Academic Calendar Considerations
TEA has discussed the concept of adjusting the 2020-2021 academic calendar to address the continuing impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on student instruction and achievement. According to TEA, initial research indicates that students could return to school nearly a full year behind what normally occurs after a summer break. In preparation to mitigate this concern, TEA has provided guidance on modifying the school instructional calendar.
The following link provides the TEA guidance on changing the school start date and adopting a modified instructional calendar. TEA has also provided a PPT that provides initial guidance on adjusting school calendars in response to COVID-19.
Presentation on Adjusting School Calendars
TEA Funding Update - May 21, 2020
Today the Texas Education Agency (TEA) announced further guidance and clarification on the 2019-2020 Transportation Allotment. Briefly, the total days reported in the transportation module would be from the beginning of the school year to the last day of the district being physically open and delivering students. Mileage driven for COVID-19 related services should be included in the Transportation Operations Report but not the Transportation Route Services Report. The entire FAQ for school finance and funding provided by TEA can be accessed here: https://tea.texas.gov/sites/default/files/covid/general_state_funding_faqs_5.7.pdf
Below is the information provided by TEA:
How will my 2019-2020 Transportation Allotment be affected by COVID-19 related school closures? NEW MAY 21, 2020
The 2019-2020 Transportation Allotment will reflect actual days the district was physically open and delivering instruction to students. Data submitted via the FSP System related to generating the transportation allotment should only reflect the actual days of operation and mileage driven up until the closure. (i.e. if the district closed beginning March 16, 2020, then the total days reported in the transportation module would be from the beginning of the school year through March 13, 2020). Mileage driven for COVID-19 related services should be included in the Transportation Operations Report, but not the Transportation Route Services Report.
While this would result in a reduction in the transportation allotment, expenditure data shows that this reduction can be absorbed through the reduction of non-salary expenditures associated with the bus route stoppage coinciding with school closures, as the transportation allotment covered 25% of total program costs, and salary-related expenditures in the transportation program make up more than 60% of transportation expenditures.
How will my 2020-2021 Old Law Transportation Allotment in the Formula Transition Grant calculation be affected by COVID-19 related school closures ? NEW MAY 21, 2020
Because the submission of fewer miles on the Route Services report due to school closures during the 2019-2020 school year would normally increase linear density rates for the 2020-2021 school year (old law transportation formulas), TEA will be adjusting the formula to account for the reduction in miles and days buses were driven in order to result in more accurate linear density rates. The division of state funding will be putting out guidance this summer once transportation data has been submitted and the adjustment has been determined.