District Back to School Plan 2020-2021

  • To translate the content of our website, click on "Translate Language" located at the top right side of the website and select the language you prefer.

    Para traducir el contenido de nuestro sitio web, haga clic en "Translate Language" ubicado en la parte superior derecha del sitio web y seleccione el idioma que prefiera.

    Table of Contents

    ⇒  Last Updated: October 26, 2020

    Introduction and District Priorities

    In this unprecedented public health emergency, Georgetown ISD believes that the health and safety of our students and staff is of the highest priority. 

    With concern for the well-being of those we serve in mind, we recognize that the COVID-19 pandemic requires our district to collaborate in new ways, examine practices, learn new information and skills, show agility in a time of changing information and needs, and make difficult decisions. In doing this work, GISD is committed to supporting our students and staff, and we are guided by our beliefs that:

    • Public education is the foundation of our community.
    • Our actions should be student-centered.
    • It is our responsibility to prepare students for their future.
    • Developing leaders is vital to our success.
    • Instruction should be designed on the needs of the learners.
    • Community engagement enhances educational experiences.

    Georgetown ISD truly aspires to be home of the most inspired students, served by the most empowered leaders. We believe that this pandemic, while a unique time for our district, is an opportunity for our organization to lead, grow and serve the students, faculty and community we love.

    Feedback and Input: Surveys and Advisory Groups

    Georgetown ISD’s approach to decision-making and planning for the 2020-2021 school year reflects our district’s desire to utilize the characteristics of a true learning organization. To that end, an intentional inclusion of stakeholder input and feedback serves to inform our plans and decisions. The opportunity for GISD staff at all levels of the organization to be informed and participate in the ideation, design, feedback, planning and decision-making processes is also a focus.

    Collaboration methods and approaches vary among groups and include:

    While not an exhaustive list of those participating in one of the methods/approaches listed above, members of the following GISD groups have been included in district and campus collaboration opportunities pertaining to planning for the 2020-2021 school year:  

    • Athletics/PE Teachers
    • Campus Assistant Principals
    • Campus Design Teams (Includes Teachers, Campus Staff & Campus Leadership)
    • Campus Leadership Teams (Includes Teachers, Campus Staff & Campus Leadership)
    • Campus Principals
    • CTE Teachers
    • District Leadership Team (Includes Principals & District Department Directors/Executive Directors)
    • District Learning Design Team (Includes Content Coordinators, Digital Learning Coaches)
    • District Technology Leadership Team
    • District Guidance & Wellness Leadership Team 
    • Dual Language Teachers
    • Fine Arts Teachers
    • GISD Board of Trustees
    • GISD Council of PTA - Executive Board & Campus PTA Presidents
    • GISD District Performance Committee (Includes Campus & District Staff, Parents & Community Members)
    • GISD Safety & Security Committee (Includes Campus Staff, Parents & Community Members, Board Member)
    • GISD SHAC Health Subcommittee (Includes Parents & GISD Lead Nurse)
    • Special Education Teachers & Leadership Team

    In addition to these internal groups, collaboration with the following groups and agencies outside of GISD occurred throughout the Spring and Summer of 2020:

    • Central Texas School Superintendent Cohort 
    • Georgetown Chamber of Commerce Cornerstone Representatives
    • Region 13 ESC Center & Region 13 Superintendents 
    • Texas Education Agency Commissioner/Superintendent Conference Calls 
    • Williamson County School Superintendent Cohort  
    • Williamson County COVID-19 InterAgency Conferences, including WilCo Health District, WilCo School Superintendents

    Instructional Information for Families

    This fall, Georgetown ISD will be implementing instructional practices to provide consistency across learning environments and to ensure the safety of students and staff. Regardless of the learning environment, GISD is committed to ensuring that all students have an equitable and positive experience and access to high quality instruction. Throughout the 2020-2021 academic school year, we anticipate students will interact with instruction in two different environments, in person and remote learning. This dual approach to learning will necessitate the following:

    • Teacher teams will design instruction that is content-consistent, yet environment-specific to ensure equitable learning opportunities for all students.
    • Learning experiences for students will utilize strategies and best practices associated with blended learning, a style of education in which students learn via electronic and online media as well as traditional face-to-face teaching.
    • Instruction will be designed to meet the individual academic and environmental needs of students where they are.
    • Students, regardless of learning environment, will engage in high quality learning and experiences aligned to Georgetown ISD curriculum and the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS).
    • Students who are participating in face-to-face learning at school may move into remote learning for a period of time if needed for school closures due to student/staff illness and/or county/state regulations, as well as due to short-term student illness or quarantine.  
    • Both the in-person and remote learning experiences will utilize Google Classroom, provide similar expectations for coursework, and follow the same grading guidelines.  Some teachers may use SeeSaw as an alternative or in addition to Google Classroom.

    Learning Format Choice

    Parents will have the ability to choose face-to-face or remote learning for their student.  Information will be provided soon on how to complete this selection in Skyward Family Access.  Parents are asked to complete this selection by August 6, 2020, so that the logistics of scheduling students within these formats can be completed prior to the first day of school on August 20, 2020.  

    Parents and students will be asked to commit to a learning format through a grading period (9 weeks) and will be given the opportunity to update their selection at a pre-established deadline in advance of the start of each grading period.

    Face-to-face Learning

    Students and teachers will attend class in-person, five days a week, with additional safety measures in alignment with state and federal guidelines and recommendations.

      • In this setting, teachers will provide face-to-face instruction, as well as learning resources and support utilizing Google Classroom or equivalent system if approved.
      • Teachers will plan instruction that is quickly and easily transferable from face-to-face to remote in the event of a temporary school closure due to COVID-19 spread.  This will also provide the ability for students to meet attendance/engagement expectations if they need to temporarily move to remote instruction due to illness or self-quarantine.  
      • District-directed and campus-designed safety procedures will be implemented. 
      • Grades 6-12 students will be assigned schedules based on their course selections made last spring.


    GISD Remote Learning

    Please see the GISD Asynchronous Plan.

    Instructional Roles

    Although students may be learning in different environments, Georgetown ISD is committed to providing consistency in high quality instruction and learning tools for all students.

