Two NEISD teachers honored as Music Teachers of Excellence by Country Music Association
Johnson High School Band Director Jarrett Lipman and Roan Forest Elementary School Music Teacher Matthew Trevino will be honored at an event hosted by Country Music Hall of Fame member Kix Brooks of Brooks & Dunn on Oct. 19.
‘We want to be proactive’: North East ISD hires Secret Service agent for new security position
A 29-year veteran of the federal agency, Paul Duran is currently the head the of the San Antonio Secret Service Field Office. When he starts his new role with NEISD on Oct. 3, Duran will establish and enforce safety and security procedures.
North East ISD superintendent strongly recommends face masks to avoid campus closures amid local COVID-19 surge
North East Independent School District Superintendent Dr. Sean Maika strongly recommended the use of face masks to reduce the number of COVID-19 infections on campus and says if the spread continues, the district may be forced to close schools.
North East ISD students start school year same day as American Academy of Pediatrics announce mask recommendations
Monday is the first day of school for kids at Castle Hills Elementary and it happened to fall on the same day the American Academy of Pediatrics announced new recommendations for the 2021-2022 school year.
NEISD police chief admonished after job recommendation for staffer who resigned amid scandal
The police chief of North East Independent School District will remain in his position but has been told to be more careful when giving references, weeks after a Defenders investigation showed him recommending an employee for a job with another agency days after she resigned amid scandal.
San Antonio school superintendents look back at lessons learned from COVID-19 pandemic shutdown
SAN ANTONIO – One year ago, San Antonio students began their 2020 spring break only to learn it wouldn’t end as planned. COVID-19 pandemic worries had reached a tipping point by then, and schools around the country shut down. San Antonio school superintendents are now looking back on lessons learned and where we are going from here. Speaking of tests, most school districts are now offering regular COVID-19 tests for staff and students, and vaccinations are now being added the mix. District leaders said look for the fall school plans to roll out by the end of this semester.
These San Antonio area school districts will still require students to wear face coverings
SAN ANTONIO – Private and public businesses and service centers are beginning to announce their own changes to COVID-19 safety protocol following Gov. Greg Abbott’s announcement of the state’s “100% reopening.” Since then, area school districts have explained their safety protocols going forward. Bandera ISD - The district said it will not change its current COVID-19 safety protocols following Abbott’s announcement. South San Antonio ISD - South San ISD will continue to include required mask usage as part of COVID-19 safety protocols. This list will be updated as more schools in the area begin to examine their own COVID-19 safety protocols.
North East ISD reports up to $2 million in winter storm damage
SAN ANTONIO – The North East Independent School District had its share of water lines that burst, but the costliest damage to the city’s second largest school district was to four large chillers at three of its schools. “Some of those chillers just froze over, broke and have to be replaced, unfortunately,” said NEISD spokeswoman Aubrey Chancellor. Normally used for air conditioning systems, the chillers affected were at Churchill High School, Bush Middle School and Garner Middle School. “We had so many wonderful, wonderful maintenance staff, custodians, everyone who left their own families at home,” she said. “When it’s all said and done, we’re probably looking at about two million.”Chancellor said the school district is covered by insurance, but it has a $100,000 deductible.
