Important Alerts & Messages
March 31, 2020
Dear Gilbert Public Schools Parents and Families,
Yesterday, it was announced that Arizona schools will remain closed until the end of the school year. This news was hard for many of us to hear. Our teachers, staff, and students are missing school and each other, our families are facing challenges, and we all miss gathering together in community. We do, however, understand the fact that this is a necessary measure to keep our students, staff, and families safe by supporting nationwide efforts to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
I also know that yesterday’s announcement brought up many new questions for our students, staff, and families. Please be assured, we are working to address all questions and concerns as quickly as possible, and we will continue to actively communicate with our community.
GPS is a strong community, and I encourage us all to continue to support each other. Our school buildings are closed, but Gilbert Public Schools is open and we are here to support the continued learning and growth of your student(s).
Below you will find some updates we are able to share, as of today.
Scheduled events and field trips
As a result of yesterday’s announcement, all campus extracurricular events are canceled for the remainder of the school year. This includes all performances, athletic contests, dances, and field trips. We will continue to seek out new ways to connect and engage remotely during this unprecedented time.
We recognize that graduation is a big question and concern for our seniors and their families. Please be assured we are looking at all possibilities and will be communicating updates as soon as possible.
Remote learning began yesterday, and we are already receiving wonderful feedback from our students and families. As learning continues, our teachers will be actively engaging with your student(s). If you haven’t already, please visit our Remote Learning website for parents and families.
We continue to update our website as new information becomes available. Please visit our Assessment and Accountability webpage for updates.
Personal belongings at school
Your school campus will contact you with information on picking up personal belongings. If you feel something is essential, please contact your child’s school directly. Visit your school’s website ‘Contact Us’ page for details on how to contact your school.
Special Education teachers and related services staff are providing remote learning experiences based on special education goals and accommodations through a variety of modalities, including Google Classroom, individual conversations with families, and WebEx meetings. Some students are utilizing online learning, while others are being provided with hands-on remote learning materials. In many cases, special education staff is collaborating with general education teachers to maximize learning related to grade level standards and materials.
As of today, summer school will continue as planned. Registration is already open for secondary summer school, and registration for elementary summer school opens Thursday, April 2nd. More information can be found on our district website, links below:
Please find attached our flyer for free drive-thru breakfast and lunch meal services being offered at eight sites across the district.
To contact your school Principal, office staff and teachers, please visit your school’s website ‘Contact Us’ page for links to the school email address and teachers’ websites with contact information.
These are challenging times for many of us, please visit our website for links to district and community support services available to you, your student, and our community: www.gilbertschools.net/wellness
Please be assured we will continue to be in communication with you, providing regular updates and answering questions. Thank you for your continued patience as we plan and coordinate the remainder of the school year.
Shane McCord, Ed.D.
March 30, 2020 - SCHOOL CLOSURES EXTENDED UNTIL THE END OF THE SCHOOL YEAR
Enrichment Resources for Families
We have compiled a wide range of free enrichment learning resources for all grade levels.
Please note these are activities and materials for students and parents to support ongoing learning during the current school closures. These do not replace curriculum, and completion of any of these activities is not required and will not count towards any credits or grades.
If the school closures last for an extended period of time we will update our community regarding longer-term online learning opportunities.
COVID-19 - Important Health and Safety Information for Gilbert Public Schools Community
- Maricopa County Information on Coronavirus
- CDC: COVID-19 Information
- CDC: Share Facts
- CDC: Frequently Asked Questions
- CDC: Frequently Asked Questions COVID-19 and Children
- CDC: Travel Information
- Mental Health and Wellbeing Resources
Gilbert Public Schools Communications
- Letter to Parents - Spanish (pdf)
- Letter to Parents March 27, 2020 (pdf)
- Letter to Parents March 24, 2020 (pdf)
- Letter to Parents March 20, 2020 (pdf)
- Letter to Parents March 16, 2020 (pdf)
- Letter to Parents March 13, 2020 (pdf)
- Letter to Parents March 12, 2020 (pdf)
- Letter to Parents February 26, 2020 (pdf)
- Letter to Parents January 28, 2020 (pdf)
Maricopa County Public Health Communications
MARCH 15, 2020 - Governor Doug Ducey And Superintendent Kathy Hoffman Announces Closure Of Arizona Schools To Address Staffing Shortages And Prioritize Arizona Children
COVID-19 - Frequently Asked Questions
Essential Emergency Workers Child Care
Why are schools closed?
What is happening with Dual Credit?
Any resources on how to talk with children about COVID-19?
Can I pick up my student's medication and personal belongings from school?
Free Pick-Up Meal Services
What is happening with Summer School?
Where do I find Global Academy updates?
Are there remote learning resources?
Information for special education students
AP Advanced Placement - Updates from College Board
PSAT Testing Updates and Information
SAT Testing Updates Information
ACT Testing Updates and Information
Will the days missed be made up?
Keep Your Student's Emergency Contacts Updated
In order to ensure that we can communicate with families regarding their student, or in case of an emergency, it is essential that families keep their emergency contact information up to date in their Infinite Campus account.
The Gilbert Public School District’s Safety and Security Department is committed to providing a safe learning and working environment for all students, faculty, staff, and visitors. The Security Department is also tasked with protecting the district’s assets, as well as developing and implementing new innovative safety and security related protocols.