SAISD expecting first shipment of COVID-19 vaccine for younger students to arrive soon
SAISD expects first shipment of COVID-19 vaccine for children ages 5 to 11 to arrive by the end of the week. Vaccinations require registration and will be administered by medical staff from South Texas Allergy & Asthma Medical Professionals.
Outgoing San Antonio ISD superintendent reflects on his last day on the job
“They allowed me to really create an amazing team across the district, including my board, my principals and my school leaders and the staff here in central office, and my teachers," said Pedro Martinez, outgoing superintendent.
SAISD issues mask mandate for students, staff; vaccine mandate for staff
Students and staff in the San Antonio Independent School District will be required to wear masks, effective immediately. In addition, staff will be required to be fully vaccinated by Oct. 15. Both mandates were issued Monday by Superintendent Pedro Martinez.
Live COVID-19 updates: Texas sending more relief medical workers to hospitals, adding new antibody infusion centers
COVID-19 is surging again in Texas. Gov. Greg Abbott has tested positive. Hospitalizations are increasing faster than at any other time. Local officials and school leaders are rebelling against Abbott’s ban on mask mandates. Here’s the latest.
San Antonio ISD offering free testing to students, staff this weekend
SAN ANTONIO – The San Antonio Independent School District is offering free COVID-19 testing to students, staff, and household members this weekend. The testing event is happening Saturday, March 20, from 9 a.m. to noon at the Alamo Convocation Center on Tuleta Drive. The testing is in anticipation of students and staff returning from a two-week break on Tuesday. Test results will be provided within 24 hours.
100 doses of Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine administered to SAISD faculty, staff members
SAN ANTONIO – San Antonio Independent School District teachers and staff members received Johnson and Johnson COVID-19 vaccines on Tuesday morning. The clinic, STAAMP Allergy, administered 100 doses of the new COVID-19 vaccine, which received emergency use authorization by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Feb. 27. “With the Johnson and Johnson (vaccine), there’s 100% protection rate from death in the studies. He hopes all staff members can get vaccinated. San Antonio ISD employees say they are thankful for the opportunity to get a vaccine.
San Antonio-area school districts look to offer African-American studies course
SAN ANTONIO – An African American studies course is gradually being incorporated into school districts across the state. Districts that are already on board include the San Antonio Independent School District, Judson Independent School District and most recently, the North East Independent School District. Lawrence Scott, assistant professor of educational leadership at Texas A&M San Antonio, was a part of that initiative. “We have to start having some real cogent and critical conversations about race and equity with real data,” Scott said. This will be the conduit course that will facilitate those conversations,” he said.
Community Labs will provide free COVID-19 testing for San Antonio ISD students on Saturday
SAN ANTONIO – Community Labs, a local nonprofit organization, is working with the San Antonio Independent School District to administer COVID-19 tests before classes resume on Monday. According to Community Labs, Pedro Martines, superintendent of SAISD, asked the nonprofit to provide testing at the district’s high school campuses, which will take place on Saturday. Testing is restricted to SAISD students and staff. Community Labs president and CEO Sal Webber said the nonprofit will be able to identify positive cases before the start of classes. We will finish this year strong, and we will begin next school year even stronger for it.”Related: COVID-19 testing to be provided Saturday for San Antonio ISD students, staff
COVID-19 testing to be provided Saturday for San Antonio ISD students, staff
SAN ANTONIO – COVID-19 testing will be provided at San Antonio Independent School District’s high school campuses Saturday. Community Labs will provide the testing in a response to a request from San Antonio ISD Superintendent Pedro Martinez. According to Community Labs’ release, testing is restricted to SAISD students and staff. The free testing will allow the district to identify positive cases before classes resume Monday, according to Community Labs. We will finish this year strong, and we will begin next school year even stronger for it.”Click here to register for testing.
Family of fallen SAISD officer raising money for scholarship
SAN ANTONIO – The family of a San Antonio Independent School District officer who was killed more than one year ago is continuing his legacy by raising money for a scholarship. The Cliff Martinez Memorial Scholarship for SAISD students honors the detective who worked in the district’s police department for 28 years. It was created after his death for students enrolled in police explorer programs and pursuing a career as a police officer. His family is hoping to raise funds for the scholarship by raffling off a 2010 Chevrolet Camaro on Feb. 21. Albert Martinez, the father of Cliff Martinez, told KSAT that they are hoping to raise $100,000.
Area superintendents say they aren’t getting all the pandemic funding they should be
Students at Driggers Elementary School attend a class in-person as they interact with classmates virtually, Monday, Feb. 8, 2021, in San Antonio. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)SAN ANTONIO – It’s not cheap running a school district during the coronavirus pandemic. Superintendent Pedro Martinez says the San Antonio Independent School District is “very strict” about quarantining both staff and students in the case of possible COVID-19 exposures. So far, there have been two rounds of federal relief funding — the CARES Act in March 2020 and the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act (CRRSA) in December. None of the poverty funding, none of the special-ed funding, none of those extra funds for children who have extra needs, has ever been held harmless.”The Texas Education Agency says that all Texas school districts were fully funded for the 2019-2020 school year.
