Resources For Our Students With Special Needs

Distance Learning Tips: Information and resources for students with disabilities compiled by educators and families around the world. These materials are open and free and can be tailored to suit the needs of your child or student. CLICK HERE

Apps For Our Students To Use: List of apps that are aimed at our students with special needs. CLICK HERE

Distance Learning For Students With Significant Support Needs: This link is connected to a padlet that provides advice and resources for our students with significant support needs. CLICK HERE

How to Help Your Student Emotionally Manage the Pandemic: This Resource is “COVID-19 Emotional Management: A Guide for Parents and Caregivers.” CLICK HERE

Local and State Support Programs for Students With Special Needs in Texas: Programs presented to help our parents with children with special needs in local and state support. CLICK HERE

General Guide with News Updates Included: Provides news updates to students with special needs, their families, and their teachers. CLICK HERE

Children’s Specialized Hospital – Useful Tips for Parents and Caregivers: This guide provides parents with tips for caregivers for their children with special needs. CLICK HERE

Military One Source COVID-19 Resources For Parents of Children With Special Needs: Part of the U.S. Department of Defense’s Support Network to the Military Community. CLICK HERE

National Disability Rights Network COVID-19 and Student Education with Disabilities Resources: Information and guides for students who are disabled and who learn online during the pandemic. CLICK HERE

Children’s Specialized Hospital On Ensuring Mental Health: Additional condensed tips from Children’s Specialized Hospital on how to ensure mental health and a balanced sense of routine. CLICK HERE

Website For Families of Children With Disabilities to Offer Support or Services in Texas: Website made especially for families and parents of children with disabilities or special health care needs, designed to provide support, inspiration, resources and links to services available throughout Texas. CLICK HERE

Staying Mindful of Child Development When Discussing COVID-19: Advice sheet intended to serve as a guide to help parents and caregivers talk to their children in a development-appropriate way that takes into account each child’s unique personality, along with their cognitive and emotional maturity. CLICK HERE

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Education During COVID-19 Survey Results and Letter to Gov. Abbott

In order to best represent our constituents and all Texans across the state, on July 7, 2020 we conducted a Google Survey created to gather data on the concerns that our educators and parents face amidst the reopening of schools. Over the course of a week, we received an overwhelming response with a total of 15,380 completing the survey. In doing so, we summarized the data into graphs and tables that outline our survey participants, their concerns, and which school and senate districts they represent.

We had a total of 10,710 educators along with 4,670 parents and concerned individuals fill out our survey. The category of parents and concerned individuals includes grandparents, legal guardians, and relatives who are caring for their child. Our survey also gathered data on the concerns these groups have for returning back to school. We separated these concerns into 8 major categories based on the feedback that we received from survey participants.

We have an estimated number of 542 schools districts that were represented and participated in the survey. We are grateful for this overwhelming response as this data is a representative sample of the State of Texas as a whole.

After speaking with my constituents and reviewing the results, I will be filing several pieces of legislation that we ask you to support. The legislation includes, but is not limited to, repealing the STAAR test and reallocating these funds to assist our schools with the COVID-19 pandemic. We will also file legislation supplementing teachers with medical leave if they were to contract or be exposed to COVID-19. This leave would not come out of their personal leave nor will it be accounted for within their leave allocated by the Family and Medical Leave Act. Additionally, we will file a bill appropriating specific funds to assist parents and children with special needs to ensure they have an equal access to education, whether that be additional assistance at home or for remote learning.

Thank you again to everyone that took time to complete our survey, and shared their thoughts and concerns. Your input was invaluable.

You can view my letter to Governor Abbott, along with the full survey results HERE.

View the survey results in Spanish HERE.

Preview of Education During COVID-19 Survey Results

Last week on July 7, 2020, my staff shared a Google Survey created to gather data on the concerns that our educators and parents face amidst the reopening of schools during the COVID-19 pandemic. Over the week, we received an overwhelming response from all over the State of Texas with a total of 15,380 people completing the survey. My team is continuing to review the data, and today I am prepared to give you a breakdown of the first 13,000 responses that we have received.


