TEA releases guidance on remote instruction options for districts

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The Texas Education Agency released a document outlining the rules and procedures needed for districts to offer remote instruction — outside of the Texas Virtual School Network (TVSN) — for the coming school year. With a few rare exceptions, these remote students are not eligible for Average Daily Attendance funding from the state.

TEA notes that ESSER funds from federal pandemic aid may be used to fund remote instruction for students.

Many districts are abandoning all remote instruction starting in the fall because of the complicated requirements and lack of funding. Since not all students and staff will be vaccinated, and because some students and/or staff may be medically compromised, the use of federal ESSER funding remains a viable option to provide remote instruction in the district — instead of leaving the TVSN as the only choice.