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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.


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.|


Current Status

  • Hays CISD has suspended normal operations through the end of the 2019-2020 school year.

    During the suspension of normal operations, the district will continue to offer at-home and online learning, as well as grab-and-go meal service.

Hays CISD Questions & Answers

  • link to frequently asked questions page Understandibly, there are many questions regarding the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) and what may happen specifically at Hays CISD. The district has created a frequently asked questions page to address some of the most common inquiries.

Important COVID-19 (Coronavirus) District Notices

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  • May 12, 2020 Email: Hays CISD Graduations, Summer School, and Other Information

    Posted by Tim Savoy on 5/12/2020

    Dear Hays CISD Family,

    I hope you all are safe and well as we manage the uncertainties of COVID-19. Here are some important updates on several topics of high interest:

    Graduation

    We learned today that Texas State University has canceled the high school graduations that had been scheduled the second week in August, including all three of our ceremonies. We appreciate all of the help and assistance Texas State has offered our district throughout this COVID-19 crisis and understand their decision.

    The Hays CISD graduation team met today and the district has decided to do hybrid ceremonies at Shelton Stadium that include limited, in-person and virtual, live-streamed components. Specific details, which will help keep the ceremonies safe, are forthcoming. The schedule is as follows: Live Oak Academy – Thursday, June 25, 2020 at 10:00 a.m.; Hays High School – Thursday, June 25, 2020 at 8:00 p.m.; Lehman High School – Friday, June 26, 2020 at 8:00 p.m.

    Each family will be allowed two, in-person tickets to watch their graduate’s ceremony. Other guests will be able to watch the ceremony live online.  

    Hays Free Press Special Graduation Edition

    The Hays Free Press will publish a commemorative, keep-sake edition listing each Hays CISD Class of 2020 graduate. This publication is made possible by congratulatory ads purchased by parents and others who wish to applaud the Class of 2020 seniors. You still have time to support this publication by purchasing an ad this week. Information regarding ad purchasing is at: https://haysfreepress.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/04/Graduation-flyer-2020-fillable.pdf?fbclid=IwAR1KKCqXLrS-e1zunenb_LJmlBbC_3uyyMk9lGmi_-iuOsUfYo_ShoLwY4E

    Additional Class of 2020 Recognition

    Senior Day: Senior will still pick up items like caps and gowns, graduation cords, commemorative yard signs, and letter jackets on May 26, 2020. Specific plans will be coming directly from campuses. This day has been set aside to honor our Class of 2020.

    Social Media Spotlights: Toward the end of the school year, the district will post photos of each graduate, in albums by campus, on its social media channels. In addition, seniors and their parents will be able to submit fun graduation or senior pictures that we will also publish. Look for more details about submitting those photos as we get closer to the end of May.

    Congratulatory Yard Signs: Each graduate will get a campus-specific yard or window sign to display at their home. The signs will be distributed on May 26th.

    Dedicated Graduation Webpages: The district will publish dedicated webpages listing each graduate, including special video messages from the principals and superintendent of schools.

    Districtwide Signage: All campus marquees, during the last week of school and week of what would have been graduation will bear congratulatory messages to our seniors. Additionally, the district is working with city jurisdictions to display congratulatory messages on billboards.

    Ralph Pfluger Educational Memorial Fund

    The family of Hays CISD legend and pioneer Ralph Pfluger is accepting inaugural donations to the newly created Ralph Pfluger Educational Memorial Fund, which will provide scholarships to Hays CISD students. You can make a contribution at: https://www.facebook.com/donate/378356999725849/378357026392513/.

    Memorial Services for Mr. Pfluger have also been announced. The information is provided as part of his obituary:

    https://www.harrellfuneralhomes.com/obituary/391542/Ralph-Daniel-Pfluger/obituary-services/?fbclid=IwAR2p0Hpfh2QiPkAljY75wocf8lAIc0LZSM4soaK817g4dvyPYde47_OgSTI

    Summer School

    Hays CISD will be offering virtual summer school this year. Registration is now open. For more details, or to register online, visit: https://www.hayscisd.net/summerschool.

    Thank You!

    The district is thrilled to recognize some of our team members who are serving on the front lines of the pandemic, continuing to provide essential services to the children and students in our communities. If you didn’t get a chance to see them yet, these videos will put a smile on your face! Visit the district YouTube Channel (and subscribe if you’d like) to watch:

    Teacher Appreciation and Teacher of the Year Video:
    https://youtu.be/zzO_hTgSrwA

    Salute to Hays CISD Food Service and Technology:
    https://youtu.be/0i7gddxG96Q

    Stay safe and stay tuned for more information as we continue to make COVID-19 adjustments.

