Edgewood ISD votes to close schools amid low enrollment, lack of funding
No more than 24 hours after another local school district voted to shut down more than a dozen schools, Edgewood Independent School District is the latest San Antonio-area public district to close schools amid low enrollment and lack of funding.
Kennedy High School plays integral role in boosting Westwood Square community
Pride and tradition reign at Edgewood Memorial Stadiun, home to the John F. Kennedy Rockets. As Kennedy cultivates a culture of encouragement and grit, student-athletes set the example for future generations. With that, the community believes bringing success back into the West Side helps push the area forward.
Edgewood ISD officer who put knee on neck of teen previously dismissed from BCSO for excessive force
An Edgewood Independent School District police officer seen on cell phone camera footage kneeling on the neck of a teenager late last year had previously been dismissed by the Bexar County Sheriff’s Office for excessive force, personnel records obtained by KSAT Investigates show.
Students return to class in Edgewood ISD as district focuses on security, enrollment
Monday is the first day of school for the Edgewood Independent School District and representatives said they are excited for the new school year. The district spoke to KSAT12 about a variety of topics, including those ranging from security to some of its newest programs.
Edgewood ISD police officer charged with wire fraud, accused of taking bribes while working as Maverick County deputy
A former Maverick County sheriff’s deputy accused of accepting multiple bribes in exchange for removing criminal warrants had recently been hired by the Edgewood Independent School District Police Department, a district official confirmed Tuesday.
Free COVID-19 tests for SAISD and Edgewood ISD students returning from spring break
SAN ANTONIO – Community Labs is partnering with San Antonio-area school districts to provide free COVID-19 testing this weekend before students and staff return to class after spring break. Students and employees in the San Antonio and Edgewood school districts and their families can be tested at no charge and without proof of insurance. Edgewood ISDSaturday, 1-3 p.m.Edgewood Theatre of Performing Arts at 402 Lance St., 78237San Antonio ISDSaturday, 9 a.m. – 12 p.m.Alamo Convocation Center, 110 Tuleta Dr, 78212Community Labs will resume its weekly testing at all SAISD and Edgewood school campuses beginning Tuesday, March 23. Click here for other places to get tested for COVID-19 in San Antonio. Also on KSAT:
Edgewood ISD cosmetology students adapt to new learning environment amid COVID-19 pandemic
SAN ANTONIO – Cosmetology students enrolled at Edgewood ISD’s Fine Arts Academy are making up for lost time. The COVID-19 pandemic forced the students out of the classroom for several months. Holly Yates, a cosmetology instructor at the school, said many of her students had a difficult time learning virtually. Although sanitizing and proper hygiene has always been a rule in cosmetology, Yates felt it was important students felt safe when they returned to class. A small group of students have returned for in-person learning, but with new safety protocols in place.
These San Antonio-area schools, colleges announce changes, closures
SAN ANTONIO – Following last week’s icy conditions and power outages, schools are still announcing changes and closures this week. Great Hearts San Antonio Schools - Classes expected to resume on Monday, Feb. 22. Premier High School San Antonio Windcrest - Classes resuming on Monday, Feb. 22. Schertz-Cibolo-Universal City ISD - All SCUC ISD campuses will be open on Monday, Feb. 22 for both In Person and at-home learning. South San ISD - South San ISD campuses and offices will be closed through Friday.
Beloved Edgewood ISD teacher dies after battle with COVID-19
SAN ANTONIO – The family of Edgewood ISD teacher Cynthia Ritz, who died from complications related to COVID-19, remembers her love for education, family and friends. Lopez said Ritz tested positive for COVID-19 on Jan. 7. She had worked at Edgewood ISD for 18 years. “We got two boys, and she was always like pushing them for their education, everything education,” Lopez said. Edgewood ISD released the following statement:“For 18 years, Ms. Cynthia Ritz, was a valued and beloved member of Edgewood ISD and we are deeply saddened to hear of her passing.
Edgewood ISD to begin testing students, staff for COVID-19
SAN ANTONIO – Edgewood Independent School District officials announced Tuesday that the district would begin testing students and staff members for COVID-19. The district said in a statement that the first phase of the testing process will begin at 7:15 a.m. for teachers and 8:15 a.m. for students on Wednesday at John F. Kennedy High School Auditorium. Eduardo Hernández, superintendent of Edgewood ISD, said the testing will allow district members to slow the spread of the virus in the area. “The collaboration with Community Labs and the ASPIRE Network, allows us to put in place additional safety measures for our students and staff, which is always our main priority," Hernández said. Related: Bexar County election workers given free COVID-19 testing
Edgewood ISD using new app to screen and monitor students, staff and visitors for COVID-19 symptoms
SAN ANTONIO – The Edgewood Independent School District is using a tool to keep track of students, staff and visitors for COVID-19 symptoms or exposure. The district began using the DrOwl app last week. “Each time they log into the app, their child’s name pops up and then they can answer the screening questions that we have embedded in the app,” Gamez said. If someone marks that they have COVID-19 symptoms, the staff is made aware of it. Around 2,000 students are back at Edgewood ISD schools for in-person instruction.
