Gilbert suffers from two major issues which have directly affected the district's rating in the State of Texas. The first issue is that the entire Del Valle School District treats English as a second language. All documentation and communication is at least 50% Spanish. Non-Spanish speaking kids do not get as much attention as others. The second issue is when your child is rewarded or punished during school hours the Parents are not notified. Assistant Principal Dwiggins has told me it is school policy. If your child is bullied by another student, or disciplined you will not be notified about the situation. Most trivial incidents result in the Del Valle equivalent of Detention. You are NOT notified if you child is sent to detention. When I heard that my child was in trouble once and visited the school, the Principal could not even determine what the facts were and had to 'cancel' the discipline. My children have always feared the environment at Gilbert Elementary because they may be reprimanded at any time for something that they know nothing about. I witnessed children that were punched by another student being sent to Detention multiple times.
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