    Tim

     

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  • April 29, 2020 Email: Hays CISD End of School Year Plan & Graduation Information

    Posted by Tim Savoy on 4/29/2020

     

    Dear Hays CISD Family,

    As you know, on Friday, April 17, 2020, Governor Greg Abbott announced that schools in Texas shall continue at-home instruction through the end of the school year. On Monday, April 27, 2020, the governor announced the state’s plan to begin reopening Texas. This email addresses how Hays CISD will begin limited access to facilities for staff members, as well as the plan to close out the school year for students – including the district celebrations for our graduating seniors. During this important time, the district will continue measures to promote safety and health, and to stop the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus. 

    Building Access Timeline

    May 4, 2020 Building Preparation Begins: Hays CISD custodial, maintenance, and critical needs staff members (as assigned) will return to work to prepare campus buildings for limited re-entry.

    May 11, 2020 Restricted Employee Building Access Begins: Campuses will reopen for restricted employee access so that staff can begin collecting personal items and packing up classrooms. Campuses will communicate specific information to employees how they may schedule times and dates to enter their buildings. All work that employees are able to conduct from their homes will continue to be conducted from their homes through the end of the school year.     

    The district central office phone line will open weekdays from 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. on business days. The central office lobby will remain closed to visitors.

    May 21, 2020 (at noon) At-Home Instruction Ends: At-home instruction will end for the school year at noon. The district will, at this time, have reached the required minimum number of instructional minutes for 2019-2020.

    May 21 & 22, 2020 Student Property Exchange Days: Students, other than high school seniors, will be able to begin returning district property and retrieving personal items that remain at school. Campus plans will vary and campuses will communicate details to parents. Priority emphasis will be placed on students, other than high school seniors, who will not be returning to their current campuses next school year.

    May 26, 2020 High School Senior-Focused Property Exchange Day: High School seniors will be able to return district property and pick up graduation items and personal property, including diplomas (see specific graduation section below). Though this day is focused on seniors, students from other grades may also exchange property on this day. Campus plans will vary and campuses will communicate details to parents.

    The district will collect loaned technology devices only from students who are graduating, moving from 5th to 6th grade or 8th to 9th grade, or who are moving from the district. Students who have loaned district-owned technology devices who will be returning to their campuses next year may keep the devices for home learning during the summer.   

    After May 26, 2020: Students and staff will be able to access school buildings or personal property by appointment only through each campus.

    Summer School: Plans are underway for summer school to occur on-line and at-home. Information about summer school will be provided as soon as details are finalized.

    Building Access Safety

    Entry into Hays CISD buildings, for those who are authorized and who have made an appointment or are scheduled to be present, will require the use of masks or face coverings, sanitizing hands upon entry, adherence to a no mingling or gathering policy, and special sign-in sheets. No children, including employee children will be allowed in the buildings at any time.

    Graduation

    We are thrilled to congratulate, recognize, and celebrate the 1,389 Hays CISD students who will soon become Class of 2020 graduates! We are, however, heartbroken that the normal senior traditions this year have been so incredibly disrupted. Though the celebrations we be adjusted, there will be no modification to the level pride we all feel for the achievement our graduates have reached. The district is doing the following to mark this significant milestone:

    1. In-Person Graduations: We continue to plan for in-person graduations on August 12, 2020, which is the soonest possible date we would be able to conduct the ceremony. Unless and until we’re told no, we want to hold an in-person graduation to the extent coronavirus emergency response protocols allow.
    2. Virtual Graduations: The district has decided to host virtual graduations that will allow each senior to be individually recognized. We will provide more information on the virtual graduations in a separate email once we determine which virtual graduation package we will adopt for Hays CISD schools. Virtual graduations allow seniors to customize messages, and possibly videos of themselves. If we are able to have an in-person ceremony, the virtual graduation will make a nice bonus keepsake. If we are ultimately not able to host in-person graduation ceremonies, the virtual graduations will capture and preserve the key elements of a graduation and serve as the next best thing to in-person ceremonies.
    3. Social Media Spotlights: Toward the end of the school year, the district will post photos of each graduate, in albums by campus, on its social media channels. In addition, seniors and their parents will be able to submit fun graduation or senior pictures that we will also publish. Look for more details about submitting those photos as we get closer to the end of May.
    4. Congratulatory Yard Signs: Each graduate will get a campus-specific yard or window sign to display at their home. The signs will be distributed on May 26th.
    5. Commemorative Special Edition Graduation Publication: The district is pleased to announce that the Hays Free Press has generously agreed to publish a commemorative, keep-sake edition listing each Hays CISD Class of 2020 graduate. These will be available for pick up on May 26th and also inserted in the newspaper for subscribers.
    6. Dedicated Graduation Webpages: The district will publish dedicated webpages listing each graduate, including special video messages from the principals and superintendent of schools.
    7. Districtwide Signage: All campus marquees, during the last week of school and week of what would have been graduation will bear congratulator messages to our seniors. Additionally, the district is working with city jurisdictions to possibly display congratulatory messages on billboards.
    8. Additional Campus Recognition: In addition to districtwide recognition, campuses will be contributing to the celebration of the Class of 2020 in a variety of other ways, including: social media recognition, Flipgrid farewell messages from staff members, virtual yearbooks, senior shirts, and virtual “senior walks” at students’ home elementary campuses.

