Update - August 24
August 24, 2020
Dear Hutto ISD Parents and Families:
Friday evening, the Hutto ISD Board of Trustees approved to extend the start date of in-person instruction from Tuesday, September 8, to Monday, September 14.
This decision was made based on the recommendation of Hutto ISD’s Administration after reviewing current COVID trends in Williamson County. While trends are showing positive signs, they are still not where county health officials believe they need to be in order to return students and staff to in-person learning. In addition, it was decided that returning the day after a holiday weekend might not allow sufficient time for potential new COVID cases to be recognized. Extending virtual learning four more days (through the Labor Day week) would give parents more time to notice COVID symptoms and withhold their students from returning to campus and potentially exposing other students and staff on Monday, September 14.
For our parents who are ready for students to return to on-campus learning, we understand. We are ready, too. We know the hardships that are created for families when students cannot be at school. We want to remind you that the YMCA has set up a program open at Kerley Elementary and Howard Norman Elementary that is available for all of our elementary students from 7:00 a.m - 6:00 p.m. during the virtual-only phase. The cost is $100 per week and scholarships are available. Consider applying for the scholarships even if you do not think you qualify. They have adults on-site who are there to assist children with virtual schooling, and they have strong health and safety protocols in place. More information is available in this flyer.
If you would like to keep up with the Williamson County Health District data that we follow, you can visit http://www.wcchd.org/COVID-19/dashboard.php each day for updates (scroll to the lower portion of the page on that link).
A reminder that you can access our website for information related to virtual learning and for general information related to the school district and COVID-19.
Please reach out to teachers if you have class-related questions and to the campus principal for higher-level questions or concerns.
Please continue to practice all of the recommended safety measures and please continue to remind your children to do the same. It is critical that we each do our part to help get our schools open!
We sincerely hope that we will be able to see our on-campus students on Monday, September 14.
In the best interest of our Hippos,
Celina Estrada Thomas, Ph.D., Superintendent and
District Executive Leadership Team