Hello, BEAR students and parents! The first day of school is Wednesday, August 12th, for both on-campus and remote-learning students. We look forward to our hallways and classrooms being filled once again with the sounds of happy, successful students. This announcement contains important back to school information, so please read on. As always, we greatly appreciate your support and patience as we navigate uncharted territory to be at our best for our students. GO BEARS!
FIRST WEEK OF SCHOOL - Please visit our individual campus websites and/or facebook pages for specific back to school information and instructions.
MASKS AND FACE COVERINGS - Based on 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. The following exceptions apply:
TRAFFIC - Traffic before and after school can be a challenge in the first few days of the school year. Please be patient and observe all campus procedures for dropping off and picking up students. Safety is our first priority. Traffic patterns usually settle into a normal, efficient routine by the 2nd week of school.
DAILY SAFETY PRECAUTIONS - In addition to masks and face coverings, all GISD schools will observe the following guidelines and precautions:
CONNECTIVITY - GISD has ordered chromebooks and internet hotspots to assist our remote learning students who have limited connectivity and/or access. Families who have indicated in our connectivity survey that they need a device will be contacted when these have been delivered to GISD and are available for checkout. In the meantime GISD is issuing laptops to families with remote learners who do not have a reliable device.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS:
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 virtual learning.
If a student is quarantined at home due to COVID exposure, 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. Any student who tests positive for COVID must have a doctor’s release in order to return to on-campus learning. These students will not be required to wait until the announced dates for transition from remote to on-campus.
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 and students 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.
Gladewater ISD will follow guidance from the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the Texas Education Agency (TEA), and state and local health agencies. This document will be updated as the situation evolves and guidance changes. Our priority is the safety of our students, staff, and community.
Individuals Confirmed or Suspected with COVID-19:
1. Any individuals who themselves either:
(a) are lab-confirmed to have COVID-19; or (b) experience the symptoms of COVID-19 (listed below) must stay at home throughout the infection period, and cannot return to campus until the school system screens the individual to determine any of the below conditions for campus re-entry have been met:
This document refers to “close contact” with an individual who is lab-confirmed to have COVID-19. The definition of close contact is evolving with our understanding of COVID-19, and individual scenarios should be determined by an appropriate public health agency. In general, close contact is defined as:
For Anyone Who Has Been Around a Person with COVID-19:
Anyone who has had close contact with someone with COVID-19 should stay home for 14 days after their last exposure to that person.
However, anyone who has had close contact with someone with COVID-19 and who developed COVID-19 illness within the previous 3 months and has recovered and remains without COVID-19 symptoms (for example, cough, shortness of breath) does not need to stay home.
REMOTE LEARNING EXPECTATIONS AND FAQ - For the 2020-21 school year, our students who are learning remotely at home will participate in asynchronous remote instruction. This means that students will learn from instruction that is not necessarily being delivered in-person or in real time. With very few exceptions, students may do their schoolwork on their own schedule, but it is important to note that students must be engaged in their remote learning every school day.
Our remote instruction will be delivered through the Google Classroom platform, but may also include various other forms of digital and online learning, such as prerecorded video lessons or game-based learning tasks that students complete on their own, and pre-assigned work and formative assessments.
Here are a few questions and answers to help parents and students understand the details and expectations.
What are the expectations for students?
Since students are expected to be engaged in every subject every day, what does engagement look like? There are three ways in which a student may be engaged in a course:
How will attendance be taken for remote learners? Attendance will be solely based on the engagement requirements listed above. Here are some important points to keep in mind to keep from being marked absent:
A student who is not engaged in EVERY class on EVERY GISD school day will be marked absent.
What will the workload be like for remote learners? Students are expected to be engaged in academic work that is equivalent to direct content work that a student would engage in during a normal day at school. Our teachers will plan online lessons based on the following standards:
Our online lessons will be deeper and more thorough than the ones assigned last spring. Texas school districts are expected to teach the full curriculum to remote learners and not a scaled down version.
Students are not expected to sit and work on remote lessons for hours on end. Frequent breaks and physical activity are encouraged throughout the day. While remote learning students must be engaged every school day, they have the flexibility to do schoolwork outside of normal school hours as long as they have completed the day’s schoolwork by 11:59 PM each night.
How will tests be taken? Teachers and administrators at each GISD school are working on secure methods for administering tests and quizzes to students who are learning remotely. Teachers will communicate their method of testing with their students and parents.
How will grades be taken? All GISD schools will follow the normal grading guidelines with all students. Students learning remotely will be subject to the same grading guidelines as students learning at school.
Parents of remote learners will receive progress reports and report cards at the same times as parents of students learning at school.
What if I need a school breakfast or lunch for my student(s)? Parents of remote learners may pick up both breakfast and lunch at their child’s school each day between 10:30 and 11:00 AM in the driveway nearest to the back entrance of the cafeteria. For specific directions, please contact your child’s school.
What if a parent who has chosen remote learning for their child(ren) changes their mind and wants to switch to normal on-campus learning? Parents will be given the opportunity during the week of August 31st - September 4th to notify the school of their intent to switch to on-campus learning. Students who switch to on-campus learning will begin on Tuesday, September 8th.
All students who continue with remote learning beyond September 8th will be required to stay with remote learning for the remainder of the 9-week grading period. The next opportunity to switch will be at the end of the first 9-weeks.
Texas law requires students in Texas public schools to enroll each year. GISD has streamlined the registration process for returning students, making it 100% online. Every effort has been made to make this process quick and easy. Please complete the 3 steps below for EACH child who will be returning to GISD schools for the 2020-2021 school year. A student is not considered to be registered until all 3 steps are completed.
STEP 1 - PROOF OF RESIDENCY
Please scan or send a picture of a document from the list below to this email address: firstname.lastname@example.org. The document must show the parent/guardian’s name and correct address within Gladewater ISD. Please include the student's name and grade in your email.
Current property tax statement
If your child is a transfer student, please send a copy of the GISD letter approving the transfer for 2020-2021 to the email address above in lieu of residency documents.
Note: To prove residency if you are living with a friend or family member within Gladewater ISD, an affidavit must be completed, notarized, and submitted to the email address above, along with a current utility bill.
STEP 2 - ONLINE MEAL APPLICATION
This application is required for all returning GISD students, even if the student has not received or qualified for free or reduced priced meals in the past. Please click the link below for the online form. You may use the guest login if you do not already have an account.
STEP 3 - ONLINE REGISTRATION THROUGH PARENT PORTAL
Please click the following link to log into the parent portal and complete the registration process for returning students.
STEP 4 (OPTIONAL) - BUS ENROLLMENT FORM
If your child will be riding the bus to/from school, please click the link to complete the short registration form for GISD transportation.
New student registration will be held on August 5-7 and on August 10-11. New students must be registered in person at the campus where they will be attending.
Registration will run from 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM each day. Please bring the following documents to the school office when registering your child:
If you have any questions, you may call your child’s school beginning August 3rd, 2020.
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