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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 2020-2023 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 Mary Noble at mary.noble@hayscisd.net by Friday, June 11, 2021 to share suggestions/ comments.   

    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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  • 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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  • April 22, 2021 Email: Attendance Counts Again

    Posted by Tim Savoy on 4/22/2021

    Dear Hays CISD Family,

    As we continue to make progress in our fight against the pandemic, we are starting to see things return to normal. And, that includes the state again linking our district funding to attendance. This means during the final six weeks of classes this year, we need our students who have selected in-person learning to physically be present on campus as much as possible. Virtual learners are always welcome to come to campus, but we will be able to meet our state attendance requirements with our in-person students. Virtual learners most definitely should continue to be engaged in their studies online. 

    Let me emphasize that attendance is first and foremost about students being present to receive the full educational experience we promise in Hays CISD. That’s the most important consideration. I want students to be present in their classes (in-person or virtual) because I don’t want them to miss out on anything. Also, if students are genuinely ill or not able to make it to school, families should make decisions that are best for their loved-ones, even if that means an absence from school.

    In Texas, education funding is tied to attendance in a significant way. So, it does matter in terms of the impact on the fiscal operation of the school district. For example, if we don’t meet our attendance target set by the state this year, which requires our final six weeks in-person attendance to be greater than our in-person attendance at our snapshot date last October, Hays CISD could lose up to $7 million. That is important money that allows us to pay our teachers, buy supplies, and offer our students the best possible resources. It’s also your money. Every dollar the state has in its coffers is money that comes from you and other taxpayers. Your children are due that $7 million and we want to bring it back home so they can benefit from it. We can do that by meeting the attendance target.

    Each of our campuses will be communicating to you a variety of attendance incentive programs they have created. It’ll be similar to what you see during every normal school year. I know it’s not the most popular messaging – attendance tied to school funding – but, in a strange way, it’s nice to see us take a step back to the familiar. Here’s hoping we continue to take steps that, once and for all, put this pandemic behind us.

    Dr. Eric Wright
    Superintendent of Schools

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