School Closure Update

Dear Parents, Faculty, and Staff:

Given the rapidly evolving situation with COVID-19, Effective Friday, April 17 at noon, Governor Greg Abbott issued an executive order declaring that ALL TEXAS schools will remain closed for the duration of this school year.

Universal Academy will extend the suspension of normal district operations through Friday, May 29, 2020 in an effort support our nation’s need to slow the spread of the novel coronavirus, or COVID-19. We will continue our Online Learning Platform until the end of the school year.

Universal Academy will communicate in the coming weeks how faculty, staff, parents, and students will be able to safely collect personal belongings from the campus and return school-issued supplies, including technology.

The District is awaiting guidance from Texas Education Commissioner, Mike Morath, on how best to conduct graduation ceremonies. Information regarding the upcoming commencement ceremonies will be sent to parents and guardians of all graduating seniors and eighth grade students.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has outlined the need for all communities to implement a social distancing protocol. We want to reiterate a request to our broader community to take the following reasonable precautions to prevent the spread of the illness:

  • Don’t shake hands
  • Wash your hands regularly
  • Limit movement within the community, especially avoiding crowded placed and maintaining 3 to 6 ft of distance between people (at least an arm’s length)
  • If you are moving around in the community, don’t congregate in large groups
  • For those who have traveled to areas with known COVID-19 cases – both inside and outside of the country – we ask that you self-quarantine and monitor for symptoms. Students who have traveled should plan to stay home for two weeks after arriving home. Please contact your campus to let them know, and this will be considered an excused absence.
  • If you suspect you have symptoms of COVID-19, call your health care provider for medical advice.
  • Keep your child at home if he/she feels ill, even if you think it is just a cold.
  • Do not leave the house if you are ill, except to access medical care

Thank you for your support and cooperation as we ensure that all members of the community in Universal Academy stay safe and healthy. We look forward to continuing to provide academic excellence to your children on our Online Learning Platform.

Sincerely,

Diane Harris, Superintendent, CEO, and Founder