Cougar Community Newsletter

January 15, 2022

Jarrell ISD COVID-19 Guidelines

Earlier this month, the Texas Education Agency updated their COVID-19 protocols.

COVID -19 Dashboard

Updated statistics on positive cases in our school district.

Updated 2021 2022 Academic Calendar

On December 15, 2021, the Board of Trustees approved adding three additional staff development days to the 2021-22 Academic Calendar. The dates are Jan 18; Feb 18; & Mar 11. Students will not attend school on these days.

A Message from Dr. Toni Hicks

Hello Cougars,

It was a joy to see our staff and students return from the much needed winter break with giant smiles on their faces. An added bonus during our break was the beautiful weather. I hope everyone enjoyed the time off and the opportunity to relax.

Unfortunately, as we move forward into this semester, our community is experiencing a surge in COVID-19 cases. The county is reporting there are 1,500 new cases daily in Williamson County and our schools are being impacted. Now that we are two weeks into the new semester we are seeing a spike in the number of staff and students absent due to illness. We are doing our very best to maintain a healthy school environment for our students and staff by continuing to emphasize and practice our COVID protocols. When at home, please remind your children about hand washing and social distancing. If they’re not feeling well, please keep them home. Thank you for doing all we can as a community to keep one another safe.

Additionally, we are hearing there are long wait times at COVID testing centers and that there is a shortage of COVID tests. Please know the City of Jarrell offers free COVID testing by appointment and have included information below on how to set an appointment. By working together and taking proper precautions, we can slow the spread of COVID in our community.

I also want to remind you that Monday is a student and staff holiday to celebrate and remember the leadership of Martin Luther King, Jr.

One of my favorite quotes by Martin Luther King, Jr. is “The function of education is to teach one to think intensively and to think critically. Intelligence plus character - that is the goal of true education.” ~ Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr.

We are fortunate to live in a community where the attributes of character are modeled daily by both our neighbors reaching out and helping one another and by our educators who are dedicated to serving and supporting the development of our children.

Lastly, just a reminder that with our revised calendar, Tuesday is a student holiday and a staff professional development day. This allows our staff time to learn strategies that will best meet the needs of our students, plan lessons to address individual student needs, and collaborate with colleagues.

Be healthy and well during this long weekend.

Toni Hicks, Ed.D.

Free COVID-19 PCR Testing

Free COVID-19 PCR testing is available at Jarrell City Hall (161 Town Center Blvd. in Jarrell), Monday through Friday from 8 a.m.- 5 p.m. Walk-ups are welcome. Tests are self-collected nasal swabs. Results will be available in 24-48 hours.

You can register for the test by clicking on the link below.

January is School Board Recognition Month

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January is School Board Recognition Month

Join us in thanking and celebrating Jarrell ISD’s Board of Trustees. We are fortunate to have leaders like Crystal Phalen, Jenny Arnold, Bruce Epstein, Troy Clawson, Tamara Dozier, and Rebecca Kirby. They demonstrate the best of what makes our school district great. Thank you, Board, for your commitment to our students, staff, and Cougar families. We appreciate all you do.

Note - Place 4 is currently vacant. An active search is underway to find a replacement for Kenneth Leverett, who resigned in December. We thank him for his service to our community.

Jarrell ISD Wants to Hear from You!

Our school district is strengthened by the support and feedback we receive from our parents and community members. If you have comments, questions, or concerns, we welcome and encourage you to contact us.

Jarrell ISD is proud to have teams of experts, including teachers, counselors, specialists, administrators, and nurses, who are happy to listen, work with you, and seek solutions for your child.

Jarrell ISD Contact Information

Jarrell Elementary 512-746-2170

Igo Elementary 512-746-4805

Jarrell Middle School 512-746-4180

Jarrell High School 512-746-2188

About Jarrell ISD

Jarrell ISD is located in northern Williamson County. The mascot is The Cougars. It has four campuses: Jarrell High School, Jarrell Middle School, Igo Elementary School and Jarrell Elementary. The district is home to more than 2,800 students. Enrollment is projected to double in the next 10 years
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