This is an update based on daily conference calls initiated by the Texas Education Agency.
*Always refer to TEA guidance. This information is subject to change as the situation evolves.
TEA Coronavirus (COVID-19) Support and Guidance
The Texas Education Agency (TEA) continues to work with the Office of the Governor, Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) and the Texas Division of Emergency Management (TDEM) to coordinate and plan the state’s response to COVID-19. TEA’s role in these efforts is to help coordinate the flow of information from the state to districts, help districts solve problems, and provide guidance that will aid in districts’ decision-making. TEA does not have the general authority to close schools for matters related to health. This authority lies with the local health authority, DSHS, and the Governor of Texas.
STAY WELL, TEXAS
3 APRIL - Mental & Behavioral Health Grief & Trauma Informed
Virtual Support and Statewide Resources
As Texas schools continue to deal with the COVID-19 outbreak, it is important for Local Education Agencies (LEAs) to recognize students and families may be struggling with stress, anxiety, grief, and loss. Schools can support the mental health, wellness, and resiliency of students through trauma informed approaches. Below is a list of statewide resources that can help schools connect families with specific resources as needs are identified. https://tea.texas.gov/sites/default/files/covid-19_mh_resources_4.3.20.pdf
3 APRIL - INSTRUCTIONAL CONTINUITY PLANNING
The purpose of Instructional Continuity planning is to help districts launch “at-home Schools” that maximize the amount of instructional time for students this school year and support student mastery of grade level standards.
The agency has developed an Instructional Continuity Framework that consists of the phases outlined below, each of which has a series of supporting planning categories. Resources will be continuously posted over the coming weeks in alignment with this framework to support districts. Please reach out to email@example.com if you have specific resource requests focused on instructional continuity planning. https://tea.texas.gov/texas-schools/health-safety-discipline/instructional-continuity-planning-framework
Guidance on Grading
Logistical Considerations for Paper-Based Packet Pickup to Mitigate Public Health Risks
In order to support students instructionally while they are at home, districts are offering a paper solution for families that do not have access to the Internet. This typically involves distributing paperwork packets to families for the students to complete while at home, along with frequent phone calls – either to the students directly or to their parents. This option also typically includes a review of completed paperwork.
3 APRIL - Student Discipline Guidance
These are questions asked by YSLETA ISD teachers and answers from Ysleta Teachers Association.
This information intends to be helpful as teachers, students, and families transition to "At Home Learning."
Many thanks to YTA for taking the time to provide support to Texas teachers.
*Answers may vary district to district.
3 APRIL - Special Education & Special Populations
2 APRIL - COVID-19 FAQ: Special Education in Texas
Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) Waiver Approval & 2020 State Academic Accountability
Texas ESSA Waiver Request on Assessment and Accountability
Additional SAT, ACT, TSIA and AP/IB Program Testing Updates
- Student Success Initiative (SSI) for 3rd-grade and 8th- grade have been waived.
- Grade-level placements will be district-determined via Grade Placement Committees
Student Success Initiative
Guidance on Individual Graduation Committees (IGC)
In light of the cancellation of STAAR testing for Spring 2020, required performance on end-of-course (EOC) exams for graduation under Texas Education Code (TEC), §28.025(c) and §39.025(a), are being waived for current seniors who are still working to meet assessment requirements for graduation. Seniors in the 2019– 2020 school year who have not yet met assessment requirements for graduation may be eligible to graduate as a result of an individual graduation committee (IGC) review.
Childcare for First Responders
The Texas Education Agency has compiled the following information to assist district leaders who are needing to establish emergency childcare facilities for COVID-19 first responders. As this emergency situation is rapidly evolving, childcare centers are highly encouraged to contact Health and Human Services for guidance and updates at MSC@hhsc.state.tx.us.
Please note: For areas that have local shelter in place orders, childcare facilities that serve the children of essential employees are excluded from local shelter in place orders.
Guidance on Educator & Staff Issues, Educator Evaluation, and Non-Renewal
Georgina C. Pérez