Family and Community Connection

May 2022

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News Items

Open Enrollment Out-of-District program

If you live outside the district boundaries of Garland ISD, you may still be able to attend and experience our excellent schools and programs. This type of out-of-district transfer is known as Open Enrollment. Open Enrollment applications are now open for the upcoming school year. Students must apply and provide documentation to meet the eligibility criteria to participate. Applications are required as open campuses, and available seats are limited. Learn more about the application timelines and process on our website.

PreK and Kinder Emergent Bilinguals (EB) Summer School registration

GISD is providing a free summer school program for eligible Emerging Bilingual (EB) students who are currently enrolled in prekindergarten or kindergarten. The Emerging Bilingual (EB) Summer School will run June 13-July 1 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Please contact your campus to register for EB Summer School. Registration will be from April 8-29.

Free & Reduced Meals Applications for P-EBT due April 29

Families must be certified for Free or Reduced-price Meals by April 29 to be eligible for the 21-22 Pandemic Electronic Benefit Transfer (P-EBT). See our Free and Reduced-Price Meals page for more information.

2nd Annual Family Engagement Conference

Save the date! The 2nd Annual GISD Summer Family Engagement Conference will be held on July 28th from 5:00-7:30 p.m. This conference will connect families to the resources, information, and relationships families need to support their child’s education. Families must register to attend. The registration window will open in May and close July 1. Visit the Annual Family Engagement Conference page for more information.

Family Workshops and Resources

Virtual Parent University

We are continuing our Facebook Live Parent University series. The Summer Reading Parent University is scheduled for Tuesday May 17th at 6:00 p.m. Join us for our next 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.

Read with myON

GISD has partnered with myON as part of our mission to foster literacy. Engage in the Asian and Pacific Islanders Heritage Month Reading Challenge from May 2 – May 27th.

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

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!

COVID-19 Testing

Visit this GISD COVID-19 Testing 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.

Free COVID-19 vaccines

In partnership with the Garland Health Department, Garland ISD is offering free COVID-19 vaccines and boosters, no appointment required. The Enrollment Center Clinics are held every Tuesday and Wednesday from 9 a.m. - 12 p.m. and 1 p.m. - 4 p.m at Student Services.

Clinics are also held by Garland Public Health on Monday-Fridays from 7:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. This clinic is at 232 Carver Street, Garland TX.

A COVID vaccine card is required if you have it. For more information, contact the Enrollment Center Clinic (972-494-8538) or Garland Health Department (972-205-3370).

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