Family and Community Connection

November 2021

News Items

COVID-19 & School Operations

For information about COVID-19 & School Operations see status updates/announcements, resources and other information about school operations impacted by COVID-19, visit our website.

Tutor Team

Our district is working hard to help our students recover from the effects of COVID-19. Discover how you can make a difference by joining the GISD Tutor Team.

ICON Virtual School Program

To better support the diverse needs of our families, we are officially launching the ICON Virtual School program. With ICON, students have the opportunity to get an exceptional education online through our virtual campus. Students will attend fully virtual classes supported by full-time virtual teachers. Classes will be held at the same time as normal school hours. The program is available for students in kindergarten through grade 6. Visit our website for more details.

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Family Workshops and Resources

Virtual Parent University

We are continuing our monthly Facebook Parent University series. The Hope and Help for the Holidays Parent University is scheduled for Tuesday, November 9th at 7:00 p.m. 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.

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

Social and Emotional Learning

Visit the Social and Emotional Learning website and smore 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 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.

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.

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.


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.


Events & Information

GISD Events

Visit the calendar of events website for a listing of events. All in-person parent events have been canceled. 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 Videos:

Watch action packed and informative videos in our video gallery.

GRS-TV YouTube:

Subscribe and share our videos on YouTube.

Photo Stories:

Take a look at our amazing photo stories.

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.

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.