Family and Community Connection

March 2022

News Items

PreK and Kindergarten Choice of School

For students entering prekindergarten or kindergarten in the fall, the choice period is from March 21, 2022- May 4, 2022. For more information, please visit our Choice of School website.


Montessori, PreK and Kindergarten Enrollment

Interested in a program for your 3, 4 or 5-year-old?

See the prekindergarten eligibility page to learn if your 4-year-old is eligible.

See the Montessori magnet page for information about this tuition-based program.

See the enrollment page if your child will be at least 5 years old on or before Sept. 1st, 2022 to enroll in kindergarten. Call your neighborhood GISD school or call Student Services, 972-494-8255, for help with enrollment.


Bus Rider Registration Opening March 1

All students who wish to ride a GISD bus in the 2022-23 school year must register online starting March 1. For questions, contact Transportation at 972-494-8530 or visit our website.


Join the Tutor Team

Our district is working hard to help our students recover from the effects of COVID-19. As part of our plan to boost student achievement, we are creating the GISD Tutor Team, where those with a passion for student success can help students recover and rise to new heights in learning.

We offer:


  • Assignments that align to your skill set
  • Training and instructional materials tailored to the student
  • $30 an hour pay
  • Consistent scheduling (based on the needs of the campus and students)
  • No TRS penalty for retired teachers


Ready to make a positive impact as a tutor? Fill out the tutoring interest survey to get started.

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Family Workshops and Resources

Virtual Parent University

We are continuing our Facebook Parent University series.

Join us on Tuesday, March 22 at 6:00 pm. for our Early Childhood Enrollment Parent University. Videos with Spanish and Vietnamese captions of the FB Parent University will be posted after the event.

Can't attend our sessions? Subscribe to the Garland ISD FACE Department YouTube channel and view our recorded chats. Don’t forget to follow us on Facebook and Twitter at @gisdengagement.


March Madness with myON

It's time to break out your playbook and slam dunk your favorite myON titles!
This third annual reading challenge is from March 14 – April 8.
Click on the site below for details, flyers, and many more tools to implement this fun challenge.
March Madness Website


Required Immunizations for 11 Year-Olds

Do you want to avoid long lines and extra doctor fees? Do you want your 11 year-old student to start school on time in the fall? Get your 11-year-old's REQUIRED IMMUNIZATIONS at a GISD Clinic!

The Garland ISD Enrollment Center Clinic and Garland Health Department are partnering to offer TWO CONVENIENT LOCATIONS where your student can receive required vaccinations before the start of school.


  • GISD Enrollment Center Clinic (Free for qualified students)
720 Stadium Drive, Garland, Texas
Every Wednesday from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Please call 972-494-8538 to make an appointment.



  • Garland Health Department (Fees may apply)


206 Carver Street, Garland, Texas

Telephone: 972-205-3370

Monday - Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

No Appointment required. Walk-ins welcome.

To learn more about required immunizations and clinics, visit our website.


Healthy Habits Blog

Did you know? Hazel Health is launching a new Healthy Habits blog series, sharing practical tips for families to keep students healthy and safe. Check out this week’s post at hazel.co/blog.


Social and Emotional Learning

Visit the Social and Emotional Learning website for some useful tips and resources to help families use SEL at home.


Free Student Health Services Available

All Garland ISD students now have access to same-day doctor visits from school or from home through our partner Hazel Health. Sign up for this free virtual service today!


Student Nutrition Services

This school year, healthy meals will be offered every school day to all students at no cost. The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) issued guidance that allows schools to offer meals to all students at no cost for the 2021-2022 school year. Each school/site or central office has a copy of the policy, which may be reviewed upon request. For school menus and more detailed information please visit the School Meals website.


COVID-19 Testing

Visit this GISD webpage for up-to-date information, including which tests are available and for whom.


COVID-19 Cases by Location

GISD is committed to transparency as we communicate during the COVID-19 pandemic. In an effort to keep our families, staff and community informed, the COVID-19 Cases by Location webpage shows the number of lab-confirmed cases for staff and remote and face-to-face learners.


COVID- 19 Vaccines

Due to the demand for the COVID-19 vaccines, the Enrollment Center Clinic, in partnership with Garland Health Department, will offer additional opportunities for staff, students, and families to receive COVID-19 vaccines free of charge.


Location:

Student Services Center- Enrollment Center Clinic

720 Stadium Drive

Garland, TX 75040


Times:

Monday - Thursday

Feb 21-24, 2022

8:30 a.m. -12:00 p.m. and 1 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.


Please read below for important information:


  • Free for everyone, no insurance required
  • No appointment needed
  • Bring your COVID-19 Vaccination card
  • Moderna, Pfizer, and J&J will be available
  • Initial and Booster doses available



For those that are unable to attend during these clinic times you may visit:

Public Health Clinic, 206 Carver Drive. Clinic hours are 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.


Family Support

The Family and Community Engagement (FACE) department has gathered some resources to support our families.

Community Connection

Community Readers

If you would like to encourage reading across our community, fill out the GISD volunteer application and select “Community Reader” from the list of opportunities. Find out more by visiting our google site.


Community Access to myON Books

Join a community of readers with myON Books. See the myON Books page for more information on how to get started. Check out this month’s newsletter for additional myON updates and our GISD Spotlight Schools: March Newsletter


Community Bulletin Board

All community members are invited to find and post information about activities, events, camps and other educational programs around the tri-cities using this online, eco-friendly space. Visit the community board for a listing of events or fill out the online form to request to add your event of activity.


GISD Littles Club

Parents are a child's first and most important teacher. Let us help prepare your family for success. Registration is open to all families in Garland, Rowlett and Sachse with children not enrolled in a district school (birth to five years old). Visit our website to join.


PTA

We welcome and encourage parent involvement in school and district activities. Why should you join PTA? Visit the GISD Council of PTAs, Texas PTA and National PTA websites to discover why.

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Events & Information

GISD Events

Visit the calendar of events website for a listing of events. Visit the parent workshop calendar for a listing of offerings available. Visit the Garland ISD Family & Community Engagement Calendar for dates of all virtual campus events.


ConnectEd newsletter

Published quarterly, ConnectEd chronicles the accomplishments of Garland ISD students and staff through pictures and stories.


News and Video:

Check out the GISD Newsroom. It is our one-stop-shop for the latest ConnectED, news stories, videos, photos and tweets.


GRS-TV YouTube:

Subscribe and share our videos on YouTube.


Anonymous Alerts App:
If you see something, use our Anonymous Alerts App to say something. We encourage you to report important issues.


School Board Committee and Regular Meeting Video Links:

Stay informed about board meeting dates and agenda items. You may also watch our school board meetings live or view recordings of past meetings.


Quick Links

Our new website features a quick links tab. This is the easiest way for parents and students to access Skyward and other resources. Look for it on the top right when viewed on desktop and in the bottom of the mobile menu.

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GISD Family & Community Engagement

The Department of Family and Community Engagement (FACE) is committed to offering family and community engagement services that foster effective family and community partnerships that support student achievement and school improvement.