TEA Issues New Guidance on Summer Programs

This week, the Texas Education Agency released new guidance for school districts that will impact the way districts handle summer programs.

In collaboration with the Governor’s Strike Force and the Texas Department of Emergency Management, Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) was procured to help school systems reopen for the 2020-2021 school year.  This document details what has been procured and provides immediate next steps for school systems.

TEA also issued guidance titled “Summer Instruction, Activities and School Visits: Guidance for Reopening and Student Interaction.”  The guidance is intended for in-school instruction and visits by students, teachers, and staff, as part of summer learning, instructional, and administrative activities.

Guidance has also been updated for Graduation and End-of-Year Promotion Ceremonies for those districts who are still working on those plans.

Finally, TEA issued “Training and Conditioning Guidance for Non-UIL Activities.”  For guidance on UIL activities, see the UIL website at https://www.uiltexas.org/covid-19-information.  For non-UIL activities, schools may, but are not required to, begin conditioning, training, and/or instruction beginning June 9, under the requirements set out in this new guidance.  It is also recommended that each school identify a compliance officer to oversee effective use of the outlined protocols.

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