Texas Education Agency Releases Health Guidelines For Students to Return This Fall

Remote Instruction An Option

July 7, 2020
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TEXAS (1080 KRLD)- The Texas Education Agency has released its health guidelines and instructions for students to return On-Campus for this upcoming school year, 2020- 2021.

The TEA says the guidelines will ensure quality instruction whether students choose to return to the on-campus environment or choose to remain their education from home. 

“Both as Commissioner and as a public school parent, my number one priority is the health and safety of our students, teachers, and staff,” said Texas Education Commissioner Mike Morath. “That is why the guidance laid out today will provide flexibility to both parents and districts to make decisions based on the ever-changing conditions of this public health crisis. The state is and remains committed to providing a high-quality education to all Texas students, while ensuring the health and safety of students, teachers, staff, and families.”

Commissioner Morath wants to resassure legislative leaders are committed to fully funding in-class and remote instruction for every child in Texas regardless of their decision.

The guidelines include:

• Daily on-campus learning will be available to all parents who would like their students to learn in school each day.
- In addition, all parents will have the option to choose remote learning for their children, initially, or at any point as the year progresses. Parents who choose remote instruction for their students may be asked to commit to remote instruction for a full grading period (e.g. 6 or 9 weeks), but will not have to make that commitment more than two weeks in advance, so they can make a decision based on the latest public health information.

• Health and safety procedures will be in place to support student and teacher safety.
- Some health procedures are mandated for every school in the state. For example, all students, teachers, staff, and visitors coming to campus must be screened before being allowed on campus. Consistent with the Governor’s most recent executive order, and assuming that order is still in place, masks will be required while in school buildings, with certain exceptions made, as noted in the order. Schools will also be required to follow any forthcoming executive orders issued by the Governor.
- Additional health procedures are recommended for every school that can reasonably implement those procedures.
- Districts have the option to establish a phased-in return to on-campus instruction for up to the first three weeks of the school year, to ensure all appropriate health and safety procedures are fully in place.

• TEA is providing school systems with resources to ensure a strong start. This includes:
- Reimbursement for extra COVID-19-related expenses incurred during the 2019-20 school year; Tens of millions of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) supplies provided to school systems at no cost to Texas schools
- Free online, TEKS-aligned learning tools to deliver remote instruction
- Teacher training provided at no cost to the school system
- Statewide efforts to help bridge the digital divide for students at home, along with other ongoing support.

In addition, to the COVID-19, some campuses are expected to close for brief periods of time throughout the school year.

For more information, visit TEA’s Coronavirus website: https://tea.texas.gov/coronavirus

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