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March 2020
Q:        The district was contacted on Friday by a food vendor, stating that the district’s next shipment of food would be delivered on April 1, 2020. As COVID-19 has continued to spread and required the district to close campuses, the district does not need the food at its campuses anymore. Can the district cancel...
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Q:        The spread of COVID-19 has required the district to rely on virtual instruction. Is it permissible under the copyright laws for a teacher to read a book or show a film online during virtual instruction?  A:        Reading a book aloud during virtual instruction may be considered fair use and permissible, but showing a...
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Q:        The Texas Department of Health has contacted the District requesting information on students exhibiting possible symptoms of the Coronavirus (COVID-19). May the District release the requested information, and are we required to record what information was shared?     A:        Yes and yes. The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (“FERPA”) contains an exception that...
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Q:        We recently received a public information request asking that a copy of the Board “packet” be sent to them each month prior to the Board meeting. Do we have to comply with this request? A:        No. While the documents in a Board packet might be considered public information, you do not have to comply...
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