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:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1RJqjw70QSI


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.