Dear Garner families and community,

The end of the 2019-2020 school year did not end the way we all expected. I commend all of our families and students for making the adjustments with us in true Garner Greatness fashion.

The Garner ISD staff made a shift in a matter of hours to provide the best learning environment possible. Staff members did everything possible to ensure the things that make Garner GREAT continued to happen from educational support and learning all the way down to our daily pledges and prayer led by staff and students.

There has been grave concern over the guidance released this week from the Center for Disease Control (CDC). It is important to remember that the CDC represents the nation and a variety of school models. Many districts across the state and nation run a year round instructional calendar and are having to make decisions now about the return to school in the next couple of weeks.

At this time, Garner ISD administration is participating in bi-weekly meetings with the Texas Commissioner of Education and state government leaders. As changes are made, we are paying close attention and preparing for the near future. Our plans at this time are to make NO changes to our currently adopted instructional calendar for 2020-2021. As we move closer to the start of school, we will examine all guidance for schools in the state of Texas as well as meet with local education leaders.

We all know that face-to-face, in class instruction is the optimal learning environment for our Longhorns. One basic foundation we model and teach at Garner is resilience. Our Longhorns will go out into the world prepared to be resilient to many of the obstacles that come with today’s world. In that mode of thinking, we will be prepared for whatever obstacles arise. We will follow health regulations to ensure our Longhorns are safe, and we will continue to provide the top notch education that parents, students, and our community have come to expect.

Our outstanding staff under great leadership from our Campus Principal Diane Shaw will be prepared to meet the challenges of the 2020-2021 school year. We will continue to love, laugh, and learn together regardless of what the future holds.

We miss you guys and look forward to seeing you all in August.

Rebecca Hallmark, Superintendent, Garner ISD

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