2020-21 School operations

Information specific to our school will be added as it becomes available. Be sure to check out the district resources as well.

Parent and student Canvas support

Visit the Canvas for families website for instructions and video tutorials.

If you are having issues with seeing grades for assignments that have been submitted, please contact your teacher. Our staff page lists teacher names and email address.

Canvas Support for Families

Return to campus, September 8

Students that selected face to face learning will return to campus Tuesday, September 8. If your child is returning face to face, it is important that you have read the GISD Reopening Schools Guidebook

Safety Procedures 

Arrival time

All middle schools in GISD, including AAE, will open doors for students at 8:15 a.m. It is important for parents and students to plan on arriving at 8:15 a.m. or later. Due to safety and staffing, we will not be able to have students gather in the cafeteria and hallways to wait for the first bell. Students will report directly to first period at 8:15 a.m. Students that arrive prior to 8:15 a.m. will not be supervised.

Entering the building

Walkers and car riders will enter the front door of the building for screening beginning at 8:15 a.m.

Bus riders will enter the building through the 7th grade hall door.

Upon arrival, students will proceed to health check areas each morning. Parents should remain in the car if at all possible.

If the student’s temperature is above 100.0 or fails screening, they will be sent home; a medical doctor’s note will be required to return to campus.

All students, staff and visitors who fail pre-screening or become ill while on campus will be immediately isolated, and the area will be disinfected.

Students, staff or household members with the following symptoms, not related to a current known health condition, will not be allowed to enter campus:

  • Feeling feverish or a measured temperature greater or equal to 100.0
  • Loss of taste or smell
  • Cough
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Shortness of breath
  • Headache
  • Chills
  • Sore throat
  • Shaking or exaggerated shivering
  • Significant muscle pain or ache
  • Diarrhea
  • Known close contact with a person who is lab-confirmed to have COVID-19 within the last 14 days

Students that would like to eat breakfast will report to the cafeteria. All other students will report directly to their first period.

See more information about returning on our Policies and Procedures page.

Online Student Services requests

Do you need to enroll your child, request a transfer, withdraw or request a transcript? It's easy to start common processes at home. Visit the Online Student Services page to get started. 

If you have additional questions, please contact the campus data clerk: Mary Ramirez by phone or email

School hours, calendar

The 2020-21 calendar was revised by the Board of Trustees on June 23. The first day of school is now Monday, Aug. 10, and school hours have changed to allow for 10 additional minutes of instructional time. 

The new calendar features intersession weeks, which consist of special days where students have the opportunity to participate in remediation, acceleration, or enrichment activities, similar to summer school offerings in previous years. 

See our new school hours on the Schedules page. 

See the School Year Calendar page for key dates and printable versions of the calendar.

Back-to-school forms

Back-to-School forms for the 2020-21 school year are now available only online in Skyward. Before the start of the school year, parents are asked to complete a series of forms to update student information for the new school year.

Visit Skyward Family Access to complete your forms.

See the district’s Completing back to school in Skyward page for detailed instructions.

Order curbside meals for remote learners

Families will need to complete an order form every two weeks for each Garland ISD student who would like meal service. Meals will be charged to the student’s account according to the student’s eligibility status and/or the eligibility designation of their home school (CEP, BIC, Universal-Free Breakfast). There must be sufficient funds in a student’s meal account to cover the cost of meals.

See the curbside meals page for more information.