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The Attorneys at K|B|S provide timely content on matters of interest to client districts through various forms of publications and genre. Once released, the communications are placed on our news blog, chronologically and in a simple to read Q&A searchable format.
Q:          Nearly all our teachers have performed some type of virtual instruction in addition to standard face-to-face instruction. Should we evaluate our employees on both virtual and in-person instruction!  A:         Yes. The Texas Teacher Evaluation & Support System (T-TESS) has provided modified criteria in its Virtual Instruction Rubric that communicates best practices for virtual instruction but also allows for focused observations and feedback of virtual instruction teachers. The Virtual T-TESS Rubric is an optional, albeit recommended, rubric that...
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Q:       In response to winter storm that recently impacted Texas, my district closed for 5 days and offered virtual instruction for 2 days the following week. Can I pay all employees during the period of closure—what about the virtual instruction days? A:        Yes. The Board of Trustees can adopt a resolution that it serves a public purpose to continue compensating employees who were unable to work during the period of closure and also virtual instructional days. Any resolution...
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Q:        Our success rate for virtual learners continues to decline. Can a student’s inability to access virtual learning, unrelated to technological barriers, trigger the District’s child find duty?  A:         Yes. Educators play a key role in the child find process, as they are often the first to notice signs that a student is struggling with a disability. This is true for in-person and virtual learners. A student’s inability to access virtual learning, excessive absenteeism, and declining performance could...
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Q:        I keep hearing about President Biden’s pledge to reopen K-12 schools within 100 days. We’re already open and have been all year. Does this just mean he wants more virtual learners back in the classroom?  A:        Yes. President Biden has asked Congress to authorize nearly $170 billion to help schools and colleges reopen quickly and safely. This amount far surpasses the $67.5 billion in COVID-19-related educational aid Congress previously passed in March and December 2020. While negotiations...
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Q:        Our district is receiving inquiries from parents regarding whether our next regularly scheduled Board of Trustees meeting will be held in person. Our Board meetings are currently being held virtually in accordance with the Governor’s suspension of certain Texas Open Meetings Act requirements, effective March 16, 2020, in response to the novel coronavirus disaster declaration. Is this suspension still in effect?  A:        Yes. The Office of the Governor of Texas has granted an additional 30-day extension, effective January 5,...
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KBS Reference Desk: Vaccine as a Requirement for School Attendance
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KBS Reference Desk: Discontinue Virtual Learning
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