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.

Message to our TSTA family from President Noel Candelaria

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.

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

One-stop page for all of TEA’s COVID-19 documents

Micro-credentials to Work on During Social Distancing

COVID-19 and T-TESS

Assessment, Grading and Graduation
State officials announce options for graduation ceremonies

Progress monitoring and optional end of year assessment

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

Keeping Safe and Healthy

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 2020, a monthly report on presidential candidate positions
Spotlight on COVID-19
Spotlight on the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act

TEA: Coronavirus (COVID-19) Support and Guidance

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

TEA: Guidance on educator certification and preparation

TEA: Summary of TEA’s COVID-19 specific superintendents’ calls as of April 3

TEA: TSTA’s summary of COVID-19 superintendent’s call on April 14, 2020

TEA: TSTA’s summary of superintendent’s call on April 21, 2020

TEA: Discipline guidance

TEA: COVID-19 Mental & Behavioral Health Grief & Trauma Informed Virtual Support and Statewide Resources List

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

Student assessment: Assessment and grading guidance from TEA

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 applauds Gov. Abbott for keeping all school buildings closed during health emergency

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)