    Student Expectations for Learning

    • Be prepared for learning each day and have work and assignments completed and ready.
    • Complete coursework by deadline set by teachers.
    • For face-to-face learning: Take all materials and devices home each day in order to be prepared for possible school closure. 
    • Technology devices are expected to be fully charged and ready at the start of each day.
    • Attend classes according to school schedule (either face-to-face or remotely) and give your best efforts in your school assignments.
    • Participate in face-to-face learning activities or live synchronous virtual sessions as instructed by teachers.
    • Be organized in your work and in getting projects completed.
    • Ask questions and communicate with your teacher.
    • Be aware of what you should be learning each day.
    • Become familiar with the structure of Google Classroom or other approved system and how your teacher organizes information.
    • Turn in assignments on time.
    • Attend intervention/tutorial sessions as established by your teacher or school.

    Parent Expectations for Learning

    • Access parent resources to learn how students will navigate Google Classroom or other approved systems.
    • For face-to-face learning: Encourage your child to have their things in their backpack/device and ready for school the night before.
    • For virtual learning: Create a designated place in your home for your student to use as their remote classroom. 
    • Immediately report any technical challenges to a teacher so they can enter start the resolution process
    • Access Skyward Family Access to view student grades and assignments.
    • Check in with student(s) to monitor completion of homework and assignments.
    • Discuss your child’s favorite part of their day and what they learned in school.
    • Facilitate academic support and encouragement as a learning partner to motivate and guide your child throughout the school year in your role as a learning coach.
    • Provide your child with assistance on their day-to-day activities with the exception of designated independent work.
    • Consider creating a designated learning/study space for your child at home to learn comfortably.
    • Maintain communication with your child’s teacher by phone, email and/or online meetings to create a learning partnership.
    • Monitor attendance in Skyward Family Access and ask for evidence that your child is on track with assignments and coursework.
    • Monitor grades and assignments in Skyward Family Access and ask for evidence that your child is on track with assignments and coursework.
    • Allow your child to attend intervention/tutorial sessions as needed.
    • Assist in supporting your child’s needs by establishing and managing the daily schedule communicated by the teacher.
    • Help your child own their learning. Provide support and encouragement and expect your children to do their part.

    Teacher Expectations for Learning

    • Meet weekly with collaborative team to plan instruction for all students. 
    • Utilize the district curriculum documents and follow the scope and sequence provided by the academic services department.
    • Upload “Week at a Glance” for parents and students in Google Classroom or other approved systems.
    • Upload weekly instructional materials into Google Classroom or other approved systems.
    • Be prepared to teach daily lessons. GISD virtual learning teachers will teach from their empty classrooms or from an empty room assigned in another campus/district facility.
    • Take all materials and devices home each day in order to be prepared for possible school closure. 
    • Teach students how to access learning materials through Google Classroom or other approved systems. 
    • Provide face-to-face or live synchronous instruction and facilitate learning throughout the day.
    • Manage online and offline resources to provide consistency and routines for students. 
    • Provide clear learning goals for students.
    • Follow the expectations established across the district for Google Classroom or other approved systems.
    • Check student assignments in a timely manner and give feedback in verbal or written form at a weekly minimum to provide next steps or necessary academic intervention/extension. 
    • Post grades in a timely manner according to district grading guidelines.

    Learning Tools for Both Environments

    Technology Device Agreements are linked in English and Spanish.  The Technology Responsible Use Policy outlines expectations and  helps to guide students in safe practices while using technology resources.  Students and families are expected to follow guidelines for care and use in order to ensure these public resources are effectively maintained..

    • Georgetown ISD recognizes the need to ensure all students have reliable access to adequate technology resources on and off campus in order to fully participate in academic programming. Georgetown  ISD is preparing for virtual learning and possible school closures due to COVID-19 as follows:
    • Learning devices (iPads for grades PK-K and Chromebooks for grades 1-12) are available for checkout to every student. Students who check out a device are agreeing to the Technology Checkout Agreement (linked above). It is encouraged that students use GISD devices rather than personal devices. There will be extremely limited BYOD (bring your own device) WiFi access in schools.
    • WiFi hotspots will be provided  as needed.  Instructions for reserving and checking out a hotspot will be communicated before the first day of school.
    • No deposit is required for borrowing any device.  Fees may be assessed for any intentional damage or preventable loss and will be handled on a case-by-case basis. Please see Technology Checkout Agreement for details
    • GISD will provide a protective case / sleeve for every device.  Students are expected to keep their device and charging cables in this case/sleeve whenever the device is not in use or charging.
    • GISD provided devices are managed, monitored and content filtered even when they are not in our buildings.  No content filter is perfect and parents are expected to supervise student online activity to the best of their ability and report any inappropriate content that might not be caught by the content filter.
    •  All student online activity and communication is monitored and safety or behavior concerns will be handled swiftly by school or district administration.
    • Support for GISD devices can be provided via a remote connection from our Technology Services Specialists.  In the event that a device cannot be supported remotely, parents/students may need to bring the device to the GISD Technology Center at 603 Lakeway Drive.  Please call ahead to make an appointment 512-943-5005
    • Students experiencing technical difficulties should report them immediately to their teacher who will enter a service request to start the resolution process
    • Students whose learning needs cannot be met with Chromebooks or iPads will be handled on a case by case basis.
    • All devices are expected to be returned to GISD on or before the last day of the 20-21 School Year, per instructions that will be shared. 
    • A student who withdraws from GISD for any reason is expected to return all devices checked out to them to their home campus within one week.
    • Additional relevant notifications, instructions, procedures, policies and processes are available on the Georgetown ISD website

    Instructional Platform

    • Information on how to sign up for Google Classroom Summaries for parents/guardians are linked here. 
    • Students will access all digital instructional systems, including Google Classroom, via ClassLink 
    • All teachers, grades PK-12, will utilize Google Classroom as their primary learning management system and communication tool for the 2020-2021 school year. 
    • Google Classroom will use a similar structure by grade level in order to provide consistency for all students and classes. 
    • Any other system used as a learning management system besides Google Classroom must be pre-approved by GISD administration.
    • Assignment submissions: For both environments, student assignments will be submitted (as much as possible) through online platforms to eliminate unnecessary contact and shared materials. 
    • Students enrolled in courses requiring advanced software applications, (such as AutoCad, Adobe, etc…) will be provided with access to “virtual apps and labs”.  This allows students to work from Chromebooks or home computers while maintaining access to applications that would otherwise require students to come to a campus.

