Gary ISD has released an action plan in the midst of COVID-19 (coronavirus).

The district will not have traditional classroom gatherings at the school from March 23-27, the district said. Instead, students will receive work packets with one assignment per class each day they are out.

The district will review school closure weekly on Thursday.

Parents and students can pick up the work packets starting Tuesday, March 24 between 10 and 11:30 a.m. They must drive up to the cafeteria and remain in the car while instructional materials are delivered to them. Students who don’t pick up their packet will have their packet mailed to their home. The district said students will turn in their work the next week when they return to school or at the following Tuesday’s instructional material pick-up.

“The goal of these packets is to ensure students continue their education and receive credit for the days we are out of school,” the district said. “Students are expected to complete all assignments as each one will be graded for mastery.”

Cold breakfast and hot lunch will be available each day the students are of school at the cafeteria from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. starting Tuesday, March 24, the district said. It is free to all GISD students. Like the packet delivery, it will be delivered to one’s car, so parents or students will need to give the students’ names and someone will bring it out to them.

Anyone who resides in the district and can’t make it to campus for meals can contacted the administration office at (903) 685-2291 or email their campus principal to arrange delivery.

All UIL activities are postponed through March 29, including practice and open-gym activities, the district said.

“We are asking that our Gary ISD family remember this is not an extended vacation but rather an alternate method of instructing,” the district said. “We will need to work together to ensure that our scholars remain academically successful as well as healthy.”