Hurricane Harvey Resources

 This is the central hub for schools to get information from TEA regarding Hurricane Harvey. Our goal is to assist school districts experiencing the effects of the hurricane by providing timely information and support.

Official Correspondence 

TEA Letter to Impacted School Districts: Staff Considered Homeless Due to Harvey Survey (2-14-2018) (PDF)
TEA Letter to USDE: Waivers Requested Due to Devastation Caused by Hurricane Harvey (1-31-2018) (PDF)
To the Administrator Addressed: Community Development Block Grants (1-3-2018)
To the Administrator Addressed: Hurricane Harvey Related Elimination of Certain Retesting Requirements for the Student Success Initiative in Grades 5 and 8, Update on Testing Schedules and Accountability Waiver Request (12-14-2017)
To the Administrator Addressed: Additional Waiver Requests Due to Devastation Caused by Hurricane Harvey (12-14-2017)
To the Administrator Addressed: Additional Guidance for TSDS PEIMS Crisis Coding and McKinney-Vento Homeless Coding (12-7-2017)
To the Administrator Addressed: 2017–2018 Tax Collection Survey for School Districts Affected by Hurricane Harvey (11-28-2017)
To the Administrator Addressed: School districts and charter schools encouraged to document loss of records due to Hurricane Harvey (11-27-2017)
To the Administrator Addressed: FCC Webinar on E-rate Temporary Provisions for Hurricane Impacted LEAs (11-10-2017)
To the Administrator Addressed: Texas Student Data System (TSDS) PEIMS Crisis Code 06 (10-23-2017)
To the Administrator Addressed: Commissioner’s adjustment to average daily attendance (ADA) for school districts and charter schools experiencing declines in enrollment because of Hurricane Harvey for the 2017–2018 school year (10-9-2017)
To the Administrator Addressed:Transportation for Students Displaced Due to Hurricane Harvey (10-9-2017)
To the Administrator Addressed: TxVSN Catalog Course Providers Offer Additional Course Seats and Reduced Course Fees for Students and Schools Impacted by Hurricane Harvey (10-6-2017)
To the Administrator Addressed: New Texas Student Data System (TSDS) PEIMS Crisis Codes (10-5-2017)
To the Administrator Addressed: FCC E-rate Relief for Affected LEAs (9-26-2017)
To the Administrator Addressed: Procurement Guidance for Schools Affected by Hurricane Harvey (9-21-2017)
To the Administrator Addressed: Instructional Materials Concerns Related to Hurricane Harvey (9-20-2017)
To the Administrator Addressed: Requirements for campuses operating over capacity because of Hurricane Harvey (9-20-2017)
To the Administrator Addressed: Hurricane Harvey and impact of federal funds: Guidance, FAQ, and waiver requests (9-20-2017)
To the Administrator Addressed: Texas Student Data System (TSDS) PEIMS Crisis Code for Hurricane Irma and Fall PEIMS Snapshot Date (9-19-2017)
To the Administrator Addressed: Submitting Crisis Code Data & School Start Date Changes through TSDS PEIMS (9-12-2017)
To the Administrator Addressed: Reduction of Minimum Days of Service (9-12-2017)
To the Administrator Addressed: Adjustments for Average Daily Attendance (ADA) and certain funding issues due to Hurricane Harvey (9-12-2017)
To the Administrator Addressed: Appeal Extension for Preliminary 2016-2017 School and Charter FIRST Ratings (9-7-2017)
To the Administrator Addressed: Extension of Deadline for Filing Appeals of 2017 Academic Accountability Ratings for Certain Districts (9-7-2017)
To the Administrator Addressed: Additional Missed School Day Waivers related to Hurricane Harvey (9-1-2017)
To the Administrator Addressed: Hurricane Harvey Enrollment Guidance (8-31-2017)
To the Administrator Addressed: Hurricane Related Waivers (8-29-2017)
To the Administrator Addressed: Deadline Extensions for the 2016-2017 Tax Information Survey and Staff Salary Data Collection (8-29-2017)

