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August 2021
Q:        One of our board members is currently under quarantine due to his spouse testing positive for COVID-19. Our board meeting is next week, and he would like to participate in the meeting. Can he call in and be put on speakerphone?  A:        No. Telephone participation at a public meeting is not permitted under the...
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Q:        Did the Legislature make any provision in the Education Code to provide flexibility with attendance requirements for a student who experiences excessive absenteeism resulting from a serious or life-threatening illness, such as COVID-19?  A:        Yes, HB 699 requires a school district to excuse a student from attending school for an absence resulting from “a...
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Q:        Can we legally ask employees if they have received a COVID-19 vaccine as part of our health screening protocols when someone reports a positive case or close contact exposure to the virus?  A:        Yes, you can inquire about employees’ vaccination status, but the employee can choose not to provide an answer. Importantly, a public...
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Q:        I’m hoping the Legislature made it easier to suspend the Texas Public Information Act in the event we experience another COVID epidemic. Did I hear that correctly?  A:       Not really.  S.B. 1225 did amend the TPIA. However, the amendment provides for greater restriction than access to the Act’s suspension provisions. In the past,...
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