COVID-19: Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Updated: September 22, 2020

There are many questions surfacing as school districts wrestle with the implications caused by COVID-19. TxSSC has created this Frequently Asked Questions webpage to address topics specific to the Center and it will be updated as needed. We encourage school districts to email your questions to txssc@txstate.edu. In addition TxSSC has created a collection of Coronavirus (COVID-19) Resources for Schools, and these will be updated as more information and resources become available:

TxSSC: Coronavirus (COVID-19) Resources for Schools

Questions regarding distance learning, attendance, funding, and other school related topics are being addressed by TEA at their COVID-19 Support and Guidance for Schools webpage:

TEA: COVID-19 Support and Guidance for Schools

Click on each question below to reveal the corresponding answer.

1. Can TxSSC assist my school district by looking at our multi-hazard emergency operation plan (EOP) and helping us prepare for COVID-19?

2. Will TxSSC postpone the safety and security audit process for the 2017-2020 cycle?

3. How should our school district proceed if we cannot conduct a safety and security audit of district facilities because they are closed/locked due to COVID-19?

4. If our school district is closed, will we still be required to comply with the required/recommended number of drills in law?

5. Does our school district have to comply with the open meetings act regarding meetings conducted by the district school safety and security committee?

6. How will school-based law enforcement be expected to comply with the requirements related to active shooter training TCOLE 2195 and other training requirements if no classes are available at this time?

7. Are behavioral threat assessment teams required to continue established interventions while school is closed or there is distance learning?

8. Will TEA still collect data regarding behavioral threat assessment teams this year?

9. Does the TxSSC have any guidance for food distribution to students during COVID-19?

10. Will TxSSC waive District School Safety and Security meeting due to COVID-19?

11. Does TxSSC have guidance on the use of school campuses or facilities for COVID-19 testing?

12. What are the current drill requirements for school districts?

13. How should a district conduct drills while complying with social distancing and other impacts of COVID-19?