San Antonio Independent School District (SAISD) officials have announced the closure of 20 campuses for repairs following concerns about heating issues amid the recent freezing-cold weather. The closures were announced late Tuesday night, just hours after the district apologized to parents for preparations that “fell short” and assured regular operations on Wednesday.
In a Facebook announcement, SAISD stated that the repairs were being carried out to ensure proper room temperature. While the 20 schools will be closed for repairs, campus administrators, custodial staff, and child nutrition workers are still expected to report.
The 20 schools that will be closed on Wednesday include Ball Elementary School, Brackenridge High School, CAST Med High School, Cooper Academy at Navarro, Crockett Academy, Edison High School, Herff Elementary School, Hillcrest Elementary School, Huppertz Elementary School, Lamar Elementary School, Lowell Middle School, Margil Elementary School, Maverick Elementary School, Ogden Elementary School, Poe Middle School, Rogers Academy, Twain Dual Language Academy, Woodlawn Academy, and Young Women’s Leadership Academy – Primary.
SAISD also confirmed that curbside meal service will be available from noon to 1 p.m., and students do not need to be present for pickup. However, there has been no official update from the district regarding conditions at Highlands High School, where multiple parents reported potential heating issues.
Superintendent Jaime Aquino expressed dissatisfaction with how the day started in a letter to parents, citing system failures, slow heating of buildings due to boilers, and water issues caused by burst pipes. The district has faced criticism from parents, with many expressing frustration over the closure of only some schools and urging SAISD to close all schools to ensure the safety and well-being of students.
SAISD’s decision to close 20 campuses for repairs reflects the district’s commitment to addressing heating issues and maintaining a conducive learning environment for students. As the district continues to navigate the challenges brought about by the freezing-cold weather, parents and guardians are advised to stay updated through official channels for any further developments.
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