Message From GPISD Superintendent 3-23-20

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Linda Ellis

Good Afternoon, GPISD Families,

I want to begin this update by acknowledging what we all know: the COVID-19 pandemic has disrupted our normal way of life. We as a team know you have questions about how teachers will teach and how students will learn in the coming weeks.

We want to reassure you that although our school buildings are closed, Grand Prairie ISD is open for learning, and we will continue to support our students, families, and community. GPISD has clarified with Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins that schools are an essential business. With that in mind, GPISD will continue this week with activities such as distributing meals, learning packets, and devices. We will accomplish all activities using every safety protocol we can put in place.

This update includes:
• Grand Prairie At-Home Learning: Lessons & resources for students
• UIL suspension of athletic activities
• Reminder: Meal distributions continue as an essential service

Learning Online @ GPISD:

During this unprecedented situation, Grand Prairie ISD wants to assure our students and their families of the following:

• We know that families are doing their best to take care of their children during this difficult time.
• We commit to providing at-home learning opportunities and resources for our students to support their education while GPISD school buildings are closed.
• We recognize that there are unique circumstances in every home that may impact a student’s ability to learn during this challenging situation.
• We will be patient and support all of our students to the best of our ability during this pandemic. In turn, we ask for your patience with our teachers and staff, who are doing their absolute best to take care of our students in the midst of the challenges caused for them and their families by COVID-19.

Please access the at-home education enrichment and resources that are available at www.gpisd.org. We will update these resources weekly for our students.

Beginning Wednesday, parents of students in grades 3-5 who have opted to pick up a mobile device will be able to pick up that device at your child’s elementary campus. Pickup times are as follows:
Wednesday March 25th, 10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. and 1:30 p.m.-6:00 p.m.
Thursday March 26th, 8:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. and 1:30 p.m.-4:00 p.m.
Remember, you can access Wi-Fi in the campus parking lot or near the building to download assignments.

Additionally, paper packets for students in grades PK-2 will be available for pickup at meal pickup locations across GPISD beginning next week. There will also be packets for students in grades 3-5 for parents who did not opt for a device or do not have internet connectivity. Packets will be prepared on a limited basis for parents who have requested this.
As always, if you have specific questions about your student’s education, please contact the appropriate staff member (teacher, principal, counselor, etc.) on your student’s campus. Contact information is available on each campus’s webpage.

UIL suspends all activities until at least May 4

The UIL announced Thursday, March 19, 2020, that it is extending its suspension of all UIL-sanctioned activities until at least May 4.

FREE meals offered via curbside pickup

The new “Grab & Go” pickup time is 10:30 a.m. to noon and children ages 0-18 years will receive two meals (lunch and breakfast for the next day) Monday through Friday. All participating children must be present, whether they are walking or riding. Children do not have to be students at the campus to qualify for the meal, and families can visit any of the participating sites. A complete list of feeding sites can be found at www.gpisd.org. If you are driving, it will not be necessary to exit your vehicle.

If you have questions, please email your child’s teacher or principal, or send your questions to coronavirus@gpisd.org. Our staff will answer your questions in a timely manner.

While district buildings are closed, GPISD essential personnel continue to consult with local health authorities to conduct a full and ongoing assessment of needs for students and staff. As always, the safety of our students, staff, and families remains a top priority, and we will act out of an abundance of caution to protect everyone’s health and well-being at this time. We appreciate you and look forward to seeing you when all of this is over!

Sincerely,
Linda Ellis
Interim Superintendent of Schools