Lawsuit: Harlandale officer says she was discriminated against after refusing chief’s repeated invites to hang off duty
An officer with the Harlandale Independent School District Police Department said she was denied promotions and placed in danger on the job after refusing repeated invites from the chief to hang out at his property off duty, federal court records obtained by the KSAT 12 Defenders show.
Harlandale ISD installing cell towers throughout community to help students overcome digital divide
San Antonio – Harlandale Independent School District has partnered with the City of San Antonio to bring internet to hundreds of students by installing cell towers throughout the community. Through the initiative entitled “Connected Beyond the Classroom,” the City of San Antonio will place the towers around the community to provide fast-speed internet for students. “Through the Connected Beyond the Classroom initiative that the city is managing, we get six towers in and around the district,” Martinez said. Martinez said that about 90% of the students in the district are economically disadvantaged and about 75% of HISD students are still learning remotely. Related: A conversation with San Antonio students about school safety, the digital divide and mental health
Harlandale ISD trustee dies caught in statewide dialysis crisis
“Sixteen to 24 hours that you would get throughout the week reduced to only four hours,” Camarillo said. Power outages and water shortages, in addition to so many dialysis patients coming in, forced many treatment centers to limit each dialysis session to only two hours. In anticipation of power outages and severe weather, we coordinated for approximately one-third of our patients to receive their dialysis treatment over the weekend in advance of the storm. Dialysis treatment services were available to all USRC San Antonio-based patients throughout the storm. Further, the USRC Pleasanton Road dialysis clinic had access to both power and water and provided dialysis treatment services throughout the storm.
2,000 meals to be distributed to Harlandale ISD families in need
SAN ANTONIO – Two-thousand meals will be distributed Saturday to Harlandale Independent School District families in need, according to the school district. Harlandale ISD will partner with Harlandale Methodist Church and San Antonio Food Bank to distribute the meals, the district’s release said. “This week has been very difficult for many in our community, and we know many are struggling to find food,” Gerardo Soto, Superintendent of Schools at Harlandale ISD, said in a released statement. “We wanted to do our part in order to help the families in our community and we are grateful for our partnership with Harlandale Methodist Church and The San Antonio Food bank, who are helping us distribute these meals.”School officials said the meals will be given out via drive-thru and on a first-come, first-served basis starting at 1 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 20 at Memorial Stadium, located at 4002 Roosevelt Ave. in San Antonio..
School closures in San Antonio due to winter weather
This story is frequently updated as new school closures are reported in San Antonio. As San Antonio and the surrounding areas endure subfreezing temperatures and rolling blackouts, local schools are adjusting class days. RELATED: San Antonio forecast to see up to 2 inches of snowThese are the school districts and university campuses that have already announced changes do to inclement weather. The Arc of San Antonio : The Arc of San Antonio Adult Life Enrichment program will be closed on Tuesday, February 16, 2021. South San ISD: South San ISD will operate virtually Monday, February 15.mysanantonio.com
These San Antonio-area school districts are closed Friday due to wintry weather
SAN ANTONIO – Due to the forecasted wintry conditions in San Antonio and surrounding areas, several school districts are announcing closures for Friday. KSAT meteorologists are also forecasting below-freezing temperatures and a likelihood of wintry precipitation, beginning late Sunday and early Monday. Below are the schools that are closed on Friday:Bandera ISD“Bandera ISD has been monitoring weather conditions in the area. School will resume for students on Wednesday, February 17.”Hunt ISDKerrville ISD“Out of an abundance of caution for our students, staff and community, Friday, Feb. 12 will be an inclement weather day for KISD. You can get the very latest forecast anytime by bookmarking our weather page and downloading the KSAT Weather Authority App - available for both Apple and Android devices.
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.
Harlandale ISD social workers playing important role during COVID-19 pandemic
SAN ANTONIO – The role of social workers at Harlandale Independent School District has always been crucial -- especially amid the COVID-19 pandemic. The district hired nine additional social workers were hired this school year, and officials said it’s helped during these challenging times. “Unfortunately, we did lose a teacher this weekend, and Brian had his team of social workers and counselors available for that campus,” said Harlandale ISD Director of Student Support Services and Special Programs Nadine Wolfe. She said the percentage rate of economically disadvantaged students in Harlandale ISD is 89%. Jaklich said during the pandemic, social workers have been doing home visits and connecting families to different resources.
Harlandale ISD recommends virtual instruction as San Antonio’s COVID-19 cases surge
Harlandale ISD changes course on MLK holiday, adds extra school day insteadSAN ANTONIO – Harlandale Independent School District officials have recommended that families transition from in-person instruction to a virtual learning model as local COVID-19 case counts continue to surge in San Antonio. In a letter to district families on Tuesday, superintendent Gerardo Soto urged families who can facilitate learning from home to transition to online learning. As from the beginning of this pandemic, we are trying to do our part to end it and keep the virus outside our district,” Soto said in a letter to district families. In-person instruction will still be available for those parents who have previously chosen for their children to participate in this form of instruction,” Soto said. On Tuesday, Harlandale ISD announced that weekly COVID-19 testing would be available at all campuses beginning on Jan. 26.
