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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.

Woodlawn Academy Assistant Principal Garland Whetzler brings a laptop to a student's family April 9, 2020. San Antonio ISD purchased 30,000 Chromebooks to facilitate online learning during COVID-19.
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At Woodlawn Academy on San Antonio’s West Side, cars lined up for blocks to pick up laptops on Thursday.

 As cars pulled up to the school, Assistant Principal Garland Whetzler took down student names and ID numbers and exchanged them for Google Chromebooks.

Bicycles line up outside HEB Student Union on the UTSA campus July 23, 2019.
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The Graduate School at the University of Texas at San Antonio is waiving the requirement to submit a GRE or other standardized test score when applying for admission until further notice.

Ashley Haugen's daughter Abigail, left, and Priscilla Kelley's son Benjamin try to stay busy while their schools are closed.
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Students with disabilities often have a small army of support at school to keep them healthy and learning. Special education teachers. Aides. Therapists.

The sudden switch to distance learning brought on by the coronavirus has forced parents to take on many of those roles.

The campus of Texas A&M University-San Antonio on February 6, 2020.
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Update 4/06 — Trinity University officials announced commencement will be postponed until Saturday, Aug. 8. Degrees will be distributed in May.

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.

The St. Mary's University campus on San Antonio's West Side in September 2018.
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Updated April 2 with information from UTSA. Originally published March 30.

Four San Antonio universities have joined the list of colleges across the country giving students the option to change the way they’re graded this semester.

The University of Texas at San Antonio, St. Mary’s University, Texas A&M University-San Antonio and Trinity University are letting their students opt out of receiving a letter grade because of the disruptions caused by the coronavirus.

Students walk across the Trinity University campus on Feb. 6, 2018.
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Trinity University in San Antonio is launching a test-optional admissions policy in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Students will have the option to apply to the college without submitting an ACT or SAT score for the next three years, beginning with the Fall 2021 semester.

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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.

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