San Antonio ISD officials will phase-in more students to in-person learning beginning on Feb. 22
SAN ANTONIO – San Antonio Independent School District officials announced on Monday that the district will begin to phase-in students to in-person classes beginning on Feb. 22. Officials say their decision to announce the phase-in stemmed from city and county officials announcing that the local positivity rate dropped below 10%. Pedro Martinez, superintendent of schools for SAISD, said the district’s phase-in will depend on the community staying below 10%. “As long as our local positivity rate remains in single digits, we will continue a gradual return of students,” Martinez said in a statement. Additionally, according to the district, families of returning students will also be allowed to have their children participate in the weekly COVID-19 testing on each of the district’s campuses before resuming in-person learning.
Edison High School cancels next two football games due to COVID-19 concerns, athletics officials say
SAN ANTONIO – The Edison High School Golden Bears have canceled their next two games due to concerns over COVID-19 and contact tracing, according to San Antonio Independent School District athletics officials. The announcement was made by SAISD Athletics on its social media account Wednesday night. The team’s games scheduled for this Friday, Nov. 20, against Memorial High School and next Friday, Nov. 27, against Brackenridge High School were canceled. The Golden Bears had gone 1-2 in their first three games and 0-2 in Zone A in District 13-5A Division I, and as a result, that knocks Edison out of playoff contention. All SAISD schools had to switch to zone play this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic after becoming the last school district to start playing on Oct. 27.
SAISD teacher recognized for ‘inspiring, motiving students to succeed in classroom and beyond’
SAN ANTONIO – A middle school history teacher in the San Antonio Independent School District has been selected as a recipient of the 2020 Humanities Texas Outstanding Teaching Award, a press release said. Adrian Reyna, a teacher of nine years at Longfellow Middle School, was recognized for his exceptional leadership in the educational field. “Humanities Texas is pleased to recognize the achievements of Adrian Reyna and Longfellow Middle School,” said Humanities Texas Executive Director Eric Lupfer. Each winning teacher receives $5,000 and an additional $1,000 for his or her school to purchase humanities-based instructional materials, the press release said. Reyna creates opportunities and provides encouragement for students to tell their stories and advocate for themselves,” stated Texas State Senator José Menéndez.
Teachers union upset with SAISD plans to allow more students on campus
Teachers union upset with SAISD plans to allow more students on campusPublished: November 11, 2020, 5:39 pmThe San Antonio Alliance of Teachers is opposing a move by the San Antonio Independent School District to increase the number of students in the classroom. SAISD Superintendent Pedro Martinez said the district is concerned about a decline in student performance due to remote learning and needs a plan to help struggling students. But the union said the district needs to put the health and safety of students and staff first.
SAISD’s ‘Book Buddies’ program is helping students build up home libraries, create interest in reading
SAN ANTONIO – A program in the San Antonio community aims to help students get into reading by helping them build up their libraries at home. The San Antonio Independent School District’s Book Buddies program provides free books to students in grades Pre-K through eighth grade. SAISD said this school year, the Book Buddies program hopes to grow and distribute over 100,000 books to more than 16,000 students in more than 35 area schools. SAISD needs volunteers to help sort books for its Book Buddies program. We are very proud to support this effort," said Jim Perschbach, president and CEO of Port San Antonio.
‘Historic’ $1.3 billion bond approved in SAISD for campus renovations, technology upgrades
SAN ANTONIO – Voters in the San Antonio Independent School District overwhelmingly approved two propositions that will bring technology upgrades and significant renovations to aging campuses. In the Nov. 3 election, Proposition A, a $1.21 billion bond that will allow renovations at 36 campuses was approved with 68.46% of voters in favor of the bond. The district said 21 of those campuses have not received a full renovation in more than 50 years. That $90 million measure will supply classrooms with more efficient technology like high-speed internet, individual devices, interactive smartboards and audio systems. Rick Flores, the principal of Rhodes Middle School, told KSAT in October that the bond will bring facilities up to code.
SAISD propositions worth $1.3 billion would pay for campus renovations, technology upgrades, more
SAN ANTONIO – San Antonio Independent School District officials and educators are counting on voters to pass two propositions worth $1.3 billion in the Nov. 3 general election they said is badly needed to make significant renovations to aging campuses and technology upgrades. The last time Rhodes Middle School had a renovation was in the 1980s for a new air conditioning system, which also needs to be replaced. “The challenge is when we have a fully-staffed students here.”Proposition A, if approved, would provide $1.21 billion for security upgrades to all schools. The $90 million plan, if approved, would bring technology upgrades to every school in the district. Interest rates at all-time lows: With interest rates at an all-time low, SAISD will pay less interest on the bonds.
San Antonio’s three largest school districts report drops in enrollment
SAN ANTONIO – When the new school year began, Barry Perez, spokesman for the Northside Independent School District, said officials knew it would be “an anomaly” because of the pandemic. “We knew that there would be some families that would look for some other options,” Perez said. “We’re approximately 3,000 short where we thought we would be," said Aubrey Chancellor, spokeswoman for the North East Independent School District. Laura Short, spokeswoman at San Antonio Independent School District, said the district has about 2,400 fewer students. Perez said it could be that some parents chose to home school their children.
