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Q:        Our district is negotiating a contract for transportation services. The vendor has asked us to guarantee payment for a minimum number of 180 days of service. Under the contract, this guarantee payment would be owed to the vendor even if services are interrupted or not provided due to another COVID-19 district closure and the...
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Q:        I just received the written resignation of a high school science teacher who expressed to me that she had found another job in a neighboring district. Her job will be extremely hard to fill at this late stage of the summer. Can I refuse to accept the resignation? A:        Yes. You can decline to...
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Q:       A student has been hospitalized after becoming infected with COVID-19 while attending summer school at our District. The parent has threatened to sue if the District does not offer to pay for the student’s medical bills. Does the parent have any legal recourse against the District? A:        Probably not.  There is no viable...
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Q:       I have seen the guidance for summer strength and conditioning programs on the UIL website. What should our District do for non-UIL activities? Is there any guidance available? A:       Yes, school districts should follow the most recently updated version of “Training and Conditioning Guidance for Non-UIL Activities” available on the TEA website...
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Q:         I’ve heard that there have been significant updates to Title IX recently. Are there any updates that we should be making to our policies and handbooks over the summer? A:        Yes, districts must revise their 2020-2021 Student Handbooks and Codes of Conduct to address the new Title IX regulations, which take effect...
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Q:        Our District is considering Extended-School-Year (“ESY”) services for students with disabilities during Summer 2020.  Will school limitations resulting from COVID-19 affect the provision of ESY? A:        Yes. Although school closures may impact the method of delivery for ESY services during Summer 2020, a District is required to make appropriate adjustments once it...
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Q:        We have suspended responses to Public Information Act (PIA) requests during the pandemic as authorized by the Attorney General. We are set to re-open in June for summer school.  Does that mean that the Texas Public Information Act (TPIA) deadlines start up again?   A:        Yes.  If your school’s physical offices are now...
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Q:        Our district is concerned with additional COVID-19 interruptions during the 2020-2021 school year and is planning on implementing an intersessional calendar with an earlier start date. Will the penalty-free resignation deadline for our teachers change if our school year begins earlier? A:        Yes, the penalty free resignation period for Chapter 21 contract...
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Q:       Summer is fast approaching. In light of COVID-19, are we going to be able to offer traditional, in-person summer school? A:        Yes, the Commissioner of Education issued guidance on May 18, 2020, relating to considerations and guidelines for in-person summer school. The guidance issued by the Commissioner provides requirements, as well as recommendations...
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Q:        The District currently is in the review stages for several contracts and will be ready for signatures and finalization soon. Can the District use electronic means to finalize these contracts? A:        Yes, the District may use electronic signatures, so long as both parties agree to conduct the transaction electronically and any electronic signatures...
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