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SAISD will start school on Aug. 17, and for the first three weeks, all instruction will be 100% remote. After Labor Day, parents can continue with the teacher-led, online learning or transition their children to on-campus learning – both will provide your child a high-quality option. Students learning remotely will be provided devices if they don’t have one at home. We prioritize safety, strong academics and social-emotional learning for our students.

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School opening plan: Working draft

SAISD is in the process of finalizing the processes and protocols to ensure a safe start to the new school year. We invite you to review this working draft and submit questions and comments for us to consider.

View the draft here in English or Spanish.

Please share your comments or questions in the Comments box by July 31.

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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
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    Academic & Instructional Continuity
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  • 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.

    Last spring, our community rallied to ensure that our students had an exemplary online experience through Google Classroom and SeeSaw, and we were successful in reaching over 97% of our students. To ensure equity and access, we distributed more than 41,000 laptops and 3,500 Wi-Fi hotspots to our families. In addition, we launched our Digital Learning Playground and were able to deliver supplementary instruction through this platform throughout the summer. By the end of June, we had logged over 300,000 hits on this website. I am extremely proud to say we were able to distribute more than 1 million meals during the spring and expect to hit the 2 million mark by the end of summer.  

    Now we are shifting our focus to preparing for an exemplary 2020-2021 school year.

    Over the past month, our staff has been working hard to ensure a strong start to the school year. The contents of this document represent our plans for a coordinated and safe return to school 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.

    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 safe school start in August.

    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.
  • 2020-21 Instructional Calendar: (English) (Spanish)

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  • School Supply Lists: (English) (Spanish)

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

    Academic Options
    happy studentBeginning July 21, SAISD families may begin requesting their Academic Option for each child.  

    The choices are:
    • I want my child to attend school in person.
    • I want my child to attend school remotely from home.
    • I have no preference. Both in-person and remote options are fine for my child.

    Selections will remain in effect for the first nine weeks of school. At the end of the nine weeks, parents may request a change to their child’s Academic Option. A change in the Academic Option may result in a change of your child’s teacher.

    SAISD will begin classes on Aug. 17, with 100% of our students fully online through Sept. 4. On Sept. 8, Declarations will be implemented and students will begin attending school in-person, as requested by parents.

    Select your option here.

    Students 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.

    Afterschool Programs
    SAISD will begin offering afterschool programs on Sept. 8. 
  • 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.

How do I select my child's Academic Option? Click here.

We are asking parents to let us know their preference for how their child receives instruction for the start of the school year. Click here to go to the form.

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. See July meal schedule.




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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