Dear TMI Community,
As you know, we have been closely monitoring the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) situation. With COVID-19 dominating national news, we know that many of you have concerns about how this will affect our community and day-to-day operations at TMI after the spring break.
In addition to being in communication with the San Antonio Health Department, our TMI administration has been involved in ongoing conversations with other schools in our area. While some of our peer schools may be making similar announcements soon, each school has to make difficult decisions for their own communities.
After much discussion and careful consideration, we believe that taking a conservative approach will keep our community the safest and prevent unnecessary spread of illness. Therefore, we are extending spring break for one additional week, through March 22. During this time, our faculty will be working on implementing distance learning (classes to take place online) to begin Monday, March 23.
While we will be prepared for at least two weeks of this format, depending upon how the COVID-19 situation unfolds, we may shorten or extend the duration of distance learning. Barring unforeseen circumstances, the school year will not extend beyond May 21 and online instruction will allow students the opportunity to receive all necessary credits toward graduation.
Please keep a close eye on your email over the next few weeks as we will remain in contact with you and provide updates as we have more information for when classes on campus will resume. Details for online classes and how to access them will be shared next week.
Our primary motivation is to protect the health and safety of all members of our community. Following the recommendations of the CDC, the impetus of this decision is to limit large group gatherings and other meetings that require being indoors and in close proximity of others for prolonged periods of time. By doing so, we hope to contribute our part in mitigating the spread of COVID-19.
Please see below for additional information and answers to what are most likely some of your initial concerns:
Academic, athletic, Corps, & extracurricular activities:
We know that more developments in the COVID-19 situation will happen over the next few weeks and we will continue to monitor what is happening. All decisions will be based on best available information from the CDC, SA Health Department, and our Independent and Episcopal School networks.
We understand that for many families this decision will be inconvenient and highly disruptive to your normal routines. We have not made these decisions or changes lightly and are taking these actions to protect the health and safety of all members of our community. While we are happy to address any questions or concerns, please know that we will share information and updates as soon as we have them.
For continued monitoring of the virus, we recommend the following resources below for the most up to date and reliable information.