The Texas Schooling Company releases new COVID-19 public well being pointers for varsity districts
SAN ANTONIO – More than a week after Texas House lawmakers sent a letter to Governor Greg Abbott and TEA Commissioner Mike Morath, the Texas Education Agency released new public school health guidelines urging them to make masking compulsory in schools and schools Funding virtual education due to the rise in COVID-19 cases across the country.
The new guidelines cover teaching on campus, after-school sports and activities outside of the UIL, and any other activities that students must complete, the TEA said.
If a person tests positive for COVID-19, a school must notify their local health department in accordance with state and federal laws, the TEA said.
After receiving information that a teacher, employee, student, or visitor to a school tested positive for COVID-19, the school must also submit a report to the Texas Department of State Health Services, the TEA said.
The TEA said the report must be submitted every Monday for the past seven days.
The new guidelines do not require face masks under the Governor’s Emergency Ordinance, which prohibits mask mandates.
“Other powers to require protective equipment, including masks, in an employment environment are not necessarily affected by (the Emergency Ordinance),” the TEA said. “School systems must allow people to wear a mask if they want to.”
Students who test positive for COVID-19 must be excluded from attending classes. However, according to the TEA, schools can offer distance learning to students who are not there.
The TEA is asking parents to leave their children at home if they have symptoms or test positive for COVID-19.
The agency says schools can run regular COVID-19 tests for staff and students with parental consent.
School systems do not need to conduct contact tracing as the data from the 2020-2021 school year showed very low COVID-19 transmission rates in children and lower transmission rates in children than adults, according to TEA.
“When the school systems are made aware that a student is in close contact, the school system should notify the student’s parents. Parents of students who are in close contact with someone with COVID-19 can choose to leave their students at home for the recommended time of stay, ”TEA public guidelines read.
To read the new TEA guidelines, which will come into effect Thursday, see below or click here.
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