Leadership Planning & Support
If you are working directly with an ESC staff member on answers to your questions we encourage you to continue that communication. Our team members are in daily direct contact with TEA staff. Thank you for your patience as many questions cannot be answered at this time.
We have compiled templates and resources to help facilitate communication with these stakeholders. Please find links to those resources below.
This page will be updated as more resources become available.
Administration & Leadership:
NEW! COVID-19 Vaccine Toolkit for Schools & Childcare Programs
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recently put out a COVID-19 Vaccine Toolkit for School Settings and Childcare Programs, which can be used by education leaders to communicate with their teachers and other staff about the vaccination process. The toolkit provides ready-made materials, including posters, flyers, letters to staff, social media messages, newsletter articles and stickers to offer staff after they have been vaccinated.
Administrator Zoom Collaboration sessions facilitated by ESC Region 12 on April 27, 2020 that discussed current issues in regards to leadership in school in relation to COVID-19.
The COVID-19 pandemic has heightened the importance of communicating clearly and effectively with families, students, staff and school communities.
The Donovan Group has launched www.EngageEquitably.org in partnership with Brooklyn LAB Charter Schools. This website includes a robust set of communication templates to help educational leaders communicate about a variety of situations that may arise during these challenging times.
These templates include emails to families and staff, website language, phone or robocall scripts, video scripts, and news releases that address topics like positive COVID-19 cases, health and prevention, school scheduling, instruction and school meals. They also address specific situations, such as closing a classroom or section of a school and communicating instructional changes for students with special needs.
Over time and as circumstances demand, these templates will grow and expand.
It is important to note that these tools were developed in partnership with and informed by educational and public-health experts, including at organizations such as the Educating All Learners Alliance, the National Center for Learning Disabilities and the Parabola Project (which is affiliated with Brigham & Women's Hospital and the Harvard School of Public Health).
Free NSPRA Resources for Coronavirus Crisis Communications
General Communication Resources
Students entering their Freshman year in 2020-2021 will need to select their path in regards to their Personal Graduation Plans. Districts can do the following to assist families in their selections:
Staffing of the school will require the completion of course selections as well as completion of ARD’s, 504’s, and LPAC meetings. Any and all of those meetings can take place via phone, Zoom, etc., but they must occur before staffing and scheduling.
Latest Statewide COVID-19 Communication:
For assessment information, visit the TEA Coronavirus page and scroll towards the bottom for the Assessment section.
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