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School opening plan:

SAISD has updated its processes and protocols to ensure staff and students remain safe for the rest of the school year. View the plan in English or Spanish. You may provide input into this plan using the Comment box below.

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  • A Letter from Mr. Martinez to Students, Families, and Staff
    Guiding Commitments
    Input and Engagement
    Stakeholder Feedback
    Intersession Calendar
    Social Emotional Learning and Mental Health & Well-being
    Employee Wellness
    Academic Options
    Student Attendance
    Grading and Reporting
    Afterschool Programs
    Student Code of Conduct
    Health & Safety
    Family and Community Engagement
    Academic & Instructional Continuity
    Disability Services
    Bilingual/ESL & Migrant
    Custodial Services
    Child Nutrition
    Access & Enrollment
    Additional Resources
  • Students, Families, and Staff: 

    Pedro MartinezTo say that educating students during the time of COVID-19 is challenging is an understatement. However, one of the defining characteristics of the San Antonio ISD community has always been our resilience and ability to thrive even during the most challenging times – and this situation is no different. 

    Throughout this pandemic, we have had to continually assess the delicate balance of the health and safety of students and staff with the positive academic growth of our students. For a large percentage of our families, in-person instruction is best and necessary. We believe parents should not have to choose between safety and strong academic support. We are confident we can do both.

    From the time the pandemic started to now, we have learned that the safety processes and COVID-19 testing protocols we have put into place have protected school environments from being sources of widespread outbreaks. We are grateful for this outcome and continue to be proud of the staff, parents, and students who continue to support and follow our safety efforts.

    Our new understanding of the virus and its effects has allowed us to update our instructional continuity plan and safety matrix, which continue to be informed by guidance from the: 

    ? Texas Education Agency 
    ? San Antonio Metropolitan Health District 
    ? Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) 
    ? Aspen Institute for Education & Society 
    ? Council of Chief State School Officers 
    ? Council of Great City Schools 

    A complete compendium of resources is located in the References section of this document. All school districts, including SAISD, are doing the best we can with the information and resources we have and within the constraints of the authoritative bodies that oversee us.

    Since August, we have communicated our school opening plan with our principals, staff and families, and have asked for feedback through our Student, Teacher and Principal advisory groups. We have been the most conservative among area school districts with our low student occupancy rates that gradually increased up to 30% since September, and we have launched the most robust COVID-testing program – with testing available at all of our campuses districtwide. Based on what we now know, we believe we can safely begin phasing more students back into the classroom this spring semester.

    We greatly appreciate the input from our stakeholders in helping us to work through the many considerations and complexities of daily school operations, academics, school safety protocols, student transportation, meal service, and much more, to ensure safe environments for everyone. Your feedback is reflected in the contents of this document, and your voice will continue to inform our plans throughout the school year. 

    I thank you in advance for your role in ensuring our schools remain as safe as possible for our students. 

    Pedro Martinez 
    Superintendent of Schools
  • SAISD’s planning and decision-making process is informed by the following guiding principles.

    student at computer• Health and Safety: SAISD is committed to employing strict measures to preserve the health and safety of our families and staff. SAISD also is committed to continuing nutrition services throughout all levels of school opening and closure.

    • Continuity, Mental Health, and Well-Being: SAISD is committed to prioritizing continuity and the social, emotional, and mental health of our families and staff.

    • High-Quality Instruction: SAISD will ensure high-quality academics in both in-person and remote-learning models.

    • Educational Equity: SAISD respects the cultural and linguistic heritages of our students, families, and staff, and will ensure that human and financial resources are distributed in ways that meet their diverse and unique needs.

    • Accurate and Timely Communication: SAISD is committed to providing timely and transparent communication to students, families, and staff.
  • As a result of COVID-19, many families must make decisions about their children's education that factor in student and family safety as well as student learning. This flyer is intended to outline some of the options parents have when returning to school and to share some information regarding those options. Click to download the flyer in English or Spanish.

    education rights

    education rights

  • The SAISD Student Code of Conduct has policies in place to promote and maintain a positive, safe, and effective learning environment for students and adults, both during in-person instruction and remote learning. Review the policies in English or Spanish.
  • This is the recommended supply list for in-person learning. Parents may purchase these items now or when in-person instruction begins. If you have any questions about supplies or need assistance, please call us at (210) 554-2210.  

