Letter from Linda Ellis, Superintendent of Schools

  • Dear GPISD Parents,

    GPISD staff is busy planning for a safe return to school on August 17, 2020. As we await further guidance from the Texas Education Agency on the specifics about a safe return to school, we are creating plans that will include comprehensive health and safety protocols for all staff and students. In addition, we have worked to create instructional options that meet the needs of our families. These plans include both an in-school and an online virtual-school option called “asynchronous learning.” Beginning July 14, 2020, families will be able to complete online registration for returning students, and students who are new to GPISD will be able to enroll online. When you register your children, you will also select one of the following instructional models for 2020-2021 described below: 

    The In-person, At-school Instructional Model

    • The teacher will deliver instruction in person.
    • Students will work in a traditional classroom setting on a campus.
    • GPISD will follow TEA guidelines in addition to local and state health guidelines to provide face-to-face instruction.

    The Asynchronous Online Virtual-school Model (Remote Asynchronous Instruction)

    • This option is available to students in grades PK-12.
    • Teachers will be employees of GPISD.
    • There will be daily instruction from the teacher, along with independent practice at home.
    • The teacher will communicate daily learning expectations via GPISD’s learning management system (Canvas/Google Classroom).
    • Daily progress will be verified based on the degree to which the student meets the expectations of the learning plan that the teacher presents.
    • Teachers will be available to students virtually throughout each school day for direct instruction, office hours, and individual assistance.
    • Teachers will provide feedback to students and use district grading guidelines on all assignments.
    • Students will participate in district/state assessments to document learning and growth.
    • Students who choose this option will remain enrolled at their designated campus.

    What is next?

    GPISD will continue to prepare for the 2020-2021 school year as we await additional guidance and requirements from the state of Texas in regard to in-person health and safety protocols. GPISD remains in contact with officials of our local health department and will seek their guidance for a safe return to school.

    Additionally, we are awaiting information regarding student participation in UIL activities in the fall, such as athletics and fine arts. GPISD will not make decisions about those areas until guidance from the state is available. We know there are many questions yet to be answered, but we remain committed to a safe return to school on August 17, 2020, whether in person or online.

    Thank you for choosing GPISD!

    Linda Ellis
    Superintendent of Schools

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