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Tue, 23 Feb 2021
Dear SAISD Staff: The Trustees and I understand the stress employees have been under as a result of the pandemic, followed by last week s extreme winter weather event and we know some of you are still...Read more...
Fri, 19 Feb 2021
Dear SAISD Staff, Our buildings will be open, and we will have school and office operations on Monday, Feb. 22. We know it has been a very difficult week, and we look forward to welcoming everyone bac...Read more...
Tue, 09 Feb 2021
Dear SAISD Staff: During tonight s COVID update, city and county officials announced that the positivity rate has dropped below 10% locally. Metro Health shared that the positivity rate is now at 9.7%...Read more...
Mon, 25 Jan 2021
Dear SAISD Staff: It is important to celebrate each other s successes, especially in times like this where highlights can quickly be overshadowed by the stresses of a pandemic. I want to take a moment...Read more...
Wed, 20 Jan 2021
Dear SAISD Staff: We are seeing slight improvements in the COVID-19 positivity rates in San Antonio and Bexar County. It will take a village (and a city and a county) working together to bring our hea...Read more...
Wed, 13 Jan 2021
Dear SAISD Staff: Welcome back to the spring semester! We are grateful our Trustees approved an instructional calendar that added one week of intercession following our winter break. The extra week cr...Read more...
Thu, 07 Jan 2021
Dear SAISD Staff: As we move forward together into a new calendar year, I want to thank each of you for your roles in implementing one of the most conservative and safest school plans in our region. I...Read more...
Mon, 14 Dec 2020
Dear SAISD Staff: Last week, our local health authorities released modified guidance for schools based on the latest COVID-19 positivity rates and what we have learned about the low levels of school-b...Read more...
Mon, 07 Dec 2020
Dear SAISD Staff: Earlier this evening, our local officials announced that the COVID-19 positivity rate has increased above 15% for Bexar County. While this is undoubtedly concerning, we are fortunate...Read more...
Wed, 02 Dec 2020
Dear SAISD Staff: I hope each of you had a restful Thanksgiving break and enjoyed time with your closest family members. I realize the holidays may look differently this year because of the pandemic, ...Read more...
Mon, 16 Nov 2020
Dear SAISD Staff: Thanksgiving is a time to gather and to show our appreciation, and I want to take this moment to tell you how grateful I am you are part of the SAISD family. Because of your roles in...Read more...
Wed, 11 Nov 2020
Dear SAISD Staff: I want to express my gratitude to all of you. Because of your efforts to follow the daily health and safety protocols we have in place at our schools and in our offices, we are doing...Read more...
Wed, 04 Nov 2020
Dear SAISD Staff: I am immensely humbled that both Bond 2020 propositions on yesterday s ballot were approved by voters. On behalf of the Blue Ribbon Task Force and SAISD Trustees, I want to share wit...Read more...
Mon, 26 Oct 2020
Dear SAISD Staff: SAISD remains in its Yellow safety level this week. The local COVID-19 positivity rate is above 5%, and we will not transition to Green until positivity rates are below the 5% thresh...Read more...
Fri, 09 Oct 2020
Dear SAISD Staff: Local health data is trending positively again, and Bexar County has achieved a positivity rate that falls under 5%. This metric holds significance for our District, too. If the coun...Read more...
Mon, 28 Sep 2020
Dear SAISD Staff: The local COVID-19 positivity rate increased slightly to 6.4% last Monday, which is not the direction for which we had hoped. We are remaining at Level 2 Yellow on our safety matrix ...Read more...
Mon, 14 Sep 2020
Dear SAISD Staff: We are officially operating under Level 2 Yellow on our safety matrix , and last week we saw our first students back in classrooms. It was an incredible moment to see some of our chi...Read more...
Fri, 04 Sep 2020
Dear SAISD Staff: As we enter Labor Day weekend, we look forward to transitioning into Level 2 Yellow on our safety matrix upon our return to work next week. On Tuesday, Sept. 8, we will welcome small...Read more...
Thu, 27 Aug 2020
Dear SAISD Staff: We are seeing improvement in the COVID-19 health metrics in our city, and if we are able to maintain that over the next week, we plan to move forward in gradually allowing a small nu...Read more...
Mon, 17 Aug 2020
Dear SAISD Staff: Today we are opening our school year at Level 1 Red, which is remote-only instruction. We will continue with remote instruction during our first three weeks through Labor Day. Moving...Read more...
Thu, 06 Aug 2020
Dear SAISD Staff: We have been working closely with the city and Metro Health to ensure our decision-making around starting school is being driven by safety and science, using the most current health ...Read more...
Fri, 31 Jul 2020
Dear SAISD Staff: Everything we do is with the intention of safety. Know that we continue to gauge the current environment to determine how best to open schools for students. Our plans are responsive ...Read more...
Mon, 27 Jul 2020
Dear SAISD Staff: We are continuing to develop the details of our plans for the start of school. We understand that some previous correspondence about the return of teachers has been shared on social ...Read more...
Tue, 21 Jul 2020
Dear SAISD Staff: Today we launched our Safe School Start website , which hosts the working draft of our plan that outlines the processes and procedures we are following to safely reopen our campuses....Read more...
Wed, 15 Jul 2020
Dear SAISD Staff: Thank you for watching yesterday s staff briefing via livestream. More than 6,000 employees joined us online, and even more joined us by telephone. It was important that we could all...Read more...
