Coronavirus: what you should know


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Information and Resources

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 covid@tsta.org.

TSTA members are on the front lines during the COVID-19 crisis and deserve respect, and respect means a safe workplace and the ability to protect and take care of our families. See the document we’ve put together on our standards for safe schools and a flyer in both English and Spanish, and NEA’s guidance and member webinar on reopening school buildings.

This Q&A from TSTA’s Legal Division explains the Americans with Disabilities Act and when members with underlying illnesses may request reasonable accommodations under that Act. If, after reviewing this Q&A, you believe you may be entitled to a reasonable accommodation, please contact the TSTA Help Center at 877-ASK-TSTA (877-275-8782). Read Q&A

A mighty list of information about the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act of 2020:

Here’s our one-stop page for all of TEA’s COVID-19 documents, including planned allotments of personal protective equipment for districts.

A list of college and university reopening plans.

The National Education Association’s Covid resource page.

The National Education Association is offering Micro-credentials to Work on During Social Distancing and Member Assistance Programs and Services, as well as some tips on what you should know about schools and the coronavirus. You can also find NEA’s position on issues affecting students and educators.

NEA also releases a monthly report on presidential candidate positions.
Spotlight on COVID-19
Spotlight on the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act
Spotlight on reopening
Spotlight on economic recovery

COVID-19 and T-TESS

It is an undeniably strange time to be starting up a school year. There is the barest of good news in that TEA is suspending the use of STAAR for grade advancement purposes. So far the test will still be administered for the purpose of the A-F campus and district accountability scheme and T-TESS assessments. TSTA will continue to fight to have STAAR suspended altogether as a wasteful expenditure of time and money and a cruel source of stress and distraction in an already challenging time.

COVID slide: how financial insecurity causes vulnerable students to lose ground academically

Some Red Cross tips for keeping safe and healthy, and a sad reminder that we also have to be mindful of coronavirus email scams.

Texas Department of State Health Services Resources on COVID-19

The MealFinder Map: find campuses serving meals in your neighborhood

The Centers for Disease Control has issued Interim Guidance for Administrators of US K-12 Schools and Childcare Programs, and information about best practices for disinfecting schools.

The Teacher Retirement System has issued both written and video responses to COVID-19 and tips on what you can do and how your TRS Health Plan can help, including their extended COVID-19 coverage. There is also guidance available pertaining to 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

TEA: Special Education and Special Populations

National, state, and local news

Articles are added daily to Education News.

TSTA and NEA press releases

National Education Association To Host 2020 Representative Assembly Virtually Due To COVID-19 Pandemic

TSTA: Governor must act to protect students and educators (7-15-20)

Demand to start the school year with remote learning expands among San Antonio-area educators (7-14-20) 

Pflugerville, Del Valle teachers demand remote learning for start of school year (7-13-20) 

Pediatricians, Educators and Superintendents urge a safe return to school this fall (7-10-20)

TSTA: Slow down and put safety first in school reopenings (7-7-20) 

Oped: High-stakes testing now? Cut STAAR, spend on extra costs of education during the pandemic (7-7-20)

TSTA: Let’s continue the time out on STAAR testing (6-30-20)

TSTA: State needs to order mask use on school campuses (6-23-20)

TSTA: Governor in too big a hurry to reopen schools while pandemic is still raging (6-18-20) 

TSTA: June 1 too early to reopen schools; demands enforcement of strict safety requirements (5-20-20)

TSTA applauds Gov. Abbott for keeping all school buildings closed during health emergency (4-17-20)

TSTA demands the governor shut down schools for the year, take other steps to protect Texans’ health (4-1-20) 

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)