Austin, Texas (KVEO)—The Texas Education Agency (TEA) announced on Tuesday a series of guidelines for students to return to school.

“Both as Commissioner and as a public school parent, my number one priority is the health and safety of our students, teachers, and staff,” said Texas Education Commissioner Mike Morath. “That is why the guidance laid out today will provide flexibility to both parents and districts to make decisions based on the ever-changing conditions of this public health crisis. The state is and remains committed to providing a high-quality education to all Texas students, while ensuring the health and safety of students, teachers, staff, and families.”

Parents will have the following options and decide which school setting is best for their children.

Daily on-campus learning will be available to all parents who would like their students to learn in school each day.

All parents will have the option to choose remote learning for their children, initially, or at any point as the year progresses. Parents who choose remote instruction for their students may be asked to commit to remote instruction for a full grading period, but will not have to make that commitment more than two weeks in advance, so they can make a decision based on the latest public health information.

Health and safety procedures will be in place to support student and teacher safety.

  • All students, teachers, staff, and visitors coming to campus must be screened before being allowed on campus. Masks will be required while in school buildings, with certain exceptions made, as noted in Governor Greg Abbott’s order. Schools will also be required to follow any forthcoming executive orders issued by Governor Abbott.
  • Districts have the option to establish a phased-in return to on-campus instruction for up to the first three weeks of the school year, to ensure all appropriate health and safety procedures are fully in place.

TEA is providing school systems with resources to ensure a strong start. This includes:

  • Reimbursement for extra COVID-19-related expenses incurred during the 2019-20 school year; Tens of millions of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) supplies provided to school systems at no cost to Texas schools.
  • Free online, TEKS-aligned learning tools to deliver remote instruction
  • Statewide efforts to help bridge the digital divide for students at home, along with other ongoing support.

For more information, visit the TEA’s COVID-19 website here.