Dear Garland ISD Families:
Garland ISD is deeply saddened by the tragic events in Florida this week, and our hearts go out to those families and staff at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland. Our heartfelt sympathies are with the victims' families, the campus and the community who have been impacted.
In Garland ISD, the safety and security of our students, staff and visitors has been and will remain our very top priority and a primary focus of district operations. Our GISD Department of Security enlists extensive safeguarding measures and is very active and present on campuses. They provide training to all campus and facility staff on district safety protocols and mandate that campuses conduct drills on a regular basis.
The district also partners closely with the Garland, Rowlett and Sachse police departments, and we are well-served by the relationships we have with local law enforcement. We have 47 armed school resource officers patrolling our campuses, with officers present daily at our middle and high school campuses. Added police officers are assigned at four to five elementary campuses on a rotating basis. I have personally met with all three city police chiefs who are fully vested in the safety of the district's students and employees. We also benefit from having district security staff that provides ongoing assistance at our campuses and facilities.
Additionally, we have security cameras at entrances and around our buildings, and visitors are seen and heard before they are allowed to enter our campuses. Once inside, they must present picture identification and go through a background check.
These are measures that are in place every day to protect everyone at our campuses.
Moreover, Garland ISD remains vigilant through the work of its District Safety and Security Committee, composed of school personnel and emergency responders, who regularly evaluate GISD's Emergency Operations Plan (EOP) and safety and emergency training procedures.
As a result of these tragic events, our director of security sent a reminder to all staff about those important safety precautions we take every day:
- Check for ID badges and visitor badges and positively engage anyone who does not have one
- Sound the alarm when any issue arises following the Standard Response Protocol
- Teach with classroom doors locked
We also have a strong counseling staff that is trained in helping students during times of anxiety or stress.
Vigilance, awareness and communication are critical in maintaining safe schools. Garland ISD knows and accepts these challenges, but an entire community effort is necessary for continued success. Please help us reinforce this message by talking with your children this evening about the importance of alerting adults to anything they may see, hear, read, view, experience or witness that has the potential to threaten the security of our campuses.
To make a report to district staff, please contact our 24-hour District Security Dispatch at 972-494-8911 or call our hotline number at 1-800-527-7140. Additional security information can be found on our website safety and security page.
I want to reassure you that Garland ISD has been proactive in preparing for those challenges that we hope and pray will never occur. We will remain vigilant in providing a safe school environment conducive to teaching and learning. Thank you for your continued support of Garland ISD.
Very truly yours,
Dr. Ricardo López, Ed.D.
Superintendent of Schools
GHS students, Briyani Balleza, Crystal Robles and Abrielle Williams spent Friday, November 10, 2017, "shadowing" people in the real world of work. The second annual Job Shadowing Event, organized by the Garland Chamber of Commerce, matches up local employers/organizations with interested students to allow select students an opportunity to actually "shadow" employees on the job.
Briyani Balleza, pictured at right, spent the day with two wonderful employees at Montclair Senior Living. These wonderful women allowed her to see the business aspects and the health care side of this local business. Briyani was even allowed to interact with residents as they had their blood pressure taken. When asked about her day at Montclair she replied, "It was a great experience and I would do it again!"
Abrielle Williams shadowed members of the IT Department for the City of Garland. She comments, "I had a great experience because the IT staff were very friendly and taught me what they do for the City of Garland. I am very glad that I participated in the Job Shadowing Event."
Crystal Robles is pictured at left with a photo from the GarlandPD Twitter page. Crystal was so excited when she was chosen to shadow police officers and said, "She had a wonderful day and would love to do it again."
Thank you to all the companies who shared their time and knowledge with our students!
See below for the general school hours for 2017-18.
Pre-Kindergarten (revised June 29, 2017)
8:10 a.m. - 11:05 a.m. for Morning Pre-Kindergarten
12:25 p.m. - 3:20 p.m. for Afternoon Pre-Kindergarten
8:10 a.m. - 3:20 p.m.
8:50 a.m. - 4 p.m.
7:30 a.m. - 2:40 p.m.
Gilbreath-Reed Career & Technical Center
- 7:15 a.m. - 2:45 p.m.
Early dismissal times
- Elementary School - 1:25 p.m.
- Middle School - 2:05 p.m.
- High School - 12:40 p.m.
Printable school hours fliers
Printable school year calendars
Campus Needs Assessment Survey
The surveys below were designed to provide schools and the district with data useful for evaluating needs in order to develop campus improvement plans. Your survey participation is very important to ensure accurate and useful data. As you answer the questions, please base your answers on your experiences only at the school that you'll select below. Questions about staff or adults at the school refer to all staff - administrators, teachers, teaching assistants, counselors, and other certified and classified staff. Please note that all responses are anonymous.
On February 1st, the Susan and Michael Dell Foundation released its list of roughly 1,000 Dell Scholarship semifinalists, and we are so excited to share that we have three (3) AVID Seniors in the running! Three hundred (300) students will each go on to win a $20,000 scholarship, a laptop, and other resources for college success. It is a tremendous honor to have multiple students make it to the final selection round, so please join us in extending a huge congratulations to:
- Hector Cazarez
- Isabel Martinez, and
- Amberlyn Torres.
If interested, more information on the scholarship can be found on the Dell Scholars website. Thank you so much for supporting all of our AVID students’ college dreams.
Dr. Adolph Brown Spring GISD Parent University
Garland, TX 75040-2734
Garland ISD will receive a visit from internationally-recognized and sought after speaker Dr. Adolph Brown. All GISD students, families, and staff are encouraged to attend.
Doors open at 5:30 p.m. for complimentary pizza, drinks, and cookies. Presentation begins at 6 p.m.
Students will be using new calculators in middle and high school math classes. The TI-Nspire CX (Non-CAS version) is replacing the T1-84 calculators used in years past. If you plan on purchasing a calculator for home use, consider purchasing the TI-Nspire for easier coordination with classroom activities.
There are a variety of forms that must be completed before a student can participate in school athletics. These forms need to be submitted through the RankOneSport online system...Learn more
Due to the Sunday night incident at the Curtis Culwell Center, Advanced Placement testing will not be held there Monday, May 4. Students should instead report to their high school campus.