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3/18/20 – You probably know by now that the Georgetown ISD Schools are all closed until April 3rd.
But, the school district is still providing many services to students and families.
We’ve printed information we found on the GISD website dated 3/17.
Communications – We remain committed to sending regular communications to families each week at 5 pm on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays. We will use each week’s Thursday communication to deliver instructional information for the approaching week, starting with Thursday, March 19. Our community messages are also being posted on our website.
Food Services – We are committed to ensuring that students have access to meals during this closure. Starting March 23, we will offer drive-through or walk-up food service for any GISD student. This service will be available Monday through Friday at the following times at Frost Elementary, Purl Elementary and Pickett Elementary Schools.
Breakfast 7:30 – 9:30 am and Lunch 11:00 am -1:00 pm
Backpack Buddies – will continue to provide deliveries to participating families on a weekly basis. Food will be distributed to homes on Thursday or Friday each week by our transportation department. We will be communicating more detailed information about this with impacted families directly.
Instruction – For the week of March 23, we will provide a menu of optional enrichment activities from which students and parents may choose to engage. These activities will not be graded.
-For the week of March 30, instructional support will include activities in STEM, Humanities, Fine Arts, and Wellness/PE. These activities will not be graded and are intended to engage students with content they have previously learned.
-Beginning the week of March 23, we will provide instructional activities for students to complete at home. Each Thursday’s communication from the district will include access to and information about the approaching week’s instructional support for students.
Devices – The instructional activities provided for the weeks of March 23 and March 30 will not require technology to complete.
-We do understand that not all families have access to technology for remote learning and/or may need additional technology support to continue learning at home. We are working on a plan that allows families to check out a Chromebook from the district in the event of extended closure beyond April 6.
Wi-Fi Access – We are working on options to provide free or low-cost Wi-Fi to as many families as we can (based on need) in the coming weeks. Information on this will also be provided in future updates.
-For households with K-12 and/or college students who may be displaced due to school closures and who do not currently have home internet access, Suddenlink is offering the Altice Advantage 30 Mbps broadband solution for free for 60 days to any new customer household within their footprint.
-Eligible households interested in this solution can call: 888-633-0030 to enroll in Suddenlink. More.
How to Ask Questions – We understand that you have questions, and we’re working to provide answers in a timely manner. You can submit your questions via Let’s Talk. We’ll respond to inquiries and/or add questions to our posted FAQs online as we see trends.
STAAR and EOC – The State has canceled the administration of State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness (STAAR tests) and End of Course (EOC) exams. As you can imagine, this leads to lots of questions. We can say with certainty that the absence of these exams will not impact graduation or grade-level promotion as the state is granting us some flexibility in making those decisions. We will provide additional details as we get clarity over the next few weeks.
Watch for more information from us on:
-If your student receives Special Education services, you can expect personal communication over the next few days regarding instruction and support.
-Information about any changes we would make to the regularly scheduled Board Meeting and Workshop on Tuesday, March 25.
-Information about how your student can receive support in areas of mental health or student counseling.
-Student events scheduled beyond April 5, including prom and graduation.
-Information from the University Interscholastic League (UIL) on a plan for finishing competition seasons.