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Breaking – October 6th, 2021 Northside ISD Modification to Temporary Face Covering Mandate

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Breaking News (Helotes, TX) – Northside ISD releases an email with the subject Modification to Temporary Face Covering Mandate removing the face covering mandate and replacing it with “strongly encourage.”

An email distributed from noreply@nisde.net at 3:03 PM CST announced the decision to no longer mandate face masks beginning Monday October 11th.

This is the body of the email:

Effective Monday, Oct. 11, NISD is modifying the temporary face covering mandate approved by the NISD Board of Trustees on Aug. 17.  While face masks will not be mandated, we will strongly encourage their continued use by all students, staff, and visitors while indoors and on school buses. We will ask staff to model this behavior.

The decision to move from mandating masks to strongly encouraging their use is based on improving metrics over time. Each week, we closely follow community spread indicators (including the percentage of positive tests and the cases per 100,000 residents) as well as the numbers of positive cases reported directly to our campuses. All of these metrics have been improving for a number of weeks.

In spite of this decision to modify our position, we are confident that during this school year the number of positive cases in our District has been manageable partially because of the use of face masks. Therefore, as we continue to monitor the number of positive cases in our schools, we are prepared to reinstate the mask mandate district-wide, or at specific campus(es), if confirmed COVID cases rise significantly.

All additional COVID protocols will remain in place including contact tracing, notification of confirmed cases, weekly website reporting, and frequent sanitizing. In addition, a student or staff member who chooses not to wear a face covering is, through contact tracing, more likely to be quarantined to help ensure the safety of our students and staff and the continuity of in-person learning.

We believe that we have an ethical obligation to our students and staff to keep them safe.  While the positive health metrics over the past several weeks help us feel confident in this decision, we will be prepared to return to a temporary mask mandate if conditions warrant.

We appreciate your support as we prioritize student and staff safety and continue in-person learning.

Helotes 9/11 Remembrance Ceremony

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Helotes Mayor Whitehead, Helotes Police, Fire, EMS & Bexar County Fire.

This weekend marks the twentieth anniversary of a horrific day when nineteen terrorists associated with the Islamic terrorist organization, al Qaeda, conducted suicide attacks against the United States of America. Those terrorists hijacked four passenger jets to carry out the suicide attacks.

Approximately three thousand Americans were killed on September 11th, 2001. Thousands more families, friends and coworkers were immediately impacted by the loss of lives. Of the four passenger jets hijacked, two crashed into the iconic twin towers in New York City and reduced the buildings to rubble. The Pentagon’s rings were pierced by a third hijacked plane. The fourth hijacked plane crashed in a field near Shanksville, Pennsylvania after a group of passengers and flight crew were believed to breach the cockpit controlled by the hijackers.

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Photo Credit: Ainsley McCrossen

Two decades later in Helotes, a group of citizens, Bexar County Fire, Helotes Police, Fire EMS, and members of the City Council gathered for reflection and to honor the memories of those who perished on 9/11. Helotes Mayor Rich Whitehead opened the ceremony in the Fire Department’s vehicle bays followed by prayer. Helotes’ Robert F. McDermott, Post 309 American Legion Color Guard presented the colors and the unit’s Commander, Willis Gray narrated The Presentation of The Folds ceremony. Following the presentations, several audience members shared their memories and thoughts of twenty years ago and what tomorrow means to them.

 

 

Northside Independent School District Board Approves Temporary Mask Mandate

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*This article was updated following an email sent my NISD that includes “school buses” in the temporary mask mandate.

HELOTES, TX – The Northside Independent School District board of trustees unanimously approved a temporary mask/face coverings mandate for all students, staff and visitors at an August 17th, 2021 meeting.

The mandate will go into effect on August 23rd, 2021.

The following is from an email NISD sent on August 18th, 2021 at 10:59 am CST.

“In the interest of student and staff health and safety, the Northside ISD Board of Trustees voted to implement a temporary facemask mandate for all students, staff, and visitors while indoors at district facilities and on school buses. This mandate goes into effect Monday, Aug. 23.

Trustees authorized the district’s superintendent to adjust this temporary mask mandate as appropriate given local health metrics and circumstances. The health and well-being of students and staff remains our priority.”

