Hutto ISD to close all campuses Jan. 17-19 due to overwhelming COVID-19 absences

In a letter to students, parents and staff, HISD Superintendent Celina Estrada Thomas said 200 staff members and 1,680 students were absent Jan. 14. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)
In a letter to students, parents and staff, HISD Superintendent Celina Estrada Thomas said 200 staff members and 1,680 students were absent Jan. 14. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)

In a letter to students, parents and staff, HISD Superintendent Celina Estrada Thomas said 200 staff members and 1,680 students were absent Jan. 14. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)

Hutto ISD will close all campus operations Jan. 17-19 due to an overwhelming number of students and staff testing positive for COVID-19.

In a letter to students, parents and staff, HISD Superintendent Celina Estrada Thomas said 200 staff members and 1,680 students were absent Jan. 14.

"Our goal with closing for two days is to allow time for our staff and students to get healthy enough to return to teaching and learning," Thomas said in the letter.

Thomas added there is no virtual option for in-home learning at this time, and the plan is for students and staff to return to campuses by Jan. 20.

According to district information, all high school athletic events will continue as scheduled as long as coaches and students are healthy, and transportation services will resume with some modifications Jan. 20.


Students and staff are still highly encouraged to wear masks upon returning to campus, and cafeteria menu options will be limited due to staffing shortages in that department, the letter states.

District officials are also seeking any volunteers who can help fill gaps in coverage across a number of different needs. For more information on volunteering to help HISD, click here.
By Brian Rash
Brian has been a reporter and editor since 2012. He wrote about the music scene in Dallas-Fort Worth before becoming managing editor for the Graham Leader in Graham, Texas, in 2013. He relocated to Austin, Texas, in 2015 to work for Gatehouse Media's large design hub. He became the editor for the Lake Travis-Westlake publication of Community Impact in August 2018. From there he became a dual-market editor for Community Impact's New Braunfels and San Marcos-Buda-Kyle editions. Brian is now a senior editor for the company's flagship papers, the Round Rock and Pflugerville-Hutto editions.