Month

March 2021
Q:        Our school district wants all of our employees to be vaccinated for COVID-19. May we ask our employees whether they have been vaccinated?  A:        Yes. School districts, however, must be very careful when questioning employees about their vaccination status not to request or provide an opportunity for explanation, as such might elicit...
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Q:        Our district had several new teachers obtain probationary certification this past summer pursuant to TEA’s waiver of certain certification requirements. The employees’ probationary certification is set to expire in August, and they have not yet passed their content exams. Can we renew their employment?  A:        Yes, you can renew the employees’ probationary contracts; however,...
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Q:        With the issuance of Governor Abbott’s Executive Order GA-34 lifting the statewide face mask mandate, effective March 10, 2021, our district is quickly trying to revamp our COVID-19 mitigation strategies. We are closely reviewing both CDC and updated TEA guidance, but in addition to that, do you know if the UIL has published any...
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Q:       An anonymous requestor submitted a request pursuant to the Public Information Act for communications between two District administrators. May the District require the requestor to present identification before obtaining the requested information?  A:        Generally, no. A school district cannot unilaterally refuse to provide information simply because a requestor does not identify him/herself or...
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