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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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  • January 4, 2021 Email: Hays CISD to Continue Breakfast & Lunch at No Cost to All Students

    Posted by Tim Savoy on 1/4/2021

    Dear Hays CISD Family,

    We are happy to announce that Hays CISD will be able to continue to offer breakfast and lunch to all students, districtwide, at no cost to the students. This program, funded by a United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) block grant, was set to expire at the end of 2020, but has been extended to cover the remainder of the school year.

    Important: Even though meals are being offered to all students at no cost, we still need your help by filling out the free and reduced meal application (https://www.hayscisd.net/Page/311). The district and individual campuses receive federal funding for critical programs and staffing based on the percentage of students who would ordinarily qualify for free and reduced meals. A reduction in the number of students who are recorded as qualifying for free or reduced-price meals could result in a reduction of federal funding. If you have not already filled out your application for this year, please do so at the link in this email.  

    Stay Safe!

    Sincerely,
    Tim Savoy
    Chief Communication Officer

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  • December 18, 2020 Email: A Holiday Message & COVID 19 Update

    Posted by Tim Savoy on 12/18/2020

    Dear Hays CISD Family,

    I couldn’t be happier to send you this email, because I get to wish you a Merry Christmas and a wonderful holiday season; and I get to bid farewell to 2020! As we take the next two weeks off to rest, reflect, celebrate, and cherish; please know that I appreciate and value each of you – students, teachers, parents, staff, and community members. Together, we have risen to meet every challenge placed before us this year. If you lost a friend or loved-one to COVID-19, you have had to endure the greatest sacrifice from the pandemic and I will be thinking of you this holiday season. The vaccine is now here and the light at the end of the tunnel has been turned on, but we still have some distance yet to travel. (Please see the important COVID-19 information at the end of this message.)

    Next year promises to be better – continued district growth and a potential bond election in May, the work of the district’s new Diversity Advisory Council, a promising 87th Texas legislative session to build on the tremendous investment our state lawmakers made to public education last session (see our legislative priorities), and helping our students eliminate any potential learning gaps they may have experienced because of the pandemic. I’m very optimistic about 2021.

    Our district encompasses hundreds of square miles and tens of thousands of people, but don’t let that affect our ability to stay neighbors and neighborly. I am always just an email, mouse click, or phone call away. I genuinely mean it when I say we are stronger together. With our current size and our continued growth, we are unstoppable in our ability to make great things happen for our students and children.

    Best wishes to you and your family this holiday season.

    Eric      

    View the special holiday edition of the 'Wright This Minute' weekly video:
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    IMPORTANT COVID-19 INFORMATION

    Please try to adhere to health department guidelines while on break and limit your gatherings to the recommended numbers. If you can’t, please consider keeping students at home for virtual learning the first two weeks after break is over. We will work with you.

    Continue to wear masks, wash hands, and self-screen. Don’t come to work or school if you or someone in your household are symptomatic and have a COVID test pending.

    We are strongly urging teachers and any staff member who will be on a campus to wear both a mask and a face shield for the first two weeks upon our return from break. The use of a face shield, in addition to a medical-grade face mask, improves protection for the wearer and may eliminate the need for quarantine.

    Starting January 4, 2021, we will use the new quarantine flexibilities established by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), allowing quarantines to be 7, 10, or 14 days, depending on individual case circumstances.

    While our general COVID case-count dashboard will not be updated until after the break, we will continue to provide immediate notice to anyone affected when a positive case is identified on a campus or at an office building.

    We will return to school as scheduled in January unless you hear from us otherwise. We don’t anticipate a change in our schedule at this time.

    Our Board of Trustees has adopted a resolution advocating that teachers and public school employees be designated as essential frontline workers and given appropriate vaccine priority.

    View the updated district COVID response flowchart online.

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  • December 3, 2020 Email: Hays CISD Information Regarding COVID Quarantines

    Posted by Tim Savoy on 12/3/2020 3:00:00 PM

    Dear Hays CISD Family,

    On December 2, 2020, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released an update, “Options to Reduce Quarantine for Contacts of Persons with SARS-CoV-2 Infection Using Symptom Monitoring and Diagnostic Testing.” You can read the entire update at: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/more/scientific-brief-options-to-reduce-quarantine.html

    The update, which you have likely seen reported in the news, provides for optional, shorter close-contact quarantine timeframes in certain circumstances. However, it upholds the CDC’s current recommendation of a 14-day quarantine period. Accordingly, Hays CISD, in consult with the Hays County Local Health Department, will continue to observe the 14-day quarantine period at this time.

