Coronavirus: what you should know

We’ve assembled resources for Texas educators, support professionals, and other school employees about the coronavirus/COVID-19 pandemic. However, we really want to hear from you. If you have a specific experience you’d like to share about how you are helping your community cope with the pandemic, or would like to spotlight the good work your fellow members are doing in these challenging times, please email

Message to our TSTA family from President Noel Candelaria

Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act FAQ

Information/resources from Morath’s call with superiendents on 3-26-20

TSTA board cancels HOD in El Paso

Coronavirus email scams

NEA Member Benefits: Member Assistance Program Resources and Services

Texas Department of State Health Services Resources on COVID-19

The MealFinder Map: find campuses serving meals in your neighborhood

Resources from NEA

NEA: Schools and Coronavirus: what you should know

NEA: Just the Facts: A Monthly Report on the 2020 Presidential Candidates Spotlighting COVID-19

TEA: Coronavirus (COVID-19) Support and Guidance

TEA: Guidance on educator and staff issues and educator evaluation and non-renewal

CDC: Interim Guidance for Administrators of US K-12 Schools and Childcare Programs

Disinfecting schools, best practices from the CDC

Coronavirus: What You Can Do and How Your TRS Health Plan Can Help

TRS response to COVID-19

TRS video response to COVID-19

TRS Guidance on Operations, Health Care and Annuities

TASB: Frequently asked questions about COVID-19

9 Strategies for Quarantining in a Non-LGBTQ+ Affirming Environment

Distance learning

Click here for a list of resources.

Special education

Provision of Special Education Services during COVID-19 School Closures

Urging States to Continue Educating Students with Disabilities, Secretary DeVos Publishes New Resource on Accessibility and Distance Learning Options

CDC: Questions and answers on providing services to children with disabilities during the coronavirus disease 2019 outbreak

TEA: COVID 19 and special education FAQ

Student assessment

TEA grading guidance

TEA Student Assessment guidance

TEA TELPAS and LPAC guidance

Additional SAT, ACT, TSIA and AP-IB program update

National, state, and local news

DeVos halts collection of defaulted federal student loans

Beaumont ISD votes to pay all employees during coronavirus closures

‘Stay home, work safe’ order allows schools to remain open to ‘facilitate distance learning’

Austin-area districts prepare to close for remainder of school year amid coronavirus pandemic

Federal requirements for standardized testing waived

Sweeping powers on education law waivers for DeVos

The Education World Wants a Coronavirus Stimulus. What Would Help the Most?

COVID-19 could postpone May elections in Texas

Health official declares public health disaster in Texas

NEA Calling on Schools Nationwide to Close

With STAAR tests waived due to COVID-19, districts to decide promotions, graduations

CDC releases updated guidance for K-12 schools as coronavirus spreads

U.S. Department of Education Releases Webinar, Fact Sheet for Protecting Students’ Civil Rights During COVID-19 Response

TSTA and NEA press releases

NEA calls Congress’ latest COVID-19 package another crucial step forward (3-25-20)

NEA joins 16 other public, private education associations in joint statement on Senate COVID-19 response bill (3-24-20)

TSTA says school closures necessary, urges districts to pay support staff (3-19-20)

TSTA urges state to cancel STAAR testing this year (03-16-20)

TSTA: Support staffers need to be paid while schools are closed during the coronavirus outbreak (3-13-20)