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Coronavirus (COVID-19) Support and Guidance

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By Texas Education Agency

Updated March 30, 2020

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.

 

 

General Public Health Resources

 

As DSHS is the lead agency in the state’s preparedness efforts, school districts should be working closely with your local health authorities as you weigh operational decisions. You can find your local public health organization on the Department of State Health Services (DSHS) website.  To see the status of COVID-19 cases, please visit the Department of State Health Services dashboard.

 

The Texas Health and Human Services Commission (HHSC) launched a statewide mental health support line to help all Texans experiencing anxiety, stress, or other emotional challenges due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Harris Center for Mental Health and IDD operates the line, which is available anytime day or night, at 833-986-1919. Counseling services are confidential and free of charge. More information on mental health resources and your local mental health authority can be found on HHSC's Website.


Superintendent Debriefs 

Summary Debrief of TEA COVID-19 Superintendents Call - March 14th  (PDF)
Summary Debrief of TEA COVID-19 Superintendents Call – March 16 (PDF)
Summary Debrief of TEA COVID-19 Superintendent Call – March 19 (PDF)
Summary Debrief of TEA COVID-19 Superintendent Call – March 26 (PDF)
Summary Debrief of TEA COVID-19 Superintendent Call – April 3 (PDF)
Summary Debrief of TEA COVID-19 Superintendent Call – April 7 (PDF)
Summary Debrief of TEA COVID-19 Superintendent Call – April 9 (PDF)

 

General Guidance and FAQs

Instructional Continuity Planning

Updated April 16 2020

SPED and Special Populations

Updated April 17 2020

Public Health
Resources

Updated April 9 2020

 

Closure Guidance & Communication Resources

Assessment

Waivers & Funding

Staff and Educator Issues

Guidance related to broader personnel issues during epidemics and school closures, including sample school board resolutions, is available on the Texas Association of School Boards (TASB) website.

School Board Issues

Texas Attorney General Resources on Open Meetings (Scroll down to COVID-19 section) https://www.texasattorneygeneral.gov/open-government

For districts considering moving their Mary 2, 2020 election, additional information and guidance can be found in the following TASB resource: https://www.tasb.org/services/legal-services/tasb-school-law-esource/governance/documents/postponing-may-2-2020-election.pdf

Child Nutrition

Click here to access TDA’s latest FAQs on child nutrition program meal service during the COVID-19 outbreak: http://www.squaremeals.org/Portals/8/files/H1N1/Coronavirus/COVID-19%20Website_FAQs_200318_Rev.1.pdf

Information Technology

Child Care Support for COVID Responders

Find out more information on the CDC Guidance for Schools and Child Care Programs during COVID-19: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/community/schools-childcare/index.html

Miscellaneous

 

Correspondence (To the Administrator Addressed Letters and Press Releases)

04-17-2020 - Additional Guidance on Closure per Executive Order no. GA-16
04-14-2020 - Expedited COVID Federal Grant Fiscal Waiver Request to USDE
04-06-2020 - Instructional Continuity Grant for districts with Targeted Support and Improvement campuses
04-02-2020 - Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) Waiver Approval & 2020 State Academic Accountability
03-20-2020 - Press Release:  Launch of Texas MealFinder Map
03-19-2020 - Statement from Texas Education Commissioner Mike Morath on the Temporary Statewide Closure of Schools
03-18-2020 - COVID19 Federal ESSA Waiver Request
03-18-2020 - STAAR Cancellation
03-18-2020 - Texas Mealfinder
03-16-2020 - Statement From Texas Education Commissioner Mike Morath
03-12-2020 - TEA Update COVID-19 Initial Guidance and FAQs
03-06-2020 - TEA Spring Break Guidance/Update on Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19)
02-28-2020 - TEA is Closely Monitoring Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19)
02-28-2020 - Press Release: TEA is Closely Monitoring Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19)
02-06-2020 - TEA Update - Influenza Virus (with attachment "Coronavirus ISD template letter")

 

Helpful Links

TEA encourages the use and promotion of verified sources of information about the flu and coronavirus.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
About Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)
Guidance for School Administrators to Help Reduce the Spread of Seasonal Influenza in K-12 Schools

Texas Association of School Boards (TASB)
https://www.tasb.org/covid-19-resources.aspx

Texas Department of State Health Services
Texas Flu
Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)

Texas Department of Agriculture 
SquareMeals During Coronavirus

Texas School Safety Center
Coronavirus Resources
Visit the COVID-19 Updates Page

University Interscholastic League (UIL)
UIL

U.S. Department of Education
COVID-19 (Coronavirus) information and resources page for schools and school personnel

 

 

 

 

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