    The exact language from the CDC update is, “Local public health authorities determine and establish the quarantine options for their jurisdictions. CDC currently recommends a quarantine period of 14 days.”

    Based on increased disease transmission rates in the area, the Hays County Local Health Department is currently, “recommending that all Hays County residents, ISDs, and businesses continue to follow the 14-day quarantine schedule.  We will continue to assess our situation and re-evaluate these recommendations based on the statistics reported to our department.”

    Hays CISD will abide by the current local health department recommendation and continue to monitor and collaborate with local officials to establish the appropriate district response including any changes to our plan when necessary. 

    Sincerely,
    Tim Savoy
    Chief Communication Officer

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  • November 16, 2020 Email: Calendar Changes, COVID Information & More

    Posted by Tim Savoy on 11/16/2020

    Dear Hays CISD Family,

    Here are some items of interest and important announcements:

    Additional Asynchronous Virtual Learning Days

    Because our asynchronous/virtual learning days worked well for students and teachers earlier this month, Superintendent Dr. Eric Wright and the District Leadership Team (DLT) have adopted additional virtual learning days for the remainder of the school year.

    We’ve updated the school calendar to reflect the changes at www.hayscisd.net/calendar. And, a new version of the calendar is attached.

    These days are school days for students, but students will learn virtually at home, asynchronously, to provide teachers with planning, prep, and professional development time. Campuses will be open for students who need to be on campus. They will learn virtually from campus similar to the way we operated the first three weeks of our school year. Regular bus service won’t run on these virtual learning days.

    Monitoring COVID – Are We Going to Close?

    The district continues to monitor the most recent data regarding the coronavirus. The number of positive cases has increased in our district, which is in-line with national trends. At this time, we do not have plans to unilaterally return the entire district to virtual learning. Our contact tracing and quarantining efforts are working. We continue to manage instances of positive COVID results on a case-by-case basis and in close consult with county and state health department officials and guidelines. Individual campuses, grade-levels, or classrooms may be temporarily placed on virtual learning as needed. And, though we have no plans for a full, districtwide return to virtual learning, we are prepared for any contingency. As we have all year, we pledge to take actions that are afforded to us by the state that are based on safety of our students and staff, and we will keep you promptly informed. Visit the Hays CISD coronavirus central information site at: https://www.hayscisd.net/coronavirus.

    Hey Hays?!

    We’re excited to launch a new, one-stop place for you to stay connected with the district. ‘Hey Hays?!’ at www.hayscisd.net/heyhays has a place for you to start a conversation with various district leaders, drop a suggestion in our digital suggestion box, and view a directory of the places we communicate – especially in an emergency.  

    Help the Foundation While You Shop

    If you shop on Amazon, be sure to set your account to Amazon “Smile” and pick the Hays CISD Education Foundation as your charity. Your items won’t cost you anything more, but Amazon will provide a portion of the sale as a donation to our district’s education foundation. You can follow a dashboard to see how much your purchases have generated for the foundation.

    Stay safe!
    Tim Savoy
    Hays CISD Chief Communication Officer

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  • October 29, 2020 Email: Addition of Virtual Learning Days

    Posted by Tim Savoy on 10/29/2020

    Dear Hays CISD Family,

    Yesterday, Wednesday afternoon, the District Leadership Team (DLT), which consists of representatives from every campus, as well as administration and community members, met and adopted an adjustment to the academic calendar.

    Friday, November 6, 2020, and Monday November 9, 2020, will now be asynchronous virtual learning days. We’ve updated the school calendar to reflect the changes at www.hayscisd.net/calendar.  

    What This Means

    These days are school days for students, but students will learn virtually at home, asynchronously, to provide teachers with planning, prep, and professional development time. Campuses will be open for students who need to be on campus. They will learn virtually from campus similar to the way we operated the first three weeks of our school year. Regular bus service won’t run on these virtual learning days.

    Why the Change?

    The two virtual learning days are the last day of the first nine-week grading period and the first day of the second nine-week grading period. We have provided students with grace and flexibility to turn in assignments up to the close of the grading period. Adding these virtual learning days allows us to extend that same grace to teachers to grade assignments, and also plan for the next nine-weeks. The district believes the investment in teacher preparation time will translate to richer, better learning experiences for students.

    What You Need To Do

    If you are able to keep your children home to learn on November 6th and 9th, you don’t need to do anything. For students who will need to be on campus on these days, look for additional information from your child’s campus. Each campus will be reaching out to parents to see how many in-person students they will need to plan for on those days.

    Stay safe!

    Tim Savoy
    Hays CISD Chief Communication Officer

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