I feel very confident,: SAISD Superintendent says on students return to the classroom after Labor Day
SAN ANTONIO As Labor Day approaches, some of the largest school districts in and around San Antonio are preparing to bring some of its students back to campus for in-person classes next week. The San Antonio Independent School District is one of those districts. As many students have adapted to virtual learning, Martinez said older students are doing well with engagement; however, for younger students, its been more challenging. The school district is prepared for the students return to the classroom and has several health precautions in place, according to Martinez, which includes providing face shields for students, adding specialized air conditioning filters, and more. Read also:Students, staff at San Antonio ISD must wear masks, district officials saySAISD wraps up first week of remote learning for new school year
San Antonio ISD delays all in-person athletics to early October
SAN ANTONIO The San Antonio Independent School District has delayed all in-person athletics until the first week of October, sources told KSAT-12 early Tuesday morning. The district issued a statement Tuesday afternoon that read:At this time, SAISD Athletics will remain 100% virtual due to the uncertain COVID-19 circumstances in and around Bexar County. SAISD will push its start dates back to early October, but district officials indicated the start date could be sooner if COVID-19 conditions in Bexar County continue to improve. Memorial and Kennedys football teams compete in the same district with SAISD schools. YMLA is a 4A school that has not been allowed to start practice due to the current schools mandate in Bexar County.
SAISD prepares to welcome back small group of students
SAN ANTONIO The San Antonio Independent School District announced they plan to bring back a small group of students, as school safety indicators show a moderate risk with the COVID-19 pandemic. Janell Rubio has two students who attend Lanier High School, but they began the school year virtually because of COVID-19. RELATED: Students, staff at San Antonio ISD must wear masks, district officials saySAISD plans to bring back 10% of students on September 8. The district said these are students who require special education, are academically at risk, or are younger learners. We should be looking at how seriously campuses and school districts are prepared to bring students back safely, he said.
Edison High School student lifts shirt up, makes sexual advances at teacher during virtual class
SAN ANTONIO – Some Edison High School students were witnesses to a disturbing incident during a virtual art class Tuesday. And I know he was upset,” said Mariana Rodriguez, whose son, Eduardo Corpus, was in the virtual class and witnessed the incident that he says involved several students. ”They were pulling their shirts off and saying, like, really disgusting stuff to the teacher, making her feel uncomfortable,” Corpus said. In the recording, you can hear what appears to be a student saying “Why you so sexy Ms” followed by the student saying he would perform a sexual act on her. Rodriguez said she understands that it may be hard for kids to stay focused during a virtual class.
What happens if a teacher or student dies of COVID? San Antonio school districts share their plans
Two San Antonio Independent School District teachers and the cafeteria manager at a Northside Independent School District campus all passed away within weeks of each other this summer due to complications from COVID-19. In response to the deaths of the three women, KSAT reached out to the school districts in the San Antonio area to see if there are plans in place in the event that a teacher or student dies of COVID-19 during the school year. The replies were similar, with every district spokesperson who responded stating that districts would follow the same procedure already in place for any student or teacher death. East Central Independent School District spokesperson Brandon Oliver said the district also provides follow-up care for those most affected. TEA knows that every district already has established processes in the Emergency Operations Plans to respond to the death of a student or staff member, Pawlik-Perales said.
San Antonio kindergarten teacher dies of COVID-19 complications, SAISD says
SAN ANTONIO – A kindergarten teacher in the San Antonio Independent School District has died due to complications from the novel coronavirus, district officials said Wednesday. Melissa Martinez, who taught at Rogers Academy, passed away Wednesday morning, according to a spokesperson with SAISD. She is loved immensely and will be greatly missed by the Will Rogers Academy Family.”SAISD did not provide the date Martinez tested positive for COVID-19. Read the full statement from SAISD:We have learned that an SAISD kindergarten teacher, Melissa Martinez from Rogers Academy, has passed away. SAISD elementary school teacher dies after battle with COVID-19, district saysAlso on July 24, Northside ISD Leon Valley Elementary School cafeteria manager Michelle Villarreal died from COVID-19 complications, her husband told KSAT.
Students, staff at San Antonio ISD must wear masks, district officials say
SAN ANTONIO This incoming school year will be unlike any other in wake of the coronavirus pandemic, and the San Antonio Independent School District has one more reminder to for all students and staff: Face coverings will be required for all. The school district posted Friday on Facebook, reminding families that it will be providing face coverings appropriate for each grade level. Face coverings will be required for all students and staff. Clear face masks will also be provided to students who are deaf or hard of hearing, and parents can use different masks for their children if they choose, the school district says. School officials said the face screens will be sprayed down at the end of each school day before being placed in the student cubbies.
SAISD hosts drive-thru food giveaway
SAN ANTONIO – Families lined up in their cars Wednesday at Martin Luther King Academy for Arts Integration for boxes of free frozen chicken. The event was made possible by the San Antonio Independent School District and the United States Department of Agriculture.