Aug 12th 2021 Item 14 Merchant Aye

August 12th, 2021 14 Discussion of and action on setting the proposed Tax Year 2021 ad valorem (property) tax rate and setting the meeting to adopt said proposed tax rate on Thursday, September 23, 2021, at 7:00 p.m. in the City Hall Council Chambers. (Staff) Motion was made by Council Member Massey to set the proposed 2021 Property Tax Rate at $0.343979 per $100 valuation, composed of the Maintenance and Operations Rate (M&O) at $0.281232 and the Interest and Sinking Rate (I&S) at $0.062747, and to adopt said property tax rate on September 23, 2021, at 7 p.m. Second by Council Member Salazar. Aye

Aug 12th 2021 Item 14 Massey Aye

August 12th, 2021 14 Discussion of and action on setting the proposed Tax Year 2021 ad valorem (property) tax rate and setting the meeting to adopt said proposed tax rate on Thursday, September 23, 2021, at 7:00 p.m. in the City Hall Council Chambers. (Staff) Motion was made by Council Member Massey to set the proposed 2021 Property Tax Rate at $0.343979 per $100 valuation, composed of the Maintenance and Operations Rate (M&O) at $0.281232 and the Interest and Sinking Rate (I&S) at $0.062747, and to adopt said property tax rate on September 23, 2021, at 7 p.m. Second by Council Member Salazar. Aye

Aug 12th 2021 Item 14 McCrossen Aye

August 12th, 2021 14 Discussion of and action on setting the proposed Tax Year 2021 ad valorem (property) tax rate and setting the meeting to adopt said proposed tax rate on Thursday, September 23, 2021, at 7:00 p.m. in the City Hall Council Chambers. (Staff) Motion was made by Council Member Massey to set the proposed 2021 Property Tax Rate at $0.343979 per $100 valuation, composed of the Maintenance and Operations Rate (M&O) at $0.281232 and the Interest and Sinking Rate (I&S) at $0.062747, and to adopt said property tax rate on September 23, 2021, at 7 p.m. Second by Council Member Salazar. Aye

Aug 12th 2021 Item 14 Salazar Aye

August 12th, 2021 14 Discussion of and action on setting the proposed Tax Year 2021 ad valorem (property) tax rate and setting the meeting to adopt said proposed tax rate on Thursday, September 23, 2021, at 7:00 p.m. in the City Hall Council Chambers. (Staff) Motion was made by Council Member Massey to set the proposed 2021 Property Tax Rate at $0.343979 per $100 valuation, composed of the Maintenance and Operations Rate (M&O) at $0.281232 and the Interest and Sinking Rate (I&S) at $0.062747, and to adopt said property tax rate on September 23, 2021, at 7 p.m. Second by Council Member Salazar. Aye

Aug 12th 2021 Item 14 Sanders Aye

August 12th, 2021 14 Discussion of and action on setting the proposed Tax Year 2021 ad valorem (property) tax rate and setting the meeting to adopt said proposed tax rate on Thursday, September 23, 2021, at 7:00 p.m. in the City Hall Council Chambers. (Staff) Motion was made by Council Member Massey to set the proposed 2021 Property Tax Rate at $0.343979 per $100 valuation, composed of the Maintenance and Operations Rate (M&O) at $0.281232 and the Interest and Sinking Rate (I&S) at $0.062747, and to adopt said property tax rate on September 23, 2021, at 7 p.m. Second by Council Member Salazar. Aye

Aug 12th 2021 Item 13 Merchant Aye

August 12th, 2021 13 Discussion of and action on setting public hearings on the proposed FYE 2022 Municipal Budget and the proposed FYE 2022 Economic Development Corporation (EDC) Budget on Thursday, August 26, 2021 and Thursday, September 9, 2021, at 7 p.m. in the City Hall Council Chambers. (Staff) Motion was made by Council Member Salazar to hold public hearings on the proposed FYE 2022 Municipal Budget and EDC Budget on August 26, 2021, and September 9, 2021, at 7 p.m. Second by Council Member Sanders. Aye

Aug 12th 2021 Item 13 Massey Aye

August 12th, 2021 13 Discussion of and action on setting public hearings on the proposed FYE 2022 Municipal Budget and the proposed FYE 2022 Economic Development Corporation (EDC) Budget on Thursday, August 26, 2021 and Thursday, September 9, 2021, at 7 p.m. in the City Hall Council Chambers. (Staff) Motion was made by Council Member Salazar to hold public hearings on the proposed FYE 2022 Municipal Budget and EDC Budget on August 26, 2021, and September 9, 2021, at 7 p.m. Second by Council Member Sanders. Aye