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

 

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General Guidance and FAQs

 

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Public Health Orders

Updated August 4 2020

Public Health Orders

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General Support

Updated August 10 2020

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

 

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Instructional Continuity Planning

Updated August 4 2020

Texas Home Learning, Resources, Strong Start, School Calendar, Operation Connectivity

 

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Special Education

Updated August 7 2020

Guidance, Instructional Supports, Parent Resources

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Special Populations

Updated August 6 2020

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

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Academics

Updated August 4 2020

CCMP, Early Childhood, Graduation 2020, Grading Academic Credit, Reading Academies, Instructional Materials, Virtual School Network

 

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Waivers, Finance & Grants

Updated August 4 2020

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

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Reporting & Data

Updated June 30 2020

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

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Student Assessment

Updated July 27 2020

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

 

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Texas Educators

Updated August 10 2020

Current Educator Evaluation and Support, Educator Certification and Preparation

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Public Health Resources

Updated July 30 2020

Campaign Overview, Materials and Assets

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Child Nutrition

Updated August 3 2020

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

 

 

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
07-14-2020 - 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