    Online Resources

    • All teachers in PK-12 will be enhancing instruction through the use of online resources to engage students in high quality learning experiences. 
    • Students will have access to online resources, textbooks and materials through Georgetown ISD Classlink GISD, the district’s single sign-on platform. The Georgetown ISD Classlink “Launch Pad” is the home screen on Chromebook devices and an app on iPads.  It presents students with icons for digital learning resources that are approved and set up for “single-sign-on”.  This means that a student will only need to log in once and then their username and password is stored so that they need only click the icon to quickly access the resource going forward. No resources, platforms or apps requiring student fees or an associated cost to the family will be required at any time. 


    • Communicating with teachers: 
      • All teachers will establish and communicate office hours or conference times when they are available to meet with parents and answer student questions. 
      • Teachers and staff are not encouraged or expected to provide their personal contact information.  GISD is setting up “soft phones” on district owned laptops to allow for phone calls from GISD phone extensions.
      • Contact information will be provided at the beginning of each semester and posted in all Google Classrooms. 
    • Use of student email: 
      • All GISD students are provided with a district managed and supervised email and Google Drive, which includes core Google Apps such as Docs and Sheets.
      • These accounts should be utilized for all communication directly between teachers and students. 
    • Student email is restricted to send and receive only from other GISD email addresses.  Parents cannot send email to students at this address.  Parents are encouraged to log on as their student and support them in checking email and messages if needed.

    Protocols for Safe and Healthy Schools

    Following the return to onsite work, safety protocols for Georgetown ISD campuses and administration buildings should be followed. Since this is an ever-changing situation, the district may need to change protocols at any time to address specific needs and circumstances in order to protect the health and safety of students, employees and the community. Georgetown ISD will continue to seek guidance from governmental agencies including the Williamson County and Cities Health District (WCCHD).  The district will comply with applicable federal and state employment and disability laws, workplace safety standards, and accessibility standards to address individual needs.

    It is important to remember the virus that causes COVID-19 can be spread by infected persons who have few or no symptoms. Even if an infected person shows no symptoms or is only mildly ill, the people they spread it to may become seriously or fatally ill.  The Center for Disease Control (CDC) provides guidance for those who need to take extra precautions here. Because of the hidden nature of this threat, Georgetown ISD expects all employees, students and families to rigorously follow these practices.

    Preparation for Opening of School

    Georgetown ISD will ensure all staff, resources and supplies are prepared for opening school, including but not limited to assigning sufficient staff to carry out re-opening, ensuring proper training and stocking inventory of necessary supplies, such as personal protective equipment (PPE).

    The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)  and Texas Education Agency (TEA) provide guidance, recommendations and resources to assist with plans and protocols for health and safety. Before schools re-open, Georgetown ISD will implement health and safety plans that include:

    • Ensuring adequate supply inventory (e.g., PPE, cleaning supplies, hand sanitizer, plexiglass barriers at reception, etc.)
    • Cleaning with products approved by governing authorities and per guidelines from the Environmental Protection Agency
    • Ensuring compliance with CDC, Health and Human Services, TEA and other jurisdictional policies
    • Providing communication of procedures and expectations upon entering facilities and throughout buildings.

    Protocols for Screening and Isolation


    All staff will self-screen for COVID-19 symptoms daily, and individuals with symptoms will be isolated and sent home. 

    Screening Protocols

    • Staff will be required to complete a self-screening process prior to entering a Georgetown ISD building, and the district may require further screening of employees at any time based on current state and federal guidelines.  Prior to entry, staff will be reminded of the expectation to complete screening questions at entry points throughout the campus.
    • A parent or guardian will be required to screen their child for COVID-19 symptoms each day prior to sending them to school, including taking their child’s temperature.   Additional screening may be conducted during the school day. 
    • Parents must ensure they do not send a child to school on campus if the child has COVID-19 symptoms (as listed in this link) or is lab-confirmed with COVID-19, and instead should opt to receive remote instruction until the below conditions for re-entry are met.
    • Staff and students should not enter campuses or district buildings if any of the following apply. The individual:
      • Has been sick with symptoms of COVID-19 within the past 10 days.  Symptoms include:  feeling feverish or a measured temperature (100.4°F or higher), fatigue, new loss of taste or smell, cough, congestion, runny nose, difficulty breathing, shortness of breath, headache, chills, sore throat, shaking or exaggerated shivering, significant muscle pain or ache, nausea/vomiting, diarrhea.   
      • Has a confirmed case of COVID-19, regardless of whether or not symptoms are present, within the past 10 days.
      • Has been in close contact with a person with symptoms of or a confirmed case of COVID-19. 
    • Students and staff should refer to their respective COVID-19 Process Map for more details on return to school procedures.
      • Close contact is defined as 
        a) being directly exposed to infectious secretions OR 
        b) being within 6 feet for a total of approximately 15 minutes throughout the course of a day. 
      • Either (a) or (b) applies if it occurs during the infectious period of the case, defined as 2 days prior to symptom onset to 10 days after symptom onset. In the case of asymptomatic individuals who are lab-confirmed with COVID-19, the infectious period is 2 days prior to the confirming test and continuing for 10 days following the positive results. Presumed positive is defined as showing symptoms of COVID-19 with a confirmed exposure to someone who is COVID-19 positive.
    • Teachers will monitor students and refer them to the nurse if symptoms are present.