We had a total of 8,977 educators along with 4,023 parents and concerned individuals fill out our survey. The category of parents and concerned individuals includes grandparents, legal guardians, and relatives who are caring for their child.


Our survey also gathered data on the concerns these groups have for returning back to school. We separated these concerns into 8 major categories. These categories were based on the feedback that we received from survey participants. The 8 categories are: Safety, Contracting COVID-19, STAAR Testing, School Facilities, School Funding, Curriculum for Teachers, Equal Access to Education, Other Concerns, and No Concerns. In order for every survey participant to give all of their thoughts on reopening schools, we provided the option to select multiple concerns along with opportunities to elaborate on concerns and provide specific feedback.


Of the first 13,000 survey participants we have a total of 526 school districts that were represented and participated in the survey. We have also posted these school districts, which span across our State. My staff is continuing to compile the data and we will be sharing a full report this Wednesday.


As my staff is sorting through this data, we have already started drafting legislation. We are proposing the STAAR test to be cancelled, so that those funds can go directly to assisting our school as we navigate this COVID-19 pandemic and its aftermath. Additionally, we are filing a bill which will allow teachers to opt out of teaching this upcoming school year due to the COVID-19 pandemic. If these teachers choose to opt out, it will not affect their Teacher Retirement System benefits.


With this information, we are asking that the State strongly consider opposing the reopening of our school facilities. Our educators and students should not be on the front lines battling this deadly virus. Together, we must be better.


We would like to thank all of the educators, parents, grandparents, and concerned individuals who took the time to fill out this survey. We look forward to sharing our full report tomorrow.

View the Responses and Concerns shown below HERE

View the 526 school districts HERE

COVID-19 Update – City of San Antonio Neighborhood & Housing Services update

City of San Antonio – Municipal Government Neighborhood and Housing Services Department is here for emergency assistance during COVID-19.

Households experiencing an emergency and hardship should submit an assessment online HERE

COVID-19 Update – Child Possession Schedules

We have had questions regarding child custody schedules. Child possession schedules establishing access to a child under a court-ordered possession schedule are not affected by the “Stay Home, Work Safe” shelter-in-place orders that go into effect at 11:59pm today, March 24th.

Here is also a helpful article HERE 

COVID-19 Update – City of San Antonio and Bexar County announce Stay Home, Safe Orders 3/23/20

City of San Antonio and Bexar County announce
Stay Home, Work Safe Orders

INFORMATION CURRENT AS OF 6:00PM
SAN ANTONIO (March 23, 2020) — Today, Mayor Ron Nirenberg and Judge Nelson Wolff issued separate but joint Stay Home, Work Safe Orders to mitigate the spread of COVID-19. The order is effective beginning at 11:59 p.m. on March 24, 2020 and if approved by City Council at this Thursday’s meeting, will last until 11:59 p.m. on April 9, or until it is either rescinded, superseded or amended.

“As you know, and as we expected, the number of positive cases is growing. We need to take additional steps now to slow the spread. The actions I announced today can be summed up as short-term pain in exchange for long term benefit,” said San Antonio Mayor Ron Nirenberg.

Mayor Nirenberg added, “If we do this right – and right away – we suffer fewer consequences in the long term, such as loss of family, friends or neighbors who may be particularly vulnerable right now. If we do this right – and right away – we also position our community to emerge from this crisis more quickly. We give our businesses and institutions an earlier opportunity to begin the recovery process. So, I’m asking every single one of us – every San Antonian, every Bexar County resident – to do our part to halt the spread of the virus. Stay Home and Work Safe.”

