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Greg Abbott has announced through an executive order that schools across Texas will remain closed for the remainder of the 2019-2020 school year.

All SST campuses in San Antonio, Corpus Christi and Houston are complying with this order.

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school of science and technology WILL be providing lunches to our communities. Learn more under our district updates section.

School of Science and Technology is monitoring COVID-19.

LAST UPDATED: 4/18/2020

With Spring Break in full effect, we want to reassure you that we are working diligently at the School of Science and Technology (SST) District to stay updated on the latest developments, related to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) in our area. We have partnered with our city and state officials in order to obtain any breaking information that should be shared with the public, and most importantly with our SST families. Transparency is of the utmost importance and we want to make sure that we keep all of you updated.

Our Latest District Communications

April 18, 2020

Dear SST Family,

Governor Greg Abbott has announced through an executive order that schools across Texas will remain closed for the remainder of the 2019-2020 school year. All SST campuses in San Antonio, Corpus Christi and Houston are complying with this order. The Governor’s action serves to protect the health and safety of students, staff and the community. Remote instruction and meal distribution will continue.

Our SST teachers, staff and leadership have worked non-stop to both deliver engaging instruction and to allow students opportunities to successfully complete grade level goals. I have had the pleasure of viewing some outstanding lessons delivered by rock star teachers. Adjusting to remote delivery and mastering remote teaching skills has been a steep learning curve. SST is improving distance learning instruction each day, and I am grateful to our entire SST team and our parents for the advancements we have made in a short time. It takes all of us working together to help our children succeed.

The COVID-19 pandemic has challenged education, and it has posed unexpected changes in our daily lives. Economic difficulties have permeated our government, institutions, and businesses and have touched many families. These challenges often are a heavy burden and stressful. If any parent is experiencing academic or other difficulties that SST can help address, please start by calling your child’s teacher and next the principal. There are resources available, and we want to help families connect with community support.

I am proud of how SST has responded. Together will we complete this school year and look back with pride at how we came together to successfully complete the 2019-2020 school year. We are doing our best to support each student each day, and at the same time, we are looking ahead to determine how we will make up for any lost learning and reopen schools in August. Again, it takes all of us working together to see that all students are successful. We will do whatever it takes for as long as it takes to support the success of our students.

With gratitude,

Mehmet Nalcaci
Superintendent

April 1, 2020

Dear SST Family,

Today Texas Governor Greg Abbott issued an executive order to close all schools in Texas, both public and private, until Monday, May 4. The gravity of this announcement emphasizes the pressing and urgent need to shelter at home. There is no cure or vaccination for COVID-19, and social distancing presents the best course of action to stop it.

The executive order issued by Governor Abbott impacts six million Texas children, and abiding by the COVID-19 recommendations of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is critical to protecting all children and vulnerable individuals. We must each do our part to halt COVID-19.

In a recent message I stated that SST will do whatever it takes for as long as it takes. We are more committed than ever to serve SST children, parents and staff in ways that support learning and thriving as individuals, families and an educational community. All our SST family has responded remarkably to this unparalleled, fast paced public health challenge.

We are strong, resilient and innovative. We will grow through this experience by working together and by taking positive action. We will keep you updated through emails, texts and social media. Again, I am grateful to each one of you and all that you are doing.

Sincerely,

Mehmet Nalcaci
Superintendent

March 25, 2020

Dear SST Family,

This is a challenging time for all of us. We receive information daily that impacts plans and decisions. Based on the most current information and stay at home orders, the School of Science and Technology is extending distance learning for all SST campuses in Corpus Christi and San Antonio through Friday, April 24. No decision has been made to extend distance learning for SST Houston campuses beyond April 10. A decision for Houston campuses will be made on April 6, as shared in an earlier message, or sooner. The curbside meal program will continue as it is. Though we are hopeful that SST campuses can reopen before the end of the school year, SST is prepared to do whatever is necessary for as long as necessary to support each of you.

While this has been a difficult time, I am proud of the response of our SST family. SST campus leadership, teachers and staff have adapted quickly to support students and their families. Parents have been equally responsive, and I appreciate each parent who has made the adjustments and provided the support their children need to continue learning. Together we can make this a productive time for our children, and through our example, we can demonstrate the importance of working together as a community.

