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Q:      Over the summer, we hired a teacher who is new to the profession. She had finished her teacher prep course and was scheduled to take her test last week after already starting in the classroom. We just found out that she did not pass, but can attempt it again in November. We’ve decided to keep her on as full-time substitute until she can retake her test. Do we need to let parents know about this change? A:      Yes. Both...
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Q:      What ever happened about the federal mandate that came out in May requiring schools to allow transgender students to use the restroom of their choice? Do we have to comply with this directive now that the school year has begun? A:      No. While the federal government did release communication last May calling for this type of accommodation by schools, a Texas federal judge has temporarily blocked enforcement of the law based on federal overreach. For now, schools do not...
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Q:      One of our board members will be out of town on business during our next regularly scheduled board meeting. There are several important votes to be taken on some upcoming projects. If we are able to set up a conference call, can the board member participate by telephone? Can he vote? A:      No. The Attorney General has found that if a quorum of the board is present at a meeting location, absent members cannot participate by telephone; however, Texas...
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Q:      We are struggling to fill the position of Girls’ Head Soccer Coach and recently interviewed a great candidate who is a retired teacher/coach. The candidate has over 25 years’ experience and comes highly recommended. She just retired at the end of the 2015-16 school year and is willing to work with the soccer team, but only part-time. Can we hire this individual as our head coach? A:      No. According to UIL regulations, a head soccer coach must be a full-time employee...
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Q:      My district recently installed video cameras in all school buses for the upcoming school year. The videos record visual (but not audio) footage during regularly scheduled routes. How long do we have to keep the videos before we can record over the images? What if a parent requests a copy? Are we required to release copies to parents?   A:      School bus videos which do not depict an incident (like a fight) should be kept as long as “administratively...
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