March 31 Update: Galveston ISD is joining other districts in the state by closing until May 4. All GISD campuses and facilities will be closed and all extracurricular activities and school events are canceled during this period.
Governor Abbott announced Tuesday, March 31, that all schools in Texas should close through April 30, with an anticipated re-opening on May 4, mirroring recommendations from the federal government, to further reduce the spread of COVID-19.
The health and safety of our students and staff is our first priority. We ask everyone in the Galveston ISD community to do your part to help prevent the spread of virus by adhering to local stay-at-home orders and taking everyday preventative actions to stop transmission.
Galveston ISD will continue its curbside meal service and at-home and digital learning throughout this closure.
Learning at Home
Galveston ISD is committed to providing students with many opportunities to continue to thrive as learners while they are at home. Our teachers have been working diligently to ensure the continuity of learning experiences by developing lessons and activities that align with the work students have been doing. The campuses are sharing this information through a number of media sources such as Remind, Facebook, Twitter, their campus websites.
Teachers will continue to communicate with students and their families with specific information regarding their class and required learning for students.
Free Internet Access
Bolivar Peninsula - Amid the COVID 19 emergency, Southern Broadband (SBB) an RTA company is providing several FREE DRIVE-UP WIFI hotspots across the Crystal Beach community. These drive-up hotspots enable you to stay connected with family, schools, healthcare providers, work, and the latest information while maintaining social distancing practices at the same time.
Xfinity WiFi hotspots across the country will be available to anyone who needs them for free – including non-Xfinity internet subscribers. Download the "Xfinity WiFi" app that will allow you to join one of the available hotspots for internet access! Click the link to see available "xfinitywifi" availability.
Free Curbside Meals
Galveston ISD’s Free Curbside Meal Program has been successful in providing breakfast and lunch to school-aged children across the community. We plan to continue the program throughout the length of the school closure.
We are now serving multiple days’ worth of meals at four pick-up locations. Meals are provided for each child, 18 and under, that is present in the vehicle.
Talking to Your Kids About COVID-19
Jeff Temple is a professor and psychologist at the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston. He says being honest and sharing accurate information with children is important.
What to do if You Are Sick
UTMB Health has provided a 24/7 Access Center hotline where you can speak to a nurse about your symptoms. Click the link below to see a complete list of symptoms and other recommendations. The UTMB Access Center can be reached at 800-917-8906.
What to do if You Are Healthy
The UTMB Department of Preventive Medicine and Population Health faculty, staff, and students are working from a public health approach in responding to the COVID-19 pandemic. Click the link below to read the overall recommendations from public health experts, including the CDC.