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Robert Wagstaff of San Antonio died of COVID-19 April  10. He was 30 years old.
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Robert Wagstaff died of COVID-19 April 10, before he could finish his accounting degree at Texas A&M University-San Antonio. He was 30 years old.

Family and friends remember him for his gentle spirit and dedication.

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The coronavirus pandemic has disrupted many important milestones, including traditional graduations. Instead of walking the stage in a stadium or auditorium filled to the brim with friends and family, 2020 graduates are attending virtual, curbside and limited attendance ceremonies and celebrations.

 


Edison High School senior Miranda Treviño sought help from her college bound advisors to support her transition to college.
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When the coronavirus pandemic hit the U.S. in the spring, it robbed many high school seniors of important milestones such as prom and graduation, and robbed them of the chance to say goodbye to their classmates. For some, it also took away their chance to set foot on the campus of the college of their choice for the first time.

Christopher Terrazas, 24, set up a virtual classroom in his family's game room for his daily video lesson with his 6th grade students.
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Christopher Terrazas never imagined finishing his second year of teaching from a virtual classroom set up in a corner of his family game room at home.

But when the coronavirus pandemic forced schools across the country to close, the 24-year-old San Antonio native embraced the new challenge.

SAISD families line up at Woodlawn Academy on April 9 to pick up laptops for their children to use while schools are closed.
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The San Antonio Independent School District regained contact with more than 5,000 students this past week, cutting the number of students it hasn’t heard from since spring break in half.

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A San Antonio museum specializing in science, technology and math is inviting young people to learn from home.  


Margaret Soto hands a lunch sack to a child.
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Updated April 3: A map created by NowCastSA has been added to this story. The map shows where families can pick up free breakfast and lunch.

This story was originally published on March 16.

The coronavirus outbreak has upended daily life and put livelihoods at risk.

Amid that uncertainty, families who rely on free and reduced-price meals were able to pick up free breakfast and lunch at schools across Bexar County on Monday, the first day schools were closed to limit the spread of COVID-19.

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With only a week to plan — and new information on the coronavirus coming in daily from health experts and state and national officials — San Antonio’s school districts launched remote learning this week with a lot of unanswered questions.

The sign outside San Antonio ISD's Lamar Elementary directs parents to Facebook for the latest coronavirus updates.
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During emergency school closures, hourly employees often suffer a loss of income because they’re unable to work. When Hurricane Irma struck Florida in 2018, thousands of hourly school employees went without pay.

But over the past two weeks, San Antonio’s school boards have approved emergency resolutions to pay all staff, preventing loss of income from happening here.

Last week, Governor Abbott ordered all Texas schools to close through April 3 to limit the spread of coronavirus and its disease COVID-19. The decision has caused a litany of problems, chief among them being how to effectively implement remote teaching and learning amid the public health crisis.


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