Covid-19 Information Center

Updates on TCAA's Response to COVID-19

The TCAA Board voted on a Waiver for a Four Week Extension for both TeSA and FWAFA at the August 25th TCAA Board Meeting. This was submitted to TEA to start In-School Learning on October 13, 2020.
Both schools have plans in place to phase in groups of students over a three week period to transition from our 100% At-Home Learning Plan to In-School Learning and practice the TCAA Back-To-School Health processes and procedures that are being put in place to mitigate the spread of COVID-19. After the transition period, all students who selected In-School learning on their Commitment Forms will return to campus at 8am on October 13, 2020.
Unless we are required to close school by the Texas Education Agency, TCAA schools will offer both In-School and At-Home Learning models for the remainder of the 2020-2021 school year.

For our “Safe Return-To-School Plan” click on the button below.

TCAA's Back to School Plan

Frequently Asked Questions

How does this impact student learning?

We plan to phase in groups of students, over a 3 week period, to transition from our 100% At-Home Learning plan to In-School Learning and practice the TCAA Back-To-School Health processes and procedures that are being put in place to mitigate the spread of COVID-19. The learning model with synchronous and asynchronous learning will remain the same for students attending in-school and at home.

Per Texas Education Code (TEC), 25.092, students must attend 90% of the days a course is offered (with some exceptions) in order to be awarded credit for the course and/or be promoted to the next grade level. This requirement remains in force during the 2020-2021 school year.

Students will demonstrate attendance when learning in the At-Home Learning model by responding to the Attendance Check question in Google Classroom or SeeSaw each day.

Teachers will be assessing students both formally (for a grade) and informally (no grade earned) throughout the year. These assessments will help us monitor every child to make sure everyone is making progress. 

What if a student doesn't have computer or internet access?

If your FWAFA or TeSA student does not have access to a computer or internet access, please reach out to your Principal to arrange a pick up of a computer and/or hot spot at one of our campuses. We have chrome books available for our students to use during this time.

Are special events continuing?

We are working to transition events and performances into a virtual format while we are doing at-home learning. Some events will be postponed until we return to campus.

Will conservatory education activities move online?

Conservatory classes will be taught live, online, until we are able to return to in-person classes. The TCAA Administrative Team will continue to assess the COVID-19 risk factors in partnership with public health officials and consider all available options for the successful education and safety of students, staff and the community.

Who to contact?

Texas Center for Arts + Academics

For Questions about Our Charter Schools:
Nancy Vaughan
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For Questions about our Community Programs:
Sheyna Ferrero
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For Questions for our Communications Team:
Monica Sheehan
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Protecting Our TCAA Community

TCAA always recommends our community members follow CDC and public health guidelines, which are similar to what is recommended during cold and flu season, including:

  • Stay home if you are sick and seek medical attention.
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve when coughing or sneezing.
  • Wash your hands with soap and water or an alcohol-based sanitizer.
  • Wear a face covering when appropriate.

Our facilities and janatorial staff have increased their efforts to deep clean our campuses and conservatory spaces, including focused sanitization of touch points such as handrails, door handles, common spaces, common area seating and tables, etc. While no students or staff are on campus, this helps us ensure that when we are able to return, we come back to a safe and clean space for all. 

We take the health and safety of our TCAA family seriously. There will be many questions and challenges that we will need to resolve together during this unprecedented situation. We will continue our efforts and implement new procedures and guidelines as warranted. We appreciate the work of our faculty and staff as they prepare to protect our campus and assist our students to complete the semester successfully.

Please read our frequently asked questions section to get quick answers to your questions or use the contact information listed above to reach out to one of our staff members.

Check out this TEA Guidance on Education Rights & Responsibilities During COVID-19, here.