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A roundup of ATPE's latest advocacy efforts regarding COVID-19

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Date Posted: 12/08/2020

As the Texas education community deals with the consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic, ATPE continues to advocate for its members and students, communicating with Gov. Greg Abbott, Commissioner of Education Mike Morath, and other state officials, as well as frequently updating its resources page.

Here’s a roundup of ATPE’s latest advocacy efforts.

In addition to this advocacy, ATPE continues to update and add to our COVID-19 FAQs and Resources page, atpe.org/coronavirus. The page offers answers to the following questions and more:

  • Can the district take away my accommodation to work remotely after it has been granted?
  • Can a teacher be reprimanded or fired for publicly disagreeing with their district's safety or reopening plan?
  • Must a school district inform the staff if an individual tests positive for the coronavirus?
  • I am considering quitting. Is there anything I need to be aware of?

The resource page also links to:

  • Self-care resources, including a recent webcast on managing anxiety presented by a licensed marriage and family therapist.
  • An online parent-teacher toolkit developed in collaboration with TAGT, TCASE, STAT, and Texas PTA.
  • Legal webinars on leave options and school safety.

ATPE knows this year has been far more challenging than anyone could have anticipated. We are honored to serve the Texas education community during these uncertain times.

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