North East ISD librarian creates social-emotional learning section to help students amid pandemic
SAN ANTONIO – As students continue to adjust amid the pandemic, a North East ISD librarian says social and emotional learning is still essential for students. When the school year started, Wright said she created different kits for students. Wright said that making the kits for the students led her to create a social-emotional learning section at the library. “So, those are the things that help me to understand that there’s a need.”Wright said there is also a section for teachers with books that can help incorporate social emotional learning in the classroom. Related: Northside ISD, North East ISD will delay in-person learning at start of the new school year
Former NISD teacher accused of making threats against superintendent
A former San Antonio teacher was arrested after allegedly making threats to the North ISD superintendent, an arrest affidavit said. Dalton Austin Brown, 28, a former teacher at John Jay High School, was charged with making terroristic threats against a public servant. According to the affidavit, Brown was terminated from the district in October for too many unexcused absences. After he was fired, a coworker reported to an NISD officer that Brown was posting "alarming social media posts" directed toward the superintendent, the affidavit said. Editor's Note: An earlier version of this story contained the wrong school district.mysanantonio.com
COVID-19 cases on the rise in Bexar County schools, data shows
Northside ISD reported 191 student and 161 staff cumulative cases in the state’s last report for the week ending on Nov. 15. Staff cases went from 17 new cases in the Nov. 1-8 report to 44 new staff cases from Nov. 8-15. The state failed to add the district’s data for Nov. 8, but the NEISD website shows 15 new student cases and 17 new staff cases. The district reported 183 student cases and 49 staff cumulative cases on Nov. 15. NEISD reported 15 new student cases and 17 new staff cases for this period.
San Antonio Express-News editorial criticizes anti-LGBTQ smears in local political races
An editorial in the October 29 issue of the San Antonio Express-News points out anti-LGBTQ claims made in two local political races: The first for a seat on the NEISD school board, the other a race for a U.S. House seat. His marriage is as legitimate as any marriage between a man and a woman,” the editorial says. An October 20 interview with the Express-News reports that McGinty, when confronted with criticism of her campaign’s flyer said, “I think that’s ridiculous. In a flurry of television ads, Gonzales’ campaign has accused Jones of wanting to divert money from the military’s budget to finance transgender reassignment surgeries. The claim takes Jones’ words out of context.outinsa.com
'Homophobic tactics': Flyer for NEISD candidate puts quotation marks around opponent's gay marriage
Campaign literature mailed to San Antonio residents in support of a school district trustee candidate used quotation marks to describe an opponent's gay marriage. She speculated that the San Antonio Family Association used quotation marks because the organization believes "the biblical definition of marriage is between a man and a woman." I think they're heterophobic and I think that those remarks are Christian-phobic because they're not respecting someone that has a different belief." The San Antonio Family Association is a conservative group that has protested the sex ed curriculum the NEISD board adopted four years ago. "It's not quotation married.mysanantonio.com
NEISD, NISD to allow more students to return to campus Monday
SAN ANTONIO – More students will be returning to the classroom Monday at North East ISD and Northside ISD campuses, school officials said Wednesday. Only students whose parents or guardians previously signed up for in-person learning for the second grading period will be allowed to return to the classroom. Parents can still keep their children in virtual learning, and they may change learning environments for them every four weeks. Once the new students are back on campus, they must wear masks, wash their hands and practice social distancing. Northside ISD also plans to accept new students Monday for in-person learning.
These are the San Antonio school districts that will close for Election Day
Multiple San Antonio school districts are making Election Day a holiday for students due to the anticipated influx of people on campus to vote. The districts include North East ISD, Northside ISD, East Central, Judson ISD and Harlandale ISD. North East ISD said it made the change in an effort to lower campus traffic and to keep students safe. This year, Northside ISD is hosting 67 polling sites and East Central ISD has 3. He said their Board of Trustees approved to switch Columbus Day to a school day in order to have Election Day as a holiday.mysanantonio.com
NEISD: Man attempted to get Johnson High School student into his truck
Google MapsA man attempted to lure a Johnson High School student into his truck Thursday morning, North East ISD said in a letter sent to parents. According to the letter, the student was waiting for the bus near the intersection of Caliza Drive and Encino View, near Encino Park Elementary School, where a man in a black pickup truck pulled up and asked the student to get in the truck.mysanantonio.com
San Antonio’s 3 largest school districts have reported more than 80 COVID-19 cases for students, staff
Here’s some of the cumulative data from San Antonio’s largest school districts for the school year so far:North East ISD has reported 11 total cases among students from early education to 12th grade, and a total of 14 staff cases . Boerne ISD has reported 17 total cases for students from early education to 12th grade, and a total of 5 staff cases. Comal ISD has reported 25 total cases for students from early education to 12th grade, and a total of 9 staff cases. The TEA will report COVID-19 cases in public school districts on a weekly basis. Below is a table with the updated COVID-19 case information for public school students and staff in the San Antonio and surrounding area districts.