    Isolation Protocols

    • If students display symptoms while at home, or tests positive in a lab-confirmed test, we ask that parents call the campus nurse to self report.  
    • If students display symptoms of COVID-19 or are feeling feverish, the school nurse will provide a clinical assessment to determine if and when a student needs to be sent home. 
    • Students who are ill will be separated from their peers and should be picked up within 30 minutes from the time the campus has contacted the parent/guardian.
    • If an individual who has been in a school is lab-confirmed to have COVID-19, the school must notify its local health department, in accordance with applicable federal, state and local laws and regulations, including confidentiality requirements of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA).
    • Schools must close off areas that are heavily used by the individual with the lab-confirmed case (student, teacher, or staff) until the non-porous surfaces in those areas can be disinfected, unless more than three days have passed since that person was on campus.
    • The campus (staff and parents) will be notified of any new lab-confirmed COVID-cases at the end of each day.  In addition, parents of students who were in class(es) with a person who has been lab-confirmed to have COVID-19 will be notified. 
    • Staff members displaying COVID-19 symptoms will follow district protocols including isolation from students and other staff members.
    • Students and staff who have tested positive for COVID-19 will be permitted to return to school when they have documented the following requirements:
      • They are 1 day (24 hours) fever-free without using fever-reducing medication;
      • Improved symptoms (cough, difficulty breathing, etc.);
      • 10 days have passed since symptoms began.

    Protocols for Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)

    Students and staff are expected to wear face coverings/masks during school hours. This requirement is subject to change.

    • Acceptable face coverings include non-medical grade disposable face masks and cloth face masks, a neck gaiter, a scarf, a bandanna, or a religious face covering. In addition to wearing a face mask, full-face shields can be used to protect eyes, nose, and mouth.
    • A face covering must cover the nose and mouth completely. The covering should not be overly tight or restrictive and should feel comfortable to wear.
    • Any mask that incorporates a valve that is designed to facilitate easy exhaling, masks made of porous material, mesh masks, or masks with openings, holes, visible gaps in the design or material, or vents are not permissible face coverings because they allow droplets to be released from the mask.
    • Full-face shields may be used in place of a mask to protect eyes, nose, and mouth whenever a mask is not feasible or whenever the educational context may benefit from the ability to see an individual’s full face.
    • The current CDC guidance recommends the use of a face mask rather than a face shield.  With this guidance in mind, families will be responsible for providing their student with a face mask as an on-campus school supply.  The district will provide a reusable face mask for each student and staff member upon our return to school on campus.  
    • Families will be responsible for daily sanitation and replacement of the face mask.
    • GISD staff will be provided with face masks.  Upon request, GISD will provide staff with face shields.
    • Staff and students in PK through twelfth grades will wear face masks, as appropriate,  while at school - including during the arrival and dismissal from campus. When a student is outside, masks are not required if two criteria are met: (1) the student is engaged in physical activity and (2) students are able to maintain a 6 foot physical distance from others.
    • It may be impractical for students to wear masks or face shields while participating in some non-UIL athletic or other extracurricular activities and coaches or program directors will advise students of exceptions.
    • Students will not be required to wear face masks while eating but will be distanced six feet apart unless physical barriers are available and present.  Campuses may use space outside the cafeteria to accomplish distancing needs.
    • Individual needs regarding face masks will be addressed on a case-by-case basis. Requests for accommodations should be submitted to campus administration. 
    • Additional protective equipment will be provided to school nurses for use in the clinic. 

    Protocols for Campus Visitors

    Campus staff should consider utilizing virtual meeting options to limit campus visitors. All visitors who enter the building will be required to wear a face mask and those who proceed beyond the reception area will follow specific guidelines for visitors.  Non-essential visitors will not be allowed to enter campus.  

    Visitor Screening/PPE Requirements

    • All individuals entering the building will be required to wear a face mask.
    • All individuals who have COVID-19 symptoms, or are lab confirmed with COVID-19, must remain off campus until they meet the criteria for re-entry.
    • Essential visitors will stand behind the shield guard installed at reception desks. They will be subject to COVID-19 symptom screening using the Raptor visitor management system before entering any Georgetown ISD facility. 
    • When students return to campus, and we are prepared to allow essential visitors, they will be admitted by appointment only. All essential visitors must be directly related to the social-emotional or academic growth of students. As health and safety forecasts improve, we will open up campuses to a wider variety of volunteers and visitors.
    • Parents will be allowed on campus by appointment only. 
    • Outside deliveries of food, school supplies, etc. will not be permitted.  Only essential deliveries (i.e. necessary student medication) will be allowed. 
    • Volunteers and other visitors are not allowed to visit campuses at this time (including mentors, college representatives, guest speakers, etc.).
    • Virtual tools will be used to conduct meetings such as PTA meetings, ARDs, LPAC, etc.
    • Any individuals permitted to proceed beyond the reception area must follow all safety and campus protocols. 

    Protocols for Disinfecting and Hand Washing

    Frequent disinfection and hand sanitization will ensure health and wellness of students and staff. 

    Hand Washing/Sanitizing Expectations

    • Hand sanitizer will be available at the main entry to the campus, in classrooms, in the cafeteria and in common areas throughout the campus.
    • Staff and students will be expected to regularly wash or sanitize their hands.
    • Frequent hand washing and/or use of Georgetown ISD-provided hand sanitizer:
      • GISD will provide hand sanitizer upon entry to classrooms and students can expect  periodic teacher reminders during the instructional day.
      • Habitual and thorough hand washing after recess, before eating and following restroom breaks is expected.

    Disinfecting Expectations

    • Staff will have access to disinfectant solutions to sanitize high-touch working surfaces and frequently shared objects. 
    • Staff will limit the use of shared supplies when possible. 
    • Student responsibilities will be established to clean personal areas and materials/supplies. 

    Protocols for Campus Cleaning and Disinfecting

    Frequent cleaning and disinfection will support a healthy learning and work environment for students and staff. 

    Daily Campus Cleaning

    • Each classroom and restroom will be cleaned and disinfected.
    • Each classroom will be equipped with a hand sanitizer dispenser.
    • All high-touch areas will be disinfected throughout the day. 
    • Custodians will be expected to wear PPE (masks and gloves) during work hours.
    • Cafeterias will be disinfected between breakfast and lunch feeding service periods and after YMCA usage.
    • Teachers will have a bottle of disinfectant spray for each classroom to sanitize working surfaces, shared objects, and high-touch areas after use and during breaks in instruction.


