Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update

  • Facts about Coronavirus
    What you need to know about Coronavirus
    What to do if you are sick
    Texas Department of State Health Services 
    Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
    Parent Resources: Talking to Children about Coronavirus


    April 17, 2020: Texas Governor Greg Abbott amended his Executive Order calling for all schools in the state of Texas to remain closed through the end of the school year. This means Gainesville ISD facilities will remain closed and all events/activities are canceled through the end of May.  However, online learning and meal service will continue through our official last day of school, Thursday, May 28.  GISD will also continue to discuss plans for summer school and other June activities in the coming days, with announcements made as the status of summer activities are confirmed.

    April 16, 2020: Per the District calendar set forth for this year, Monday, April 20, was scheduled as a bad weather make up day. Due to the current circumstances and previously missed instruction time, Monday will be a distance learning/work day for all GISD students and staff.

     
    As a result of Monday now being a regular school day, the student meal service will be provided.  As a reminder, anyone 18 and under is able to receive meals.  Please have the child present at pick up, which is from 8am-1pm at Edison or Gainesville Junior High. 
     
    In addition, beginning Friday, April 17, we will once again be able to provide weekend meals.  Each student may receive 3 breakfasts, 3 lunches, and 3 dinners on Fridays beginning April 17. Thank you to the Boys & Girls Club and the Intrinsic Foundation for partnering with GISD to provide and serve the first round of weekend meals. 

    April 2, 2020: Next week we will serve Monday April 6th through Thursday April 9th. On Thursday April 9th you may pick up meals for Thursday and Friday, (2 Breakfast, 2 Lunch, 1 Snack, 1 Dinner). We will not be serving Friday April 10thOn Friday April 17th, we’ll also be serving meals for Monday April 20th  (2 Breakfast, 2 Lunch, 1 Snack, 1 Dinner) to run alongside district calendar. We will not be serving meals on Monday April the 20th.


    March 31, 2020: Governor Greg Abbott has ordered all Texas public schools to close until May 4. Gainesville ISD schools and facilities will be closed and all events/activities canceled through this date. Online learning and drive-through meal service will continue.


    March 30, 2020: All Cooke County schools have made the decision to extend the current district closures through Friday, April 17.  GISD is scheduled to reopen on Monday, April 20. We will continue to evaluate the recommendations of the Cooke County Health Department as well as the Center for Disease Control to determine whether a closure beyond April 17 will be necessary. Students, parents and staff are urged by their leaders to remain vigilant in their efforts to stay healthy and stay at home.  During this time, teachers will continue to provide distance learning opportunities as well as printed packets in order to continue to provide instructional support during the closure.


    March 30, 2020: The Texas Department of Agriculture has instructed school districts to discontinue serving weekend meals. Beginning today, March 30, meal services will also include snacks. The first week of the program provided 174,752 meals to students in our community.   During the school district closure, GISD is providing free grab-and-go student meals. Any child 18 and under has the option to receive 3 meals (breakfast, lunch, dinner) and 1 snack per day. All 3 meals and snack can be picked up in one visit. A student ID is not required and meals can be picked up regardless of campus or district affiliation. Meals may be picked up Monday-Friday from 8am-1pm from either Edison Elementary or Gainesville Junior High.


    March 23, 2020: As a result of Governor Abbott's proclamation, at the Board of Trustees voted to postpone the May election until November 3 due to the current COVID-19 crisis.  The May election consisted of the $35.1 bond proposal as well as the Board of Trustees election. 


    March 19, 2020: In a press conference on COVID-19 on Thursday, March 19, Governor Greg Abbott declared a public health disaster in Texas, which has not been the case since 1901.  To coincide with this declaration, an executive order was issued temporarily closing all schools in Texas through April 3.  To date, the illness has been found in at least 27 Texas counties, with more than 140 people diagnosed, and at least 3 deaths. 

    Although schools are closed, online learning platforms and various methods are being put into place to ensure the academic needs of students are met during this extended closure.  For GISD and most Cooke County schools, the current week, March 16-20, is the scheduled Spring Break for students and staff, which means that instruction will need to begin taking place the week of March 23. 


    March 18, 2020:  Gainesville ISD will provide free curbside grab-and-go meals for children during the district closure beginning Monday, March 23rd. All children 18 years and younger will have the option to receive 3 meals daily (breakfast, lunch, and dinner) per visit.  Please note that on Friday, each child may receive 9 meals to include weekend meals.  The child must be present, but a student ID is not required and the child does not have to be a student at that campus to receive a free meal. 

    Meals will be provided Monday-Friday from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Edison Elementary (1 Edison Dr.) and Gainesville Junior High School (1201 Lindsay St.). For pickup at Edison Elementary, please enter the north parking lot (California St.) and proceed through to the designated curbside location.   For pick up at Gainesville Junior High, please enter the student drop off parking lot (Hird St.) and proceed through the bus lane going east towards Lindsay St. The curbside pickup location will be behind the cafeteria. 

    For menus and drive thru maps of each location, please visit the GISD Child Nutrition page at gainesvilleisd.org/menus.  As a reminder, meals will be served in a drive-thru fashion, so please stay in your vehicles.  In an effort to prevent the spread of COVID-19, families will not be allowed to congregate or come inside the buildings.


