COVID-19 Information and Resources for Schools

Eichelbaum Wardell is working tirelessly to compile critical information for Texas public schools on the Coronavirus (COVID-19). Please understand things have been changing minute by minute. 

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Eichelbaum Wardell Client Alerts and Articles

March 30, 2020 Client Alert
TPIA Deadlines - Responding to Requests During the COVID-19 Epidemic

March 27, 2020 Client Alert
Leave Requirements Under the FFCRA

March 24, 2020 Client Alert
Postponing School Board Elections in an Age of Quarantine: What Are Your Options and Obligations?

March 20, 2020 Client Alert
TEA Says Special Ed Litigation Will Continue – Make Sure Your District is Prepared

March 18, 2020 Client Alert
Covid‐19 Update on Legal Issues

February 27, 2020 Client Alert
Update on Coronavirus

General Guidance

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Support and Guidance
https://tea.texas.gov/texas-schools/health-safety-discipline/coronavirus-covid-19-support-and-guidance

COVID-19 ("Coronavirus") Information and Resources for Schools and School Personnel
https://www.ed.gov/coronavirus?src=feature

Resources & Information Related to COVID-19
https://tasanet.org/resources-information-related-to-covid-19/

COVID-19 Superintendent Response Checklist
https://tea.texas.gov/sites/default/files/Superintendent%20Checklist%20v3.pdf

Revised Runoff Election Dates
/media/110843/revised-runoff-dates.pdf

General Health

Guidance for Schools and Childcare Programs
https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/community/schools-childcare/index.html

TEA COVID-19 Infographic (NEW)
/media/111023/2020-03-31-tea_covid19_infographic.pdf

FEMA Update (UPDATED)
/media/111222/2020-04-01-fema-faqs.pdf

Miscellaneous

COVID-19 World Map 
https://coronavirus.jhu.edu/map.html

Texas Division of Emergency Management - State Situation Report (UPDATED)
/media/111168/20-0003-covid-19-2020-sitrep-13-0040120.pdf

Rural School Meal Delivery Support
/media/110083/2020-03-25-rural-school-meal-support.pdf

Governor Announces Approval of Major Disaster Declaration
https://gov.texas.gov/news/post/governor-abbott-announces-approval-of-major-disaster-declaration

Governor's Executive Order Related to Essential Services and Activities (NEW)
/media/111141/eo-ga-14_statewide_essential_service_and_activity_covid-19_image_03-31-2020.pdf

Open Meetings

The Department of Information Resources How-to Guide: Webinars and Emergency Board Meetings
https://pubext.dir.texas.gov/portal/internal/resources/DocumentLibrary/Tips%20for%20Conducting%20Open%20
Meetings%20Remotely.pdf

Personnel

Guidance on Educator and Staff Issues and Educator Evaluation and Non-Renewal (UPDATED)
/media/111225/2020-04-01-guidance-on-educator-and-staff-issues-and-educator-evaluation-and-non-renewal.pdf

DOL guidance: Families First Coronavirus Response Act: Employee Paid Leave Rights
https://www.dol.gov/agencies/whd/pandemic/ffcra-employee-paid-leave

DOL guidance: Families First Coronavirus Response Act: Employer Paid Leave Requirements
https://www.dol.gov/agencies/whd/pandemic/ffcra-employer-paid-leave

DOL guidance: Families First Coronavirus Response Act: Questions and Answers
https://www.dol.gov/agencies/whd/pandemic/ffcra-questions

Pandemic Preparedness in the Workplace and the ADA
https://www.eeoc.gov/facts/pandemic_flu.html

Instructions for Submitting an Educator Appraisal Waiver
/media/110265/2020-03-26-steps_for_submitting_an_educator_apprisal_wavier.pdf

Educator Preparation FAQ
/media/110274/2020-03-26-tea-educator-preparation-faq.pdf

TEA Educator Preparation Webinar PPT
/media/110277/2020-03-26-tea-educator-preparation-webinar-ppt.pdf

Letter for Presumptive COVID Exposure
/media/110831/2020-03-27-letter-for-presumptive-covid-exposure-staff.pdf

Letter for Confirmed COVID Exposure
/media/110825/2020-03-27-letter-for-confirmed-covid-exposure-staff.pdf

EEOC Webinar Regarding COVID-19
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i8bHOtOFfJU

Commuting Authorization Template (NEW)
/media/111026/2020-03-31-template-letter-for-teaching-staff.pdf

Expectations Template for At-Home Learning - District-Based Staff (NEW)
/media/111178/31-expectations-template-for-at-home-learning-district-level-staff.pdf

Department of Labor Temporary Rule (NEW)
https://www.dol.gov/agencies/whd/ffcra

FFCRA Employee Paid Leave Rights (NEW)
https://www.dol.gov/agencies/whd/pandemic/ffcra-employee-paid-leave

FFCRA Employer Paid Leave Requirements (NEW)
https://www.dol.gov/agencies/whd/pandemic/ffcra-employer-paid-leave

FFCRA Questions and Answers (NEW)
https://www.dol.gov/agencies/whd/pandemic/ffcra-questions

Employee Rights Poster (NEW)
https://www.dol.gov/sites/dolgov/files/WHD/posters/FFCRA_Poster_WH1422_Non-Federal.pdf

FFCRA FAQs (NEW)
https://www.dol.gov/agencies/whd/pandemic/ffcra-poster-questions

Department of Labor Field Assistance Bulletin (NEW)
https://www.dol.gov/agencies/whd/field-assistance-bulletins/2020-1

