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Governor Abbott extends COVID-19 Disaster Declaration for all Texas counties

Dallas ISD Zoom Meeting Hacked, How to Keep Meetings Safe

If students are still at home this fall, what will happen to Friday night football?

Opinion Editorial by Dan Huberty Concerning Whether COVID-19 Will Affect the Education Funding Portion of the State Budget

Over the last several weeks, I’ve read a lot about the impact of the Coronavirus on the economy and our State budget....


Changing School Start Dates for 2020-2021

Last week, TEA released guidelines on how to change the school calendar and start date amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

TEA announced school districts may start school prior to the fourth May in August (TEC Sec. 25.0811) through a District of Innovation Plan or a Year-Round System designation. The following PDF breaks down how schools districts could engage in this option.

Changing School Start Dates for 2020-2021 Guidelines

Adjusting Your School Calendar for COVID-19 Response

As the 2019-2020 school year begins to wind down, school districts are starting to look toward the 2020-2021 school year and what that will look like. In addition to the PDF on changing school start dates provided in the left...


Gov. Abbott Expands Openings of Certain Businesses and Activities

Yesterday afternoon, Governor Abbott announced he was expanding the businesses and activities that could begin to reopen amid the COVID-19 Pandemic.

Along with the businesses that were re-opened last Friday, cosmetology salons, tanning salons, and swimming pools are allowed to re-open on Friday, May 8th. All must follow social distancing of six feet foot of distance. Pools may open at a 25% capacity.

Offices in office buildings and gyms may begin to re-open on May 18th at a 25% capacity.

Gov. Abbott's task force is still working on the best way to re-open bars.

COVID-19 Trends 05/05/2020

Today's COVID-19 Trends report compiled by Chris Tackett...

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Coining Terms like “COVID Slide” Does Not Change FAPE

Since the COVID-19 pandemic broke, educators have been introduced to new phrases, consepts, and applications of old terms in new ways. One example is the "COVID slide." Geneva Taylor explains what this means, and the best way for administrators and teachers to deal with this terminology.

Guidance for Graduation Ceremonies

At today's press conference with Governor Abbott, TEA Commissioner Mike Morath released guidance for districts to follow when holding graduation ceremonies during COVID-19.

So far, TEA has approved hybrid ceremonies where students come in one at a time, vehicle ceremonies, and outdoor ceremonies with appropriate distancing maintained.



Graduation Ceremony Plans Checklist for Rural Schools

As discussed in the graduation webinar hosted by TREA on Tuesday, April 28, TEA has approved virtual graduation plans for school districts.

They are working on releasing in-person graduation guidelines soon. TREA has created a checklist to follow should the district choose to host an in-person graduation ceremony.

TEA Resources on Graduation

2020 Seniors Guidance and Graduation FAQ

Guidance on Individual Graduation Committees


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Stay at Home Order to Expire on April 30

In a press conference held this afternoon, Governor Abbott announced his Stay at Home order will be allowed to expire on April 30. He also announced two phases for reopening the Texas economy. The first phase starts May 1st and sets out new measures for how business can reopen, If there is no flare up for two weeks, phase two would begin May 18th. The first phase includes:

  • All retail stores (movie theaters, restaurants, and malls) as well as libraries and museums can reopen at a 25% capacity. Any interactive exhibits must remain closed.
  • Sole Proprietors can reopen.
  • Churches and places of worship may expand their capacity.
  • Outdoor sports with four or less people can resume.
  • All...

Authority of a governmental body to regulate public comment sessions during open meetings

Texas Attorney General, Ken Paxton, has released an opinion interpreting the new OMA requirement allowing public comment on any item on an agenda.

In his opinon, AG Paxton states that public comment can be at one time during the meeting as long as comment is allowed before any action is taken by the Board. Reasonable restrictions, including time limits, are also allowed.

COVID-19 Trends as of 4/23

Today's COVID-19 Trends report is pulled from the numbers reported on April 23, 2020. There has been some overall flattening out, but Texas is still significantly behind in mass testing and continues to report new numbers daily. We did have two big spikes in...


PYT's The School Zone Podcast

Part 1: A Conversation Between Diane Ravitch & Pastor Charlie Johnson

Join our host, David Torres, as he re-broadcasts a webinar hosted by the Network for Public Education.

Pastor Charlie Johnson chats with Diane Ravitch, author of her new book, "Slaying Goliath" regarding the threat that charter schools and vouchers pose to our system of public education.

Tune into to tomorrow's Ed Clips to catch the second half of the discussion!

TEA & Texas PBS announce educational programming collaboration

The new partnership calls for all 10 of Texas PBS affiliates to preempt regularly scheduled weekday programming with grade-level appropriate programming. This join initiative will air TEKS-aligned...


TEA Resources Regarding School Closures

Guidance for 2020 Seniors

HB 3 College Preparation Assessment, Industry-Based Certification Reimbursement and AP/IB Testing

Optional End of Year Assessments

Every 10 years the federal government holds a Census Count to determine the number seats each state has in Congress and your political representation at state and local levels of government. The typical Census paper mailings have been delayed due to the COVID-19 Pandemic, and may not arrive at your home until the end of April.

Luckily, Texans can self-respond by filling out a quick and easy oneline questionnaire at or by...


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