Edgewood ISD creates a one-stop shop for basic necessities for students, families
SAN ANTONIO – Edgewood Independent School District and Eagle’s Flight Advocacy and Outreach are coming together to create a one-stop shop for families and students in need. Tuesday marked the grand opening of the Rogena Reed Carver Community Resource Center, a joint venture to ensure Edgewood ISD students and families have the resources the basic necessities. Pamela Allen of Eagles' Flight Advocacy and Outreach said the idea for the Resource Center came out of the district’s police department’s desire to better serve kids in the community. Currently, the center houses a food pantry, clothing closet, baby pantry and laundry service center all under one roof. Related: Mother of son killed during ambush raises awareness about resources needed for troubled teens
GMSA@9 Debrief: Edgewood ISD transitional school brings students back on campus
SAN ANTONIO – KSAT12′s Sarah Acosta joins David Sears to talk about how a program for special education students is adjusting during the pandemic. The Edgewood Independent School District’s Burleson School for Innovation and Education helps special needs students ages 18-21 make their transition easier and reach life goals. With the help of several grants and a partnership with Texas A&M San Antonio, the school provides many on site job opportunities for students that help prepare them for the real world. To view the video, click above.
Burleson School for Innovation and Education brings transition students back on campus
SAN ANTONIO – When a special education student graduates from high school, that transition into the real world can be a little tough. The Edgewood Independent School District’s Burleson School for Innovation and Education helps special needs students ages 18-21 make that transition easier and help them reach life goals. A graphic t-shirt print shop and bike repair shop help them gain niche work skills. An outdoor garden on campus isn’t just a place to relax, but a workspace that teaches students how to grow and take care of plants. Typically, the program has about 30 students on campus, but this Fall only about half of them are coming back for in-person learning.
Each student in this district receives a device to help with learning in new school year
Over the past six months, Edgewood ISD has adapted -- and plans to offer education, technology, meals and other resources to the community. The first eight weeks of school within the district will be remote learning, all held online. “All of our students do receive devices for their online learning,” Calderon-Lugo said. Edgewood ISD is accepting applications for the 2020-21 academic year. As the district is an open-boundary school district, all students from Bexar County can apply to an Edgewood School of Innovation.
Edgewood ISD gives families hard hit by unemployment emotional support, basic necessities
SAN ANTONIO Many of the families within the Edgewood Independent School District who worked in the hospitality industry exemplify the job losses brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic. Although Hernandez considers the digital divide this generations civil rights issue, he said without the basic necessities and the emotional support families need, students will be unable to focus on learning from home. Hernandez said the district is doing what it can, such as offering counseling and caseworkers. As a result, Hernandez said often what they earn is the only paycheck in the family. WATCH: Hernandezs message to Edgewood ISD students and parents
Edgewood ISD board votes to extend online-only learning into October
SAN ANTONIO – Edgewood Independent School District board members voted to extend remote-only learning until October 9. The district had planned to be online-only for the first four weeks of school but decided to extend to eight weeks. EISD is one of the first San Antonio-area school districts to announce an extension of remote-only learning past the initial four weeks. The South San ISD school board voted on July 22 to have remote-only learning for the first eight weeks of school beginning on Aug. 12. The latest guidance from the Texas Education Agency says school districts can extend to remote-only learning to eight weeks if approved by the school board.
Edgewood ISD trustees refusal to resign costs district partnership with prestigious mentorship program
SAN ANTONIO Dina Serranos decision to not resign from the Edgewood Independent School District board of trustees after sharing a controversial picture on Facebook late last month has cost her district a partnership with a prestigious student-mentorship program, public records obtained by the KSAT 12 Defenders confirm. (KSAT)Emails handed over to the Defenders following a records request show that donors have pulled their support for the West Side district following Serranos post. Long said in recent years he has donated time and helped get school supplies for the district. Guide Right ProgramSerranos post and her subsequent refusal to resign caused leadership of a historically Black fraternity to back out of a budding partnership with the district to mentor students. Seay told the Defenders via telephone last week his group had been working to form a partnership with EISDs middle schools for a couple of years.
