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Comal ISD Schools in Bexar County to Remain Open Despite Warning from Metro Health

Comal ISD will not close its five Bexar County campuses despite a warning from San Antonio Metro Health that schools are in the COVID-19 "red zone."

In an email to parents yesterday, Comal ISD Superintendent Andrew Kim said the district’s five schools in Bexar County will remain open despite a new directive from San Antonio Metro Health warning parents against in-person education.

Bexar Couty school indicators are in the “red zone,” meaning the risk of contracting COVID-19 is high.

On Tuesday, San Antonio Metro Health Medical Director Dr. Junda Woo urged parents to keep their kids home “until we can get over this hump.”

Comal ISD’s Indian Springs, Kinder Ranch, Specht and Timberwood Park elementary schools and Pieper Ranch Middle School are located in Bexar County.

“This updated recommendation is based on the number of COVID-19 cases in each of our schools and across the district,” Kim said. “Based on our own data set that is updated daily and our current trends, we will continue to have on-campus instruction for the remainder of the semester. Families who currently have children in on-campus instruction, but have concerns about the virus, can always elect to move to Remote Learning at any time.”

He said students and staff have done a “tremendous job” of following health-and-safety protocols so far this year.

“…and I know that we can finish out this next week-and-a-half before Christmas break on a strong note,” Kim said.

San Antonio’s Northeast ISD, Northside ISD and San Antonio ISD said students already on-campus can stay in school.

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