    • Staff should supervise and limit the number of students that enter the bathroom at one time to comply with health agency recommendations and social distancing.  
    • The scheduling of whole class restroom breaks is recommended when possible to eliminate co-mingling of students across various classes and to ensure teacher monitoring of social distancing guidelines.
    • Increased disinfecting will occur throughout the school day. Staff and students must wash hands with soap and water prior to exiting the bathroom. Proper handwashing techniques will be taught to all students and consistently reinforced. 

    Protocols for Common Areas and Meetings

    • Common areas include spaces that are used for meetings and collaboration. This includes computer labs, flexible spaces, conference rooms and other meeting rooms.
    • All students and staff will be required to use hand sanitizer when entering and exiting common areas. 
    • Classes/grade levels will sign up to reserve common areas.
    • Campuses will develop schedules and follow protocols for the use of common areas, including how to sanitize the space between use. When needed, students will bring personal supplies from the classroom. 
    • There will be procedures for students and/or staff to sanitize their spaces before and after usage.
    • Visual reminders will be displayed for social distancing throughout common areas. Informational graphics and markers will be posted to help with 6 ft. social distancing.
    • The use of virtual meetings/videoconferencing is preferred when possible, including PTA meetings, ARDs, LPAC, 504 meetings, booster club meetings and events. 
    • When necessary, administration must create a plan for PTA/booster visitation and areas of use for meetings to adhere to COVID-19 district, campus, UIL and CDC safety protocols.
    • If meetings must be held in person, all social distancing protocols will be implemented:
      • Facial coverings
      • Six-feet social distancing when possible
      • Limiting the sharing of materials/supplies

    Protocols for Positive COVID-19 Cases on Campus

    • If a classroom or facility is closed due to COVID-19 spread, quaternary disinfectant, which is recommended for use on the virus that causes COVID-19, will be used to disinfect.
    • Custodial staff will disinfect classrooms, restrooms, athletics, fine arts areas and all additional areas throughout the school facility daily

    Expectations for Safe and Healthy Schools

    Training Expectations

    Staff must be trained on campus, district, and state health and safety protocols and expectations before the first day of school.  

    On the first day a student attends school on campus, school systems must provide instruction to students on appropriate hygiene practices and other mitigation practices adopted in the local school system. To include the practice of covering coughs and sneezes with a tissue, and if not available, to cover cough or sneeze with their elbows. Used tissues should be thrown in the trash, hands should be washed immediately with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, or hand sanitizer should be used. 

    Training elements are to include: 

    • Classroom and campus health and safety protocols
    • COVID-19 screening, identification of symptoms, prevention of spread, and sanitation of work areas
    • If a student is experiencing symptoms, they must immediately notify staff.

    School Arrival and Dismissal Expectations

    Arrival: When possible, separate entrances will be utilized for car riders, bus riders, walkers and daycares. All staff will be utilized for duty to maintain a line of sight in hallways and distancing of hallway cohorts. Students will go straight to the designated areas set by each campus. Parents will not be allowed to walk students to classrooms. 

    Dismissal: Campuses will designate staggered dismissal groups. Staggering the groups of walkers, car riders, bus riders or grade level will help manage student movement in the building and decrease the risk of potential crowding outside at dismissal time. Separate exits will be utilized for car riders, bus riders, walkers and daycares when possible. Parents picking up students during the day will call ahead so that students can be sent or accompanied to parent vehicles upon arrival.


    • It is recommended that walkers keep social distance and use a face mask while walking to and from school. 
    • As much as possible, students will be asked to avoid large groups or gatherings with other students on the campus before or after school.
    • Students will be asked to immediately leave campus and begin walking home at the end of the school day. 
    • Parents are encouraged to talk with their child about the health benefits of social distancing.
    • Parents should follow campus guidance on how to pick up their child.
    • Parents are asked to not congregate in large groups with other parents as they wait for their child to be dismissed from campus.
    • Assigned staff will:
      • supervise student arrival and dismissal, 
      • ensure that students are wearing masks, 
      • direct students to waiting areas and 
      • encourage that students maintain desired social distance between students.
    • Teachers will assist in monitoring students to discourage large groups from congregating.

    Car Pool

    • As students exit their car, they will be expected to keep social distance when walking toward the building entry. Students will not congregate with other students on the campus when walking into school.
    • Students, staff or volunteers will not be allowed to open doors or assist with carpool arrival.
    • Students will remain at a social distance while waiting to be picked up in the carpool area. Students will not congregate in large groups with other students on the campus when dismissed from school at the end of the day.
    • Parents should follow pick up protocols regarding how to pick up their child.
    • Parents are asked to not congregate in large groups with other parents as they wait for their child to be dismissed from campus.
    • Assigned staff supervises student arrival, ensures that students are wearing masks, directs students to waiting areas and encourages that students maintain desired social distance between students.
    • Assigned staff supervises student dismissal, directs students to waiting areas and encourages that students maintain desired social distance between students.

    Bike Racks (if available)

    • Students will use every other space in the bike rack to keep distance when arriving at school.
    • Students will immediately leave campus and begin riding their bike home at the end of the school day.
    • Students are not to congregate in large groups with other students on the campus when dismissed from school at the end of the day.
    • It is recommended that students keep social distance while riding their bike home.
    • Parents are encouraged to talk with their child about the health benefits of social distancing.
    • Parents are asked to not congregate in large groups with other parents as they wait for their child to be dismissed from school.

    General Building Arrival


    • Students must wash hands or use hand sanitizer upon arrival.
    • Campuses must plan for entry, exit, and transition procedures that reduce large group gatherings (of students and/or adults) in close proximity.
    • Students will be assigned to report to a specific area and will be expected to adhere to schedules for morning arrival. 
    • It is required that students and staff wear masks when entering the building and waiting in the designated waiting area.
    • Students can utilize the bathroom, but students must observe social distancing while in the bathroom. 
    • Students must wash hands after using the restroom. If the bathroom door is not propped, students are encouraged to use paper towels when opening a door.


    • Parents are encouraged to talk with their child about the health benefits of social distancing and mask-wearing at school, as well as the health benefits of washing their hands, and/or using hand sanitizer.
    • Parents must make appointments in order to meet on campus.  This will allow administrators and staff to have time to find a safe place to meet.  
    • Parents will not be allowed to walk students into the building or into classrooms. 


