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