March 26, 2020

SAY Sí Students & Parents, 

All of us at SAY Sí wanted to send you a quick note to let you know that we are thinking of each of you.

While school district closures and gathering restrictions look like they will continue well into April, we look forward to reopening when circumstances allow. 

For now, you can still check out at-home creative projects and resources in this Google Doc or our “Creative Care Package” Trello Board

At this time, we are thinking about different ways to connect with you. To guide our work moving forward (as well as let our funders know how they can help), we need your voice and answers. How are you? What are some things that are on your mind right now? Can you spend a little time filling out the form below to share a little bit about where you are and how we and our partners can be there for you?

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March 25, 2020

To Our Community, 

For the first time in our 26-year history, we have had to close our doors to our students, staff and community. Our everyday may look different than it did a few weeks ago, but we are committed to staying true to our mission.

How Are We Being Impacted by COVID-19? 

  • With SAY Sí closed, approximately 200 students that we serve from all over our city will not have access to their community of support.
  • Our community-based partnerships that serve 3,000 youth annually are also on pause, leaving 9 part-time teaching artists without work. Our 10 long-term teaching artists are also not working. While we have committed to pay our staff as long as we can, we do not have the funds to support prolonged closure with pay.
  • The most catastrophic impact of COVID-19 will be in our fundraising efforts. With the postponement of fundraising events and uncertain timelines for upcoming SAY Sí exhibitions, membership socials, and our largest annual fundraiser, we may face losses well over $100,000. We also anticipate a negative impact on our recently launched Capital Campaign and general donations for our organization.

If you are in a place where you can support, we encourage you to do so. Every dollar donated to SAY Sí right now will ensure that after this is all over, we can continue to employ our staff, maintain healthy operations and serve our community. Give or share at https://www.thebiggivesa.org/organizations/say-si

March 17, 2020

To Our Community, 

With school district closures being extended, SAY Sí is now closed until further notice. We will continue to keep track of updates from our local school districts and follow guidelines set out by local government, the Centers for Disease Control, and the World Health Organization.  

We look forward to reopening to students as circumstances allow. 

Community Resources: 

Until we reopen, we remain dedicated to our core values of community and equity and would like to share resources available to you during this difficult time.

Let’s Stay Connected!: 

We know how important staying connected is to our community. Below is a list of ways we are staying connected:

  • saysi.org
  • Twitter, Facebook & Instagram
  • The Text Remind App
  • For all: Check out at-home creative projects and resources in this Google Doc 
  • For SAY Sí students only: Your teaching artists have created a new “Creative Care Package” Trello Board so y’all can check-in, connect and even work on projects together. 

March 13, 2020

To our community,

Following closure announcements made by local school districts, we are following suit and will be closed for all student programs until further notice.  

We will continue to follow precautions and practices laid out by the San Antonio Metropolitan Health Districtthe Center for Disease Control (CDC), and local educational institutions.

You can find the most up-to-date information about SAY Sí programs in regard to COVID-19 on our website at http://saysi.org/news/say-si-covid-19-updates/

March 12, 2020

The health, safety, and security of our community are our highest priority. 

As with any other major event, we will be following the lead of our local school districts when making decisions about SAY Sí programs. This means that if school districts remain open, SAY Sí will also be open. Currently, no SAY Sí student events or programs have been canceled.

We are continuing to follow precautions suggested by the San Antonio Metropolitan Health Districtthe Center for Disease Control (CDC), and local educational institutions.

Any members of our community should stay home if they are experiencing flu-like symptoms. Students and families need not worry about studio-hour requirements for the time being. 

Updates will continue to be posted on our website and will be sent via email or, for students/parents, using the text Remind system. 

We encourage everyone to combat the spread of the coronavirus by making informed decisions about your daily practices, as suggested by the Center for Disease Control (CDC) and the City of San Antonio

March 6, 2020

As news of the coronavirus hits closer to home, we want you to know that the health and safety of SAY Sí youth is a top priority. 

As with any other major event, we will be monitoring local school/business closures when making decisions about SAY Sí programming. 

Any updates will be posted on our website and will be sent via email or using the text Remind system.

We encourage everyone, especially those who are elderly or immunosuppressed, to read more about the coronavirus and make informed decisions about your daily practices. 

Please review these recommendations to help keep your community safe: 

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
  • Stay home when you are sick.

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