The latest news from Dripping Springs ISD

Week of January 3, 2022

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Keeping DSISD Schools Healthy

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the COVID-19 Omicron variant presents symptoms similar to and often mistaken for seasonal allergies. These symptoms include cough, shortness of breath/difficulty breathing, fatigue, headache, sore throat, congestion, or a runny nose. In order to help reduce the spread of the virus in our schools, these symptoms should be taken seriously, especially if they are uncommon for your child. If your student tests positive for COVID-19, please contact your child’s campus nurse.

DSISD COVID-19 Protocols

As many of you may know, the CDC recently updated its COVID-positive quarantine guidance for the general public, reducing the isolation period for positive cases from 10 days to five days followed by five days with strict masking. However, the CDC’s K-12 public school guidance and Texas Education Agency’s (TEA) public health guidance has maintained the 10-day recommendation for schools. Therefore, DSISD’s current COVID-19 protocols remain in effect. We anticipate receiving additional guidance from TEA soon and will review our protocols at that time.

Please know that the wellbeing of our students and staff is of the utmost importance. The district and campus leadership teams are actively monitoring the situation and working to make the best decisions possible to keep our students and staff healthy. Thank you for your support and partnership.

Helpful Links

DSISD School Health Protocols

COVID-19 Case Dashboard

Hays Informed


Dripping Springs High School girls’ soccer coach Bailee Perrine has been recognized as a 2021 High School Girls Regional Coach of the Year by the United Soccer Coaches organization. Perrine is one of just two soccer coaches from the state of Texas to garner this accolade.

Perrine guided the Lady Tigers to the program’s first state championship in 2021 with a 2-1 win over Frisco Wakeland High School in the UIL Class 5A Championship game. Dripping Springs recorded a school-record 27 wins on the season with a 27-1-1 mark and outscored opponents 97-8 with 25 shutouts on the year.

In May 2021, Perrine was named the Region IV-5A Head Coach of the Year by the Texas Association of Soccer Coaches (TASCO). In four seasons with the Tigers, she has compiled an 89-14-6 record.

A complete list of honorees can be found here.


For the second consecutive year, Dripping Springs Elementary and Rooster Springs Elementary have garnered the prestigious CREST (Counselors Reinforcing Excellence for Students in Texas) award by the Texas School Counselor Association (TSCA) for the 2021-22 school year. Michelle Tasin and Gabriela Mora are the DSE counselors, and Kimberlee Guerrero and Karey Carroll are the RSE counselors.

“I am so proud of our school counseling programs in DSISD,” said Director of SEL and Health Services Tisha Kolek. “Highlighting and celebrating the work that our school counselors do each day with our students, staff, and families is important. Each of our campus counseling programs advocate for student success and provide social and emotional support through our programming. Celebrating the two campuses who submitted the application for statewide recognition and then having both of them receive the CREST award is a celebration for our district and community.”

CREST is a continuous improvement program that gives school counselors an opportunity to demonstrate effective communication and a commitment to obtaining results. CREST helps counselors to evaluate their counseling programs, promote their programs to stakeholders in their district, demonstrate the effectiveness of their guidance and counseling programs through empirical means, and implement the Texas and national models for school counseling programs.

CREST looks at the counseling program in five categories:

  • Introduction to the School and the Role of the Professional School Counselor
  • Program Implementation Cycle
  • Foundational Components
  • Four Service Delivery Components
  • Program Curriculum

Each counseling team prepares a digital submission that highlights these areas and communicates just what the counseling program is doing to help students succeed. These are sent to reviewers throughout the state of Texas to be judged according to pre-set standards of excellence.


Four Dripping Springs High School student-athletes were recently named to the Austin American-Statesman's 2021 All-Centex Team. Cross country runner Kate Ginther (1st Team) was one of just five female runners on the team. Tiger volleyball placed three on the team with Mackenzie Plante (1st Team), Natalie Arnold (2nd Team) and Madi Lund (Honorable Mention) receiving honors.

Cross Country

Kate Ginther: She finished eighth at the UIL State Meet with a time of 18:15 to help the Tigers place third as a team.


Mackenzie Plante, Outside Hitter: A returning All-Centex First Team selection, Plante led the Tigers to the regional finals with 522 kills, 430 digs, and 58 aces on the season.

Natalie Arnold, Middle Blocker: Arnold led the Tigers with 110 blocks on the year, while collecting 299 kills and serving 49 aces.

Madi Lund, Middle Blocker: Lund finished with 231 kills and 47 blocks on the season.


The DSISD Community Services spring catalog is now available at Included in the catalog is information on Kids College, Spring Break camps, community classes and much more!


Dripping Springs ISD is always looking to add to our Tiger Team! For some hard-to-fill positions, a hiring incentive, job training and flexible schedules are offered. Currently, DSISD has several openings for custodians, bus drivers, teacher aides, child nutrition staff, and Kids Club after-school staff and student workers. For more information about joining the DSISD team, visit To see job postings, click here.