COVID cases in double digits in schools

By Sahar Chmais 

Hays CISD and Dripping Springs ISD students have walked into their second week of school and the districts are already seeing COVID-19 cases in the double digits. 

Hays CISD has a total of 56 reported infections – 33 of which are staff and 23 students. The district releases COVID infection data every Monday. Of the 25 campuses, 17 have active cases. 

DSISD has a total of 20 reported infections – nine of which are staff and 11 students. The district releases COVID infections data on a daily basis. Of the eight district campuses, six have active cases. 

School districts are required to notify parents and students of any positive cases on campus. Additionally, parents cannot send their children to school if they have COVID symptoms or test positive for the virus. 

While districts are not required to conduct close contact tracing or notification, Hays CISD is doing it as an added measure. 

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Sahar Chmais holds a bachelor's degree in journalism from the University of Texas at Austin. She has been covering cities in Hays County for one year, touching on residents' struggles and successes, city issues, COVID-19 and more. Prior to reporting on the local spectrum, Sahar reported for a national news organization, covering gun violence. Sahar enjoys working as a local reporter because she gets to work with real people and their stories.

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