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General Information

  • Hays CISD continues to closely monitor 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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Elementary Mask Encouragement

  • No student is currently being required to wear a mask. We continue to encourage masks as we have said we would do.

    Parents who are fine with our program of mask encouragement do not need to do anything. Our default position will be to continue to have students wear masks in classes, particularly in group collaborations. Parents who do not want us to encourage their children to wear masks may affirm that position by completing the form the district’s Elementary Mask Preference Form (linked below) and returning it to their child’s teacher or campus by Monday, September 13, 2021.

    Form in English: www.hayscisd.net/maskform
    Form in Spanish: www.hayscisd.net/maskformSPN

    With this process, we will be able to take the guess work off of the plates of our teachers about which students should or should not be asked to wear their masks. And, we will be able to have a system in place to ensure that your wishes are respected.

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.|


Grant Application Notice

  • HAYS CISD NOTICE OF INTENT TO SUBMIT AN APPLICATION FOR THE 2020-2023 ELEMENTARY AND SECONDARY SCHOOL EMERGENCY RELIEF (ESSER) III 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 2020-2023 Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief (ESSER) III Grant under American Rescue Plan (ARP) Act.

    The intent and purpose of the ESSER III grant funding is to help safely reopen and sustain the safe operation of schools and address the impact of the coronavirus pandemic on our students.

    Hays CISD is soliciting input from all stakeholders for the development of the Uses of Funds Plan for ARP ESSER III funds.  Please email Stephanie Norris at stephanie.norris@hayscisd.net to share suggestions/ comments.

    Upon completion, the district will maintain a copy of the grant application on file for stakeholder review. (see below)


    Please click here to view Grant Application - Program Narrative 

    Please click here to view Grant Application - Program Plan 

    Please click here to view the ESSER III: Use of Funds Plan

Important COVID-19 (Coronavirus) District Notices

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  • December 1, 2021 Email: Vaccine Clinics for 5 to 11 Year-Olds

    Posted by Harvest Coats on 12/1/2021

    Dear Parent,

    The second shot for those students who received their first shot at the district-sponsored clinics on 11/18 and 11/20 has been scheduled for:

    Saturday, December 11, 2021 at

    Science Hall Elementary School
    1510 Bebee Road
    Kyle, TX  78640

    This is the only district-sponsored location that will have the 2nd shot for the 5-11 year old’s. If you are unable to attend, you can seek a 2nd dose from a local provider by visiting www.vaccine.gov

    You MUST sign up for a time slot. 

    The link for the sign up genius:  https://www.signupgenius.com/2ndshotbooster

    Please make sure you bring your child’s vaccination card.  Print out all of the attached forms (click on form below).

    Completely fill them out including your child’s social security number and insurance information. This information is needed for the provider to receive their funding reimbursement. 

    Jeri Skrocki
    Director of Safety & Security
    Hays Consolidated ISD

    Minor Consent Form
    Covid Consent Form
    ImmTrac2 Information

    Querido padre,

    La segunda vacuna para aquellos estudiantes que recibieron su primera vacuna en las clínicas patrocinadas por el distrito el 18/11 y el 20/11 está programada para:

    Sábado 11 de diciembre de 2021 a lasEscuela Primaria Science Hall1510 Bebee RoadKyle, TX 78640

    Esta es la única ubicación patrocinada por el distrito que tendrá la segunda oportunidad para los niños de 5 a 11 años. Si no puede asistir, puede buscar una segunda dosis de un proveedor local visitando www.vaccine.gov

    DEBE registrarse para un intervalo de tiempo. El enlace para el genio del registro: https://www.signupgenius.com/2ndshotbooster Asegúrese de traer la tarjeta de vacunación de su hijo. Imprima todos los formularios adjuntos (haga clic en el formulario a continuación). Rellénelos por completo, incluido el número de seguro social de su hijo y la información del seguro.Esta información es necesaria para que el proveedor reciba su reembolso de fondos.

    Minor Consent Form
    Covid Consent Form
    ImmTrac2 Information

    Jeri Skrocki
    Director of Safety & Security
    Hays Consolidated ISD

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  • November 11, 2021 Email: Vaccine Clinics for 5 to 11 Year-Olds

    Posted by Tim Savoy on 11/11/2021

    Dear Hays CISD Parents,

     

    This email contains COVID clinic information for 5-11 year old Hays CISD Students.  If you do not wish to have your child vaccinated, you do not need to take any action.  All clinics are occurring after school hours.

     

    Hays CISD is hosting a student vaccine clinic for COVID-19 for 5-11 year old students.  You can get details about the approved Pfizer-BioNTech for this group @ https://www.fda.gov/media/153717/download

     

    The clinics will be offered at three locations on November 18th from 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. and three locations on November 20th from 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.  You MUST register for a time.  You will also need to complete both consent forms, links attached.  Bring with you.

