Important COVID-19 (Coronavirus) District Notices

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  • July 21, 2021 Email: Preliminary 2021-2022 COVID Plans for Hays CISD

    Posted by Tim Savoy on 7/21/2021

    Dear Hays CISD Family,

    I hope you are enjoying your summer. We are compiling back to school information from across the district to send to you in our annual, one-stop-shop ‘Back-to-School Newsletter & Tip Sheet.” We hope to have that out to you by the end of next week. Included in that newsletter will be a link to our 2021-2022 COVID response plan and safety protocols.

    Given this week’s attention on the rise in COVID cases, we wanted to share with you what we do know, so far, about our COVID plan for the upcoming school year. And, of course with all things pandemic related; plans, guidance, and our response protocols are subject to change depending on fluctuating circumstances and the state of the pandemic in our area.

    Masks

    In May 2021, Texas Governor Greg Abbott issued an executive order (GA – 36) prohibiting schools in Texas from requiring masks on campus. Therefore, Hays CISD will not require masks. However, the district still strongly encourages masks for those who are not vaccinated. Anyone who wishes to wear a mask in the district will be welcome to do so. Read the governor’s GA - 36 order online.

    Vaccines

    Hays CISD will not require COVID vaccines for students or staff members. Under the governor’s executive order GA - 35, the district is forbidden from compelling anyone to get a vaccine or to provide proof of a vaccine as a condition of receiving services from the district. The district encourages those who are eligible to get vaccinated.   Read the governor’s GA - 35 order online.    

    Other Safety Measures

    The district will continue to maintain a COVID safety plan with information about the measures underway in the district to combat the pandemic. For example, the district will continue thorough cleaning and sanitization measures and will monitor and report to health officials any positive cases on campus. The detailed 2021 – 2022 safety plan for Hays CISD will be published online for you as early as next week.

    Virtual Instruction

    The legislature has not funded, and TEA has not authorized funding, at this time for school districts to offer pure virtual learning opportunities for students. Therefore, at this time, all students will be expected to be in-person for the upcoming school year (except, of course, students who have tested positive for COVID or who otherwise are quarantined.) The protocols regarding positive test quarantines for staff or students, and what instruction delivery will look during quarantine, will be included in the district’s COVID plan. District health, safety, and curriculum leaders are still reviewing options that are available to the district. 

    Currently, we don’t have the kind of flexibility locally that we had last school year. However, we do still have the same passion for health and safety of our students and staff. Regarding the pandemic, we are prepared to take any actions that are within our power if they are necessary to protect our school district family. Know that we are standing watch this summer on the trajectory of the pandemic and the latest information from our state leadership so that you can enjoy the rest of your summer. It is time you have all earned – as parents, students, teachers, and staff.

    Sincerely,
    Tim Savoy
    Chief Communication Officer

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  • May 20, 2021 Email: Masks at Graduation Update

    Posted by Tim Savoy on 5/20/2021

     

    Dear Hays CISD Graduates, Families, and Friends,

    On Tuesday, Governor Greg Abbott issued an executive order ending mask mandates at schools no later than June 4, 2021. Last week, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) issued guidance that fully vaccinated people can resume activities without wearing a mask.

    With the new direction from both the CDC and the state, the district has amended its graduation ceremony rules regarding masks. Masks will continue to be strongly encouraged for everyone attending the graduation ceremonies in the audience and for graduates while on the field. However, because the event is outside, masks will not be required for spectators or graduates while on the field. Masks will still be required for graduates and adults while inside the ceremony staging and preparation area.

    People not able to attend the ceremonies, or who wish to not attend the in-person event, may watch the ceremonies live online at:

    Live Oak Academy: www.hayscisd.net/LOA2021graduationLIVE
    Lehman High School: www.hayscisd.net/LHS2021graduationLIVE
    Hays High School: www.hayscisd.net/HHS2021graduationLIVE

    For more information about graduations, visit www.hayscisd.net/graduation2021.

    Congratulations to all of our Hays CISD graduates! You have earned your diplomas and the admiration of the entire school district community.

    Sincerely,
    The 2021 Graduation Committee

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  • May 18, 2021 Email: Masks in Hays CISD

    Posted by Tim Savoy on 5/18/2021

     

    Dear Hays CISD Family,

    You have likely seen in the news today that Governor Greg Abbott issued an executive order ending the ability for school districts to require masks after June 4, 2021. As a reminder, Hays CISD will only be requiring masks until June 1, 2021, earlier than required by today’s executive order, but long enough to get us through the end of the school year. We have eight classroom days left in 2020 – 2021 – a year for the history books for sure!

    Sincerely,
    Tim Savoy
    Hays CISD Chief Communication Officer

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  • May 12, 2021 Email: Hays CISD Mask Update

    Posted by Tim Savoy on 5/12/2021

    Dear Hays CISD Family,

    We continue to see good news and progress in our fight to defeat COVID-19 and return to normal operations. Vaccines are more available now than ever before for anyone who wishes to receive them. In fact, offered vaccine doses in our county are now outpacing the number of people who are signing up for the clinics. Additionally, we anticipate that people 12 years and older will soon be able to take the COVID vaccine.

    Masks in Hays CISD will still be required for the remainder of the school year, which ends in a couple of weeks on May 28th, and through graduation ceremonies. However, beginning June 1, 2021, our district mask policy will change to “mask optional,” except for UIL activities and possibly other limited occasions. At this time, UIL still requires masks. Though masks will mostly no longer be required inside or outside of district facilities; students, employees, and visitors who wish to keep wearing masks will be welcome to do so and their choices will be respected.

    Because we are not free from the pandemic, we will continue our sanitization protocols, practice social distancing, and encourage people to get vaccinated. We will also continue our required contact tracing and reporting to the Texas Education Agency and our local health department. And at this time, safety plans will still be required for in-person campus or district events. As conditions improve, we will be able to further return to pre-pandemic life.

    Thank you for your sustained efforts this school year and your continued teamwork as we prepare for a strong finish to the 2020 – 2021 school year.

    Dr. Eric Wright
    Superintendent of Schools

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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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