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General Information

  • Hays CISD is closely monitoring information from the Centers of Disease Control (CDC), Texas Department of State and Health Services (TDSHS), and the local health department regarding the novel coronavirus. This webpage will be updated regularly during the worldwide coronavirus event and will serve as the centralized Hays CISD coronavirus information headquarters.

    The material provided on this webpage serves as official information from the district, or links to other official sources. Remember, all information on this page may change as new information becomes available or circumstances evolve. During any potential emergency or crisis, Hays CISD understands that people react and are affected in different ways.

    The district always respects parents and employees to make decisions necessary for themselves and their families based on individual, unique needs.


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Universal Healthy Practices

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    As a reminder, the CDC always recommends everyday preventive actions to help prevent the spread of respiratory viruses, including:

    • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer (at least 60% alcohol).
    • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
    • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
    • Stay home when you are sick.
    • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
    • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.|


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Grant Application Notice

  • HAYS CISD NOTICE OF INTENT TO SUBMIT AN APPLICATION FOR THE 2020-2021 ELEMENTARY AND SECONDARY SCHOOL EMERGENCY RELIEF (ESSER) GRANT

    The Hays Consolidated Independent School district is providing public notice to the community and stakeholders of its intent to submit an application for the 2020-2021 Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief (ESSER) Grant under CARES Act educational funding. 

    The intent and purpose of the CARES Act education funding is to prevent, prepare for, and respond the coronavirus.  Upon completion, the district will maintain a copy of the grant application on file for stakeholder review. 

Important COVID-19 (Coronavirus) District Notices

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  • April 30, 2021 Email: Hays CISD COVID Plan Update

    Posted by Tim Savoy on 4/30/2021

    Dear Hays CISD Family,

    We have updated our district health and safety measures webpage to reflect updated COVID response protocols in Hays CISD.

    www.hayscisd.net/COVIDPlan

    The changes are noted in bolded, red text. Most of the changes address a relaxing of face mask requirements outside, under certain circumstances. Additionally, there are some relaxed protocols regarding travel and in-person events, both now and in the summer.

    We will continue to update the plan as guidance from the CDC and local and state health officials changes. Vaccinations are well underway in Hays County and our hope is that we can keep taking steps to return to normal throughout the end of this semester and into the summer.  

    Sincerely,
    Tim Savoy
    Chief Communication Officer   

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  • April 22, 2021 Email: Attendance Counts Again

    Posted by Tim Savoy on 4/22/2021

    Dear Hays CISD Family,

    As we continue to make progress in our fight against the pandemic, we are starting to see things return to normal. And, that includes the state again linking our district funding to attendance. This means during the final six weeks of classes this year, we need our students who have selected in-person learning to physically be present on campus as much as possible. Virtual learners are always welcome to come to campus, but we will be able to meet our state attendance requirements with our in-person students. Virtual learners most definitely should continue to be engaged in their studies online. 

    Let me emphasize that attendance is first and foremost about students being present to receive the full educational experience we promise in Hays CISD. That’s the most important consideration. I want students to be present in their classes (in-person or virtual) because I don’t want them to miss out on anything. Also, if students are genuinely ill or not able to make it to school, families should make decisions that are best for their loved-ones, even if that means an absence from school.

    In Texas, education funding is tied to attendance in a significant way. So, it does matter in terms of the impact on the fiscal operation of the school district. For example, if we don’t meet our attendance target set by the state this year, which requires our final six weeks in-person attendance to be greater than our in-person attendance at our snapshot date last October, Hays CISD could lose up to $7 million. That is important money that allows us to pay our teachers, buy supplies, and offer our students the best possible resources. It’s also your money. Every dollar the state has in its coffers is money that comes from you and other taxpayers. Your children are due that $7 million and we want to bring it back home so they can benefit from it. We can do that by meeting the attendance target.

    Each of our campuses will be communicating to you a variety of attendance incentive programs they have created. It’ll be similar to what you see during every normal school year. I know it’s not the most popular messaging – attendance tied to school funding – but, in a strange way, it’s nice to see us take a step back to the familiar. Here’s hoping we continue to take steps that, once and for all, put this pandemic behind us.

    Dr. Eric Wright
    Superintendent of Schools

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  • March 3, 2021 Email: COVID Update Masks Remain & School Employees Eligible for Vaccine

    Posted by Tim Savoy on 3/3/2021

     

    Dear Hays CISD Family,

    We have a couple of important pieces of information to share regarding COVID and schools:

    Masks

    We received information from the Texas Education Agency (TEA) a day earlier than expected. TEA has kept the mask requirement in place for schools. (See page 7 of the agency’s updated Public Health Planning Guide for Schools). Nothing in the updated TEA guidance changes anything that is currently happening in Hays CISD schools regarding COVID safety protocols. So, we will keep doing what we have been doing. The district; in concert with local, state, and federal health authorities; maintains its belief that masks are an essential tool in helping to keep the virus in check.