     

    VACCINE CLINICS FOR 5-11 YEAR OLDS ONLY

     

    Thursday, November 18, 2021, 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

    Negley Elementary School, 5940 McNaughton, Kyle, TX (Central)

    Carpenter Hill Elementary School, 4410 FM 967, Buda, TX (West)

    Tobias Elementary School, 1005 FM 150, Kyle, TX (South/East)

     

    Saturday, November 20, 2021, 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

    Buda Elementary School, 1060 Old San Antonio Rd, Buda, TX (North/West)

    Science Hall Elementary School , 1510 Bebee Rd, Kyle, TX (Central/East)

    Simon Middle School, 3829 FM 150, Kyle, TX (South/East)

     

    Registration Link:       Vaccine Clinic Registration Link

     

    Consent Forms:           MINOR Consent Form for COVID-19 ImmTrac (Bilingual) Form C-7

    MINOR Vaccine Provider Consent Form for COVID-19

     

    Jeri Skrocki

    Director of Safety & Security

    Hays Consolidated I.S.D.

     

    Justin McCorkle

    Director of Student Health Services 

    Hays Consolidated I.S.D.

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  • September 8, 2021 Email: Elementary School COVID Update

    Posted by Tim Savoy on 9/8/2021

    Dear Hays CISD Elementary Parents,

    We continue to monitor real-time data regarding COVID-19, particularly how it is affecting our elementary school campuses. We know your children are the most vulnerable because there is not yet an approved vaccine option for students who are not 12-years-old.  

    Our number one goal is to keep everyone safe while maintaining the educational integrity in our classrooms. Closing classrooms has been critical to maintaining safety in about a dozen cases in our district so far this year; but this practice alone fails the test of the second, and equally important, part of our goal – educational integrity. We know, without a doubt, that the magic between students and teachers happens in-person, in classrooms.  

    We anticipated that we would likely see an increase in the number of positive cases on our campuses this year due to the increased number of students attending in person. Our actual data from the first three weeks of school confirms what we expected. Given that we are seeing the increases in cases; beginning today, we are implementing a process on all elementary school campuses that we have been developing in hopes that this will help to keep students safe and in class.

    If you are fine with our district’s program of mask encouragement, you do not need to do anything. Our teachers will continue to have your children wear masks in classes, particularly in group collaborations. If you do not want us to encourage your children to wear masks you may affirm that position by completing the district’s Elementary Mask Preference Form (linked below) and returning it to your child’s teacher or campus by Monday, September 13, 2021.

    Form in English: www.hayscisd.net/maskform
    Form in Spanish: www.hayscisd.net/maskformSPN

    No student is currently being required to wear a mask.  We continue to encourage masks as we have said we would do. With this process, we will be able to take the guess work off of the plates of our teachers about which students should or should not be asked to wear their masks. And, we will be able to have a system in place to ensure that your wishes are respected.

    Additionally, we anticipate that the governor will sign into shortly that will allow us to expand our virtual learning option to students up to 6th grade. This should provide parents with more choice in terms of COVID safety. We will have more information about that option soon, pending signature of the governor to allow schools the ability to offer the program.

    Sincerely,
    The Hays CISD Academic Team

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  • August 31, 2021 Email: Superintendent Update on COVID

    Posted by Tim Savoy on 8/31/2021

    Dear Hays CISD Family,

    As the school year enters its second full week, we continue to get additional information about what we are facing with the Delta variant of COVID-19. The data is not surprising or unique to our district, but it is indeed as concerning as we expected it might be. I want to share with you the latest information on the adjustments we are making to our actions and plans as we work to stay ahead of the virus and to provide you and your children the best and safest educational setting we can.

    Masks

    I need you to wear masks. Your school district family needs you to wear masks. Given that our COVID-positive case numbers are as high this week as the highest week of the entire last school year, I need you to wear a mask. Thank you to the majority of our staff and students at the majority of our campuses for doing your part to be kind to your neighbors by wearing a mask. Additionally, we are distributing masks to campuses to have them readily available for students and staff who need them.

    We don’t currently have legal authority or practical ability to require masks, but we are closely watching the courts and the legislature. In the courts, we anticipate the supreme court to issue a statewide ruling within the coming weeks regarding the governor’s ban on mask mandates. In the legislature, both political parties appear to be close to an agreement on a bill that, if signed by the governor, would allow districts to have mask mandates with opt-out provisions. We hope to know more about this development by the end of this week or early next week.

    Virtual Learning

    We are also watching the legislature for a bill that could fund a virtual learning choice for students beyond the limited remote conferencing and Homebound Academy options we are currently able to provide students. We are optimistic we will have some additional options soon that we can make available to you and your children.  

    Daily Dashboard

    Beginning Tuesday, September 7, 2021, which is next week, we will begin updating our COVID dashboard daily, on days students are in school. The dashboard is in re-design to accommodate the additional data.

    Moving Classes to Remote Conferencing

    We have started to see our first classrooms having to move to remote conferencing because of COVID cases. Remote conferencing is the name the Texas Education Agency has given a type of virtual learning option that allows students to access teachers for up to four hours a day with questions about their asynchronous assignments. Students and staff who test positive must quarantine.

