WATCH: City of San Antonio hosts children’s town hall on COVID-19

Watch the full town hall in the video player below

SAN ANTONIO – San Antonio Mayor Ron Nirenberg, Metro Health Director Claude A. Jacob and Methodist Children’s Hospital pediatric emergency room physician Dr. Whitney Schwarz answered children’s questions about COVID-19 during a town hall on Friday.

Children had a chance to ask questions about COVID-19, vaccines and mask mandates as they head back to school amid a surge in infections.

Watch the full town hall in the video player above.

The school year has started for many students already, but some head back to class in the coming weeks.

San Antonio’s biggest districts — Northside, North East and San Antonio ISDs — have approved mask requirements of their own as courts decide the legalities of such mandates.

After several court rulings, the Texas Supreme Court on Thursday ruled that school mask mandates can remain for now. The mask mandate issued by San Antonio’s Metropolitan Health District is still in place.

The universal indoor mask mandate applies to all public schools from pre-kindergarten through 12th grade.

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