TEA releases guidance on reopening schools, says districts must offer in-person instruction
This week, TEA released several documents with guidance and requirements for the 2020-21 school year. Its planning guidebook contains resources for districts to use and issues they should consider as they design their school models (curriculum, schedules, staffing, professional development, etc.) and plan for contingencies for the upcoming school year. Click here to read our summary of the highlights.
TEA also released
health and safety guidelines this week. TCTA has many concerns about the guidelines and the related
attendance and enrollment FAQ, chief among which is that districts are required to offer in-person instruction for all students who want to attend, without regard to whether it can be done safely. We know many teachers look forward to getting back into the classroom, but our position is that these decisions should be made only in conjunction with the recommendations of state and federal health officials, and teachers and other campus employees should be consulted on the policies that will dictate how in-person instruction can be safely implemented. We continue to urge Commissioner Morath, Gov. Abbott and other officials to set requirements that put student and teacher health and safety first. Click here to view our FAQs about the health guidelines.
TEA is requiring all districts to offer on-campus instruction to be eligible to receive funding for remote instruction. Districts can ask parents to commit to either on campus or remote instruction for their children, but cannot do so
earlier than two weeks before the start of the school year. The maximum length of time a school district can require a parent to commit to a certain instructional arrangement is for the length of a grading period.
Click here for our highlights of the updated attendance guidance.
We continue to update our
FAQs about COVID-19 based on local, state and federal guidance. Check out what's new this week:
Keep in mind that our FAQs are not legal advice. Each school district will handle situations differently, so
we strongly encourage members who have specific questions or concerns to call us at 888-879-8282 so we can help. Members also can submit general inquiries through our
Coach files lawsuit, claims discrimination in reassignment
A junior high school coach who was reassigned after missing summer sports camps due to recovery from lap-band surgery filed a grievance, alleging that her reassignment to ISS constituted disability-based discrimination under the Americans with Disabilities Act based on her medical procedure. The grievance was denied by the the school district and she filed a lawsuit. The court dismissed the suit and the coach appealed to the Court of Appeals. Click here to read more.
Early voting ends Friday in the July 14 primary runoffs
Dohn Larson, TCTA's director of legal services, reviews the laws regarding resignations and debunks several myths in our six-part video series. Click here to watch the series now. TCTA continues to urge the commissioner to issue guidance related to the circumstances under which an educator has good cause to abandon their contract so that teachers will be allowed to resign from their contracts if appropriate to avoid exposure to COVID
Register by July 15 for a virtual teaching conference
The state's 20 Regional Education Service Centers have teamed up to offer the Exploring and Expanding Virtual Teaching and Learning Conference on July 16. Sessions will focus on virtual teaching and learning following the strands of the TEKSCON conference. All content areas and specialty areas will be represented. Registration costs $50 and ends July 15. Participants can earn 6 hours of CPE credit. Click here to see the full schedule and register.
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