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KSAT Kids: School safety indicator turns green, more students can now return to classroom

Student spotlight highlights Wyatt Stone, 15, USA Pickleball junior singles National Champion

Students arrive for in-person classes on, Tuesday, Sept. 29, 2020. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)
Students arrive for in-person classes on, Tuesday, Sept. 29, 2020. (AP Photo/John Minchillo) (Copyright 2020 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.)

Hello parents, teachers and students!

San Antonio area school districts received some positive news this week when the Metropolitan Health District lowered its school safety indicator to green -- meaning the city’s positivity rate has now dipped below 5%.

Area districts can now have more students in the classroom, as long as the schools adhere to guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The CDC says students and adults still must maintain physical distancing, practice handwashing and use face coverings.

In this week’s KSAT Kids' spotlight -- since Saturday, Oct. 10 is the first-ever World Pickleball Day -- we highlight 15-year-old Wyatt Stone from New Braunfels, who was introduced to pickleball just over two years ago and has since amassed an amazing 32 medals. He is also one of the youngest certified pickleball teaching professionals in the country.

Are you looking for a fun, educational activity for the kids? Check out Meteorologist Kaiti Blake’s latest home science lab -- alien monster eggs. It’s a great way to make a Halloween demonstration that teaches chemical reactions.

In the mood for something funny? Well, check out the hilarious finalists for the 2020 Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards, as some lucky photographers took pictures and even caught animals acting funny on video. They’re sure to make you chuckle.

And for those students still seeking additional schooling help, the San Antonio Public Library is offering back-to-school resources to help with their lessons. 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!

-Ben Spicer

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Here’s what can be found on KSAT Kids for Thursday, October 8:

Student Spotlight

Pickleball junior singles national champion, Wyatt Stone, is determined to grow sport

Pickleball is the nation’s fastest-growing sport and a New Braunfels' 15-year-old, Wyatt Stone, is determined to be at the forefront of increasing its popularity among youth players.

Pickleball junior singles national champion, Wyatt Stone, is determined to grow sport
Pickleball junior singles national champion, Wyatt Stone, is determined to grow sport

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.

Student activities

KSAT Kids Home Science: How to make alien monster eggs

Are you looking for something fun to do at home that has a little bit of science behind it? Well, check out how to make “alien monster eggs”, a great Halloween demonstration courtesy of The Kitchen Pantry Scientist.

KSAT Kids Home Science: How to make alien monster eggs
KSAT Kids Home Science: How to make alien monster eggs

10 ways to celebrate Halloween in San Antonio while social distancing

How can you celebrate Halloween safely in the San Antonio area? Here are a few events and ideas we’ve come up with to help you plan a socially-distant holiday:

It should come as little surprise that retailers slash prices on Halloween costumes as soon as Halloween is over.
It should come as little surprise that retailers slash prices on Halloween costumes as soon as Halloween is over. (iStockphoto.com/(sjlocke))

San Antonio students can score prizes with Spurs What’cha Reading Program

Teachers in San Antonio and the surrounding areas can now register their classes as part of this year’s Spurs What’cha Reading program, which will take place starting Oct. 19.

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