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COVID-19 UPDATE

COVID-19 Update, March 25, 2020

Schools closed through April 3rd along with all extracurricular activities, including our conservatory classes.

FORT WORTH, TX, March 19, 2020 – Today during a noon press conference, Governor Greg Abbott announced a Public Health Disaster in Texas due to COVID-19 – the first of its kind in the state since 1901. As part of the order, he announced all schools will be closed through April 3 to help prevent the spread of the virus. This means all school-sponsored events, performances, activities, and conservatory classes will be postponed during this time period.

TCAA joins other districts across the state in complying with the declaration and extending our current closure through April 3, at which time state and health department officials will reassess the situation. The Governor’s announcement included further closures and restrictions statewide, but did not institute a shelter-in-place directive. All critical essential services will continue and domestic travel is still allowed. However, we urge our TCAA families to practice social distancing and do your part to help combat the spread of COVID-19.

The University Interscholastic League has also notified public schools today that UIL games and contests will resume no earlier than Monday, May 4. Districts will receive further guidance regarding practices and rehearsals depending on the reopen date for public schools.

We will continue to monitor guidance from the state and will share information with you as it becomes available.

The entire faculty and staff have been hard at work preparing to deliver in-home/distant learning lessons for students. We will officially begin distant learning on Monday, March 23. As we venture into the land of online instruction next week, please be mindful that we will start with a “soft launch” of remote educational instruction and will continue working towards transitioning to Google Classroom. This will allow time for teachers to be trained on delivery of instruction through this new platform. We also want to acknowledge that while we know many of our students have internet access and a device at home, it may be a challenge for others. If your family does not have a device at home or online access, please email your Principal as soon as possible so that we may provide an alternative solution.

Next week, each individual teacher will email you your child’s designated assignments. The expectation is that each subject will record one grade per week. During this process, we aim to limit the amount of emails you receive from TCAA school staff to no more than 10 emails per week. Please be patient with us as this is intended to be a temporary solution while we work to prepare our online classrooms. The entire TCAA Team has been hard at work developing our online instructional platform and plan.