    • Students and staff will be provided with a reusable face mask. Families will be responsible for daily cleaning and encouraged to supply a student face mask should the one provided by the school become unusable or lost.
    • Campus staff is required to complete the self-screening questions located at every entry point and scan the QR code upon entry.
    • Staff members will be assigned to supervise students who report to multiple areas for morning arrival (gym, cafeteria, library, large spaces). 
    • Staff are required to have masks on when entering the building and ensure that students are wearing masks in the hallways and in classrooms.
    • Staff will dismiss student cohorts using staggered student release into halls from these areas.

    Bus Transportation

    As schools reopen, students using school bus transportation services will follow revised protocols.  Starting at the time when students arrive at their designated bus stop and board the school bus, the new safety and sanitizing protocols will need to be followed. 

    The Georgetown ISD Transportation Department offers the following guidance to parents and caregivers regarding school bus transportation for daily bus routes as well as field trips. Bus routes will run on their normal schedule, though we do expect a reduced capacity. Although the district is implementing the safety protocols and disinfecting efforts described below, families are encouraged to drop students off, carpool or walk with their student to school to reduce possible exposure on buses.  We are requiring all of our drivers and students to wear masks while on the school bus. 

    Bus Stop Expectations

    • Students should practice social distancing, whenever possible (if there is adequate space and it is safe to do so) while waiting for and approaching the school bus.
    • Students should NOT share food, drinks or personal devices.

    Morning Boarding Bus Procedures

    • Students should practice social distancing as they approach and board the bus.
    • Students must use hand sanitizer (provided near the bus stairwell).
    • Seating:  Students will be seated starting from the back seats, then toward the front. The bus driver will direct boarding & assign seating while keeping students separated, as appropriate.
    • Bus in motion rules:  Standard Georgetown ISD bus rules apply.
    • Students should NOT share food, drinks or personal devices.
    • Social distancing may not be possible on the bus. Masks must be worn at all times.  

    Unloading at Campus

    • Unloading will start from the front to the back.
    • Students should practice social distancing and follow campus guidelines.
    • Students will load and unload the bus at staggered times seat-by-seat at the direction of the bus driver. 
    • As students depart from the bus, they should immediately walk into the building and designated area for morning arrival. 
    • Students will not congregate with other students after exiting the bus. 
    • Students should maintain appropriate social distance guidelines as they enter the building and report to designated waiting areas or classrooms

    Afternoon Campus Boarding Bus Procedures

    • Students should practice social distancing as they approach and board the bus.
    • Students must use hand sanitizer.
    • Seating:  Students will be seated starting from the back seats then toward the front. Students will board as directed with the bus driver assigning seats. 
      • Considerations for siblings & younger students mixed with older students
    • Bus in motion rules:  Standard Georgetown ISD bus rules apply.
    • Students should NOT share food, drinks or personal devices.

    Unloading at Bus Stop

    • Unloading will start from the front to the back.
    • Students should practice Social Distancing and avoid gathering in groups of 10 or more.
    • Students should NOT share food, drinks or personal devices.

    Disinfection Protocol

    • School bus drivers, bus assistants and staff will be spraying and wiping down seats and high-touch items with disinfecting spray.
    • Bus seating areas will be disinfected after each bus route, particularly high-touch surfaces such as bus seats, steering wheels, knobs and stairway handrail.
    • When possible, bus windows will be open to allow outside air to circulate in the bus.

    Daily Deep Disinfecting Process

    • Deep cleaning will occur daily.

    Cafeteria Use During Breakfast and Lunch

    Based on building capacity and student enrollment, campus administration will determine areas that may be utilized for breakfast and lunch. These areas could include classrooms, the library or other large areas within the school building. 

    Teachers will monitor the cafeteria and hallways to promote social distancing practices.  Depending on the number of students in the school, students may have meals in both the cafeteria and in classrooms. Cafeteria capacity will be based on current guidelines. Physical distance will be provided around each occupiable seat. Posted signage and staff will reinforce social distancing and traffic patterns in the cafeteria. Microwaves will not be provided in the cafeteria due to the opportunity for cross contamination with a high-touch device. Hand sanitizing stations will be available at entrances and exits of the cafeteria.

    Standard Cafeteria Practices: 

    • Students will be expected to follow campus guidelines for cafeteria procedures. 
    • All students are expected to wash hands or use hand sanitizer prior to entering the cafeteria.
    • Students are encouraged to read and adhere to the expectations and posted directional prompts/signs to ensure for proper social distancing.
    • At this time, due to COVID-19, mealtime visitors will not be permitted in the school cafeterias.
    • Meal may not be delivered to students unless medical diet restrictions cannot be met by the school provided lunch.  If a student forgets their lunch, they will be provided a brown bag lunch from the cafeteria.  
    • Parents are asked to read and be familiar with all school communication regarding health and safety protocols.
    • Assigned staff supervises students in cafeteria lines, direct students to open seats, and ensures that students maintain desired social distance.
    • Teachers will monitor students while in the cafeteria to ensure social distancing.

    Standard Classroom Procedures

    Classroom protocols and procedures will include expectations regarding not sharing school supplies, social distancing, plans for safe collaboration practices and hand washing or sanitizing, etc. Teachers will ensure high-touch areas in the classroom are wiped in between classes. Each classroom will be outfitted with the following:

    • Visual reminders of distancing requirements will be in all classrooms marking off areas for common spaces and distancing best practices.
    • Refillable alcohol-based hand sanitizer stations.
    • Access to disinfectant to sanitize working surfaces.
    • Whenever possible, students and staff will maintain consistent groupings of people to minimize the spread of the virus. 
    • Technology should be utilized when students are involved in collaborative work. 
    • Group or pair work can be implemented while maintaining physical distancing. 
    • In classroom spaces that allow it, consider placing student desks a minimum of six feet apart when possible. 
    • In classrooms where students are regularly within six feet of one another, schools should plan for more frequent hand washing and/or hand sanitizing.
    • The use of outdoor space for learning will be considered when possible. Classroom groups working outside will maintain at least 12-ft of social distancing from other classroom groups.

