Website and Phone Bank Set Up to Help Identify Victims and their Needs
(GARLAND ISD, TX – Dec. 30, 2015) As Garland ISD prepares to kick off its spring semester, the district wants to ensure all students and staff are able to return to school and work. Estimates show upwards of 3,500 from GISD may reside in areas hit by the Dec. 26 tornadoes, leaving the possibility of temporary residences, loss of transportation, lack of food and water or the inability to wear standardized dress.
The newly launched GISD Recovers webpage contains a link for an online questionnaire, as well as a phone bank number (972-487-4999). Storm victims or someone close to them are encouraged to use either one to identify themselves and any needs they may have. The district hopes to receive information from everyone affected. By receiving it early, GISD can coordinate transportation for displaced students, update records and organize uniforms and school supplies from the GRS Giving Place before classes resume Tuesday, Jan. 5. Staff members return to work Monday, Jan. 4.
The district is also working with the cities of Garland and Rowlett to determine new bus stops around the hardest hit areas. Updated information will be provided as soon as possible via the website and Twitter. GISD administration will be present on all new bus routes Tuesday to answer any questions or concerns.
For more tornado relief efforts, follow@garlandtxgov, @RowlettTexas and @gisdnews on Twitter.
Submitted by Tiffany Veno, Garland Independent School District, Director of Communications.
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