Principals and teachers are working diligently to provide the support children and families need. Teachers and instructional specialists remain committed to providing high-quality, engaging instruction through online platforms. Please communicate directly with them if you have concerns or questions.
Our central office team is in daily contact with health and educational institutions at local, state and national levels that support educational leadership in making the best decisions possible. We will continue to update you on any developments through our websites, social media, Parent Square and other methods.

Our SST family is strong and innovative, and I commend each of you for all you are doing in service to children and families. The safety and well-being of our SST family is the priority in all our decisions during these fluid and rapidly changing time

Sincerely,
Mehmet Nalcaci
Superintendent

March 18, 2020 - Lunches

 Food Distribution Update:

In response to the school closures scheduled through April 10, SST schools are working to address the nutritional needs of our students by providing drive-through food distribution.

Beginning Monday, March 23 from 11am – 1pm, drive-through food distribution will be offered at select SST campuses across the districts Monday through Friday. Food will be provided based on one meal per student/child 18 years and under. The student/child does not have to attend SST schools in order to receive a meal. Drive-through food will consist of one breakfast meal and one lunch meal.

Distribution Sites:

School of Science and Technology Discovery
5707 Bandera Road, San Antonio, TX 78238
Map Directions: https://g.page/SSTDiscovery

School of Science and Technology CC- Elementary
6633 Evans Road, Corpus Christi, TX 78413
Map Directions: https://g.page/SSTCC-Elementary

SST- Sugarland
10007 Clodine Road, Richmond, TX 77407
Map Directions: https://goo.gl/maps/eL4D1oKn5YsCgMYa8

School of Science and Technology-Excellence
330 N Sam Houston Pkwy E, Houston, TX 77060
Map Directions: https://goo.gl/maps/ec7TGhjT8vsBzint6

Distribution Dates:

Beginning March 23, 2020 through April 10th, 2020 (Date change will be announced if there is no participation at each campus)

Distribution Times: 11am – 1pm

Process: Food will be distributed to vehicles in the pick-up areas. One meal per child will be provided to children 18 years and under. No one will be allowed to enter the building.


If you need other help during this time, please visit 2-1-1 Texas or call 211. No matter where you live in Texas, you can dial 2-1-1, or (877) 541-7905, and find information about resources in your local community. Whether you need help finding food or housing, child care, crisis counseling or substance abuse treatment, 2-1-1 can help you.

March 17, 2020

Dear School of Science and Technology Family,

The School of Science and Technology will be closed through April 10, 2020 systemwide (San Antonio, Houston, and Corpus Christi). This decision was made in line with guidance provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) as well as state and local health organizations and educational systems. SST administration will re-evaluate on Monday, April 6, to determine whether a longer closure beyond April 10 will be necessary.
Teachers and campus leaders will be in contact with parents and students. Two major areas that may concern you are instruction and nutrition.

Instruction: We know that there is no software program or learning packet that can substitute your child’s teacher; however, we will do everything in our capacity to minimize the academic impact of this unforeseen event.

• During the closure SST leadership, teachers and staff will work from home to address instructional needs by providing online and print materials.
• An online folder with instructional material (by grade and content area) will be shared with all parents and students by Friday, March 20.
• Students without access to computers at home can pick up printed packets at their campus offices on Monday and Tuesday from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
• These high-quality instructional materials, designed by SST teachers and the curriculum department, are for self-study or self-study with home support and guidance.
• Students are also asked to work on their weekly instructional software program goals by logging in through their Clever accounts.

Nutrition: Families will be able to pick up breakfast and lunch meals for students during the closure. Parents will receive more detailed information about pick up times and locations. A list of other feeding sites provided in each city will be included so parents have options for convenient pick up.

SST will continue to closely monitor the situation during the closure and provide operational updates as necessary. At this moment, our local, national and global communities are working together in service to each other and the most vulnerable individuals among us. I appreciate your patience and commitment in doing what each of us can to do minimize the impact of the Corona virus while continuing to support learning and our children.

Stay healthy, and thank you for your ongoing support,
Mehmet Nalcaci
SST Superintendent

March 13, 2020

Dear School of Science and Technology Family,

The School of Science and Technology has maintained regular contact with local, state and federal health officials in Houston, Corpus Christi and San Antonio to monitor COVID-19 situations in each city. The safety and health of students and staff are our first priorities during this challenging time.