Harlandale expanding COVID-19 testing to all campuses, officials say
SAN ANTONIO – Harlandale Independent School District announced on Tuesday that officials will be expanding COVID-19 testing to all district campuses beginning on Jan. 26. According to district officials, all elementary in-person students and staff will be able to get tested for COVID-19 as part of the expansion. The district is continuing to work with Community Labs, a local nonprofit organization, to administer the COVID-19 tests. “By providing this service and expanding it to all of our campuses, we are being proactive in identifying those students or staff members who might be asymptomatic and ultimately helping us keep COVID-19 from spreading within our district,” Soto said. Additionally, the district said that testing of all students in extracurricular activities will continue.
Officials ID teenager found fatally shot at an intersection near Harlandale High School
Harlandale ISD has identified the 14-year-old male found shot at a South Side intersection Sunday evening as Angel Jerry Yanez. The teen, who was a student at Harlandale High School, later died at the hospital. When police arrived, they found the teenager in the street by Harlandale High School, near the intersection of Gerald and Tupper avenues. FIND OUT FIRST: Get San Antonio breaking news directly to your inboxYanez was transported to Brooke Army Medical Center where he was pronounced dead less than an hour later. Harlandale ISD released a statement Monday afternoon, expressing their sadness over Yanez's death.mysanantonio.com
Harlandale ISD changes course on MLK holiday, adds extra school day instead
SAN ANTONIO – Harlandale ISD announced Wednesday that Martin Luther King Jr. Day would remain a holiday on district calendars this school year and that an extra day has been added to the school year instead. According to an announcement by the district, the initial decision to exchange the Martin Luther King holiday with the Election Day holiday was decided by a survey sent to all employees last month. Because of COVID-19 concerns, the district wanted to keep students and staff away from campuses that were being utilized as voting locations. “We believe that the King’s Day celebration is an important day in our collective history,” Hudspeth said in a statement. King’s work was to ensure equality and equal justice for all people; this should be our work as well.
Harlandale ISD to give all full-time employees $1,000 stipend
Google MapsThe Harlandale ISD board of trustees on Monday voted to give all full-time district employees a $1,000 stipend to compensate for the difficult school year they have faced amid the coronavirus pandemic. Initially, the district had approved a $600 stipend that would have been spilt up into two equal payments — one in December and one in May. On Monday, the board approved to increase the amount by $400 and to pay it in full next month.mysanantonio.com
Harlandale ISD to begin school year with 4 weeks of remote instruction
SAN ANTONIO – The Harlandale Independent School District will begin the school year with four weeks of remote instruction, according to the district. The Harlandale ISD Board approved on Monday the new 2020-21 school district calendar, which is a 180 instructional days calendar. According to the district, the first day of school under the new calendar is set for Aug. 24. The first four weeks of school will be “100% remote instruction amid the rise in cases of COVID-19 in Bexar County over the past few weeks,” according to a release from the district. Click here for more information on Harlandale ISD’s reopening of school plans.
Harlandale ISD teachers push for remote learning for fall school year amid COVID-19 surge
SAN ANTONIO Harlandale ISD teachers gathered Sunday afternoon at Harlandale Memorial Stadium to voice their concerns on returning to school in the fall as COVID-19 cases continue to surge in the area. The president of the Harlandale Education Association said they are asking for flexibility to do 100% remote learning until its safe to return. We want our governor... to know that you cannot put a time stamp on life, on us to return to school. Theres no way that our students should be accountable for STAAR at this moment, said Julie Gimbel, president of Harlandale Education Association. A health directive issued Friday by the San Antonio Metropolitan Health District said school districts in San Antonio cannot reopen schools for on-campus, face-to-face instruction until after September 7.
Harlandale ISD considering 100% virtual instruction, pushing back school start date
SAN ANTONIO – As coronavirus cases continue to swelter in Texas along with the heat, some San Antonio school districts are starting to propose revisions to the already cloudy 2020-2021 school year. In a letter to parents Tuesday, Harlandale ISD Superintendent Gerardo Soto said the district is considering changing the start date for the upcoming school year from Aug. 5 to Aug. 24. Harlandale had the earliest tentative school start date for all the San Antonio-area school districts, according to a previous KSAT report. During a news briefing Tuesday, SAISD Superintendent Pedro Martinez announced in-person instruction will become available for students after Labor Day and the start date for SAISD will be pushed back one week, pending board approval. Last week, the TEA issued guidance for school districts as the state continues to see an alarming increase in COVID-19 cases, hospitalizations and deaths.
Harlandale ISD suspends summer workouts for all students until further notice
Harlandale ISD suspends summer workouts for all students until further noticePublished: June 18, 2020, 10:47 amWith the coronavirus pandemic not letting up in the San Antonio area, Harlandale ISD has decided to cancel its summer workouts.
