Coronavirus (COVID-19) Support and Guidance

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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.

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. If you think you need to be tested for COVID-19, this website allows Texans to find the nearest test collection site.

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.

Most Popular Guidance and Resources

 

Search COVID-19 Resources and Guidance

General Guidance and FAQs

 

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Public Health Orders

Updated September 23 2021

Public Health Orders, K-12 COVID-19 Testing Project, COVID-19 Case Reporting, Other Resources, COVID-19 Vaccinations

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General Support

Updated August 12 2021

Accountability, School Boards, Charters, Mental Health, Student Discipline, School Safety, School Improvement, Emergency Child Care Guidance

 

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Instructional Continuity Planning

Updated September 23 2021

Texas Home Learning, Strong Start, Tutoring and Accelerating Instruction Resources, School Calendar, Operation Connectivity, TCLAS

 

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Special Education

Updated December 10 2020

Guidance, Instructional Supports, Parent Resources

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Special Populations

Updated April 8 2021

English Learners, Highly Mobile and At-Risk, Gifted and Talented

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Academics

Updated September 23 2021

CCMP, Early Childhood, Graduation 2021, Grading, Reading Academies, IM, Repeat/Retake Grades, Remote Learning

 

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Waivers, Finance & Grants

Updated September 2021

Federal Funding, FEMA-Related Issues, Attendance and Enrollment, State Funding, Waivers, Remote Instruction Requirements

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Reporting & Data

Updated March 25 2021

TSDS & PEIMS, Data Reporting and Compliance, General IT, E-Rate, Cybersecurity

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Student Assessment

Updated August 26 2021

STAAR Assessment, Optional Beginning of Year Assessments, TELPAS, FitnessGram, Other Assessments, Optional End of Year Assessments

 

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Texas Educators

Updated September 23 2021

Current Educator Evaluation and Support, Educator Certification and Preparation

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Public Health Resources

Updated August 13 2020

Campaign Overview, Materials and Assets

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Child Nutrition

Updated August 26 2021

Child Nutrition, Pandemic Electronic Benefit Transfer (P-EBT)

 

 

 

2021 Debriefs 

2020 Debriefs

09-16-2021 - TAA: SY 2021-2022 K-12 COVID-19 Testing Project
09-09-2021 - TAA: Senate Bill 15 (87th Legislative Session, 2nd Called Session) Overview
09-02-2021 - TAA: COVID-19 Testing Availability Reminder
08-26-2021 - TAA: Summer Pandemic Electronic Benefit Transfer (P-EBT)
08-24-2021 - Press Release: Governor Abbott, HHSC Announce $1.4 Billion In Summer Pandemic Food Benefits For Texas Families
08-12-2021 - TAA: Vetted Texas Tutor Corps (VTTC) Announcement 
08-12-2021 - TAA: Webinar: Compensatory Education Funding and Free-Reduced Price Meal Applications
08-12-2021 - TAA: TCLAS Application Closing on 8/20 for LEAs
08-05-2021 - TAA: Tiered Career and Technical Education (CTE) Weighted Funding
07-15-2021 - TAA: TCLAS Application: Source for 15+ TEA Initiatives and Supports—Opens Monday
07-15-2021 - TAA: Parental Option for Students to Repeat Grades or Courses
06-28-2021 - Press Release: TEA Releases Spring 2021 STAAR Grades 3-8 and End-of-Course Assessment Results 
06-24-2021 - TAA: Release of ESSER Supplemental (ESSER-SUPP) Funds to Eligible Texas Public School Districts and Open-enrollment Charter Schools
06-24-2021 - TAA: House Bill 4545 Implementation Overview
06-17-2021 - TAA: ESSA Waiver Requests to USDE
06-03-2021 - TAA: Release of ESSER II Formula Funds to Texas LEAs
06-02-2021 - TAA: Individual Graduation Committees for Seniors in SY 2020-2021
05-27-2021 - TAA: High-Impact Tutoring Implementation Workshop Series
05-20-2021 - TAA: Pandemic Eligibility Benefits Transfer (P-EBT) May 20 2021
05-20-2021 - Press Release: Governor Abbott, HHS Announce $2.5 Billion in Pandemic Food Benefits for Texas Families
05-13-2021 - TAA: Notice of Public Comment: ESSER III State Plan
04-28-2021 - Press Release: Governor Abbott, Legislative Leaders Announce $11.2 Billion In New Funding For Texas Public Schools
04-28-2021 - TAA: Release of ESSER III Formula Funds to Texas Public School Systems
04-08-2021 - TAA: Summer School Program for English Learners (ELs) in Kindergarten and First Grade Reimbursements
04-08-2021 - TAA: 2020-2021 Pandemic Eligibility Benefits Transfer (P-EBT) Survey
03-25-2020 - TAA: Virtual and Hybrid School Accelerator Application Process
03-23-2021 - TAA: SY 2020-2021 Early Reporting of Basic Attendance Data; March 31st Crisis Code Collection Canceled
03-04-2021 - TAA: 2020-2021 School Day Event Code Additions
03-04-2021 - Press Release: State Leadership Announces Funding For Texas School Systems To Support In-Person Instruction
03-03-2021 - Press Release: Texas Education Agency Announces Updates to Public Health Guidance; TEA Also Provides Updates to COVID-19 Vaccine FAQ
03-01-2021 - TAA: Survey of Estimated Disaster Remediation Costs for School Districts and Charter Schools Affected by the February 2021 Winter Storm Event
02-22-2021: TAA: Information for Districts and Charter Schools eligible for Title I, 1003 (a) School Improvement Funding
01-28-2021 - Press Release: Governor Abbott, TEA Open Grant Applications For Students With Cognitive Disabilities Impacted by COVID-19
01-14-2021 - Press Release: Optional Beginning-of-Year Assessments Data Help Quantify Initial Impact of COVID-19 on Texas Students
01-07-2021 - TAA: Final Reminder: K-12 COVID-19 Testing Project Opt-In Deadline
12-10-2020 - TAA: COVID Recovery Instructional Materials Support Initiative
12-10-2020 - TAA: A–F Accountability Pause; Addendum and Amendment Requests to the State’s Every Student Succeeds Act State Plan
12-10-2020 - Press Release: Texas Education Agency Pauses A-F Ratings For 2020-21 School Year
11-19-2020 - TAA: Reminder: K-12 COVID-19 Testing Project
11-18-2020 - Press Release: Governor Abbott, TEA, TDEM Announce $420 Million Reimbursement Program for Texas Schools To Continue Supporting Remote Learning During COVID-19
10-22-2020 - Press Release: Governor Abbott, TEA Establish Targeted Education Funds for Families of Students with Cognitive Disabilities
10-14-2020 - Press Release: Governor Abbott, TEA, TDEM Announce COVID-19 Rapid Testing Pilot Program For Texas School Systems
10-01-2020 - Press Release: TEA Updates Pandemic School Funding Formula
09-24-2020 - TAA: Texas Home Learning 3.0:  Texas College Bridge-Online College Preparatory Courses and Student Advising
09-17-2020 - Press Release: DSHS and TEA Launch Webpage with COVID-19 Case Data Reported by Texas Public Schools
09-17-2020 - TAA: Change to Close of 2020-21 School-Start Window
09-17-2020 - TAA: Additional Days School Year Intent to Participate for 2020-2021
09-17-2020 - TAA: Senate Bill 11 Data Requirement and Safe and Supportive Schools Program (SSSP)
09-03-2020 - Press Release:  TEA Launches First Set of Innovative Learning Solutions for K-12 Math to Support Schools Across Texas
08-31-2020 - TAA: TDEM CRF LEA Reimbursement Program
08-27-2020 - TAA: 2020-2021 COVID-19 Case Reporting
08-13-2020 - TAA: Information for Districts, Campuses, and Charter Schools Identified to Engage in School Improvement Interventions
08-13-2020 - TAA: OnRamps Distance Learning Catalog for middle and high school teachers
08-13-2020 - TAA: SY 2020-2021 COVID-19 Crisis Code Reporting Guidance
08-04-2020 - Press Release:  Governor Abbott Provides Update on PPE Distribution to Texas Schools
07-31-2020 - Press Release: Governor Abbott, Lt. Governor Patrick, Speaker Bonnen, Chairman Taylor, Chairman Huberty Release Statement On School Re-Openings
07-30-2020 - Press Release: TEA Will Offer Free Learning Management System to Texas Schools for Two Years to Help Bolster Remote and Classroom Instruction
07-27-2020 - TAA: Waiver of the Student Success Initiative (SSI) Promotion Requirements
07-27-2020 - Press Release: Governor Abbott Waives Grade Promotion Requirements For 2020-2021 STAAR Testing
07-23-2020 - TAA: Resilient Schools Support Program
07-23-2020 - TAA: Webinar Series: Adapting or Adopting Remote Resilient Curriculum
07-17-2020 - Video: Commissioner Morath's Address to Parents and Teachers
07-14-2020 - Press Release: TEA Announces Additional Reopening Guidance, Including Local Option for an Online-Only Start to the 2020-21 School Year
07-09-2020 - TAA: “Excellence in Remote Instructional Delivery” Training for Principals 
07-09-2020 - TAA: Optional Beginning-of-Year Assessments for 2020-2021
07-07-2020 - Press Release: TEA Issues Comprehensive Guidelines for a Safe Return to On-Campus Instruction for the 2020-21 School Year
06-22-2020 - TAA: Final Outreach Materials to Promote P-EBT Program
05-21-2020 - TAA: P-EBT Overview and Communications Toolkit
05-12-2020 - Press Release: TEA Offers Free Tool to Parents and Schools to Diagnose How Much Their Students Learned This Year and To Help Educators Plan for the “COVID Slide”
05-11-2020 - Press Release: TEA Helps Solve a Critical COVID-19 Special Education Distance Learning Challenge
05-07-2020 - TAA: COVID-19 Crisis Code Reporting Guidance
05-05-2020 - Press Release: TEA Announces Class of 2020 Graduation Ceremony Guidance for Texas Schools
04-14-2020 - TAA: Expedited COVID Federal Grant Fiscal Waiver Request to USDE
04-06-2020 - TAA: Instructional Continuity Grant for districts with Targeted Support and Improvement campuses
04-02-2020 - TAA: Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) Waiver Approval & 2020 State Academic Accountability
03-20-2020 - Press Release:  Launch of Texas MealFinder Map
03-19-2020 - Press Release: Statement from Texas Education Commissioner Mike Morath on the Temporary Statewide Closure of Schools
03-18-2020 - TAA: COVID19 Federal ESSA Waiver Request
03-18-2020 - TAA: STAAR Cancellation
03-18-2020 - TAA: Texas Mealfinder
03-16-2020 - Press Release: Statement From Texas Education Commissioner Mike Morath
03-12-2020 - TAA: TEA Update COVID-19 Initial Guidance and FAQs
03-06-2020 - TAA: TEA Spring Break Guidance/Update on Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19)
02-28-2020 - TAA: TEA is Closely Monitoring Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19)
02-28-2020 - Press Release: TEA is Closely Monitoring Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19)
02-06-2020 - TAA: TEA Update - Influenza Virus (with attachment "Coronavirus ISD template letter")

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