  • Based on the most current information and guidance provided by health officials, SST has made a decision to extend Spring Break for one more week in Houston, San Antonio and Corpus Christi. School is expected to resume in Houston, San Antonio and Corpus Christi on Monday, March 23. All extracurricular activities, practices and other events are suspended during this closure.
  • This decision is made to help prevent exposure to students, staff and the community. While this will present some challenges for working parents of young, school-aged children, it is important to the long-term health and safety of children, staff and the community.
  • The SST leadership will continue to monitor COVID-19 in Houston, Corpus Christi and San Antonio and will provide updates whenever necessary. We will work with CDC, TEA and all other local and state agencies in case of more extension required and remote education options.
  • The SST leadership is reviewing remote education as an option for students. Parents and staff will be informed of any decisions that are made.
  • It is important that all members of our SST family continue to follow the recommendations from the Center for Disease Control.
  • All staff members are expected to stay within the city to be prepared for remote education options in case the school closure is extended.
  • Keep yourself informed by monitoring CDC website on the coronavirus daily at https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html. For more specific information related to Texas please check: https://dshs.texas.gov/coronavirus/.

I appreciate your patience and understanding. Again, these measures are taken to protect our students and staff and we will update you as we have more information.

With warm regards,

Mehmet Nalcaci
Superintendent

March 10, 2020

Dear School of Science and Technology Family,

With Spring Break in full effect, we want to reassure you that we are working diligently at the School of Science and Technology (SST) District to stay updated on the latest developments, related to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) in our area. We have partnered with our city and state officials in order to obtain any breaking information that should be shared with the public, and most importantly with our SST families. Transparency is of the utmost importance and we want to make sure that we keep all of you updated. As of right now, there are no confirmed cases of COVID-19 in any of our SST campuses, however we have ordered that all of our SST campuses be deep cleaned and sanitized over spring break.

In the event of a confirmed case that affects our SST school(s), we have response plans in place that will guide our next steps. SST is prepared for numerous scenarios, and we realize each case will have unique circumstances. First, we will determine who is involved in the case and then take the next steps necessary per our local and state officials. There are many factors to consider before deciding what action to take. Important points to remember.

If any student is asked by Metro Health to self-quarantine, we will support them by providing study materials so students can work from home.
Custodial teams are prepared with decontamination equipment and will work around the clock as needed.
Plans for alternative instruction will be issued in the event of a closure for the entire school.

Any closures or other pertinent information related to SST will be emailed, posted on ParentSquare, and social media. This is where you will find accurate, reliable information. Please use your best judgment if you see concerning information on another site and reach out to us to get the facts.

***** IMPORTANT TRAVELING INFORMATION *****

For families who might be traveling internationally during spring break, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) is a great place to review travel bans and warnings. You can get important recommendations and travel advisories at the CDC website.

** If you are planning to travel, we kindly ask you to fill out our SST Travel Survey to help us keep track of all of our students traveling outside their local city. **

Click here to fill out SST Travel Survey

SST has always put children first, and this is no different. The health of your children and our SST family is our top priority. As always, I appreciate your ongoing support of our students and our SST community.

Have a wonderful Spring Break.

Sincerely,

Mehmet Nalcaci
Superintendent

March 4, 2020

Dear School of Science and Technology Family,

Every hour of the day we are provided with information from the news and social media about the coronavirus. With the continuous onslaught of information, it is normal to be concerned. The School of Science and Technology approaches learning and problem solving based on science and facts, and the same is true with the coronavirus. SST staff are in daily contact with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the World Health Organization(WHO), The Texas Department of Health Services (TDHS) and the San Antonio Metropolitan Health District (SAMHD) about the status of the virus and how to protect our students.

SST is taking all the measures recommended by reliable health sources such as the CDC and the TDHS to provide a safe environment for students and staff. Campus and district health staff are working diligently to keep classes and facilities sanitized as recommended by the SAMHC. The steps to protect our SST family against the corona virus is much the same as preventing the spread of the common cold and the flu. Please join us in reinforcing these steps with your children and family. This is a learning opportunity and adults who practice the steps provide a strong role model.

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
  • If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Cover your mouth and nose with the inside of your elbow when you cough or sneeze.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.