    School Supply Lists: (English) (Spanish)

    Or click the images below:

    school supply list

    school supply list

  • In consultation with Metro Health and in compliance with Texas Education Agency guidelines, SAISD has developed health safety criteria to determine how it will advance to increased levels of student occupancy as local COVID-19 conditions improve over time. Parents and staff will receive at least one week’s notice of a change to Levels. 

    Movement between levels is based on three statistics: The positivity rate in Bexar County, the number of days it takes for the local case count to double, and whether numbers are trending upward, downward, or flattening based on data for a certain number of days.   
    As of Jan. 6, 2021, our new understanding of the virus and its effects has allowed us to update our instructional continuity plan and safety matrix.   

    Note: Criteria may continue to change over time based on Metro Health guidance adjustments.

    See the safety matrix here.

  • attendanceStudents will be required to meet all attendance requirements, whether attending classes at a campus in-person or remotely from home. Per Texas Education Code (TEC) Sec. 25.092, students must attend 90% of the days a course is offered (with some exceptions) in order to be awarded credit for the course and/or to be promoted to the next grade. This requirement remains in force during the 2020-21 school year whether attending classes at a campus in person or attending remotely from home.

    For all students, the measurement frequency is daily. Therefore, students attending in-person and remotely from home must attend daily. Students learning remotely from home must log onto Canvas, our Learning Management System, each day and demonstrate:

    • Daily participation in Canvas; or 
    • Daily participation in Zoom; or 
    • Completion or submission of an assignment in Canvas from student to teacher.

  • The following information is a condensed version of what appears in the full plan.

    General protocols
    sample classroom• Cloth face coverings are required.  PK-2nd grade students may wear a face guard.
    • Daily health checks will be conducted.
    • Students and staff must stay home when appropriate.
    • Students and staff will remain in small groupings (cohorting/teaming).
    • Student arrival and drop-off times or locations will be staggered.
    • Office staff will report on alternate days when possible.
    • The sharing of objects that are difficult to clean or disinfect is discouraged.
    • High-touch surfaces will be frequently cleaned and disinfected.
    • When possible, schools will leverage outdoor learning spaces.
    • Seating in classrooms and buses will be modified to ensure social distancing.
    • Physical barriers, such as plexiglass, and social distancing guides/signage will be used.
    • Use of shared spaces such as cafeterias, libraries, and playgrounds will be limited.
    • Virtual field trips will be encouraged, and no in-person field trips will be allowed.

    Positive case protocols
    Students or staff who become sick while at school or work immediately will be isolated until they can leave the premises, and then must quarantine for the number of days necessary.
    • SAISD Student Health Services and SAISD Human Resources will work quickly to identify anyone who may have been exposed while at school or work.
    • The school will notify all teachers, staff, and families of all students in a school if a lab-confirmed COVID-19 case is identified among students, teachers, or staff who participate in any on-campus activities.
    • These same protocols apply to SAISD administrative buildings and will be used to inform staff. 
    • The school/building will close off areas that are heavily used by the individual with the lab-confirmed case until the non-porous surfaces in those areas can be disinfected, unless more than three days have already passed since that person was on campus.
    • The Superintendent will determine when a classroom, building, program, school or the District will be closed.


Extended Learning is still taking place virtually or by appointment through the providers. 

Information can be found on our Extended Day Program website


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ad-uniform suppliesNo uniforms or supplies need to be purchased if students attend school remotely. Uniforms and some supplies are needed if students attend in person. Supply and uniform drives will be posted.



ad-face coverings

Cloth face coverings are required. PK-2nd grade students will be provided a face guard. TEA has provided face masks for students; however, parents are welcome to provide their own.



ad-social distancingSeating in classrooms and buses will be modified to ensure social distancing to include either 6-foot spacing or physical dividers. See full plan for sample diagrams of classrooms.




For students in remote learning, curbside meals will be available at designated campuses and at various bus-stop locations. For students on campus, meals will be packaged in closed containers.




School bus seats reserved for social distancing will be wrapped in red with safety signage. Face masks will be required for all students, bus drivers, and monitors while on the school bus.



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Every District campus has been audited to ensure  restrooms have operational and stocked soap dispensers and paper towels. Once in-person instruction begins, restrooms will be rechecked multiple times daily. Students and staff may also scan a QR code if immediate attention is needed.

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