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State of Texas Executive Order (GA-14)

Hays County Implements Stay at Home, Curfew Beginning 11 p.m. March 26.

Stay at Home, Work Safe Fact Sheet.

Health Questions about COVID-19? Hays County residents can call the COVID-19 Hotline at 512-393-5525.

TAPPS Interscholastic competition is canceled until May 4; read more at this link.


SMA to Remain Closed for Remainder of 2019-20 School Year

April 17, 2020: Following the guidelines set out by Texas Governor Greg Abbott today, San Marcos Academy will remain closed for in-classroom instruction for the remainder of the 2019-20 school year. We will continue to provide distance learning, which has been ongoing since the conclusion of Spring Break. Additional announcements regarding end-of-year tasks will be shared in the coming days.

Memo to Boarding Families, April 14

Memo from Dean of Residential Life regarding shipping of belongings.

Graduation Events moved to June 27

See SMA Families page for updated information on graduation events

Class of 2020:

San Marcos Academy administration has decided to officially postpone graduation events until June 27, 2020.  On that Saturday,  we will hold the Rose & Sabre Ceremony and the Commencement Ceremony.  The Commencement Ceremony will include the Senior Blessing and the Senior Charge to other classes, typically held during Baccalaureate.  For those who will not be able to attend at that time, we will livestream the event and announce all names, even those not in attendance.

Diplomas will still be made available to students following the completion of the school year, after May 9, 2020.  Please remember that your account must be in good standing in order to receive your diploma and/or transcripts.

We will release more specific details regarding times, dress code, etc. later next week.  In the meantime, please notify your families of this change.

Stay healthy, stay safe, and finish the year strong!

Dr. Guenther
April 9, 2020

self-care tips from our lpc

Self-care tips

SMA Account Credits (Letter for Current Families)

April 3, 2020: Letter to current families from President Guenther regarding payments and credits to student accounts.

SMA to remain closed until Monday, May 4

Texas Governor Greg Abbott announced a new executive order (GA-14) on March 31 that calls for all Texas schools to remain closed to in-person classroom attendance until Monday, May 4. The order requires Texans to continue limiting personal interactions, while allowing essential services and activities, through April 30. A list of essential services is posted at

In compliance with this order, San Marcos Academy will continue to follow our Academic Distance Learning Plan through Friday, May 1. Our campus will remain closed to visitors during this time.

We will share additional plans and contingencies for final exams, graduation, and other year-end events as soon as we make these determinations.

Letter for Lower School Families, March 31, 2020
Message from President Guenther, March 27, 2020

Update on school operations, March 27, 2020

PDF Version of Letter from President Guenther

Letter from Dean Bob Wiegand: Distance Learning Initiative

Update on academic testing, March 23, 2020

Important Testing Updates from the Guidance Counselor’s Office:

  • Students taking AP classes or considering taking an AP exam: please view this information on AP Testing: Advanced Placement (AP) Testing
  • SAT/ACT Updates: The May 2 SAT has been canceled by College Board. College Board is currently still planning to offer the June 13 test nationwide. SMA may offer an ACT test in June or July; we will post an update when available.
  • Texas Success Initiative (TSI) assessment: Students wishing to take dual credit classes for the 2020-21 school year must take the TSI. The test originally scheduled for administration at SMA in April has been postponed until Summer 2020. Mrs. Nash will email students when the testing dates have been set. Students who cannot arrange to take the test during the summer may take the test once school begins in August.
  • Comprehensive Testing Program (CTP): The CTP test that was scheduled for students in grades 1-8 to be taken in April has been canceled for the 2019-20 school year. CTP Testing will resume next school year for students in grades 1-8.
  • For any questions about these testing updates, contact Mrs. Teri Nash at or 512-753-8016.

COVID-19 Update for SMA Community, March 18, 2020

Following are links to important information for parents and students from our administrative staff:

SMA Distance Learning Plan for K-12; this document includes details about how instruction will be provided for all of our students beginning March 23, 2020.

SMA Dormitory Plan includes information specifically for our boarding population. This information is also accessible from the pop-up window in the Important Links section below.

SMA Communicable Disease Action Plan (CDAP) is also posted in the Important links section below for reference.

COVID-19 Update for SMA Community, March 16, 2020

PDF version of the March 16, 2020, update from President Brian Guenther.

Health Advisory for SMA Community

Letter sent March 12, 2020, by President Brian Guenther.

Important Links

SMA Dormitory Plan

Communicable Disease Action Plan

Frequently Asked Questions

Additional Resources

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Coronavirus Disease 2019 Basics

How It Spreads

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