HISD Board of Trustees

News and Announcements

Hallettsville Brahma Update May 22, 2020

Parents, we truly appreciate your help and support at home during the COVID school closure this spring! The HISD admin team is carefully studying the intersessional calendar plans that TEA has proposed as well as plans that other districts around the state are considering for the next school year.

Because you are a valuable partner in education, and we respect your opinions on what is best for your children, we have created a survey where you can share your thoughts and suggestions on the school calendar for 2020-2021. Please visit the link below to access the survey.

https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/HISDCalendarSurvey

Thank you for taking time to respond to the survey!

The Hallettsville ISD District Advisory Council (DAC) is seeking members for the 2020-2021 school year. Meetings are generally held quarterly and focused on district improvement. The council is in need of business representatives, community members, and parents of students currently enrolled in the district. Campus principals are also seeking members to serve on their Campus Advisory Councils (CACs). When you complete the calendar survey, you will have an opportunity to express your interest in serving on the DAC or a CAC.

As we close the school year, I would like to take this opportunity to thank all of the teachers, administrators, office staff members, and HISD instructional support staff who embraced the COVID challenge of distance learning and provided high quality lesson plans and support for students and parents. Our maintenance and custodial staff members have also worked very hard to keep our campuses safe and clean and keep the grounds well-maintained during this school closure.

Special thanks to Mrs. Bobbi Jurena and the food service staff members, transportation staff members, and volunteers who helped serve nutritious meals to the children of the Hallettsville community during the COVID closure. We really appreciate all of your hard work and dedication to the district!

Have a great summer and stay safe!

Dr. Jo Ann Bludau, Superintendent

Private Non-Profit Initial Consultation for Federal Program Services

Hallettsville ISD will be holding its informational meeting for Private Non-Profit participation in federal program services. This meeting is open to all facilities with a non-profit license designation.

Thursday, May 28th at 10:00 a.m. in the Hallettsville ISD Administration Office.

HISD COVID-19 Weekly Update May 15, 2020

As the 2019-2020 school year is winding down, school leaders from across the nation are already planning for the 2020-2021 school year.

The Centers for Disease Control has released a document to help school administrators make (re)opening decisions regarding K-12 schools during the COVID-19 pandemic. A link to that document is below.

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/community/schools-childcare/Schools-Decision-Tree.pdf

Below you will also find a link to a PowerPoint Presentation developed by the Texas Education Agency to assist school districts in Adjusting School Calendars for COVID-19 Response.

https://tea.texas.gov/sites/default/files/Adjusting_School_Calendars.pptx

Next week, parents will receive a survey where they can share their thoughts and suggestions on the school calendar for 2020-2021. Please review the TEA presentation and share your ideas with us regarding calendar adjustments and procedures that you believe need to be made in response to COVID-19.

Reminder: Students who have incomplete assignments especially at the secondary level (grades 5-12) will need to submit assignments in order to receive course credit for this spring semester. Please contact your child’s teacher or campus principal if you have any concerns or questions about your child’s academic progress during this COVID-19 school closure.

Thank you again for keeping your children safe and on track during these final weeks of the school year. We truly appreciate your help and support at home in educating the students of Hallettsville ISD!

Take care and stay well!

Dr. Jo Ann Bludau, Superintendent

HISD COVID-19 Weekly Update May 7, 2020

The Texas Education Agency released a document entitled Guidance for Graduation and End-of-Year Promotion Ceremonies During COVID-19 on May 5, 2020. A link to that document is below.

https://tea.texas.gov/sites/default/files/graduation_ceremonies_5.5.2020_vf.pdf

HISD administrators are collaborating with local authorities and staff members to make adjustments to the graduation ceremony to stay in compliance and keep everyone safe. Thank you for your patience and understanding as we adjust in accordance with the Governor's Executive Orders and the TEA Requirements.

Reminder: Students who have incomplete assignments especially at the secondary level will need to submit assignments in order to receive course credit for this spring semester. Please contact your child’s teacher or campus principal if you have any concerns or questions about your child’s academic progress during this COVID-19 school closure.

Thank you for helping your children to be successful and stay on track during these final weeks of the school year!

Take care and stay well!

Dr. Jo Ann Bludau, Superintendent

Graduation Message from HS Principal, Darrin Bickham

Senior Class of 2020 and Parents,

On May 5th, the Texas Education Agency released some heavy guidelines regarding graduation ceremonies. We are working to make everything happen that we are required to do for the awesome ceremony on June 5th. It’s going to be an amazing evening that you deserve. Sadly, we have to cancel the “school sponsored senior parade” that was to occur on May 16th. The T.E.A. guidelines state, “Graduates may only be brought together for one event.” We aren’t even allowed to have a rehearsal. It will be a great ceremony anyway. If you or your parents have any questions, please call me anytime at (979) 942-0142 or email me at darrin.bickham@hisdbrahmas.org. We are also looking into providing more than six tickets like previously planned. I will mail a letter home next week with complete details regarding the graduation ceremony.

The cap and gown pick-up was a lot of fun. Take care and Go Brahmas!

