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 November 19 2020

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

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General Support

Updated September 24 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 November 19 2020

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

 

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Special Education

Updated October 29 2020

Guidance, Instructional Supports, Parent Resources

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Special Populations

Updated November 19 2020

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

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Academics

Updated September 24 2020

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

 

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Waivers, Finance & Grants

Updated November 20 2020

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

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Reporting & Data

Updated October 1 2020

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

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Student Assessment

Updated November 19 2020

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

 

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Texas Educators

Updated September 24 2020

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 3 2020

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

 

 

Summary Debrief of TEA COVID-19 Superintendent Call – March 14 (PDF)
Summary Debrief of TEA COVID-19 Superintendent Call – March 16 (PDF)
Summary Debrief of TEA COVID-19 Superintendent Call – March 19 (PDF)
Summary Debrief of TEA COVID-19 Superintendent Call – March 26 (PDF)
Summary Debrief of TEA COVID-19 Superintendent Call – April 03 (PDF)
Summary Debrief of TEA COVID-19 Superintendent Call – April 07 (PDF)
Summary Debrief of TEA COVID-19 Superintendent Call – April 09 (PDF)
Summary Debrief of TEA COVID-19 Superintendent Call – April 16 (PDF)
Summary Debrief of TEA COVID-19 Superintendent Call – April 23 (PDF)
Summary Debrief of TEA COVID-19 Superintendent Call – May 05 (PDF)
Summary Debrief of TEA COVID-19 Superintendent Call – May 07 (PDF)
Summary Debrief of TEA COVID-19 Superintendent Call – May 14 (PDF)
Summary Debrief of TEA COVID-19 Superintendent Call – May 21 (PDF)
Summary Debrief of TEA COVID-19 Superintendent Call – May 28 (PDF)
Summary Debrief of TEA COVID-19 Superintendent Call – June 04 (PDF)
Summary Debrief of TEA COVID-19 Superintendent Call – June 25 (PDF)
Summary Debrief of TEA COVID-19 Superintendent Call – July 02 (PDF)
Summary Debrief of TEA COVID-19 Superintendent Call – July 09 (PDF)
Summary Debrief of TEA COVID-19 Superintendent Call – July 17 (PDF)
Summary Debrief of TEA COVID-19 Superintendent Call – July 23 (PDF)
Summary Debrief of TEA COVID-19 Superintendent Call – July 30 (PDF)
Summary Debrief of TEA COVID-19 Superintendent Call – August 13 (PDF)
Summary Debrief of TEA COVID-19 Superintendent Call – August 20 (PDF)
Summary Debrief of TEA COVID-19 Superintendent Call – August 27 (PDF)
Summary Debrief of TEA COVID-19 Superintendent Call – September 03 (PDF)
Summary Debrief of TEA COVID-19 Superintendent Call – September 10 (PDF)
Summary Debrief of TEA COVID-19 Superintendent Call – September 17 (PDF)
Summary Debrief of TEA COVID-19 Superintendent Call – September 24 (PDF)
Summary Debrief of TEA COVID-19 Superintendent Call – October 15 (PDF)
Summary Debrief of TEA COVID-19 Superintendent Call – October 29 (PDF)
 

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
07-14-2020 - 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