The Texas Education Agency released new health guidelines for public schools more than a week after Texas House legislators sent a letter to Gov. Greg Abbott and TEA Commissioner Mike Morath, urging them to reconsider mask mandates in schools and funding for virtual education due to the uptick in COVID-19 cases statewide.
The Texas Education Agency also added that the new guidelines address on-campus instruction, non-UIL extracurricular sports and activities and any other activities the students must complete. If an individual tests positive for COVID-19, a school must notify its local health department following state and federal laws.The Texas Education Agency also added that after receiving the information that any teacher, staff member, student or visitor at a school has tested positive for COVID-19, the school must also submit a report to the Department of State Health Services.
The public guidance by the education agency stated that if school systems get information that a student is prone to Covid, the school system should notify the student’s parents. Parents of students who are determined to be close contacts of an individual with COVID-19 may opt to keep their students at home during the recommended stay-at-home period.