Covid-19 Information Center

Updates on TCAA's Response to COVID-19

With all of the uncertainty regarding the status of COVID 19 we understand that many of you are probably wondering what school will look like come August. We wanted to assure you that we have the leadership of TCAA studying this very closely.

This past May, TCAA’s Interim CEO, Dr. Thomson and TCAA’s Interim Superintendent, Dr. Vaughan, assembled a team of experts to review the research, data and guidelines from various education and fine arts organizations to extract best practices and ideas. In addition, Dr. Thomson and Dr. Vaughan are awaiting guidance regarding school operations from State Commissioner Morath at the Texas Education Agency.

Once all information has been collected and a direction has been decided we will announce on this site and through other forms of telecommunication, how our school will move forward to ensure the health and safety for all. This will include guidelines for curriculum instruction, school activities, employees, students, parents and all who are involved with our organization. We appreciate your patience and support as we navigate these unprecedented times.

Frequently Asked Questions

How does this impact student learning?

As of March 23rd, all students at Fort Worth Academy of Fine Arts and Texas School of the Arts are learning remotely. Students will continue to learn remotely until deemed safe to return to school by Tarrant County and the State of Texas.

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 ______ 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?

All school-sponsored events, performances, activities, and conservatory classes will be postponed during this time period. Along with the closure of our schools, it is with heavy hearts that we will need to cancel the following school activities and performances:

James and the Giant Peach
All Art Shows
All Spring Choir Performances
The Ballet
Senior Trip

All Spring Musicals/Showcases
All Spring Art Shows

All paid activity fees related to these performances as well as senior trip costs will be refunded. Students and parents should expect these refunds to arrive by the end of the school year. If fees were paid via credit card, they will be refunded via credit card. If fees were paid with cash and/or checks, refund checks will be mailed. Please be patient, as we are working with limited resources.

Prom and Graduation activities are also postponed until further notice or until a virtual plan can be created.

Will conservatory education activities move online?

For our conservatory students, we are offering refunds or the option to move their tuition to the following term. We are not holding virtual education for our conservatories at this time. With questions about our conservatory activities please reach out to Sheyna Ferraro at sheyna.ferrero@artsacademics.org

Who to contact?

Texas Center for Arts + Academics

For Questions about Our Charter Schools:
Betsy Compton
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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.