Harlandale ISD suspends summer workouts for all students until further notice
SAN ANTONIO – With the coronavirus pandemic not letting up in the San Antonio area, Harlandale Independent School District has decided to cancel its summer workouts. The district on Wednesday announced that strength and conditioning workouts for all students have been suspended until further notice. Workouts were canceled out of “an abundance of caution and due to the rise in COVID-19 cases throughout Bexar County,” Athletic Director Rose Ann Martinez said in a letter. Student safety remains our top priority.”Bexar County reported an uptick in COVID-19 cases Tuesday, with the largest daily increase of 436 new cases. The UIL allowed strength and conditioning workouts to begin on June 8 under certain guidelines.
San Antonio school districts having trouble getting in contact with some students during coronavirus pandemic
SAN ANTONIO While San Antonio ISD teachers have been engaging with students online during the coronavirus pandemic, some children have not been logging on at all. We have a team of people whos both on the campus and at the district level, whose mission is to find these students, said Patti Salzmann, SAISD chief academic officer. There are currently 48,293 students enrolled at SAISD and the district has been able to connect with 96.6% of its students during the pandemic. Southside ISD offering calming kits to help students with quarantine fatigueSalzmann said some students might be getting paper copies of classwork and are not logging online. We might have three weeks of school left, but were looking for these students, said Richard Marroquin, Harlandale Middle School principal.
‘Little Libraries’ encourage reading in Harlandale ISD
‘Little Libraries’ encourage reading in Harlandale ISDPublished: March 3, 2020, 7:57 amThe final “Little Library” in the Harlandale ISD was installed on Monday. The library can be found at the Sosa Parent Education Center, in the 900 block of March Avenue.
‘Little Libraries’ encourage reading in Harlandale ISD
SAN ANTONIO – The final “Little Library” in the Harlandale ISD was installed on Monday. The library can be found at the Sosa Parent Education Center, in the 900 block of March Avenue. The “Little Libraries” are part of a SA Yes initiative to encourage people to donate, borrow and share books with others in the community -- offering free books for students and parents that span a wide variety of topics, including cooking, computer programming and parenting. “Harlandale Independent School District is nestled in the South Side of San Antonio, where history and traditions thrive. We take pride in honoring our unique cultural heritage and now our efforts will be generously supplemented by the ‘Little Library,’ a growing and thriving resource for our community members,” said Albert Rosales-Korrea, Public Information Officer for Harlandale ISD.
Harlandale ISD leaders discuss latest developments in TEA investigation
SAN ANTONIO – Nearly three years after the Texas Education Agency opened an investigation into the Harlandale Independent School District, the case is now making its way before the district’s new leadership. A TEA investigation opened in 2017 found that he had mishandled contracts. The school board was also accused of violating the Open Meetings Act, but the TEA found it was not as severe as presented. In December, Gerardo Soto took over as the superintendent of Harlandale ISD. KSAT’s Tiffany Huertas was at a Harlandale meeting Tuesday night, where community members didn’t hold anything back.
TEA lowers Harlandale ISD’s accreditation status, decides not to remove school board
SAN ANTONIO – The Texas Education Agency has appointed a new conservator to Harlandale ISD and lowered its accreditation status to “accredited-warned” following an investigation in 2017. In a letter to the district, Texas Education Commissioner Mike Morath said that he appointed Judy Castleberry as conservator. Morath, though, decided to not proceed with the appointment of a new board of managers. School board president Ricardo Moreno told KSAT 12 News the issue will be addressed further at the next meeting, which is scheduled for Tuesday. The investigation was launched in 2017 after allegations surfaced over how the district handled certain contracts, nepotism and violation of the Open Meetings Act.
McCollum High School student brought gun on campus, officials say
SAN ANTONIO – Harlandale Independent School District police and McCollum High School administrators opened an investigation Thursday after a student reportedly brought a gun on campus. Principal Jacob Garcia notified parents of the incident in a letter. Student found with loaded gun at San Antonio middle school“The weapon was confiscated and immediate disciplinary action will be taken," Garcia wrote. “The safety of our students and staff is always our absolute top priority, and we will take every precaution to ensure they have a safe and secure learning environment including the continued daily presence of Harlandale ISD Police Officers at every campus.”Harlandale officials did not specify if the gun was loaded. 16-year-old student taken into custody after weapon found on Northside ISD campus“Please take this opportunity to remind your students that threats of violence are taken very seriously, and the person responsible could face disciplinary action and even criminal charges,” Garcia wrote in the letter.
South San ISD board meeting logs show more than 85 hours, $254K spent from January to July
The logs from January to July showed South San ISD spent more than 85 hours in a total of 19 meetings. Phil Gore, with Texas Association for School Boards, said an average school board meeting should last no more than three hours. Harlandale ISD is a Lone Star Governance member, but its time management and staff tracker data are not yet available. South San ISD Board President Connie Prado pins the blame on former Superintendent Flores. When the Board did submit questions ahead of a Board meeting, the responses either arrived the day of the meeting or were vague and inconclusive.