The Granbury ISD District Advisory Council met via Zoom on December 7, 2020, at 4:30pm. The meeting was convened by assistant superintendent Ron Holmgreen.
Superintendent Dr. Jeremy Glenn reported on district response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Numbers of positive cases among students and staff continue to rise, but the Centers for Disease Control have modified self-isolation periods for close contacts. The Texas Department of State Health Services also are also seeing a rise in numbers across the state. Vaccines will soon to be available for medical workers, and a decline in numbers will hopefully follow. The district will look to make changes in remote learning and bring back struggling students at the start of the second semester. Dr. Glenn also reported that the district continues to look at long-range planning for facility needs.
Wes Jones, human resources director, discussed that a COVID rapid testing program is underway for staff. The test is 97% effective with a quick result and free to those being tested. Student testing will begin at the start of the second semester. He thanked nurses for their work in administering the tests. During the pandemic, substitutes are in need for teacher absences; the HR department has 40 new subs but is seeking more.
Trisha Suitt, curriculum coordinator, discussed upcoming staff development. These include reading academies for K-3 teachers, mandatory trainings for all staff members, and other professional development this summer for all grade levels.
Danielle Parsons, technology director, discussed the upcoming Teach 4 Greatness professional development sessions in May 2021. The technology department will also offer training sessions during the summer.
Holmgreen discussed options for the 2021-22 school calendar. A survey will sent to all staff and then be presented to the school board for approval in January.