Region 6 Leadership Update
March 23, 2020
TEA Corona Virus Update
- New information has been added to the TEA CoronaVirus website. This includes a Q&A from the federal government regarding SPED. That website is http://tea.texas.gov/coronavirus
352 cases statewide with over 10,000 tested
46 counties are impacted
- Individual cities and counties are implementing or will by 5 pm announce full-blown shelter in place.
- Paper Take-Home Packets: Follow link with overview of how to mitigate the transferece of COVID-19 within these packets. Logistical Considerations for Paper-Based Packet Pickup to Mitigate Public Health Risks The precautions you are using for food pick-up locations should be used for packet distribution.
Leadership & Accountability
- Follow link for information on teacher evaluations: Guidance on Educator and Staff Issues and Educator Evaluation and Non-Renewal
- Assessment: Follow the link for Assessment Guidance - Chart for thinking through EOC scenarios. The assessment guidance piece on the website has been updated.
- Please post as questions you have about assessment. We will contact TEA and get an answer. Follow Link: Assessment Questions
Here are some links that may be important for secondary administrators
Latest TEA briefing regarding SAT/ACT, TSIA, AP/IB exams (March 19, 2020)
Info regarding SAT testing
Info regarding ACT testing
Info regarding AP testing
Info and online support for AP students
Info regarding TSIA testing
TEA Instructional Continuity Planning
- Planning for Instructional Continuity During High Absenteeism and School Closures (PDF) March 13 2020
- Instructional Continuity General Guidance Updated March 12 2020 (PDF)
- TEA Instructional Continuity Planning Tool (Excel) March 20 2020
- District Instructional Continuity Planning Intro (PDF) March 20 2020
- Instructional Continuity Immediate Action Check List (Word) March 20 2020
- Guidance to Districts on Providing Internet to Students (PDF) March 20 2020
Teaching and Learning Department
We hope this email finds you well and healthy. Our commitment to you is, and will continue to be, based on customized service and personalized relationships. In an effort to support the many challenges facing the remote continuum of instruction, the entire Teaching and Learning department has been working to create an Instructional COVID-19 webpage. Included on the site, are links to helpful resources, specialist contact information, and the announcement of our upcoming regional collaborative webinars. Most importantly, we want you to know all Teaching and Learning staff members are available and committed to assisting teachers, administrators, and leadership teams during this time of transition. Please distribute our contact information to your campuses and teachers so they may take advantage of this as needed.
Our intention is to continually update the Region 6 ESC Instructional COVID-19 webpage. As updates are made, we will continue to create documents, like the one attached, which summarizes new information posted and provides dates for the regional collaborative webinars.
We know that you, the instructional leaders, have faced and will continue to face challenges throughout this time of uncertainty. Please contact us and we will, as best we can, help you navigate through instructional obstacles as they occur.
TEA: COVID & SPED Updates
- LEAs should also consider ways to use distance technology to the extent possible to provide child find, hold initial and annual ARD committee meetings, and/or evaluation/eligibility meetings, if the LEA members and parents are available but not able to attend in person. Continuing to complete ARD committee and evaluation/eligibility meetings will help decrease the workload when school resumes. If required members of the committee and/or parents are not available or believe their participation is impacted by the lack of an in-person meeting, LEAs should document the reason and complete the activity in a timely manner following the ending of school closures.
- When school resumes, ARD committees should address student-specific needs resulting from the closure. This might include discussions of compensatory education and extended school year (ESY) services made on a case-by-case basis. Any need for compensatory services related to school closure or inability to fully implement a student’s IEP will be addressed by ARD committees after school closures end.