Mr. B

HISD COVID-19 Wednesday Update April 29th

HHS Graduation has been set for June 5th at 7:30 p.m. at Hallettsville Brahma Memorial Stadium. There will be some adjustments made to the graduation ceremony to keep everyone safe. These adjustments are being developed.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidelines and Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) minimum recommended health protocols can be found at https://gov.texas.gov/uploads/files/organization/opentexas/OpenTexas-Report.pdf.

Reminder: Campus Principals will be posting updates and plans for supplies and materials pick up under the COVID campus websites.

Thank you for your patience and understanding during this time of teaching and learning at home and for your efforts to provide instructional continuity for our students during these final weeks of the school year. Please continue to email campus principals, teachers, and staff members if you need assistance.

HISD COVID-19 Wednesday Update

Attention Parents/Guardians:

Reminder: The Transfer Application Window will close on Thursday, April 30th for any new or existing students who do not reside in the Hallettsville ISD. Contact the campus office for more information.

Campus Principals will be posting Grading Guidelines under the COVID campus websites this week.

Principals will also be developing plans for supplies and materials pick up during the month of May.

School Closure Update

Governor Abbott issued an executive order today stating that schools will remain closed for the remainder of the 2019-2020 academic year.

Hallettsville ISD Covid-19 Resource Website Now Available

Attention Hallettsville ISD Parents/Guardians:
Hallettsville ISD is releasing a website to help compile all of Hallettsville ISD’s Covid-19 resources in one location. The site includes many items such as:
· Campus specific resources with weekly lesson updates from staff and suggested schedules.
· A repository of all communications put out at the district level regarding the Covid-19 pandemic.
· Library resources with username and login information.
· Food service information and the link to sign up for meal packages.
· Technology help desk contact information.
· Local free WiFi hotspots.
· A staff email directory if you need to get in touch with a teacher or administrator.

To access the site go to:
https://sites.google.com/hisdbrahmas.org/hisdcovid19/ or https://bit.ly/3aWnY8J

Check back regularly for updates and new information.

HISD Covid 19 Update

Attention HISD Parents/Guardians:
Since we are anticipating word from Governor Abbott regarding the public school year later on this week, we do not have a formal update for you. However, we would like an update from you.
Please let us know how the at-home learning opportunities provided by Hallettsville ISD are going by answering this short survey. We look forward to learning how we can help you!

https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/AtHomeLearningSurvey


Thank you!

Reminder: Hallettsville ISD Meal Packet Sign Up

On our March 16th Covid-19 Survey to the community, we asked about nutritional needs for HISD students.
HISD will be starting meal service on Thursday, March 26th.
Students will receive lunch for the current day and breakfast for the next morning.
This service is available for ANY CHILD (AGE 1 - 12TH GRADE)
The pickup location will be in the parking lot behind the High School.
The pickup time is 10:30 AM – 12:30 PM (Monday – Friday).
At pickup, you will have to provide the names of the children receiving meals. Children DO NOT have to be present in cars to receive a meal package.
HISD is collaborating with Region 3 Education Service Center and the Texas Department of Agriculture to provide these meals at NO CHARGE.

Please call or email Roberta Jurena before 9 AM if you have signed up for a meal and do not need it for that day. (361-798-2242 ext 380 or rjurena@hisdbrahmas.org)

https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/HISDMeals

HISD Update April 8, 2020

Hallettsville ISD is still under the March 31st Executive Order by the Governor of the State of Texas to remain closed through May 4, 2020.

Coming soon!!!!

The Technology Department, Teachers and Principals are developing a COVID-19 resource page on our district and campus websites including links to: HES, HJH, and HHS instructional resources, district communications, food service, technology help desk, and local wifi hotspots.

Stay well and email your principals and teachers to let them know if there is any way we can support you and your children as we continue to teach and learn from a distance.

Dr. Jo Ann Bludau
Superintendent
Hallettsville ISD

Extended Closure Announcement (4/1/2020)

Hallettsville ISD will begin offering a Technology Help Desk hotline Monday-Friday from 8:00 am - 3:30 pm starting Thursday, April 2. Students in need of basic computer help can call 361-798-2242 ext 471 to be put in contact with HISD computer technicians.

HISD - Extended Closure Announcement

Attention Hallettsville ISD Parents/Guardians:

Hallettsville ISD will be following the extended social distancing guidelines set forth by President Trump this past Sunday and will continue to remain closed until April 30th.

Please refer to individual campus communication for distance learning requirements.

If your children need access to nutritional services in the form of meal packets, please use the following link to sign up: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/HISDMeals
Parents who are already signed up for meal service or those not wanting to receive meal packets for their children DO NOT need to fill this out.

Covid-19 Update (3/27/20)

Attention Parents/Guardians:
Hallettsville ISD is continuing to monitor the Covid-19 pandemic. We are seeking input from local officals as well as following executive orders of state officials. HISD will post an update next week regarding future plans.

HISD Operating Hours

HISD's campuses are currently staffed by essential staff only. If you need to contact someone, the best way is to email. Phone calls to the district are being answered in one centralized location from 8AM - 11AM daily. Secretaries will forward any questions you have to the appropriate party. Please click here to see a list of staff emails.

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