State Waivers Unit

The State Waivers Unit of the Texas Education Agency is responsible for the coordination of expedited and general state waivers and class size exceptions. See Texas Education Code (TEC) §7.056, Waivers & Exemptions, for rules.

For information on Waivers related to COVID-19, please visit the "Waivers, Finance and Grants" section on the TEA's COVID-19 Support and Guidance webpage.

  • LEAs should submit one Missed School Day Waiver application (with attestation and board agenda) inclusive of all days missed due to COVID-19 upon completion of the school year. Please note the applications are due no later than June 18, 2020. Please see the Attendance and Enrollment FAQ on the "Waivers, Finance and Grants" section of the website linked above for additional information.

2020-2021 Applications are anticipated to be available in TEAL on the following dates:

General & Expedited  July 6, 2020
Attendance  (Missed School Day, Low Attendance)    August 3, 2020
Class Size September 1, 2020
Full-Day Prekindergarten 2019-2020 Application: December 18, 2019 – July 1, 2020
See April 23rd Update in Related Links section below regarding the July 1, 2020 extension
2020-2021 Application – July 6, 2020

Note: Once a new waiver year opens, the prior school year waiver application will no longer be available.

Waiver Application

The TEA Waiver Quick Reference Video Tutorial is available to guide users through the enhanced system and highlight new features.

The Waiver Process FAQ's may also be of assistance while navigating through the State Waivers and the TEAL application process.

Waiver Categories

Most waiver types are placed into one of four categories:

  • Expedited Waivers  are waivers that require basic information from the district.
  • General Waivers are waivers that require detailed information surrounding the district's waiver request.
  • Attendance Waivers include Missed Instructional Days and Low Attendance Days waivers. The district or campus can request a waiver for excused absences if instructional days are missed or if attendance is low due to weather, health, or safety issues. 
  • Maximum Class Size Exception is required under the provision of TEC §25.112 if any class for grades K-4 exceeds the allowable class size limit of 22 students per class (22:1). An exemption expires at the end of the school year for which it is granted.
  • Other Waivers are specific requests that do not fall under any of the above categories.

Waiver Types

This table shows the different waiver types and links to their description:

Expedited General Attendance
Staff Development Waiver Course Requirement Waiver Missed School Days
Modified Schedule State Assessment Testing Days Waiver Certification Teacher Waiver Low Attendance Days
Foreign Exchange Student Waiver (Request 5 or more) Course Requirement Career and Technical Education (CTE) Waiver  
Timeline for Accelerated Instruction Certification for Superintendent Waiver  
Teacher Data Portal of the Texas Assessment Management System Pregnancy Related Services On-Campus (CEH) Waiver  
  Foreign Exchange Student (Less than 5) Waiver  
  Full-Day Prekindergarten Waiver  
  Other Specific Waivers  

Related Links 

April 23rd Update Early Childhood Education COVID 19 Updates - April 23, 2020

To the Administrator Addressed House Bill 3 (HB3) Implementation: Extension: Full-Day Prekindergarten Waiver (2-27-20)

To the Administrator Addressed  Out-of-District Transportation Waiver and District Attestation (5-19-20)

To the Administrator Addressed Additional Missed School Day Waivers related to Hurricane Harvey (9-1-2017)

To the Administrator Addressed Hurricane Harvey Related Waivers (8-29-2017)

 TEAL Access Instructions

 Waivers Online Report - Displays the Status of Waiver Requests

To the Administrator Addressed Minutes of Operation - Updates to HB 2442 (8-31-2017)

To the Administrator Addressed Information Concerning Changes to Staff Development and Early Release Waivers for 2018-2019 and Beyond (8-31-2017)