Wed, 08 Jul 2020
Dear SAISD Staff: We received more specific guidance yesterday afternoon from the Texas Education Agency about re-opening schools for the 2020-2021 school year. The State has said that on-campus learn...Read more...
Tue, 23 Jun 2020
Dear SAISD Staff: Last night, the San Antonio ISD Board of Trustees approved a revised instructional calendar for the upcoming school year , which includes 15 additional days as a contingency for COVI...Read more...
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Mon, 17 Jun 2019
Dear SAISD Staff: As we have been sharing, the first steps toward school finance reform were successful in this legislative session. We were effective in advocating for a greater state investment in p...Read more...
Tue, 28 May 2019
Dear SAISD Staff: The results are in for the first administration of STAAR for 5th and 8th grades and the May End of Course (EOC) exams, and I m pleased to share we are experiencing gains across subje...Read more...
Mon, 13 May 2019
Dear SAISD Staff: At tonight s Board meeting, we will welcome new Trustee Alicia Perry , who will represent District 2, and returning Trustees Patti Radle and Christina Martinez, who represent Distric...Read more...
Mon, 29 Apr 2019
Dear SAISD Staff: I hope you enjoyed Fiesta. The citywide celebration is an active time for our teachers and students who participate and compete in the parades and band festivals. It makes me proud t...Read more...
Mon, 15 Apr 2019
Dear SAISD Staff: It is with great sadness that we learned of the death last week of Lt. Stanley Slate, who served with the SAISD Police Department and protected our community for 27 years. It is a gr...Read more...
Mon, 01 Apr 2019
Dear SAISD Staff: I have never been more optimistic as I am now of the direction the District is headed. Because of the hard work of staff, teachers and students, our community is seeing positive resu...Read more...
Wed, 06 Mar 2019
Dear SAISD Staff, I wanted to share some positive news with you before spring break. I hope you all can rest and enjoy your time away next week. I want to start by addressing some rumors that we are h...Read more...
Mon, 04 Mar 2019
Dear SAISD Staff: Happy Professional School Social Workers Week! Last month, our Board approved a proclamation to recognize these vital members of our campus and District teams during March 4-8. Today...Read more...
Tue, 19 Feb 2019
Dear SAISD Staff: As you know, February is Black History Month, and it is a time that we celebrate the amazing contributions of African Americans throughout history, and continuing today. On this occa...Read more...
Tue, 05 Feb 2019
Dear SAISD Staff: Today, Governor Greg Abbott held his State of the State address in Austin. I was honored to be invited to attend and be recognized in the speech. His address outlined his priorities ...Read more...
Mon, 28 Jan 2019
Dear SAISD Staff, I am pleased to share with you several recent teacher and student accolades. Jerry Romero, who teaches Japanese and Chinese at Tafolla Middle School, has been named as the LOTE (Lang...Read more...
Mon, 14 Jan 2019
Dear SAISD Staff, The Texas legislature kicked off its 2019 legislative session last week. Two of the District s key priorities for this session involve school finance and campus safety. The Texas Com...Read more...
Mon, 17 Dec 2018
Dear SAISD Staff, I have wonderful news to share! The Greehey Family Foundation has awarded the District a $1.5 million, three-year grant to increase the dual credit opportunities at our comprehensive...Read more...
Mon, 03 Dec 2018
Dear SAISD Staff, For the second year in a row, our annual school showcase Experience SAISD was a huge success and it is growing. Preliminary numbers indicate that close to 5,000 people were in attend...Read more...
Mon, 12 Nov 2018
Dear SAISD Staff, We continue to bring forward research-based, curricular options for our families to consider, based on their children s needs and aspirations. And today, we will introduce another in...Read more...
Mon, 29 Oct 2018
Dear SAISD Staff, Our educators are amazing, and we all take pride when they are recognized outside of the District. It is a true honor to announce that Angelica Niño, a third-grade teacher at DeZaval...Read more...
Mon, 15 Oct 2018
Dear SAISD Staff, October is National Principals Month, and last week, our Trustees approved a proclamation honoring the contributions of our school principals and assistant principals. We are pleased...Read more...
Mon, 01 Oct 2018
Dear SAISD Staff, Our work to improve the lives of students through high-quality and equitable education is getting attention at state and national levels. And it boils down to this your hard work is ...Read more...
Mon, 17 Sep 2018
Dear SAISD Staff, On Friday, I had the pleasure of attending the Texas Teacher of the Year luncheon in Austin, which honored six finalists across the state including our own Andrea Greimel, a bilingua...Read more...
Mon, 27 Aug 2018
Dear SAISD Staff, Thank you for all your efforts to ensure the start of our school year was smooth and efficient. Your well-organized efforts eased the transition from summer to school for our student...Read more...
Wed, 15 Aug 2018
Dear SAISD Staff, We are three days into our first week of school, and our launch into the 2018-19 instructional year has been a successful one. We received reports of smooth starts and positive atmos...Read more...
Mon, 06 Aug 2018
Dear SAISD Staff, It is with great sadness that we learned of the recent death of technology teacher Bill Davis. His legacy at Rhodes Middle School, where he taught for 23 years, is one of high energy...Read more...
Fri, 20 Jul 2018
Dear SAISD Staff, Yesterday, we met with the Board Governance Committee to discuss our DK Local policy on work schedules. We are proposing to make a recommendation soon to the Board to amend the polic...Read more...
Mon, 09 Jul 2018
Dear SAISD Staff, We have rolled out a couple of exciting partnerships this summer, and I want to share the news with you. In June, cohorts of our child nutrition managers began participating in weekl...Read more...

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