To Our Bobcat Families and Community Members,
The traditions we all hold dear are important to our sense of community, and certainly homecoming is important in any community that supports its schools. Be it the sights and sounds of our community parade as it wraps around our historic square, recent graduates returning to their beloved hometown, the homecoming dance, or the game itself, Bobcat pride and sportsmanship is prevalent throughout the week.
Despite all the protocols implemented in our schools to allow students to return to learning and campus activities, we continue to see new active COVID cases on our campuses. Additionally, the number of students and staff who must be quarantined due to close contact has also increased each week with the vast majority of these cases occurring outside of school at non-school events. More recently, we shifted our high school to all-virtual learning for the week of September 21st, and we have cancelled several student trips, including our scheduled football game in San Antonio’s Alamodome.
While we understand the importance of tradition and what it means to our students and our community, participating in activities that could promote additional cases on our campuses does not reflect the district’s efforts to prevent the spread of COVID. After much deliberation with campus, district, and community leadership, we have cancelled this year’s homecoming dance, and we have determined that our students will not participate in other homecoming activities, including any planned parade or pep rally. However, one tradition we will honor is the presentation of the homecoming court and the crowning of the homecoming queen at halftime of the October 16th game.
We ask for the community’s support in recognizing that none of us wants to jeopardize our kids’ safety and learning, nor the other school-sponsored games and events that are equally important. Altering long-held traditions and enriching experiences are very tough decisions, and we appreciate your understanding as we navigate the changes that must take place this year. The health and safety of our students and staff remains our top priority, and we are committed to making the best decisions for the prevention and mitigation of the spread of the virus.
Tom Maglisceau, Superintendent