SSA Emergency Notifications

CAMPUS STATUS: CLOSED TO PUBLIC

Southwest School of Art (SSA) works closely with City of San Antonio's Office of Emergency Management and the National Weather Service to keep our community informed as events occur.

Should there be a need to share updates due to inclement weather or other emergencies with our community this page will be updated and notifications will also be issued through SSA Social Media.

As always, we encourage everyone to monitor the weather and other news in your area and use your best judgment when planning your travel.

Update: March 19, 2020

Southwest School of Art is committed to the health and safety of our students. To ensure we follow recommended practices for social distancing to minimize potential COVID-19 exposure, the remainder of the Spring BFA semester will be completed remotely. Plans for remote delivery vary by faculty member, mostly due to the nature of the coursework to be completed. Students will receive those plans in revised syllabi sent by their faculty on Friday, March 20. Please continue to monitor your email.

Update: March 13, 2020

Southwest School of Art is following the area school districts and is suspending onsite programming for the Teen Studio Intensive and Middle School Intensive programs. Affected families will be contacted by your coordinator via email and phone to discuss options.

A message concerning COVID-19: March 12, 2020

In response to the growing concern surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic, Southwest School of Art has assembled an Emergency Response Team to monitor the situation and take action for the health and safety of our community and the greater San Antonio community.

Public health and medical professionals have advocated for rapid efforts to mitigate the transmission and 'flatten the curve' of the virus to allow health agencies to gain time to respond to the crisis.

While we are not aware of any cases of the virus in our community, as a preventative measure at this time, the decision has been made to extend the Spring Break of our college BFA program one week until March 23 to allow administrators time to assess the situation and plan the remainder of the coursework required for the continuation of the semester.

The Saturday Morning Discovery program is cancelled for the remainder of the term. Adult community classes will be cancelled for the remainder of the term beginning Monday, March 16. All events, including recruitment events, exhibition openings, receptions and visiting artists talks are cancelled through the end of the Spring semester. Studios will be closed starting Monday, March 16. The Copper Kitchen Café will be temporarily closed beginning Monday. March 16.

Please note that we anticipate these circumstances to be temporary and are making every effort to mitigate the situation and return to normal operations as quickly and efficiently as possible.

Coronavirus Update – Feb. 28, 2020

Southwest School of Art is monitoring the growing concern surrounding the Coronavirus through proven and trustworthy sources, including the San Antonio Metropolitan Health District, the Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS), and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Health officials believe the risk to our school community is low, but we will continue to actively monitor the situation. The health and safety of our SSA community remains our greatest interest.

Everyone is encouraged to follow the recommendations of health officials to protect against the spread of this respiratory illness in much the same way they take measures to prevent the flu.
The World Health Organization suggests the following tips to care for your health and to protect others: 

  • Stay at home if you are unwell.
  • Wash your hands frequently.
  • Maintain social distance (at least 3 feet) from individuals who are coughing or sneezing.
  • Avoid touching eyes, nose and mouth.
  • Cover your mouth and nose with your bent elbow or tissue when you cough or sneeze and dispose of tissues immediately.
  • If you have fever, cough and difficulty breathing, seek medical care early.
  • Stay informed and follow the advice given by your healthcare provider.

These simple tips can help decrease the spread of many illnesses and should be practiced regularly. Rest assured that Southwest School of Art will continue to follow safety protocols and will be communicating with our local health officials to continue to protect our community. While we do not anticipate school closures at this time, we will have a plan in place to efficiently communicate with our community should that unlikely need arise.

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