Return to School & Coronavirus Information
Return to School Plan for 2020-21
San Marcos Academy will start classes on August 10, 2020, at Stage 2 of the Communicable Disease Action Plan, which is posted below.
We are still accepting students for the 2020-21 school year. For information on admissions, please call 512-753-8000.
As a private school, San Marcos Academy will follow the reopening guidance of our accrediting agencies, primarily ACTABS (the Accreditation Commission of the Association of Baptist Schools), which aligns closely with Texas Education Agency guidelines. SMA has a four-stage response system in our Communicable Disease Action Plan (CDAP), posted above. At this time, we plan to reopen school at the Stage 2 level on August 10, as posted on our 2020-21 School Calendar. A letter explaining our reopening plan was sent by President Guenther sent via email July 11, 2020. View the letter.
Every day, new COVID-19 information is being discovered as scientists and medical professionals are able to study and test this virus. Our plans to reopen are subject to change as circumstances warrant. This may mean that prior to August 10, 2020, the reopening stage may change.
Updated information will be posted on this page and communicated via email to our Academy families.
Frequently Asked Questions
The CDAP or Communicable Disease Action Plan was developed to broadly address any communicable disease that may affect our campus populations. Through the work of the COVID Reopening Task Force, the CDAP was updated to better respond to the needs of this current pandemic. The four stages of the CDAP are triggered in part when a percentage of student absences reach the stated threshold. Individual departments on campus (academics, residential life, student life, dining services, athletics, etc.) have a specific set of guidelines to follow at each stage of the CDAP.
The Residence Hall will open at Stage Two of the Residential Life CDAP plan.
In order to improve sanitation and enhance social distancing for our male boarding students, whose current residence hall features communal bathrooms only, we will be relocating our male students into a dormitory building with suite-style bathrooms with no more than four students per bathroom.
This two-story residence hall, which houses two hallways, has previously been utilized as a female-only dormitory. For 2020-2021, we will be designating Robinson Hall as the female residence area and Kokernot Hall as the male residence area. Although there will be a common main entrance for the building, each hallway will have a separate entrance as well as separate laundry facilities. Campus ID card locks, cameras, and video doorbell systems will be installed at each entrance, to be monitored by the residence life staff. As has always been the case at the Academy, male students will not be allowed into the female hallway, and female students will be prohibited from entering the male hallway.
By relocating our male students, we will be freeing up dormitory space in Crook Hall and Byrom Hall that can be utilized as a quarantine or isolation facility, should that be required by a student or a resident staff member who shows symptoms of any communicable disease. More details regarding the boarding students will be updated as they are developed.
Parents were represented on our COVID Reopening Task Force, which helped create our expanded CDAP. A reopening survey was administered to parents, as well as to staff and faculty, so that every voice could be heard. Results of the survey, including parent comments, are available for review.
Governor Abbott and the State of Texas are providing San Marcos Academy with the following items free of charge. We will be receiving these items through the local education agency (LEA) and will be able to make these items available to our faculty, staff, and students as needed.
- 1,015 Disposable Student Masks
- 2,368 Disposable Adult Masks
- 235 Reusable Student Masks
- 610 Reusable Adult Masks
- 81 Adult Face Shields
- 2,754 Disposable Gloves
- 2 Infrared Thermometers
- 39 gallons of Hand Sanitizer
Sodexo Food Service has created a reopening plan that will be in place as the Fall 2020 semester begins. Elements of the plan could be adjusted during the year as SMA moves into different stages of the CDAP.
Other COVID-19 Information from Sodexo is available at these links: