An email from a Hays CISD spokesperson said potentially hazardous road conditions from ice and snow remaining on roads was to blame. Virtual learning was also canceled to keep all students on the same schedule.
The HCISD email also noted limited capacity at area hospitals due to the pandemic, and said reducing the number of drivers on the road was another factor in the district's decision to cancel classes.
For seven days, COVID-19 patients have accounted for more than 15% of hospital capacity in Trauma Service Area O—which includes Hays, Travis and Williamson counties. The increase in hospitalizations led to increased restrictions on businesses and health care facilities.
San Marcos CISD to open
In a Facebook post, San Marcos CISD said it planned to open for classes Jan. 11, but would monitor weather through the evening.
The SMCSD transportation department and district administration will also assess road conditions in the morning and would provide an update to families by 5:30 a.m. if a postponement or cancellation is deemed necessary.