Nearly 4,500 COVID-19 cases reported in Texas public schools
of State Health Services and the Texas Education Agency released its first set of numbers Thursday for confirmed COVID-19 cases in public schools across the state. The total count of on-campus staff cases during the same period is 2,175 confirmed cases out of just over 800,000. Greg Abbott expands business capacity, keeps bars closedLast month, the TEA and state health department collaborated to create a new system to monitor and report confirmed cases across Texas. School systems started to report confirmed cases to state health officials this month. The San Antonio Metro Health Department initially required Bexar County school districts to report positive cases on the districts’ websites.
Some area school districts began in-person learning today
SAN ANTONIO A handful of students and teachers are back in the classroom as some area school districts have started in-person learning, with the majority having done remote learning since mid-August. Other area districts returning in person include Northside, North East and Alamo Heights ISDs. Northside ISD will have some students return and the district said it will continue to monitor the situation before fully having students and staff return. Alamo Heights had its Pre-K to third grade students return along with transitional year students in sixth and ninth grade. You can see all area districts full return plans by clicking here.
Northside ISD, North East ISD will delay in-person learning at start of the new school year
SAN ANTONIO – Northside ISD and North East ISD will delay holding in-person instruction for students at the start of the new school year. Instead, both school districts will utilize distance learning for students in an effort to stay safe and limit the spread of the coronavirus. Northside ISD will begin its 2020-2021 school year Monday, Aug. 24 with distance learning. According to school district officials, there will be no in-person instruction until at least the Tuesday after Labor Day, which is Sept. 8. The school district said it will also offer assistance to families that may not have devices or internet for their children to use for distance learning.
Great Graduates 2020: Caitlin Vela-Mota
Caitlin Vela-Mota of the North East Independent School District has exemplified academic prowess and perseverance and is now a KSAT12 2020 Great Graduate. “I was so happy, because I was actually losing hope at that time,” graduating senior Vela-Mota said about the moment she learned she was getting a special award. Vela-Mota received a scholarship for homeless youth and part of that award is a trip to Washington DC. Great Graduate 2020: Caitlin Vela-Mota (KSAT)“It was a healthy distraction for me and an escape and the best way I can get accepted or even go is to make sure that I am a good candidate,” Vela-Mota said. Caitlin currently has a home with a family she calls her godparents and the sky for her now has no limits.
San Antonio Food Bank, NEISD partner to feed families in need
SAN ANTONIO – The San Antonio Food Bank is working with the North East Independent School District to make sure families living in the district are being fed. The food bank kicked off the first of four food drives scheduled for the district this month on Wednesday and served about 1,800 families. Volunteers who helped during the drive included teachers, counselors and the National Guard. Families who want to take part in upcoming drives must register online.
North East and Southwest ISDs, Alamo Colleges Delay May Trustee Elections
The boards of North East and Southwest independent school districts voted Tuesday to push trustee elections that were initially scheduled for May 2 to Election Day on Nov. 3. Alamo Colleges board voted Tuesday night to delay their May election and will send a letter to Gov. Abbott announced in mid-March that local governmental entities could delay May elections to November in light of the coronavirus pandemic. In San Antonio, North East ISD, Southwest ISD, and Alamo Colleges were scheduled to have trustee elections in May. Alamo Colleges trustees voted unanimously to delay the May trustee elections.therivardreport.com
North East ISD: Parents now can pick up free meals without children present
SAN ANTONIO, TEXAS – To make it easier for children to stay safe at home, the North East Independent School District is relaxing the rules a bit when it comes to its free meal pickup program. They can simply show proper documentation, such as the child’s birth certificate or school report card, to pick up meals. The goal of the program is to make sure children don’t go hungry while schools are closed due to the coronavirus pandemic. According to NEISD’S website, the program is open to all children, even if they don’t attend schools in that district. Several elementary North East elementary schools serve as the pickup locations, Monday through Friday, from 11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.For a complete list of locations, click here.
