April 28, 2020
Dear SCUC Parents and Guardians:
Yesterday Texas Governor Greg Abbott announced his multi-phased plan to gradually reopen Texas for business. New executive orders will take effect this Friday, May 1. I wondered if there would be information regarding schools at the press conference, but no new information was shared. Changes in outdoor exercise protocols were announced, and information regarding that is shared below. But first, a few updates:
High School Graduations - Date Changes
A group of district and campus leaders have met several times to discuss options related to commencement exercises for our three high schools. Today we are announcing a change of dates for high school graduation ceremonies as well as our current thinking regarding various scenarios.
As you know our ability to gather will be determined by the Governor’s Executive Orders, local orders in various jurisdictions in the San Antonio area and TEA Commissioner guidance. With all of those unknowns, we feel that keeping our May graduation dates for the three high schools would be impossible. Therefore, we have new graduation dates set for June.
- Allison Steele Enhanced Learning Center - Thursday, June 25th - 6:30 p.m. (Clemens Auditorium)
- Byron P. Steele II High School - Monday, June 29th - 7:30 p.m.
- Samuel Clemens High School - Tuesday, June 30th - 7:30 p.m.
Using the June 29 and 30 dates for the comprehensive high schools, we have two options. Again, these plans will be determined by the ability to gather granted us by the Governor and local jurisdictions in place at the time of graduation. Unfortunately, these dates are nearly two months away, so it is hard to tell what the landscape will be like in late June, but we are hopeful that the social distancing we have been practicing as Texans will help free up our movements soon.
- Plan A - Freeman Coliseum. If we are able to gather in San Antonio at Freeman Coliseum, we would like to hold graduation there, inside.
- Plan B - Lehnhoff Stadium. If San Antonio and Bexar County will not allow for Plan A, we plan to have graduation at our stadium. The seating capacity should help us to spread both graduates and guests out in a manner that is consistent with guidance at that time.
- Plan C - TBD. If we are not allowed to gather for graduations at all in late June, we can push the graduation dates to later in July, or we could do a more socially distant type of event. Should a Plan C become more likely in the future, we will round those options into shape.
Thanks so much for your patience as we work to provide graduation ceremonies that are as close to a traditional graduation as possible. Information regarding other senior activities will be coming shortly from our high schools.
Closing out the Year
Campus leaders have been making plans on how we will close out the year: clean out desks, return equipment, etc. High school coaches, directors and sponsors are communicating with their students regarding plans for each activity. Junior high principals have finished planning and will be communicating with parents soon. Intermediate and elementary school principals are finalizing their plans. Please stay tuned for communication from your child’s school.
Lehnhoff Stadium to Reopen for Limited Outdoor Exercise on May 1st
Governor Abbott’s Executive Orders slightly adjust the restrictions on outdoor exercise. Beginning Friday, groups of up to four people can exercise together provided they practice appropriate social distancing. Based on the Governor’s change and in consultation with the City of Schertz, we will be opening the Lehnhoff Stadium track and field, and the Shelton and Steele Tennis Complexes for community use. No school equipment may be used, and all patrons must adhere to the Governor’s orders. Lehnhoff Stadium and the tennis complexes will reopen on Friday morning at 8:00 a.m. School playgrounds and pavilions will remain closed at this time.
To our teachers, parents and students, thanks so much for continuing to work hard in remote learning. We know that both developing and completing assignments in a remote environment is extremely difficult. Keeping the learning going and increasing the interaction between teachers and students is more important now than ever. Keep up the great work!
Stay safe, stay strong, stay together!
Clark C. Ealy, Ph.D.
Superintendent of Schools