Tuesday afternoon, during a press conference, Governor Greg Abbott announced an extension of statewide school closures through at least May 4. Governor Abbott was joined by Texas Department of State Health Services Commissioner John Hellerstedt, MD, Texas Division of Emergency Management Chief Nim Kidd, and Texas Education Agency Commissioner Mike Morath. The Executive Order for Texas mirrors an announcement recently by President Donald Trump.
During this time, GCISD will still continue to provide meals and emergency curbside technology support. The district has closed its playgrounds and encourages families to stay home, avoid contact within six feet of other people and follow social-distancing directives for essential activities only as outlined by county and state officials. For more information about GCISD’s response to the pandemic, visit our COVID-19 website at www.gcisd.net/COVID19.
A number of public school districts in north Texas are announcing a two-week closure to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. After collaborating with state and county health officials and other education leaders this morning, GCISD will be closed March 16-27, along with the cancellation of all extracurricular activities and school events during the same period. This was a recommendation from the Tarrant County Health Department. We will reevaluate the situation at the end of this closure before making any other long-term announcements.
The health and safety of our students and staff is a top priority. The goals of this announced closure are to help prevent the spread of disease and to give our staff additional time to plan for continuity of services should it become necessary for public schools to close for longer. We ask each of you to do your part to help prevent the spread of disease by staying home and limiting your attendance at social gatherings and large public events. Wash your hands regularly and isolate yourself if you begin experiencing symptoms like fever, coughing or shortness of breath. Information from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and Tarrant County Health Department is available on our website. The cancellation of mass gathering events can dramatically help flatten the curve for the spread of the coronavirus disease.
We acknowledge that an unexpected school closure creates a hardship on our parents and staff because of work, childcare and other considerations. But we hope you know our efforts coming to this decision have been done with the best interest of everyone involved. We also know and understand that for many low income students, school is the one place that they can count on for meals and support. To that end, we are all committed to taking care of our most vulnerable populations. Our staff will be planning and preparing to assist students who might need support during an extended closure.
GCISD employees need to be available to work when requested during this closure. We will communicate directly with staff members regarding their specific roles and responsibilities in our prevention planning.
GCISD will send more information to families as it becomes available.
Many local ISDs are going back to school today, so please mind your speed and driving behaviors in and around school zones. Keep an eye out for students walking or riding bikes.
Also, be aware of the rules in and around school buses, and if a bus stops in front of you…STOP!
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Fort Worth — Fort Worth ISD’s Western Hills High School’s STEM class received a surprise on Thursday, April 25, courtesy of Lockheed Martin.
Photo: Stacey Doud
The STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) class has been designing 2-D models of innovative aircraft that may help solve practical problems which hamper hurricane and earthquake relief efforts.
Their classroom was secretly “renovated” for the day by Lockheed Martin, which provided equipment the students used to turn their 2-D designs into 3-D realities.
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By Sara Coello, Breaking News Reporter
Updated at 11:10 a.m.: Revised to reflect that classes have resumed.
Three Grapevine campuses were evacuated Monday morning after officials received bomb threats through the front office.
Grapevine police responded to Grapevine Middle School and Cross Timbers Middle School and students were removed from the buildings, Grapevine-Colleyville ISD announced around 9:30 a.m.
Cross Timbers students were moved to the Mustang Activity Center and Grapevine Middle School students were placed on buses while police dogs swept the campuses, which were determined to be safe.
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Story was updated Jan. 17 at 1:06 p.m. to include comments from Plaintiff David Tyson Jr. and his attorney William A. Brewer III
Richardson ISD will change the way it holds school board elections following the settlement of a lawsuit that accused the district of discriminatory practices.
After a year of negotiations with plaintiff and former trustee David Tyson Jr., the district agreed that five of its school board members will be elected to represent single districts, while two will oversee the district as a whole.
The settlement announcement came Jan. 17 after a closed-door meeting with the board and its attorneys.
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By Marie Leonard
When the Texas Legislature convenes Jan. 8, the state’s school finance system will be one of the major items lawmakers will have to tackle.
The Legislature was tasked in 2017 with making recommendations for improvements to the existing school finance system through the newly created Texas Commission on Public School Finance, according to the Texas Education Agency.
A report released by the commission Dec. 31 provides a slew of recommendations for the Legislature to consider this year, ranging from a $100,000 teacher salary to providing additional instructional days for disadvantaged learners.
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Grapevine-Colleyville ISD is back in session.
Please monitor your speeds in and around school zones and school buses.
We hope all of our educators have a fantastic day as they are welcoming back the future leaders of America. Thank you for answering the call to teach.
By: Natalie Hee
NAVASOTA, Texas (FOX 26) – Navasota ISD has approved a plan to arm their teachers when school resumes next month. In April, the school board approved to utilize the Guardian Plan on all seven of their campuses.
The district has approximately 3,500 students and faculty in total and is located a little over an hour northwest of Houston, close to College Station.
Superintendent Dr. Stu Musick said Navasota has never had any actual shootings in their district, but the hope is that this pro-active approach will allow authorized personnel to defend themselves in the event of an active shooter on campus.
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By Emily Davis
Frisco, McKinney, Plano, Lewisville, Grapevine-Colleyville and Carroll ISDs all have recently allocated additional funds into their fiscal year 2018-19 budgets to enhance campus security. These funds include hiring additional school resource officers, who are police officers trained to work in schools, or SROs.
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