July 21, 2021 Email: Preliminary 2021-2022 COVID Plans for Hays CISD
Posted by Tim Savoy on 7/21/2021
Dear Hays CISD Family,
I hope you are enjoying your summer. We are compiling back to school information from across the district to send to you in our annual, one-stop-shop ‘Back-to-School Newsletter & Tip Sheet.” We hope to have that out to you by the end of next week. Included in that newsletter will be a link to our 2021-2022 COVID response plan and safety protocols.
Given this week’s attention on the rise in COVID cases, we wanted to share with you what we do know, so far, about our COVID plan for the upcoming school year. And, of course with all things pandemic related; plans, guidance, and our response protocols are subject to change depending on fluctuating circumstances and the state of the pandemic in our area.
In May 2021, Texas Governor Greg Abbott issued an executive order (GA – 36) prohibiting schools in Texas from requiring masks on campus. Therefore, Hays CISD will not require masks. However, the district still strongly encourages masks for those who are not vaccinated. Anyone who wishes to wear a mask in the district will be welcome to do so. Read the governor’s GA - 36 order online.
Hays CISD will not require COVID vaccines for students or staff members. Under the governor’s executive order GA - 35, the district is forbidden from compelling anyone to get a vaccine or to provide proof of a vaccine as a condition of receiving services from the district. The district encourages those who are eligible to get vaccinated. Read the governor’s GA - 35 order online.
Other Safety Measures
The district will continue to maintain a COVID safety plan with information about the measures underway in the district to combat the pandemic. For example, the district will continue thorough cleaning and sanitization measures and will monitor and report to health officials any positive cases on campus. The detailed 2021 – 2022 safety plan for Hays CISD will be published online for you as early as next week.
The legislature has not funded, and TEA has not authorized funding, at this time for school districts to offer pure virtual learning opportunities for students. Therefore, at this time, all students will be expected to be in-person for the upcoming school year (except, of course, students who have tested positive for COVID or who otherwise are quarantined.) The protocols regarding positive test quarantines for staff or students, and what instruction delivery will look during quarantine, will be included in the district’s COVID plan. District health, safety, and curriculum leaders are still reviewing options that are available to the district.
Currently, we don’t have the kind of flexibility locally that we had last school year. However, we do still have the same passion for health and safety of our students and staff. Regarding the pandemic, we are prepared to take any actions that are within our power if they are necessary to protect our school district family. Know that we are standing watch this summer on the trajectory of the pandemic and the latest information from our state leadership so that you can enjoy the rest of your summer. It is time you have all earned – as parents, students, teachers, and staff.
Chief Communication Officer