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Q:         Our county is currently under a mandatory mask order. We have several students within our District with asthma. If a parent requests exception from the mask mandate due to their student’s asthma, is the student permitted to attend class without a mask? A:         Yes, if the student qualifies as having a medical...
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Q:        Our community is excited that UIL is allowing schools to stream football games this year because of COVID-19. Are there any limitations or rules that we should be aware of? A:        Yes, while UIL is allowing schools to live telecast football games on Friday nights during the regular season, there are guidelines and advertisement...
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Q:        Our district has been hard at work since June trying to prepare and put into place distance learning education options for the fall due to COVID-19 safety precautions. As of now, we’ve incurred more costs than what were budgeted for technology this year and, due to the high demand, equipment that we’ve ordered (such...
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Q:       We have asked our supervisors to be on alert to employee symptoms of COVID-19 and to report to our HR Director any employees they observe coughing or experiencing other COVID-19 symptoms in the workplace. If the HR Director follows up with the employee, does this violate ADA confidentiality? A:        No. The ADA...
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Q:       I’ve been inundated with COVID issues lately and feel that I might be missing other deadlines. Was there something the District was supposed to do related to Threat Assessment this fall? A:        Yes. School districts must, among other things, report certain “threat assessment” data to TEA by November 13, 2020. Senate Bill...
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Q:        We’re right in the path of Hurricane Laura. If one or more of our buildings gets damaged and we need to act quickly to make decisions concerning school operations, can we hold an emergency board meeting without posting 72-hour notice?     A:        Yes. If a situation arises constituting an emergency or urgent...
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Q:       We are transitioning into the first four weeks of the school year by providing virtual instruction to all of our ISD students. Does this remote instruction satisfy a special education student’s homebound placement? A:        No. Homebound services refer to an educational placement at home or in a hospital when such placement is...
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Q:       Our district is concerned about students’ privacy given the increase in virtual learning and utilization of third-party vendors in light of COVID-19. Is our district permitted to disclose personally identifiable information of students’ education records to third-party vendors, such as Clever?   A:        Yes, third-party vendors, like Clever, are permitted to obtain personally...
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Q:        Our district is soon reopening for in-person, classroom instruction. One of our teachers has submitted an accommodation request to work from home because her husband has Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (“COPD”) and would be considered a high-risk patient if he contracted COVID-19. Our teacher is worried she might contract COVID-19 at school and...
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Q:        I have a teacher who has opted for her child to receive remote instruction rather than available in-person instruction. She is now asking for Emergency Paid Sick Leave and/or Expanded Family and Medical Leave. Is she eligible? A:        No. If the child’s school is offering in-person instruction, and the parent merely “elects” on-line instruction,...
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