May Vote to Re-Up Pre-K 4 SA Funding Could Be Postponed to November
A May vote on whether to continue funding the citywide Pre-K 4 SA program could be postponed because of the spread of coronavirus. At the time, Pre-K 4 SAs board supported the decision saying it would give them more time to plan for the future. The initial eight years of funding Pre-K 4 SA was approved by voters in 2012. San Antonio voters were scheduled to vote on a number of education issues on the May ballot: school board races for North East ISD, Southwest ISD, and Alamo Colleges District; a bond for Southside ISD; along with funding reauthorization for Pre-K 4 SA. As of Thursday afternoon, officials with Southside ISD, North East ISD, and Southwest ISD had not come to a decision about the election.therivardreport.com
Districts in San Antonio expected to extend closures in COVID-19 pandemic
Districts in San Antonio expected to extend closures in COVID-19 pandemicSancell Jeffries-Johnson, 14, receives a Chromebook from Maria Reyes at Indian Creek Middle School as schools made the switch to online learning. More Bexar County school districts are expected to announce extended closures Tuesday in response to the stay-at-home order issued by Mayor Ron Nirenberg. The K-12 school closures have caused exams, proms and other end-of-year traditions to be canceled or postponed for some. See the list of closures below:North East ISD closing through April 24Northside ISD closing through April 24Harlandale ISD closing through April 24Edgewood ISD closing through April 24South San ISD closing through April 24Medina Valley Independent School District closing through April 24. Ashley McBride covers several school districts and the Alamo Colleges District in the San Antonio and Bexar County area.mysanantonio.com
Student dies at Reagan High School, officials say
SAN ANTONIO – A Reagan High School student who was found unconscious in the school’s weight room has died, officials said. Reagan High principal Brenda Shelton said the student was found around 2:30 p.m. Monday. Staff members attempted livesaving measures, but the student did not survive, Shelton said. The San Antonio Police Department is investigating the case as an apparent suicide, according to officials with the North East Independent School District. Shelton said no other student was involved, and no one else is in danger.
Local School Districts Install Bleeding Control Stations to Meet New Laws Deadline
Local school districts are turning to University Health System for help complying with a new state law that requires school districts to have bleeding control kits on each of their campuses. UHS is working with area school districts to implement the law by training students and staff to learn how to stop traumatic bleeding. Greg Abbot signed the bill into law on June 15, UHS has met with local school districts to offer aid in complying with the law. In addition to medical training, school districts also are required to form threat assessment and safety committees to oversee emergency operations plans. After-school training opportunities for interested students and staff members at secondary campuses will be offered in the future, he added.therivardreport.com
Reagan HS Band, Dancers Make Appearance on the Today Show Ahead of Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade
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Austin-area school teaching students valuable life skills in Adulting 101 program
ROUND ROCK, Texas - Ever wish you could have learned valuable "adulting" skills such as cooking, money management and interviewing in high school? Some students at Round Rock Independent School District's Cedar Ridge High School are doing just that in the school's Adulting 101 program. Ralph Chavez, executive chef for Touchpoint System, told Round Rock ISD. Debbie Chavez, librarian at Cedar Ridge High, said the Adulting 101 program includes cooking, money management, job interviewing and resume writing classes. The district also offers cooking courses, such as food science, human services and hospitality and tourism.
Parents warned of stranger danger incident at San Antonio middle school
SAN ANTONIO - Northeast ISD parents were sent a letter Tuesday warning them of a stranger danger incident reported at John H. Wood Jr. Middle School. Two female students reported to administrators that a man called out to them from his car on Wenzel Road around 3:45 p.m. The students ignored him, but the man got out of his car and began approaching them, according to the letter sent to parents by Wood Middle School Principal Marcus Alvarez. The girls got to their ride safely, and the man returned to his car and drove off, according to the letter. Students are encouraged to report any suspicious activities they see and always walk away from a stranger offering them a ride.