Georgetown ISD still plans to open with in-person classes on first day of school, offers second survey

Georgetown ISD Superintendent Fred Brent announced July 14 the district still intends to hold in-person class come the first day of school, if parents want that. (Screenshot courtesy Georgetown ISD)
Georgetown ISD Superintendent Fred Brent announced July 14 the district still intends to hold in-person class come the first day of school, if parents want that. (Screenshot courtesy Georgetown ISD)

Georgetown ISD Superintendent Fred Brent announced July 14 the district still intends to hold in-person class come the first day of school, if parents want that. (Screenshot courtesy Georgetown ISD)

Georgetown ISD Superintendent Fred Brent announced July 14 the district still intends to hold in-person classes come the first day of school, if parents want that.

The announcement follows the decision of Round Rock, Leander and Pflugerville ISDs, which plan to start the school year with 100% online instruction for all K-12 students until weekly hospitalization rate for coronavirus is five patients or less.

“We feel like that is a decision for this community to make,” Brent said. “In all of this, the biggest concern is the well-being of students and staff.”

GISD conducted a survey of students, families and staff in which the outcome was split on returning to school in person or online. The district said it intends to offer both options.

However, since there have been updates in the coronavirus pandemic since the last survey was conducted, Brent said the district will offer a second survey on whether the district should change to 100% remote learning for the first few weeks of school or to continue as previously planned. The survey should be received by July 20, he said.


“We can always expect things to change; we know that in this experience,” Brent said. “We want to make sure to get your feedback before making decisions that would have the implications of going full remote learning for the first few weeks of school.”

The first day of school is Aug. 20.

Brent said the district is working to make final decisions as quickly as possible.
By Ali Linan
Ali Linan began covering Georgetown for Community Impact Newspaper in 2018. Her reporting focuses on education and Williamson County. Ali hails from El Paso and graduated from Syracuse University in 2017.


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