fountains will not be used.  Students should bring their own water.  There will be a supply of drinking water on each campus.


How will campuses/buses be sanitized?  Campuses will be deeply cleaned and sanitized frequently each day.  Teachers will work to keep individual work areas sanitized during the day.  Hand sanitizer stations have been added to each classroom and in prominent areas of the building. Restrooms will be cleaned and sanitized frequently during the day.


Buses will be sanitized and wiped down at the end of each run.  Hand sanitizing stations have also been installed on all buses.


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