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Staying the course on safety mandates - Aug. 26, 2021

Dear SAISD Staff:

We realize that each day there are news announcements surrounding mask and vaccine mandates, and we want to assure you, we are remaining steadfast in our commitment to protect our SAISD community through these two measures – masks for students and staff, and vaccination against COVID-19 for our staff members. 

These are two of the most important steps we can take right now in our fight against spreading COVID-19. A third step is regular COVID-19 testing, which we also are continuing this school year.

The positivity rate for San Antonio and Bexar County peaked at more than 20% the week before school started, and even now we are still hovering at an alarming 16% three weeks into our classes. Unfortunately, our local hospitals and intensive care units are seeing the results of this uptick in COVID-19 cases. 

We have not wavered since we implemented our mandates. In fact, we are more committed than ever to the safety of our community. 

Please know, this is not about politics. This is a matter of public health and safety, and we are taking a firm stand. Our attorneys can protect the district legally. Our focus will remain on protecting the health of those in our care and the stability of student learning. The mandates were implemented specifically for these two purposes. 

Our students and staff deserve as healthy an environment as we can provide, and you have our commitment to stay the course. Thank you for your cooperation as we move forward safely together.


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