FAILING STUDENTS, EXTRACURRICULAR PARTICIPANTS REQUIRED TO BE IN-PERSON STARTING JANUARY
December 14, 2020
Failing students as well as students participating in extracurricular activities will be required to attend school in person beginning in January 2021, according to an announcement from Granbury ISD superintendent Dr. Jeremy Glenn on December 14, 2020.
Beginning with the start of the second semester on January 12, students with a class average below 70 in any core subject must return to face-to-face instruction. Also required to attend face-to-face will be students participating in extracurricular activities, including athletics and fine arts.
“These decisions are an effort to provide all GISD students with the best chance for academic success,” stated Dr. Glenn in a letter to parents, noting a high percentage of failing grades among several remote learners. “We understand that student health during these times remains a concern for many parents, which is why GISD will continue to follow our Roadmap for Reopening to ensure a safe learning environment for our face-to-face learners."
The district plans for all students to return to on-campus instruction beginning with the 5th six weeks on February 22. Until then, students who are passing classes will have the option of face-to-face or GISD@Home virtual instruction. District officials will continue to monitor the COVID-19 situation with our local, regional, and state health authorities. Should the need arise, the district will remain open to the possibility of returning to virtual learning. Students who have preexisting medical conditions, special education/504 needs, or are isolated for exposure to COVID-19 will still be provided remote instruction opportunities upon submitting appropriate documentation.
“GISD was among the first districts in Texas to resume on-campus instruction. During the first semester of school, we had less than 5% of our on-campus students and staff test positive for COVID-19. Additionally, our number of active cases at any given time is approximately 1% or less,” Dr. Glenn said. “Most importantly, we are thankful that all students and staff members diagnosed with COVID-19 have recovered or are in the process of recovering. In fact, the majority have already returned to campus. The data shows that precautions taken by our students and staff have been working. This has allowed our district to operate on-campus while other districts remained closed or only offered virtual instruction.”
Click here for a copy of the letter that Dr. Glenn sent to parents.