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San Antonio Superintendents Had a Plan to Safely Open Schools to Kids Who Needed Them Most. The Governor Had Other Ideas

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Area school officials were moving ahead to bring back homeless, special education, and students who had fallen the furthest behind — refiling schools slowly. But even as coronavirus cases have surged across Texas, Governor Greg Abbott mandated that schools reopen five days a week to any student, while also offering a 100 percent online option. Failure to do so would jeopardize schools’ state funding, which is based on attendance.

Revised guidance issued Friday gave schools up to eight weeks after their start date — which can also be moved back given that 180 days of instruction remain on the school calendar — to offer online instruction only.

Local health authorities around the state, including San Antonio’s Metropolitan Health Department, have ordered school buildings closed until after Labor Day, and may extend that order.