TEA issues new guidelines for on-campus instruction

The Texas Education Agency will distribute personal protective equipment (PPE) to help Texas...
The Texas Education Agency will distribute personal protective equipment (PPE) to help Texas schools systems reopen for the 2020-2021 school year.(TEA)
Updated: Jul. 7, 2020 at 4:20 PM CDT
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WICHITA FALLS, Texas (TNN) - The Texas Education Agency has issued their guidelines for students to safely return to on-campus instruction for the 2020-21 school year.

Parents will have the options of either daily on-campus learning or remote learning for their students at any point as the year progresses.

  • Parents who choose remote instruction may be asked to commit to it for a full grading period which is six to nine weeks
  • The commitment will not have to be made more than two weeks in advance, this will allow their decision to be based on the latest public health information

All students, teachers, staff and visitors must be screened before they will be allowed on campus.

Masks will be required while in school buildings in accordance to Gov. Abbott’s executive order.

TEA is also recommending schools to make additional health procedures if they are able to reasonable implement them.

TEA will be providing school systems with support to ensure a strong start to the year:

  • COVID-19 related expenses during the school year will be reimbursed
  • Tens of millions of personal protection equipment will be provided to Texas schools at no additional cost
  • Free online learning tools for remote instruction
  • Teacher training with no cost to the school system
  • Statewide efforts to help bridge the digital gap made by students learning at home

TEA also says due to the nature of the pandemic that parents and educators should expect some campuses to close for periods of time during the school year.

More information can be found on TEA’s coronavirus website by clicking here.

News Channel 6 will be interviewing Governor Greg Abbott during our 5 p.m. newscast today.

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