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   On The Cover:
DBy Tracy Peters
on’t let the summer of rain stop
Reserve a day at a local theme park.
Enjoy a picnic and a swim by the lake. Go tubing and relax, floating down the river. Take a walk and gaze upon the deer and other critters at local city parks. Texas beaches are open as well. If sitting in a comfy chair in the air conditioning is more your style, San Antonio libraries are now open
for reading, browsing, and computer use. Whether it’s for the entire family or just the adults, make sure this summer is not a bust.
Last Days Of Summer
  you from your well-deserved
summer of fun.
Aside from the recent wet month of
June and sporadic rain, it is starting to look a lot like summer. Indoor and outdoor entertainment is open, a far distinction from last summer due to the pandemic outbreak.
    Girl Scouts Stone Oak: Gold Award Spotlight – Isabel Salinas
GSubmitted By The Girl Scouts Of SW Texas old Award Girl Scouts are changing
the world for good! Local resident
Isabel Salinas was amongst the girls honored by the Girl Scouts of Southwest Texas for earning the prestigious Girl Scout Gold Award. The Gold Award, is the highest achievement within the Girl Scout organization.
Isabel’s project “Dance Benefits for Mental Health” addressed the issue of mental health and the lack of discussion in schools. Young adults do not always understand what happens scientifically to the brain nor realize the variety of ways they can personally relieve stress. Isabel illustrated how dance can be a form of
therapy and stress relief. Isabel not only educated and raised awareness about mental health, but also provided a platform to safely begin much needed discussions concerning mental health.
Isabel is a 2020 graduate of Ronald Reagan High School and currently attends Texas Tech University, pursuing a degree in Psychology. She began her Girl Scout journey 13 years ago as a Daisy. Amongst her achievements, she earned her Girl Scout Silver Award in April 2016 and was selected as a girl member to the Board of Directors in 2019-20.
Powered by nearly 5,000 adult volunteers, Girl Scouts of Southwest Texas
serves over 12,000 girls in its 21-county jurisdiction. Girl Scouting supports girls in grades K–12 and offers the chance to practice a lifetime of leadership, adventure, and success. For more information, visit girlscouts-swtx.org.
Pictured Right: Isabel Salinas
     A Glimpse Into Expected Classrooms at Comal ISD and NEISD.
CBy Tracy Peters
omal ISD and NEISD students
went on spring break March 2020
and ended up staying home completing assignments the rest of the school year due to the COVID-19 outbreak. Parents had to fill out surveys during the summer to determine if virtual or physical school would be best for their child(ren).
The first three weeks of the 2020/2021 school year, students were required to attend class through Zoom. September 2021, few students were able to attend the classrooms. The student-to-teacher ratio was low due to state regulations and as
restrictions loosened throughout the year, more kids were able to join in-person every month.
Masks were mandatory all school year for every person entering an NEISD campus until June 2021. Comal ISD had the same mask regulation until March 2021 where the district’s board voted to have masks optional going forward. This decision sparked concern for all students, parents, and staff at Comal ISD. Some supported the ruling, and some protested, even gathering signatures to overrule feeling it was too early in the pandemic to have masks elective. Currently,
both Comal ISD and NEISD are not requiring a mask covering. In contrast from last school year where virtual classroom was an option, going forward both districts will only offer in-person learning instruction.
Comal ISD and NEISD are hoping for a smooth transition, back to normal classrooms again. With major restrictions lifted off, many are wondering if COVID-19 cases will remain low as school starts August 24, 2021 at Comal ISD and August 16, 2021 at NEISD. Please visit each district’s homepage for more updates.
   Long COVID-19 Survivor, Jennifer Ramey,
Making A Difference
 WBy Tracy Peters
orking as a cardiac nurse for
28 years, Jennifer Ramey along
with other nurses took extra precaution when COVID-19 spread like wildfire. Sanitizing and mask wearing were critical in staying healthy. December 28, 2020, Ramey was shocked to learn that she tested positive for Covid. During the holidays, Ramey took time off work but did not travel anywhere. Still to this day, how
she contracted the virus is still unknown. Three weeks Ramey rested at home getting over the virus. However, most of her frustrations come from long-term side effects. When Ramey returned to work
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on January 19, 2021, she struggled from cognitive dysfunction and weakness. She returned home immediately. Still not back at work, Ramey has been diagnosed with a “rare autoimmune, autonomic dysfunction.” She has received medical assistance from her neurologist and Covid specialist.
Life has not been the same for Ramey after her Covid diagnosis. Daily tasks became a struggle such as speaking clearly, simple math, and forgetfulness. A moment that crushed Ramey emotionally was when she drove to work on a Sunday when the office has always been closed on weekends. Ramey wondered why the roads were
empty that morning. Sitting there in the parking lot, realizing what happened, she called her husband in tears.
Physically, Ramey is still experiencing low energy and shortness of breath by short distance walking. Balancing and squatting down is difficult where she needs someone to help her back up from sitting on the floor. Extreme anxiety would be triggered by music and sounds that were once enjoyable to Ramey but now have the opposite effect. Ramey found that she is going through Long Covid, reoccurring and/or new symptoms developing. Even for people like Ramey who didn’t have a life threatening Covid illness,
Long Covid - continued on page 16 August 2021
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