Other Resources

Office of the Governor Hurricane Assistance Information
Application for Disaster Aid Assistance - Chapter 42 (Word, 28 KB)
Cost Associated with Disaster Relief Application Spreadsheet - Revised (Excel, 100 KB)
Information on McKinney-Vento and Coding Harvey Impacted Students (PDF)
 U.S. Department of Education Harvey Resources 
 Hurricane Harvey Relief Program for Fine Arts in Texas Schools
 Disaster Aid Assistance for Chapter 41 Districts
 News from the Department of Grants and Oversight 
 STAAR Participation Counts Collection - Extension 
 Budget Adoption Information for FY 2017-2018 
 DSHS Letter on Immunizations for Displaced Students (PDF 670 KB)
 Emergency Procurement under TEC Chapter 44 Subchapter B 
Guidance on Non-competitive Procurement During an Emergency 

Governor's Rebuild Texas Commission

The Rebuild Texas Worksheet is intended to report initial damage assessments, so that federal and state policymakers can be property informed to deliver adequate resources to support the recovery. Districts and charter schools should provide a general description of the type of damage. If a district has several campuses with damage, those can be grouped in to types of damage.  A few examples of completed worksheets can be found at Texas Worksheet Instructions and Examples. For more information please contact

Official Announcement (9-7-2017)
Letter to School Districts (10-4-2017)

For more information visit the Governor's Rebuild Texas website at

E-Rate Waiver Information 

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) oversees the federal Universal Service Fund (USF), more commonly referred to as E-rate. On Oct. 6, 2017, the FCC waived certain rules and deadlines as they apply to E-rate applicants in areas affected by recent hurricanes.

DA-17-984A1 (PDF) is the Order issued by the FCC’s Wireline Competition Bureau on Oct. 6, 2017, waiving certain rules and deadlines to assist school and libraries located in areas affected by Hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria.

On Oct. 26, 2017, the FCC adopted an order providing for additional relief for affected applicants. The order authorized a second 2017 filing window for districts affected, directly and indirectly, by the hurricanes. The second filing window is set to open on Nov. 13, 2017 and close on Dec. 13, 2017. This is a very short timeframe for most districts. USAC will be providing guidance soon on this order. Check for the latest information.

FCC-17-139A1 (PDF) is the Order issued by the FCC opening a second filing window for those affected by Hurricane Harvey.

For questions, please email

Educate Texas Launches Harvey Kids Education Fund

Local, state and national leaders have partnered with Educate Texas to address the immediate relief needs of Gulf Coast school districts as well as the longer-term rebuilding efforts. Grant applications are being accepted, and donations to the fund are still encouraged. For more information read the press release posted here.

PEIMS Crisis Codes 


Hurricane Harvey Crisis Code FAQ

Hurricane Harvey Instructional Materials Assistance


Districts that need materials, either because of enrollment of students displaced by the hurricane or property damage, can create a needs list in EMAT to inform potential donors of specific needs. Districts and other entities that wish to donate materials can do so in one of two ways: within EMAT or by emailing TEA. For more information on requesting assistance or to donate visit

2017 National School Lunch Program Equipment Assistance Grants for School Food Authorities   

Application period: Oct. 16 -- Nov. 16


The Texas Department of Agriculture (TDA) has Equipment Assistance Grants available for National School Lunch Program participants. The application period ends on November 16. For more information visit

Federal Grants Information


The Department of Grants Compliance and Oversight has prepared a Hurricane Harvey Guidance and FAQ regarding the impact of the disaster on federal grant funds. (V1, 09/14/2017). The guidance is directed specifically to LEAs impacted by Hurricane Harvey (either LEAs located in counties identified in the governor’s disaster declaration or LEAs receiving evacuee students).  

FEMA Information

Procurement information related to FEMA can be found at

Mental Health Resources

To help individuals in the affected areas identify and connect to appropriate services and supports,TEA collaborated with state and federal agencies, and local community organizations, to create the compilation of mental health resources available at

Information for Educator Preparation Programs (EPP)


Educator preparation programs (EPPs) with Hurricane Harvey related issues around preparation, certification, and testing should work with their assigned program specialist to receive guidance on how to resolve each of these issues. A current list of program specialist assignments can be accessed on the Program Provider Resource page.

Frequently Asked Questions

This frequently asked questions page provides information for students displaced by disasters.
For information on special education issues resulting from Harvey, please see this special education FAQ document.

School Nutrition and Meals Information


For information on school nutrition and meals, visit the Texas Department of Agriculture Food and Nutrition Division website.




Contact Information

If you have questions or concerns that are not readily addressed via the contents of this page, please call our Communications Division as we have staff standing by to assist you


Phone:  (512) 463-9000
Fax:  (512) 463-9838
U.S. Mail:  1701 N. Congress Ave., Austin, TX 78701