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KSAT Kids: Parents face tough choices for next school year after TEA guidelines released

This week's spotlight highlights mom who wrote children's book about coronavirus

New state guidelines for schools
New state guidelines for schools

Hello parents, teachers and students!

The Texas Education Agency has released its public health guidelines for the 2020-2021 school year, and parents and guardians now will have a big decision to make when public school resumes in the fall. Do you send your child to school, or have them stay at home and learn remotely?

The question is a tricky one, as many educators are questioning the health experts’ recommendations, saying they don’t go far enough to protect children and teachers, while pediatricians are in support of in-person learning. So do you plan to send your child to school in August? You can vote in our poll by clicking here.

No matter the choice, the STAAR test will return to Texas public schools this school year. We have the San Antonio-area school districts’ tentative start dates on our website.

In this week’s spotlight, we highlight a local parent who has written a children’s book about coronavirus. The book is aimed to teach kids about the virus and how to stay safe.

Are you still looking for things to do with the kiddos this summer? The San Antonio Zoo has brought back its drive-thru experience on select dates, and The DoSeum is reopening to the public with added safety measures.

If you’re looking for something for bedtime, KSAT12 anchor Steve Spriester recently read “What Can You Do With A Rebozo?” for the San Antonio Independent School District Foundation’s Book Buddies program, a program that promotes literacy. You can view the video by clicking here.

And don’t forget, right now on our website we also 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 Thursday, July 9:

Parent Spotlight

San Antonio woman writes children’s book about coronavirus

Like most parents, Tedi McVea, a licensed clinical social worker, and her partner tried their best to explain the coronavirus to their 4-year-old son, Dax, and why his classes were now on a computer screen.

Local woman writes children’s book about coronavirus
Local woman writes children’s book about coronavirus

Do you know a classroom or school that is doing amazing work and deserves to be featured in KSAT Kids? Nominate a student, teacher or school by emailing ksatkids@ksat.com.

Summer activities

San Antonio Zoo brings back drive-thru experience on select dates

The San Antonio Zoo has decided to bring back the drive-thru zoo experience. Starting July 12, guests can purchase tickets for select dates for $65 per vehicle for non-annual pass holders/members and $32 per vehicle for pass holders.

Drive-thru zoo experience at San Antonio Zoo.
Drive-thru zoo experience at San Antonio Zoo. (San Antonio Zoo)

The DoSeum reopening to the public with added safety measures

San Antonio’s popular children’s museum will welcome guests back this Friday, but the experience will be different than before the COVID-19 pandemic because of new safety protocols the museum has instituted.

Little Town at the DoSeum
Little Town at the DoSeum (KSAT 2020)

Spree Reads: KSAT anchor Steve Spriester reads ‘What Can You Do With A Rebozo?’

KSAT12 anchor Steve Spriester recently read “What Can You Do With A Rebozo?” for the San Antonio Independent School District Foundation’s Book Buddies program, a program that promotes literacy.

KSAT12 anchor Steve Spriester reads a book for SAISD's book buddies program.
KSAT12 anchor Steve Spriester reads a book for SAISD's book buddies program. (KSAT)

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