    Vaccines

    The Texas Department of State Health Services announced today that all teachers and school support staff are now eligible for vaccines.

    Hays CISD is grateful for the inclusion of school district personnel as a group eligible to receive the COVID vaccine. These heroes for children include teachers, bus drivers, child nutrition employees, custodians, school nurses, and many others who have been working around the clock to keep schools running during the pandemic. It has been a challenging year for school district staff, families, parents, and students; but, together, the Hays CISD community and greater school district family have been taking care of each other. For that, we are stronger.

    Stay safe!

    Tim

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  • March 2, 2021 Email: Masks & Hays CISD

    Posted by Tim Savoy on 3/2/2021

    Dear Hays CISD Family,

    Many of you are likely aware of today’s announcement by Governor Greg Abbott that he is lifting the statewide mask mandate next week on March 10, 2021. We also received notice today that the commissioner of education will, on Thursday afternoon, provide superintendents across the state with specific information about the governor’s order and whether it will impact schools.

    We will update you with any changes in requirements and the district’s plan moving forward following receipt of the information from the Texas Education Agency and the commissioner’s announcement.

    In the meantime, all current COVID safety protocols in Hays CISD, including the requirement to wear masks, remain in effect.

    This district believes masks have been essential in keeping us safe and many in our community, including teachers and staff, have not yet been deemed eligible by the state to get a vaccine. For others who are eligible, vaccines have been in short supply.   

    Sincerely,
    Tim Savoy
    Hays CISD Communication Director

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  • January 28, 2021 Email: End of Semester COVID Update

    Posted by Tim Savoy on 1/28/2021

    Dear Hays CISD Family,

    This week, as we close out the first semester of this school year, I want you to know that your work, sacrifices, and efforts are not unnoticed. This has been the most difficult semester in our lifetimes. The pandemic has affected us all, both collectively, and in very personal and different individual ways. At the outset, we asked each other to provide grace and understanding as we navigated the rapidly changing information and protocols, and our own hopes and fears. Thank you for that continued determination to take care of each other, even as we grow wearier of this horrible pandemic.

    There is good news – a vaccine exists and its distribution will get better. Even though there is light at the end of the tunnel, we may not be able to see it just yet. Last week’s COVID numbers for the district were our highest reported in a single week. And, through the course of this pandemic, we sadly continue to lose employees, parents of our students, grandparents, and beloved community members.

    We are a family of more than 3,000 employees, 20,000 students, 40,000 parents, 10,000 volunteers, and by extension, many more than that. Each time we lose a loved-one, our Hays CISD family grieves. To my knowledge, we have not yet lost a student to COVID, and I thank God for that. But, we have lost others.

    Upon learning of an employee death, I must respect the wishes of that employee’s family. Out of privacy requirements placed on us, and in deference to family members’ needs, we do not make automatic, districtwide announcements related to medical deaths. We do support each family in any way we can, as well as comfort the affected departments or campuses. People grieve differently. Some, especially given the politics and perceptions about COVID, want no information released at all. Others, appreciate tributes in social media and on the news. We follow the lead of the family and grieve equally for each and every person, no matter how the family chooses to memorialize them.

    As required, medical privacy is our starting point regarding COVID, but safety is paramount. In no case will we ever keep important information confidential that is needed to keep anyone out of harm’s way. I have confidence that, despite what the most recent COVID positive numbers may indicate at first glance, our facilities are as safe as possible and likely safer than many other places in the community. We do see the largest increases in our numbers a few weeks after schools have been closed – following Thanksgiving break and Christmas break, for example. My fear is that closing a campus may actually be counter-productive to helping to reduce numbers of positive cases, because of the prevalent community spread we know exists. On our campuses, though not perfectly, we can better enforce mask-wearing, sanitizing, and other protective protocols.

    I care very deeply for the health and success of our entire school district family and community. I know the challenges, the traumas, the fears, and the anxiety we are facing. It is, at times, daunting. I also know the resilience, compassion, love, and abilities we all share. Together, as a family, we will prevail. As we start the second half of this school year, I remain optimistic that better days are ahead and that we will see them soon. Take care of yourselves, your families, and stay safe.

    Sincerely,
    Eric   

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