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Covid-19 Information Center

Current COVID Status

Updates on TCAA's Response to COVID-19

November 3, 2020

TCA+A continues to be vigilant in our response to COVID-19. School is continuing both at Texas School of the Arts and Fort Worth Academy of Fine Arts, online and in-person. We have developed a protocol featuring 6-key components, which are emphasized daily across both campuses.

Those 6 components are:

  1. Symptom Screening for Students, Staff, Visitors
  2. 100% Compliance of Face Coverings
  3. Vigilant Hand Washing and Sanitizing
  4. In-Class Procedures that Maximize Social Distancing
  5. Limited Use of Shared Objects
  6. Frequent Disinfection of High Touch Areas

The latest updates, definitions, and protocols are included in the Student Process Map and Standard Response Protocols

August 28, 2020

The TCA+A Board voted on a Waiver for a Four-Week Extension for both Texas School of the Arts and Fort Worth Academy of Fine Arts at the August 25th TCA+A 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 TCA+A 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, TCA+A schools will offer both In-School and At-Home Learning models for the remainder of the 2020-2021 school year.

August 14, 2020

TCAA is working to ensure that the start of the new school year is safe for students and staff, prioritizes a rigorous learning experience, considers decisions based on stakeholder feedback, is flexible and issues clear and concise communication to families, staff and students.  

TCAA STRONG START COMMITMENT FORMS for Student Instructional Preference Open NOW UNTIL AUGUST 2OTH  

  • Once a parent/student has determined the best method of instruction for their child(ren), they should complete a TCAA STRONG START COMMITMENT FORM for each child.  
  • The information in these forms will allow TCAA to prepare for your child’s instructional needs.  
  • https://forms.gle/FnsuNC18fDBfiANWA 

General Remote Learning Information  

  • Remote Learning is based on the state curriculum standards (TEKS) and is aligned to the scope & sequence of our TCAA classes to allow students to transition between in-person and remote learning as needed.  
  • Students may transition to / from remote learning every 6 weeks. Remote Learners will be given an additional opportunity at the 3 week mark after Sept 14.  
  • Students must log in to the remote learning platform every day, Monday-Friday, and show progress in order to be marked “present” and earn credit for that day of learning.  
  • Students will need internet access (provided), technology devices (provided) and parental guidance and supervision to complete remote learning activities.     

Student Expectations for At-Home Learning

  • Spend the required minutes in the learning platform daily (M-F)  
  • Make daily progress in each course according to progress expectations  
  • Advocating for yourself so we know how to support you  
  • Participate in Zoom meetings with classroom teacher and remote liaison   
  • Track progress in each course according to progress expectations  
  • Check email daily  
  • Become familiar with your Learning Management System  (SeeSaw for grades K-2; Google Classroom for grades 3-12)     

Parent Expectations for At-Home Learning

  • Facilitate academic support and encouragement as a learning partner to motivate and guide your child throughout the school year   
  • Ensure your child is on track with assignments and coursework   
  • Ensure your child is reaching out to their teacher for assistance  
  • Assist in supporting your child’s needs by establishing and managing the daily schedule   
  • Consider creating a designated learning space for your child at home to learn comfortably and with minimal distractions   
  • Maintain communication with your child’s teacher by phone, email messages, and/or online meetings to create a learning partnership in the district-approved communication channels   
  • Help your child own their learning.   
  • Provide support and encouragement, and expect your children to do their part.   
  • Become familiar with your Learning Management System  (SeeSaw for grades K-2; Google Classroom for grades 3-12)     

Health and Safety

  • TCAA will do everything possible to protect the health of every student, employee and community member.   
  • Planning and implementation of safe practices is a collaborative effort with Tarrant County Public Health and guided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.    

Stakeholder Surveys

  • The District has and will continue to seek feedback from key stakeholders to help inform important decisions.   
  • Stakeholders can include students, teachers, staff and community members.    

Resiliency and Grace

  • TCAA will build a flexible plan that can be adjusted throughout the year and be based on guidance from public health officials.   
  • TCAA asks for grace from, and will extend grace to, all families, students, staff and community members as we all grapple with the uncertainties ahead.  

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?

Our TCA+A Back-To-School Health processes and procedures have been put in place to help mitigate the spread of COVID-19. 

Every 6-weeks, families have the option to change their instruction to in-person or at-home for the remainder of the 2020-2021 school year. To ensure all students receive the same level of instruction, the learning model with synchronous and asynchronous learning will remain in place 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. 

Are special events continuing?

We have temporarily moved all events and performances to an online or drive-in format. We are still committed to providing our students with professional-quality training and performance opportunities and are using this challenge to come together, creatively, to reimagine what performance looks like during a pandemic. 

Online performances are currently FREE but will most likely transition to a ticketed format this Spring as we are currently negotiating with streaming providers for our premiere shows.

How are conservatory classes being held during the pandemic?

For the remainder of the 2020-2021 school-year, we will follow the same guidelines as TCA+A schools. We are currently offering both in-person and online class options, both taught live(no pre-recorded footage). 

Private Lessons, however, will remain in only an online format for now.

Please contact Ms. Ferraro with further conservatory questions at Sheyna.Ferraro@artsacademics.org

Who to contact?

Texas Center for Arts + Academics
817-766-2390

For COVID-19 Concerns please contact the School Nurse:
TeSA – Nurse Edna
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FWAFA – Nurse Kay
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Questions about our Community Programs:
Sheyna Ferrero
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Questions regarding our Schools:
Nancy Vaughan
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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.