Tiger Tales

Hemmenway Elementary - January 2022 Edition

A Note from the Principal

Dear Hemmenway Families,

Happy New Year!! Can you believe it is already 2022? We are so excited to welcome our tigers back on Tuesday, January 4th! It's hard to believe that half of this school year is over, but we are excited for what the next 5 months have in store for our kiddos. We can't wait for our upcoming parent events, our many opportunities to show our learning in the classroom, and the experiences our tigers will participate in. It's going to be a great rest of the 2021-2022 school year. As always, thank you for always supporting Hemmenway! We can't do what we do without you!


Dr. Silliman

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Save the Dates

  • Tuesday, January 4th - Return from Winter Break
  • Thursday, January 13th - End of 2nd 9 Weeks
  • Friday, January 14th - Teacher Work Day - Student Holiday
  • Monday, January 17th - Martin Luther King, Jr. Day - Student/Staff Holiday
  • Thursday, January 27th - Class Pictures
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Health and Safety Protocols

As we return to school, we want to remind you of our health and safety protocols that were developed in collaboration with local medical experts and the Centers for Disease Control (CDC).

COVID-19 Testing

CFISD will resume free rapid COVID-19 testing for CFISD staff and students at the SRC location on Sunday, Jan. 2, and the Berry Center and Pridgeon drive-thru locations on Monday, Jan. 3. Registration is required for staff and students. For hours of operation and to register for testing, please see http://www.cfisd.net/c19testing.


Because face mask mandates are not legally permissible in Texas, face masks continue to be optional for all students and staff. Due to the high transmission rate of the Omicron variant, masks are strongly encouraged while indoors on our campuses.


On Monday, Dec. 27, the CDC released new guidance for people with COVID-19 that shortens the recommended time for isolation from 10 days to 5 days if fever (100.0o F or above) has been absent for at least 24 hours without using fever-reducing medication. Therefore, CFISD will be modifying the “Isolation and Readmission Criteria Protocol” in the LEAD Safely plan accordingly.

Self-monitoring for Symptoms

Students and staff must monitor daily for symptoms of COVID-19 and stay home when sick. If COVID-19 symptoms are experienced, individuals must not report to work or school, and test for COVID-19 or consult with a licensed healthcare provider.

Symptoms of COVID-19 include:

· Cough

· Sore throat

· Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing

· Loss of taste/smell

· Nasal congestion

· Headache

· Fever at or above 100°F

· Vomiting/diarrhea

Hand Hygiene

Students and staff will be frequently reminded to wash hands thoroughly and often, cover coughs and sneezes, and use hand sanitizer throughout the day. All classrooms are equipped with hand sanitizer dispensers, in addition to building and cafeteria entrances and buses.

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Parent Lunch Visitors and WatchDOGS - Pause for January

With the uprise in Covid cases, we wanted to let you know that we will be working together to ensure everyone is safe and healthy.

  • We are canceling parent lunch visitors and WatchDogs this month to just be safe. If you were scheduled to be a WatchDOG this month, you may contact the school to reschedule.

We will reevaluate the situation at the end of the month and will let everyone know updates moving into February. Thank you for always supporting Hemmenway and for being flexible, as we look forward to having a wonderful 2022 school year!

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