    March 17, 2020: Although there are no confirmed cases of COVID-19 (coronavirus) in Cooke County, in an abundance of caution, Gainesville ISD, along with most neighboring school districts, will extend Spring Break to include the week of March 23-27. The closure includes the cancellation of all extracurricular activities and postponement of all other school events during this same period. In addition, all district and campus offices will be closed to the public. 

    The decision for the extended closure comes as a result of collaboration with state and county health officials and other education leaders. We ask for your patience as we navigate this unprecedented situation and work through additional details. As we have more specifics about what services we will be able to provide for families in need during this closure, we will communicate those directly to parents. Gainesville ISD will continue to monitor and evaluate the situation prior to reopening school on Monday, March 30, and will communicate across all platforms as updates become available. 

    The Texas Education Agency will provide guidance regarding course credit, compulsory attendance, accountability standards, and school funding. The superintendents and district leaders in North Texas will receive regular communication on the waiver process and other steps to support the continued education of our students for the rest of the 2019-20 school year.

    Read the full message emailed to GISD parents 


    March 16, 2020: The Texas Education Agency (TEA) and Governor Abbott officially cancelled the 2019-2020 STAAR tests. As more information is released from the state regarding guidance for districts in this time of crisis, we will update our parents, staff, and community stakeholders.

    Message from Governor Abbott
    Message from TEA


    March 16, 2020: To support the health and safety of our students and communities, the University Interscholastic League (UIL) is suspending all UIL sanctioned contests, rehearsals, practices, and workouts due to the outbreak of COVID-19 (Coronavirus) in Texas.  Effective March 16, all UIL Interscholastic activities are suspended through March 29.

    Click here for specific information regarding academic, athletic, and music competitions.


    March 14, 2020:  On Saturday at 1:30pm, Edison administration was notified by the parent, previously quarantined by her doctor while awaiting test results, that the results were NEGATIVE for the Coronavirus.

    On Thursday, the parent had reported that she had been quarantined by her doctor while awaiting the results of additional tests performed during her appointment/visit to the doctor for flu like symptoms.

    GISD is committed to ensuring the well-being of our faculty, staff, and students and are appreciative of the quick notification from the parent in this situation. 

    GISD will continue to monitor the COVID-19 pandemic, and will maintain close contact with local and state officials regarding further action. 


    March 12, 2020: At approximately 12:30pm today, March 12th, a GISD parent self-reported symptoms which mirror the coronavirus. The parent has been tested by a medical professional but a positive diagnosis has NOT been confirmed. The parent has a student at Edison Elementary. The student of the parent was immediately removed from the classroom and picked up by a family member.

    Although not diagnosed with the virus, the student will be quarantined for the required 14-day period and will not return to school until cleared. The students and staff in this classroom were cleared and the room is undergoing a complete disinfection. The entire Edison Elementary campus will be disinfected following dismissal. As a district we value the safety of our students and staff and are appreciative of the quick notification from the parent in this situation.

    GISD will continue to monitor the situation and will stay abreast of updates from the CDC regarding further action.


     March 9, 2020: Gainesville ISD takes community health and safety very seriously and we are aware of the recent announcements by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) related to the spread of the COVID-19 virus (Coronavirus).  There are currently no confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Cooke County.

    As a district, we are taking extra precautions to sanitize all surfaces, including but not limited to buses, classrooms, and common areas, using E-23 disinfectant mist application.  In addition to the availability of classroom hand sanitizer, portable hand sanitizer stations have been added to common areas on all campuses.

    As you prepare to take trips over Spring Break, we ask you to avoid any travel-restricted countries, as our objective is to keep everyone in our Gainesville ISD family healthy and safe.  Under the CDC’s guidance for school districts to prevent the spread of Coronavirus (COVID-19), we are asking employees (including, but not limited to, substitutes and contracted employees) to self-report to their supervisor and families to self-report to their campus principal if they traveled to any of the CDC-restricted areas. Your direct supervisor or campus principal will be able to provide more information on how that will be handled if you traveled to one of the CDC-restricted areas. 

    Please note, Gainesville ISD is not the only school district in the area taking this action. 

    To date, there have been no restrictions for domestic travel.  Please be mindful that the countries or travel locations could change between now and when we return on Monday, March 23. You can review which countries are affected at the following CDC link: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/travelers/

    The CDC recommends the following steps for individuals who have traveled to Level 3 Travel Health Notice countries and areas in the U.S. affected by COVID-19:

    1. Take your temperature with a thermometer two times a day and monitor for fever. Also watch for cough or trouble breathing.
    2. Stay home and avoid contact with others. Do not go to work or school for this 14-day period. Discuss your work situation with your employer before returning to work.
    3. Do not take public transportation, taxis, or ride-shares during the time you are practicing social distancing.
    4. Avoid crowded places (such as shopping centers and movie theaters) and limit your activities in public.
    5. Keep your distance from others (about 6 feet).

    The registered nurses on all of our campuses have protocols in place to manage any students showing symptoms. We also continue to work closely with health department officials to navigate this changing situation. 

    Thank you for your cooperation in helping us prevent the spread of Coronavirus (COVID- 19).

    Facts about Coronavirus
    What you need to know about Coronavirus
    What to do if you are sick
    Texas Department of State Health Services 
    Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
    Parent Resources: Talking to Children about Coronavirus