Four recent education updates that may impact your Georgetown ISD student this fall

As things move fast, here are some major decisions and news released this week with the potential to impact your GISD student. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)
As things move fast, here are some major decisions and news released this week with the potential to impact your GISD student. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)

As things move fast, here are some major decisions and news released this week with the potential to impact your GISD student. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)

School plans are changing fast and frequently as the start of the semester approaches, even varying by district.

Georgetown ISD district officials have stated numerous times that plans may be adjusted depending on public health conditions and on directives from the Texas Education Agency and state and local officials.

Here are some major decisions and news released this week that have the potential to impact your GISD student.

1. Three weeks of virtual learning

Georgetown ISD announced it will start the 2020-21 school year with three weeks of virtual learning. The decision came after the district conducted a second survey, in which slightly more than half of parents and about two thirds of teachers requested the district do so.


Remote learning for all students will begin Aug. 20. In-person classes, if plans go unchanged, will begin Sept. 10.

Read more here.

2. Back-to-school plans released

The district also released its draft back-to-school plan. While the district is still making decisions, it has offered its expectations for remote learning as well its safety plans for on-campus learning.

Parents will have until Aug. 6 to select whether, following the first three weeks, they want their students to continue online learning or move to on-campus learning. Learning will be either 100% remote or 100% in-person.

All students from kindergarten through 12th grade will be required to wear a mask if learning on campus, with some exceptions.

GISD is hosting a virtual family information session July 27 and 28 at 6:30 p.m., with the latter being conducted in Spanish. Each campus will also host information sessions prior to Aug. 6.

Read more here.

3. Extracurricular activities modifications

The University Interscholastic League released modifications to the 2020-21 UIL calendar based on conferences. The calendar includes first day of practice and first games or matches.

Read more here.

4. Experts weigh in on back-to-school options

Concerned about whether it is safe to return to school? Community Impact Newspaper spoke with Dr. Anu Seshadri, an internal medicine and pediatric physician at the University of California in Los Angeles, on what parents should consider when deciding on remote or in-person learning for their child.

Read more here.
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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