The Texas Education Agency (TEA) today released a new Public Health Planning Guidance
document for the 2020-21 school year. While ATPE is still analyzing the guidance, it appears fairly similar to the previously released “draft” public health guidance
, which was seemingly posted by mistake last month on the agency’s website.
Notably, TEA’s press release
on the guidance released today states that all students, teachers, staff, and visitors coming to campus must be screened before being allowed on campus. Additionally, Governor Greg Abbott’s statewide mask order will require that masks are worn while in school buildings, with certain exceptions as outlined in the governor’s order. However, it is clear that TEA’s nine-page guidance issued today, much like its “draft” predecessor, continues to place most responsibility on local school districts for coming up with their own plans for dealing with COVID-19.
As previously reported
, ATPE has released Recommended Health and Safety Guidelines
for a return to school and factors that local and state decision-makers should consider. Stay tuned to our Teach the Vote blog for more detailed analysis on the public health guidance coming soon from ATPE’s lobbyists, and visit ATPE’s COVID-19 FAQ and Resources
page for other news and updates.
Read ATPE's statement here.
This article originally appeared in ATPE’s advocacy blog, TeachtheVote.org, at teachthevote.org/news/2020/07/07/breaking-tea-posts-updated-public-health-guidance-for-school-reopening.