Though the risk is considered low at the present time, SST is prepared to respond. Though school closures are not anticipated at this time, SST is prepared. Based on Texas Education Agency history school closures occur when 15-25% of students and/or staff are absent. As a system we are being proactive about keeping our campuses clean and are ordering that all of our San Antonio campuses be deep cleaned.

Again, be assured that SST is monitoring the coronavirus situation continuously. I encourage you to check updated information from the CDC on the coronavirus daily at https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html . For more specific information related to Texas please check: https://dshs.texas.gov/coronavirus/ .

SST has always put children first, and this is no different. The health of your children and our SST family is our top priority. As always, I appreciate your ongoing support of our students and our SST community.

With warm regards,

Mehmet Nalcaci
Superintendent

Our Latest Campus Updates

SST San Antonio (Main) Campus

March 6, 2020

Dear SST Family,
Unfortunately, we have had to cancel the Europe Trip 2020 due to the corona-virus.
Thank you.

March 4, 2020

Attention SST Families,

SST San Antonio will cancel/postpone all upcoming field trips, after school extracurricular activities such as school lock-ins, dance nights, game nights, parent & student programs that were scheduled in March, until further notice. All tutoring and school clubs will continue as scheduled.

Parents will get their refund for all the field trips that have been canceled this month.

We apologize for any inconvenience this might cause. Thank you for your understanding!

Our students’ and staff safety is our #1 priority each and every day!

SST Northwest Campus

March 6, 2020

Dearest Narwhal Nation!
In these times of Corona virus, it is important that we work together to ensure the safety of our community. We here at SST North West are taking proactive steps to maintain a clean and healthy environment for our students, parents, teachers, and staff.

In order to prevent the hazmat suit from becoming the new school uniform, we have ordered a deep clean of the entire school over the Spring Break. We will have everything professionally sanitized for our community when we return from the break.

In addition we have provided each classroom with a supply of Disinfecting wipes and teachers will be wiping desks and equipment down regularly.

We have included instructions on hand-washing here as well and we are asking that all parents/guardians speak with their children about the importance of hand-washing and avoiding touching ones face often.

We ask that anyone who feels ill stays home. We are also suspending our “Attendance Pays” program (until further notice) in order to prevent the temptation to come to school even if one is feeling a little under the weather.

Working together we will stay happy, healthy, a safe.

SST Sugarland Campus

March 2, 2020

Attention SST Parents *** Update regarding Corona Virus

Dear SST Sugar land Parents:

The Centers for Disease Control issued a warning to expect a wider spread of the coronavirus in the U.S., saying it remains unclear how severe the health threat could be – but that a sustained transmission of the virus is possible and has advised schools, businesses, and communities to plan for potential outbreaks. The School of Science and Technology will be in contact with the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), Texas Department of Health and Human Services and Houston Health Department, and will continue to monitor the situation to ensure plans are in place and protocols are followed to keep all students and staff members safe and updated with the latest information.
As part of SST’s effort to ensure campuses and facilities are safe and healthy, the district has trained staff who routinely monitor individuals who exhibit fever, cough, and shortness of breath will follow appropriate assessment and monitoring protocols for students and staff who report feeling ill.
While SST and the Centers for Diseases Control and Prevention (CDC) continue to monitor the coronavirus closely, students and staff are encouraged to follow basic hand and cough hygiene measures to prevent colds, flu, and coronavirus. The best way to prevent infection is to avoid being exposed to a virus. CDC recommends everyday preventive actions to help prevent the spread of respiratory viruses, including:

• Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60 percent alcohol.
• Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
• Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
• Stay home when you are sick and remain home until fever free for 24 hours without fever-reducing medication.
• Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
• Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.

Thank you for your close attention to this information.

Sincerely,

Mehmet Okumus, Principal

SST Alamo Campus

March 13, 2020

In an effort to keep our students, parents, and staff safe and comfortable and allow for as much participation as possible, SST Alamo is voluntarily opting to reschedule the following March events:

* Middle School Dance will be moved from March 20th to May 8th.

* SST Alamo Color Run will be moved from March 25th to April 29th.

* Jr. FLL Competition will be moved from March 28th to May 2nd.

We greatly appreciate your patience, understanding, and partnership as we continue to learn more information about the Coronavirus and what we can do as a community to decrease the risk.