    Our standard threshold to move an entire classroom, grade-level, or school to remote conferencing is when we see a 10% or greater positive case confirmation count within a week. For example, with most elementary school classrooms of 22 students, if three or more people in the same classroom test positive within the same week, the class would move to remote conferencing.

    As of writing this letter, we have placed 5 classrooms districtwide on remote conferencing – two at Elm Grove Elementary School, one each at Buda and Negley Elementary Schools, and one special education classroom at Chapa Middle School.

    Streamlining the Notification Process

    We are working on ideas to streamline our COVID-positive and close contact notification emails and letters that go home to you. This will make the information more user friendly for you and will help reduce data and notification duties from our nurses so that they may spend more time working directly with students.

    Employee Leave Benefits

    I am proud to announce that the Board has approved a program that will allow employees to have up to ten days paid leave if they must quarantine for a positive test, or if they must quarantine to take care of a COVID-positive, school-aged child. This benefit is for all employees regardless of vaccine status and it will be retroactive back to July 1, 2021. In weighing whether to use this program as an incentive for employees to get vaccinated, we determined that the most important outcome is that all employees who are ill, regardless of vaccine status, need to have the ability to quarantine without fear of losing income if they are out of leave days.

    COVID Help Desk

    We are working to set up a COVID information helpdesk staff with nurses who would be contracted from an outside company to answer your COVID-related health questions and to help you with district COVID-related quarantine and safety protocols. This will help free our campus nurses to focus on their duties working directly with students. As an example, one of the many questions we are getting is whether an unvaccinated person should stay home if they live with a person (spouse, child, household member) who has tested positive. The answer is yes.

    Vax Approval for Younger Children

    We don’t have any new information regarding when a vaccine may be available for children younger than 12, but we know it is in the works. We hope it will be this fall. For those who can get vaccinated, we are encouraging you to do so.

    Air Purifiers

    In addition to our heightened sanitization protocols at campuses, we are in the process of bidding out for air purifiers and filtration systems for our campuses to enhance what we already have in place.

    This email is just a highlight of the many things we are working on to navigate this latest and most aggressive chapter in the COVID pandemic. Thank you to everyone who has reached out to us, expressed their voices at our Board meetings, and who have provided insight. As we continue to be flexible with our response plans, know that we will not wavier on our commitment to educate your children.

    I will keep you updated with news as we learn it.

    Sincerely,
    Eric

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  • August 14, 2021 Email - COVID Update Following County Mask Order

    Posted by Tim Savoy on 8/14/2021

    Dear Hays CISD Family,

    Late Friday, our county government joined other counties in Texas in issuing a mask mandate, which includes schools and buses. Since this order is in contravention of the governor’s order and some lower courts at the end of the week have sided with counties, we anticipate the Texas Supreme Court to take up the issue very soon – likely early in the week and before our classes begin on Thursday. Historically regarding COVID, the Texas Supreme Court has sided with the governor. So, we will continue to watch these legal developments very closely. The court decisions will tell us what we must do. They will not tell us what we should do.

    COVID cases in school-aged children in the county are up 130% in the last two weeks. The Delta variant is filling up hospitals. By most measures, if not all, this surge is worse than what we faced at the beginning of last school year. What we should do is wear masks. Wearing a mask violates no law or order. It is the safe thing to do medically and legally. While we await a decision on whether not wearing a mask violates the law, we will continue to urge parents to send their children to school in masks – especially at the elementary school level where vaccines are not yet an option. The data shows that this surge is primarily affecting the unvaccinated. So, at the secondary level, for children 12 and older, we urge parents to take advantage of a tool we know works in protecting students – vaccines.

    As I told you last week, I will continue to be straightforward with you in my communication. And, we will do what we need to do to keep children and staff as safe as possible, but we must do it in a way that respects the ultimate decisions made under law. We cannot have chaos and blatant defiance. That serves no one – especially our children. Sadly, the issue of masks is fully entrenched in adult politics. I, along with your locally elected school board, will continue to keep the well-being of your children and our students as the focus.

    We must also respect each other. What I don’t want to see is children fighting in the halls or on the playgrounds. We are a very diverse family. We are better than the division. We are better than the rhetoric. We can be the example. We can be kind to one another. We are stronger together.

    Our school district attorneys will be providing us with legal counsel that will guide us in our “must do” decisions. We are educators not lawyers. Know, however, that being in the education business – we, as a collective group of staff, parents, intelligent students and teachers, and locally connected leaders – are capable of solving problems and finding creative solutions that fit within the rules. That’s what we do every day. There’s a way to solve this. Granted, our options are much more limited than last year and it will be a bigger challenge, but we will do this. We will keep our family safe. I am working through the weekend with our leadership team and we’ll convene on Monday to make decisions. As soon as we have additional information to announce, I will share that with you.

    Sincerely,
    Eric Wright
    Superintendent of Schools

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