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PYT Client Alert: Coronavirus Update

Emergencies Cannot Wait

PYT Attorney's Available 24/7 During this Pandemic

As the State of Texas and the Federal Government have declared a State of Emergency in response to the COVID-19 Coronavirus ("Coronavirus") outbreak, school district and educational agencies are under mounting pressure to make decisive decisions whether to close schools and how to educate children during this crisis. While some state governors have ordered all public schools closed, currently, Governor Abbott has not ordered a statewide public school closure. Absent an order from the Governor, Texas school districts must individually evaluate whether to close their doors over concerns of the spread of the Coronavirus and what, if any education, meals, or childcare they will provide if they choose to close.

Each Texas school district and educational agency is unique. School districts must consider the needs of their specific community in making decisions relating to this pandemic. It is prudent that superintendents and school boards understand all potential legal implications. Your Calling Is Our Mission, and we stand with you during this emergency. PTY attorneys will be available during this pandemic 24 hours a day, seven days a week to answer your legal questions and provide guidance. Call us at (512)494-1177.

Calling an Emergency Meeting

Blake Powell talks about whether its appropriate or not to call an emergency meeting concerning the coronavirus in this special Ed Clips! article.

The latest COVID-19 News

  • President Trump declared a state of National Emergency.
  • Governor Abbott declared a statewide emergency for Texas.
  • Drive-through testing capabilities will be established in San Antonio and will expand to Dallas, Houston, and Austin in the upcoming weeks.
  • The states of Arkansas and Louisiana have closed public schools. Arkansas is closed through the end of March, and Louisiana until April 13.

Resources from State Officials

TEA Update: COVID-19 Initial Guidance and FAQs

TEA Coronavirus (COVID-19) Guidance and FAQ

Rep. J.D. Sheffield's Statement following the Public Health Committee's Tuesday meeting concerning COVID-19

Michigan Medicine's Infections Disease Specialist, Dr. Sandro Cinti, held a Q&A to answer the most pressing questions concerning the novel coronavirus COVID-19.

Click the picture below to be directed to the video.

Resources from Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos

FERPA and Coronavirus Frequently Asked Questions

Fact Sheet: Impact of COVID-19 on Assessments and Accountability under the Elementary and Secondary Education Act

Questions and Answers on Providing Services to Children with Disabilities During the Coronavirus Disease 2019 Outbreak