“We are facing two major challenges—a public health challenge and an economic challenge. We must work to together to balance the need to protect the public from the spread of COVID-19 as to not overwhelm our hospital system while trying to preserve jobs and people’s livelihoods by ensuring as many of our citizens remain employed and able to provide for their families,” stated Bexar County Judge Nelson Wolff.

“This is a step that your local government can do but we need each and every one of our citizens to do their part so that we will get through this with the least amount of disruption.”

The City’s order is linked Here

The County’s order is linked Here

COVID-19 Update – City of San Antonio Emergency Assistance Update

City of San Antonio – Municipal Government Neighborhood and Housing Services Department is here for emergency assistance during COVID-19.

Households experiencing an emergency and hardship should submit an assessment online Here

COVID-19 Update – The importance of staying home.

Please share this article with family and friends! This explains why we need people to stay home as much as possible.

“Why You Shouldn’t Go To Your Friend’s House While Social Distancing – Social distancing during COVID-19 means you Facetime instead of heading over to your friend’s house to hang. We don’t want to spread this.”

“Seeing your friends IRL right now is kind of like playing a game of pool where coronavirus is the cue ball, said Kirsten Hokeness, professor and chair of the Department of Science and Technology at Bryant University and an expert in immunology, virology, microbiology, and human health and disease.

‘If the white ball is the virus and you have a table full of balls to target, the ‘virus’ has a lot of options,’ she said. ‘Your friend, people your friend lives with, including anyone who’s older or has underlying conditions who’s more susceptible. Start taking those balls off of the table until they are gone, and now it has nowhere to go.’

Without a coronavirus vaccine, the only means we have to limit the spread of the virus is to prevent it from being able to go from one host to the next.

‘The virus needs a host to keep going,” Hokeness said. “It can’t live on its own, so it needs you and your friends as a vehicle to keep spreading. If it infects someone and then has nowhere else to go, it stops right there.’

When you keep getting together, even in very small groups, ‘you run the risk of giving the virus one more chance to persist in the population,’ Hokeness said.”

Read the article HERE

COVID-19 Update – IDRA Update

IDRA’s update on the impact of COVID-19-related policies on schools, students and families.

Read it HERE

Resources and trainings for teachers, school administrators, families, and communities are also on their Learning Goes On website HERE

COVID-19 Update – City of San Antonio Update Update, 3/22/20

Who: City of San Antonio – Municipal Government

What: City of San Antonio COVID-19 Update, 3/22/20

Summary: It is with deep sympathy that we confirm Bexar County’s first #COVID19 related death. The woman, a patient in her 80s, was being treated at Brooke Army Medical Center & had a history of underlying health issues. The patient passed on 3/21/2020, more information found HERE 

If you believe you have been exposed to the virus & have symptoms, call your physician or an urgent care clinic for an assessment & referral. Those who cannot afford a doctor’s visit may call San Antonio Metro Health’s COVID-19 hotline at 210-207-5779 (M-F 8AM-7PM; Sat/Sun 8:30AM-4:30PM)

More information about preventing the spread of COVID-19, information about testing and other useful resources for residents, providers, and businesses can be found HERE.  

Reminder that Mayor Ron Nirenberg‘s Fourth Public Health Emergency Declaration is in effect until April 18 at 11:59 PM. Violation of this declaration can be reported to the San Antonio Police Department’s non-emergency line: 210-207-SAPD. View the full declaration Here 

Bexar County, Texas Judge Nelson Wolff‘s executive order remains in effect. The order reduces public gatherings to 10 people or less, suspends evictions for rental property owners for 30 days, suspends foreclosure proceedings for 30 days, & addresses price gouging & penalties.

We continue to post daily case updates at www.sanantonio.gov/covid19. As of today, there are 45 positive COVID-19 cases (26 travel-related, 7 close contacts of previously diagnosed cases, 10 community transmission, 2 under investigation).

Older adults & people with underlying medical conditions seem to be particularly susceptible to COVID-19. To view, CDC recommended precautions for older adults, visit HERE

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