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A general view inside an empty classroom at a primary school in Hertford, after the majority of schools in the UK closed while the spread of the COVID-19 continues.

Updated Wednesday, March 25 with additional schools Hours before a stay-at-home order went into effect for Bexar County and the City of San Antonio Tuesday, the county's 16 school districts announced a third extension to campus closures to help limit the spread of the coronavirus.

Students and teachers were previously told to stay home until Monday, April 6. They’re now slated to return Monday, April 27, seven weeks after the start of spring break.

Clockwise from left: Rowan Bingaman takes a break from his kid-sized desk to sit in a cat tower; Alex, Gaby and Liam Garcia; Scout Stern helps her daughter Cora with an anatomy activity.

As the number of Texas COVID-19 cases grew during the second week of March, nearby schools began extending spring breaks and announcing campus closures.

Hours after city officials announced San Antonio’s first travel-related case on March 13, Bexar County schools followed suit. Public health declarations and mandates to avoid public gatherings with more than 10 people soon followed, leaving parents in San Antonio and across Texas scrambling to either find a way to watch their kids while they work, or figure out some sort of alternative for child care.

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In an unprecedented move, Gov. Greg Abbott announced Monday he would waive testing requirements for this year’s STAAR exam, as many schools expect to be closed at least through the April testing window due to the new coronavirus.

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Trinity University dorms will be closed as of Monday afternoon. Fewer than 40 students have been granted exemptions to remain on campus.

Texas Education Commissioner Mike Morath in a Texas Tribune file photo.
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Texas Education Commissioner Mike Morath told school superintendents and lawmakers Sunday to be prepared for long-term school district closures, potentially through the end of the school year, especially in areas where the new coronavirus has spread.

The University of Texas at San Antonio campus.
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Updated Thursday, March 12. Originally published March 11.

Trinity University in San Antonio announced Spring Break will be extended through March 22 and its classes will move online for the remainder of the spring semester.

Students walk across the Trinity University campus on Feb. 6, 2018.
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Trinity University in San Antonio is closing its residence halls and university-owned apartments for the remainder of the spring semester due to concerns over the spread of the coronavirus.

University officials said Wednesday that students will receive a prorated reimbursement for their room and board.

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Updated March 9. Originally published March 4.

St. Mary’s University canceled Spring Break trips to Ecuador, Honduras, Mexico and Panama on Friday due to uncertainties surrounding the coronavirus.

The Comal Independent School District north of San Antonio has fired one of its bus drivers following an investigation into why she assigned Black and Latino middle school students to seats at the front of the bus.

The driver was placed on leave last week, after parents complained to the district.

Former South San trustees Edward Mungia and Angelina Osteguin sit on the district's board dias with former Superintendent Abelardo Saavedra in June 2018.
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Three former trustees of the South San Antonio Independent School District have joined the board of a proposed charter school that would recruit students from South San.