    Classroom Training

    • Students should wash their hands or use hand sanitizer upon entering each classroom.
    • Students will participate in training specific to newly adopted health and safety protocols.
    • Parents are asked to read all school communication regarding health and safety protocols.
    • Parents should talk to their students about COVID-19 symptoms and prevention strategies.
    • Parents are asked to check their child for temperature and COVID-19 symptoms prior to sending them to school each day. If a child is displaying symptoms, please do not send the child to school. Notify the school nurse or office.
    • Teachers/staff should be stationed outside their door to provide adequate supervision of their classroom and hallway. 
    • Teachers will receive training to deliver classroom lessons on health protocols.

    Classroom Setup

    • Students will be expected to adhere to class and school-wide protocols that are consistent with CDC guidelines. 
    • Students will avoid sharing school supplies and will sanitize shared items after each use.
    • Students that want to use hand sanitizer should use it at the beginning of class. If a sink is available in the classroom students should wash their hands at the beginning of class.
    • Teachers will post signs with clear class protocols that are consistent with CDC guidelines. Teachers will limit student movement within the classroom such as turning in assignments, materials being passed out, etc.
    • Teachers will create assigned seating arrangements to ensure social distancing when possible. Consistent with TEA guidance, all student desks should face the same direction.
    • Teachers will create systems to limit the sharing of items such as school supplies so that more than one student is not using an item. 

    Classroom Arrival

    • After washing hands or using hand sanitizer, students are asked to immediately sit down in their assigned seat.
    • Students should avoid touching high-touch areas if possible, except to clean them between use
    • Teachers should prop doors open to allow for additional ventilation during class and in between classes so students don't touch doors or handles.

    Water Fountains

    In an effort to mitigate the use of water fountains, students are expected to bring their own reusable water bottle for use throughout the day and expected to take water bottles home to be cleaned on a daily basis.


    Administrators provide training for staff on guidelines and procedures associated with outdoor play and student activities. Administrators will develop a schedule for students to access the playground equipment. Teachers will monitor students to ensure safety guidelines are followed. Campuses will consider limiting the number of students per recess group. Staggered schedules and consistent cohorts will be utilized. 

    Guidelines for Outdoor Play

    • Students must maintain social distancing while lining up to return to class and sanitize or wash hands before re-entering. 
    • All students and staff will be required to wash their hands or use alcohol-based hand sanitizer before entering the playground and upon exiting the playground.
    • While in the classroom, brain breaks and “mask breaks” will be implemented as needed, at the discretion of the campus/teacher. 

    Elementary Specialized Classrooms and Areas


    • Appropriate social distancing measures will be followed.
    • Music equipment will be sanitized and wiped down after each use.


    • Whenever possible, physical education classes will be held outside to allow for maximum physical distance between students.
    • Any activities bringing students into close physical contact, or requiring multiple students to touch or handle the same equipment will be avoided.
    • PE equipment will be disinfected and wiped down after each use. Equipment must be disinfected after each use. 
    • Students should avoid touching their face at all times, but especially while playing games.
    • Sanitizing areas and access to handwashing will be provided.
    • If enrolled in a PE class, students should bring tennis shoes to participate in class activities.


    • Students will use their own assigned art supplies and avoid sharing equipment, utensils and supplies as much as possible. 
    • Students should complete cleaning protocols and sanitize their areas in between use.
    • Art equipment will be sanitized and wiped down after each use.


    • Visual reminders will be added and furniture rearranged to help students maintain social distancing while in the library.
    • Students and staff will wash/sanitize hands upon entering and after visiting the library.
    • High-touch surfaces (e.g., table tops, chairs, door handles, etc.) will be disinfected regularly.
    • Occupancy will be limited.

    Resources for Mental Health

    School counselors will provide support to all students through their comprehensive guidance program.  This includes working with students through large group instruction and/or working with classroom teachers to meet the personal/social needs of students.  Whether in a remote or in-person setting, these lessons will be available to students and their families.

    Individualized meetings with school counselors will be available regardless of whether students engage in remote or in-person learning.  Students who participate in remote learning can still connect with their school counselor virtually by appointment and with parent consent.  Should a remote learning student want to visit with his/her school counselor in person and the parent/guardian is able to meet the transportation needs, this option is available by appointment as well.

    Those students who need more specific mental health supports can receive a referral to school-based therapy through their school counselor.  Similar to meeting with a school counselor, sessions with a school-based therapist can occur virtually or in-person.  In addition to school-based therapy, school counselors can connect families to Care Solace.  

    Through a GISD partnership with Care Solace, students, staff, and families of students in need of community-based mental health support can utilize this referral service.  Care Solace will work with individuals or families to understand their needs.  They will then work to find well-vetted mental health supports that meet the level of support, financial, and logistical needs of the family. 

    Secondary Specialized Classrooms and Extracurriculars

    All extracurricular practices and contests will be conducted following safety protocol provided by GISD, UIL and TEA. This will include COVID-19 screening, group sizes, sharing and sanitizing of equipment, locker room usage, etc. 

    Students opting for a remote learning environment will be permitted to participate in on-campus extracurricular activities unless decisions from TEA (Texas Education Agency) or the UIL (University Interscholastic League) are communicated that restrict participation. It will be the responsibility of the parent to transport their student to/from practice sessions, rehearsals, and on-campus contests. Parents and students choosing a remote learning environment option will need to communicate with the appropriate campus staff (music director, athletic coach, cheer coach, drill team instructor, etc.) of their intent to participate. Extracurricular activities will only be offered on campus in a face-to-face environment. 

    All students will communicate with Athletic Trainers, Coaches, Directors or Instructors to notify them of any exposure or positive tests.


    • Whenever possible, physical education classes will be held outside to allow for maximum physical distance between students.
    • Any activities bringing students into close physical contact will be avoided.
    • Procedures will be implemented in the locker rooms to limit social distancing.
    • Equipment will be disinfected after each use.
    • Activities requiring multiple students to touch or handle the same equipment will be avoided.
    • Sanitizing areas and access to handwashing will be provided.


