Two major school districts in the San Antonio area are making their preparation to get students back into their learning environment. Both districts state that health metrics will play a major role in getting students back to campus.
SAISD will be limiting the amount of students returning to their campus with a capacity of 10% each campus at level 1 yellow phase where class sizes are limited to four to six students. If things are going well, they will bring in another 10% for level 2 yellow phase and so on to bring in more students on September 21st.
While it won’t be easy for children to wear masks all day, students aged 10-years and older will be required to wear a mask.
SAISD has ordered 16,000 face shields for all of their students attending.
SAISD’s Superintendent Pedro Martinez says that the first set of students are expected to begin in-person learning on September 8th.
“We are grateful for this opportunity to be able to slowly re-open our campuses for in-person learning. However, it is important to note that for all of this school year, we will offer a fully-remote instructional option for families who need that.” said Martinez
“This pandemic has impacted our families in many ways, and it has really emphasized the vital role schools play in our communities,” said Dr. Sean Maika, NEISD Superintendent of Schools.
NEISD says that they’re planning on phasing in students to the classrooms gradually and will implement face shields and mandatory masks for everyone in the building. There will be a limit of five students per classroom in the beginning.
Priority for in-school learning goes to those who have difficulty learning virtually and meets the criteria the parent submitted to the school to become eligible. Second priority would be those families with childcare issues and remaining seats would be determined by a lottery system.
According to NEISD spokesperson Aubrey Chancellor, “If and when there is a positive COVID test, we’re going to send notifications to everyone at the school.”
NEISD says that each campus will implement health metrics based on how many students are in attendance.
“One school may be able to move right along with all the phases and another school may have to wait a little bit longer.” said Chancellor.
Currently, both districts school year have resumed and students are utilizing virtual learning.