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San Antonio-area school districts announce closures through April 24 after ‘Stay Home, Work Safe’ order

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SAN ANTONIO – San Antonio-area school districts are announcing extended closures in response to the coronavirus pandemic and Bexar County’s new “Stay Home, Work Safe” order.

Last week, Texas Gov. Greg Abbott issued a public health emergency declaration, which bans gatherings of 10 or more people and required school districts to close through at least April 3.

But most districts extended those closures further — through April 24 — on Tuesday.

That extension is in response to orders from San Antonio Mayor Ron Nirenberg and Bexar County Judge Nelson Wolff that all non-essential businesses close and residents remain in their homes, except for crucial errands. That order is expected to run through at least April 9, once approved by City Council on Thursday.

Still, San Antonio-area school districts are ensuring students still have access to food during the closures by providing free, curbside meal services. (Click here for a map of where students can get meals.)

The closures have left a lot of parents and caregivers home with kids who need something to do. If you’re one of the millions of Americans stuck at home check out this list of 20 websites to help keep kids busy and smart! )Check out our KSAT Kids section for more educational-based content for parents, teachers and students.)

For the latest in your district, Go Public has direct links to the COVID-19 pages for each of the 19 San Antonio-area ISDs and each district has information regarding its specific school closings and services.

These events, schools have been canceled, postponed, modified around San Antonio area over coronavirus

Here are the known districts closing schools through April 24, unless otherwise noted:

Private schools may have more flexibility. It’s best to check with your school, but here are the known private and charter schools closures:

IDEA Public schools will be closed until further notice, according to a news release. “All planned events, athletics, field trips, after-school programs and other campus activities have been canceled for the remainder of the year. Student instruction will continue online via distance learning for all students in grades Pre-K through 12 beginning March 24 in San Antonio. March 23 in Tarrant County and March 30 in Austin, El Paso and the Rio Grande Valley.”

San Antonio school districts providing free, curbside meal service for students during closure

COVID-19, the respiratory disease caused by the new virus, stands for coronavirus disease 2019. The disease first appeared in late 2019 in Wuhan, China, but spread around the world in early 2020, causing the World Health Organization to declare a pandemic in March.

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