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Given authority from the State, Metro Health announces process for decision-making related to school openings

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Published on Wednesday, July 15, 2020

Given authority from the State, Metro Health announces process for decision-making related to school openings

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SAN ANTONIO, TX (July 15, 2020) – Following today’s announcement from the Texas Education Agency (TEA) that local public health officials that order Texas schools closed for in-person instruction this fall will not risk state education funding, Metro Health with the support of the COVID-19 Community Response Coalition will convene a task force to make local recommendations the public health authority for Bexar County.
 
“We’ve heard from many parents, teachers and administrators with concerns about starting the school year with in-person instruction while cases of COVID-19 are surging in Texas,” said Assistant City Manager and Interim Metro Health Director Dr. Colleen Bridger. “This task force will work together to help us make an informed decision about the best way to proceed with the health and safety of our children and all school staff as our highest priority.” 
 
School districts typically fall under the authority of the State of Texas, not the City of San Antonio or Bexar County. However, the TEA has effectively given the authority to local communities to decide whether schools will open with in-person learning, rather than just remote learning.
 
The task force will include teachers, parents, students, teachers’ unions, school districts, universities, pediatricians and public health professionals. The task force will meet this week and will make recommendations about the safe reopening of schools in Bexar County. Updates will be shared at covid19.sanantonio.gov.
 
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Dada la autoridad del Estado, Metro Health anuncia proceso para la toma de decisiones relacionadas con la apertura de escuelas
  
SAN ANTONIO, TX (15 de julio de 2020) - Tras el anuncio de hoy de la Agencia de Educación de Texas (TEA) de que los funcionarios locales de salud pública que ordenen el cierre de las escuelas de Texas para clases en persona este otoño no arriesgarán fondos estatales de educación, Metro Health con el  El apoyo de la COVID-19 Community Response Coalition convocará un grupo de trabajo para hacer recomendaciones locales a la autoridad de salud pública del Condado de Bexar.
 
"Hemos escuchado de muchos padres, maestros y administradores con inquietudes acerca del comienzo del año escolar mientras los casos de COVID-19 están surgiendo en Texas,” dijo la Dra. Colleen Bridger,Subadministradora de la Ciudad y Directora Provisional de Metro Health.  "Este grupo de trabajo trabajará en conjunto para ayudarnos a tomar una decisión informada sobre la mejor manera de proceder con la salud y la seguridad de nuestros niños y todo el personal escolar como nuestra máxima prioridad.”
 
Los distritos escolares generalmente caen bajo la autoridad del Estado de Texas, no de la Ciudad de San Antonio o el Condado de Bexar. Sin embargo, la TEA efectivamente ha otorgado la autoridad a las comunidades locales para decidir si las escuelas abrirán con aprendizaje en persona, en lugar de solo aprendizaje remoto.
 
El grupo de trabajo incluirá maestros, padres, estudiantes, sindicatos de maestros, distritos escolares, universidades, pediatras y profesionales de la salud pública.  El grupo de trabajo se reunirá esta semana y hará recomendaciones sobre la reapertura segura de las escuelas en el condado de Bexar.  Las actualizaciones se compartirán en covid19.sanantonio.gov.

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