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KSAT Kids: Parents, teachers wait for in-school safety measures to be announced; free virtual summer camps

Kid spotlight highlights 9-year-old who celebrated birthday with canned food drive

School safety image.
School safety image. (KSAT)

Hello parents, teachers and students!

I hope you’re enjoying your summer and the well deserved time off.

The Texas Education Agency on Tuesday released its guidelines on remote learning and announced it will be distributing protective equipment to area schools to help safeguard students and teachers when they return.

But what about in-classroom learning?

Parents and teachers continue to wait for what measures the TEA will be put in place with coronavirus cases now surging throughout the state.

IDEA Public Schools recently announced it will give parents the option of online-only or in-person instruction. The at-school format will include a variety of safety precautions, such as plexiglass barriers in the classroom and temperature checks.

The San Antonio Independent School District school board earlier this week released a revised 2020-21 calendar that adds three weeks of intersession in response to the pandemic. To read more about their plans, click here.

To help continue with social distancing, KSAT Kids has some new at-home activities that children of all ages can enjoy. Both YouTube and the San Antonio Botanical Garden are offering free virtual camp experiences that can be enjoyed from the comfort of home.

In this week’s kid spotlight, we focus on 9-year-old Mason Gamboa, who decided he wanted to give back to the community for his birthday and orchestrated a canned food drive instead of having a party. Well done!

Junior chef Molly O’Connell is also back at it this week, sharing some July 4th picnic favorites, but with a twist. They’ll be perfect to have the kiddos try and make, or simply enjoy while celebrating.

And don’t forget, right now on our website we have a map where you can find free school meals during the summer. We also have a list of places offering free Wi-Fi for students and their families during the pandemic.

Stay safe and wash your hands, everybody!

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Here’s what can be found on KSAT Kids for Friday, June 26:

Kid Spotlight

9-year-old boy celebrates his birthday with a canned food drive instead of a party

By now, we’ve all heard stories about the ways in which people have been getting creative in celebrating their birthdays amid a global pandemic. But a 9-year-old recently stood out by wanting to help his community.

Mason's birthday was a success.
Mason's birthday was a success. (Courtesy photo.)

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Stay at home activities

This virtual camp includes 1,200 videos and experiences -- and they’re all free

Summer camp might not be an option this year, but YouTube has created a free #CampYouTube, so as to re-create common camp experiences through YouTube videos.

A girl plays on a tablet while her dog sits next to her.
A girl plays on a tablet while her dog sits next to her.

San Antonio Botanical Garden offering virtual and in-person summer camps

The San Antonio Botanical Garden is trying to give kids something to do and get them active. Starting on June 29th, a chef cooking camp and an art and nature camp will begin.

San Antonio Botanical Garden offering virtual and in-person summer camps
San Antonio Botanical Garden offering virtual and in-person summer camps

Kid recipes: Loaded baked potato salad + sweet treat for Fourth of July picnics

Need a crowd-pleaser for your Fourth of July picnic? Junior chef Molly O’Connell’s loaded baked potato salad will have your whole crew asking for the recipe.

From left to right: red, white and blue strawberries; loaded baked potato salad.
From left to right: red, white and blue strawberries; loaded baked potato salad. (Copyright 2020 by KSAT - All rights reserved.)

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