Updates on Summer School in Texas

Posted by Rose Frezza, Texas OnCourse on May 26, 2020 6:46:59 PM

Hi everyone. This is Rose from Texas OnCourse with your latest news on COVID-19 and Texas education. Last week, a few of you mentioned you were looking for information about summer school, so we have some updates and resources for you.

First, for your students participating in virtual learning over the summer, TEA posted a new resource. Texas Home Learning 2.0 is a tool specifically focused on at-home learning during the summer.

The TEA has also issued health and safety guidance for instances in which teachers, staff, or students will need to be on campus. The guidance applies to summer school programs, instructional activities, administrative duties, and any other activities that cannot be done virtually. 

The guidance is effective starting June 1, and we’ll link to it below. There are lots of details related to your students’ safety as well as yours, so be sure to read it carefully if you will be on campus over the summer. 

Now let’s talk about summer school and other instructional activities. First, in-person, at-school attendance for summer school must be optional for students. This includes students who are required to attend summer school in order to go on to the next grade or obtain course credit.

The TEA suggests that schools prioritize on-campus summer school opportunities for students for whom virtual learning is a challenge. This includes the following students:

  • Students with significant academic gaps
  • Students with disabilities who are not medically vulnerable
  • Students participating in learning experiences that cannot be done virtually, such as some CTE courses
  • Homeless students
  • English learners
  • Younger students whose parents may have greater need of childcare
  • Students in protective day service who are not medically at risk 

Apart from summer school, other instructional activities could include special education evaluations, specialized assessments, and individualized tutoring. Any instructional activity completed at school should be optional, or – if it is mandatory – students should be able to complete the activity virtually. 

For all at-school activities, including summer school, instructional activities, and administrative activities, no more than 11 individuals should be in an enclosed area together regularly. This includes teachers, staff, and students. 

Thanks, everyone, and see you next week!

NOTE: This is a transcript of a Facebook Live video filmed on 5/21/20. Click here to watch that video.

Topics: Educators, Student Enrichment, Coronavirus