TEA COVID-19 Updates

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  • COVID-19 Support: Public Health Orders - UPDATED  

    Public Health Guidance UPDATEDSY 20-21 Public Health Planning Guidance  - The CDC amended their guidance to allow two shorter options for the stay-at-home period that applies to close contacts without symptoms. As a result, the TEA has aligned their Guidance such that the stay-at-home period can end for individuals experiencing no symptoms on day 10 after close contact exposure without testing, or on day 7 after close contact exposure and after receiving a negative test result. The TEA encourages you to read the updated Public Health Guidance as it includes additional information related to the stay-at-home period change. 

    K-12 COVID-19 Testing Project - As of January 15, 2021, school systems will no longer be able to opt-in to the K-12 COVID Testing Project to receive rapid tests. School systems that have already opted-in will continue to receive their allocations per the distribution methodology posted on our website. We strongly encourage you to continue to use the test kits as many of the tests distributed have an expiration date, some as early as February 2021.

    COVID-19 Case and Test Reporting & Vaccine FAQ

    SY 2020– 2021 COVID-19 Additional Crisis Code Reporting Guidance

    In order to continue informing policy makers, supporting best practices, and ensuring maximum funding for Local Education Agencies (LEAs), LEAs will need to submit additional crisis code indicators on all students attending school in the 2020– 2021 school year. Crisis code data will be submitted through the TSDS PEIMS Summer 1 Collection by close of business on February 5, 2021, and again on April 7, 2021. The data reported in these two collections will be published externally in summary format at the LEA and state level.

    Second Crisis Code Values Report due by April 7, 2021.


    Student Attendance Accounting Handbook (SAAH)

    State law requires every Texas school district to adopt an attendance accounting system that includes procedures to ensure the accurate recording and reporting of student attendance data. The Student Attendance Accounting Handbook (SAAH) contains the official attendance accounting requirements that all public school districts and open-enrollment charter schools in Texas must meet. The agency collects student attendance data primarily to ensure that Foundation School Program (FSP) funds can be correctly allocated to Texas’s public schools.

    Attendance and Enrollment FAQ document UPDATED

    COVID-19 Support: Texas Home Learning

    The agency has developed at-home learning resources as a contingency option for school districts. These are optional resources intended to assist in the delivery of educational resources in this time of public health crisis. Given the timeline for development, errors are to be expected. If you find an error, please email us at texashomelearning@tea.texas.gov.

    Texas Home Learning

    Start Strong Resources

    TEA has added more resources to support your charter schools during the SY 2020-2021. Your charters have access to Planning Support (reflection tools, surveys, guidebooks), Sample School Models (F2F, remote, hybrid), and Strong Start Implementation Supports (leadership webinars). 

    TEA recognizes that many of LEAs are running a “Concurrent” model where teachers are supporting students who are remote and on-campus in the same class period at the same time. There are alternatives to this "Concurrent" model that allow your teachers to focus on either remote or on-campus instruction, but not both at the same time - the Split Scheduling, Split Staffing, and Virtual Academy approaches. 

    Please click HERE to go directly to the Start Strong Resource page.

     STAAR Interim Assessments

    To better support students and educators across different school models, TEA has developed additional support for participants who wish to administer STAAR Interim Assessments at home during the 2020–2021 school year. Guidance, new in-browser functionality, and support for the distribution of test tickets are available in Section 10: Covid-19 Administering Interim Tests at Home of the Interim Assessments User Manual.

    Learn more here: https://tea.texas.gov/student-assessment/testing/staar/staar-interim-assessments