    • Similar to summer strength and conditioning activities, practices and contests will follow protocols established by UIL, TEA and GISD. In-season and off-season activities will follow the most current guidelines available.
    • Coaches will provide an orientation of protocols and expectations for students at the beginning of their respective season(s).
    • Specific entrances and exits of athletic facilities will be utilized by students for appropriate separation and distancing. Signage will serve as a visual cue and reminder for students.
    • Student-athletes will be assigned to groups for the purposes of maintaining proper distancing and capacity in locker rooms to dress before and after practice sessions.
    • Equipment used during practices will be sanitized frequently during practice sessions.
    • Athletes will not be allowed to socially congregate before, during, or after practices/workouts.
    • Attendance at scrimmages and games for spectators is yet to be determined and will be communicated as this information becomes available from the UIL and/or TEA. This may also impact ticket sales and seating configurations.
    • Parents and students will be expected to provide timely notification of any health concerns to their coach and athletic trainer,if applicable. Communication, quarantine, and proper disinfecting will occur in the event of a confirmed diagnosis.

    Cheer/Drill Team

    • Practices and performances will be conducted following safety protocol provided by GISD, UIL and TEA. This will include COVID-19 screening, group sizes, sharing and sanitizing of equipment, locker room usage, etc.
    • Students are expected to maintain social distancing in all activities and should avoid congregating in groups. 
    • Students will enter the locker room to change on a staggered schedule. 
    • Students will be asked to wash or sanitize their hands before and after class.
    • Equipment, such as ballet barres, will be disinfected/wiped down after each class period by the dance teacher.
    • During center work and across the floor drills, dance students should maintain at least 6 feet apart, but 8-10 feet is preferable between each other. 
    • Dance, cheer and drill team students will be encouraged to bring their own water bottle and a personal towel to wipe perspiration.
    • Students will be encouraged to wear appropriate dance attire and will rotate through the dressing rooms in small groups to change before/after class. 
    • Students will be asked to bring their own mask. 

    Fine Arts

    • Large group practice sessions, sectionals and rehearsals will adhere to social distancing guidelines provided by an authorized entity (e.g., GISD, TEA, UIL, etc.).
    • Fine arts music private lesson teachers will not be allowed to teach on campus facilities until further guidance is provided by an authorized entity. Private lessons may continue to be conducted virtually if agreed upon between individual families and the lesson teacher. All district guidelines and pricing will continue to be adhered to.
    • Off-campus fine arts performances will only be conducted if specific guidance is provided by an authorized entity (e.g., GISD, TEA, UIL, etc.)
    • Concerts/performances may be adjusted based on health and safety guidelines provided by an authorized entity (e.g., GISD, TEA, UIL, etc.) including but not limited to transportation procedures, number of attendees, and the orientation of concerts.
    • All fine arts performances will be streamed online when possible.
    • Booster club meetings should be held virtually to minimize outside exposure to campuses.
    • Students will access private practice rooms and communicate virtually with private lesson instructors.

    School Events and Activities

    • Campuses are prohibited from planning large attendance events such as all-school assemblies, parties, socials, pep rallies, etc. that bring large groups of students together at one time until further notice. 
    • Administration will follow all GISD, UIL and CDC guidelines in regard to games, practices, etc.
    • Any school wide events that are approved to be held on campus must adhere to requirements outlined by Georgetown ISD, TEA and UIL. (Examples: grade-level pep rallies, assemblies, performances, etc.) Some athletic events may be live streamed and/or occur virtually when possible.
    • To limit larger gatherings, campus club meetings should be held virtually when possible. If meeting in person is required, groups should utilize larger meeting spaces or multiple meeting opportunities will be provided.
    • PTA and Boosters must collaborate with and seek approval from campus/district administration prior to any event that is planned. 
    • Back-to-school and transitional events will be planned in a manner that minimizes large congregation of people in one spot. 

    Student Activities

    On-Campus Activities

    • PTA events and fundraising information is pending.
    • After-school club information is pending.
    • No in-person assemblies will be held in the fall.
    • Meet the teacher, open house, parent conferences, etc. may be held virtually or in person at the discretion of the principal.
    • Parents will be allowed to attend class parties and performances virtually. Should spacing conditions and requirements change, we will modify this to consider in-person attendance. 

    Field Trips

    • Off-campus field trips will be scheduled as appropriate to meet curricular needs while maintaining proper social distancing practices. 
    • Virtual field trips will be considered as often as possible.

    School-Wide Activities/Events

    • Any school-wide events that are approved to be held on campus need to adhere to social distancing requirements outlined by GISD, TEA and UIL. (Examples: grade-level pep rallies, assemblies, performances, etc.)
    • School-wide events will be live streamed and/or occur virtually when possible.
    • To limit larger gatherings, campus club meetings should be held virtually when possible. If meeting in person is required, groups should utilize larger meeting spaces or multiple meeting opportunities will be provided.

    Emergencies and Drills

    Georgetown ISD will continue to follow the Standard Response Protocol (SRP) and its emergency actions of Lockout, Lockdown, Evacuate and Shelter.  Drill procedures may need to be modified by campus principals to ensure that recommended health precautions are followed while still preparing students and staff for effective responses in the case of an actual emergency.

    Emergency Evacuation Protocols

    • Administration will implement a protocol to assign each physical classroom to smaller groups, designated by a campus-printed sign at each classroom. 
    • An administrator will provide instructions via intercom prior to drill, notifying staff and students that a drill is commencing and that one designated group will delay exiting their classroom for a specific period of time (60 to 90 seconds, as determined by the principal) in order to allow social distancing by reducing pedestrian load in hallways and exit points. At the conclusion of the drill, the different groups will stagger their re-entry to the building to maintain social distancing. 

    Note: this process can be implemented for other drills or campus activities where reducing hallway load is needed. After each drill, staff and students will be reminded that in an actual emergency, they must exit/evacuate without delay and without a staggered exit/evacuation. 

    • Actual Emergencies: Administration will emphasize that social distancing will not be required during an actual emergency such as a fire, lockdown, shelter for dangerous weather, evacuation, etc. 

Back to School Plan .pdf

If you are having trouble viewing the document, you may download the document.