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Q:        Given last week’s weather forecast, our District decided to close on Friday to avoid having students, employees, and buses on icy roads and bridges. We did not require teachers to work remotely, and no auxiliary staff were required to come in. Is there anything I need to do to ensure that all employees are paid for...
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Q:        Our District has not yet updated our construction procurement documents to reflect changes from the 87th Regular Legislative session. Is this something we need to do?  A:        Yes. Specifically, House Bill 2581 requires school districts to include new information in their procurement solicitations when awarding construction contracts and creates new obligations for transparency to...
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Q:        I hear that the Texas Department of Public Safety is trying to help with the bus driver shortage by waiving requirements pertaining to certain pre-trip vehicle inspection components of the CDL licensing process. Does this mean that a school bus driver obtaining a CDL under this waiver can drive students everywhere, including field trips...
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Q:        Our eighth graders typically take a trip to Washington D.C. over Spring Break. We recently hired a new principal, and she is concerned about liability. Are there legal issues we should be considering for school-sponsored trips where we take students out of state?  A:        Yes. The immunity provided to public school districts...
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Q:        I heard that TEA has updated the staff COVID-19 re-entry procedures and criteria based on new guidance from the CDC. Are the stay-at-home procedures shorter now? A:        Yes. TEA released an updated version of the Public Health Guidance on January 7, 2022, which provides for a much shorter stay-at-home period and clarifies those who...
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Q:        We are getting out for the holidays this week, but are requiring our Director of Maintenance, who is a non-exempt employee, to remain “on call” in case of a facilities emergency (e.g., frozen/burst pipes, break in, etc.) The employee may spend his time freely during the break; however, he must be available to go...
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Q:        As we move further into December, several teachers have asked whether they may place holiday decorations in their classrooms. Are religious themed decorations permitted?  A:        Yes, so long as there is a balance of views and traditions represented. The Establishment Clause of the First Amendment to the United States Constitution prohibits government entanglement with...
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Q:       I’ve been hearing a lot of rumblings about library books, including seeing several lists circulated identifying books that may have inappropriate sexual content. The talk is that the Texas House of Representatives may be taking action on this subject. Am I obligated to review/remove these books? A:        No. While the Texas House Committee on...
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Q:        I heard that TEA recently changed its position regarding low attendance waivers. Our attendance was horrible in August due to COVID-19 quarantines. Will we be eligible for a waiver? A:        No, but the Commissioner has agreed to adjust operational minutes for all school districts for the first six-week reporting period of the 2021-2022...
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Q.        I heard there is a new Active Shooter Alert System in the event of a reported active shooter in the school district’s jurisdiction. Does this mean that local law enforcement is liable if the alert is not activated?  A.       No. While HB 103 requires the Department of Public Safety...
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