Model Policy Updates

Model Policy subscribers can find more updates in the Quality Portal incorporating important changes made by the 85th Regular Session of the Texas Legislature. TCSA Legal updated 400.080 Required Instruction & Graduation to include changes to college readiness and vocational assessments. Section 400.120 Health now includes information about required lice notices and donating food. The School Marshal policy, 400.150, updated the minimum number of students needed per school marshal to 200 students instead of 400 students. Concerning the Texas Open Meetings Act, section 500.020 updated the minimum requirements to hold a video conference meeting, as well as updated the exceptions for closed meetings. Section 500.040 updated procedures to respond to a public information request under the Texas Public Information Act, including when a request may be considered withdrawn for failure to pay costs associated with the request.

For the convenience of subscribers, all updated legal authorities and policies clearly note which subsections within the policy have been updated.

Personnel Handbook Update

In early fall, the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Texas granted a permanent injunction against the Department of Labor’s proposed Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) rules. By issuing a permanent injunction, the exemption from overtime salary test will remain at $455 per week or $23,660 per year instead of the proposed $913 a week. The Personnel Handbook 2nd Edition has been updated to reflect this change. Additionally, for your convenience, the Commissioner approved pre-employment affidavits have been added to the Personnel Handbook folder in the Quality Portal.

As always, do not hesitate to contact Christine Nishimura with questions or for more information regarding the TCSA Model Policy Series.

Student Code of Conduct, 3rd Edition

The Student Code of Conduct, 3rd Edition is now available for purchase in the Texas Charter Schools Association (TCSA) Quality Portal. The 3rd Edition incorporates changes from the 85th Legislative Session, including David’s Law (SB 179, the anti-bullying bill). Schools interested in the Student Code of Conduct can order it in the Quality Portal, under the Products and Services tab. Previous purchasers will receive a discount on the 3rd Edition.

Personnel Handbook, 2nd Edition

TCSA also updated the Personnel Handbook, which is now available for purchase in the TCSA Quality Portal. The 2nd Edition includes required policies from SB 7, regarding electronic communication policies and impacts on annuities with the Teacher Retirement System of Texas (TRS). We also updated the Personnel Handbook to address common charter school human resources questions, such as state leave days, and exempt and nonexempt employees under the Fair Labor Standards Act,  to name a few. The Personnel Handbook is available to all current Model Policy Subscribers at no additional cost. Non-Model Policy Subscribers can purchase the Personnel Handbook separately in the Quality Portal. Similar to the Student Code of Conduct, previous purchasers of the Personnel Handbook will receive a discount on the 2nd  Edition.

Updated Model Policies

TCSA Legal is working quickly to update the TCSA Model Policies as a result of the changes in law made by the Regular and Special Sessions of the 85th Texas Legislature. The first round of updates will be available in the Quality Portal on Tuesday, September 5th. These updates will include all required policies related to SB 7 (inappropriate relationships); SB 179 (David’s Law;) SB 1398 (special education video and audio surveillance cameras); and SB 1153 (required multi-tiered intervention notices and PEIMS reporting).

As always, do not hesitate to contact Christine Nishimura with questions or for more information regarding the TCSA Model Policy Series.