Texas Governor Greg Abbott “places politics above the protection of our kids”

SAN ANTONIO Schools in the San Antonio Area Prepare to Reopen for the 2021-2022 School Year with In-Person Classes As COVID-19 Cases Resurgence.

Concerns about the safety of students and faculty are great, and changes to federal, state, and local health guidelines are sometimes contradictory.

The American Academy of Pediatrics, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and San Antonio’s Metro Health all advise wearing masks indoors regardless of vaccine status, but Governor Greg Abbott has doubled his stance and bans government agencies like schools from issuing masks or vaccines Mandates.

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Schools are required to obey the governor’s order, but with so many concerns about the ongoing pandemic, KSAT urged parents, educators and students to get involved.

The audience reaction was immediate and we’ve listed some of them below. We’re not done listening, however, and there are more answers to share. If you want to get involved, you can do so under the answers in the prompt at the bottom of the article.

Further background information on the current status and current educational news can be found in our back-to-school area.

As a parent, I believe that if they give us the opportunity to hold back our children this year, then we should have the same choice when it comes to face-to-face or virtual learning. Schools are all about numbers for their funding. You will lose money if our children withdraw from your district.

Anonymous

I’m a teacher and my concern is if my son or I get COVID we don’t have two weeks of sick leave so I’m not sure what we’re going to do.

Anonymous

He [Abbott] puts politics above the safety of our children. With long COVID and the association with reduced performance in intelligence tests, we are taking unnecessary risks …

Anonymous

I think parents should have a choice of whether or not to send their children to school. I think that children who are not vaccinated should continue with virtual learning. Governor Greg Abbott does a terrible job protecting Texans.

Anonymous

I am very afraid for my unvaccinated 10 year old grandson with asthma who is going back to school. Absolutely scared….

Anonymous

I am very worried that my 6 year old will come back to school. She cannot be vaccinated as she is under 12 years old and I am concerned that other children may not wear masks. To be honest, I am thinking of home schooling and I am very disappointed that virtual learning was not offered, at least for them.

Tiffany

I have an elementary school student and because of advancement I prefer her to do virtual learning [in cases] the pandemic. How do you get the student back into school if they are not even eligible for the vaccine?

Anonymous

San Antonio ISD launched the Jump Start program three weeks ago and within a week teachers and students tested positive for COVID … why don’t we see a clear picture of increasing numbers and the risk we are taking?

Anonymous

As a kindergarten teacher and mother, I am appalled by the lack of foresight and the blatant disregard for young life. You have no other option to protect yourself without a mask mandate! The governor and his supporters lead pointlessly small lives straight to disease and, for some, death. What a shame!

Anonymous

In all fairness, our children shouldn’t be sent back to school. Keep them teaching from home. If our kids are forced to go back to school now that the Delta variant is so close to home, our kids will get sick and some of those kids won’t be as lucky.

Anonymous

I am very dismayed to hear that our government does not support the use of masks indoors. Children currently cannot be vaccinated and are more likely to spread any virus. I don’t see how careless people stay in office.

Maria

What are the estimated class sizes for each school level (elementary, intermediate, advanced)? Has class size impact research been used to guide administration to ensure classrooms are not overcrowded? If there are a lot of late registrations, is there a plan?

Anonymous

As a parent, I am not worried about COVID-19 this year as my 6 children became infected with COVID-19 last November. Do you know what it did to them? Nothing. No fever, no cough. They were a little sluggish for a day or two. COVID has nothing to do with generally healthy children. I am more concerned about masks for 7 hours a day.

Andreana

My biggest fear is sending my children back to the classroom. I have 3 children, all of whom have moderate to severe asthma and are far too young to be vaccinated. My eldest has a history of epilepsy and was not well suited to get the vaccine. My little one has sleep apnea. What happened to virtual learning?

Anonymous

I can’t believe children don’t matter. Elementary school students will get the virus and pass it on to those at home. This means that the delta variant immunized against the vaccine will definitely show its ugly head. I think children are more important than money.

Anonymous

We are in NISD and I have a really big concern about sending my children back to face-to-face learning. Since the cases are increasing every day and my children cannot vaccinate because they are not of legal age, this is a real problem. Please allow virtual learning again!

Anonymous

I think the governor has to be in elementary school for 15 days without a mask. He says it’s not a risk – let him be there !!

Anonymous

Why are there no virtual lessons? Why is there funding for other things but not for that? What will school districts do or tell parents if they lose their children to personal schooling to the virus? Why doesn’t the President step in to help?

Anonymous

I think it’s cowardly for the districts not to fight harder to protect children. Why hasn’t a group of superintendents filed a lawsuit against Governor Abbott for the right to protect students, faculty, and staff? Children under the age of 12 remain susceptible to the Delta variant and are not eligible for vaccinations. LEAD!

Gabriel

I would say keep students virtual. I don’t want students to get COVID. It’s terrible. I don’t think a kid would want to handle it! I want my kids to be virtual.

Anonymous

My concern is that the governor has made it impossible for schools to take reasonable precautions and try to forestall the virus. Everything that made students safe last year is no longer available and therefore we will see more affected children this year. Why Remove What Works During a Pandemic?

Jessica

I think EVERYONE should wear a mask and EVERYONE should be instructed to get the vaccine or face severe penalties. That’s crazy! Why are people so stubborn! If it was all about your own health and LIFE then this is your choice. Not if it includes the public, my children, and my family, however.

Joshua

I am very concerned about the health and safety of my children for the coming school year. I am a parent in NEISD. I wrote extensive emails to Governor Abbot and the TEA this weekend begging for masks in schools, especially in elementary school, as these children cannot be vaccinated. I can provide copies of my emails.

Anonymous

Many parents who responded to KSAT’s invitation expressed concern that virtual learning would not be an option. According to a report by the Texas Tribune, Texas law only allows distance learning for public schools as long as most of the teaching is in person.

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Texas lawmakers did not pass any law in the last term that would have helped fund districts that previously offered virtual distance learning. The 1468 House Bill died on the Legislature, although it received broad support from both Republicans and Democrats and would have allowed funding for virtual education in Texas schools. The problem came with the House Democrats stepping out of the floor to support a controversial voting bill.

One parent commented that they thought the COVID-19 delta variant was immune to the vaccine, but that’s not true. Both Pfizer and Moderna vaccines have been shown to be effective against the Delta strain of coronavirus.

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San Antonio Metropolitan Health District’s chief of epidemiology, Rita Espinoza, recently told KSAT that while people who have been vaccinated can still get infected, the vaccine is still the best way to protect yourself.

KSAT has reached out to San Antonio ISD regarding a parent’s concern regarding a possible outbreak of COVID-19 cases in the Jump Start program and will update this article as soon as we receive a response.

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