With concerns over the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19), there is talk of school closures and other measures. Spring break is upon us and families are traveling around the globe. To address some of these concerns, TEA Spring Break Guidance Update on Novel Coronavirus COVID19.
The guidance confirms that, as is always the case, districts and open-enrollment charter schools have the authority to request that students and/or staff stay home if there is serious concern about their current health, whether or not they pose a health risk to others in the community. These decisions should be made on a case-by-case basis. TEA encourages school districts to work with local health authorities.
New students that seek to enroll following spring break from COVID-19 affected areas (internationally or domestically) must be allowed to enroll unless they have traveled to a Level 3 Travel Health Notice country, which include China, Iran, Italy, and South Korea. More recommendations are included in TEA’s guidance for individuals who have traveled to those countries.
For more information and FAQs, you can access information at the following links:
- Texas Department of State Health Services
- Austin Public Health FAQs
- CDC Coronavirus FAQs
- Harris County Public Health FAQs
As we all know, this is an evolving situation. ED311 will keep you updated as health officials and education leaders address concerns over the spread of the illness.