Georgetown ISD: What to expect in the first few days of remote learning

Here is what you can expect on the first few days of remote learning. (Design by Katherine Borey/Community Impact Newspaper)
Here is what you can expect on the first few days of remote learning. (Design by Katherine Borey/Community Impact Newspaper)

Here is what you can expect on the first few days of remote learning. (Design by Katherine Borey/Community Impact Newspaper)

In an Aug. 18 address to families, Georgetown ISD Superintendent Fred Brent offered details on what families can expect in the first days of school.

Impacted by the coronavirus pandemic, GISD will start its 2020-21 school year virtually for all students for the first three weeks before offering in-person learning options in September.

“Since all this began and in preparing for the next school year, we’ve all had to work collectively to make sure we launch this school year as successfully as we can,” Brent said.

The first day of class is Aug. 20. The first day of optional in-person class is Sept. 10.

Here is what you need to know.


Wednesday, Aug. 19

Families will receive an email from their student’s homeroom or advisory teacher with details about the first day of school. This will include information about the programs the student will use for learning and how they can meet and contact their homeroom teacher.

Thursday, Aug. 20-first day of virtual learning

Students will visit their Google Classroom, attend Google Meet sessions and learn more about remote learning, gain access to their first assignments and get answers to questions about expectations for the upcoming school year.

All grade levels will also need access to their Georgetown ISD ClassLink Portal and access to Skyward with student login. All students will also need internet access.

Students in prekindergarten and first grade will need an iPad with the Google Classroom app installed.

Students in second through 12th grade will need a laptop.

Technology pickup is still ongoing at GISD’s four middle schools—Wagner, Tippit, Forbes and Benold. Families should pick up devices at the middle school in their feeder pattern. Hot spots will also be available for families who otherwise do not have internet access at home, the district said.

Student schedules can be found on Skyward under the schedule tab. The district noted that a student’s homeroom or advisory class will be listed in the schedule with the teacher’s name and email address, except at Forbes Middle, Richarte High and East View High schools. At Forbes and EVHS, the student’s homeroom teacher is their second period teacher, and at RHS it is their third period teacher.

Questions about schedules should be directed to the campus counselor.

“Students, we are here for you; we are ready for you; and we’re going to have a great school year and do all we can to keep you in our buildings and make sure you have the best experience possible, whether it’s in person or remote,” Brent said.