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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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  • September 23, 2020 Email from the Superintendent: Hays CISD In-Person Class Schedule Update

    Posted by Tim Savoy on 9/23/2020

    Dear Hays CISD Family,

    As promised by Chief Communication Officer Tim Savoy, we have an update on how scheduling will look regarding in-person classes, which start on Monday.

    Yesterday, I met with our principals and academic leadership team. Based on input, favorable feedback, and popularity with teachers, parents, and students; our in-person schedules will mirror as closely as possible our virtual schedules. Our ‘Return-to-School COVID Response Plan’ says that upon return to in-person learning, students would resume a more traditional schedule. However, the block-style scheduling at the secondary level has been working well and it makes sense to keep that in place. This will allow for fewer in-person hallway transitions and for a more seamless switch between in-person and virtual learning for students and teachers, if that is needed later.

    Since each campus is a bit different, based on the exact number of students and teachers who will be returning in-person by campus, be sure to look for specific scheduling information from your child’s school. Campuses have some autonomy to create schedules that work best for their individual needs. For example, Simon Middle School has an innovative schedule that may be a bit different from other middle schools.

    As we continue to work our way through the COVID pandemic, we know that there will be changes, glitches, and mistakes, and that everything will not be perfect. That’s OK. How we may start this school year is not how we will finish. Our teachers, staff, parents, students, and district leadership all know that, together, we are working through an immensely challenging and changing predicament.

    I’m looking forward to Monday to welcome back, in-person, our students who will be returning. Let’s continue to give each other grace and understanding. Our steadfast focus is to offer the best educational experiences possible for our students. Everything else – all of the logistics – will work out.

    Sincerely,

    Eric

    #strongertogether

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  • September 21, 2020 Email: Hays CISD Breakfast & Lunch Will Be Free to All Students

    Posted by Tim Savoy on 9/21/2020 8:00:00 PM

    Dear Hays CISD Family,

    We are happy to announce that the district has been awarded a United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) block grant that will allow us to provide breakfast and lunch to all students, districtwide, at no cost to the students or their families.

    Starting Monday, September 28, 2020, all in-person meals (breakfast and lunch) served on a Hays CISD campus will be free to students who are 18-years-old and under. Additionally, the district will continue its curbside grab-and-go meals service at select campuses at no cost to students or families.

    We anticipate that the block grant will allow the district to offer no cost meal service to students through the end of December.

    Please see the online flyer (in English and Spanish) for details:
    https://www.hayscisd.net/eat

    Stay Safe!

    Sincerely,
    Tim Savoy
    Chief Communication Officer

    Note: You still want to fill out the free and reduced meal service application (https://www.hayscisd.net/Page/311) to see if you qualify. Once this block-grant runs out, the district will have to start charging again for meals either at a full or reduced price; and will only be able to offer free meals to students who qualify.  

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  • September 21, 2020 Email: Hays CISD In-Person Class Schedule Update

    Posted by Tim Savoy on 9/21/2020 4:00:00 PM

    Dear Hays CISD Family,

    Our principals and Curriculum Instruction Department continue to be hard at work making decisions to help us best navigate the COVID pandemic. They will be meeting throughout the day tomorrow – September 22, 2020 – with Superintendent Dr. Eric Wright to review and finalize what class schedules will look like once in-person learning begins on our campuses on Monday, September 28, 2020.

    Currently, we have about half of our students who plan to return to in-person learning next Monday, and about half who will continue with virtual learning. We want to make sure our in-person and virtual learning schedules complement each other as much as possible to allow for: the greatest safety by reducing the amount of hallway traffic and number of classroom transitions; the ability for students to transition between virtual and in-person classes as needed; and adequate time during the school day for teachers to work with all of their students – whether in-person or virtual learners.

    I will send you an update on Wednesday, September 23, 2020, with general information that may arise from tomorrow’s meetings. Campuses will follow up with you with specific information by the end of the week, particularly if there are changes to information that has been previously published.