Additional Learning Resources for Students

2-1-1 Texas (Info about Food, Health, Housing, and More)

Talking to Kids about COVID-19

Virtual Field Trips

Free Internet Access at Home through Spectrum

Khan Academy Online Student Schedule

City of San Antonio COVID-19 Fact Sheet (English) (Spanish)
City of San Antonio Reduce Your Risk (English) (Spanish)
City of San Antonio COVID-19 Poster (English) (Spanish)
Texas Department of State Health Services information on COVID-19 (English) (Spanish)
CDC information on COVID-19 in the United States (English) (Spanish)
CDC information on COVID-19 in Children (English)
CDC travel advisories (English)

What is COVID-19?

COVID-19 is a new virus that causes respiratory illness in people and can spread from person-to-person. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the risk of COVID-19 to the American public is low.

There are many viruses in the coronavirus family that can cause illness in both humans and animals. Many are among people all of the time, and cause mild to moderate illnesses, such as the common cold.

Risk is based on exposure. When a new disease is circulating, it is natural for people to ask what they can do to protect themselves and their families.

What are the symptoms? 

• Fever
• Cough
• Difficulty breathing
• Severe illness

How is it spread?

• Through coughing and sneezing
• Close contact (within a six-foot radius) with others who are sick
• Touching an object or surface with the virus on it, then touching your mouth, nose, or eyes before washing your hands
• Because COVID-19 is new, we are learning more each day about the transmission patterns and incubation periods

What can I do?

• Wash your hands frequently with soap and water or alcohol-based hand rub
• Help young children wash their hands well
• Refrain from touching your face
• Do not drop off a sick child at school
• Stay home when you are sick
• Cover your nose and mouth when coughing and sneezing
• Avoid close contact with anyone with cold or flu-like symptoms

Frequently Asked Questions

These FAQ questions are adapted from CDC’s COVID-19 FAQs. To learn more visit: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/faq.html

What is a novel coronavirus?

A novel coronavirus is a new coronavirus that has not been previously identified. The virus causing coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), is not the same as the coronaviruses that commonly circulate among humans and cause mild illness, like the common cold.

A diagnosis with coronavirus 229E, NL63, OC43, or HKU1 is not the same as a COVID-19 diagnosis. Patients with COVID-19 will be evaluated and cared for differently than patients with common coronavirus diagnosis.

Why is the disease being called coronavirus disease 2019, COVID-19?

On February 11, 2020 the World Health Organization announced an official name for the disease that is causing the 2019 novel coronavirus outbreak, first identified in Wuhan China. The new name of this disease is coronavirus disease 2019, abbreviated as COVID-19. In COVID-19, ‘CO’ stands for ‘corona,’ ‘VI’ for ‘virus,’ and ‘D’ for disease. Formerly, this disease was referred to as “2019 novel coronavirus” or “2019-nCoV”.

There are many types of human coronaviruses including some that commonly cause mild upper-respiratory tract illnesses. COVID-19 is a new disease, caused be a novel (or new) coronavirus that has not previously been seen in humans. The name of this disease was selected following the World Health Organization (WHO) best practiceexternal icon for naming of new human infectious diseases.

What is the source of the virus?

Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses. Some cause illness in people, and others, such as canine and feline coronaviruses, only infect animals. Rarely, animal coronaviruses that infect animals have emerged to infect people and can spread between people. This is suspected to have occurred for the virus that causes COVID-19. Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) and Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) are two other examples of coronaviruses that originated from animals and then spread to people. More information about the source and spread of COVID-19 is available on the Situation Summary: Source and Spread of the Virus.

How does the virus spread?

This virus was first detected in Wuhan City, Hubei Province, China. The first infections were linked to a live animal market, but the virus is now spreading from person-to-person. It’s important to note that person-to-person spread can happen on a continuum. Some viruses are highly contagious (like measles), while other viruses are less so.

The virus that causes COVID-19 seems to be spreading easily and sustainably in the community (“community spread”) in some affected geographic areas. Community spread means people have been infected with the virus in an area, including some who are not sure how or where they became infected.

Learn what is known about the spread of newly emerged coronaviruses.

Am I at risk for COVID-19 in the United States?

This is a rapidly evolving situation and the risk assessment may change daily. The latest updates are available on CDC’s Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) website.

How can I help protect myself and my family?

Visit the COVID-19 Prevention and Treatment page to learn about how to protect yourself from respiratory illnesses, like COVID-19.