The Texas Education Agency has temporarily suspended the San Antonio School for Inquiry and Creativity (SASIC) District less than a month before school begins, although district officials are optimistic theyâll be able to open on time.
Parents of the 600 students who attend are awaiting the outcome of a Wednesday hearing that could lift or cement the suspension. Some are already looking at other schools.
Once the charter school received the letter from TEA on Friday, superintendent Tonja Nelson stepped down, according to Jose Macias, executive director of resource development at SASIC.
TEA: SCHOOL ‘FAILED TO PROTECT’ STUDENTS
In the letter, the TEA said âthe charter school failed to protect the health, safety, or welfare of the students,â partly as a result of food handling and sanitation concerns.
The agency also said SASIC âoperated multiple unapproved charter school sites.â
Most troubling to the TEA, though, was its finding that 30 out of 107 SASIC employees had failed to complete the required fingerprinting and criminal background check process, although superintendents âfalsely confirmed that the charter school compliedâ from 2014 to 2016.
âI can assure you student safety is of the utmost importance at SASIC,â Macias said. âAll those allegations have either been addressed or unsubstantiated.â
Six of the 30 employees who hadn’t been fingerprinted âseparated from employmentâ within a month of the Feb. 16 discovery. âThe failure to ensure that all SASIC employees are fingerprinted before being employed with the school created a substantial risk to students,â according to the TEAâs investigation.
âThe notification we received is part of the protocol, but it is not a determination,â Macias said. âWe are still fully operational, and we will be continuing with our efforts to open our school Aug. 21.â
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