State Education Commissioner Mike Morath announced this afternoon in a weekly call with superintendents a joint data collection effort with the Texas Department of State Health Services for school systems to report confirmed cases to the Texas Department of State Health Services. The data will be made publicly available on the state health department’s website. TEA will release more information on the requirements and the process related to the data collection next week, and TCTA will update members on issues related to COVID-19 reporting in an upcoming email.
TCTA addresses reopening concerns in Lamar CISD
TCTA's staff attorneys have been fielding many questions from members who are concerned about their health and safety as schools reopen. Tonight, Julie Leahy will address the Lamar CISD school board on behalf of Lamar CTA members who are concerned about their district's reopening plans. TCTA will continue efforts like this at the district level as we also push state officials to ensure districts follow recommendations by health officials as they navigate COVID-19 in their communities this year.
Victory for Cypress-Fairbanks teachers short-lived
Many of you may have read that another teacher association, using outside counsel, filed a lawsuit
and received a temporary restraining order to prohibit Cypress-Fairbanks ISD from requiring on-campus professional development for teachers. The litigation generated considerable publicity, but the TRO was quickly dissolved by the Texas Supreme Court, and the organization, as we understand it, has now dropped the litigation presumably in order to avoid further bad rulings that may be referenced by other districts.
Meanwhile, 10 Houston-area school superintendents sent a letter
to Harris County officials arguing that face-to-face student instruction should resume earlier than local health authorities suggest.
TCTA revamps COVID-19 FAQs for 2020-21
While this information is not legal advice, we hope it helps as you start the new year. Members who have concerns or questions should call the Legal Department at 888-879-8282 to speak with a staff attorney.