Family and Community Connection

March 2021

News Items

Enroll online for PK-12

Students new to Garland ISD may enroll online for the upcoming school year through Skyward, our student information system. Visit our website for details about required enrollment documents and how to enroll using Skyward. Call (972) 494-8253 for assistance with enrollment.

Choice of School: Prekindergarten and Kindergarten

The Choice of School period for Pre-K and K is March 24, 2021- May 28, 2021. Families can submit their school of choice during this period. For current GISD students, parents may complete their Choice of School form online on or before the deadline. Students who are new to GISD will complete the Choice of School form as part of the enrollment process. Visit our website for additional details.

Substitute Teachers and Substitute Aides Needed

We’re hiring! Impact a child’s future by becoming a substitute teacher. You can earn $100+ per day. Visit to learn more.

GISD Recovers: Winter 2021

The temperatures have risen but the effects of the historic cold will linger for a while. We’ve collected some resources to help you deal with remaining challenges and questions.

Family Workshops and Resources

Virtual Parent University

Join us for our monthly virtual Parent University chats via Facebook Live. Our Safety and Security Parent University is scheduled for March 23 (English) and March 25 (Spanish) at 7:00 pm. A Vietnamese interpretation of the FB Parent University will be posted the following week.

Can't attend live or don’t have a Facebook account? Visit the Garland ISD FACE Department YouTube Channel and view our recorded chats. Also, don’t forget to follow us on Facebook and Twitter @gisdengagement.

Hazel Health Webinar

Join us and Hazel Health for the "Ask a Doctor" sessions each Wednesday at 5:00 p.m. Parents will learn about current health topics and be able to ask questions to the Hazel Health pediatric team. Follow this link to register for the next webinar.

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.


See the Canvas for Families webpage for weekly updates and resources.

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

Garland ISD Student Nutrition Services is excited to be able to offer free meals to all children 18 years of age and younger. All face-to-face learners can now receive daily cafeteria meals at no cost, while remote learners can pick up free curbside meals twice a week. Children younger than school age and any non-GISD students who live in Garland, Rowlett and Sachse can also receive free curbside meals. For distribution locations, times and procedures, please visit our Curbside Meals webpage.

Free COVID-19 Testing for GISD Students, Staff & Families

Ayman Care is offering all Garland ISD students, staff and families free COVID-19 testing at two locations. Appointments are available but not necessary. If possible, please bring a photo ID or a copy of an insurance card. Visit the COVID-19 testing locations webpage for details and additional testing sites.

Use this page to view important COVID-19 updates sent to families.

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 as we work together to navigate the 2020-21 school year and the changes caused by COVID-19.

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.


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.

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.