How long will school be closed?
FSHISD will be closed through April 3rd, 2020. We will continue to follow the guidance and expertise of national and local governmental and health officials to help protect our students, families, and staff from all communicable diseases, to include COVID-19.
Our priority is to minimize the spread of illness, support learning opportunities to engage with students, and support students through distribution of healthy meals. The district will communicate updates and announcements through website posting, social media, and mass communication systems.
Are the offices open during the closure?
All staff will be working remotely during the closure and will be checking emails through the school day. You can email our staff by searching the staff directory on each of our campus web pages. Not all staff will have access to their voice mail off site, so voice messages left on school phones are not recommended for concerns that require immediate attention.
How is FSHISD providing remote learning experiences for students?
Fort Sam Houston ISD has been using a blended learning approach to teaching and learning, combining the best in traditional teaching with online learning. This means we have already been using various online resources as valuable teaching tools on a day-to-day basis. Tools include Google Classroom, SeeSaw and many others which is why we will be using them as part of our new remote learning system. Paper options will be available in some cases as well. Check out the campus webpages for specific information on remote learning instructional plans.
This past week we have been assessing the capacity of our students, parents, and staff to engage in an online platform. We find that all stakeholders have varying needs, and addressing equity is critical as we move forward with planning. Our goal is to ensure that all students have access to educational resources.
For our parents of students receiving Special Education services, your children's education and learning will continue. Staff are reaching out to parents directly to ensure students get the resources they need.
Who do I contact with an instructional concern or a problem accessing online materials?
As always, begin with contacting your child’s teacher. Each teacher will establish contact with parents to maintain open lines of communication during closures. If the teacher is unable to help with accessing online materials, they will contact the FSHISD Technology Department for assistance.
Will state testing be cancelled for the year?
All State of Texas Assessment of Academic Readiness (STAAR) testing scheduled for April, May, June 2020 have been cancelled.
Will ACT or SAT exams be rescheduled or cancelled?
The April 4 national ACT test date has been rescheduled to June 13 nationwide. All students registered for the April 4 test date will receive an email from ACT in the next few days with information and instructions for free rescheduling to June 13 or a future national test date. More information is available at the ACT website www.act.org.
The May 2, 2020, SAT and SAT Subject Tests have been cancelled. More information is available at the SAT https://collegereadiness.collegeboard.org/sat. To assist students with college readiness skills, the College Board and Khan Academy will continue to provide free resources online, including full-length practice tests and personalized learning tools at www.khanacademy.org/sat.
What is the College Board's plan for Advanced Placement testing?
The College Board on March 20, 2020, announced that it is finalizing AP Exam options that would allow students to test at home, depending on the situation in May. Additional resources, including online lessons and review sessions, will be made available. Learn more at:
Is FSHISD cancelling all after-school, athletic and fine arts activites?
Yes. Effective immediately through April 3, 2020, all after-school, extra-curricular and District-sponsored events, other than UIL events, are cancelled. This includes District afternoon and evening programs and gatherings and athletic events other than varsity. Students will not be allowed into any athletic facilities to work out in order to maintain social distancing recommendations.
UIL Update as of March 19:
The University Interscholastic League (UIL) is extending its suspension of all UIL sanctioned activities due to the outbreak of COVID-19 in Texas. All contests, practices, rehearsals, and workouts will remain suspended until further notice.
Parents may access more information through UIL press releases at the following site:
As this is a rapidly changing situation, FSHISD will share more information about how UIL events will be handled once we receive guidance from officials in Austin.
Will senior activities and graduation ceremony still occur as planned?
Will FSHISD provide meals for students during closures due to COVID-19?
What's the best way to contact the school during the closure?
How to Stay Engaged