Edgewood ISD hands out more than 500 iPads to students for remote learning
Edgewood ISD elementary students are receiving their iPads this week that they will use for remote learning purposes. The distribution will happen at Loma Park Elementary, where more than 500 iPads will be given out to students. Students from Headstart to fifth grade will receive the devices, which will be used for them to watch teacher lessons, turn in assignments and connect with classmates. Edgewood ISD will begin its new school year on August 17, with the first four weeks of school remote under the health directive from the San Antonio Metropolitan Health District. RELATED: No face-to-face classes, extra-curricular activities until after Sept. 7, San Antonio health department says
Edgewood ISD Board pushes back start date to Aug. 17
SAN ANTONIO The Edgewood ISD School Board voted to modify the start date to the 2020-2021 academic calendar from Aug. 10 to Aug. 17. Additionally, the board voted to utilize remote learning for the first four weeks of school or until labor day. After that, the board will re-evaluate and consider extending or an additional four weeks based on recommendations from local and state health agencies. According to the district, the intersession weeks are meant to offer additional instructional support to students. Additional information regarding back to school updates is shared on the EISD social platforms, including Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and the districts website.
Edgewood ISD calls special meeting to discuss conduct of trustee following offensive Facebook post
The weekend post on Serranos Facebook page included the photo as well as the caption that read: Happy Fathers Day Babe! I am extremely disappointed by the poor judgment demonstrated by a member of the Edgewood ISD School Board. The EISD School Board will not overlook any type of behavior that is considered offensive. This does not reflect the Edgewood ISD Board of Trustees nor the Edgewood Independent School District. I sincerely apologize to Edgewood ISD, family, friends, supporters and my tight knit community for my poor judgement in choosing to post a 2015 Arizona family vacation photo on Facebook, Serrano wrote.
Edgewood ISD suspends summer workouts amid COVID-19 spike
SAN ANTONIO – The Edgewood Independent School District is the latest San Antonio area district to suspend summer athletic camps in the wake of a spike of COVID-19 cases in Bexar County. Robert Gomez, Athletic Director for Edgewood ISD, announced Monday that all summer strength, conditioning and skills camps at all district campuses were suspended until further notice. Edgewood is one of a handful of local districts or schools that have suspended summer workouts amid the pandemic. Burbank High School suspended their athletic program for a week, while Harlandale ISD and San Marcos CISD suspended summer strength and conditioning programs indefinitely. The UIL allowed workouts to begin on June 8 under certain guidelines.
Edgewood ISD serves 150K+ meals to students as campuses remain closed
SAN ANTONIO – More than 150,000 meals have been handed out to students in the Edgewood Independent School District as area schools near six weeks of distant learning due to the pandemic. A spokesperson with Edgewood said a total of 152,081 meals have been handed out, including 66,610 breakfast meals, 82,239 lunches and 3,232 snacks. “We are so proud of our child nutrition staff for all of their work,” the spokesperson said. Magik Theatre offering virtual activities, yoga, classes for kids while they’re away from schoolTo see where San Antonio-area students can receive free meals as they’re away from school campuses, click here. Greg Abbott extended school closures until at least May 4 as people continue social distancing efforts.
Edgewood ISD delivers food, water to students in need
Edgewood ISD took its meal distribution initiative one step further by delivering bags of food and water to about a dozen homes for students who didn’t have a way of getting to the distribution sites. Edgewood ISD school board approves compensation resolution for all staff
Edgewood ISD school board approves compensation resolution for all staff
SAN ANTONIO – The Edgewood Independent School District (EISD) school board unanimously approved a compensation resolution that will allow the district to continue to pay all staff during the district closure due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Edgewood ISD will be closed through April 24. For any work performed over 40 hours per week, overtime compensation will be paid in accordance with federal law. However, academic instruction for students continues via the following distance-learning website or instructional packets. Breakfast and lunch to go curbside meals will also continue to be distributed from 7:30 a.m to 9:30 a.m and from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Edgewood ISD students receive free dental care
SAN ANTONIO – About 250 Edgewood Independent School District second-grade students received free preventive oral health care on Friday from dental students and residents of UT Health San Antonio School of Dentistry. The dental clinic is being held in conjunction with National Children’s Dental Health Month.
Edgewood ISD students receive free dental care
Edgewood ISD students receive free dental carePublished: February 14, 2020, 1:21 pmAbout 250 Edgewood Independent School District second-grade students received free preventive oral health care on Friday from dental students and residents of UT Health San Antonio School of Dentistry.
Edgewood ISD 3rd grader leading sock drive for local non-profit
SAN ANTONIO – An Edgewood Independent School District third grader is helping children in need by leading her very own sock drive for a local non-profit. Persephone Garcia, 3rd-grade student at Cisneros Elementary, is donating clothing to The Children’s Shelter to help children stay warm this winter season. “So I wrote a letter to my principal asking if I can do a sock drive and she said yes,” Garcia said. “I can’t wait for them to get their socks,” Garcia said. They’re going to love them!”If you are interested in donating socks to Persephone’s Sock Drive, you can drop them off at the Roy Cisneros Elementary front office or contact the campus at 210-444-7850.