At a called meeting Thursday night, the GPISD Board of Trustees voted to request a waiver from the Texas Education Agency in regard to virtual learning. As a result, the Grand Prairie ISD announced a plan for a two-step return to face-to-face instruction.
The decision to return in stages was based on recommendations and input from several sources:
- Recommendations of the Dallas County Health Department, the City of Grand Prairie Health Services Department, and district legal counsel
- Careful consideration of critical student needs and the social/emotional needs of all students
- A review of the best ways to keep students and staff safe, supported by a plan to mitigate risk through established protocols, and a review of the latest information on the transmission and prevention of COVID-19
- Input from GPISD parents, with the goal of supporting the choices they have made for their children. In GPISD, 60% of our families have chosen virtual learning for their students, while 40% have chosen in-person instruction
After taking all of this into consideration, the Administration recommended the following plan for returning to in-person instruction:
- Students in grades PK-2 and identified self-contained special education programming whose parents have chosen in-person instruction will return to their schools on September 14, 2020.
- Students in grades 3-12 whose parents have chosen in-person instruction will return to their schools on September 21, 2020.
For more information, please contact Sam Buchmeyer, Public Information Officer, at email@example.com or by phone at (972) 237-5380.