Legal Update Regarding Start of 2020-21 School Year
As many of you know, several cities have issued orders delaying the start of in-person instruction. Such orders place school districts in a confusing situation with respect to the most recent guidance issued by the Texas Education Agency (TEA).
Our lawyers have been in discussions with State and Local officials and other school lawyers in the State. We have just been informed that a senior counsel at TEA has stated that school districts will be funded if they follow any orders from a local health authority delaying the beginning of in-person instruction pursuant to any local health orders as long as remote instruction is provided. Below is the direct quote from the senior counsel at TEA.
"School districts should treat local health authorities' orders prohibiting in-person instruction as valid until the districts are directed otherwise by the state.
Furthermore, as long as the affected districts provide appropriate remote instruction to their students during the above-referenced prohibition, the districts will receive applicable funding."
As always our lawyers are available to answer any specific questions you may have.