Important COVID-19 (Coronavirus) District Notices

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  • July 16, 2020 Email: Back to School Plan

    Posted by Tim Savoy on 7/16/2020

    Dear Hays CISD Family,

    Tonight, Superintendent Dr. Eric Wright presented to the school board the district’s 2020-2021 back to school COVID safety plan. The plan is now online at: www.hayscisd.net/theplan. (En Español: www.hayscisd.net/theplanespanol).

    The plan has a lot of information, but the headline is that the district will shift the school calendar so that the first day of school is now September 8, 2020, the Tuesday after Labor Day. Then, for the next three weeks, Hays CISD instruction will be virtual/online. The new calendar is online at: https://www.hayscisd.net/calendar.

    Thank you for your patience as we have prepared this plan. It involved many people representing every campus and department. And, as it is with everything COVID-related, the plan is subject to change as we learn more information and as this pandemic unfolds. We will keep you informed.

    Sincerely,
    Tim Savoy
    Hays CISD Chief Communication Officer

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  • July 13, 2020 Email: Hays CISD Back to School Plans Underway

    Posted by Tim Savoy on 7/13/2020

    Dear Hays CISD Family,

    This will be a busy week in terms of back-to-school planning. Thank you for your patience as we navigate the ever-changing COVID-19 pandemic. It is, unfortunately, not over.

    On Tuesday, the district leadership team, which consists of representatives from every campus, as well as administration and community members, will meet to make final suggestions on the district’s return-to-school plan. On Thursday, the Board of Trustees will be briefed on the plan framework, and will have an opportunity to provide thoughts and comment.

    By next Monday, we intend to provide you much more detail. In general, we know that you will have an option to keep your children learning from home or send them to school in-person. And, we will have sound protocols in place to keep buildings and buses as safe as possible.

    Thank you again for your understanding and flexibility and stay tuned for more information soon.

    Be safe.

    Tim Savoy
    Hays CISD Chief Communication Officer

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  • July 1, 2020 Email: Survey Results, Fall Planning, and Updates

    Posted by Tim Savoy on 7/1/2020

    Dear Hays CISD Family,

    I hope you are having a wonderful summer. Here are some important updates:

    Back to School Survey

    Thank you to the 11,638 people who responded to our back-to-school planning survey. The results are online at: www.hayscisd.net/results for you to view. This information will be critical in helping us plan what the fall semester may look like in Hays CISD. All of the comments aren’t posted online, but they have been shared with district leadership and the Board of Trustees.

    Fall Planning

    Fall planning actively continues for us during the summer. The District Leadership Team (DLT), which is working as the district’s Re-Opening Task Force, is putting in place a plan that will comply with Texas Education Agency (TEA) requirements and provide the safest possible options for our students, teachers, and staff. We will be making some final decisions in the coming weeks and will provide more information soon. In general terms, and based on the current pandemic situation, Hays CISD will have in-person and learn-from-home options in the fall. Of course, with COVID, plans can change quickly. We will keep you informed.

    Fourth of July Weekend

    Here’s a message from TEA. We have joined school district’s around the state to share it:

    Keep your family safe this 4th of July! Avoid groups larger than 10; stay home if you can; wash your hands; wear a mask; stay 6 ft. apart. Do your part!

    UIL Physical Exam Requirements

    In light of the many challenges caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, the University Interscholastic League (UIL) has waived certain requirements for students to undergo a physical examination prior to participation in UIL marching band or UIL athletic activities for 2020-21 school year: 

    • Students seeking to participate in UIL marching band or UIL athletic activities for the first time and who do not already have a completed Pre-Participation Physical Evaluation (PPE) on file with the District will be required to complete and submit a PPE form prior to participation. Parents need to make an appointment with their doctors to complete the PPE.

    • Students who have previously submitted to the District a completed PPE form (in 2019-20) will not be required to submit a new PPE form in order to be eligible to participate in the 2020-2021 school year unless the student answers “Yes” to questions 1-6 on the Medical  History Questionnaire. All students will be required to complete the Medical History Questionnaire prior to participation in 2020-2021.

    • High School Dance students will follow the same requirements as marching band. 

    Parents and students with questions about student physicals should contact their coaches or activity sponsors.

    Have a happy 4th of July and stay safe!

    Sincerely,
    Tim Savoy
    Hays CISD Chief Communication Officer

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  • June 24, 2020: Hays CISD Back to School Survey is Open

    Posted by Tim Savoy on 6/24/2020

    Dear Hays CISD Family,

    Please take a moment to tell us your thoughts on what back-to-school should look like in Hays CISD this year. The survey is for parents, students, teachers, and district employees. It is in both English and Spanish (use the language toggle in the upper right corner of your screen).

    www.hayscisd.net/COVIDsurvey

    We learned from the education commissioner yesterday that school districts will have funding and flexibility in providing some types of at-home learning. We’re still waiting on more information about the specific requirements for in-person learning, and hope to have that information soon. We also learned that attendance and grades will count for both at-home and in-person learning models – or a combination of the two.

    Your survey answers will help us create a back-to-school plan that can work for everyone.

    Stay safe!

    Sincerely,
    Tim Savoy
    Hays CISD Chief Communication Officer

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  • June 18 Email: Hays CISD COVID-19 Update & Graduation Information

    Posted by Tim Savoy on 6/18/2020

    Dear Hays CISD Family,

    I hope your summer is treating you well. Here is a quick update on a couple of items:

    Back to School Plans

    You’ll likely see in the news today that the state has announced that students in Texas will return to the classroom this fall. Today’s announcement doesn’t change any of our contingency planning. We are preparing for some type of in-person instruction, but what that looks like will depend on a number of factors. We anticipate we will have more answers on what will be required of us from the Texas Education Agency as early as next week. And, of course, we will keep you posted.

    We know the student start date of our published school calendar, August 20, 2020, will not change. Our hope is that we will still be funded to provide some type of at-home learning opportunities to either help us with social distancing or allow an option for parents who do not wish to send their children to school right away.

    Registration and Enrollment

    Registration and enrollment pages are online for 2020-2021 school year at: https://www.hayscisd.net/registration. Please register your students regardless of whether you plan to physically send your children to school in August or continue at-home instruction. This will keep you in our student information system, allow us to assign teachers and schedules to your child, and help us plan for the fall.  

    We still intend to send you a quick planning survey later this month or in early July regarding what you would like to see the Hays CISD fall semester look like given the COVID-19 pandemic. Look for that in a future email.

    Graduation

    It’s here! Next week, we will proudly honor the Hays CISD Class of 2020 graduates. We have created a special web page honoring our students that includes links to the live-streams so that you may watch the ceremonies online. The page also has important information for ticket-holders who will be in attendance at the ceremonies.

    Main Hays CISD graduation page: www.hayscisd.net/graduation2020
    Ticket-holder information: www.hayscisd.net/inperson

    Stay safe!

    Tim

    Tim Savoy
    Hays CISD Chief Communication Officer

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