Public Information

Update: Calculation of Business Days and COVID-19
https://www.texasattorneygeneral.gov/open-government/governmental-bodies/catastrophe-notice/update-calculation-business-days-and-covid-19

School Governance

The Role of the School Board in Responding to the Coronavirus
https://www.tasb.org/trustees/expand-your-knowledge/stay-informed/timely-topics/leadership-and-governance/the-role-of-the-school-board-in-responding-to-the-coronavirus.aspx

School Board FAQ (UPDATED)
/media/110999/2020-03-30-school-boards-faq.pdf

COVID-19 Proclamation from Texas Governor Regarding Election Dates
/media/110181/proc_covid-19_may_2_election_date_image_03-18-2020.pdf

Missed School Day Waiver
https://tea.texas.gov/sites/default/files/Missed%20School%20Day%20Waiver%20Guidance_Updated%20March%2025.pdf

Childcare Services for First Responders
/media/110283/tea-childcare-center-launch-guidance-to-leas.pdf

AG Opinion Regarding Closures
/media/110370/ag-opinion-march-25-2020.pdf

Pubilc Health Messaging Statewide Information (NEW)
/media/111017/2020-03-31-public-health-messaging-statewide-information-campaign-two-week-overview_clean.pdf

COVID-19 Waiver Regarding Statewide Assessment (NEW)
/media/111005/2020-03-30-tx-covid19-waiver-response.pdf

Instructional Continuity Planning Overview (NEW)
/media/111020/2020-03-31-tea-instructional-continuity-planning-overview.pdf

Instructional Continuity Planning Guide (NEW)
/media/111014/2020-03-31-instructional_continuity_detailed_guidance.pdf

Discipline Data Validation Compliance Review Guidance (NEW)
/media/111181/2020-04-01-covid19-drcu-guidance.pdf

Virtual Discipline and Dress Code (NEW)
/media/111184/virtual-discipline-and-dresscode.pdf

School Finance

Cost Reimbursement FAQ
/media/110089/2020-03-25-tea-cost-reimbursements-faq.pdf

School Finance FAQ
/media/110098/2020-03-25-tea-school-finance-faq.pdf

First FAQs
/media/110952/2020-03-30-first-faq.pdf

Special Education

Special Education and Special Populations
https://tea.texas.gov/texas-schools/health-safety-discipline/special-education-and-special-populations

Questions and Answers on Providing Services
https://www2.ed.gov/policy/speced/guid/idea/memosdcltrs/qa-covid-19-03-12-2020.pdf

Special Education Newsletter Updates
/media/109963/special-education-newsletter-monitoring-updates-revised.pdf

COVID and Special Education in Texas
/media/110837/2020-03-27-sped-qanda.pdf

Student Issues

SAT, ACT, TSIA, and AP/IB Program Updates
/media/110253/2020-03-26-additional_sat_act_tsia_and_ap-ib_program_updates.pdf

Governor Abbott Waives STAAR Testing Requirements
/media/110178/governor-abbott-waives-staar-testing-requirements-_-office-of-the-texas-governor-_-greg-abbott.pdf

FERPA & COVID-19 FAQs
https://studentprivacy.ed.gov/sites/default/files/resource_document/file/FERPA%20and%20Coronavirus%20Frequently%20Asked%20Questions.pdf

FERPA & Virtual Learning
https://studentprivacy.ed.gov/sites/default/files/resource_document/file/FERPA%20%20Virtual%20Learning%20032020_FINAL.pdf

School Meal Finder 
https://schoolmealfinder.hoonuit.com/?filter_state=tx

Help Students Find Meals
https://hoonuit.com/lp/school-meal-finder/?filter_state=tx

Texas Department of Agriculture Meal Pickup Flexibility (UPDATED)
/media/111144/tda-receives-important-usda-flexibility-on-school-meals-texas-department-of-agriculture-website.pdf

Coronavirus Updates for Contracting Entities
http://squaremeals.org/News/tabid/945/Article/2951/Coronavirus-Updates-for-Contracting-Entities.aspx

Guidance on Grading & Graduation (UPDATED)
/media/110996/2020-03-30-guidance_on_grading_and_graduation_requirements.pdf

Instructional Continuity
https://tea.texas.gov/sites/default/files/Instructional%20Continuity%20FAQ.pdf

Reading Academies
https://tea.texas.gov/sites/default/files/Reading%20Academies%20Guidance%20March%2025%202020.pdf

Teaching from a Distance and Copyright Considerations
https://blogs.loc.gov/copyright/2020/03/teaching-from-a-distance-and-copyright-considerations/?loclr=eacop

Guidance for Students Experiencing Homelessness
/media/110268/2020-03-26-students-experiencing-homelessness-guidance-tea.pdf

Guidance for Students in Foster Care
/media/110256/2020-03-26-foster-care-guidance.pdf

Guidance for Military Connected Students
/media/110262/2020-03-26-military-connected-student-guidance.pdf

90% Rule Update
/media/110250/2020-03-26-90-percent-rule-guidance.pdf

Waiver to Allow Parents and Guardians to Pick Up Meals for Children
/media/110373/covid19-parent-pickup-nationwide-waiver.pdf

Letter for Presumptive COVID Exposure
/media/110834/2020-03-27-letter-for-presumptive-covid-exposure-student.pdf

Letter for Confirmed COVID Exposure
/media/110828/2020-03-27-letter-for-confirmed-covid-exposure-student.pdf

TELPAS Assessment Guidance (NEW)
/media/111002/2020-03-30-telpas_assessment-guidance.pdf


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