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 email@example.com.
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.
- TSTA Standards for Safe Schools
- English Flyer
- Spanish Flyer
- Where we stand: guidance regarding reopening school buildings
- Returning to in-person instruction webinar
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:
- A general FAQ
- CARES Act payments
- For now, recipients of Supplemental Security Income will need to file a tax return to qualify for the CARES Act relief payment. An appeal has been made to lift that requirement. We will continue to follow and report any changes.
- The IRS offers Volunteer Income Tax Assistance and Tax Counseling for the Elderly programs to provide free tax help for taxpayers who qualify.
- Education Stabilization Fund
- Student loans
- The CARES Act includes important provisions for student loan borrowers to get some temporary relief from loan payments.
- Unemployment insurance
- ESSA waivers
- School meals
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
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
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.
National, state, and local news
Articles are added daily to Education News.