    Stay Safe!

    Sincerely,
    Tim Savoy
    Hays CISD Chief Communication Officer

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  • September 14, 2020 Email: Understanding the COVID Numbers at Hays CISD

    Posted by Tim Savoy on 9/14/2020

    Dear Hays CISD Family,

    Our school year is generally off to a great start. Thank you all again for everything you are doing to make the best of a challenging year. You’ll likely be seeing a lot of COVID data in various places, and you may even get a COVID-positive notification from your campus or the district. Rest assured our student health services and campus safety and security teams are working diligently to keep your, your children, and your families safe.

    Here is what you can expect:

    Notifications

    General Notification: If anyone is lab-confirmed to have a positive COVID test and is later determined to have been on a Hays CISD campus or building during their period of potential infection, parents and staff members at the campus will receive an email notification about the case with additional safety information.

    Close Contact Notification: Anyone who is determined through contact tracing to have been in close contact, as defined by health department criteria, with an individual on a Hays CISD campus or building during the person’s potential infection period will receive a special notification and additional information about next steps.

    Numbers & Reporting

    This week, the district will being reporting detailed information to the Texas Education Agency (TEA) about lab-confirmed positive COVID cases in which individuals have been on district property during their potential periods of infection. Each week, Hays CISD will update a summary dashboard reflecting the number of reported cases to TEA in an effort to keep you informed and to maintain uniform criteria that yields easily comparable data regarding COVID case counts.

    The Hays CISD dashboard is located at https://www.hayscisd.net/COVIDdashboard.

    You may have seen a recent local television report showing that Hays CISD has had 40 employees test positive for COVID-19. We’d like to put that number in greater context for you to alleviate any concerns you may have with it. The station requested, and we provided, the cumulative number of people who happen to work for Hays CISD (and who have reached out to our Human Resources Department for potential COVID-related benefits) who tested positive since April 1st. Most of the cases in that number occurred during the spring and summer when all of our buildings were closed. The positive cases were often not work-related exposure. New staff cases, moving forward, will be reported on the Hays CISD dashboard and to TEA, should they involve potential infectious exposure at a district campus or building.

    Stay safe!

    Tim

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  • September 4, 2020: Welcome Back Email from Superintendent Dr. Eric Wright

    Posted by Tim Savoy on 9/4/2020

    Dear Hays CISD Family,

    I’m excited to welcome you back to a new school year! Has this been a challenging time for us? Yes. Have we all worked harder than ever – teachers, parents, students, and staff members? Yes. Do we still have obstacles ahead? Yes. So, why, you ask, am I excited about the start of this school year? It’s simple. Every school year is about new beginnings and new seasons. It’s the time of year we get to start fresh, ready to seize the new opportunities and experiences that are before us. It’s also the time of year we forge new, positive relationships with new teachers and friends.

    I know 2020 – 2021 is and will be an unconventional year. And, I know there are many uncertainties and reasons to worry. But, I also want you to know that we have a solid plan. Together, we will not only get through this, but I believe we will thrive in unexpected ways. Working together, as parents and educators, there is nothing we can’t make happen – no matter what stands in our way. There are two guiding principles I envision for this year – we want to keep everyone safe and we want to keep every student learning. The logistics may fluctuate depending on the course the pandemic chooses to take, but everyone will adapt. And, we’ll do it in ways that offer you as much choice as possible to allow you to make the best decisions for your families.

    I appreciate each and every one of you. Enjoy this long holiday weekend and we’ll see everyone back on Tuesday, whether it’s virtually or in-person. Take care of your yourselves. Keep those who are currently fighting COVID or have lost loved-ones in your hearts. Let’s give each other grace and understanding. And, let’s continue to show the Austin area and the rest of the state why Hays CISD is the place to be. We are #strongertogether.

    Sincerely,
    Eric

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