    Stay safe and stay Class of 2020 strong!

    Tim

     

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  • April 21, 2020 Email: General Updates on Grades, Graduation & More

    Posted by Tim Savoy on 4/21/2020

    Dear Hays CISD Family,

    Happy Tuesday everyone. Here is some important information we have to share with you:

    Grading and Class Rank

    The Curriculum and Instruction Department has created an information sheet regarding the district’s grading process. You can find the details at: www.hayscisd.net/grades.

    Graduation

    We have a new date secured for an in-person graduation ceremony at Strahan Arena at the University Events Center at Texas State in San Marcos. The new date is Wednesday, August 12, 2020. As with everything COVID-19-related, this, of course, is dependent upon how the pandemic response progresses over the summer. Diplomas will still be awarded to graduates in May. Only the ceremony date is delayed. In addition to the in-person graduation in August, we are planning some other socially distant ways to celebrate our Class of 2020 in May. Look for more details as we get closer to May 26th.

    Limited Facility Restrictions Lifted

    District schools and offices remain closed; however, we are able to relax restrictions on use of elementary and middle school tracks and walking trails. These limited facilities can now be used for exercise, so long as people continue to practice social distancing. Playscapes, tennis courts, and other outdoor areas on school property remain closed.

    U.S Census

    Hays CISD continues to encourage you to fill out your census forms. The district’s digital correspondent, Moses Leos, in partnership with our census coordinator, Irene Jimenez, put some cool videos together about the census and Hays CISD. See if you recognize any of the students or teachers in the photos used in the videos. And, be sure to subscribe to Hays CISD’s YouTube channel while you’re there.

    Video in English: https://youtu.be/SALEJQxe8SQ
    Video in Spanish: https://youtu.be/4mkG8-yGvqw

    Stay safe!

    Tim

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  • April 17, 2020 Email: Hays CISD Normal Operations Suspended the Remainder of the School Year

    Posted by Tim Savoy on 4/17/2020

    Dear Hays CISD Family,

    Today, Governor Greg Abbott announced that schools in Texas shall remain closed through the end of the school year. We had anticipated this was a possibility. Hays CISD will continue to operate online and at-home learning, as well as grab-and-go and mobile meal service through the end of the school year, which had been scheduled to end on Friday, May 22, 2020.

    Access to School Buildings

    Buildings will remain closed through Monday, May 4, 2020. We’re working on a plan to allow teachers and students limited or staggered access to buildings to work remotely, retrieve belongings, and return equipment. We’ll get that plan to you in the coming weeks.

    Grading & Class Rank

    On Monday, the Board of Trustees will review for possible adoption, the rules regarding grades, class credit, and class rank. We’ll share that with you early next week.  

    Austin PBS Changes Scheduling to Help At-Home Learning

    Austin’s PBS television station has altered programming to focus on at-home learning. Check out their webpage for more information on programming schedules:

    https://austinpbs.org/highlight/new-educational-programming

    We’ll keep you updated on all of the changes and adjustments. Stay safe!

    Tim

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  • April 14, 2020 Email: Hays CISD “Be the Light” Video Message

    Posted by Tim Savoy on 4/14/2020

    Dear Hays CISD Family,

    We’re thrilled to share with you a message of hope and inspiration from Superintendent Dr. Eric Wright and our head coaches at Lehman, Hays, and Johnson High Schools. If you were wondering why our stadium lights were on the other night – check out this video: https://youtu.be/1llyIHPVZBs.

    Hit the subscribe button while you are at the district’s new YouTube channel and never miss a Hays CISD video production. Special thanks to Moses Leos, our digital correspondent, for producing this special video message.

    Stay safe!

    Tim

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